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THE WEEKLY ALERT.
J. C. WARNOCK, EDITOK. CASS county is the eighth wonder in politics. There are four tickets iu the field and it would requite a person who is able to solve a Chinese puzzle to (lis cover which is which and who is who. Another very strange feature of the cam paign in that county is that on the re publican ticket for the territorial council is D. H. Twomey, an avowed prohibition ist, and for the assembly W. B. Locklin, wh declares himself in favor of division (if the county, in favor of clipping, as it were, the wing feathers of the city of Fargo and Cass county as a political cen ter and stronghold. The latter is also one of tin bolters of two years ago who joined in defeating the election of Maj Edwards who had been regularly nom inated at the republican convention for the legislature. This political BaDel comes of Major Edwards going "out of politics" after the Pierre convention, though te is accused of playing a "cold deck" on the Bismarck convention at a somewhat later date THK reception given .Judge Gilford, re publican candidate for delegate to con gress, at all points of liis-visit i.i North Dakota are little less than ovations, and show a unanimity of feeling among the people that is remarkable so soon after the heated contest over the nomination at Pierre, only a few weeks ago. lie will lie elected by a majority in magnitude similar to a democratic majority in Geor gia. Dakota's recor"for illiteracy is only 3.1 which makes her as reliably republi can as Georgia is democratic witii her 42.8 per cent of illiteracy. Gov. Pierce in his speech at the rally in Bismaick said that "Dakota should give Judge Gilford 79,900 votes, which would leave 100 for the democratic candidate, enough fo. compliment anil too much for seed.' The Alert does not, however, agree with the governor on this point, llis estimati would give Judge Gilford 78,000 majority, which we think is a little extravagant We do not believe, taking everything into consideration, that Judge Gilford will gel over 77,000 majoritv. THE Delaware statesman ol democrats descent, Hon. Thomas F. Bayard, n.ade a speech in Chicago a few days ago in which he did not mention the name ol Cleveland, the democratic candidate foi president. Bayard figured slightly as candidate for the imination himself, and he is supposed to be a little sjtir over the nomination of Cleveland though not quitt willing to leave the party that keeps bin. in the United States senate on account o' the disappointment- The parly may havt made a mistake in nominating Cleveland over, Bayard but Bayard made a fata mistake wheu he made that Dover speed. July 9th, 1861, in which he declared "1 believe solemnly that the war inaugura ltd by Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet is worse than fruitless," and in the course of the same speech further said that hi earnestcry for peace should not be "stilled at the bidding of a host of fanatical una cowardly ditors, aided by an army ol greedy intractors and public leeches, stimulating an ignorant mot) to denounce and attack us as traitors and secession ists If Cleveland should make a speed, lie would probably not mention Bayard'* name on account of that gentleman's Dover speech. ONK of the most important county offi cers to be elected in Stutsman county thi fall is the county attorney, who is tn legal adviser of the hoard of county com missioners and of the county officers, counsel to defend the county in all actions brought against it and to prosecute all cases in which it is aintilT, and ose ecute ail offenders against the laws of the territory. He should be a man of gooi ability as a lawyer, discreet in judgment as a man and of incorruptible integrity in personal and professional honor. As such a man tbe Alert takes pleasure in present ing Mr. John S. Watson of this city, a •nan whose unassumiugdignity, delibera tivo judgment and sterling integrity of character have won for him the highest esteem and entire confidence of the peo ple of this city and county of which be is an old citizen and in which he has been for several years engaged in the practice of his profession, and the past two years has been county attorney and in all of his business relations, both private and official,he has made for himself and main tained a record for legal] ability and per sonal integrity tha'. is unnssailable. As a counse or, Mr. Watson is reliable and ca pable, never swerving through impetu osity or avarice from the true principles of justice and law as a prosecutor lie is fair and honorable, seeking onlv that jus tice may be meted out to offenders against the law, and in thedisctinrue ot that duty he knows neither friend nor f^c. By the experience of the past two years lie has become conversant with all pending legal questions in which the county is concern ed knows their history and status, has acquaint'd himself with all the mater al facts and is better prepared to conduct them' to final issue than any new man in the position could pos-ibly do, and we believe the interests of the county would be best conserved by his re election. 