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Sound Advice to New Comers in Regard
to Getting Homes of Their Own
as Soon as Possible.
Xeaaa adopted by the Bismarck Tribune
to Bevive Interest in its Droop*
ins Mouse Hiver Boom.
Character of the People in Jamestown and
Some Good Words Spoken for the
Town and Country.
Change in the Ownership of Some of Our
Valuable Real Estate and a Pros*
pective Addition.
Some Thoughts Suggested to the Alert's
Religious Editor by the Approach
of the Sabbath.
A Home of Tour Own.
Every family that comes to town should,
if possible, buy a lot and build a house.
There is nothing like haying a castle of
your own a home where you may live as
you please, and as long, and where every
lick of work you put on the place will be
your own. Permanent citizens settled
down on tlieir own property are the sub­
stantial basis of a town. They become
personally interested in all that enures to
the growth and prosperity of the town,
and as in all other things, in union there
is strength. While it is a matter of con­
gratulation and pride to see several hand­
some structures that would do credit to
the cities of the States already built and
in course of construction, it is none the
less gratifying to sec the cozy little homes
of the families of limited means dotting
the town, for they as well as the mansions
indicate permanent citizens, and perma­
nent citizenship makes town property of
permaneut and increasing value. Those
who own large quantities of lots and have
laid out additions can help the growth of
the town very much by pursuing a liberal
policy with those who desire to make this
place a permanent home, and in the end
realize a good ihing for themselves. It is
suicidal to hold lots at an enormous price,
beyond the reach of the family seeking to
secure a home, for such a policy keeps out
settlers and drives them away to build up
competing towns.
A Sample Falsehood.
The first party of Jamestown men who
started for the Mouse river region demon­
strated the impracticability of the James­
town route to Mouse river. They became
lost in the sand hills between that place
and their destination, and after wandering
about for some time, doubled on their
track back home. They will come here
now and take the Bismarck route to Vil
lard. There is no chance for them to go
astray by the Bismarck route, as it is well
worn and broad.—Bismarck Tribune.
The above taken from the Tribune is
but a sample of the manner in which that
paper is trying to bolster up their Mouse
river boom. The lirst party to leave
Jamestown for Mouse River is now at
Fort Totten in route and has not been lost,
neither has it returned to Jamestown.
The route from this place is plainer,
straigliter, nearer and better in all ways
than the Bismarck route, a fact well
known to the Tribune. The Tribune is
entitled to credit for the interest it has
taken in the Mouse river region, but be­
cause their work has resulted in people
making to Jamestown a starting point it
should not resort to such open falsehood
as this last is.
Send it Away.
We want to impress upon our citizens
the advantage and importance yf sending
copies of the Alert to friends and acquain
ances back in the states. This has been
done quite liberally and as a result
Jamestown is the best known town on the
Northern Pacific railroad. Every paper
so sent out is both an advertisement of
the town and an invitation to the people
to come here. The reading of a paper
from here directs the attention of the
reader to the place and Impresses it upon
the mind so that he will naturally make
inquiry about it and finally will gather up
his grip sack and come to see it, and when
a person with an eye for beauty and ap­
preciation of advantages once stops here
he becomes facinated with the location,
and if he locates in any place in the north­
west upon these considerations you may
depend upon his Incoming a citizen of
Jamestown. Send the Jamestown Alert
broadcast all over the world and our pop
ulation will double every year.
Character of Our People.
The throng of visitors at the hotels
seems to increase rather than diminish,
and is composed of mcu of character and
means ^wlio have come out from the
states to make investments in Dakota
lands and town lots. It is the general re­
mark of all that they never struck a nicer
town or more hospitable and sociable
people than those of Jamestown. They
all seem to be facinated with the country
and delighted with the entertainment they
are given. There is none of that sti
formality which freezes the stranger in
the old towns of the states, but everybody
is free and frank. We have no gamblers, or
blacklegs or swindlers here, and we do not
tielieve such characters would enjoy good
health here very long after leing found
out. If this item should fall under the
eye of any such a character we would ad­
vise him to strike for Missouri or Texas
for Dakota would not be healthy for him.
Jamestown like other points along the
line has commenced to receive its annual
installment of tramps. Last evening no
leas than a dozen of these gentlemen of
leisure could be seen hanging around the
depot and other public places engaged
in vulgar conversation and insulting
ladies and gentlemen who were obliged to
pass by tfeem. The Alert is ajwap
to do all it can for the poor and unfortu­
nate. but it is not prepared to feed tramps
and would respectfully call the attention
our village trustees to the importance
of there being an ordinance passed that
will provide work for lliese gentlemen
A few days or hours of good solid labor
will convince the average tramp that
Jamestown is not the place for him.
