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An Informal Reception by James­
town Friends and Citizens Given
hiin last Evening.
Gov. Church was entertained at ari m
promptu reception and lunch Wednesday
evening that proved a very pleasant and
SDciable occasion. His arrival here on
the late train from the west, was known
to one or two friends, and they immedi­
ately arranged a little program which
would give many an opportunity of greet­
ing his
for the first time.
The Gladstone was utilized for the oc­
casion. Many citizens of both parties,
even on the short notice received, gath­
ered at the hotel. After general hand­
shaking and introductions tho visitors
and friends took informal possession of
the dining room and were served with
lunch, coffee, fruit, cigars &c. The
magic circle was completed and Judge
Nickeus requested to act as chairman for
the occasion. As the affair was entirely
informal and strictly non-political, a gen­
eral sociable time followed. Many citi­
zens took occasion to welcome the gov­
ernor to Jamestown in short pithy re­
marks. Jokes were cracked, stories told,
and the whole evening pleasantly spent.
Govornor Church seemed to fully ap­
preciate the kindly expressions of good
will so generously bestowed.. He re­
plied to all in a very happy talk that cer­
tainly impressed everyono with his clear
good sense, and impartial estimate of
official duties as governor. He mentioned
the signing of the asylum appropriation
bill, for which he had been expressly
thanked, as only an act of justice, and
expediency which he deemed necessary to
be done. It was a duty ho could not
shirk. He insisted on meeting his
friends present not in the capacity of
governor that on occasions like he
thought no rank should interpose be­
tween them. He was deeply gratified
for their kindness and courtesy, and
hoped some day to bring his wife and
more fully make the acquaintance of
Jamestown people, who were known
throughout the territory for their hospi­
tality and cordial entertainment to
strangers. The governor's remarks were
vigorously and cordially endorsed.
Among the gentlemen who had a few
words to say as the occasion prompted,
were Colonel Plutnmer, who told his
stories of war and peace in his usual hap­
py manner, B. S. Russell, Judge McHugh
of Carrington, C. C. Waters, Roderick
Rose R. E. Wallace said that a Church
delegation should be sent from James­
town sure, as the governor had the last
dab at our asylum appropriation. Capt.
McGinnis, Dr. Archibald. Judge Stein
bach, Col. E. S. Miller, D. E. Hughes, W.
E. Mansfield of Minot, and others made
a few remarks of a cordial nature.
The governor took the train Thursday
morning for Aberdeen and Huron.
Fighting It in Court.
Fargo Special: The case of the North
ern Pacific Railway compay vs. J. W.
Raymond, as territorial treasurer, came
up before Judge McConnell this morning
on the demurrer to the amended com­
plaint. The demurrer was overruled.
The defendant elected to stand on the
demurrer, and notice of appeal was given.
This is the case growing out of the sei­
zure of the company's locomotives for
The Bankers Re-Nigged.
Napoleon Homestead: It is amusing to
us to learn that Wm. O. Cole & Co., of
Chicago, who "re-nigged" on taking
Logan county funding bonds, as they
agreed to, have purchased a fraudulent
§1,000 bond on a mythical school town­
ship supposed by them to be in Logan
county. Had that firm been half so pre­
cise with the negotiation of tho fraud­
ulent bond, as they were with the matter
of funding bonds, they would have been
ahead SI.000. Three other bankers had
inquired in regard to the same fraud, and
were notified that the same were "no
good"—promptly. Cole fc Co. have our
The X. D. Board of Agriculture.
I. Wade returned Thursday from
Grand Forks, where he has been attend­
ing a meeeting of the North Dakota
board of agriculture, and reports an in­
teresting session. The board failed to
decide upon the location of the next
fair, and after considerable discussion,
adjourned to meet again at Bismarck, on
the 2Gth, of the month. Bismarck. Grand
Forks, Fargo and Hillsboro, are the
competitors. The fair was unanimously
tendered to Jamestown, if we were ready
for it, which it was decided wo were not
In the election of olTieors. I. C. Wade
was unanimously chosen for president,
and John De Groat vice president. The
election of the other officers was post­
poned until next meeting.
