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From Tuesday's Daily.
The Literary Last Night.
Literary entertainments are nearly al­
good and especially is this true of
those given by home talent, arid yet home
talent is much like the prophet, "not
without honor except in his own country,"
or in other words, the'better appreciated
the farther away from home. Daily as
gociation and familiarity with those tak­
ing part in such exercises detracts very
much fiom the impression they make
just as personal association and familiari­
ty with great men takes awny the awe
their presence would otherwise inspire.
Therefore we think it quite a compliment
to home talent to succeed in giving a sat­
isfactory entertainment at home among
their everyday associates, and those
who took part in the exercises last night
certainly deserve a high mede of praise
for the manner in which they captured
the audience at the M. E. church literary
entertainment last night. The audience
was large and contained many exacting
critics, but all, without exception, were
well pleased and left without fault to find
in the parts taken by the different parti­
The exercises were as follows:
Reading—F. V. Many, "Applejacked
Recitation—Chas. T. Hills, "IIow we
caught the Mouse."
Quartette—Messrs. Fowler and Leter
neau, and Misses Knapp and Bartholo­
Recitation—Mr. Mathews, "The Church
Reading—Miss Knapp, "The Prisoner
of Clnllon."
Recitation—Mr. Wetmore, "The Man
of the Hour."
Bartholomew and
Recitation—B. S
of Bible Poetry."
Reading—Miss Bushnell, "TheWitche's
Russell, "Specimens
Solo—Miss Knapp.
Reading—C. H. Culver, "Tarn O'Shan
It was decided to hold the next meeting
three weeks from last night at which
time a lecture will be given.
All performed their parts well and we
will not particularize farther than to re­
fer specially to the reading of I'nm O'
Shanter," by Mr. Culver, upon whom the
mantle of Bobby Burns (not in all res­
pects, however,) seems to have fallen. II
the committee wlm made up the program
intended to"reserve the best of the wine to
the end of the feast" they did it success­
fully. Mr. Culver is on the shady side oi
life, growing gray with a pen behind
ear, being a professional book keeper, an
unpretentious man apparently buried in
his business, it was somewhat of a sur­
prise when he was en lied upon to read
that difficult piecc, but he did it in a man­
ner and with a brogue that "brought down
the house." The audience laughed and
yelled and yelled and laughed till ex­
hausted. Everybody went home highly
pleased with the entertainment and there
is no question but what every entertain­
ment gived by the literary society during
the winter will be well attended.
Prom Wednesday's Daily.
The Wedding Yesterday.
The marriage of Mr. Daniel R. Long
and Miss Nellie A. Schwellenbach yester­
day morning at naif past ten o'clock was
ail event that has been looked forward to
with much pleasure by our young people,
because both the contracting parties arc
highly esteemed and very popular in the
society circles of our city. The marriage
ceremony was performed ov Rev. Father
Flannagan, Mr. Dennis Murphy acting as
groom's-mau and Miss Belle Schwellen­
bach as bridesmaid, after which a splen­
did dinner was served at the home of the
bride's parents in which they were joined
by a number of friends. They received
number of elegant presents as tokens of
regard and good will from their friends.
Mr. Long came to this place only a few
years ago almost a penniless boy, but by
industry and shrewd management he has
Already amassed a comfortable fortune,
and the young couple now start out in
life together under the
From Thursday's Daily.
circumstances, and with the smcerest
wishes of a host of friends for their future
prosperity and happiness, both being
higlilv honored and esteemed members of
Jamestown society, They started on the
east bound train yesterday afternoon for
Brattleboro, Vermont, where they will
visit a couple of mouths with the rela
tives and friends of Mr. Long, after
which they will return to Jamestown and
make this their future home.
Held Up.
Madam rumor reports a nice ease of
highway robbery, from the new Elderado
called Billings. A night or two ago three
gentlemen, a coinmeicial traveler and
two railroad men, while walking from the
train to the hotel were stopped by
couple of highwaymen, who relieved ye
drummer of his watch and $40 in money.
"Talking the matter over in the hotel
afterwards, one of the victims seemed to
recognize a fellow at the bar as one of the
culprits, quietly listening to their talk,
and after making sure of his man, opened
lire on him. The fellow immediately ran
and being wounded was traced to his
house and readily captured. The excite­
ment for a while rau high, and further
details are eagerly looked for.