1 STANDING on tbe site where the great statesmen, Lincoln and Douglas once stood, Blaine at Springfield, 111., had in spiration of memories and glories enough to call out tbe grandest emotions of liis ?oul. As the names of Washington and Jefferson are to Virginia so are the names of Lincoln and Douglas to Illinois. Their memories are alike revered by men of all parties because they were men whose greatness was not confined within the limits of any one party. They were men whose names and virtues as patrto.s and statesmen grow brighter and brighter as the epoch in which thev lived recedes in the history of tbe country. IN nearly every county in the territory, so far as heard from, where attempts IIHVC been made to run a straight partisan ticket of either party for county oflicer3 it has proven a failure and shows very conclusively that the people are not in sympathy with any such hidebound, CIOPH communion practice with reference to these minor and non-political offices. As well might, the social and business rela tions of the people be restricted by party lines as their preferences and votes for county and lesser officers, where people and officers are every day associated to gether in business and social relations. As a result of such attempt to draw the party lines iu selecting county officers Cass county has four tickets in the field and as many mere warring factions over them Barnes county is a bedlam almost trora the same cause Burleigh and Mor ton have pursued the wiser course of dis regarding party lines, as lias also Kidder and Foster. For county, municipal or school offic TS the man's litncs3 for the position Is the only question that should oc raised in seeking a candidate and it is the only one raised by the intelligent peo ple when they come to cast their votes. IN figuring on the result of an election IO take place the doubtful states should be counted for the opposition, and unless •i victory can be figured out on that basi% liere is work to be done. The "solid outli" must bo conceded to Cleveland in the forthcoming election. These have in aggregate of 153 electoral votes. In liana has never gone back uu Tom Hen lricks and she has 15 electoral votes New York, with her 36 electoral votes, jan be carried by the democrats if tliey ire as much united as they may be reas onably supposed to be. These two states iggregate51 electoral votes which, to gether witti the 153 of the "solid south" makes a total of 204, three more than accessary to an election Blaine must :arrv either one or the other of these -tales to be elected, and Cleveland must :arry both to make his election reasona bly certain. With the rresumption in favor of Indiana going democratic, ana he chances of the parties oeing equal for New York, that stale becomes the battle ground and the pivot upon which the •lcctiou will turn. The time for "b.uff" HI this campaigu is past and we may as •veil Jook the matter square in the face. Neither Blaine or Cleveland will haye a walk away. THE "nice laid plan" of the Car»ngton News for a division of the ninth legisla tive district is somewhat ingenious if not unique in representative govirnment. It proposes that the district be divided cast tnd west on the line between townships 144 and 145, the south boundary line of Foster, Wellsi, Slicrid-m anil McLean counties to the Missouri liver and thence continued along the river northwest to the Montana line. Such a division would make Fos er county the [folitical hub of the new district and it is easily seen how a Foster county mar. would readily fill in with the idea. There are several formidable, and, we think, insuperable objections to such a division. In the first place it totally dis regards the very foundation and basis of apportionment of representation, which is population. It would give the sparsely settled new district the satve representa lion in Uie legislature as that of the re mainder of the old district which con tains at least ten times as muc'i popula lion as that of the new district to be set off from it. In the second plaGe it would leave the remainder of the district in an unnatural and inconvenient shape. From the east boundary of Barnes to the west boundary of Billings county there are fifty-one ranges, 306 miles, and from the extreme southeast the extreme north west by the usually traveled routes would be nearly 400 miles, no advantage in the way of convenience over the present dis trict. A third objection is to the pre sumption that the territory comprised in the present ninth district should all be comprised in two districts under the redis trlcting regime, which would be very lit tle advantage, if any, over the present arrangement of double representation fiom the single district. The desire of Foster county to cut loose from Stutsman and Barnes and be a po litical center and hub itself is not an un natural one even if it is so selfish as to wholly ignore the correct basis of repre sentation and the convenience of other counties in the present district. The more natural plan for division would be north and south, separating the Missouri ond James river valleys. 