Halladay's Minstrels.
Halladay's burnt cork artists entertain­
ed a large audinece on Wednesday even­
ing. A minstrel troupe cannot be expect­
ed to have all new jokes, and the audi­
ence seemed to recognize this, for al­
though there were some with an ancient
and familiar sound, they laughed
just as long at them as they did at the
new ones. Several of the dusky artists
couldn't be anything but funny, and fre­
quently convulsed the house with a mo­
tion. The audience thoroughly enjoyed
the show, and laughed themselves tired.
Among the new features, the drill of the
drum majors is a new one, and a taking
one. The evolutions were rapid and ac­
curately performed, and the way the
'•majors" manipulated the batons, was
fully appreciated by the audience.
Mr. Daniel Marshall and Miss Emma
Bailey, were united in marriage Tuesday
evening, by the Rev. N. D. Fanning.
Both the parties are employed at the asy­
lum, and have been kept busy since the
ceremony in receiving the congratula­
tions of their friends. The bride is the
daughter of Foreman Bailey of the
Northern Pacific shops here.
H. M. Taber, of Ann Arbor, Mich., is
here making preparations for seeding the
Mrs. C. Plowe was a passenger to tho
city Tuesday.
The Pijjestem river is booming, and
those living on the other side will be
obliged to remain there for awhile.
Rev. Mr. Buttlemaw held services in
the Bartholomen school house last Sun­
G.V.Alexander, a rising young at­
torney of Minneapolis, is here looking
after the interests of the farm.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hosimer are happy
over the arrival of a fine girl baby.
Ducks and geese are beginning to fly
around the sloughs.
Mrs. W. S. Britt is a subscriber to the
weekly. She wants to be up with the
Bob Gleason, the man lost in tho Janu­
ary blizzard, has at last been found.
The Bennett boys discovered him in a
snow drift last Monday. He was about
three miles in the hills and about seven
or eight miles from where he started
in search of the horse. His body was
well preserved, was frozen to the ground
face down. From appearances lie had
dug a hole in the snow for his head and
shoulders. His whip was lying by his
side. He was to have been buried Tues­
day, but owiug to the high water, they
buried him
his claim west of here.
His friends feel much relieved to know
he is found and buried.
Mr. Tubbs, Wyman fc Mullin's
salesman, was calling on G. E. Lyman,
Wednesday, and Frank Beals was show­
ing his teas and coffees to Mr. Grannis.
The Ground Soaked With Water
The snow still fills the ravines on the
prairie, but most of it has melted within
the past few days and soaked into the
ground. There is more water in the
ground now than there has been since
1883-4. Places that were dry last year at
this time are filled with water and can't
be traveled over for six weeks yet. The
small sloughs and ponds are filled up.
The prospect for an old-time tremendous
wheat crop never was better. Farmers
have not been able to seed any yet, how­
ever. Next week this work will begin in
many localities in this county. A larger
acreage than last year will be put in.
The Republican Call.
The call for the Dakota republican con­
vention to meet at Jamestown May 16
1S88 for the purpose of selecting two
delegates and two alternates and four
contingents and four alternates to the
Chicago convention, is published in an­
other column. According to the basis of
representation decided upon at the cen­
tral committee meeting at Aberdeen
Stutsman county is entitled to eight dele­
gates. The apportionment of delegates
is made upon tho basis of one delegate
for every two hundred votes or major
facction thereof, of total votes cast for
delegate to congress in 188C.
Will go to Cleveland Ohio.
During Rev. J. H. Hartman's absence
in the east, he received a call from a
large and flcmrishing church in Cleve­
land, Ohio. The church has about
400 members, and is situated on Wilson
avenue near Euclid avenue—in the most
fashionable portion of the city. The
chapel seats about 1000 people, and an
auditorium is soon to be built that will
accommodate 2000. Mr. Hartman went
east to settle the pstate of his father, and
while in Cleveland was prevailed upon
by his friend Dr. Durstine, who is a rela­
tive of Li. B. Durstine, to occupy the pul­
pit at this church which was then with­
out a pastor. Ho pleased the congrega­
tion so well that at a subsequent meeting
they decided unanimously to give him a
call. It is understood that this church
pays its pastor a large salary.
