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POPULATION 3,600 Jamsstrwn, the metropolis and trade cento of IRK JlBH River Valley, Is the county eat Of stataman cooaty. It equidistant from Fargo aad BUmarck, aboat one hundred mtlei from each, aad I* looted on the moat beautiful site along the Uaeof the Northern Pacific Railroad, between the bleffa aad the bank* of the James River. The aad repair abopa and headquarters of the division of the Northern Pacific, and of tie Jamea town Northern railroad* are located km and it ia the Shipping and distributing point for the vact (cope [of country to ihe northwest wrtid by the latter railroad. ftnlowhMa graded pablie school. Including a high school course, occupying two large school haildlnga aad employing eleven teachers. it con tain* six handsome church cdlficee, and Its popu lation, numbering ,600, ia made up from the beat and Moat enterprising classes of the northeaatern and northwestern atatea. It is surrounded for ftfty miles ia every direction by the world-famed whaat laoda of the Jamea River Valley, which foralsk nn Innwiie and inexhaustible support to every department of indnatry and commerce. It* hotel accommodation!, business block*, mercantile and eoauaercial enterprise are not surpassed by any city In the territory. CITY AND COUNTY Judaoa HUMID of Eldridge has booming add in this morning's Alert. Judge Francis tells tbu Alsrt that be thinks he will soon be able to give James town a tern of court. John Neimoyer, Ibe artistic paper banger, has been engaged in repapering and fitting up the Alert editonal rooms. Chief Clerk Fitch of the Metropolitan left lastyeTcnlng for a yisit with friends in Mew Hampshire. (lis many friends in this city wish him a pleasant sojourn. A gentleman down from the North says that the branch north of Carrington will not be navigable until the periodical ground bog makes bis last appearance. Commencing Tuesday Feb. 24th, No. 4 leaving Jamestown for east at 2:35 p. m. and No. 5 for west at 1:55 a. m. will be abandoned until further notice. The members of the legislature and lobby at Bismarck have learned to look for the Alert even if they have not learned to love it. £. W. McCnne, route agent of the Wells, Fargo express company has es tablished his headquarters in this city. Mayor Lloyd will probably not corae up for re-election but hit friends say that he will bare something to say about the can didacy of his successor. The home dramatic enteitainment last Tuesday night netted £121.55, which will be used for the benefit of the poor by the committee appointed for that purpose. Cleveland and Hendricks are still alive we mean Sheriff McKcchnie'a two trees in the court house yard by that name. They are a little disfigured from the cold weather but still in the ring. DIED—Little Johnnie, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Durstine, died Saturday Feb. 21st, at 1:30 p. m. of cboleri infan tum, age 4 months and 25 days. The stage has not missed a trip to and from La Monre this winter, a distance of fifty-two miles over the piairie. Mrs. Tladale is expected to return to Jamestown the first of next month and resume her milliner business. The Alert fears the ladies are going to make ftuf. Foley's life a ounleu on vne women suffrage question. Guess Peter made a bad break when he expressed himself so emphatically on the subject. The court house gang seems to be un usually quiet at present but whether it is reformation or the calm before a storm we are not prepared at present to say. perhaps Boynton has been doing some missionary work among them. Bob, Conehay writes back that he tried to get a button as a relic off of Murphy who was hung under a railroad bridge near Helena by vigilantes a short time ago but he was elevated out of reach. The committee of ladies to look after the wants of the poor in the city are do ing their full duty as they have always done heretofore. There is a great deal of genuine Christianity in such a mission. The several bridges in the corporate iimita of the city of Jamestown should be looked after before the ice in tbe river breaks up as the freezing has probably railed the supports somewhat. The Barnes County Record acknow ledge! receipt of a Chesapeake spaniel Aigfrom P. M. Daly ol this city. Won der what bad break of Daly's the Record »n— b«a got onto to extort from him that dog. The scheme that is said to be on foot to bond the county in the interest of the new James River line is becoming the principal topic of gossip. Up to tbe promt writing it is not generally pre sumed that there is any foundation for the rumor The fire company last evening at their appointed a committee to district (ha city with a view of arranging for a fire alarm system. A good scheme. A. C. Halsey, Carrington's postmaster arrived ia the city Sunday evening on the belated train and proceeded ?n then ight .Yilaatia express on his way to the state of Vermont for a visit with old friends. Prof. J. F. Gleaeon, of Fargo, superin tendent of schools for Cass county, spent ffci jday ia this city the guest of county superintendent Foley at tbe Grand Cen tral. The Alert has received cards announc ing the forthcoming wedding of