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The Alert
The News says Grand Forks will soon
be lighted by electricity.
Green 13ay Advocate: The Jamestown
(Dakota) Alert says that Anton Klaus
will be the first mayor of the new city
of Jamestown. If lie makes as good a
mayor for his new home as he did for
this city, his neighbors will be more than
satisfied in their choice.
The North Pacific railroad iu selling
their agricultural lauds in eastern Wash­
ington, incorporate a clause in the con­
tract that one-eighth ot the lands shall
oe plowed and cultivated before the title
will be given, and the provision is strict­
ly enforced. The Canadian Pacific rail­
way adopt a similar rule in. the sale of
their lands.
Fargo Republican: A Fargo boy was
coming up First avenue yesterday morn­
ing on a sled drawn by a lrindie pup.
The pup stopped to argue a tine point
with another dog about twice its size.
When the police sorted the small boy
oat of the wreck and shook the dog hair
oil from him, lie said lie lived on Eighth
street and had marbles to bet on his pup.
Several of the claim holders of Foster
county have been offered large amounts
for their claims, but they are loth to sell
at present, knowing that they will be
valuable in a short time. No better in­
ducement is afforded for persons remain­
ing idle to make a fortune by going to
Foster county and locating on land that
is sure to realize wealth. A grand rush
will be made in that direction in the
The Bismarck Tribune says: Sleighing
is said to be excellent in Valley City, yet
the girls complain that sleigh rides are
like angels' visits. This bashfulness or
penuriousness, whichever it may be, on
the part of the Valley City young men, is
criminal. The fact that a whole townful
of loveable young ladies are pining away
indoors and gazing disconsolately from
their windows at the beautiful snow
which must soon disappear, is simply
damnable—simply damnable.
The Miles City Journal says: It is gen­
erally supposed the name of the "Banana
Belt" was given to the country traversed
by the Northern Pacific railroad by Jay
Cooke but the fact is an English hunting
party passed through the country twenty
years ago, and when in a hut on the Yel
lowstone they found a hunter with a well
filied belt of ammunition. The story was
told as a joke to Jay Cooke who has since
always believed that bananas grew in
this country.
Fargo Republican: Ex-Senator Beidel
man, of Pennsylvania, spent the day in
Fargo yesterday and visited with his old
friend Dr. Shurlock. Mr. Beidelman is
confident that the next congress will do
justice to Dakota and divide her. He is
interested in real estate in and north of
Jamestown, and is one of the clearest
headed men of the day. It is his inten­
tion to make North Dakota his future
home. The time will come when he will
be recognized as one of the leaders of our
new commonwealth.
The Yankton press gives an aggregate
of 33,000 homesteads and pre-emptions
filed Dakota during the year 1882, not
counting the Black Hills district. This,
at three persons to an entry, would give
ns in round numbers an addition of 100,
003 to our population. The census of
June, 1880, made our population 135,000.
An estimate of the growth of the eigh­
teen months from June, 1880, to Decem­
ber, 1882, based upon the land office
reports, was also 100,000. These figures
would indicate that our present popula­
tion is about 335,000. If the estimated
gains are reduced almost to one-half, it
would still be shown that Dakota has
doubled her population in thirty months.
For the past few days there have oeen
several meetings in New York of officers
of tue Northern Pacific railway company
and the Oregon Railway and Navigation
company on the oue side, and the Union
Pacific railway company ou the other,
with a view to arranging through rates,
dividing the territory and harmonizing
interests in the various commercial terri­
tories jointly reached by the two systems.
The final meeting yesterday resulted in
the satisfactory arrangement to both
companies. There will be the same rates
from St. Paul. Representatives of the
Northern Pacific railroad say the opening
that road into Montana will make large
reduction in rates of freight and fare
to all important points in that territory.
Rome Munchausen tells a story of a
Yellowstone hunter that toward evening
recently he was aroused by an unusual
noise near his cabin. Seizing his gun he
hastened to see what the trouble was,
and discovered a deer at full speed
with a
wild cat perched upon his back
making frantic efforts to cut the
deer's throat with its sharp teeth. The
hunter raised his gun and fired. The
instantly jumped from off the
deer's back
and made for his assailant.
hunter again raised his rifle, and
when the
animal was within ten or fif­
feet of him fired and killed the
brute. Just
as he fired the last shot the
dear fell, dead but a few paces from
the hunter first saw it.