Can not we do something for the tramps
The Busy Town.
The few days we have been here have
convinced us by observation that James­
town is one of the liveliest business towns
in the range of our knowledge of towns,
and it is characteristic of towns on the
Northern Pacific to be lively. On every
hand we notice industry and thrift, and
eveiybody engrossed in business. There
are no drones here, nor is there any room
for them, extensive and boundless as are
our valleys and plains. They all invite
industry and extend a welcome to all who
come with willing bands to work. There
are no jealousies nor envies among our
merchants or business men in any line of
trade- They have all the business they
can attend to and they occupy their time
iu attending to that business. We never
saw a town in which sucli universal good
will and feeling existed between men in
the same line of business, as there is here.
It recalls to mind the tradition of the har­
mony among the workmen at the
building of King Solomon's Temple,
where no sound of discord was heard and
universal peace reigned throughout the
world. Those who are idle from force of
circumstances are the ones who create
discord in a community for their forced
idleness makes them irritable and disa­
greeable. There is none of this cause for
dissension and bickering and envy in this
place, and none of it exists, happily for
the prosperity of the town.
And farther who with a heart and soul
capable of being moved by the beauties of
nature and the grandeur of our majestic
plains and valleys, could for a moment
stop to give way to the littleness and
meanness of envy and jealousy? There is
no room for such an unworthy feeling in
the heart and soul of the Jamestown
citizen. He is actuated by a higher im­
pulse and nobler sentiment. He looks
out upon the distant plains and pictur­
esque valley of the James river, and his
heart is filled with rapturous admiration
and his soul with sublime reference to the
Supreme Architect of the Universe whose
omnipotent hand spread out these inviting
scenes for the habitations of men, and
vouchsafed to it an atmosphere as pure as
the sunlight of heaven. No, distant
reader, there is no dissensions or bicker­
ings among the people of Jamestown, and
if that is the kind of life you wish to live
do not come here, for you will be lonely
indeed but if you mean peace and pros­
perity ,liappmess arid health, come. If
you arc a farmer, here are our prairies
with their preductive soil awaiting you.
If you area mechanic, your labor and
skill are wanted the moment you step
from the train. If you are a merchant,
our merchants will extend to you a hearty
welcome, and so in every department of
industry. We do not say you would make
a success of the business you might en
gage in, for success anywhere depends
upon discretion, pluck and industry, but
we do say that the same amount of pluck
and energy will bring a greater return
than a like amount in any other place we
have any knowledge of. J#mestown
merchants, bankers, mechanics and labor­
ers are all worthy of the success they arc
making, and their future is a very bright
The Day of Best.
The coming Sunday should be a day
of rest. The Alert is not going to preach
you a sermon, so don't begin to be restless
in your seat. You can hear a good ser­
mon at any of our churches to-day, and
unless it would be a task for you to do so
we would advise you to go to church. No
matter what you believe in matters of
theology, or whether you believe anything
in it, we assure you it will do you no
harm to go and hear the minister tell
what lie believes on the subject. Perhaps
he may give "a reason for the faith that
is in him" that you never tjipuglit of be­
fore, and it may remove a cloud that has
hovered over your theological horizon all
your life. At any rate it will divort your
mind from the busy cares of the week,
find that will be a recreation, and recre­
ation is tl»e mst that is required. The
physical system requires tliis, &nd you
must accede to the demands of your phy­
sical natare or you will soon find your­
self a wreck. Whatever diversion will
rest you from the labors of week, that
your conscience approves, we advise you
to take, if it does not interfere with the
rights of anyone else, no matter M'Uetlipr
it is in exact accordancc with the rules
and regulations of our Pilgrim Fathers
or not. We have no advice to to give
from a sectarian point of view, as to how
vpu should observe the Sabbath in minute
details, for we would not take such ad­
vice ourself. But wp do urge it upon you
to rest from the business cares of tjie
week, and vou will live the longer arid
happier for it. Make this a Day of
A Real Estate Ueai,
The visit of J. F. Panncll St. Paul to
Jamestown the past week resulted in an
important change in the ownership of
some of our valuable real eatgtc, Mr.