Mr. L. D. nfcn—turg of this city with Miss Flora D. nnhrh'"* to take place at the home he bride ia Mew York City March 4th. C. V. Brown, register of deeds and *uuty clerk of Wells county, has receiv ed a statement from tbe Northern Pacific railnad cosnpacy showing sale of 12,480 •eras of lead la Welle county for tbe year «Mt|m Dk- 3lt 1*8*. A large sale of lalUbad tods baa *a made in that aa iMce that date and sereral smaller tin Tfc» Merthera Phcttc pey car distrtbut eilttWMl meant of elegant duet la tbe aqr yesterday. The money paid out tf lbtCOSV**y tkie point every month worth looking after and should h«gMf aupmrlstrl by tbe citixens and Inek Um that ttjs not as a rale a good nis|ii4fkn*«sak VMSSB beny at bis torn- It is suggested tbat with a little work Klaus park across tbe river from tbe brewery could be made a pleasant resort, for the summer and that Mr. Klaus would freely allow its use for that purpose. A little joint sto.'k contribution by our citi zens would pay all the necessary expense of fitting it up. The additional building and occupation of the insane asylum this year will be quite an additiou to tbe business interests of the city. That will also be a pleasant and favorite drive during the summer. Tbe ornamentation of the grounds will be commenced this season. Burt Grow is said to be tbe best looking hotel clerk on the line of the Northern Pacific railroad except Dan. Foley. Dau holds over Buit a little on tbe color of bis moustache, and Fitch of the Metropolitan holds over botb of them in not having any moustache at all. Mr. D. C. Ehrhart, proprietor of the Metropolitan hotel in this city, returned with his bride yesterday morning. lie and Miss Anna Barrett, were irarried a few days ago at Coldwatei, Michigan* Tbe people of Jamestown extend to them a hearty welcome and congratulation, and the ladies of tbe city will no doubt mako Mrs. Ehrhart feel that her home has fal len in a pleasant place. The Alert understands the taking oft of the midnight train going went and af ternoon train going east is only tempor ary until a new schedule is arrange!. The indications are that the majority of tbe appropriation bills now btintc up in tbe committee room will not be calltd up until the last of the session. A bill of tbat kind is a good thing to be hold as a club to induce olhei members to uo ns they have agreed. C. V. Brown, reglstir of deeds for Wells county, expects to complete the work of copying the records here this week. The annexation of a tier of town ships on the west side of Foster to Wells county will give him quite a job of copy ing at Carrington. If we remember correctly Geo. W. Ven num of this city is one of the commis sioners of the Kargi agricultural college. Tbat board is perhaps the only one in the territory that has not been accused of stealing the fund.*. The ground in many places is bare and has been so nearly all winter. More snow would be a goo I thing as it would thoroughly saturate the ground in the spring when the thaw comes. While other parts of the western states and country complain of too much snow North Dikota wants more. The St. Paul papers refer to to the storm out at Dickinson a few dtys ago in headlines as "A heavy snow storm and blizzard in North Dakota." 3ur neighbor speaking of the fact that its weekly was four years old yesterday reminds us tbat tbe Daily Alert entered upon its fifth jcar the 14th of the present month. Tbe papers were served on tbe North ern Pacific railroad yesterday by attorney Glaspell in a damage case involving something over $14,000. It seems that Albert Glaspell at one time purchased 2,200 acres of land up in Wells tunty from the company and tbat the land did not pan out, according to his opinion, as it should, and hence the suit. The dramatic club committee desire to extend to the people of Jamestown through the Alert their sincere thanks for the liberal patronage accorded tliem at tbe late entertainment, with tbe assur ance tbat every penny derived from the proceeds will go towards adding to the comfort of the worthy poor. Letters received at the land department of tbe Northern Pacific railroad show that the demand for information about lands on the line is largely increasing. The number of letters now arriving aver age 150 to 200 per day, the general tenor of wbicb, intention by the writers to eome to tbe Northwest this spring. Most of tbe inquiries are about lands in Min nesota, Dakota ind Washington Territo ry- Some of tbe oldest citizeis of tbe place think that a system of water works can not be successfully worked In Jamestown on account of tbe ground rowing to so great a depth. This theory is cr'.ppled somewhat when we take into considera tion tbe fact that the coldest point in the west is on tbe line of tbe Red River, and tbat at Fargo no unusual difficulty is ex perienced. It is about tbree degrees warmer here on an average than there. A six horse team brought into town yefterday from the river a large elm tree with something less than a quarter sec tion of the frozen earth around its roots to be planted somewhere in tewn. The tree was about eighteen inches in diame ter and fifty feet high, and with so much of the native earth about its