Parallel with the Northern Pacific rail
Way there is anotber road—The Canadian
pacific—making rapid headway toward
Western sea ceast. The governor
general said of it at the opening of the
reaariin parliament the other day: "The
[Mgi— of the Canadian Pacific railway
qatte unprecedented. Traffic can now
he curled on on the main line from Thun­
der Bay to within fifty miles of the cross
tag of the South Saskaehewan, a distance
m'a thousand miles. It is confident­
ly siperttiil that the Rocky mountains will
b* ranched the present year, and that
tMkn the same period substantial pmg
wiB be naif on the Lmkm Superior
nv -,
From Saturday's Daily.
The Billiard.
The worst blizzard of the season visit­
ed Jamestown on Thursday. It com­
menced with a mild temperature, the
thermometer registering several degrees
above zero. Snow fell very fast during
the day but it is hard to tell how many
inches came, on account of the drifting,
which causcd it to pile up in sheltered
places. The wind was north ana increas­
ed in velocity until midnight, when its
force was powerful enough to be rated
little short of a hurricane. The snow
drifted through the air, and was forced
into every crack and crevice where an op­
portunity offered itself. This continued
through Thursday night and all day
yesterday, quieting down toward night.
All freight trains were abandoned on
Thursday afternoon, whilst yesterday
both freight and passenger trains were
detained in port. During the blow the
temperature was not cold, the mercury
only descending to 10 degrees below zero
when the storm was at its height. Still
with such a wind it was by no means
comfortable to be out of doors with the
thermometer even at this figure.
It is a peculiarity of the Dakota climate
that our coldest weatlier—that which is
hardest to bear—is not that which is
marked with the greatest degree of cold.
Our pleasantest winter weather is when
the mercury registers from 15 to 25 de­
grees below zero, but when there is no
wind. With the thermometer even be­
low these figures it is very comfortable to
go about. Our eastern friends.can't un­
derstand this. When they read of the
thermometer being 25 or 30 below zero in
Dakota they thank their stars they don't
live here. But really we are more com­
fortable here at this degree of cold than
they are when the mercury is at zero.
Dakota people don't mind how cold it is,
if only it does not blow too hard. Takejout
our windy days, and there is no part of
the country that can at all equal us for
pleasant winter weather. No section has
as much sunshine. The weather has all
the inspiring and cheering qualities ot
spring, without giving one the languid
feelings that eastern spring weather
brings. On the whole Dakota winters
are not behind those of any part of the
world, notwithstanding our occasional
Both Hands Cat Off.
A fireman employed on the St. P., M.
& M. railway, lost both hands under very
distressing circumstances. On the 11th
inst., at or near Hancock, while the
train was at a stand-still, he volunteered
to go under the locomotive and rake out
the fire box. The engineer understood
he was to do it. But it seems he forgot
his "left blower" was absent and almost
immediately moved the engine, when the
fireman, thinking his lite was in danger,
jumped to clear the track. His hands
were caught by the revolving wheels and
both cut off, and passengers on the train
to St. Paul the next morning were re­
galed with the sight of the unfortunate's
hands in pickle, while the victim be­
wailed the fate which awaits him as a
switchman at some lone station on the
line of the road.
From Sunday's Da! y.
Oar "Deer" Boys.
Jamestown has ever borne a most
enviable reputation in both a financial
and social point of view. Her citizens
have ever been regarded by the out­
side world as being energetic, honest and
far above the average Fargoan or the
wayward Bismarcker, and when it has
been compelled by its geographical loca­
tion to take cognizance of the sins of these
places, it has felt glad that it was not like
them, and often felt constrained to shed
tears of regret that they were not like
us. We have even gone so far as to con­
sider the feasibility of sending missiona­
ries among them armed with the Sabbath
issue of the "Great Family Journal" and
Fargo Argus, that they might learn the
better way and in the course of time be
able to join us in dancing the Celestial
can-can upon the topmost dome of unsur­
passed respectability. Not only have we
endeavored to do right ourselves but we
have endeavored to induce others to do
right. Eyen our representative in the
territorial legislature was possessed of a
sense of love for fallen humanity when he
introduced a bill making it necessiry for
the people of Bismarck to register their
names before voting. This was done for
the purpose of reforming John Sloyell,
Griffin, Jim Emmons and Arther Lynn,
who believed in putting the old demo­
cratic motto, viz.: "Vote early and
often," to a practical use and give Jewell
ot the Tribune a pointer far more signifi­
cant tnan "Jimtown" beer or "Missouri
river water." But for all our reputation
for goodness we are liable to fall. The
angel of yirtue and respectability that has
for so many years flopped its wings with
an air of supreme exaltation over our
beautiful little city, strange as it may
appear, is liable to be frightened away
by demons of darkness from "Var
mount." It will be remembered that
when Fuller, Dodge, Moore and John
Dole first came to Jamestown they were
received and ushered into the social cir­
cles of the city by such honorable mem­
bers as Kelleher and Burke, and that Mar­
shal Smitz, Allen, Jack Gray and a large
number of gentlemen of long standing
voracity were inveigled into their com­
pany, which they had been made to be­
lieve was entirely free from everything
calculated to bring reproach upon the
or disgrace to themselves but as
time went on it became apparent to the
editor of
the "Great Family
f"^- "»v t. 'V»
Journal," as
it did to McKechnie, John
a host of other
Vennum and
that these
minded gentlemen,
were holding a "cold
deck" on the town, and that
if the
not be
long before
aoBM of thean would be calling
"show down." Things have kept grow­
ing worse and worse, and for the past two
or three days—owing largely to the
dsasency of the weather—things in the
"show down" line have named such
lence on the part of the "Great Family
Journal" a crime, and in spite of the fact
that John Moore, Dole, Hates Nichols,
Fuller and others who have paid a year's
subscription to the Great Family Jour­
nal" in advance may get mad and stop
their paper, we will squeal on the whole
gang in our next issue if we are not given
back that dollar and twenty cents we—
lent them.