Pannell sold his interest in Pannell &
Tileston's addition to 11. E. Wallace and
bought of 31r. Wallace a half interest in
360 acres of land across the Jim south of
town and adjoining Mr. Curtin saddition,
The value of the lots in Pannell & Tiles?
ston's addition is well known and those
who are acquainted with Mr. Pannel's
purchase are also well aware that it is a
very desirable property. Mr. Atkinson
owns the other half interest and the Alert
understand? these gentleman are contem­
plating putting a portion of this land in
the market in the shape of lots. Its lo­
cation is excellent and it is so situated as
to command an excellent view of town
{row »D f9iaXi of it.
'*r ,'
Causes Everyone to Bejoice and the Alert
to Smile While It Considers
and Writes.
About the People Who are Daily Arriv­
ing in the Fertile Valley of the
James To Locate.
Hon. Anton Klaus to Erect a Large Hotel
at Olendive and the Work to
Commence at Once.
A Dozen Good Looking Young LadieB
Wanted to Teach School in Stuts­
man County.
Marriage of iss Lilla Beeman Last Fri­
day—The Glorious Boom That is
Now Upon Us.
Be Reasonable.
There is danger of injuring and delaying
the growth of the town by holding the
price of lots too high. The price should
be kept even with the demand and not so
high as to decrease the demand. The
value of everything is governed by
supply and demand, and when the balance
is broken between the two the one
side or other must contract until
the equalibrium is again restored. If
the demand is greater than the supply the
price goes up, and vice versa. If the
prices are too high the demand will ret­
rograde, and the actual value decline
just as inevitably certain as that water will
run down hill. Then be reasonable in
your prices. You are entitled to all they
are worth no matter what you paid for
them, but whenever you see that prices
are so high that the demand declines
then you may know that it is time to call
a halt and revise prices. Every citizen
who turns away from Jamestown because
of the exorbitant price of lots, will injure
the town more than an ordinary lot is
worth, for he will not only go somewhere
else himself but lie will use his intluencc
to induce others to do likewise. We do
not know that this is the case with any of
our lot owners here, but it is a danger
that besets every new town at about the
present stage of this place, and we wish
to point out the danger so that it may be
avoided. It is much better to have the
town steadily and gradually build up than
to force prices up to such a pitch that it
will being on a crash.
'Returns Coming In.
Mr. J. J. Totten and two daughters and
son, from near Nashville, Tcnn., arrived
here yesterday to make their home on a
farm in the James lliver valley. He says
it was a copy of the Alert some one sent
him away down south that decided him
to come here, which confirms Avhat we
said a few days ago about sending the
Alert broadcast all over the country as an
invitation to people to come here and
make their homes with us. There is no
better or more convenient way of remem­
bering a friend way back in the States
than by sending him a copy of the Alert
occasionally, and he will not read more
than two or three copies of it until he will
begin to feel like picking up lus grip-sack
and coming out here, and by next spring
he and his whole family will be on the
list of immigrants to arrive at Jamestown.
Every citizen of the town ought to send
out a copy of the paper every day for
every hundred dollars worth of interest
he has in the town or in the vicinity.
Strangers stopping at the hotels can ob­
tain copies of the Alert every morning of
the news bojrs or at the office, and send
them back to friends in the States, and
by this means show them that you are
here and what kind of a place you are in.
Glendive's New Hotel.
Anton Klaus of Jamestown, and Sir.
Waters, in the tea jobbing business, have
formed a partnership and will build a ho­
tel and eating house at Glendive, Mon­
tana. The main building will be 40x95 feet
in size, three stories high with a wing
40x70 feet. It will be a bnilding five feet
wider and two fept higher than the
Dakota House. The N. P. offered Mr.
Klaus good inducements and have been
trying to get him to go to Glendive for
the past six months, but this new enter­
prise will not take him altogether from
Jamestown, he desiring to remain here
with bis family. It is probable that Tom
will run the hotel, and lie will return from
his eastern trip this week. Mr. Waters is
now in .Minneapolis buying the lumber
for the liotel. A two atOry^building will
be put up to board the workmen and for
use until the hotel is completed. There
will be morning and evening passenger
Prairie Breaking.
Several equipments started out yester
day morning for breaking prairie on the
Jim Valley, consisting of ox, horse and
mule teams. A thousand tenms could
get employment of that kind at good
prices. In a few years the James ltivcr
Valley will present the grand summer
scenes of a Yijst ncean of trolden grain.