roots it will probably come out in the spring and con tinue to grow as if it bad not been moved at all. The people of the city might take advantage of this manner and time of moving trees into town which would at once be ornamental and make good shade the coming summer. Tbe enterprise ought to be encouraged. Tbe Alert received a copy of a neat book in paper cover entitled "Dakota, 1885." It is compiled ani published by O. H. Holt under authority of the gover nor. It eonUins a late revised map of tbe territory, and numerous engravings of towns and buildings in various parts of the territory together with a short de scription of the typography and products of every county arranged in alphabetical order. It Is a valuable book to send east and keep on band for reference. Immi gration committees should sow this book broadcast all over tbe states. At half past three the alarm was again sounded and tbe boys who bad just got to bed and asleep rustled out again with one on and the other streaming out behind as they sallied forth to tbe rescue to find it was tbe same building and long pull they bad two hours before. They I»«H» the run, however, in good time but the this time had almost complete ly enveloped the building before they reached it and burned do*n in spite of all tbe gas and swearing they could pour upon it. Tbe pessimistic crank and pedantic ab«er of time-honored Latin who makes an ass of himself in the Capital over tbe slgaatate of "Monitor" feels called upon to say that the editor of tbe A left is of "a class of cynics who would be ftuta con tent witboat ministers or churches" be cause we van tared to disagree with tbe Yalta? City alaiater who said "A woman km no right ia the partar her place is ia the tltrbia or cellar—tbe bo* place tkaeaOv." Ts ha aon explicit we aow any other profession, who would use such language in the general terms of "a woman," is a contemptible dampbool, and them in who will defend him in it because he is a minister, or for any other reason, is even more contemptible. The Hie company were out ou dress parade Monday afternoon, in honor of Washing'on's birthday. The day was magnificently fine, uud the streets were thronged with men, women and children, the latter being out in full force, as there I was no school to keep them in doors. The line of march was taken up from the engine house, acd, led by the band, para ded the principal streets of the city. The company iu their new uniforms in the bright sunshine presented quite a gaudy appeirance. They area fine look ing body of men, good citizens, and de serve well at the hands ol the people of Jamestowu in everything that will stim ulate to energy and aid them in efficiency. J. J. Neirling, who wenl to his old home in Iowa on a visit a few weeks ago, returned Sunday morning accompanied by his family who hud gone there some weeks before. Jolin says the worst and most disagreeably cold weather l.c has seen for several years, he saw while he was there. The railroads and wagon roa Js were blockaded with snow and tne weather inlcnsly cold, so that all kinds ol business is at a stand still. John has been here Dve winters and says the next time he goes down to Iowa on a visit lie will go in the summer season. Probably there is no one ludy in.lames town who has been more watchful of the interests of the poor in our city than Mrs. J. .7. Flint. For several years she has taken an active interest in the wellfare of the need/ and spared no pains to lend them all the necessary assistance in her power. Such women are an honor to a community and a blessing to the poor. The names of noble men, of kings and others of high station, are sometimes buried with them, but the names of those who have, while living, been noted for kindnesses shown the poor and unfortu nate, are never forgotten. A society for the aid of the poor was organized yesterday afternoon, and the following ladies elected as officers: Mrs. It. M. Winsljw, president Mrs. I. C. Wade, vice president Mrs. J. J. Flint, treasurer and secretary. The Alert learns from members of the organization that Jamestown has less poor people this winter than last and that there arc com paratively few in the city who actually need assistance, but tbat the purpose of the society is to ever be on the Alert and render proper assistance to all worthy people. The Alert believes the organiza tion of tbe society is a step in the right direction and most cheerfully accords to its members, the use of the Alert, iuclud ing its several departments, should they have occasion to need its assistance. Hon. E. 1'. Wells, who has just return ed fiom an extensive trip through the eastern states, speaks very encouragingly of the prospects for a good business year. He says that there is no longer any doubt the country having seen tbe worst and tbat a great improvement in trade is al ready noticahle all over the country. One ot tbe most pleasant occasions of the jubilistic period was occasioned yes terday by a little joke played on friend Blum by two citizens who went into hi* place and confidentially told him that a certmn gentleman with whom he had business relations had sold out and was about to leave tbe city without further