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The Jamestown Alert
IMEWRMS: Tins Daily Alert is delivered iu tua city by car riers, at 75 cents a month. .. Daily, one year .. .. ,?8 0 Daily, six month* -t 0 Daily, three, month# 'J 0 Weekly, one year 0 Weekly, sis months 10 DAILY (EXCEPT MONDAY) & WEEKLY AV. R. KELLOGG. How WAS that for a readable, attractive Dakota paper—the St. Paul Globe's Da kota edition of last Saturday? THE cool, pleasant weather, with showery intervals, is bringing along the wheat famously. No one would recog nize most of the grain fields now from their wan and woe-begone appearance of two weeks ago. Great is the sun and soil of Dakota, even with the common est kind of a ''show." THE Minneapolis it Pacific will trans port passengers to the exposition and re turn by the time that big show is opened this fall. A rate of one and one-half cents a mile each way will be made. Oalces claims to be getting more prosperous daily with the new road bringing so much encouragement to the people of the town and neighborhood. INTEHEST in Dakota farm lands is pick ing up in the east. Several bona fide in vestors have been in Jamestown recently and looked over property without making their presence generally known. Not only farm lands have been inquired after but city property, and several of the choicest unoccupied lots have been selected and will probably be purchased. It is bound to come this way again. COL. DOXAX who recognizes a sensation afar off and almost falls down to wor ship a goodjbig one—which he is said to have in hand now in his party of southern ladies and misses whom he is keeping right thoroughly before every body, while under his chaperonage in the northwest. If any one can do clever things for strangers and keep a party in tact. in sight seeing, the multiform col onel can and does. AFTER much wonderment as to the de lay in making the announcement, and curiosity as to where the locality would appear when known, the good people of the northern part of the territory are in formed that the division advocates in South Dakota have finally selected headquarters for the movement in the north. Fargo is to be the rendezvous, and August 5th the time set apart for the operation of infusion of division blood. The Valley City Times rises to remark quite pertinently: It is a noticeable feature of the criti cisms and assults made upon Gov. Church, that they nearly all emenate from mem bers of the democratic party. An un prejudiced review of the governor's acts shows that his appointments, as a rule are men who stand well in their own com munities, and that he is inclined to apply the brakes to needless and extravagant expenditures in connection with the ter ritorial institutions, and that whatever sins he may be charged with, were not committ?d against the territory. This being the case it is not to be wondered at^ that fair minded republican editors should refrain from joining in a clamor against a democratic official, whose con demnation arises in a large measure from his lack—as Lincoln phrased it in one of his stories—'"of having tits enough to go round." THE convention of Dickey county farmers called to discuss the feasibility of sinking artesian wells in the various townships under the law passed by the last legislature, have, according to the Ellendale Commercial discovered the law liable to prove a delusion and a snare. The opportunities for a few individuals to get into a combine with well borers and hoist a debt upon a township unable to protect itself, are said to lie entirely within the provisions of tli9 law, denom inated as a hastily constructed and fraud —creating measure. The Commercial says of some of the provisions of the act: Had the gentlemen who called the re recent county convention to discuss the artesian well law known anything of its provisions they would hardly have gone ito the movement, and now since the has had some discussion they are S sub The insanity or enough to drop it. rascality of the the measure may be of instantly by looking at a few its as these in the provisions: land owners in any township may petition the county treasurer to lo cate an artesian well, and this official has full power upon such a petition to locate the well- Only one of the five need be assessable for benefits. 