Cozy and beautiful farm houses are spring­
ing up away out in the distance, and the
busy hum of industry is making its mark
on every hand. The buffalo bones that
lie bleaching on the plains will soon be
hidden from sight by the husbandman's
plow, and the gorgeous brilliancy of the
sun in our clear and pure atmosphere will
shed a halo of glory upon the homes of
civilization, so reccnty the undisputed do­
minion of the lied Man and the wild buf­
Proceedings School Board, District No. 1.
April 20, 1881.
Full board present.
Upon examination of plans for new
school house, as shown by T. M. Grove,
it was resolved to accept the front view,
and Mr. Grove was instmcted to remodel
the ground and second floors.
Ordeas were drawn on the teachers'
fund in favor of C. L. Clemmer and Miss
S. K. Davidson for teaching for tlic month
of April also, in favor Of P. Aubertin,
for raising floor and crecting coliimns in
the school house*
Board adjourned until May 6th, 1S82.
A. MCKKCHME' District Clerk.
Possibilities and Probabilities.
It dazes the brain of the most extrava
faot (Bind ty undertake to rasg Uie pos-
sib'litis or even probabilities of this town,
and the James River Valley. The site of
the town is one, which for beauty and
cleanliness, is without an equal on the
continent. As broad as this assertion
may seem to be we believe it will stand
the test of the thousands of visitors that
come here every month from every part
of the United States, and, we may say, of
the world. It might rain for successive
weeks and there would be no mud, more
than a little slush on the surface, which
dries off in a day of fair weather. It is
protected from the fierce winds of winter
by an elevation up to the table lands on
the west and east sides of the river which
carries the stronger and fiercer currents of
air over and above the town.| The
James ltiver ft a beautiful stream of
clear and pure water passing along the
west side of town. Its channel is narrow
and deep, and it rarely ever overflows its
banks, so that houses may be built with
perfect safety almost on the very brink of
the stream, and without any fear of the
miasma of the more southern streams.
While the Alert is justly and enthusias­
tically proud of Jamestown and the James
Iiiver Valley it has no disposition to ex­
aggerate, for it expects that thousands of
people will come here through its influ­
ence, and it wants no one to be disap­
pointed in the town or country from read­
ing its columns.
Demand for School Teachers.
The recent county examination of
school teachers under the direction of
John J. Nierling, county superintendent
of schools, developed the fact that there
is a lack of teachers in Stutsman county.
At present there are eight districts or­
ganized outside of Jamestown and but
three teachers to-supply them. An aver­
age of
or more per month is paid as
salary to begin with, and this should in­
duce good teachers in the east to come
out here. There are plenty of sucli there
and doubtless if they knew how well they
would be in North Dakota they would
come. People living in Stutsman county
who have friends back there who are
competent to tcacli should let them know
what an opening a\yaits them here. In
school teachers as everything else we
want the best and as soon as our want is
known we shall see an immigration of
talented young ladies to Stutsman county
who will teach the young idea how to
shoot and also give some of our bach­
elors an opportunity to take partners in
their future joys and sorrows, thus, as it
were, killing two birds with one stone.
Busy Builders.
Look which way you may and you will
see the frames and skeletons of buildings
going up on every hand, from the cosy
little dwelling to the mansion and the
large marcantile houses. These substan­
tial evidences of thrift and improvement
arc gratifying to the citizens of the town
and makes a favorable impression upon
the strangers visiting here. Jamestown
is on the high road to renown as the most
enterprising town and people on the
Northern Pacific railroad. It certainly
has the advantage in point of location
over any other town in the territory, and
the Alert invites prospecters to make
Jamestown and the James River Valley a
visit before they decide to settle down.
W'e do not expect that all of tens of thou­
sands that are visiting the northv.-est will
settle here and do not even wish it so,
but we are proud of our town and valley
and we want everybody to see it.
Still They Come.
Mr. Sanford, of Jacksonville,
arrived in town last week on a prospecting
tour gave a temperance talk to the con­
gregation at the Presbyterian church Sun­
day evening. He said lie expected to
make his future home in Jamestown, and
we hope he will, for he is a man of capital
and energy, both of \yhicU he will use in
building up the town and country. The
writer was acquainted with Mr. S. in Ill­
inois, by reputation, and we do not hesi­
tate to say that, should he become a citi­
zen of this place as lie expects he and his
family will be an .acquisition in many de
sirablc respects. The Alert in behalf of
the people of Jamestown extends a hearty
welcome alike to the rich and the poor
who come here with ready hands and wil­
ling minds to work and develop the coun­
Wedding Bells.