explanations except to madly state tbat he never expected or wanted to make matteis square. Mr. B. was of course of fended and sought "blud." He was sure that Patsy Daly would bave to die and that if the proprietor of the Alert had anything to do with the affair he should be buried by bis side. Pursuant to these convictions Mr. B. started out on a tour of inspection and was joined at Mr. Thomas's place, after some time, by tbe parties who had giyen him the lirst in formation. Mr. B. upon seeing the par ties enter at oncc began get nervous and Mr. Daly noticing the much exercised condition of Mr. 11, asked as a matter of neighborly courtesy the cause. Mr. B., without further consideration invited Mr. D. into the back room where a hot con test of words followed. A little later the third party was called in and asked if the conversation in Mr. B's place which bad led to the trouble was correct. The party of course declared that the report was correct and that any impression given out to the contrary was incorrect. This state ment caused Mr. Daly to get apparently very angry and as a matter of self preser vation wanted to fight the third party. Tbe third party in view of assisting in carrying out tbe joke on Mr. B. wanted to light also, as a matter of course, and in less than a minute all were wild with excitement. Blum was trying to hold the third party and Daly was trying to get at him. Finally the third party, for the sake of keeping peace in tbe family was bounc ed out of the room by Mr. B. leaving Mr. D. to explain tbat it was all a put up job. As a matter of course tbe boys took some thing and all enjoyed a good laugh, in which Mr. B. engaged as treely as any one present. A little fun never harms any one and the man who can't take a jofee never ought to perpetrate one. Tbe Fire This Meriting. About half past one this morning tbe alarm of fire was sounded and the fire company soon rustled out and struck the gallop for tbe scene which was ascertained to be a small dwelling in the bend of tbe bend of the river below the mouth of the Pipestem, owned and occupied by An drew Brandt, a painter Tbe building is a one story structure and by the time the fire company amyed, the distance be ing about a mile from tbe engine bouse, tbe roof was ablaze from tbe sheet of fire in tbe garret. The flames bad already begun to reach heavenward but the fire company attacked it vigorously and in a few minutes had tbe fire under control. The fire seemed to bave caught from the fine but could not then be certainly as certained Tbe household goods and furniture were all carried out and saved in a somewhat damaged condition, but the house with the fire and chopping to get at the fire was badly damaged. Tbe building was insured but we could not learn to what amount. The fire otnpany are to be complimented for the good time tbey mad* in getting to the fire as well as tbe vigor and effectiveness with which they com batted the flames after they ar rived. Notwithstanding the long dis tance aad dead hoar of flight a large crowd of people gathered at the aceae frcm all parte of tbe city. THE county lino slashing business in tbe legislature seems to have broken out afiesh and there is uo telling one day where this kind of lightning will strike the next. The people of the northern part of Foster county are agitated over the prospect of oeing set off In a new county to themselves and are doing some high kicking over what they look upon as a a scheme to legislate them out of court in tbe legal contest for the county seat A bill has been introduced provid ing for a vote ou the county seat of La- Moure county and this will stir up the Grand ltapids people to a high tempera ture of blood. Between holding down county seats aid maintaining county lines the people of the territory are pret ty well agitated. TUB coming season promises to be an active one in railroad building through out the west and especially in Dakota. Several surveying parties are already be ing organized in St. Paul for projected lines in Dakota. The localities in which they will be set to work are not at pres ent known or ascertainable, but indlca tiocs point to north an(fBOuth lines. The Milwaukee & St. Paul and Chicago & Northwestern will cert tinly break over the Mason and Dixion's line into the fer tile and productive North, and Northern Pacific and Manitoba will likewise cross that line and penetrate the south. The James Kiver Valley line from this city south seems to be the straw that is to break the camel's back and abrogate all treaties on the subject of apportionment of the territory exclusively to this or that railroad. That the James ltiver Val ley railroad will probably be con trolled if not openly owned by the Chica go & Hock Island seems to he a general and well founded understanding and it cannot be expected that the C. M. A St. I*. and C. & N. will look upon this com petitor reaching beyond them into North Dakota with indifference. The advanta ges of reaching tbe Mouse river grazing and agricultural country and the timber and coal of the,Turtle Mountains just be yond are not under estimated by these en terprising railroad companies. The nat ural railroad thoroughfare