1 HE new democratic paper at Valley City sava the Alert misapprehended the resolutions adopted by the democratic legislative convention held in this city the 8th inst., with reference to their appli cation to the Missouri slope democracy. We obtained our idea of their meaning from the reading of the resolulious and the speeches that were made at the time upon the question of lheir adoption. We think tin circumstances justified the res olutions with the construction put upon them by tbe delegates present as well as by the Alert, but policy may now require their modification. A full ticket was regularly nominated on that occasion, but the Democrat, which is in the secret counsels of tbe party, intimates that even yet the democratic central committee may make a new ticket by dropping off some of the regular nominees and sub stituiing 5ome Burleigh county men for the council or lower house, and suggests Capt. Maratta or Alex. McKen/.ic. The nomination of the latter would be some thing like a source of uneasiness to the republican candidates, but as Mr. Mc Kenzie is a candidate for re-election as sheriff and has llie Dakota exhibit at the New Orleans exposition on his hands, his acceptance of the nomination for cither house of the legislature is practically out ol the question. The election is near at hand but still far enough away to develop a great many schemes. The republicans of tie ninth legislative district should watch as well as pray. The well known fact that in New York bets are bein^ made that Cleveland will carry the state, giving odds to Blaine, is more significant than the demonstrative gatherings of either party in different parts of the state. The Murder at Menokcii. In relation to the killing of the black smith Bessey by Magill at Menoken, fif teen miles east of Bismarck, the Bismarck Tribune says of the inquest on Thursday: The first witness called was James C. Car ter, who was present immediately after the homicide, lie worked on the farm knew Bessey and the prisoner had previ ous quarrels. Found Bessey lying under the work bench in a pool of blood, dead, within three minutes after theshcotinj found two shells taken from yourr Ma gill's gun on the floor near Bessey. 8. G. Smith, sworn. He had known Ma giliS four years lud known Bes&X two years Thomas Magill had had Rouble oefore with Bessey, and told Smitj some time previous that he (Magill) lia-i asked Bessey for a team of horses, which Bessey had charge of, and had been refused, and that he (Bessey) would keep at him (Ala gill) until he (Bessey) would get. hurt. Smith had becu accustomed to going out witti Magill hunting and had never known him to load his gun before starting said Magill had always heretofore been anx ious not io have the guns lo ided teiore starting and had cautioned in this regard on previous trips. Thus far no witnesses have been called to corroboiate Magill's story that a sledge hammer was to be used on him by Bessey. The only Bledge hammer found near the scene of the mur der was testified to having been coyered with cinders and dust, showing no signs of recent use A small hammer lay in the i»ool of bloo ngar Bessey when found. VOL. VI-NO. 20 JAMESTOWN. D. T.. THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 1884. 82.00 PER YEAR. ALTHOUOU the Alerl was opposed to holding a strictly party convention either republican or democratic in name, and had no part nor lot in the recent repub lican convention for the nomination of a county ticket, the convention was actu ated by a liberality and concession of par tisanship which we most heartily endorse and which will give strength to the ticket with all fair and libiral minded people in the county. We favored there-election of Mr. Watson to the office of district at torney for reasons not necessary now to rejeat, but as he went into the conyen tioq|hc as an honorable man will abide its decision and he is consequently cow out of the contest for the office. His suc cessful rival, Mr. Glaspell, is a man whom we personally esteem and whose abilities as an attorney we admire, and our prefer ence for Mr. Watson was for the single reason that he was already in office and thoroughly acquainted with all its de tails, and had the cases been reversed we would for the same reason have as hearti ly supported Mr. Glaspell for re-election. The rest of the ticket is as satisfactory to the Alert as if we had had the naming of the candidates and we most heartily sup port the ticket from top to bottom. We congratulate the people of Stilts The County Commit lee. The county republican central commit tee ars announced