Cheek Snuffed Out.
The village board held a meeting night
•before last, at which time the subject of
the new charter was called up. It will
be remembered that at the previous meet
ing of the board City Attorney Hewit wss
directed to obtain from various different
cities a copy of their charters for compar
son in the formation of the new charter
tor Jamestown, the subject to be further
coasidered at the next meeting. The city
attorney being absent from town Tues­
day sight his law partner, W. C. White,
appeared as his sulwtitute. When the
subject ot the new charter was called up,
White, instead of present.ng the charters
procured for the eutusidcration of the
fcoard as they expected and had directed,
arose in the self-assurance of conscious
ftCjttuess and wnh the gall of a govero-
ment mule and informed the board that
he and Mr. Hewit had consulted over the
matter and concluded that the charters
they had obtained would occasion wrang­
ling and delay and the better plan would
be to employ some person of good legal
ability to draft a new charter, giving
four or live weeks' time to it, and in con­
nection with this advice remarked that
they had arranged their business so that
they could have about that much time of
leisure to devote to something, still urg­
ing that the matter be put into the hands
of a man of high legal
standing. The es­
timate Mr. White placed upon the capac­
ity of ihe board by withholding from
them the charters they had directed to be
pre.-ented at the meeting for fear they
would wrangle over them, can only be
inferred and the estimate the board
placed upon Mr. White's legal ability can
likewise be inferred by their appoint­
ing another person to draft the charter.
Mr. White's brilliant career as city at
orney was evidently not considered by
the board. The city ordinances gotten
up by Mr. White, and passed while he
was the legal adviser of the board., area
standing reproach to the village, and an
attempt to enforce them in contested cases
usually results in the village being laugh­
ed out of court, so bungling and deficient
arc the ordinances. These ordinances
ought to be sent to the museum at Wash­
ington and labelled "W. C. White's idea
of legal ability."
A Street Eailwoy.
It is with pleasure the Alert announces
that a street railway company has been
organized, and has received from the
secretary of the territory a certificate of
incorporation. The incorporators are D.
Curtin, Roderick Rose, J. A. Atkinson,
R. 6. Reeves and E. Strong, who will push
the work forward with all possible rapid­
ity as soon as the weather opens in the
spring. An ordinance granting the right
of way over the principal streets is now
in course of final passage. The first part
of the railway to be built wijl be on Fifth
avenue from the railroad to the new court
house and the line will be extended as
fast as practicable through the principal
streets of the city. The known business
enterprise and ability of the incorpora­
tors assures the success of the undertak­
ing. Sometime ago the Alert predicted
that Jaiu'jstown would be traversed by
street railways in the course of a few
years at most, but did not then expect it
so soon. Bui. the enterprise and progress
of Jamestown is past all human calcula­
tion and the best we can do is to publish
them as they take taugible shape, and
wonder what will come next. The rapid
strides of advancement and the magnifi­
cence of the buildings erected and pro
ected are the wonder of all visitors to
this part of the great northwest, and even
to our own citizens, and we have no doubt
that next year will far surpass the most
extravagant anticipations of the people
at home and abroad. The real boom of
Jamestown lias just commenced.
Fatronize Home Industry.
There are some business reforms need­
ed in Jamestown, and the Alert will take
his occasion to poiut them out. It is in
sending away for goods that you can pro­
cure at home of your own merchants, me­
chanics or profession. Our interests are
an association of sympathetic and depend­
ent interests, and what affects one di­
rectly affects all indirectly. What crip­
ples one cripples all more or less. Any
sum ot money sent away for what you can
procure of your home merchant injures
him that much and takes that much
money from the channels of trade in your
own town. The manufacturing interests
of the town especially ought to be foster­
ed and patronized in everything they can
supply. Take the cigar manufactory in
this ciiy for example. The trade of this
town would perhaps employ five times the
uumber of men now employed there if
our retail dealers would buy their stock
there instead of sending away to a foreign
manufactory for the same kind of goods
and at the same price. Can our merchants
consistently complain of people going
away or sending to foreign places for the
goods they can supply when they are
themselves pursuing the same policy?