Reflections About the Sabbath.
Perhaps every one recognizes the ad­
vantage of one day in seven to be ob­
served by cessation from the ordinary
business occupations of the week. There
are many advantages in this which
make Sunday the most profitable day of
the whole seven. The system becomes
tired by labor, if one gives the attention
to his business du'ies he should, and one
seventh of the time devoted to recupera­
tion is of immense advantage. Not that
it is necessary to lay aside all activity in
order to gain the needed rest and relaxa­
tion. It is only necessary to divert the
mind into another channel The idea
that rest always consists in inane idleness
is IOM since exploded. Diversion of the
proper kind will answer better than abso­
lute rest in the ordinary sense. All the
actual rest needed is usually secured dur­
ing the hours of sleep. Indeed most
people spend more time in their beds than
is necessary to regain the required rest
from daily business fatigue. But in ad­
dition to this a change in the direction of
one's thoughts for a wakeful period of
several hours is also of great advantage.
It gives him an opportunity to get out of
the groove which he naturally runs in
while giving attention to his business.
He can take up other channels of thought
and thus broaden his intelligence. This
is a great advantage, apart from any re­
ligious turn that may be given to the
mind. It is circumscribing and warpiug
to the mind to keep it bent on one sub­
ject, even though the business engaging
it is the most legitimate in the world. It
should tlieiefore be the aim ot every one
to throw aside entirely all thought of his
business on the one day when business
transactions arc suspended.
Having changed the bent or direction
of one's thoughts, the question arises in
what direction should they be turned.
This question every one must answer for
himself. One should reflect upon his
mode of life, and the direction in which
his character is being formed. The
great aim and object of life with every
one is happiness but all seek happiness
in a different direction. We can come to
no other conclusion than that the final
aim of every one is the same, namely, to
be happy. Most men are able to see
with the intellect that a life in accord­
ance with the principles of truth and or­
der will lead in the long run to the
greatest enjoyment. But the demands of
the senses and various human desires too
often lead the life in a direction quite at
variance with the dictates of one's higher
understanding. The gratification of im­
proper demands of the senses brings a
certain kind of pleasure, and many allow
these demands to lead them, even
though they learn that the final result is
far from satisfactory. This seventh day
should afford a time when the con­
sequences of every possible line of con­
duct is reflected on and examined, and its
final results seen if possible. Careful and
honest examination will reveal wrong
doing in its true colors. Intemperance
in eating or drinking, or any inordinate
pleasure will be seen to lead to anything
but true happiness as its result. This
being discovered it will be in order to
inquire what line of thought and conduct
will bring the greatest amount of happi­
ness of the truest, purest and most solid
description. This must be determined
for every one by himself. He may re­
quire instruction in this matter. He may
not be able to see clearly the proper line
to adopt. But whatever instruction he
receives must make it appear clearly to
his intelligence that a proposed direction
of conduct will give the result claimed
for it. The writer believes' that there is
one Book written with a view to give
men the true law of life. The expounders
of this Book in the various pulpits should
make it their especial business to present
its teaching in a rational light,so that the
understanding can comprehend it clearly
and see the direction in which it leads
and the end it will accomplish. The one
day out of seven should be especially
giyen to reflections in the direction sug­
gested, and the laying aside of ordinary
business occupations will afford ample
opportunity for this.