from tbe south is up the James river valley and it requires no extravagance of imagination to see three parallel raiiroad lines coming up within the opposite extreme bounda ries of the James river valley before many more rears roll round. The Woman Question. Owing to the lateness of the hourwe could only make a note of tbe debate at the Baptist church Tuesday night on the women suffrage question. As this is tbe question just now uppermost and fore most in territorial politics we shall give the mote important points presented by the several speakers, and yet shall not attempt to give anything like a complete abstract of the arguments presented. Mr. Dodge, who opened the debate on the part of tbe affirmative, based bis ar gument upon the intelligence of woman and her natural right to the ballot upon the fundamental principles ot our system of government. He maintained that the declaration of independence guaranteed equal political rights to all citizens and that under tbe constitution she was a citi zen of tbe United States. He maintained tbat the 14th and 15th amendments to the constitution could not be construed as withholding tbe right of tbe ballot from woman without doing violence to its splilt and the guaranties tt doolorcd Tbat sho had the right as a citizen to bo.'d property, take claims under tbe govern ment land laws, and tbat the government was as much bond to secure and protect ker in these rigbts as any other citiaen and the only way in which she could be equally protected was by allowing her an equal voice in the appointment of officers and legislators who make the laws affect ing her personal and property rights. Mr. McMillac, iu opening the debate on tbe part of the negative, disclaimed any disrespect for the female sex meiely because he was opposed to extending to them the right of ballot. He denied the legal right of women to yote undei the 14th and 15th amendments to tbe consti tution and read from a decision of the supreme court of tbe United States on ths point in a case taken up from the state of Missouri in which the court held that the rigbts of citizenship did not carry with them the right of the ballot. On the social phase of tbe case he thought it no compliment to woman to invite her down to take part in tbe dirty strife of politics. Tbey bad not asked this privi lege, there is no unusual migration of women to Wyoming because they were allowed to vote in that territory. Mr McMillan presented about all the strong points that can be urged against the doc trine and presented them in such a suive and gentlemanly manner that even Ibe ladies of the audience were pleased if they did not agree with him. But when Mr. Glaspell, the second speaker in the affirmative, took tbe stand and with the shrewdness of a lawyer who can convince his audience that things are not what they seem began to analyze the argument ot his opponent h? made it look like it had been through an Iowa cyclone in a few minutes. He said the supreme court dccifion read by his opponent did not apply to tbe question. They did aot pretend that woman had the legal right to vote. If they had they would not then be discussing the question. That the proposition of bis colleague, Mr. Dodge, was that she had the natural right to the ballot and should have the legal right. He quoted Bl&ckstone and the declara tion of independence in support of thia natural right. In answer to the objection utged against women taking part in tbe political contrst he thought it would ele vate men instead of lowering women. If, as bis opponent had said, the rum power must be downed before politics would be fit for women, let us call in her aid to down it. He had no fears tbat women would be contaminated by taking part in politics. She would renovate politics and exterminate the evil instead of par ticipating in it. Mr. Hamilton was the second and clos ing speaker on the side of the negative Hamilton's strong point is poetical qoota tir.ns which served to amuse if not to convince bis audience. He intimated that Dodge and Glaspell had pre-arranged a programme ot applause and hand-clap ping with the male part of the audience in tbe back par*, of the bouse in wbicb the ladies of tbe andience took no part. He said tbat if women were given tbe ballot they would want to be elected justices of the peace and to other office*." He urged that the familiarity of the poll* would breed contempt for women and illustrated bis Idea by the regard in which a girl is held who allows every yenag man to pat his arm around her. He said women should keep their band* clean and their skirts clear of the corrup tion and degradation of politics. He was rapped down by tbe time keeper with still considerable manuscript notes on band and closed by saying bis strongest reason for opposing women suffrage is tbat he is a republican and bis wife is a democrat. Mr. Dodge closed the debate in an ex cellent speech which was well received. He said he had not been able to perceive any argument offered by the negative and he took up 'he subject where he bad left off in the first round. After tbe regular debate there was a free for all discussion by such of the aud ience as chose to speak which