The principle will hold just as good in
the oue case as the other in fact the prin­
ciple Is just the same. The more goods
our merchants sell the more clerks they
employ. The more demand upon our
manufactories the more help thev em­
These are likewise consumers and
the money they receive for wages returns
right back into the channels of trade for
supplies. In home trade money
spent is money lent in foreign trade
money sent away is money gone to stay.
Persons need only to consider the subject
for a moment and they will plainly see
that the poticy of taking from home ln
industry and trade that which rightly be­
longs to it, injures the entire business of
the city.
Masonic Installation.
The officers elect and appointed
Lodge No. 19 A, F. & A.
installed last night. Hie installa
ceremonies were performed by H. E,
Wallace, acting grand master, and A. G.
Chambers, acting grand marshal, for the
occasion. Officers installed were as fol­
lows: Geo. H. Woodbury, W. M. A. A.
Allen, S. W. E. H. Foster, J. W. Thos.
S. Collins, treasurer R. A. Bill, secretary
F. W. Webster, J. I). L. DuBuisson.
8. A. McKechnie, J. S. James McKen
zie, tyler. The S. D. not yet appointed.
The lodge is in good working condition
and has a membership that is creditable
to the time honored institution,
and when the new hall in the
third story of the First National
bee* completed tbty will have a place
of meeting which for comfort and elegance
will have few if any equals in the terri­
The Land Office.
The commissioner of the general land
oHlce has set his brogan down on the
Jamestown land district and Secretary
Teller has set dowu on the brogan. It
would be interesting to the people here to
know what influences are bought to bear
upon these functionaries that makes them
persist in a stubborn disregard of the con­
venience of the people in thiB particular
part of Dakota for they give no good rea­
son for it. The cause they assign for
their opposition to the measure is but the
flimsiest petti-fogging, and wou'd seem to
indicate that they are stupidly ignorant
of geograpay of the county as well as in­
different to the convenience of the set­
tlers. A trip of a hundred miles by these
officials in a special palace car
at the expense of the government may
be a suall matter to them but a trip of that
distance by the sons of toil in Dakota at
their own expense is no light matter.
This is no small matter of itself and when
to this is added the disappointment of
finding that some oiher fellow had been
and filed upon the quarter in view the
provocation is too great to speak of the
commissioner and secretary at Washing­
ton in a christian spirit.
A Good Appointment.
A the meeting of ^the Tillage board
Tuesday night Mr. G. N. Culver, now
acting deputy village clerk, was appoint­
ed to draft the new charter for the incor­
poration of Jamestown as a city. Those
who are personally acquainted with Mr.
Culver and his business capacities will at
once commend the judgment of the
board in the selection they made for this
duty, and for the information of others
the Alert will state that Mr. Culver has
been a member of the Vermont legisla­
ture, and has been been connected with
municipal affairs in yarious official capa­
cities for many years, and understands
thoroughly the requirements of munici­
pal charters. With these advantages of
experience together with those of being a
fine scholar and in communication with
the best legal talent of the city, we be­
lieve he will produce a charter that will
not only be an honor to himself but in
every way satisfactory to the people of
Jamestown and the legislative assembly
to which it will be submitted.
Proceedings of Ihe Board of Village
The board of trustees met in adjourned
session December 19, at 8:30 p. m.
Present—J. T. Bush, David Curtin, L.
Lyon and J. J. Roper. J. T. Bush in the
The minutes of the last meeting were
read and on motion approved.
A petition signed by D. Curtin and
others, asking for the passage of an ordi­
nance giving the Jamestown Street Rail­
way company the privilege of construct
ing and operating a street railway on cer­
tain streets of the village, was received,
and on motion of L. Lyon, seconded by J.
Roper, the prayer of the petitioners
was granted. Under suspension of the
rules an ordinance was introduced em­
bracing the matters relating to the afore­
said petition and the ordinance received
its first and second readings and was laid
over under the rule.
The following bills were allowed and
the clerk instructed to draw orders in pay­
ment thereof, viz
Michael Murphy, for building
sidewalks and crossings $216 SO
M. T. MelviL and R. Biackwall
for watching fire at time of the
burning of Elmer's theater
Kirk, Allen & Hathorn fof nails..
M. H. Schmidt, two months salary
as marshal
Fred Clarke, for drawing off dead
6 00
10 55
110 00
3 00
R. E. S. Miller presented a bill for $6
for service as fire warden, which was laid
over under the rule.
he ordinance regulating the building
of privy vaults and receptacles of filth
was called up, and on motion of L. Lyon,
seconded by D. Curtin, received its third
reading and final passage.