2. The county treasurer has full power to determine the benefits arising to the property owners of the townships and to levy a pro rata assessment according to his opinion of such benefits. owners must pay the against them in two 3. Property amount assess annual assessments, collectable by the county treasurer, and the assessments shall be a lien upon the land until pgud. Any further assessments than those first made can be levied at the will of the county treasurer. Thus it is observed that an" easier scheme for ring work and fleecing the farmers never was devised. Fancy five men putting up a job of this magnitude in which a whole township is interested. A county treasurer might be ever so honest and sagacious and still be unable to locate wells and make assessments in a manner satisfactory to a majority of the people. It is an unreasonable task to im pose on any official. Were the county reasurer inclined to enter into ring com pacts and do a little fine figuring for hitn telf he would hare a golden opportunity under this infamous law. Under such a method of assessment, burdens could be placed upon individuals which would ab solutely bankrupt them. A BOSTON telegram stated .yesterday that John L. Sullivan died at hL resi dence in that city late Tuesday evening. THE town of Minot has incorporated and the good people there are reasoning together how to make the place attract residents and at the same time keep the expenses down. A public office is going to be a public trust in Minot and no rake off will be allowed to any office holder. ROM all over this portion of the coun try where the recent rains have fallen, come the most cheerful and encouraging crop reports. For Logan county the Na poleon Homestead says: There is no question about the matter, Logan county has a fine showing of crops. AVe are surprised to see sucli a great change made by the recent rains. Three weeks ago indications were very dis couraging—today quite the reverse. Every one is encouraged by the magnifi cent growing crops and the favorable weather that is prevailing. Our farmers are begining to. figure for the erection of mammoth granaries for their grain. Miss WILLAED, the accomplished lady who litis brought many temperance advo cates to the surface wherever she has had the occasion to lead them by force of her individual opinions in the matter, has a long and interesting account of her Da kota visit in the Ked River valley, re ported in the Fargo Argus. Of a portion of the trip she says: Casselton, Dakota, will "stand out" among towns to us, because,' when we reached there after midnight, six or eight unterrified white ribboners met us at the train, carried our valise three or four blocks, and settled us in great peace at the Methodist parsonage. Indeed, Mrs. S. N. Griffith, mistress of that establish ment, and her loveable young daughter, were ringleaders in the movement. THE Canadian Pacific is advertising at Pacific coast points that parties desiring to go east can save money by calling at the offices of brokers for that road. The inter-state commerce law does not in trude its hampering provisions over the border, and consequently the road can so licit business and take it at figures that suits its own sweet fancy. With Montana cattle rounding up in losses of seventy five per cent, and the Manitoba getting business out of Helena and other Mon tana points with a hurrah, it will take some fine railroad management for the old reliable Northern Pacific to keep up its business at the western end, with all these drawbacks but the public believes that Mr. Oakes can do it if given enough leeway by the eastern directors. It has come to notice that a number of farmers in this county have been purchas ing their supplies frdm a Chicago house, which sends them price lists and circu lars. It is hardly seen how anything can be made at this. There are merchants in Jamestown who buy in quantities, and and who are willing and desirous of sel ling goods as cheap as Chicago houses, less, of. course, the freight which all have to pay. If these merchants can do as well by the farmers it seems the duty of the latter to buy their goods at home. Sending money out of the territory does not help anybody here, and it should be spent here whenever possible. Farmers buying their goods from home merchants help both, and it is believed that wher ever a customer desires to get figures and be convinced that he can buy as cheap here as elsewhere, he can be so assured by inquiring among the merchants of this city who are soliciting his trade. Compromising on the Tax Certifi cates. Valley City Times. At the last meeting of the city council it was decided to offer the holders of tax certificates issued by the city on lots and lands formerly belonging to the Northern Pacific railway, the amount which the certificates called for with interest from date of sale at the rate of 12 per cent per annum. It is scarcely necessary to say that the decision of the supreme court