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1885 VERSUS 1884
The marvelous change in prices we have had
full benefit of, Mr. Shoenberg having been for
the last seven weeks in the Eastern markets,
have laid in a stock replete with all the novel­
ties for the coming seasons, and at such prices
that ordinary competition can't come near us.
Russian Circular, sold last year at $10, we
now offer at $6.
Ladies' Winter Cloaks, sold last year at $19,
we now offer at $13.25.
Heavy Flannels, sold last year at 35c a yard,
we now offer at 20c a yard.
All Wool Red Flannels, sold year at 50c a
yard, we now offer at 35c a yard.
Heavy Sheetings, sold last year at 11 l-2c a
yard, now sell at 9c a yard.
All Wool Red Underwear, sold last year at
$3.50 per suit, we now offer at $2.50.
Ladies' All Wool Hose, sold a year ago at 50c,
we now sell at 35c per pair.
Men's heavy Wool Hose, sold last year at
50c, we now offer at 35c a pair.
Shoes, last year's price, $2 a pair we sell now
at $1.00.
Price Reductions
Throughout our entire stock.
At extremely low prices.
A Special Wseonit Given on Families' Winter Outfits at
and Fur Robes
Double Store!
Prices Very Low!
U. R. Ton.
w, Hre«. WM. C. WHITE. Vice Pre*. E. J. Lopfom. Carh
3FaidL -u.p Capital $50,000
SURPLUS $5,000
A General Banking and Exchange Business Done
LWAYS haa money on hand to lend on Real Eftale or Chattel Mortgages. Also buy* at hleheit
Lttarket price Count Warrants, Bonds and School Bonds.
(James River National Bank Building.)
O. WARNOOK. Editor
TheW. C. T. U. complimented Gen.
Deanis on his order prohibiting the use
•f intoxicating liquors in Camp Grant at
the encampment last week. If the blank­
ets that coyered the demijohns of fire
water and cases of bottled beer that were
brought into camp by the hacks were
given the power of speech they "could a
tale unfold" which would show that pro­
hibitory military order* like prohibitory
legislation doesn't prohibit. However,
the order looked well on paper, and as it
did no one any harm it was commenda
ble. Let it be commended.
TUB recently congregated hosts and
assembled wisdom ef an alleged demo
cratic party of Dakota territory at Aber­
deen made quite a splutter but did not
succeed in holding the inquest on the old
mossbacks who constitute the authorita­
tive democratic central committee as was
the covert design of the meeting. The
old war horses arc too lively corpses to
be "set on" by the ephemeral satellites
ol the party who conceivcd and brought
foith this assemblage. The originators
of this movement never discovered that
they wer democrats until after the elec­
tion of Mr. Cleveland and the "spoils"
of a democratic administration had be'
come a tempting morsel. The veterans
of the party who have stood the- brunt of
battle and defeat for a quarter cf a cen
tury are made of sterner stuff than to
quietly surrender their places to mush­
room democrats who spring up with suc­
cess and wither with defeat. The worst
difficulty the democratic party of the ter­
ritory has had to contend with since the
election last fall has been the gall of new
converts who have come out of the ranks
of the republican party and assumed to
usurp the leadership of the democratic
party. A resolution was introduced ten­
dering the thanks of the meeting to the
terrii orial and national democratic cen­
tral committees for their valuable service
in behalf of the party. For what pur­
pose the resolution was introduced is not
known, but its effcct was about the same
as striking a can of dynamite with a
fledge haromt r. The newly fledged dem­
ocratic politicians vehemently denounced
Hon. M. H. Day, which disclosed the
scalp they were after in the very incuba
tion of the convention scheme. The res
olution was laid on the table with a
"dull thud" and the convention put it­
self on record as entertaining no thanks
for the service of the territorial demo­
cratic central committee. That was
wnat they weut there for and they did it.
They have thrown down the gauntlet to
the old war horses of the party and there
is blood on the face of the moon.
THE political mind-reader of the St.
