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THE LOCAL BOUND UP. The Alert Takes, a Stroll on Our Side walks and Commends the Good Work Done. Attention Called to the Condition of the Bridges Acroaa the James and the Need of Repairs. The Jtasonio Fraternity—A Board of Trade -Mr. Elmer Says aFew Words—Mr. Heywood'e Death. She Xatter of Sidewalks. A close observer will often mtike up a •ery fair estimate of the general character of a town by its sidewalks. In a great many places the sidewalks "give the town away" and the inhabitants thereof won der to themselves why strangers at once form an unfavorable impression of the town before they have had time to see the people, and it is often the case that this unfavorable impression is made by the appearance of the sidewalks of the town and unconsciously to the stranger him self herhaps he feels this impression of repugnance without knowing why it is so or what produces it. If he sees the side walks are narrow and put down in a rough and careless manner the impression fastens itself upon him in a moment that the people are narrow contracted and pe nurious, and nine times out of ten the in tuition is correct. Everything tiiat has been done so far in Jamestown is of a na ture and appearance to favorably impress the stranger of its inhabitants. It is cleanly, and so conspicuously so, that it is the subject of remark, and cleanliness, you know, is next to godliness, and godli ness is a characteristic that is always ad mired and revered even by the most de praved of sinners. As yet we have but few sidewalks, owing to the whole atten tion of the people being absorbed in build ing but what have been built are com modious and put down in the very best order The nine-foot walk up "Fifth avenue, made of two-inch lumber and neatly put down, is a constant temptation to the person not otherwise employed to take a promenade up the street, and hun dreds of people do so with no other object in view than to travel over the walk, and as they make these trolls they leisurely note the business and residences of the town as they pass along. The Alert urges the people to continue building their walks, as they have already^ commenced, for they are an ornament to the town and give out a favorable impression to the stranger in our midsi. Attention to the Bridge. The Alert calls the attention of the proper authorities to the bad condition of the wagon bridge over the James River west of town. It will be remcmbered^at during the flood some weeks ago the bridge came nigh being carried away, and the bents which supported it fell down so that the main part of the bridge sagged down about six feet leaving a very abrupt decline from the east side. The bridge was temporarily supported by standing up timbers on either side and the approach was made possible by arranging two inch lumber down the declination and it has remained so. The crossing of a loaded wagon is sufficient to depress the bridge as much as afoot in the main part and it is obvious that it is dangerous as well as very inconvenient on account of the steep decline of the approach, espec ially on the east side. It is on the princi pally traveled road from the other side of the river and has to be crossed by teams to get to the sand in the bluS on the other side of the river. There is also danger of the bridge going down and either crip pling or drowning or both the team and teamster which would involve the county in damages more than it would cost to build a new bridge. Until the river gets low, as it does in the summer, so that the bridge can be raised and properly sup ported, it ought to be safely temporarily supported as it is and the approach ex tended so as to make it passable for heavy loads from the other side of the river. The Jamestown Masonic Fraternity. It was the pleasure and privilege of the AT.KHT scribe to attend a meeting of Jamestown Lodge No. 19, A. F. & A. M.,, Wednesday evening of this week. Next to the domestic home, the Masonic is the nearest and dearest to every true Mason. Though a thousand miles from our domestic home, and among entire strange^ faces and unfamiliar names, what a feel ing of comfort and relief it was to step within the portals and sit down in the universal family circle of the Masonic brotherhood, which is the same social and friendly companionship, and the same language and means of communication ana recognition among all tongues and climes in every part of the globe. Acquaintance and ccnfidencc and sym pathy are simultaneous with recognition, •nd the sacred bond of fellowship which has from time immemorial cemented the brethren of the "Mystic Tie" now ex tends its beneficent chain of fraternity to all parts of the world, and its silent and unostentatious charity and helping hand are seen and felt to the remotest ends of the earth. The brethren here have a prosperous lodge, in good working con dition, and a cosy and well furnished Hall. It is expected that they in con nection with the kindred order of Odd Fellows will occupy the third stoiy of the new First National bank building that" will be erected this summer. We noticed among the list of visiting brethren at the previous, meeting persons from nearly all parts of the union who were here on a prospecting visit at that tune. The Xoore-floidmore