There are other ways in which Sunday
can be profitable spent not inconsistent
with the spirit of the day. It is impossi­
ble for any one wholly to devote the day
with profit to reflection, study, or receiv­
ing instruction. One cannot keep liis
mind on these things a day at a time.
Nor is it desirable that lib should There
are various ways of profitably employiug
the time, as meeting and conversing with
friends, strolling forth to study and
commune with nature, and various other
harmless lines of conduct. The Great
•Master, in commemoration of whom the
day was changed from the seventh to the
first day of the week, Himself, accord­
ing to history, walked through the wheat
fields and held pleasant conversations
with His friends on that day. He taught
that"tbe Sabbath was made for man "and
according to this teaching of His we may
use the day in any legitimate way that
will be to our profit. Only we may easily
see that there are many, very many, ways
in which profit can be received besides
business employment. The development
of character should especially receive at­
tention, and much material can be ac­
quired that will affect one's conduct
throughout the other six days of the week*
Peer Judgment.
A sharp eyed, profane reporter of the
Yankton Press says he has observed that
one member of the territorial conncil is
the habit of taking medicine from a flask
while the rest with bowed heads listen to
the prayer by the chaplain. The James­
town Alert feels it a duty to say that there
are eleven chances to one that the district
member is not Mr. Nickeus and claims
that that famishes sufficient foundation
for* rmoaihle doubt, and tharefoie the
member for Stutsman is entitled to an ac­
quittal, but viciously adds: "\Yc should
judge the member to be from the Fargo
district." That's mighty poor judgment.
•W gave the Alert judgment for better.
The same rule it applies" to Mr. Nickcus
will apply to the member from the Fargo
district and acquit him and every other
member from the charge preferred by the
P. & I). The limit is the Alert was sold.
That reporter had "snakes in his boots."
—Fargo Republican.
From Tuesday's Dull}.
Adventure in Blizzard.
The blizzard of last week, though of
only a few hours' duration, was very
severe when the storm was at its height.
At least one of our citizens can testify
tlint blizzard is liv no means a joking
matter, but goes to work in dewl earnest
when the lit is on. Hanker Wallace and
his wife came down town on Thursday
evening to attend the entertainment of
the Dramatic company, and incautiously
stayed after the performance to enjoy the
postlude. On their way home about mid­
night the storm had attained its height.
The snow filled the air so that it was im­
possible to see more than a few feet. Mr.
McGinnis's residence was reached all
right, but after passing that point the
pony they were driving in the cutter was
unable to keep the road, its driver was
as helpless in the emergency as the beast.
The animal however was allowed to take
its own course but it proved to be a
case of "the blind trying to lead the
blind," and both got into the—snowbank.
A direction too much to the left was
taken, which fortunately was n^t suc­
cessful in leading the travelers up the hill
or they would have found themselves
helpless ou the bleak prairie. Fortune
so far favored them as to lead them into
a snowbank which prevented farther pro­
gress. Mr. Wallace got out, and attempted
to turn around, when he upset the cutler.
He was finally successful in getting back
to B. S. Russell's residence, where he and
his wife went in to get warmed. It was
found that Mrs. Wallace's face,her fingers
and arm were frozen. After they had got
thawed out and thoroughly warmed the
plucky little banker and his equally
courageous wife set out again, in defiance
of the raging elements, and after some
further trouble were landed safely at
their own home.
Tlie above item would have been given
to the public sooner, but the wary hero of
the adventure succeeded in keeping it so
close that it escaped the alert ears of our
reporter. Bob's friends are giv'lant
enougli to express the wish that his wife
had been the one to feel least the effects
of the disaster.
Proceedings «f tlie Board of County Com­
JAMESTOWN, D. T., Feb. 20, 18S3.
Proceedings of tlie board of county com­
missioners in session at 10 o'clock, a. m.,
Feb. 19, 1883.
Present—Moran and Woodbury.
Woodbury in the chair.
Minutes of last meeting read and ap­
Wilber and Daley petitioned the board
to refund excessive taxes on sec. 11,
township 13S, 02.
On motion petition received aud laid
over until full board be present.
Jacob Smith asked an abatement of
tax on personal property.
On motion laid over until full board be
On motion county orders were issued to
J. H. Sears, Butler Powell and J. P. Cul
ver for $1.60 each for road poll errone­
ously assessed.