Paul Globe has turned his psychological
optics upon Col. Lohnsberry, of Bis­
marck, and discovered that in resigning
the postmastership of the capital city he
was laying the foundation for something
battel. That with the eye of faith the
Colouel saw the "mene, mene, tekel
upharsin" written upon the walls of the
presidential mansion on his recent visit
to Washington, and "stepped down and
out" before the order should be given to
"go." It is insinuated that the Colonel
is not unlike Caesar in that he was ambi­
tious, and that his ambition takes hold oi
a probable United States senatorship
when the territory shall be admitted as a
whole. The Alert is not authorized to
speak for Col. Lounsberty on the subject
and is not expert enough in mind-read*
ing to know what his desires and ambi­
tion may be. If the Globe is correct in
its conjectures in the matter, the Alert
would say the Colonel is laying ropes at
rather long range, but it would be no
calamity to Dakota if it should turn out
to be so and succeed. That the territory
will be admitted as a whole we believe,
and that the state will be entitled to two
United States senators when that event
takes place we know, but there are too
many contingencies, too many political
pitfalls, too many politicians on the war
path with uplifted tomahawks to admit
ol any certainty as to what particular
person or persons will hold the key to the
situation when the great and notable day
comes. Col. Lounsberry has been in pol­
itics long enough to know this and to
know it hard, and we do not believe he
had any such object in view. A combi­
nation of circumstances makes it neces
sary to shy his castor into the ring again
as a political editor of the republican
school, and be is too conscientious to
hold an office through the grace of an ad­
ministration which he cannot support in
his paper. That, wt thick, is about all
there is in it and that is plenty. If the
territory is admitted as a single state, no
North Dakota man need apply until the
population of the two opposing sections
cease to war with each other, and the
population of the two sections becomes
more equally divided.
The Encampment at Fug*.
In all essential respects the military
encampment at Fargo last week WM a
success, much of the credit tor which is
due to the enterprising people of that
city in the arrangements made and ac
commodations provided for it. A more
beautiful campint* ground than Camp
Grant could not be found in the territory,
and the train accommodations to and
from the camp and city were all that one
could wish. The Argus and Republican
furnished complete and elaborate reports
morning and evening and in every res
pect fulfilled the promise of the mayor
that the papers of Fargo would publish
,../•. .. *'.* .! ,,~ .i''.' j&
X. -i'S.
those of
two last
'eport of the encampment than
ny other town or city in the
The governor was present the
lays of the encampment and re
he two regiments which con­
tained about 500 men eacb.
The Argus prize of $60 for the first and
$40 tor tpe second awarded respect/
ively to the Yankton company and the
Faigo littles. The judges by whom the
award was made we E. F. Townsend,
Lieut. Col. llth Inft ntiy P. W. McCau
ley, 1st Lieut. Mel. Corps II 0. 8.
Heisted, 2d Lieut. 11th Infantry, all of
the regular army.
There was considi rable kicking Friday
evening when the a1 ard was made pub­
lic and the great number of military
critics who differed In opinion with the
awarding committe was the wonder of
the few who were jn the grounds that
did not pretend to mow more about mil
itary tactics than tb^regular army officer^
above mentioned. Twe -Jamestown Light
Guards executed the? orders perfectly in
the drill and would bare won the fiist
prize but for mistaki in giving the orders
by its officers which iut down the mark­
ing to fourth on the list. The talk About
the award to South Dakota being a "sell
out" or a "put up job" by those lop­
sided in partiality for the Jamestown
Light Guards is the beerest nonsense and
has had only the eff st of bringing ridi­
cule upon the com lany. Tie regular
army officers appoin id by thje war de­
partment for the purpose no: doubt de­
cided the question fc the rigid military
rules of the regular rmy without regard
to any consideration of location. It is
hardly to be presumid that the war de­
partment at Washin (ton would lend it­
self to a scheme for "downing" one little
militia company ou in Dakota territory.
It is hard on the be rs to lose the prize on
account of their offi ers not being up to
the scratch in them inttal of arms but it
cannot be helped.
The judges in the band contest for a
prize of $25 provide I by county treasurer
Burke, of Cass coun iy, were Prof. S. T.