that municipalities were liable for certifi cates issued upon such lots and lands, with interest at 30 per cent, led the coun cil to endeavor to compromise on abetter basis if possible, and hence the offer at 12 per cent, which we are glad to say has in nearly every case been accepted. For tunately the chief purchasers have local agents here who have used their influence in behalf of inducing a settlement on the basis proposed. J. W. Fisher first rendered his certificates amounting 8400.73 Charles P. Haseltine a weal Fisher first sur to thy capitalist of Minneapolis who holds about three-fourths of the entire lot, has against the advice of Ins attorney, agreed to ac cept the 12 per cent. On writing upon the subject, Mr. Haseltine is firm in his belief that he could collect the 30 per cent, but savs that Valley City has al ways treated" him generously and fairly and he wants no pound of flesh, and con sidering the city offers to settle and com promise on a fair basis he will meet them a little more than half way, more out of respect and regard for the city's honora ble course than any pecuniary considera tion involved. The whole amount of his unredeemed purchases amount to $2,979. Other small holders have accepted, amounting to $225.96. This makes the total cost of all surrendered 82,609.69, leaving not more than $400 altogether that is not now offered, and these nj^y be, in the course of a few days. The total amount to wipe out and extinguish this vexed matter so far as Valley City is con cerned as a corporation, will not exceed $4000, which shuts off future trouble, and lets us know now just what it costs, and that this is all it will cost. It is a matter of congratulation that this un pleasant interest bearing burden has been virtually lifted at a cost of not more than $4000. CROPS AND RAINFALL. Dakota Generally, In Fine Shape. Iu the crop report gathered by the commissioner to July 15 the general out look is very favorable. Since that time there ar® few localities that have not been greatly benefited by heavy rains and ex cellent weather. The commissioner says in his July review: For the first three weeks in June there was a deficiency in rainfall, which, to gether with the unusually warm weather, caused the farmers no little anxiety. However, good soaking rains during the latter part of the month, continuing in July, have wrought a wonderful change, and it is now safe to predict an average yield of the cereals, for the territory as a whole, fully up to. if it does not exceed that of any previous year. In a few localities the crop of small grain has been seriously injured by prolonged drouth, gopher-pest, or other unfortunate circumstances. But when we consider the vast surface of the territory, equaling in extent the com bined area of all of New England to gether with the states of New York and Pennsylvania, it can never be 'expected a season will be so favorable as to result in a perfect crop to every county. There has been little or no damage from hail or other disastrous storms, and no reports of ravages by chinch bugs. Fourteen coun ties report the condition of the crops to be the best ever known. Harvesting of small grain is under way in the more southerly counties, with the weather ex tremely favorably. Comparing the con dition of the crops in Dakota, with re ports from the states of the west and northwest, there is every reason why the people of the Territory are to be con gratulated that the farmers are enabled to make the showing presented herewith. Active and enterprising Commissioner of Immigration McClure has issued a circular containing much information of interest to Dakotans. He says arrange ments have been made whereby his office will receive twice a month, during the summer season, five crop reports (cover ing five districts north, south, east, west and central),from each one of the eihgty six organized counties of the territory. The correspondents are farmers who are selected with reference to their good judgment and honesty, and the reports will be reliable—underestimated, if any thing. Once a month also a weather record will be furnished newspapers for publication as well as the crop reports. Concerning the moisture falling in the month of June, he says: The rainfall in Dakota during the month of June, covering a period ot seven years from and including 1881, has averaged 3.42 inches. The present year we have had 3.23 inches, being .19 be low the average, although but three of the years of the seven, viz: 1881, 1882 and 1885 have exceeded in the quantity of rainfall in June, that of the season of 1887. The July rainfall has been something