On motion the following bills were al­
Culver, Page, lloync & Co. for books aud
stationery furnished the clerk
of district court $ 25 00
Same to county clerk 1G0 75
57 75
26 00
Same to Judge of Probate 39 50
S3 00
1 50
3 50
W. V,r. Morgan, 3 days road view­
ing March 1882 6 00
D. C. Buck, goods furuislied pau­
per 1(5 75
M. E. Foley, petit juror 20 00
C. M. Lovett, mileage... 4 00
Will Elmer estate, medicines 3 70
J. C. Warnock, coroner's juror... 1 00
Jo Waters, coroners witness 100
Manuel Phinte, 1 00
Dr. Thorold, 1 00
Road supervisors certificates No.
51 for $101.25, No. 172 for $11.25
and No. 173 for $9.00 were can­
celled and county road and
bridge order issued.
Jamestown Telephone Co 13 00
H. B. Hush, boarding pauper 30 00
Petition received from J. J. Frey and
others for road.
On motion laid over.
County superintent of schools, Mr. P.
H. Foley, reported the following school
districts established.
All of tp 141, 62 as school district,
No. 15.
All of tp 142, 62 as school district,
No. 16.
All of tp 143, 64 as school district,
No. 17.
All ot tp 141, 65 and 66 except sees- 1,
12, 13, 24, 25 and 36 in tp 141, 65 as
school district, No. 18.
On motion tlie county clerk was auth­
orized to advertise for bids for raising 6th
avenue bridge in Jamestown, four (4)
feet, as per specifications on file in his
On motion board adjourned until 10
o'clock a. m., Monday, March 5th, 1863.
L. B. MlXEll,
County Clerk.
Prosperous Dakota.
Dakota is prosperous because of her
wonderful yield of wheat, barley, oats
and other small gram. The vegetables
raised year after year upon the rich soil,
are the wonder and admiration of the
world size, quality and quantity are
equaled in no clime and in no country.
The immense immigration causes a great
demand for fans products for home con­
sumption, and the producers realize prices
unknown to farmers in the states. Wheat
alone is raised in quantities exceeding the
demand for home consumption, millions
of bushels are shipped every year, and yet
what is the real prosperity of Dakota
based upon to-day? Every intelligent
man knows and will tell you that now
and ever since Dakota was first settled,
that the prosperity known to Dakota is
greater, and feat beta greater thse can be
seen or experienced iu any purely agricul­
tural country. The amount of money
coming here' in exchange for crops is in­
significant compared with the amount
sent here hy capitalists throughout Christ­
endom, and brought here by long-headed
men of wealth, for investment in lands
and business, or agricultural enterprises.
One tlioiftand dollars conies for these pur­
poses where an hundred coinos in ex­
change for products. -Fargo Argus.
The Member from Jamestown.
The member sent from this city to the
Territorial Council is giving a good ac­
count of himself at Yankton, and receives
frequent, flattering notices from the press
of the territory. The Yankton corres­
pondent of the Grand Forks Plaindcaler
has the following to say of him: "Un­
questionably the member of the council,
having the greatest influence on the
floor is Mr. Nickeus, of Stutsman. He
distinguished himself in oratory and ar­
gument in the contested election case
and on the discussion of the bill to make
the office of the clerk of court elective.
His colleagues speak of liim as being
above reproach, thoroughly couscieutious
and earnest in everything he undertakes,
aud a man whose word is better than a
government bond. When interested in a
subject he is by far the most convincing
and effective speaker in either house, and
he always talks and votes exactly as las
best judgment dictates. Said a South
Dakota member from one of the "cow
counties." "If we had known the mettle
and honor and abilities of Johnson Nick­
eus at tiie beginning of this session as we
know them now, he would have been
made president of the council." Mr.
Nickeus will not be lost sight of political­
ly in tlie future, and the time is not far
distant when North Dakota will «know
nim better and honor him more-"
That Printing Committee.
The board of trade printing committee
met at Dudley & Go's, office yesterday
afternoon as per appointment and let the
contract of printing twenty thousand
copies of an immigration pamphlet of
twenty pages to the Alert and Capital,
who will get the nook out jointly. The
Alert offered to get the job out at some
figures furnished by the best job office in
Milwaukee and do it at home, and the
committee decided to give it the job,
when it occurred to the editor of the
great famiiy journal that it might look
unprofessional not to give Bro. Burke a
show, and it therefore Withdrew its bid
and consented to have the job let jointly.
The committee acted very kindly and
manifested a disposition to treat their
home papers fairly. The work will be
done either in St. Paul or Chicago.
From Wednesday's Dally.
On the Wiug.