Church, S. F. Crock stt and brigade chap­
lain Rev. J. H. Uar min. The prize was
awarded to the lted eld band.
One of the novelt es of the encampment
was the maiden di am carps of Canton
consisting of eigbi girls about sixteen
years of age. On Friday the Jamestown
drum corps capturejd the fair "sweet six
teens" and entertained them at dinner
which was considered the best strategic
movement of the encampment as the
Sioux Falls company had prepared to do
tbe sauie thing.^ lie. QWjK ltdus
nearly ofone size, messed exactly
alike and were the observed of all ob­
servers in that departmeat of music. But
as a manipulator of the drum sticks Maj.
T. K. McKee, the famous "Shiloh drum­
mer boy," who was present at the en­
campment, totally eclipsed all others.
He is himselt a whole drum corps, which,
added to his wtr fame, made him a prom­
inent attraction. In the parades there
was quite a display of epaulets and burn­
ished millitary toggery, in which those
who looked for the governor didn't see
him. Though commander-in-chief he
was dressed in a plain citizen's suit while
many of the subordinate officers were ar­
rayed in all the gorgeous paraphernalia
of the way-ups of regular army and mili­
tary dude display. Some of the old vets
of the rebellion remarked that they saw
more brass at the Dakota military en­
campment of a thousand men than they
did in all of tlieir three years service in
the war of the rebellion.
Gen. Dennis congratulated the militia
and officers upon the proficiency to which
they attained in so short a time as well as
upon their soldierly appearance and gen­
eral good behavior.
At half past six Saturday morning the
order was given to strike tents which was
obeyed with the heart as well as with the
hand, and the first tram out in every di­
rection carried the citizen soldiery of Da­
kota to their respective homes to which
they proceeded with fully as much pleas­
ure and happy antijipations as they
went into camp on the Monday before.
Not the Northern Pacific.
(From the LaMonre Chropiclc.)
No great amount of progress has been
made on the J. K. V. Rt K. during the
past week, but the future is full of prom­
ise. The work actually preformed is
the completion of. piie-dnvmg on the
three bridges over the Jun River between
this city and Grand Rapids, one of the
pile drivers being now at work on the
ravine just south of the Itapids. Numer­
ous cars of lumber and piles have been
received and also a couple ot cars of trucks
for moving rails. One of the small eat­
ing houses built here has been located on
a flat car in readiness to go with the track
layers. This car also bears spikes and
fish-plates. Wednesday twenty-fire
track layers arrived, and more are ex­
pected daily. As we go to press eleven
cars of iron, six cars of ties and acar load
of grading horses and wagons, have ar­
rived by extra freight.
Chas. Gibson is grading for a long
switch in West .LsMoure.
A prominent member of the engineer
corps said a few days since that until
within a week he had not known what
railroad company he waa at work for but
now he did—that it waa not the Northern
Pacific, and that within eight months we
would see a southern connection to the
J. R. V.
Weundei stand several Grand Rapids
parties have already selected their loca­
tions near tbe depot, and will move their
buildings before the cars begin to run.
Tlif Closing Scenes of a Case Made In
tensely Interesting by a Failli
ftil Wife.
(From the Eiamarck Tribune.)
At 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon Thos'
W. Magill was brought into court and
sentenced by Judge Francis to three years
and one month at hard Jabor in the peni­
tentiary, In pronouncing sentence the
judge said:
"This is the time set by the court for
pronouncing judgment upon the convic
tion had in the case of the Territory of
Dakota vs. Thos. W. Magill, under in­
dictment for murder, the verdict in the
case being manslaughter in the second
degree. The time lor pronouncing judg­
ment has been extended several times at
the request of tbe defendant, and it now
becomes the duty of the court to formally
under the law, inform the defendant of
the nature of the indictment and the ver­
dict, and to ask him if he has any legal
cause to show why judgment should not
be pronounced against him. I therefore
say to you, Thomas, that you were in­
dicted by the grand jury of this subdivi­
sion for the crime of murder, in the kil­
ling of Melville H. Bessey, committed at
Menoken, in this county, on the 21st day
of October, 1884. You had two trials
upon this indictment, to which you
pleaded not guilty. On the first trial tbe
jury disagreed. On the second—both of
which trials were long and exhaustive,
and in which you were ably defended—
tbe jury brought in tbe verdict of man­
slaughter in the second degree. It now
becomes my duty to perform the last act
in this proceeding, an*l pronounce upon
that verdict, the sentence and judgment
of the court. 1 now ask you if you have
any legal cause to show why judgment
should not be pronounced against you?"