very unusual. Old settlers claim that more rain has fallen in this month, which is in a few days of closing, than during the same month of any year since 1882. The ground in many localities that was powder dry in the spring is now well soaked the sloughs and ponds are refill ing, and those parts of Dakota which last year contained insufilcient moisture for even the growth of grass, will enter upon the season of 1888 in fine condition for a heavy crop of all kinds of grain and vegetables. Removal of Offices. By next Saturday the offices of the Northern Dakota Elevator company will be transferred from this place to Duluth, where the growing business of the com pany has long needed them. General Manager Chambers leaves for that city next week and will take charge of the ment of the new offices, being lo a handsome suit of rooms in the board of trade building. It is a matter of regret that the com pany could not maintain the principal office here, but the more effectual hand ling of the business requires them at the lake terminal. Notice of Meeting. The ladies of the W. C. T. U. are mak ing complete preparations for the tem perance mass meeting on Friday the 29th inst. Refreshments are to be serve! to the visitors from the various precincts of the county, at the Armory and free enter tainment for man and beast over night will be provided by the citizens. The first public meeting will be held in the M. E. church, corner of 5th avenue and Pacific street, at 3. p. m. All inter ested in the work are invited to be pres ent, as important business is to be tran sacted, and an interesting program of ex- importan and an interesting program ercises will be presented. From this place an lunch will to the Armory for taken and in the evening the mass meeting promises to be large and enthusiastic. There will be music by the band, and speeches. The ladies who are to preside at the tables are re quested to meet at the Armory at 2 p. m. on Friday. MBS. I. C. WADE. A Timelv Explanation. Dakota Bell. The surprising news comes from James town that a man was recently drowned there while crossing the Jim river. The intelligence becomes clearer when we ex plain that the man was a farmer who was returning from across the river with a barrel of water in his wagon for his stock. WMle down in the river bed crossing, the team and wagon stirred up a great dust, which blew in his eyes so that he couldn't see what he was doing and he got excited and fell back into the barrel of water and was drowned. Dakota Dirt Still Lives. A deal in Aberdeen property is thus mentioned in the News: Parties having money to invest might do well to look at this item. Messrs. Mc Coy & Houlahan bought the 120 acre tract sold for $12,000, in May, 1886-a lit tle over a year ago—for $2,900, a profit of $9,100. How is that for Dakota dirt? PINGREE MATTERS. Col. Gilman arrived this morning, after being detained at Frankfort, Dak., for three months on account of sickness. He was accompanied by his wife and son-in law, Mr. Will Glasner. We are very glad to have him with us again, and hope he will regain his health. Albert Wild is lying very sick. Miss Anna CooMr lias gone to James town to visit frienflfT Frank Smith has accepted a place with the Northern Pacific Elevator construc tion gang. Geo. E. Lyman was in Jamestown this week, on business. The Pingree nine will play with the Melville boys next Saturday. GBACE. Pingree, Dak., July 27, 1837. MONTPELIER NOTES. Mr. Lewis is quite sick. Another baby. A girl at Mr. Theodore Naze's. Geo. Shippey has gone to St. Paul with a car load of cattle. Mr. Geo. Creps moved his family into towu this "week. He has commenced to work on the railroad. The picnic at. Mr. Carley's was a decided success—nearly twenty children having a most enjoyable day. Miss Morgart attended the picnic at Ypsilanti. During the storm yesterday the school house was struck by lightning. The bolt entered through one corner of the chim ney and passed from the stove through the floor. All were very much startled tho' none were injured. Frank Cumber was hit by a small piece of the damper as it flew from the stove pipe, and as it gave him a slight shock, was much fright ened. Mr. Peter Flockenhagen was married to Mrs. John Kemler, Sunday, July 24 at the home of Mr. Geo. Kemler. VICTOK. ELDRIDGE NEWS. That surprise party at the residence of Thos. Hayes last Thursday, was well at tended and all participants report an ex cellent time. P. H. Foley, the gallant instructive superintendent of Stutsman county, ac companied by his accomplished wife, visited the school and friends here on Friday afternoon. The professor made four calls