Mr. Hartman has decided to accept
the call and is now arranging to remove
to Cleveland. He will close his pastorate
hero on the last Sunday in the month,
and leave in time to undertake the du­
ties of his new charge the following Sun­
Mr. Hartman will still keep his farm in
Dakota, and tend to the growing of No. 1
hard as usual. It is unnecessary to say
that his ninny strong friends in this
place greatly regret his departure, but
are pleased that his talents and ability
have been so splendidly recognized.
Profit in Cattle and Sheep.
The manager of the Troy farm in Kid­
der county, John Van Dtisen, has de­
termined to engage more extensively
than ever in stock raising. He has al­
ready a herd of 200 cattle, which have
wintered splendidly on hay and straw.
Out of this bunch ho shipped a car
load of fat steers to Chicago to-day, which
indicates how much profit there is in
stock, if this business is carefully man­
aged, like everything is done on the Troy
These steers were three years old, and
will average 1,(X)0 weight each. Last fall
Mr. Van Dusen could only have obtained
about S3o per head for his stock. He
concluded to try the experiment of
winter fattening, and has feed the steers
on ground barley and oats, and screen­
ings. Thir increase in weight has aver­
aged at least 300 pounds. He will get
860 ahead for the cattle this spring, and
considers he has made money by winter­
ing them.
Another source of profit that Undo
John can see is the purchase of sheep
from Montana this spring, letting them
fatten on Dakota grass this snmmer and
fall, and then ship to the east, without
having the care of them in winter. He
will leave in a few days for Miles City,
where he expects to be able_to purchase
all the young sheep he wants, at $2.50
ahead. By pasturing thein this sum­
mer, and tuirty days before shipment*
feeding them a little extra, he expects to
get at least $6 per head. This leaves a
good profit, with little risk, and compara­
tively no expense in the meantime.
Mrs. N. E. Farnsworth spent a couple
of days in Jamestown the first of the
Mr. Buchanan has purchased a seed
drill, and will use it on all his land ex­
cepting the new breaking.
Miss Laura Strong will leave Friday
for a short visit in Kansas. She expects
to return in about ten weeks.
The North Dakota Elevator is opened
again, and at present tho men are busily
cleaning and shipping wheat.
O. C. Christopherson came down from
llockford Tuesday, to shake hands
with his many friends.
Farmers of this neighborhood having
hay in the coteaux, cannot get to it ow­
ing to the overflow of the Pipestem.
Tho farmers are all very anxious to
commence seeding, and would begin at
onco were it not for the many little
sloughs which are filled with water. But
two or three day's sun and wind will dry
tho small ones up, and then everyone
will begin work.
There will be preaching at the station
ne.\t Sunday. Rev. Gimblett, will con­
duct the services.
Richard Ahrensis spending a few'days
Thomas Williams was called to James
town on business, Saturday.
Henry Wilckens is doing the carpen­
ter work ou A. J. Hills residence near
tow n.
School will commence April 16th.
A. J. Hill has accepted a position on
the section.
A valuable pony belonging to tho Ah
rens Bros, was killed by a west bound
freight train last week near Crystal
Mr. and Mrs. P. McNulty moved into
the section house last week, and are mak­
ing numerous and expensive improve­
ments, which will be a great benefit to
the boarders and insure first-class accom­
odations to those wishing to stop over at
their place.
Owen Hartgravos of Windsor, has ta­
ken charge of the water works here. Mr.
Hartgraves is considered a first-class
pumper, and will keep the tank full no
John Utterdahl has returned from
Jamestown, and will remain among us
for a few days. Mr. Utterdahl says he
will reside in Jamestown this summer.
THE lll I AM) HIS I'A HI).