Reynolds—Beeman—Married at the resi­
dence of the mother of the bride, by
Rev. N. 1). Fanning, Saturday, April
2!'th, issi, Mr. F. W. Reynolds of Far­
go to Miss Lilla Beeman of Jamestown.
Mr- Reynolds is in business in Fargo,
being a partner in the Vienna Bakery.
Miss Beeman has been in amestown less
than a year, but has many friends who re­
gret that her change in circumstances ne­
cessitates her removal from our midst.
The wedding was private and the happy
couple departed in the afternoon train for
Fargo, which pl,ice they will make their
home in the future. Mr. R. Dickinson, of
the Fargo Bee, and Miss Maggie Thorold
assisted iu the ceremony.
Demand for the Alert.
The demand for the Alert yesterday
morning was so great that the large edi­
tion was exhausted before eight o'clock.
Parties stopping at the different hotels
came in for papers to send back to the
states in lieu of writting lettters, each
wanting five or six papers which soon ex
haustcd our extras. The edition is in
creased this morning so that we hope to
be able to supply the demand. Several
cairie in yesterday saying they were in­
duced to come here by some one sending
them copics of the" Alert back in the
states. Let the good work go on. Every
copy of the Alert sent away to the states
will le as bread scattered upon the water
and its fruits will be gathered up many
days hence.
On the Boom.
Everything is on the boom new. There
arc building booms, land sale booms, lot
sale booms, prairie breaking booms, wheat
sowing booms, in fact everything is loom
ing in Dakota. There is no time for the
"blues." and wishing for this or that
finding fault with this person or that,
There arc no gossips to meddle with peo
pies' private affairs and stir .up neiirbor
hood strife, but all have enough to do to
I attend to their own business, and as there
arc no idle persons here the dcyil has no
emmissary iu our midst to stir up strife,
and eveiytliing is harmony, peace and
The Alert Man Points Out the Necessity
of Cleanliness About the Town
as it Expands.
He Also Makes Some Remarks on Shade
Trees and the Need of Them in
Our Village.
Advices Received from Eastern Points Re­
lating how the People are Com­
ing to James
Good Prospect of a Straw Board Factory
Being Started in Jamestown.—
Last Night's Keeting.
An Estimate of the Number of Stores and
Dwellings Under Construction
in Jamestown.
Plant Out Trees.
There is no ornamentation in all the
range of human imagination that is more
pleasing to the sight than nature's ver­
dure. You may bring into requisition all
the skiil of mcchanism and art, and pave
your front yards with gold, and yet how
dead, desolate and unattractive it is com­
pared with natures robe and carpet of
living green. Heaven has vouchsafed
this beautiful ornamentation to all, alike
to the rich and poor. The evergreen
shrub and the stately tree will grow just
as beautiful and luxuriant about the hut
of the poor as the mansion of the rich,
and the birds sing as sweetly for the one
as the other. Nature is impartial as to
classes in the bestowal of her beauties and
blessings. But you have something to do,
and by doing it you will aid nature in
ornamenting your home. You can plant
the trees and nature will nourish and grow
them for you. It may b* you cannot
build your house among the trees and
shrubs and have them arranged as you
would wish them, but you can plant them
out where you wish them and they will
grow for you as well. Do not delay this
important and comparatively inexpensive
matter. A year lost can never be reclaim­
ed, and you will be a year behind in spite
of all ),0u can ever do. Just think of the
incrc/sed grandeur and beauty of James­
town well set in shade trees and shrub­
bery in her summer garb of green. The
Alert earnestly urges every resident and
every owner of vacant lots to set out shade
and ornamental trees,
Bi» OMkaly.
Jamestown is now note all over the
country as the neatest, cleanliest town on
the Morthern Pacific railroad. Strangers
who have visited this place have so re-*
ported it when they returned to the states,
and we believe the town justly deserves
the compliment. But the buildings are
increasing in number every day, and as
the town becomes more compact rubbish
will unavoidaby accumulate and increase.
It becomes the good taste as well as the
duty of every one to remove all rubbish
.from about his premises, for in its decom­
position it soon becomes filth that is delete­
rious to the health of the people and dam­
aging to the reputation of tbe town.