Moved by D. Curtin, seconded by J. J.
Roper, that G. N. Culver be employed to
draft a city charter, as soon as possible,
and submit it tor consideration at the first
meeting of the board after its completion.
Motion carried.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
Village Clerk.
By G. N. Culver, deputy.
City Government.
The future prosperity of Jamestown de­
pends very much upon the manner of
government we shall have, both as to the
discretion and public spirit of the mem­
bers of the council and the powers granted
them in the charter. There is a class of
narrow contracted minds in every town
who are bound up in the old puritanical
ideas of the superiority of ecclesiastical
over state and municipal government,
who believe in the "blue laws" system Of
government,religious bigotry and intoler­
ance, and would bend everything to that
straight jacket rule who believe that pro­
gress is sin and that public morals as
they see it is a creature of legislation and
conformity to set principles of ceremonial
law. These people have aright to this
belief, and the free exercise of their re­
ligious conscience so far as they them­
selves are concerned, but they have no
right to force their straight jackets upon
others. Every person is guaranted re­
ligious freedom so far as it does not in­
fringe upon the rights of others
and no farther. The sphere of
municipal government, or any other
trnmest for that matter, is t|te great­
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est good to the greatest number and the
greatest number to be the judge as to
wliat that is.
We are now about obtaing a city char
ter, and it should be made broad enough
to meet the expanding requirements of
the city for years to come, fpr the powers
delegated in a charter are the extreme
limit,and by these we will be circumscrib­
ed, A municipality can only exercise
delegated powers. Silence wttli reference
to any power in a city charter is prohibi­
tion of the exercise of kuch powers. For
instance, the absence of any provision in
a city charter for levying a city tax would
deprive the municipal authorities of the
city of the power to levy a lax so that it
is necessary that every present and future
need and exigency, so far as. human fore­
sight can grasp, should be provided for.
The matter of flnancc is a point that
should be well guarded. If there is any
one thing in which people have shown
themselves incapable of self government
it is in the matter of public finance.
When given a loose rein they have in
innumerable cases involved themselves in
debt to the extent of insolvency. This
should be provided against by a reason
able restriction in tho amount of indebt­
edness to be incurred and a like limit to
the per cent of tax that may be levied in
any one year. Safeguards should be
placcd around the city treasury so as to
effectually secure it from peculation and
embezzlement by a system of cheeks upon
the custodians of the city funds. No
honest man would object to this and none
but honest men should have the custody
of the funds. The Alert has no disposi­
tion to dictate in the formation of the
new charter, but it has now come to be a
subject of public discussion and we give
our views upon it.
Rnl Estate Transactions.
The real estate business recorded for
the week ending yesterday evening,
though not so large as the week before,
shows a very healthy condition of the
market The sales of land, including
commuted homesteads and pre-emptions,
aggregote 3,929.55 acres at an aggregate
consideration of $14,591.30, (vhich togeth­
er with the sales of lots in Jamestown of
$3,100, and those in Carnngton of $1,955,
makes a total aggregate of $19,646.36.
Following ig the list placed on record for
the week:
Pj Fargo to Henry Loyd, both of
Jamestown, seq sec 11, tp 140, 63, 160
acres, $2,700.
Carrington & Casey to Winslow & Her
mance, all of Stutsman county, lots 7, 8.
9,10, 11 and 12, blk 15 and lots 7 8, 9,
10, 11 and 12, blK 34 and lots 7 and 8, blk
35, in the town of Carrington^ $1,955.
Atkinson & Pannell, of Jamestown, to
Ransom Downs, of Ramsey county Minn,
lot 11, blk 15, Atkinson & Pannell's add,
Cuyler Adams, of Spiritwood, to S
llussel, of Jamestown, nhf & nlif swq sc
11, the nwq & whf of swq sec 13, tp 141,
63, 640 acres $040.
John McGowan to Thos E Olsgard
and Gorden Thompson, neq sec 12, tp
137, 62, 160 acres, $1,075.
Canse to Canse, both of Eld
ridge, nwq sec 30, tp 142, 65, 160 acres,
S to W II Cole nwq sec 32, tp 138,
62, 160 acres, $400.