There was ail old bum. and he had a wooden leg,
And lie had 110 tobacco, nor tobacco could he
He had an old pard, who wascunnin as a fox,
"Who always had tobacco, in his old tobacco box.
S iy.s he to his pard—""Would you give me a
'\Yo" says his pard, "I'll be il' I do.
Drink less whisky and save up your rocks,
And you'll always have tobacco in your old to­
bacco box." —lYancey, I'oet.
The High "Water.
The river is now higher than it has
been for six years. Thursday the force
at the roller mill worked all night, haul­
ing dirt to strengthen the south portion
of the dam, which was threatened to be
flooded. At 7 o'clock this morning,
about forty-five feet of slashes, which ex­
tended from the gate of tho dam to the
mill, gave away and were carried about
half a milo down stream where
tliey were caught and sc­
oured. Tho back wa'ter is now tho
great danger, and it is not improbable
but some of the lowest portions of the
city will be HooJed. H. W. Dewey's house
below Sheriff McKechnie's, is surround­
ed by water, and tho mill basement is
covered to the depth of about five .feet,
suspending all grinding for the present.
Some wheat stored in tho basement, has
also been damaged, but not any consid­
erable amount.
Manager White thinks most of tho
danger from above is passed but can't tell
wluit the back water may do, as it fails
to run off as fast as it pours over the dam.
The water fell over afoot 1 his morning
after the slashos which held it back, gave
Gray Bros. Artesian Wells.
John Gray has returned from a trip to
Moorhead and Devils Lake, at both of
which places the Gray Bros, have arte­
sian wells now under way. Operations
have only recently been commenced at
Devils Lake. At Moorhead something
of the bad luck which has attended tho
work on the well here was met with. The
pipe broke and it became necessary to
pull up and start, a new hole. Mr. Gray
says the new hole will be a ton inch
Tho asylum well is now down 1.345
feet. Here another recent accident has
retarded the work. A "kink' in the
pipe has occurred, and the whole length
will have to be pulled out. Mr. Gray
says no indications of gas have been seen
yet, but that he expects to find gas at
about 1,400, which depth will soon be
reached if the bad luck leaves them.
The Gray Brothers now have two com­
plete outfits at work—one here and the
other at Moorhead.
He is idle that might be better em­
ployed. Dyspepsia is never idle—its
tortures never cease. Better employ
Warner's Log Cabin Hops and Buchu
remedy, put the stomach in healthy ac­
tion, and be fitted to continue your regu­
lar employment.
President Loucks Explains his new
Elevator Enterprise to the Members
of the Stutsman County Alliance—
Will Prevent Mixing and Maintain
the Reputation of No. 1 Hard.
A very large meeting of the Farmers
alliance was hold yesterday afternoon.
Tho rooms over Bischoff's on Fifth ave­
nue could not accommodate tho crowd,
and tho meeting was adjourned to tho
Armory. President Loucks delivered a
telling speech to which most of his hear­
ers remained to listen until its close.
Tho principal object of tho meeting
was to present to tho farmers the plan of
establishing alliance elevators in this lo­
cality. In Minnesota and Dakota there
are about fijlty already in operation, and
such is the favor with which the project
is received, that Mr. Loucks expects to
have 300 in operation this year in this
territory and Minnesota.
He lias boon speaking in Cass, Pembi­
na, Walsh and Stutsman counties on this
subject, and says the farmers generally
express a willingness to take what stock
thoy are able, and in
localities they
are abundantly able to take all that is
necessary. The average cost of the ele­
vators will bo about $2,000.
Tho plan is to buy the wheat and keep
it under the entire control of tho alliance
men from the time it is put in tho local
elevator until it is unloaded at the Liver­
pool docks. By this means mixing and
consequent destruction of grades is pre­
vented, and the extra price which our
pure hard wheat should bring is ob­
tained. Mr. Loucks says this is a per­
fectly feasible plan, and can be operated
by shipping tho hard wheat from Dakota
and Minnesota to alliance elevators at
Duluth, Minneapolis, Buffalo and other
terminal points. The grain will not be
handled by other elevators nor by tho
miller's association, and no inferior
grades will be allowed to be mixed with
it. The
with our hard berry has almost destroys I
its value. Mr. Loucks states hat in
February, 188G, Duluth hard wheat was
worth in the English market twelve cents
a bushel more than the best English grade.