during last term and expresses himself highly pleased with the progress made by the pupils. Your correspondent made a flying trip to Windsor a few days ago and found A. A. Clothier conducting a thrifty grocery business in the store lately occupied by Geo. W. Nash. Rev. Mr. Ewing of Jamestown preached to a large congregation here on Sunday, he reviewed at length Sabbath school matters in the northwest and states that some are in a flourishing condition. Prohibition has got this town by the throat—nobody drinks any stimulants here because there is none in sight. MELVILLE MENTION. We had a heavy rain Monday night. Joe Mills of Jamestown was here Tues day doing insurance business. Pingree plays a match game of ball here next Saturday. H. P. Forest made a hasty trip to Car rington Tuesday morning. E. F. Porter returned from Lisbon last Friday. He reports having a good time. Harry Hewit, better known as the "fanner." is busily engaged in putting up hay. Both elevators at this place will open the first of August and the farmers are well pleased with this arrangement. C. K. Wing of Carrington has been with us this week in the interest of the McCormick binder. Harvest will commence next week. Tfle weather could not be better for the grain than it has been for the last week. E. S. Leavenworth is said to resemble a cow-boy very much when he gets on his pohy after his Holstien cows. A. O. Elder has been threatening to go to work and help put up his hay. His many friends have argued the matter with him and have thus far kept him from carrying out the direful threat. Melville is to have a race track. An enthusiastic meeting was held last Satur day morning, A. O. Elder was elected chairman E. F. Porter, secretary. The sentiment of the meeting was that we should have a race track and that we should have it this falL Mr. Porter is al ready corresponding with L. R. Casey in regard to the land and as soon as arrange ments are made work will be commenced and pushed as rapidly as possible. An other year will find us in possession of the finest race track and ball ground in North Dakota. in. irs JU JU, Swflyv'Um RUPERT, ,lBeyocd HAL. The Alert'c'ksi n,mi!lE: tising Agency, 64 and 65 Merchants Ex change, San Francisco, CaL wh*n con tracts for advertising can te made (or it MOST POSITIVELY the ONLY TENTED SHOW that will VISIT JAMESTOWN THIS SEASON TWO UNPRECEDENTED. COMPLETE EXHIBITIONS, RAIN OR SHINE, AT JAMESTOWN Friday, August 12 th. The World's Greatest and Most Famous Tented Aggregation! S. H. BARRETT'S New United Monster Shows! Great 3-Ring Circus! Enormous Menagerie! HUGE THEATRE STAGE! WORD'S MUSEUM! CLASSIC RACING CARNIVAL AND JO-J'O.l AN UNPARALLELED CENTRALIZATION 3F THE WORLO'S ILLUSTRIOUS AREHIC METEORS 1 200 Phenomenal Champions! 80 Matchless and Dazzling Acts! 3 Big Rings, a Magnificent Theatre Stage, and a Grand Racing Circuit, that Blaze with an Uninterrupted Succession of Marvelous and Perilous Deeds! Notably and Triumphantly Reinforced this Season with the old World's most Start ling Human Phenomenon, the Czar's Own Petted and Prodigy— tkbdog RUSSIA.:NT THE HUMAN SKYE TERRIER! An Unsolved Mystery and Sensation of Two Continents! all question, Jo-.To is the mo?t extraordinary and absorbingly interesting curiosity that ever reached these shore*."—New York Herald. has ever A Playful, Brown-Eved. Dost-Faced Boy-Covered withSilken Hair from head to foot!—A I'rodigitus Intel! .-ct Veiled behind the Visage of a Dog-Fbnr Languages issuing from Canine Lips!—No Picture can Portray—No Pen Describe Him! Tour Only Chance to See JO-JO,—He Comes no Morel By Command of the Czar he Return# to St. Pereribarg at an Early Day SUMPTUOUS AND SOUL-STIRRING Revival of the Imperial Roman Hippodrome I VIVID AND REALISTIC REPRESENTATIONS OF LIFE IN THE "WILD WEST" Monster Gathering of Famous Scouts, Cowboys.<p></p>Stupendous 3 Times the Host ieoiprie Ever Gathered and Exhibited Under Tents! GREATEST, GRANDEST AND BEST TRAINED HERD OF ELEPHANTS EXTANT! EVERY MORNING Passing through the Streets of the Cities where we are toEx AT 10 O'CLOCK hibit, will be seen the most Gorgeous Pageant that ever De lighted Human Vision! An illimitable line of Gorgeous Pomp and Solid Splendor —Unapproachable and Indescribable!—worth coming 100 miles to witness. Admisson cMUo!™, As Usual.} -o- ,7-7.." -Pampered Indians and Bucking Bronchos! \Nfne'&of^e, tST XTO EXTEA CHARGE TO SEX JO-JO I _IEl Two Exhibitions Daily. Doors Open at 1 and 7 P. M. PERFORMANCE BEGINS AN HOUR LATER. Cheap Excursions on all Railroad*. See Stu'ion Agents for Particulars. FARGO, Thursday, August 11. BISMARCK, Saturday, August 13. ,. Half Price.