Magill replied, "No sir 1 have not."
"It is always pleasant to be upon the
side of, and to extend mercy. I have re­
ceived from several sources requests for
lenient sentence in this case. One of
these appeals came to me from a personal
and steadfast friend, of more than a quar­
ter of a century another came filled with
those womanly instincts and prompted
by that love and affection, which can
only stir the heart of a woman moved by
the closest ties of kinship—by blood.
That letter 1 prize, and if there were any
temptation that could lead me from what
1 conceive to be the path of duty in this
case, that letter would be as strong as the
temntatum in tbe earden of Eden. It is
easy to ask clemency when those asking
it have no responsibility. It is hard to
resist it, but for the calling of duty, and
when Mercy by her pleading beckons us
away from plain duty the plea should not
be acquiesced in. 1 have given to this
case more time than anyone else, not ex­
cepting counsel on either side. I have
4kt through the long trials, and the evi­
dence is plain and clear before my mind
now. 1 have endeavored to give this
defendant the rights which the law gives
him. With respect to tbe verdict of the
jury, this court has nothing whatever to
say but I reflect that there is upon one
side tho public, society, law, peace, and
the welfare of the community upon the
other side a defendant who unlike many
defendants is not friendless, because
when a friendless defendant comes be­
fore the court, sympathy is rare but sym­
pathy comes from the ties that bind us,
largely, and this defendant appears be­
fore this court not friendless. He appears
supported by the love, affection and he­
roism of his wife, whose affection and
steadfast heroism to this husband, has
been under the eye of thi9 court daily,
and tly court respects and honors her for
it. Were that a reason that should
swerve the couit from what it esteems to
be its duty, it would be a powerful rea­
son, but a duty is to be performed by the
court and not by tbe public by tbe court
and not by those who have asked for
clemency. I shall take into consideration
the tact that this defendant has been in
custody in the jail of this county since
the 21st day of October, 1884. 1 shall
take this into consideration, not because
the law requires it, for it does not, but
because I believe it to be just. Tbus the
court intends fearlessly, calmly and justly
to administer the law in the case."
The court then requesting the defend­
ant to stand up, said: "The sentence
and judgment of the court is, that in this
case of the Territory of Dakota against
Thos. W. Magill, under indictment for
murder, in which the jury rendered a
verdict of guilty of manslaughter in the
second degree, you, Thos. W. Magill, the
defendant be confined at hard labor in
the penitentiary of the Territory of Da­
kota at Bismarck, in the county of Bur­
leigh and Territory of Dakota, for the
term of three years and one month, said
term to begin at the hour of 3 o'clock
the afternoon of this, the 26th day of
September, 18S5."
The court then added that the sheriff
would execute the order of the court,
giving the defendant a fair opportunity
to arrange any matters that he may de­
sire to attend to, and to that end the
couit will extend to him any fair and
reasonable facility in its power.
For the first time since tbe opening of
this most interesting ease was Mrs. Thos.
W. Magill,
of the prisoner, overcome
by grief. As the judge uttered the
words, "three years at bard labor," the
patient and devoted wire was overpower­
ed by anguish, for these words severed
the slender thread of hope to which she
bad been fondly clinging through the
weary months of nearly a year. Col.
Magill, the father of tbe defendant was
also in court, and was noticeably shocked
by the sentence. The convicted son and
husband seemed least affected, and in
the most self-possessed manner addressed
the court with reference to sending for
his attorneys, asking if there was any
motion which might be made in hia be­
half. The judge informed him that sen­
tence bad been passed, and nothing re­
mained but for tbe sheriff to execute the
order of the court, but tbe court would
send a baliff after his attorney, and Mr.