We observe that the city authorities are
taking the neccessary steps to maintain
the good sanitary condition of the town
in which they will be aided and supported
by every good citizen. The rights of the
public are always paramount to the rights
of individuals, arid while every man's
house is his own castle, he cannot use his
individual liberty or property in such a
way as to infringe upon the rights of
others. The best definition ever given to
the word liberty was that given by the
plain yet illustrious Abraham Lincoln,
namely: Liberty is the right of every one
to do as he pleases so long as he does not
interfere with the rights of others. Bear
this in mind in the use of your town pro­
perty and personal liberty.
Let 'em Come.
A private letter from a young man
down in Illinois, at our former location,
writes that several arc coming up to
Jamestown this month and that the eyes
of the whole country in that vicinity are
turned Dakotaward. We have been sow­
ing the Alert down in that comipunity ex­
tensively and the good fruit is already be­
ginning to bloom. There are only two
classes we would advise not to come out
here, namely, orphans under ten years old
and aged people over one hundred. There
are two other classes we do not want, i. e.
blacklegs and tramps.
Bldridge Echoes.
A game of checkers for a gold headed
canc and the championship of this village
will be played in the depot on Wednesday
evening. The contesting parties are A.
W. Campbell and C. L. Holmes, both of
whom feel confident of success:
Thomas Haj-es has built a neat little
The wheat sown by R. 11. Gritting on
Miss Mattie Marsh of Jamestown, has
received the appointment of teacher of
the Eldridgc school and commenced her
ut ies on Monday:
Messrs. Dextet and Stapleton of Fox
Lake, Wis., are building a fine two story
house and granary on their section soutb
of town.
J. W- Smith is negotiating with an Ill­
inois party for the sale of his quarter sec­
tion. which will probably be concluded
to-day at $10 per acre casli.
and others are leaving this neigborliood
daily for Dakota. Quite a number have
intimated their intention of accompany­
ing me to Jamestown next week, all men
of the right stamp.
A Straw Board Factory.
The Alert is rcilably informed that
gentleman iu the east proposes, if he can
receive the support and assistance of the
people of Jamestown, to come here and
establish a straw board factor}' in which
he will himself invest thirty thousand dol­
lars. This seems to be a very reasonable
and a very liberal proposition and one
which we hope our citizens will give due
consideration. Such au enterprise would
not only give steady employment
for forty or fifty men who would neces­
sarily become citizens and build up the
town, but it wouldfurnish cheap and good
building material which would enable a
great many to provide themselves with
houses that otherwise will be unable to do
so, and by this means the development of
the country would be greatly accelerated
to the enhancement of the value of city
property and farm land. The abundance
of straw, together with the excellent
water power facilities at this place, would
certainly ensure the success of the enter­
prise. The siding and roofing manufac­
tured of straw has stood the test of exper­
iment in the east where wood lumber can
be had almost for the work of felling
and sawing the timber, considering
durability and cheapness, the straw
board lumber is being used to a
large extent in the very midst of tbe tim­
ber districts.
A meeting of a number of prominent
gentlemen consisting of business men of
the town and several farmers from the
country, in which S. L. Glaspell presided
as chairman, and Wm. II. Burke acted as
secretary, was held at the school house
last niglit. Mr. Wade addressed the meet­
ing on the subject for which it was held,
and a general good and favorable feeling
toward the enterprise was manifested by
all present. Mr. Wade was appointed a
committee to correspond with the parties
mentioned above, and the meeting ad­
journed subject to call of the chairman.
Our Improvements.
Yesterday afternoon the Alert scribe
took a ramble over town to learn from ob­
servation and actual count the number of
new buildings in course of construction
and completion within the last few days,
and tbe following is the result of our can­
vass, which we believe to be correct: In
the course of construction there are thir­
teen dwellings and seven business houses.
Just completed, fifteen dwellings and
eleven business houses. Additions being
built and just completed, seven dwellings
and three business houses, making a total
of fifty-six, representing a cash outlay of
not less than sixty thousand dollars. Most
of the business houses included in the
above are large and costly edifices, and
some of the dwellings will bo mansions in
the full meaning of the term. During
the building season coming there will be
at a very moderate calculation two hun­
dred thousand dollars expended in build
ings |in Jamestown. It is no surprise
that visitors here are wonder stricken at
the building boom that is going on here.
While the building boom is almost a
marvel of rapidity and extent, it is sub­
stantial and permanent. Men of business
acumen and capital aro investing heavily
in large and costly buildings, and others
of equal foresight are investing their all,
such is the implicit faith and confidence
of our citizens in the future of the town.