by Geo. W. Vennum, chairman of the count*- republican con vention, Oct. 25th 1884, and in pursuance of a resolution 'hereof, is as follows: R. E. WATTACK, .1. A. FRTE. L. O. OILMAN, TIK-S S. COLLINS. J.J. FLINT J. H. McDermott and C. D. Smith of Carrington were in town yesterday, tut if they were working any dark and deep laid political scheme we failed to get on to it. man coucty upon the harmony that lias been attained after a rather stormy cam paign. Those who have been foes in the several political conflicts of the past sum mer and fall will respect each other the more for having felt the blows of the strife for a sinister and unfaithful friend is always to be more dreaded and des pised than art open and avowed foe. There is now a good feeling in this county in political matters, and especially in the ranks ol the republican party, wliiili will be united in support of the legislative ticket despite the deflection and bolt of our contemporary, the Evening Capital. The only effect of its bolt ol the legisla tive ticket which its editor took part in nominating is to injure our own candi date in other counties and cut down his vote in retalliation for supposed bad faith, but whmh does not exist outside of our contemporary, at Mr. Nickeus' own home. The course of the Capital in opposing the election of Col. Steele, and its unwarrant ed and uncalled for attack upon his per sonal character and reputation, is con demned by all our people who are ac quainted with him and by none more than Mr. Nickeus who authorizes the Alert to disclaim for him any sympathy in this opposition to Mr. Steele or in the attacks made upon his personal charac ter. THE DEAD JOURNALIST. The announcement of the death of Wilbur F. Storey, the great and greatest of western journalist last night will be received throughout the continent and beyond the sea3 with the must profound sadness though not an unexpected event. This brilliant sun in the journalistic world has been in an eclipse for some years but the knowledge that it has for ever set will fall like a pall upon the members of the profession throughout the world. Within comparatively a few years Henry J. Raymond, of the New York Times, James Gaidon Bennett, of the Herald, Horace Greeley, of the Tri bune, and Wilbur F. Storey, of tbe Chi cago Times, all veterans and brilliant lights in journalism, and the most bril liant in America and the peers of any in the world, have fallen before the grim monster. Storey was a man no less re markable for his enterprise and aggress iveness than lor his genius and fore thought. He set his mark ahead and worked to it against whatever obstacle that might oppose. He was a leader in political sentiment in which he was al ways far in advance of the times in which he promulgated his ideas. During the war he took a bold stride out of the dem ocratic party becausc the party would not keep up with the progress of the age, and from that time he has never been hemmed in by party lines. In one sense he has been a political Ishmaelite striking down the clogs to progress wherever he found them, acknowledging allegiance to no party, sect or dogmatical opinion but seeming to aspire to be a party to him self which all meu and parties should respect from fiar if not from admiration. THE LEGISLATIVE SITUATION. The Barnes connty republican committee have substituted the name of D. W Maratta, of Bis marck, for member of the council in place of Charles Richardson, and J. W.. Goodrich, of Jamestown, in plaec of W. F. Steele, and C. D. Smith, of Carrington, in place of Julins Stevens. The democratic central committee have, at his own request, withdrawn D. M. Kelleher, substi tuting Maratta. and have placed lion. E. A. Wil liams upon their ticket. The break in Barnes countv extends to Griggs and some of the north era counties.—Bismarck Journal. The political situation in this legisla tive district with reference to the election of members of the legislature is very pe culiar. One must be stone blind who cannot see that it jeopardizes the election of one candidate for the council and one or more of the candidates for the house on the republican ticket. It is proper to inquire who is responsible fcr this condi tion of things, and it is but simple justice to the candidates who baye had no haud in it to place the re-ponsibility where it belongs. The beginning of the peculiarities of the legislative campaign wa3 in the dem ocrats of Burleigh county endorsing Hon. E. A. Williams, the republican candidate for the legislature, and refusing to send delegates to or in anyway take part in the democratic legislative convention held in this city the Sth inst. The present situa tion shows that there was "method in the madness" of our democratic brethren and a deep" laid scheme was at the bo» tom of it which the factional strife and revolt In the republican ranks in Barnes county has made it possible for them to work out perhaps beyond their expecta tions