Carland was sent for.
Award of the Prizes-
Fargo Argon.
The following is a copy of the report
of the committee of judges appointed to
awaid the Argus prizes to the two best
drilled companies of the militia, with the
total markings which each company en­
tering the competition received.
CAMP GRANT, FARGO, Sept. 25, 1885.
SIR:—The committee appointed to
judge of the merits of the various com­
panies of the First and Second regiments,
D. N. G., at the competitive drill for the
prizes offered by the Fargo Argus, beg
leave to report as follows:
The best drilled company, including
the manual of arms, company movements
and target practice, a fair average of all
is declared to be: E company, First reg­
iment, D. N. G., to which the first prize
was awarded.
The second best company is declared
to be company, First regiment, D. N.
G., to which the second prize is awarded.
In addition to the above the following
companies are entitled to honorable men­
tion for excellence, several of them being
so nearly equal in merit that it has been
a matter of some difficulty for the com­
mittee to decide:
First, "A" Co., First regiment, D.N.G.
Second, "H" Co., First regiment, D.
Third, "D" Co First regiment, 1J. N.
Fourth, "F" Co., Second regiment, D.
N. G.
The judges desire to state furtner that
all the companies, officers and men, have
shown themselves most zealous in the
discharge of their duties, and have for
such new troops, exhibited remarkable
proficiency. E. F. TOWNSEND,
Lieutenant-Colonel. Eleventh Regiment,
Infantry, U. 8. A.
First Lieutenant, Med. Corps, U. S. A.
Second Lieutenant, Eleventh Regiment,
Infantry, U. S. A.
The score was:
Co. Regiment. Mark.
Second 80.99
./ 87.39
Mistaken Identity.
Tbe Jamestown Alert expresses the be­
lief that the Governor's Guard, of Bis­
marck, would have won the prize at Far­
go had it not been stolen from them for
political reasons. The Alert concludes:
"The politicians may steal the prize, but
the people will never believe that it
should have gone so far away from home.
—Bismarck Journal.
The Journal is a victim of mistaken
identity. Such sentiments as are con­
tained in the above or the words quoted
never appeared in the amestown Alert.
The Alert believes the army officers ap­
pointed by the war department to act as
judges in the case were competent, and
that they adhered strictly to military
rules regardless of where tbe prizes
should go. The Alert does not believe
the politicians swerved these regular ar­
my officers a hair's breadth from their
judgment of merit in the matter. The
Alert utterly repudiates the sentiments
and words accredited to it in the above
the Journal.
A good many farmers throughout the
northwest, particularly along the line of
tbe Northern Pacific, are building gran­
aries of their own—in many cases money
being borrowed to construct them. The
farmers who are erecting these granaries
intend to store their wheat awhile, and
not consign the same to elevator compa­
nies, which is the next thing to selling it.
All farmers should have spacious grana­
ries on their farms in which to atore their
grain. Tbey should study the markets
and sell when there is the best prospect
for receiving the highest price. It is
pretty hard for some,—even very wise
and intelligent ones at that—to determine
just when is the proper time to market
grain. But there are certainly good in­
dications that wheat has not reached the
highest point, and if the supply on band,
tbe amount required for export, home
consumption and for seed, are any indi­
cations, they now point to a rise in the
price of wheat, which is certain to come,
and all fanners who can will do well to
hold on to all the wheat they have. There
will be nothing lost by so doing, while
the chances are that money will be made
—Minnesota Farmer.