soon be came animated and rather informal. At the close a vote of the ladies present was taken as to whether tbey desired the elec tive franchise the result of which was an almost unanimous vote in favor. EI.DRIIWE NEWS. V. B. Clark was here last week selling groceries to our general merchants, and making arrangements with Jerry Collins to have twenty-five more acres of trees planted on bis farm, adjoining the town, during the coming spring. A game of aggressive euchre was played here a few evenings since, which resulted in the aymcnt of considerable money. Messrs. Dennis and Merry invited a few of their friends to a quiet dance at the residence of D. E. Buzzell last Thursday evening. A pleasant time was enjoyed by all present, and Mrs. Buzzell, with her customary generosity, provided nn excel lent repast for the participants. W. H. Rodgers, who has been all bro ken up during the past week, is convales cent. M. T. Richards returned from Ran dolph, Wisconsin, last Saturday. Judfcon Ransom is going to Pough keepsie, New York, on a visit, lie will in all probability visit Washington and take in the inaugural ceremony. Fred VV. Holmes is considered a good looking young man, but he makes an aw ful homely looking woman. Freddie, thy moustache glvcth thee badly away. George McKennan brought in a line sample of Anthracite yesterday, equaling in quality the product of the famous Le high Valley. Since the opening up of the roller .ska ting rink the saloon has been closed Chris Jorgensou, formerly foreman ol the Davenport farm, leaves next week for New Orleans and Kentucky. W. J. Payne, who was recently going to Indiana, has changed his mind, and will visit Duck Lake instead, which is located seven miles north of here. Payne is a schcmer. Another large audience greeted the El dridge literary society at the school house last Friday evening. In addition to the regular debate, a fancy exhibition ot ska ting and dancing was given, concluding with a tableau on roller skating. RUPERT. Fram Uro. Woodford., VAU.F.V CITY, Feb. 2.°», 188F. To THE EDITOH. DEAR SIR:—If everybody who takes humorous views of things were to be held to the literal meinins of all the word uttered by them in pleasantry, the possi bility of such an utterance as that which has so roiled you would bave disappoared Irom the world long before I was born. The lady whom 1 gayly advised to take to the cellar was a near neighbor and in timate acquaintance. Her husband, standing by at the time, heard my re mark, peifectly understood my mood, and took no offense. If I ever have the pleasure of meeting you in person, I shall take the liberty of enjoying a laugh at your expense. Very respectfully yours, SIDNEY Il.|WooDronu. Returned. John Nichols, the renowned land ex plorer of North Dakota bas just arrived from an extensive trip to tbe Mouse River country where be had been in company with government surveyor Scott for the purpose of securing applications for fur ther surveys in that country. Mr. Nich ols spent 22 days on the prairie and trav eled over 600 miles. He says tbat tbe settlers In the Mouse river district are happy and appear to be enjoying winter life in grand style. He says that wood and coal are very plentiful up there and that one man has already mined one hun dred tons wbicb bas been given to bis neighbors free of expense. Among the different articles ot' interest which he brought back was some fine specimens of Ohio dent corn which grew in tbe Mouse Kiver locality. He also brought home part* ot two fine deer which he shot as he past by a large herd which were lelsural ly sauntering along tbe trail which he was following. Tbe James River Valley offers better inducements to those thinking of coming west than any other locality in the north west. Every township in Stutsman coun ty that has any settlement is provided with first class schools which are in a healthy financial condition. The taxes in the James River Valley arc lower than those of almost any other locality in Dakota. Attorney Glaspell bas just added a new book case to his office to accommodate his rapidly accumulating library. John Vennum thinks some of engag ing permanently in the painting business. Two citizens living in the North part of the city were yanked up before Judge Hayward yesterday and fined one dollar and costs for distributing refuse matter in tbe river. The judge intimates that be will stop that kind of business if it takes all summer. The Alert is running a few real estate advertisements representing some ot the oldest and most reliable dealers in tbe James Kiver Valley. Th ise at a distance wishing to learn particulars regarding Tbe Alert has received a marked copy of tbe New York Times giving an ex tended biographical sketch of the Peake family who are more generally known to the public as the Swiss Bell Ringers. The old gentleman is now 76 and the old lady 75 yean old and on last New Tear's day they were taken to the Cortland county poor bouse, near Homer, in the state of New York. Tbey era tae parents of Mrs. Flu, recently in tbe hardware business ia this city, bar husband, who waea wealthy •ootberaer bat loet all bis property dor lag tbe war, haviag died soon after its land