Barnes county sent contesting delega tions to the Bismarck convention, the in evitable result of which would be and was disappointment and disaffection on the part of the faction whose delegates were not admitted. This, however, was in a air way to be healed when Mr. Kichard on, who had been honored by the repub lican legislative convention with the nomination to one of the highest places in its gift, refused to support with his paper, the Valley City Times, tbe repub lican ticket in his own county. This ac tion on his part aroused the indignation of the republican party in his own county to such a pitch that tue republican cen tral committee of that county declared by resolution that Mr. Ilicliardson bad orfeited the support of the republican party and withdrew his name fiom the ticket, substituting therefor the name of Dan. W. Maratta, a democrat of Burleigh county. Not only this, but they went outside of the record and repudiated Mr. Steele, of Kluder county, and Mr. Ste vens, of Griggs. This all came of Mr. Richardson's refusal to support tlie re publican ticket in his own county, and unless he can explain his extraord nary course better than ne has yet done lie can hope for but little sympathy from tbe re publican party in other parts of the dis trict. The democrats were in position to lake advantage of this situation, and, as might have been expected, have put up their strongest man, Capt. Maratta, for the council to defeat one or the other of the republican candidates for the council and they arc not particular which—anything to "get there." Two years ago, when only one councilman was to be elect ed from this district, the vote was as fol lows COUNTY. MAKATTA. NICKEUS. 505 621 Burleigh 564 300 Dickey 22S Griggs 461 395 11 HI Morton 333 251 Ransom 62 580 187 800 2,126 3,325 2,126 Nickeus' majority. 1,199 By act of the last legislature the coun tics )f Hanson, La Moure and Dickey were transferred from this district to the Fargo district, which leaves Mr. Nickeus' majority in the remaining counties in the above list 370. In addition to these there will be several new couuties to vote this year, and Mr. Nickeus' friends owe it to him and themselves to see that he does not suffer loss of votes either on account of t'ie Barnes county disaffection or that of the Capital in this city, as he is not in the remotest degree responsible or to blame for either. Brother lurke Bolls Again. Only a few weck3 ago the Capital was clamoring for a republican county con vention to nominate a county ticket. The convention was held and a county ticket has been nominated, and our high moral brother who won the stakes in a game of "progressive euchre" a short time ago and occupied a half column of his "valu able space" in telling the people of it, is shocked at the nominations made, and bolts the ticket. The renomiuation of Sheriff McKechnie is the red rag before this bull of Baslian and he paws up the ground and tries to stand on his bead in the street to stem the tide of popular opin ion and appreciation for a man who has faithfully performed the duties of the of fice ever since the organization of the county, and is known by good citizens and dreaded by housebreakers, thieve and desperadoes as "the best sheriff in North Dakota. That he, a democrat, should reccive 27 out of 34 votes in a re publican convention, against such a man a3 E. S. Miller, whom everybody honors and esteems a9 a man and a citizen, is a compliment that cannot be offset by the disappointed rage and silly rhodomontade of a crank. The insinuated charge that 27 of the 34 members of that convention were bought up by sheriff McKechnie and gave their votes for him agreeably to the ''bargain and sale," and the assertion that their nomination "is au insult to the de cent people of this county" is so utterly devoid of truth and honesty that a reply would be superfluous. Somebody througu mistake or other wise carried away a bundle of flags from thy camp fire entertainment Saturday mcbtand Commander Miller requests the Alert to request the person who made the mistake to return them. Owing to a horizontal and continu ous movement of the atmosphere Sunday the usual promenades on the streets were dispensed with and the attendance at the various church services was somew.iat limited. The weather was a cross be tween autumn and winter, and few people had provided themselves with raiment suited to that peculiar condition they remained in doors and read the Sunday Alert. Key. S. N. Griffith, pastor of the M. E. church, discourstd upon politics and the pulpit Sunday evening, maintaining that it was tne privilege and taeduty of min isters to take part so iai as principles of right and wrong were involved, ,'eaving to the judgment of the man to select from among the candidates the man who would best serve the interests of morality and good government. It is a little peculiar of Brother Burke that he does not make a fight against a candidate