Whnt BUI Nye Knew* Abent the News-
m" *"1111
A few extracts from his address before
the Wisconsin editorial association: "I
need not elaborate upon the wonderful
growth of the press in our country, or
refer to the great power which journalism
wields in the development of the new
world. I need not ladle out statistics to
show you how the newspaper has en­
croached upon the Held ef oratory, and
how the pale and silent man, while others
sleep, compiles the universal history of a
day and tells his nighty audience what he
thinks about U, before he goes to bed
Of course this is but the opinion of one
man but who has a better opportunity
to judge than he who aits with his finger
en tbe electric poise of the world* judg­
ing the actions of humanity at so much
per judge, invariably In advance? I seed
not tell you all this, for you cerUialy
know it if you read yeur paper, aad I
hope you do. A man ought to read his
own paper, even if he cannot indorse all
ita sentiments. It is difficult to map out
a proper course for the student in the
school ef journalism, there are so many
things connected with the profession
which the editor and his staff should
know, and know hard. The newspaper
of today is a library. It is an encyclo­
pedia, a poem, a biograph, a .history, a
prophecy, a directory, a time table, a ro­
mance, a cook book, a guide, a horoscope,
an art critic, a political resume, a ground
plan of civilized world, a low priced mul
tum in parvo. Among others, It is a
long-felt want, a nine-column paper in
a five-column town, a lying sheet, a fee­
ble effort, a financial problem, a tottering
wreck, a political tool, and a sheriff's
sale. If I were to suggest a curriculum
for the young man who wishes to take a
regular course in a school of journalism
preferring that to actual experience, I
would say to htm, devote the first two
years to meditation and prayer. The en­
suing five years should be devoted to the
peculiar orthography of the English lan­
guage. Then put in three yean with
the dumb-bells, sand-bags, slung-shot*
and tomahawk. In my journal1"*^
perience I have found ««ore cause for
regret over T|V neglect of this branch
than aor^BS else. 1 usually keep on
my desk, during a heated campaign, a
large paper weight weighing three or
four pounds, and in several instances I
have found that I could feed that to a
constant reader of my valuable paper in­
stead of a retraction. Fewer people lick
the editor though now than they did
in years gone by. Many people—in the
last two years—have gone strew the
street to lick the editor and never re­
turned. They intended to come right
back in a few moments, bnt they are sow
in a land where a change of heart and a
palm leaf fan is all they need. After the
primary course, mapped out already, an
intermediate course of ten years ahould
be given to learning the typographical
art, so that when visitors come in and
ask the editor all about the office he can
tell them of the mysteries of making a
paper, and how delinquent subscribers
have frequently been killed by a well
directed blow of a printer's towel. Fif­
teen years should then be devoted to the
study of American politics, especially
ciyil service reform, looking at it from a
non-partisan standpoint. The student
should then take a medical and surgical
course, so that he may be able to attend
to contusions, fractures, and so forth,
which may occur to himself or the party
who comes to his office for a retraction
and by mistake gets his spinal column
double leaded. Ten years should then
be given the study of law. No thorough
metropolitan editor wants to enter upon
the duties of his profession without
knowing the diffsrerce between a writ of
mandamus and other styles ef profanity.
With the course ot •study that I have
mapped out, the young atudent would
emerge from the college of journalism at
the age of 95 or 96, ready to take off his
coat and write an article on almost any
subject. He would be a little giddy at
first, and the office boy would have to
see that he went to bed at a proper hour
each night. My experience in journal­
ism was in a western town, in which 1
was a total stranger. I went there with
35 cents, but 1 had it concealed in the
lining of my clothes, so that no one would
have suspected it if they had met me. I
had no friends, and I noticed that when
I got off the train the band was not there
to meet me. I entered the town just as
any other American cUnea would. I
had not fully decided whether to become
a stage robber or a lecturer on phrenol­
ogy. At that time I got a chance to
work on a morning paper. It used to go
to press before dark, so I always hid my
evenings to myself, and I always liked
that part of it first rate. 1 worked on
that paper a year, and might have con­
tinued if the proprietor had not changed
it to an evening paper. Then a company
incorporated itself and started a paper,
of|which 1 took charge. The paper waa
published in the loft of a livery stable.
That is tbe reason they called it a stock
company. You could coma up the staua
into the office, or you could twiat the tail
of the iron gray mule and take the ele­
The encampment correspondent of the
St. Paul Globe, who is evidently no judge
of fine equestrianism, says: The gover­
nor's staff at the encampment at Fargo
is largely made up of editor*, and soaw»
of them ride as If they had never been on
a hone before, alarming their friends lest
tbey tumble off and break their legs or

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