With the rich and productive James River
Valley to support it, Jamestown cannot
help making the most valuable and beau­
tiful as well as the largest town in the ter­
ritory on the Northern Pacific railroad.
Mr. Warnock at Home.
The proprietor of the Alert takes the
liberty to publish the following fllattcring
tribute paid to J. C. Warnock, now man­
aging editor of the Alert, by the Mason
J. C. Warnock left on Sunday night to
fill his new position as editor of a daily
paper in Jamestown, Dakota. There are
but lew, if any, people in Mason City who
will not sincerely regret Mr. Warnock's
departure from our midst. He lias been
for along time one of the prominent men
men in Mason City, and has filled many
important positions: City Clerk for a
number of years, afterwards Mayor, and
for the past year Justice of the Peace: he
his performed the duties of his offices at
all events to the satisfaction of those who
supported him for them, and has also
won the respect of those 'vybo differed with
him, for a faithful consistency to his par­
ty. For years Mr. Warnock "wielded the
editorial pen in Mason County, aad there
have been few, if any, who have done
so with greater ability or more unswerv­
ing fidelity to his convictions. Jn com­
petition with Mr. Warnopfc $»s editor we
have had many severe tilts. At one time
these conflicts were bitterly personal, and
as is generally kno^fn, were carried to an
extent which has since been deeply re­
gretted bv both. That both of us at the
time believed that circumstances fully
justified the antagonism and while at odds
each fought the other with what seemed
an almost implacable animosity, ftpyr
facts of the past. But the ^teV fact that
when the issues oq which we fought hav­
ing been settjed Mr. Warnock, with the
generosity of all true and brave men, was
not only willing, but anxious, and the
ffrst to propose the sinking of all differ-
house on his claim west of town, and in- ences and extend tlic iiamf of friendship
tends renting it to a familv from Wiscon-! f°r ^be future, inspires the fueling of ear
sin, who will reach here the latter part of foES
the present week.
Rev. AVm. Hueis»er delivered an able
and interesting sermon to a large assem­
blage in the Congregational church on
Sunday. Mr. lluelster is an able and tal-1 him to be honest in bis views and true to
ented man and is welcomed by all in our I his friends. There is no man in Maston
midst t'i'y whose leaving wc could regret more,
his farm south of here in the middle of! ner.
February, is all up and JooUs very prom­
•till They Come.
A postal ("inl from R. Ffoggart, On ..
tario, Canada, says: You will be pleased ,^r
sincere and warm
friendship that has existed between us for
the past two years. Though differently
constituted and disagreeing matevial'v on
most of the leading issnss of the. day in
politics and social ethics, we have found
most sincerelv wish him the f,.-_
sincerely wish him the f'lV,-
prosperity in his new venture. If mi
ability as an editorial writer is any
surety for success and advancement in
business, and if a courteous, genial man­
ner and a generous heart will make a man
a favorite «i«cial(y, then j, C. Warnock
has fame, fortune and friends unlimited
already assured him in his Dakota home.
Tbo Northern Pacific land sales for
April were as followed: Land in Minne­
sota and Dakota, east of the Missouri
76,207 acres land in Dakota west of the
Missouri, 4,508 jcres: land on the Yellow­
stone division, 43,095 acres total, 123,091
acres. Total amount paid for this pro­
perty was $417,9*3,0Vv The town lot
sales as as heard frpnv amounts to 289
to learu Uwi a large m^nbtr farmers ww ta JE^es City.
I" jffea*
vHf'V ««W^t§S
Interesting Political and Personal Vm
from Washington.
Secretary Forster Explains Why He Left
His Job in Ireland
Burning of tbe United States
Steamer Rodgers.
Stock Statistics.—Ireland's K«w Secretary*
—Flattering Forsythe.
Capital Notee.
By Western Associated Press.
Washington, May 4.—The chairman of
the republican congressional committee
intends to call a meeting of that body to­
morrow for the purpose of electing a sac*
Attorney General Brewster haa given a
written opinion in which he comes to the -r
same conclusion as to the calling of con­
tinued fives as that lately indieated by the
secretaiy of the treasury, viz., that those
bonds must by law be called highest num­
bers first.
The commissioner of the land office has
information of fraudulent ccrtifleates of
deposit for surveyors, issued at Santa Fe,
The secretaiy of the navy received a
dispatch saving that the ifnited States
steamer Breoklyn was ran into by a Liv
pool steamer, which cut the Brooklyn
below the water line. The owners of the
Liverpool vessel agreed, to pay for the re­
pairs. No person injured.