Contest. Allen & Dodge received a letter from Washington yesterday, stating that their motion had been filed as an alternative ruled up secretair of the interior in a few days, and both the attorneys here and in Wash ington, representing Moore's interests, re port favorably and say that the case never looked so well as at present, though there much hard fighting yet ahead. %t Board of Trade. A board of trade would undoubtedly be a great advantage to the business interests and prosperity of Jamestown. One of the jpffroipal MlTWtsges such on wonld be to tlie business interests of the town would be to unite the business men and insure harmony and system and^on cert of action in the various enterprises that will from time to tinAs be presented. System is a law of nature and the beauty of everything, and without it there will necessarily be conflicts of interest and counteracting influences to retard the various business enterprises that our town will attract. Our town is destined to be the trade centre of the upper James ltiver Valley, the best in all the natural advan tages to be found in the northwest. We have out railroad connections, our milling interests, and various manufacturing en terprises for which this place offers very superior facilities, to look after, and if we had a board of trade in good order there would be a concert of action that would be a lever of power in establishing these. The Alert urges the people to take the matter in hand at once, and commence with the beginning. Let no stone be left unturned, the turning of which will aid the development of the country and ac celerate the improvement of the town. (Communicated*) Mr. Elmer Speaks. ED. ALERT.—At the last meeting of the village trustees Mr. B. S. Russell saw fit to address a letter to them and in it iised language which he has no authority for, or cannot back up. In the first place I have never intended and do not propose to run a concert saloon, or anything but what shall be first class and moral, and which even Mr. Russell might attend in person and have no cause to "blush for shame." Mr. Russell makes statements about "dissolute and immoral" persons and seems to have so intimate a knowl edge of this class of people that I should be pleased to engage him as "grand ex aminer" of my troupe when it arrives. There are doubtless as good and pure peo ple behind the footlights as before them. I should like to have him explain how the building of a theatre which will add to our valuation, and .increase our popula tion, is going to increase taxation. Cer tain parties town have seen fit to op pose my theatre and to convict me of all kinds of evil intentions before I have a trial. I would like to have them suspend judgment until they sec what I propose to do, and then if I ao anything improper or immoral I am willing to suffer the con sequences. Respectfully, E. ELMER. Jamestown, May 6th, 1882. One of Our Boomers. Mr. S. S. Allscliul leaves to-day for Hastings,. Neb., where Mrs. Allscliul is staying at present. From that place he will go to Chicago and purchase a com plete stock of general merchandise for his new store adjoining the Grand Cen tral. He promises to return with his wife and have his store in running order by June 1st, or sooner. This will be rush ing things, but from what we have seen of this gentleman's work, lie will do it most assuredly. Mr. All&Chuilias invest ed more money in improvements in Jamestown this spring than any other new-comer, and it has been so expended as to make a splendid showing in the town. His lots are among the most valu able in the city and with the buildings already on them, and to be bricked as soon as brick can be obtained, his block will take a front rank. By doing this he has shown his confidence in Jamestown and our country, and he will not be mis taken, for his property will increase in value and pay as an investment. Mr. and Mrs Allscliul will be welcomed to James town and The Alert feels confident that Mrs. A. will like the place as well as her husband has done. Death of Mr. Heywood. Hon. George Heywood died at the Jay Cooke house, in Moorhcad, at 2 o'clock on the morning of the 3d inst. He had been ill for several weeks. He was a prominent lawyer, and a member of the firm of Uurnham, Heywood & Gould. He leaves a wife and one child.—Fargo Re publican. The above nr tice taken from the Fargo Republican of yesterday, conveys the sad intelligence of the death of Mr. Heywood, whose late sickness has been mentioned in the Alert several times. Mr. Heywood came from Davenport Iowa to Jamestown. He left a large legal practice at the former place and sought this dry climate for his health. He rapidly improved co much that he concluded to go to Moorhead where he had a fine business offer, but which ended in his death. Mr. Heywood was a gentleman, and a scholar and made a host of friends during his brief stay here, who will regret to learn of his death. Elmer's Opera House. Mr. Elmer has returned irom Fargo, where he engaged a part of his troupe and a gentleman who will arrive on Mon day to paint the scenery and arrange the stage and curtain. Mr. Elmer says the contracts are made for the completion of the building and that it will be opened June 1st or thereabouts. He further stated that he proposed to conduct