until after he is nominated. The time for him to have made war on McKechnie was before the convention. After the nomination he always discovers a "damnable conspiracy" of some kind. Bro Burke must have been born in the "old of the moon," when the sign was in the heel. Mr. Bowman, of the firm of Bowman & Lvon, received a visit over Sunn ay from bis brother-in-law, E. G. Ford, of Pitts burg, Pa. D. iV 4 Blaine's Secret Marriage. The Hon. John V. LeMoyne, of this city, was one of the witnesses to the mar riage uf James G. Blaine, at Pittsburg, in March 1651. The deposition of Mr. LeMoyne was taken this morning before S. W. Burnham, deputy cl?rk of the Uni ted States court, to be used against the Indianapolis Sentinel in Blaine's libel suit against that papers In answer to W. C. Goudy, the attorney representing the Sentinel, Mr. LeMoyne said he was a classmate of Blaine's at Washington, Pa. that in March 1851, Blaine caine into his office and asked him if he would witness a secret marriage between himself and a lady. Deponent said he would. Blaine said the lady's friends were opposed to the marriage, and it would have to be secret. The lady was Introduced by Mr. Blaine, as Miss Harriet Slanwood. Mr- Blaine called on the deponent cither the day following or the day subsequent to this, and requested Mr. LeMoyne not to say anything about the tnairiage until the period of six months had passed he also asked the deponent to make the same request of Mr. Bell, the other witness to the ceremony.—Chicago Mail. Congressional Majorities. COLUMBUS, O., Oct. 22- Following are' the majorities in the congressional dis tricts in Ohio at the late election: No. DIST. NAME AND POLITICS. MAJ. 1—Benj. Butterworth, rep. 1,465 2—Chas. Brown, rep. 2,098 3—James E. Campbell, dem. 412 4—C. Manderson. dem. 3,510 5—Ben. LeFevre, dem 5,122 6—W. Hill, dem. 3,531 7—Geo. E. Seney, dem. 4,006 8—John Little, rep. *7,548 9—W. C. Calper, rep. 1,880 10—Jacob Romis, rep. 229 11—W. W. Ellsberry, dem. 410 12—A. C. Thompson, rep. 2,354 13—J. H. Outhwart, dem. 4,829 14—C. H. Grosvenor, rep. 5,614 15—B. Wilkins, dem. 1,338 16—Geo. W. Geddes, dem. 724 17—A. J. Warner, dem. 217 18—J. H. Taylor, rep. 6,151 19—E. B. Taylor, rep. 1 13,997 20—Win. Kinley, rep. 2,031 21—M. O. Foran, dem. 2,170 6r^|^|ft^idicnlon8" 1'twilisn. ^^fl^^^^^^^^bolter a veiy'' his bolt tbe legislative conrcntion last evening which he makes himself more udiculous than ever. He was one of the secretaries of the court house caucus that appointed delegates to the county convention Sept. 3d to appoint delegates to the territorial convention at Pierre Sept. 17th, and to the legislative convention at Bismarck Oct. 15th. He was appointed by that county convention one of the delegates to the Pierre convention, and accepted the appointment at the hands of the county convention and went to Pierre as such delegate. He recognized the legislative convention as legitimate by securing the proxy of G. E. Fink, of Rolette county, and taking part in the convention by vir tue of that prox3*. He did not withdraw from the convention nor in any manner whatever absolve or attempt to absolve himself from his obligation to *tand by the result and support its candidates. Now Mr. Burke has the gall to ask the people in the name of honesty to justify him in bolting the ticket and attempting to defeat the election of Mr. Steele, one of tlie nominees of that convention, and one who was most heartily endorsed and sup ported by Col. Lounsberry and other men of unimpeachable personal and political record, and was nominated without a dis senting voice so far as appears from the report of the convention. He attempt* to justify this act of bad faith by refer ring to accusations made against Col. Steele, and hurls in tbe face of the dele gates from this county and every other county the insinuation that they have nominated a man whom "no man with ordinary self-respect would ask an honest man to vote for." The effect of this ac tion on the part of our contemporary which has pretended te be the Strang friend of Mr. Nickeus, will be to create a feeling against him and cut his vote among the warm friends of Col Steele all over the district, although we are quite sure Mr. Steele would countenance noUt« ing of the kind. There is not a candidate on the ticket that has stronger friends or that will poll a larger vote in the dis trict than Col. Steee. John S. Watson's handsome new res idence on Fourth avenue is approaching completion. O. C. Green, of St. Paul, superintend ent of telegraph lines along the Northern Pacific railroad i» in tbe city. Our distinguished visitors who came to attend the G. A. R. camp fire took their departure for their hemes Sunday. E. J. Blossom, cashier of the Jaatea River National bank entertained his oM friend James Strout-, of St. Louis, over Sunday. The ladios of the M. E. Church con gregation will meet at the residence of Mrs. Elliott this afternoon at half 1 two o'clock.