S to Thos McMahon, nwq sec 1, tp
149, 61, 159 acres, $199.98.
S to Fargo, seq see 10, tp 140,
ri 100 acres, $400.
S to Brooks, seq sec 10, tp 13S,
63,160 acres, $400.
S to Sanford Morrison, neq sec 6, tp
143, 65, 160 acres, $400.
S to W Thompson, whf nwq and
whf swq sec 8, tp 149, GO, 160 acres,
S to Sharlow, nwq sec 24, tp 137,
65, 160 acres, $400.
S to W E Waller, nwq sec 22, tp 143,
65, 160 acres, $400.
S to A Dearborn, seq sec 20, tp 144,
66, 160 acres, $400
S to Kate Niedham, swq sec 34, tp
144, 66, 160 acres, $400.
S to McGowan, neq sec 12, tp
137, 62, 160 acres, $400.
Chas Mieding to lleury Pieper, all of
Calumet Co, Wis., nhf sec 25, tp 140,
G6, 320 acres, $2,000.
S to S Canse, nwq sec 30, tp 142,
65, 150.55 acres, $376.38.
Henry Pieper to Frederike Mieding,
both of Calumet Co, Wis., nhf sec 25, tp
140, 66, 320 acres, $2,000.
S to Canse, neq sec 30, tp 142,
65, 160 acres, $400.
John McGinnis to Eager, lot 11,
blk 44, Capitol Hill add, $150.
Fuller, Allen & Dodge to 11 Winslow
and Vennum, lots 11 and 12, blk 2,
Riverside add, $600.
S Russell to Hamilton, lot 9, blk
9, original plat, $1,200.
S McGinnis to II Chambers, lots
10 and 12, blk S, McGinnis add. $600.
W Lloyd, Jr., to Estline Grundy, lots
4 and 5, blk 26, Lloyd's add, $450.
Such graceful feats as sending influen­
tial^) parties to bull-doze between three
and four hundred congresemen in*o doing
something that nine out of ten of them
are opposed to has gradually becomc un­
popular and it is thought that the usual
gang of amateur lobbyists who have
for the past few seasons spent the winter
in Washington at the expense of a few
zealous citizens, will be very much smaller
during the present session than it has
been heretofore. To illustrate the
importance with which one of these ama­
teurs is regarded by the senators and con­
gressmen they arc seat to plead with one
has only to stick his fir.ger in a jug of
sour milk pull it]out and look for the hole.
A man may be a li—11 of a fellow at home
and when in the pompou« city of \Yashing
ton not attract half so ir.uoh prominent
attention as &u oidmary ovoi-black.
:\:i^rv-hhit nrj11-. fP I
By Western Associated Frees,
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.—Senate—Sher­
man from the finance committee pre­
sented a subsitute to the house bill on
the subject extending for two years the
whiskey bonded period.
The bill amending the act to repeal dis­
criminating duties on goods produced
east of the Cape of Good Hope was
The deplomatic appropriation bill was
The Indian bill was discussed.
The judiary committee reported back
the bankruptcy bill with amendment.
House—The resolution for a recess
from Dec. 22 to Jan. 3 was voted down
and a resolution offered by Robeson im­
posing a find of $50 upon any member for
each day's absence duriug the holiday
week was adopted.
Committee on appropriation completed
the army bill late this afternoon, amounts
in round numbers $23,000,000 and is
$1,600,000 less than the current year
bill. Recommend a reduction of aides
and also that no officer be assigned ac­
cording to his brevet rank.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19. —Senate The
Indian appropriation bill was passed this
afternoon, interesting discussion on the
education of young Indians.
The bill extending the whiskey bonded
period was discussed and an ineffectual
attempt tvas made to consider the civil
service bill.
House—After a warm debate the house
voted to have a holiday recess from Dec.
22 till Jan. 2. Bills were introduced pro­
hibiting employees of the United States
from interfering in politics and to amend
the antipoligamy law. The appropria­
tion bill came up and the amendment re­
ducing 50 per cent, the compensation of
land grant and bond. Subsidized rail­
ways for carrying the mails was the theme
of an extended discussion, but no final
action was taken either on the amend­
mentor bill.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20.—Melville ap­
peared before the Jeannette board and
sdentified DeLong's report to the secre­
tary. The account of the ctuise was ac­
cepted as evidence and read.