witl receive a prompt response to in quiries by writing them. Timber for alderraanic honors is plenty. It shows up on every side. Among them can be found some of the best citizens of the place. Charley Ross left an egg at the Alert office yesterday which was laid by a seven months old hen. It is about the size of a down east watermelon and would make a square meal for an Argus reporter. We are informed that it is a fair sample of the egg laid by native Dakota hens. Such eggs should be sold by the hundred pounds and not by the dozjn. FOR SALE I offer for sale my 3 Mule Team, kind and gentle* and nicely ma ted. Also, my team of Black mares, weight, 1,200pounds one pony Mare, weight about 800 pounds 2 choice grade Jersey Cows, coming in in April 2 Yearlings 2 Farm Wagons, good as new 1 Buckboard 2 setts Double Harness 1 sett single Harness 1 5-tooth Cultivator, and all other Farming Uten sils. FOWLS. I have some choice Plymouth Rocks and mixed breeds. Address, or call on JUDSON RANSOM, ELDRIDGE, Stutsman Co., D. T. J. A. J. SUEKTS, I!. M.WIKSI OW, Philadelphia, Jamestowi 1). 8. M. BicaroRD, A. A. ALLBN tiockhaven, Peon. Jamestown, p. T. PROPRIETORS NORTH QUOTA ffMlKI JAMESTOWN D. r. 4 Oeaeral Banking Business Done in nl. its branchca. Give especial attention to COLLECTIONS. PASSAGE TICKETS To ant from Europe at lowest poMlble.'ratet. ALSO LOAN MONEY ON IMPROVED FARMS On lone time. THE TIME TO IN IN DAKOTA SOIL To the conservative man who always waits till things are down to bottom prices before purchasing, I can suit nim in Dakota lands. have for sale 12 sections in the south part of Stutsman County,along the line of the James River Valley R. R., that must be sold. From the large list of lands I have for sale there are al ways—and especially in these hard times—some who are compelled to sell. Take advantage and buy now. Several single sections No. 1 land cheap. D. L. WILBUR, Jamestown, Dak, We offer some choice N. P. R. R. lands, Call and see us, or write for specific infor mation. WILBUR ft NICHOLS. Agents N. P. Railroad Laads, JAMESTOWN, 0AK. Town Lota. 1-4 OFF 1-4 WE WILL CONTINUE OUR DISCOUNT SALE! DON'T FORGET! IT WILL CLOSE ON Saturday, Feb. 28! 0*HL IN TIME OF PEACE PREPARE FOR WAR! OfrTO W For Next Season's Rise Sincu 880 there las been no time when the Close Buyer could get sucii ns the present. This fact arises from No Lack of Confidence 011 Ihe part of the pres- ent holders, but, is entirely the re sult of Too Much Confidence last year and too little money this year. The subscriber belongs to a large class who bought more property in the flush times than they can com fortably carry through the depress ion. To obtain relief I am offering to bell at less^^thanjjresent^valu^ and much below either last, or neit year's values. j_farm_16o acres, 60 acres cultivated one-half mile from railroad sta tion. One farm 325 acres, all cultivated. fine new buildings, 5A- miles frcm Jamestown. One farm 160 or 320 acres, 80 acres cultivated house, barn, granary, fruit, well mile from depot. One farfla 480 acres, 230 acres ctil tivated complete farm buildings two wells. One farm 640 acres, 500 acres cul tivate^ 2 miles from county scat One farm 160 acres, all cultivated. 640_agrgsjtdjoining the most r^oni isingtown in North Dakota, and this section of land is the choic est in the James River Valley. A desirable farm for a few years after which it will make good Onejarm 640 acres, 100 cultivated stream of wateracrossthlTTarm^ which is somewhat broken and especialfy adapted to mixed farm ing and stock. Four farms, 160 acres each, with from 20 to 50 crcs of cultivated land on each. 1 also offer at rock Montana towns. Finally, I will only lately placed on the market, at prices rang ing from $5.00 to $8.00 per acre, which can be paid for in N. P. Pre ferred Stock, and at present prices for stock, makes the land dirt chean. IDIOKZXZSrSOOSr. It. S ItKKVF.S FRANK TUCKEU. REEVES ft TUCKER. Real Estate AND LOANS. We rent and take charge of Farms, Loan Money, Buy County Order*, N" 1 improved and unimproved prop erty inj^iv^ount^^ea^owns^ Some of these towns I can rec ommend and some I cannot. On some of these lots I have re ceived one or two payments from parties who overloaded and fail ing to Meet_Subse^uen^a^ments forfeited the lots. I can and will sell such lots cheap. I offer— Eight^orJTet^JUouses that a»e rent ing at from 10 to 15 per cent on the prices asked. I offer— One 4-story brick hotel, built dur mg the past year at a cost of *30 000. Also 1,000 acres Wild Lands selected by me in 1878 '79. I offer— 2,500 Town Lots in Dakota and EXCHANGE any of the above list for approv ed unincumbered Prodactive City Priparfy. laprmJ Firas, NaYas iM Mirtta(is, Baak ar OtbarStacks, Marctaaiisa, Kami, Mills, 1 will furnish lists to a few AGEJV'J S Pay Taxes, Collect Rents, Final Proofs. INSURANCE AGENTS. Several Fine Farms for rent. We will sell at a low figure both Improved and IVild Lnnd on long time. KEEVES & TUCKER, .Jamestown, I) T. 1). BALDWIN. M. n. S. n. DRAKE. M. Physicians and Surgeons Offlcc open day and night, over Back A Mill* StOTfl. Also at City Dra(» Store, Fifth »wne eoalb NOTICK OF FINAL PROOF. Land Office at Fargo, D.T., Feb.Stth, 