such an entertainment that even the village authorities would feel at liberty to attend it. Undoubtedly Mr. E. will open his theatre at the above time and if lie con ducts the place as he says he intends to, will probably make it a permanent insti tution. Oar Distinguished Callers. Messrs. E. V. Smaller, of the editorial staff of the New York Tribune, and Hen ry J. Winser, chief of bureau of informa tion, Northern Pacific Railroad, St. Paul, made the Alert a pleasant call yesterday evening. Mr. Smalley is on a tour of the northwest through to Oregon, ami both these gentlemen stopped of here to take & drive out in the James River Valley yes terday and will remain over Sunday, f'. uests at the Dakota House. Also, Hon. L. Wadsworth, member of the 30tli General Assembly of Illinois from Chica go, but now of Wisconsin, and connected with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, who is stopping here a few days looking after his interests in some town lots and visiting acquaintances. Tliey all expressed themselves highly pleased with our beautiful town and the James River Valley. All Walts. In honor of Tony's return home from his visit east and his probable early de parture to Glendive a dancc was given in the hall last ngigt. Fifteen couples attend ed and excellent music "was furnished by Messrs. Slower, Lake and Smith. Henry Dorn prompted. It was one of the pleas antest parties of the season and all wished Tony good lack a? they weut bene. SUNDAY SUBJECTS Dished Up With the Quill for the Fancy and' Fill of Those Who Delight in Things that are Right. The Righteous and Pious Inclined Slay Here Seek and Find all Through a Soul's.Refreshlng View. Of Jamestown Morals and Godly Laurels Which Will Forever Cover its Name With Religious Fame. The Methodist Sect and the Presbyterian Elect, and in Righteous Tone the Catholic Corner Stone. The Baptist Denomonation and Episcopal Convocation as Seen by the Expert of tho Daily Alert. Churches of Jamestown. The Alert, ever on the alert to meet the demands of the various interests of James town, and herald forth to the world its advantages in everything that makes homes pleasant and life happy, will devote a column this Sunday morning to the moral and religious interests of the town as represented by the church organizations. THE M. E. CHURCH. This building is located on the south west corner of First street and Fifth ave nue, a beautiful location, and is a neat little building, completed in the summer of 1880, costing $3,000. The grounds consist of three nice lots fronting Fifth avenue, though the church building fronts the south on First street. The grounds are worth $2,000, making the aggregate value of church real property $5,000. The building is well furnished and is pleasant and comfortable in all of its appointments. The church society was organized about October 1, 1880, by Rev. W. M. Wright, who remained as pastor until the general conference of last year, when the present pastor, Rev. W. L. Demorest, was ap pointed to the charge. Full congregations attend the service Sunday mornings and evenings, and under the care of Mr. Dem orest, who is a man of ability and exem plary life the church has progressed won derfully, having doubled its membership since became here,which now numbers 70. It has a choir of good singers, led by Mr. J. W. McKeracher, with Mrs. M. Corwin as organist. The pastor publishes a monthly paper in the inierest of the church and Sunday school, entitled the Jamestown Messenger, which is printed at the Alert office. The station is in the lied River District of the Minnesota con ference and is under charge of Rev. G. It. Hair, presiding elder. The Sunday school is conducted by Mr. 1. C. Wade, superintendent, and meets every Sunday morning at 11:45, immediately after the morning sermon. The Sunday school has a good library of 180 volumes, and is well attended. THE PRESBYTERIAN CIIURCH. The articles of incorporation for the first Presbyterian society at Jamestown were filed in the office of the territorial secretary at Yankton, D. T. Aug. 16,1880. and the present pastor, Rev. N.„ D. Fan ning, began his ministry here about a month later, in the school house. Rev. Fanning is an able and scholarly gentle man, a pulpit orator far above the aver age, and a man who is held in universal esteem for his talents and pleasant social nature. The present church edifice, which is a very handsome one, heated by an apparatus in the nasement and weil furnished, was dedicated Aug. 3, 1881. It is situated on the corner of Fourth avenue and Pacific street, and cost, in cluding lots and furnishing, about $8,000. Two services are held each Sunday, and the congregations are generally equal to the audience capacity of the house for seating. A weekly prayer meeting is held on Wednesday evenings. The mem bership at present is sixty-seven, four of whom were received last Sunday. The Ladies Aid Society, consisting of forty seven members, is in active operation, and has raised since the organization of the church nearly $S50, all of which has been judiciously appropriated to the ex penses of the church' building and fur nishing the same. The officers of the church area board of six trustees, compos ed of the following gentlemen: J. J. Flint, W. C. White, L. Lyon, E. P. Wells, W. M. Lloyd and It. A. Bill. The board of elders, consisting of five members, is com posed of the following gentlemen: T. M. Grove, B. M. Hicks, O. H. Hewitt, W. H. Burkt and Dr. S. H. Drake, who are elec ted annually by the church and congrega tion on the first Monday of May. The choir is composed of good musical talent, and is lead by Mr. O. H. Hewitt with Miss. Lizzie Wells as organist. The Sunday School, Mr. W. C. White supperinten dent, assisted by an efficient corps of four teen officers and teachers," with a roll of 125 pupils, is not the least among the val uable auxiliaries of the church. The preliminary steps are being taken to build a parsonage and work will he commenced at once. The society is prosperous and numbers among its members a large num ber of young persons. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. This society now holds its meetings at Klaus hall, not having any church build ing, but the foundation of their new church was commenced this week and will be pushed forward as fast as good, substantial work and circumstances will permit. We are not in possession of the details, and owing to the press of church building and other matters upon the pas tor, llev. Father Flannigan, he is unable to furnish them, to give an extended notice of this organization. We learn, however, that the new edifice they are now commencing will be a handsome structure and an ornament to the town. In the membership of the Catholic church arc some of our best and most esteemed citizens, and the Alert congratulates them upon the near approach of the lime when they will have a building of their own in which to worship and perform their ceremonies. Rev. Flannigan, the pastor, is held in high esteem by his congregation and by the people generally. BAPTISTS ASD EPISCOPALIASS. Neither of these organizations have a society here in an organized form, but oc casionally have service by pastors from other localities. Wc understand, how ever, that both are preparing to organise societies here with a view to the erection of church edifices in the course of time. The Alert has no sectarian feelings at fill, Jt worships God according to (he dictates of its own conscience and con cedes to others the like right and liberty. It regards no man for his sectarian name or religious tlieoriee and dogmas. It measures him bj' what be is, not what ho professes, with the unerring standard of tho Golden Rule and the universally recog nized and immutable principles of right between mrn and man, leaving him to settle all questions of sectarian faith with his God. An Eastern Journalist's Views. Mr. E. V. Smalley, the veteran special correspondent of the N. Y. Tribune, who spent Saturday and Sunday in James town, was asked his opinion on this part of Dakota: "It is a much finer country than I ex pected to find," he said. "1 have been out on the prairies in every direction. The land is superb. It resembles the best Iowa prairie. It is rich, mellow and just rolling enough to give good drainage and make the landscapes attractive to the eye." "What do yon think of the town?" "It has the handsomest situation of any place! have seen in Dakota, and as the center of a great agricultural district is bound to grow up to a population of ten or fifteen thousand. If you get the fu ture State Capital here it may reach 30, 000 by the year 1900 "What is the prospect in Washington for the division of the territory?" "I was there two weeks ago. Every body seemed to think the bill would pass before the end of the session. I don't like the idea of having the name Dakota ap plied to both divisions. One or the other ought to find a new name. If you can't agree which shall keep the old one flip up a silver dollar and abide by the issue. Da kota is a good name I don't wonder you like it. Ohio is a good name, but don't you think Indiana, which was once apart of Ohio territory, is better off with a name of her own than she would have been if she had insisted on being called West Ohio. Wisconsin was once apart of Michigan territory and might have been called West Michigan, if her people had not found abetter name." "Another thing I object to," continued Mr. Smalley, "is calling the Dakota river the James or Jim. We have a James river in Virginia. Why, confuse people by putting the same name upon another stream? AVould it be convenient to have two Hudson rivers so that you would have to explain which one you meant? Drop it altogether and give your stream the In dian lYame, which it has a right to. I suppose tlie name of Jamestown is too firmly planted now to be changed but when you get to be a city you will wish you were not called a town. I know a bustling little city of 20,000 inhabitants in Ohio called Youngstown. The people would give a good deal of money if they had a more appropriate name." Decoration Day. The 30th of May each year is appointed and set apart as the day for the annual decoration of the soldiers' graves in all parts of the union, and so universally is the day observed that congress a lew years ago made it a national holiday. It is a beautiful, deserving and patriotic manifestation of gratitude to the the sol diers who fought the battles for the pre servation and perpetuation of the union, and should be continued and observed in commemoration of their