W ere you ever away from home nearly
a year, and then when cu your return, at
the last change of cars be five miautes
too late and thereby have to "lay over"
twelve hours with nothing to do but
swear over your luck? If you li ave you
can appreciate the circumstances under
which this is written if not, it is useless
to undertake to tell you for you could not
comprehend it, and for the still further
reason that language is poverty under
such a condition. 1 am here in Chicago
under just such aggravating circumstan­
ces and you may draw on our imagina­
tion and your historical knowledge of the
profanity of the notorious army in Flan­
ders for the rest.
1 arrived in tins great city of sin and
enterprise Monday at 12:30 p. m. on a
lime card of 7 a. m., just in time to see
the smoke curling up over the top of the
train I intended to take about three
blocks away, on the lop of which sight I
received the consoling information that
there would be another in just twelve
hours upon which 1 could pursue my
journey. I left Jamestown Sunday after­
noon and arrived in St. Paul next morn­
ing on time without anything worthy of
note occurring on the way. At the Mer­
chant's Hotel I met E. P. Wells, who
was just recovering from a week's strug­
gle with neuralgia. I also met David
Goodman Jr., who with D. L. Wilbur
came in the day before, the latter being
laid up with a cold contracted on the
journey and the former on his way to Chi­
cago to make some purchases of goods.
Capt. Maratta was also there, having re­
turned from Chicago that far.
My trip from St. Paul to Chicago was a
very pleasant one, over the "Royal
Itouie," with the exception of the una­
voidable delays which were occasioned
by a freight train wreck just beyond
Stillwater, which deterred us two and a
half hours, and another at Harvard Junc­
tion out about 60 miles from Chicago
which delayed us t*o hours longer, and
the two together put us in Chicago five
and a half hours late.
Chicago is now a city of slush the snow
having partially incited,but the drive and
bustle on the streets reminds us of what
Jamestown will be in a few more years,
and not many more either at the rate it is
now advancing. The Chicago & North­
western is already shipping a large quan­
tity of emigrant goods Dakotaward, and
all the roads leading in that direction
will be taxed to their utmost capacity to
provide transportation for such goods in
a few weeks. There is no use in trying
to estimate the immigration to the land
of No. 1 hard this spring. It is beyond
estimation or comprehension.
The Jamestown PostofHce.
JAMESTOWN, Feb. 20, 1883.
EDITOK ALEUT:—Dear Sir:—I notice an
article in the Capital of the 19th in which
the writer seems to be in a paroxysm of
rage over the management of the post
office. The Capital asserts that the post
office is conducted on very autocratic
principles. W flattered ourselves that
we had always oeen quite liberal with
the patrons of the postufficc. The law re­
quires the office to be kept open one hour
on Sunday, in the event of a mail com­
ing in during the time that intervenes
botWeen the arriyal of the regular mail
and Sunday evening. We have always
kept the office open from one to two
hours before and since the arrival of the
Sunday mail. And I would most re­
spectfully inform the Capital man that
we have no deaire to proclaim oar works
from the house top, but it was at the
solicitation of the Jamestown postmaster
that the Sunday lhail was put on. The
Capital asserts among other things that
the ollice was closed on Sunday long be­
fore tlie regular time. In regard to
that assertion I will state that 1 would
uot so far forget myself as to intimate
that the immense editor and great re­
former of Capital fame would tell a lie,
but in this case he is very much at vari­
ance with the truth. The office was
opened at 12 o'clock on Sunday- in order
to give the people from the country an
opportunity to get their mail before the
town people would arrive. It was kept
open until 2 o'clock or within a few min­
utes of the time. And if the great re­
former was so much absorbed in his good
work on Sunday as to omit to go after
his mail until the office was closed, it is
very much unchristian like on his part to
try to saddle the responsibility of his dis­
appointment on the employes of the post
office. A. VV. KELLY.
Our Public Schools.
Yesterday an Alerr reporter called on
P. H. Foley, superintendent of schools
for Stutsman county, to gather some in­
formation relative to the schools under
his supervision. Mr. Foley was very
glad to learn that the Alert wished to
publish information on the subject,v and
belie/ed it would prove of interest not
only to local readers, but also to many
hundreds in the east who are seeking for
every description of knowledge about
this part of the trolden northwest. Mr.
Foley says that as superintendent of
schools he receives and answers numer­
ous inquiries about the schools of Ibis
neighborhood, and from the number of
these inquiries he was convinced of the
great interest felt jii this subject by peo­
ple who contemplate removal to the
James Kiver valley. In answer to in­
quiries of the* reporter the following in­
formation was elicited:
There ajc now in Stutsman county
thirteen school houses, besides the city
school. Seven new school districts have
been recently recommended and will be
organized and build school houses this
season. Besides these five other districts
will soon be organized, so that it is safe
to say that during the coming summer at
least twenty-five schools will be in opera­
tion, besides the schools of this city.