Senate, Appropriation committee
this morning decided to recommend the
adoption of the house resolution providing
a recess fronijDccember 22nd, to January
Sub-committee on elections this morn­
ing decided to report in favor of admit­
ting Cain delegate from Ltali.
House—Mr. Brown cf Indiana called
up the motion to reconsider tlia vote b7
which the bill permitting retired army
officers to hold civil offices in the territo­
ries was indefinitely postponed. The mo­
tion prevailed and the motion to postpone
was withdrawn.
Mr. Towusend of Illinois offered an
amendment providing that when retired
army officers shall accept a territorial
office his retired pay shall be covered
iuto the treasury. This gave rise to a
noisy discussion. The amendment was
lost, and a: ter an hour spent in an at
tempt to secuie a quorum the bill finally
Mr. Bingham of Pennsylvania, chair­
man of the committee on postoffices and
post roads, reported back the resolution
calling on the postmaster general for in­
formation as to failing star route con­
tractors since the 1st of July, 1882.
Mr. Willets of Michigan, from the com­
mittee on judiciary, reported back the sen­
ate bill to prevent and punish counter­
feiting of notes, bonds or other securities
of foreign governments, and was referred
to the house calendar.
The house then went into committee of
the whole on posteffice appropriation bill.
Robeson continued his argument in
sapport of Ins amendment, fixing com­
pensation, land grant and bonds subsi­
dizing railroads for carrying the mails.
Mr. Robinson's amendment was adopt­
ed—64 to 2. He wittingly raised the
point of no quorum, but withdrew upon
condition that there sliouid ba a yea and
nay vote in the house.
On motion of Mr. Mills of Texas an
was adopted directing the
postmaster general to make a thorough
investigation into the railway mail service
of the United States and report to the
next session of congress what is the reas­
onable value of transportation of the
mails and what difference there is be­
tween the cost of transportation of freight
for private parties and cost »f transport­
ation of the mails.
The committee then rose and reported
the bill to the house. He withdrew
lus demand for a yea and nay vote on
Robinson's amendment, and it was
agreed to. The bill then passed yeas
163, nays 21.
Mr. Butterworth of Ohio gave notice
that he would ask for the consideration of
the army appropriation bill to-morrow.
WASHINGTON, Dcc. 21.—Senate—Cam­
eron, of Wisconsion, from committee on
claims reported without amendment the
house bill offered lor assistance and relief
to congress and executive department
investigation of claims and demands
against the government, and gave notice
that he would call it up at an early day,
By Logan, to increase efficiency of the
army ot the United States.
Br Sanders, for admission of Utah into
the Union on an equal footing with the
original States, which was referred.
Allison called up the consular and
diplomatic appropriation bill and amend
ments reported by commissioner on ap­
propriations, were agreed to and hill
Civil service bill coming under consid
eratiou Pendleton offered an amendment
entrance to service shall be the lowest
grade, and providing t}iat appointment in
departments shall be apportioned as near­
ly as possible among the states and terri­
tories and district of Columbia on the
basis of population.
Senator Vest made a long speech at­
tacking the spoils sj'stem.
Resolutions were introduced favoring a
rebate on the stock of tobaeco on hand if
the tax is abolished, and declaring it to be
the sense of the Senate that tho pre-emp
tion laws should be repealed.
The liolidav adjournment resolution
was rejected 25 to 36.
The agricultural appropriation bill was
House—A resolution was repiorted b}r
the ways and means committee in favor
of a rebate on stock on hand in case the
tobacco tax is reduced or abolished.
The army appropriation bill of $24,682,
700 was takbn up and a provision re­
ducing 50 per cent, the compensation of
the land grant railways for carrying
troops and supplies was discussed with
considerable warmth.
The Ironmongers.
PITTSBURG, Pa., Dec. 19.—The malle­
able iron manufacturers association of the
United States met here to-day. Repre­
sentatives present from New York, New
Haven, Philadelphia, Erie, Cincinnati
and other places. Proceedings were held
with closed doors, but it is understood
the meeting considered the advisability
of advancing prices which are not satis­
factory. It is not known what action
was taken. To-morrow is the date
of the general convention of iron
manufacturers of the "West. Meeting is
for the purpose of ascertaining the con­
dition of trade to discuss the best method
of keeping up prices. From present in­
dications the meeting will be one of the
largest ever held, as telegrams have been
received from manufacturers at all points
of the country stating that they will be
on hand.