services. We have no soldiers' graves here to thus honor, but wc can observe the day in some ap propriate way. We suggest that the peo ple in this vicinity observe it by planting out trees. Let every person commemo rate the day by planting out trees on their premises, if not more than one or two, it will be that much, and plant as many more as possible. They can be brought here by that time and it willl be in good season for planting them out. Just ima gine the effect upon the traveler passing through or stopping here ten years hence to see the streets lined and residences shaded by beautiful trees. It would add a hundred per cent to the value of prop erty, in the eyes of tlie eastern man, and be a hundred per cent more pleasant and comfortable to the citizen. Ever greens and forest trees will grow luxu riantly here and a few years attention to their cultivation will make Jamestown the paradise of the James River alley. A Case of Dogicide. Mr. Waller, of the firm of Waller and CaiT, made an investment this week that resulted worse than a land speculation in Manitoba. He was shipping a fine bird dog worth a hundred dollars from St Paul and to prevent escape he tied the "Point er" in the middle of the car near a board partition across the same. Like all other dogs with a propensity to see what is over on the other side, and with a miscalcula tion as to the length of the cord by which he had decided to scale, the "setter" made "a leap in the dark" as it were, and found himself standing on nothing. Of course his yalue declined very rapidly and in a few minutes later all that was of any value in the outfit was the cord, the relative value of the items being cord, $100, dog, nothing, an entire and complete reversal of the order in a very few min utes. He was hung until dead as com pletely as a Minneapolis lynching party could have done. They All Agree. Mr. Allison Burley, of Polk Co., Neb., stopped in Jamestown yesterday on his return trip from Glendive,Montana, where he had been on a prospecting tour. He says the James Iiiver Valley is the finest ountry he has seen in all liis* western trav el, and Jamestown the prettiest town. He subscribed for the Alert so as to keep posted in this vicinity and contemplates sometime in the future becoming a citizen of this the garden spot of the world. He says Mandan and*Bisinarck are brisk and thriving towns but two muddy for his fancy, and as for Montana, so far as he went, he don't like it at all as a farming country. Capital Hill. The Alert scribe took a stroll up on Capital llill, the old fort William H. Seward, Sunday afternoon, and found many of the sojourners in our town up there also. It gives a magnificent view of the town, and for that matter, as much of the world 4s the human eye can grasp. There are many curiosities and beauties peculiar to Dakota and the northwest to be seen there and from there and it is a notorious fact that, owing to the iightness and purity ot the atmosphere, one can see a great deal further here than in the denser atmosphere of tho cuddle states. JAMESTOWN".-STUTSMAN COUNTY, D. T., FRIDAY, MAY 12,1882 "',u jNO 42 The townsite from that point of view pre sents a magnificent example of the omnip otent handiwork of nature, and the new houses reflect the rays of the afternoon sun in gorgeous splendor. No one who looks down on Jamestown and over the vast expanse of country from Capital Hill will ever forget the scene that is present ed to his view, and go where he may he can always give a good description of the James Rives Valley and of Jamestown. Encourage our visitors to go up there and view the landscape o'er. The Press and the Prayer. The Verndale Journal is a neat, modest and well behaved newspaper. It is the only secular newspaper we have any knowledge of that announces a weekly prayer-meeting in the printing office. Now we have just one question to ask you, brother editor. In these prayer meetings did you ever try the effect of prayer on delinquent subscribers? If it will work on these cases successfully, there are 10, 000 editors waiting to go into the business. —Fergus Falls Independent. While there may be 10,000 editors who need the benefit of the prayers of the righteous ou their own account, we do not pgree with the Independent in wast ing such precious ammunition upon delin quent subscribers, for, as a class, such persons are beyond the reach of divine grace. We never heard the doctrine of total depravivity so forcibly and incontes tibly presented as by a speaker once who used the delinquent subscriber to a news paper as an illustration. It was clearer than the demonstration of geometrical problem. But the Alert docs not do bus iness in that way. No name goes on its subscription list until the cash is paid, nor does it remain there a day after the time paid for expires, unless the cash Is paid for removal. If that plan was pursued by all newspapers there would be less mony sunk in the business and total depravity in the form of delinquent sub scribers would become a by-gone theol ogy. The Work Goes On. In answer to the question: What part of Jamestown is building up most? the Alert can only say this: When you look in one direction you would be likely to note in your memorandum that that part of town is improving most rapidly. Then when