In November of tho next year, 1887, the
constant mixing of inferior grades in
America had caused the hard wheat buy­
ers in England to give twelve cents a
bushel less than for the English product.
If this deterioration continues wo will
soon loose our hard wheat market alto­
gether, and tho price of our finest wheat
will bo 11st what the millers associa­
tion and elevator companies choose to
make it.
President Loucks estimates, from fig­
ures carefully obtained, that if the hard
wheat of Dakota could be sent direct to
tho English market and on its merits,
the farmers would get thirty ccnts a
bushel more than they do now. He said
the Alliance elevators proposed buying
direct from farmers, paying cash for the
grain, the same as other elevator compa­
nies. If the other companies raised tho
price above the market rate in order to
freeze the Alliance buyers out, tho eleva­
tors would just close down for the time
being, and the farmers would be thus
benefitted by the advanced price any
Secretary F. B. Fancher has recently
been organizing alliances in Eddy, Foster
and Benson counties, and in all of theso
places, he says, the farmers are willing to
subscribe to the elevator stock and. aro
taking a great intorest in the work of the
alliance. There have been one hundred
new alliances organized in Dakota this
year, and there aro already 550 in tho ter­
ritory, and the members are keeping up
their dues
showing the interest
taken. Mr. Loucks expects to have 1,000
alliances in the territory by January 1st,
Northern Paeliic Land Sales One
Hundred Per Cent Larger Than
Last Year.
Pioneer Press: An accurate account
of tlio number of the second class pass­
engers is kept by General Passenger
Agent Charles S. Fee, of the Northern
Pacific, who shows an astonishing in­
crease in this travel in 18S8, over the cor­
responding season of 1887. From Mr.
Fee's report, it appears that the number
of second class passengers carried to
Spokane Falls, or points west of there
was 120 per cont greater in Feburary of
this year than in February 1887, and S8V£
per cent greater in March' than in
tho same month last year. Tho number
carried, the comparison and increase is
shown best in tabular form, only passen­
gers going to Spokane Falls or west of
there being included:
lfW. 1SH-8. Increase.
February Mi .. 701
aim-eh ''MIW 1.438
Mr. Feo says that a very considerable
part of the largo increase in passenger
earnings during March, has come from
business originating east of St. Paul, the
road's eastern terminal.
While the passenger department is
reaping a harvest from the enormous
traffic, tho land department of tho North­
ern Pacific comes up booming with an in­
crease in business for February and
March of last year over 100 per cent
larger than during the same months last
In talking over the work of
his department, Col. Lamborn, land com­
missioner, said yesterday:
At this time of the year the immigra­
tion is very largely to the Pacific slope,
and the increase in sales in Washington
territory has been at the rate of 120 per
cent. Montana has also deceived a large
increase in business. Later in the sea­
son business generally becomes better
for Minnesota and Dakota. Our busi­
ness is very good for this time of the
year, and the general outlook for immi­
gration to the Northwest is very promis­
ing for the year 1888.
When the railroad company recogni­
zes the fact that a Dakota emigrant is
worth as much as a one in Washington
Territoy and acts accordingly-it will be a
great thing for Dakota.
A Pleasant Reception Given a James
town Man and liis Wife.
Mr. and Mrs, O. A. Boynton have re­
turned from Aitkin Minnesota where
thoy have beon spending the winter.
They made many friends there, as the
following account of a reception tendered
thoin as given in tho Aitkin Age will show:
As tho sun was reaching the. horizon on
Saturday of last week some of the ladies
of Aitkin wore se-n wending their way
towards the residence of O. A. Boynton,
sprung on him what they call a complete
surprise. He was taken by the net
thrown around him, and after some stam­
mering succeedod in inviting them in and
bidding thorn welcome.