PITTSBUKGH, Dec. 20.— Meeting of the
iron manufacturers to-day was the largest
since the strike, representatives being
present from all the principal western
cities, ltoportsfrom all sections as to the
condition of trade showed that while
prices were low the volume of trade was
fairly good, and prospects for the next
season are exceedingly bright. It was
decided that cost rate 2}£ cents should be
charged, but that selling rate should be
2cents. While this may look like re
dutcion it is really an equalization, as
many manufacturers have been selling
less than that and none for more. This
action will have no effect upon the nai
market or wages.
Mail Destroyed.
NEW YORK, Dec. 21.—The post-office
authorities announce that as near as can
now be ascertained the mail from this
consumed in the burning postal car on
the Hudson River Railway consisted of
matter received at the general post-office
between 9 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. of the 20th
inst for the following cities and states:
three pouches of foreign letters for San
Francisco two pouches ot' foreign letters
for Chicago and with exception of about
five sacks saved. The following paper
mail sacks Iowa 18 sacks Minnesota, 43
Nebraska, 23 Wisconsin, 54 Montana,
10 Dakota, 14 all trans-pacific foreign
mail mailed during 24 hours preceding
7:30 p. m. of 20tli inst. is included in
mail destroyed. In addition to the
anove it is belived at least a large portion
of the foreign paper mail for same section
received yesterday.
A Bad Lad.
CLEVELAND, OHIO, Dec. 21.—A Wapa
roneta special to the Herald reports the
arrest there of Ed Keich, aged nineteen
years, on the charge of robbing and
maiming John 31. Shaffer, a man up­
wards or 55 years of age. Latter went to
town Monday with $90 and indulged in
a spree with Keich. Tuesday morning
Shaffer was found in the woods minus
hat and boots, clothing badly torn, money­
less, insensible and supposed to be dy­
ing. He was removed to a house in the
village and attended by physician. He
became concious during the day but re­
lapsed. Subsequently he was examined
by the doctor who found he not only had
been robbed but had been savagely cas­
trated. Keich was found to-day and ar­
rested. He confessed and was quietly
commitied itliout bail. Shaffer's con­
dition is critical.
The Hennecke Abduction.
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 21.—A man callingt
himself MeCallum, claiming to be a dep­
uty sheriff from Jacksonville, Fla., came
to this city to-day and consulted with
the eliief of police regarding Maggie Hen
necke. Both remained in close consulta­
tion for some time and nothing definite
can be learned about the matter under
discussion. MeCallum claims to have
been active in the Charley Ross case and
having been on the right track when the
efforts were frustrated by one of the ab­
ductors being shot on Long Island. Will
not vouch sate whether he has any clue
to the Hennecke girl, but his coming so
great a distance on his own expense is
thought to be significant. Father of the
girl refuses to give any information re­
garding McCallum's visit.
District Court
striking out the provision that original ready paid out, and this action being
,J I,
County Hatters.
FARGO, D. T., Dcc. 19.—District Court
opened to-day with Judge Hudson pre­
siding. A large number of cases on the
calendar. Mayor Kindred is foreman of
the grand jury. Brucc, arrested for
felonious riot, was admitted to haQ to-day
in the sum of $3,000. It is believed that
the party roost guilty is now in Winnipeg.
The county commissioners to-day audit­
ed bills to tLe amount of nearly $59,000.
The major part of this being money al-
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necessitated so that the county commis­
sioners could balance their books, the'
money having bean expended without tho
issuing of warrants.
A Buffalo Bomino
BUFFALO, Dec. 21.—
One of the most daj
struct lve fires that has visited Buffalo for
a long time occurred this afternoon.