you look in another direction you feel impelled to 'make the same memo randum as to that, and so on till you have looked in all directions, and your indecis ion lias been merged in confusion. Then you will go up on Capital Hiil where you can take in tlie whole town at a glance when you will arrive at the definite and correct conclusion that the town is im proving about equally in all parts and with a rapidity marvelou3 to behold. From center to circumference, in all di rections, may be seen the dwelling or busi ness house in the course of construction, and in all stages,* from the foundation to the driving of the last nail. The mason, tlie carpenter, the plasterer, the pairter, all have more on their hands than they can do, and still the calls upon them are constantly coming in. Building, build ing, building, is going on wherever j'ou look. But the same business activity is found in every department and avenue of trade. We have no loafers nor do we have use for them or room for them. Everybody here in on the alert and reads the Alert. Over The Road. Yesterday afternoon Vice-President Oaks and General Manager Haupt, to gether with a party of gentlemen of high financial standing, as follows: W. H. Bingham, Davis Johnson, George Howell, A. G. Holmes, L. Foster Dewey, John B. Carson, General Manager of the Hannibal & St. Joe Kailroad, Col. C. B. Lamborn, the newly appointed Land Commissioner and Geo. H. Earl, Clerk. Col. Lamborn came with the party from Chicago, and will go through to the Pacific coast looking after the interests of his depart ment. The train passed through James town yesterday just ahead of the regular passenger and consisted of a baggage, dining'car, sleeping and business car. It stopped long enough here for the mag nates to look out upon the most beautifnl town on the line, and, even though the recent disagreeable rain and present hazy, cloudy weather made the view an unfa vorable one, they expressed themselves as highly pleased with the location. At the end of the track they will proceed by team to the road coming tins way from the Pa cific coast. More About a Board of Trade. EDITOR DAILY ALERT—Your call for a board of trade in Jamestown is just the thing to give our town a big send off. Let us organize aboard of trade immedi ately and then get a railroad in from the south. If the board of trade would set to work right, I believe they could secure the right of way free gratis from all the farmers for a railroad from the south line of Stutsman county to Jamestown also good depot grounds in the limits of ames town. Then the board of trade could hurry up a road into this place by offer ing this right of way, with depot grounds, to the first road that reached us from the south, in which case we might hope for a road this summer. Respectfully, GEO. C. D. Jamestown, May 8th. How to Procure Government Land. Every person, being the head of a fam ily, or a widow, or single person, over twenty-one years, and a citizen of the United States, or having filed a declara tion of intention to become such, is enti tled to the right of a pre-emption, timber claim, and homestead entry, of 160 acre each. A pre-emption and" timber entiy, or homestead and timber entry, can be held at the same time, making*320 acres and it is within the possibilities for everys person to use the three rights, and seeare 4S0 acres of land. The following are the government fees to be paid at the time of entry: For 160 acres pre-emption, $2 for 1C0 acres timber claim, $14 for 160 acres homestead, $14 soldiers' stay of six months, |2. The following from the Chicago Inter Ocean will be of local interest: "As the fishing season is at hand, wc remind ama teurs that fish rarely bite at bait in flat lottles. The spirited preparation in this line suggests the precautionary remark. Another good rule for fishermen, which the inexperienced cannot learn too soon is, don't carry the bait in your month." A' W 1JJS -ysmte: 10 IWijm foft/n siotti gu/jfeni iffior) .•••Y«.d# '#&ft 0ite 11/ &£fci&. CAPITAL CITY CRUMBS. ii-ii -Ur/j b'jini Rupert's Weekly Letter from. Eldridge Contains More Than the Usual Amount ofjjews. -.V Loiiit,, The Alert Man Discovers a Noble Red Man who has Hoisted in Rather 'i'j too Much Booze. ,../.^ :i. J'i. 'i fit! A Board of Trade to. be. Ortraui^edby Qux Wide Awake and IJve ff(J Men at Once. 1., ___fl a J, Eldridge Sqns.' ii '•'iJ'W About two weeks "ago a h/aii named James Allen arrived here irom -Wiscon-. sin. He registered at the Metropolitan'. Hotel, and during Jyea^fast tinje capie in contact with our able land agent, Sam Scripture, who, during the cburse of'lhie day located Allen On a magnificent quar ter section of land three miles west of the village. Allen then purchased, lumber and builtp, snug little.bouse and spnteast for hi^. wife and three children, who reached here in safety a few days later and were lodged comfortably in their new house. Allen then made arrangements with Mr. Littig of Davenport to dc some breaking, and started, away ,^s. it was thought to purchase.some,cattle, 'but not returning at the expiration, of three days, Mrs.' Allen fears that her husband lias given her the slippas be had- some four hundred dollars of JjUj ,1^,, possession at the time of leaving. It is toped that he may yei turn up'iri