188S. NOTICE ia hereby given that the following namea settler haa filed notice of hi* inten tion to make final proof in anpport of bis claim, and secure final entry thereof on the 14th daj of April, 1885, via: FRANCIS M. HOLDKN. D. S. No. lasts, for the a of nac S4, tp. 138 n, aahls wits— r. CS w, and names the fol.owing vie: E. L. Calkins, K. 8. Miller, P. M. Qarrlgsn and John Mason, of Stntamaa C«aaty, D. T. The testimony to be taken before Chaa. T. Hills, Clerk ol the District Court, at Jameatowa, D. T, on the 11th day of April, A D. 1885, at hi* ofllce. HOMCI AUSTIN, Register. S. L. Glaapeli, Att'y First pnbhcaiion, Feb. s.4. OT1CE OF FINAL PROOF. Land Office at Fargo, D. T., Jan. SI, 188C. Notice is hereby given that the following naased settler ha filed notice of hi* intontioB to nuke final proof in support of his claim and seenre final entry thereof, on the 24th day of February, 1881, SAMUEL A. PORTER, Flngree, D. T. S No 16280 fnr tbe southwest of Sec M, Tp 148 n, 65 w, and names the following as hi* witness es. viz: J. D. Bloomfield, 3.3. Hire, P. A. Garland, R. B. Moses, all of Pingree, Stutsman county, O. T. The testimony to be taken before Chaa Hills, clerk of the district court, at Jamestown, T, on tbe aoth fice. day of February, A D, 1885, at hi* of NORACI AUSTIN, Register. Nickeos Baldwin, Attorney*. First publication Jan. 23d. J^otice of Kortaaca Sals. bottom prices T'cfault having been made in Ihe condition* of a certain mortgage duly executed and deltvmd by E.Spencer Hall, to John H. Sarleaaad Lee B, Duratine. mortgagee*, of date December 1st, 188S. said mortgage covering the following dMcribad property, south west H, sec. six (6), tp. (Mb], r. 64. And being conditioned for the pavmui of two hundred* elghtand thirty-five handredlhs dol lars due December 1st, 1884 with IS percent Inter est and twentr dollars attorneya fee* in earn of foreclosure. Notice Is hereby given that by virtue of a power of rale therein contained said mort gage will be for. closed by a sale of said premises at public auction to the highest bidder for cash by the sheriff of Stutsman county, Da*, va Saturday N arch 28th, 188S at S o'clock p. m. at the front door of the court house at Jamestown D. 1, to satisfy ihe sum of two hundred aad thlrt --eight dollars now due on said mortgage, berdes cost and attorneys lees. Said property subject to a prior mortgage for Sll C. C. Buggs and due Dec. 1st IStl. A. McKacaai*, sheriff. 3. S. WATSON, atty for mortgagee*. Dated Feb. 6th 1885. &S3w-w First publication Feb, 12,1885. N OTICE OF FINAL PROOF. Land Office at Fargo, T, Jan. £9,1886. Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to amke final proof in support of hi* claim and secure finai entry thereof, on the 87th day of March 1886, vli: CHARLES D. BLANCHARD E No 14350 for tbe sejtf of sec 6, tp 189 n, 66 w, and names the following as his witnefor* via: A A Clothier, Harry Cothier, Vessey aad W Cowan, all of Windsor, Stntsmancoaaty. D. T. The testimony to be taken before Charle* T. Hills, clerk of district court, at Jametowa, D.T., on the SStb day of March, a. d. 1885. at hi* ofiler. HORACE ACSTIK, Register. First Publication Feb. 5th. NOTICE. Default having been made in a certain mort gage given by George Braune, bachelor, of Jamestown, D.T., mortgagor, to Belle Stcveason, of Coldwater, Mich., mortgagee, which Mid mort gage bears da'e December. 6th, 1881. Aad there now being due thereon and unpaid at this date the sum of fonr hundred and fifty-five aad twenty hundreds dollars, I hereby give notice that the premises described in said mortgage, which are as follows, to wit: All the north east Quarter, section twenty-six (86), township oae hundred and thirty nine, (139), range sixty-three «•), in Stutsman county. D. T„ will be sold at pablie auction to the highest bidder by the sheriff of said Stutsman county, or his deputy, at the fraat doer of the court house in Jamestown, D. T., at S o'clock p. m. on Satnrday, March 14th, 18K, to •a tisfy the above mentioned amount and all ex Donees attending foreclosure of said mortgage aad forty dollars attorneya fees. Bnu STKVXXSOX, Mi Jan. 28th, 1885. IliritJ bttti, Fira Military, MMEY. LIVE in eastern towns. E. P. WELLS JAMESTOWN, DAK. N B—Buy and aell County, Town *nd School Bonds and warrant "SiS notice or niu reoor. NVSS? 9.®°*.D. T., Feb. Slat, I OTICE la hereby gives that tbe Mk settler has filed node* of kl* iatsatiOB to make final proof in aanport of bis data, aad •rente final entry thereof oa the 7th day of April. 1886, vU: WILLIAM T. FARK D. S. No. 11.476, for the aw. of See. 4, to. MO a, r. w., and name* the following ae ait wit nesses, viz: Harry Cornwall, Ielah Cannlagham, William Phillips and John Chaddick, all of Stntamaa coanty, D. T. The testimony to be taken before Chaa. T. Milla Clerk of the dlstrleteonrt at Jameatowa, Sills man eoanty D.T., on the 4th day of Match, A. D. IMS, at hia ofiiee. Aad yoa, Lemuel Mathews, wba naii S Ho. SSS7. Pebraary SS, MBS, for ea'4 tract, are nfaM to appear at said time aad plana aa I akst aaaaa, if aay y«a have, why aaid piaaf aad eMvy sksaM aot b* allowed. Haaaaa Anna, S. L. 11sapsll,»tt. Samiasa. KmpnblfiaU*a, rabraary SS.