The great, importance attached to
school advantages by the settlers in this
county is evidenced by the fact that
school districts are organized almost as
soon as there is the requisite population
iu any locality, five heads of families be­
ing the minimum allowed by the law to
enable a district to formally organize.
Usually a school district comprises a
township, though district number three,
in which Eldridge is located, contains no
less than sixteen townships. But this
will be subdivided as soon as the popula­
tion becomes sufficient to warrant it. The
officers of the district consist of aclirec
tor, a treasurer and a clerk, who manage
the affair under direction of the county
superintendent. At the time of organiza­
tion the limits of the district and location
of the school licuse must be specified.
The total number of children of school
age in Stutsman county is 700, including
those living in Jamestown. The school
houses are neat, well built, frame struc­
tures, made warm and comfortable. They
are all supplied with the latest and most
approved style of furniture. So much
importance is given to education by the
people of this county that the pioneers of
to-day who came here from well estab­
lished communities in the cast will be
able to continue their children at.
almost without interruption. School
matters are as yet in a sort of embryo
condition, as this settlement of the coun­
ty has only just fairly commenced. As
the homestead becomes established and
occupied by the husbandman and his
family the school house will follow. In­
deed it may almost be said to be built in
advance of the dwelling house in many
One of the first inquiries made by those
who contemplate coming to the North­
west is, "What kind of schools have
you?" The free schools of the United
States, which tend so much to the eleva­
tion of the people, are a source of great
pride, and have come to be regarded as
one of the essentials of primary im­
portance. Hence when a new communi­
ty is organized in any part of the great,
extended realms of the West or North­
west provisions for education occupy the
public mind almost simultaneously with
those for domestic comfort. Hence the
schools of the newly settled territory are
put on a good fooling at the earliest pos­
sible opportunity. Jamestown is by no
means an exception in this particular.
Her people are intelligent, and their de­
sire to transmit their intelligence to the.
rising generation is very prominently
manifested in the efficiency of the schools
established here.
An Alert reporter, accompanied by
County Superintendent Foley, visited the
schools of the city and looked through
the different departments during the
hours of their session. The examination
though only a general one, for the pur­
pose of gathering statistics and gaining
a general idea of the condition of the
schools, was eminently satisfactory. Prof.
C. H. Clemmer is the principal,who takes
charge of one room and has the general
supervision of all the departments. Under
him are five lady teachers who conduct
the various divisions into which the
school is graded. Prof. Clemmer was
very courteous and afforded our reporter
every facility for obtaining the infor­
mation he desired. A visit to the differ­
ent rooms showed an attendance present
of 226 pupils, with a total enrolment of
286. The following are the names of the
teachers of each class, with the number
of scholars present at time of visit, and
the total enrolment:
No present. Total No.
Clara on JII.
A, M*M CorbeU, teacher. 44 53
B, Miss Knapp, '35 46
C, Miss Foshnell, 36 47
D, Miss Buchanan, 44 52
E (primary). Miss Dnvidfon, 67 80
Total 4.6 186
The principal finds great difficulty in
grading the school as he would like, ow
Isf to the rapid changci betag awcta la
the school population of the city. It the
rooms were to be graded ever so closely,
the now accessions being received into
each department almost every day tend
greatly to unsettle the order. The new
scholars come iu from about every state
of the Union, and have all been trained
under different systems of grading. This
makes it difficult to classify the Dupils so
that those shall be together in one de­
partment who are equal in every branch.