good-shape.s" 'i:''' Geo. Furguson formerly at Jamestown has rented and refitted the' Eldridge blacksmith shop and made it equal to any establishment of the. Jcipd in the co.unty. George is a first class mechanic and can get away with a plow point too quick. F. E. Jones received another car load of household goods and farming imple ments last Friday from Chicago together with a very fine New Jersey cow and six black Maftese cats which the squire is going to tram to kill gophers and keep the Jackson rabbits away from his apple and peach trees. t. Geo. W. Vennum accompanied by Major Lyon and Mr. Thorn paid the- village a flying visit on Saturday evening. So also did Lyman B. Miner and Patrick Morrtm on the following day. The beautiful warm rain of late has given vegitation such a glorius send off that the barley and oats sown here six days ago is two and a half inches slick and clean above the ground. As Win. Lee was crossing Front street yesterday to the depot a young Coolie dog belonging to P. P. Wedeman made a dive, at liim, with froth in his mouth and tears in his eyes. As Lee thought the" canine was curiously inclined, he drew a revolver and loged a leaden messenger.in the dog's breast which slackened his pace to such an extent that Lee made good his escapa. The Sunday school was reorganized here last Sunday and quite a number of new names were added to the roll. RUPERT. The Declining Indian. Yesterday afternoon as the Alert-editor was going down Fifth Avenue, he saw an aged Indian leaning up against the side of a building, meditatively and intently watching the splendid passenger train of the Northern Pacific as it steamed out of town on its way westward. The old In dian heeded not the busy pale faces that thronged past him in the pursuit of their various avocations. Perhaps his mind recalled the days of his childhood or early prime when, with war-painted cheek, and tomahawk and scalping knife in hand, he sallied forth to resist the westward march of civilization and the encroachments of industry upon his hunt ing grounds, and perhaps many a scalp has dangled at his belt, and he has seen his comrades bite the dust by the unerr ing shot of the scout's rifle.- Those days of Indian happiness and glory, if such *it may be called, lulve gone forever from this region. The mounds over the graves of their fathers are fast being leveled down by the plow of the pale face, and the indian is a stranger in his own land. He has fought against fate lie has resist ed the progress of civilization he has been overwhelmed by the tide, and soon the sun of his. race must set, forever, and the short sentence, he lived and died, will be almost all the record the historian of a a century hence will give him. He leaves no work of art nor monument of industry to commemorate his name. Now for a Board of Trade. It will be remembered that the Alert commenced agitating the question last December, and it is gratifying to see that the fruit of the agitation is about to ma ture. The subject has been presented to the people in various ways through the columns of the Alert recently as well as some time ago, and the enterprises that have recently presented themselves to the consideration of our people have also im pressed the need of such an organization on the minds of our business men very forcibly and now the time for action has come, and we hope prompt and effective action will be taken at once and that a board of trade, will be permanently or ganized. It is unnecessary to repeat or urge further the importance of this move ment, for it is recognized by all who have given the subject consideration. The Alert is informed that the business men will take hold of the matter at once, and that arrangements will be consummated to-day and a call for a meeting to organ ize may be ready lor to-morrow morn ing's paper. The Car Shops. It is now definitely settled that the rail road car shops will be located in James town: in fact the arrangements are nego tiated and grounds procured, ready to be perfected, provided the subscriptions are promptly paid, and the Alert UTges subscribers to pay up without delay the ss it is upon that express condition that the location IR predicated, and it will not he consummated until that is done. Busi ness is business, and the interests of Jamestown will admit of no dallying in the premises. As soon as the money is paid the Alert will publish the plans, ex. tent and cost of the buildings through its O L'AS&^TV ,^. &$£ Columns, but it is unnecessary and im proper to do so, until the enterprise la made an assured fact by the payment of the| money subscribed for upon that con dition hangs the enterprise. 11 "VKWJ Two Iowa Lawyers. lion. Roderick Rose of Davenport has been prospecting North Dakota at inter vals for three years, in search of a loca tion. Every part of this marvelous region is so much superior to Iowa, that he found it hard to decide upon any particular lo cality. 