In the senate Mr. Voorliee's resolution
for an investigation of the charges of cor­
rupt influence brought to bear upon the
finance committee in connection with the'
house whiskey bill, came up and Mr.
Windom offered an amendment for an in­
vestigation as to whether any money had
been received by interested parties to ae
sure the passage of the bill. A long dis­
cussion eusued, the senators consoling
each other for these undeserved insinua­
tions against their honor by wicked news­
papers. The resolution was indefinitely
postponed, Mr. Windom having with­
drawn his amendment and ahnouneing
his intention to introduce it as a separate
The political disabilities bill was sent
to the Judicary committee by aparty rote.
—the republicans voting aye.
The court of appeals bill was discussed
without final action.
In the house the day was almost entire­
ly devoted to the tariff commission bilL
The principal speech was made by Mr.
Morrison of Illinois, who argued against
the protectionist doctrine.
Irish Ouestion.
London, May 4.—The correspondence be­
tween Great Britain and the United State*
on the subject published in the United
States of incitement to outrage in Ireland
has been printed. It consists of a dispatch
from Earl Granville to Sir Edward Thorn­
ton, dated June 24th, 1881, relative to
United Ireland a dispatch from Sir
Edward Thornton to Earl Granville dated
June 20th 1881, detailing a conversation
with Blaine a dispatch from Earl Gran*.
ville dated July 27th, expressing satisfac­
tion at the views expressed by Blaine, and
a dispatch from Granville to Evarts dated
April 27th. In the latter Earl Granville
says: I think it well to state that Sir
Edward Thornton reported to me laak
summer that he had been confidential
informed through trustworthy source* that
the United States government was not
disposed to take up too warmly the cause
of American citizens, native or natural­
ized, who went to England and Ireland
with the express object of agitating aad
then appealing to the United States for
protection. It is considered there was no
reason why such Americans should be
entitled to treatment other than Irishmen
arrested for the same offence.
he Commander Satisfied.
Chicago, May 4.—The following dis­
patch forwarded to-day would indicate
that little stock is taken by the Lieut.
Gen. in charge in the iusinuationsagaiust
Col. Forsythe: Chicago, May 4, 1882,
12:20 p. m. To Gen John Hope, Fork
Leavenworth, Kansas. The Lieut. Geo.
commanding desires to express to you his
great gratification at the successful resnlt
obtained from the indefatigable pursuit
of the hostile Apaches by Lieut. Col. Gee*
A. Forsythe and his command. He "oe«
lieves the result obtained is due to the
careful management of Col. McKenzie,
commanding the district of New Mexico,
and Lieut. Col. Forsythe in keeping the
scouts watching the movements of the In­
dians and by arranging a special under­
standing for co-operation with the Mexi­
can military companies of the border.
The Lieut. Gen. especially tendere
his thanks to Lieutenant Colonel
Forsythe and the officers and men of hte
command, and the officers and men of
Mayor Tuppers command, who were as­
sociated with him. [Signed]. Robert
Williams, Asst. Adjt. General.
Steamer Burned.
Washington, May 4.—Secretary Chand­
ler has received the following dispatck
from Lieut. Berry, commander of the
United States search steamer Rodgers:
Irkutsk May 4,1882.—To Hon. W. H
Ilunt, secretary of the navy, Washington:
The Rodgers was destroyed by fire, ongia
ating in the forehead, March 6th. Emits
made to save the ship were unaTaili
The people were landed safely
difficulty through young ice and are now
quartered in natives' houses. A little
clothing and one months provisions were
saved. Native food abundant aad ao
danger of starving. R. N. Berty, Sea*
damukolyernsk, Siberia, March 6th, 188&.
New Secret*ty far
London, May 4.—In the house of
mons, Harcourt, home secretary, aa
nounced that the government had aetena
ined to relese Michael Davitt froci |_
Smith postponed his motion on the
question pending the government's pro­
posals for a new writ for an election for
the northern division, west riding of
Yorkshire, ordered in consequence of
Lord Frederick Coundish accepting tks
post of chief secretary for Ireland.
'"*39 4?
The colored Methodist Episcopal
has completed an ot^amzatioa at Wash*
The Christiancv divqjee case is oa trie!
at Washington and several witnesses am
being re-examined.
The secretary of the navy has '--f
the house with" a detailed statement
dien and 140
vli Jt*
I' (a
condition of the navy. The —mtary nt
war announced

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