The little ones in each room show an
unusual degree of intelligence in their
faces, and we doubt if even boastful New
England has a better class of children in
any of her schools. There is a notable
absence of auything like viciousuess
which is sometimes seen depicted on the
faces ]of children of city schools, and
parents need not feel any more hesitation
in sending their little ones to the James­
town schools than to any select institu­
tion. It has been remarked by parents,
too, that the advancement of their chil­
dren in our schools is quite rapid aud sat­
In addition to other studies the board
have recently engaged Mrs. Arnold, a
lady of rare talent and ability, to drill the
children in singing twice a week. This
feature has a wonderful attraction for
the little ones and will prove greatly to
their advantage. Each room is instruct­
ed separately every Monday and Thurs­
There is another item which is deserv­
ing of especial mention. Sheriff Mc­
Kechnie, who is director of the school
district, lias liberally placed $50 of his
own private funds in the hands of the
principal for prizes for the school. This
will be divided into three prizes for cach
room and given to the three scholars in
each showing the greatest general pro­
ficiency. The prizes will be given at the
close of the present term, a few weeks
The school building is a handsome
structure, centrally located. It is larger
than is just now needed,but al[the present
rate of increase of population every
room will soon be filled. Both the first
and second floors are uniform in size and
arrangement. There are on each story
four large class rooms, each 24 by 29 feet
in the clear a broad hall 16 by 60 feet
two cloak rooms running at right angles
with the hall, one on each side, 9}£ by 29
feet. The building is heated with steam
and hot air, and the class rooms are fitted
up with the most improved furniture. Iu
a word, we cannot see that any advant­
age is lost to the children who are educat­
ed in thi3 far off northwestern part of the
Entered into rest, Wednesday, Feb. 12,
at the residence of her daughter, 3Irs. F.
E. Jones of this place, Mrs. Mana C.
Brooks, wife of Albert P. Brooks, for­
merly of Chicago. Mrs. Brooks was in
the seventy-seventh year of her age and
came to Dakota last spring for the bene­
fit of her health, which appeared to be
greatly improved for a time. The im­
mediate cause of her death was heart
disease, after an illness of ten days. She
died iu the full possession of her mental
faculties and in the hope of a blessed im­
mortality beyond the grave.
Notice of the funeral services will be
given hereafter.
Lieut. Creel, of Creel City, has been
arrested for thteatening to shoot T. C.
Wolcott, of Lariniorc.
Barnes county's petition against divis­
ion of its territory for the formation of
Raymond county has 1,048 names ap­
David McVane, a Madison saloon keep
er, was found frozen to death on Monday
last. He undoubtedly met his death
while intoxicated.
An explosion of a lamp iu the signal
office at Yankton caused a fire which de­
stroyed most of the valuable records ot
the office Friday night.
Fargo is to have another bank, with a
capital of §100,000. The parties inter­
ested in the enterprise are Ed. G. Ohmer,
of St. Paul, J. Arnold, G. W. Kneislcy,
James Linden, of Dayton, Ohio, and
Last Saturday the upper works of i\e
steamer Josephine, on the ways at Yank­
ton, were burned, and the Kosebud
slightly scorched hy a fire which brok
«nt in the cabin of the former bom.
Capt. Wheeler, of the Josephine,-had
hair and beard badly singed. Loss on tins
Josephine, $1,000 insured.
II. C. Clark died atDeadwood from the
effect of injuries received a few days
since at the hands of one Rollins. De­
ceased was one of the original pion
eers of the Black Hills, and was at "tie
t.me a rich man, having owned the bulk
of the ground of the California gulch, Hie
present site of Leadville.
There is considerable excitemeut in
East Grand Forks over the location of ho
iron bridge ordered built by the Polk
county commissioners. An indignation
meeting was held Wednesday evening
and it was decided to enjoin the contrac­
tor, who commenced operations last Moii
day at a point about midway between the
mouth of the lied Lake river and tin:
railroad bridge.
Valley City Times: The owner of lie
branch laundry in this city, Wm. A'hen
son, was arrested in Jamestown Monday
for forcing his aged mother out of doors,
and throwing her trunk after her. II.*
plead not guilty before Justice Hamillin*.
but the righteous judge decided that lu?
should pay $15.50 into the town treasury.
This recalls to mind Albertson's rough
usage of a girl employed in the laundry
formerly run by him in St. Paul.
The pay-roll of the Jamestown Alcit,
amounts to $200 per week, and running
expenses exclusive of stock and ma­
terial shadows the neat sum of $1,000 per
month "spot cash." To illustrate .e
prosperity of the Alert we have only to
further say that the proprietor is defend­
ant in a }10,000 libel suit. "Nothing
succeeds like success," and we rejoice to
sec that the Alert is on the successful
path to fortune,—Grand Rapids Journal.
That Jamestown detective still tarries
with as as the moth lingers about the
candle. He is evidently infatuated with
city life. However, the Tribune would
advise him to go. His wild career in this
city has causcd us much trouble of mind,
and now, to cap the climax, comes the
Jamestown Capitol with a lick at the
Banner ity which, considering its source
must be regarded as frightfully harsh.
The Capitol says the young man (mean­
our detective,) indicates some intel­
ligence in going to Bismaick to have a
drunk, but disclaims his right to be call­
ed a Jamestonian. Mr. Foster,
and establish

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