7He bought a farm in the go,' but he has finally determined to and remove his family to Jamestown ihe says, offers a greater combination ot advantages and of pleasant conditions wijth fever unfavorable. Mr. Rose is jtwice Mayor of his city and the candidate of liis party for congress. It is not his in tention to go into general practice here and it is rumored that he will be associated with President Wells of the James River National Bank in some enterprise of great value to all Northern Dakota. HON. W. A. LYNCH 4 ... for many years of the firm of Martin, Murphy & Lynch, leading corporation attotfieys'of Davenport, came to Dakota with his friend Rose, to learn if his glow ing statements were warranted by the facts. A weeks investigation has proven so satisfactory that Mr. Lynch lias also determined to remain permanently in the future capita! and has formed a partner ship with Mr. S. L. Glaspell who is well and favorably known throughout this county. Mr. Maitm, the senior partner of Mr. Lynch's firm is President of the strong company recently organized 'to complete a rail road from Davenport through Iowa and to some point on the Northern Pa cific. In connection with this' fact, the visit and location here of Mr. Lynch may have more than ordinary significance. Yellow Back Literature. A sixteen-year-old boy who had taken a course of reading in dime novels of the yellow back character at St. Paul, exemplified his novel education, by imag ining himself jealous of his fourteen-year old sweetheart, and in a real attempt to make a hero of himself by killing her. Failing in this attempt to make himself a hero of a future dime novel, he turned the weapon upon himself and closed his ca reer, by providing the coroner with a subject for inquest in his own body. Such heroes are about the kind that yel low back novels produce. Puppy loves and revolvers are a dangerous combina tion in the hands of children. But tliia is only one case among hundreds of young lives wrecked through the baneful influ ence of these cheap works of fiction. They are a menace to every household and every family circle, and more so from the insidious manner and false pretenses under which they are circulated. They are poison to the young mind, and every family head should guard against them as a pestilence, and burn them whenever found about the house. Works of fiction which inspire the nobler feeling of the heart to action, aud stimulate virtue and moral integrity, have their proper and useful place in literature, but the blood and thunder trash has no proper place except in the stove as soon as they from the press. Excursion Rates. The Alert is informed that the Northern Pacific has perfected its arrangements, and General Passenger Agent Barnes, one of the most accommodating railroad men in the West, announces that round trio tickets for excursion or exploring parties can be had at all stations of importance in Canada and the States west of New York, to Jamestown and other points still farther west on the N. P. R. R. These tickets will give stop-over privi leges and be good for forty days, at the lowest possible rates. This will afford the people in the States a fine opportunity to visit and view the magnificent beauty of nature's unadorned sceneiy of A New Railroad. Articles of incorporation for anew rail road will be filed in a few days, incorpor ating a railroad to run north and south through Dakota, and that forty miles of the road will be put in course of construe* tion this season. The present north ter minus of the road will be on the Northern Pacific either at Jamestown or some point west, and will run in a southerly course to form a junction with the Fargo & South Western branch of the N. P. at some point in Tp. 133 or 134 65. Capitalists from New York, Minneapolis and Canada have the matter in hand, among them, Calvin E. Brown, rroprietor of the Minneapolis straw hoard and paper mill, Henry Car lisle, Ex-Mayor otSt. Catherines, Canada, and A. G. Brown, solicitor for building soceity, St. Catherines. We hope our -eople will look after the interests of amestown in this matter. Here is another instance of the necessity of a board of trade in this city, and such in stances will be constantly presenting themselves. The Bridges. The County Commisioners had ^25*5 Gooee River country, he rented an office at Far locate --X which one[of the- leading lawyers of Davenport, waa a meet ing yesterday, but no further action was taken in the matter ot the bridges over the James river than to appoint a com mittee to investigate the matter and sub mit plans either for their repair or -new ones at a meeting to he held for what is worth doing doing well. Wednesday, of next week. The disposition seems to be to ascertain fully what is needed, «~j then to do the work in a substantial man ner, which, of course, is the best policy, at all is worth Foi Sale. Three fourteen inch breaking plows,two twelve inch breaking plows, one h™»i^ wagon. The property will be sold at less than manufacturers prices. Enquire at O. N. Hart's place one mile west of to"*™- 47w4i| I want ten teams to go to work at on the Jamestown Branch R. B.., at p*? day. Apply at camp near AJdea 4k Water's fares, or of Chas. Hstciteoa, Jamestown. I will famish oats at 10 cento per bushel and gnmad foeAatfl per hundred is Jamestown. ld-iw tat v*^l- •A-}& •«,' thd Great Northwest traversed by that stu-« pendous enterprise, the Northern Pacifid railroad, which is to span the continent from Lake|Superior to the Pacific Ocean, and has already opened up to civilization and industry millions of acres of the most beautiful and fertile lands the eye of ever beheld.