Shortly before 5 o'clock passers l)y notic­
ed a volume of smoke issuing from
the roof of the magnificent new build'
of James D. Warren, proprietor of the
Commercial Advertiser, corner of Wash­
ington and North Division streets' Al­
most immediately thereafter the bright
flames shot up in the ur and the roof was
seen to be in flames. Alarm was sent to
the engine house a block away and fire*
men came armed with chemical apparat­
us, by this means a good deal of valuable
time was lost and it was fully 20 minutes
before the first stream was turned on
An immense crowd assembled in
street and impeded tho work of the fire­
men. The flames lighted up the sky for
miles around. Under street in Main
street about a block west are three large
cisterns containing supply water and
built expressly for use in case of large
fire. WJien one cf them was opened a
tremendous explosion of gas follo'd blow­
ing one man into the air fully 20 feet and
knocking several down speechless. The
injured man was taken to the general
hospital. In about an hour after the fire
started the roof of the Masonic temple, a
splendid building, was in flames. This
structure was occupied by various mason­
ic societies and the large wholesale groc­
ery house of Miller, Gnener & Co., and
a very short time the top floor was a
mass of fire fortunately there was no
wind* At 7 o'clock the inside of the
Commercial Advertiser building was
pletely gutted, only walls remained. Two
floors of the masonic temple burned be­
fore firemen obtained the mastery. The
Commercial building has a frontage on
Washington street of over 100 feet and
cost $75,000. One half was occupied by
the Advertiser and the other half by a
wholesale saddlery house of Harvy D.
Blakeslee. In the rear was a large build­
ing occupied by the Jewett Mfg Co. for
box factory, manufacture of bird cages
and other articles and although consider­
ably damaged by flre and water this
building was saved, Fire originated in
the engraving room and was caused by
an employee allowing some rags which
he had been using for waxing plate for
transfer to catch in gas jet and it is supS
posed that in his excitement he threw the
rags down and ignited some varnished
plate—work hanging on the walls.
Nothing 'Was saved. Files of the Ad­
vertiser for fifty years were lost.
When the alarm was given the em­
ployees rushed from the building, aban­
doning coats and hats. Those in the job
department, owing to the smoke, were
unable to make their way down stairs and
they got on the roof and crowded
along the parapet to the Jewell buildiag,
when they descended in safety. Several
men fainted when safe.
Out of 110 employees in the building
only one man, Wm. Mahony, was injured?^
He was badly burned. Loss on stock
fixtures and building is estimated as $176,
000. Insurance $125,000. Blakeslee loss
is estimated at $70,000. Insurance $50,
000. Miller & Greiner building, one ef
the finest in the city, was erected 1876
at a cost of $150,000. Eighteen lodges
and commandaries held their conventions
in the temple above. Carpets and fur­
niture of various rooms cost $12,000, and
ewels and paraphenalia $12,000 more, all
of which is a total loss.
The damage to Miller & Greiner's gro­
cery store is estimated at $50,000, and
building is damaged $50,000 more. It is
safe to estimate the total loss $300,000.
The hospitality of the Courier office was
tendered Warren and the Commercial will
be is to or
Throated Bailroad Strike.
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 21.—About 2,000
employees ef the Chicago, Millwaukee &
St, Paul car shops threaten to strike if
not paid off before the holidays. Com­
pany is disposed to wait till after that
time. The rule has been to pay the men
before the 20th of each month while the
charter calls for on or before the 15th. Ac­
tion of employees was taken simultan­
eously with that of men employed in Chi­
cago shops of company. Pay car at pres­
ent in Chicago. Public opinion favors
action of men.
Railroad Mortality.
3IILWAUKEE, Dec. 21.—State railroad
commissioner reports the earnings of the
roads in "Wisconsin for the year ending
June 30th, 1882, at $18,765,428, an in­
crease of $3,300,000.
St. Paul road reports 68 persons killed
and 274 injured in Wisconsin during the
The Nortewestern, 31 killed and 39
injured. The Omaha, 11 killed and 32
injured. The Wisconsin Central, 6
killed and 13 injured. The Lake Shore.
3 killed and 13 injured.
CHICAGO, Dec. 21—Mr. F. B. Gardner,
lumber dealer and worth nearly a million
failed. Liabilities estimated at $63,000,
assets nearly as much. This is his thud
C. 8. Land Wee.
wing is a statement of the
cash receipts at the United
The followinj
filings and
States land office in Fargo for the 1
ending Friday, Dec. 15th:
Filings. Acres.
Homestead entries...? 94 104O0
T. 18 2,400
D.S 41
8. D. 8 6
Final proof* ft* 15,910
Total acreage 231 3MM
Total caafc receipts .$28^6*

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