After a hearty hand shaking Rev.
Davidson delivered the follwing address:
"Dear brother and sister Boynton yon
may think that we are enemies to break
in upon you in this manner, but that you
may not"become nervous or disturbed, let
me say that we come as friends. The
thought that you are going to leave us
so soon grates heavily on oiir hearts.
True, our acquaintance has been short,
but short as is has been we have learned
to appreciate your many kindnesses and
your power of agitation, provoking us to
good works and deeds of love. The ladies
as is always the case, have brought this
upon you, and have kindly invited us
Wo present to you dear brother these
slippers aud case, not because of their
intrinsic value, but as a little mornento,
hoping that as often as your eyes drop
on and your feet take shelter within them,
you may think of the friends in Atkin,
and remember that we shall ever retain
in our memory your short but pleasant
stay with us, until we shall gather in the
home above where memory shall never
fail and parting shall be no more.
Sister Boynton, we present to you this
brush and case as a token of christian
love and friendship, hoping that the rec­
ollections of your short stay with us
will never be erased from your memory,
and that yon have found your stay with
ufj as pleasant as we can ass
are you it has
been to us, for green in the memory of
our souls your quiet and amiable life is
indelibly printed. Trusting that you
and your dear husband may return to
your home to enjoy many years of peace
and prosperity, continually overshadowed
by the Holy Ghost, and may yon bo thus
kept until "the Master shall say como up
higher, there to be welcomed by those
whom the Lord may call home before,
and at last to be joined by the unbroken
company which surrounds you here to­
Establishing Cream Routes.
Grand Rapids Journal: While in
Jamestown, A. E. Franks secured 0110 of
the new, patent, Davis & Rankin cream
cans. Although a very simple contriv­
ance, tho cans look as though they would
prove very valuable our farmers Who
will engage in the cream business this
summer. They have an inside chamber,
and when placed in a tank of cool water,
it fills up, without touching the cream,
thereby keeping it in excellent condition.
When tho can is properly used, milk
placed in it will be separated from the
cream in five hours at tho outside. A
gauge on the side of the can marks tho
amount of cream that has risen on the
milk, and the farmer is thus saved the
time and trouble of measuring. On
Tuesday last, Mr. Franks started out to
establish cream routes fot the season. He
met with great success as far as he went,
and tho patent can he took along, was
very well liked by the- farmers and he
will* place a large number of them
throughout the farming community of
tho county. He will establish routes
now as rapidly as possible, and by the
first day of May, at least, our Grand Rap­
ids cream station will be running at full
Minnesota Logging.
David Bottsford, who has had a large
forco of men at work on his logging con­
tracts in the Minnesota woods all winter,
has returned to Jamestown to look after
his large farming operations. Mr. Botts­
ford's contract called for 3,000,000 feet of
logs, but the deep snow which started to
melt and then froze over, forming a hard
crust, made it impossible for toams to
move about, and work was discontinued
when 2,400,000 feet had been cut. Mr.
Bottsford had better luck than most of
his fellow contractors, and his firm was
well satisfied with his work and gave him
a contract for 5.000,000 feet for next
Hard Wheat Sold It.
The bonanza farm at Menokon, known
as the Chase property, recently sold to
Ohio parties for 824,000. The Tribune
says tho sale was effected as follows:
The chief purchasor of tho Chase farm
became interested in North Dakota in
this way. As a miller in Ohio he was
grinding western spring wheat purchased
at Chicago. A friend of his, familiar with
the real article, suggested the idea of
sending to North Dakota and buying di­
rectly from one of the Northern Pacific
elevators. He ordered a car load from a
friend in Jamestown. When he got it, it
was so much different from the Chicago
wheat and made so much better Hour
that he made up his mind that he "would
own some of the soil that produced such
a .wonderful berry. In following up his
determination to have a Dakota farm ho
reached the Missouri slope, and after due
deliberation and negotiation, he pur­
chased the Chase property.
Havana Press Drills.
I. M. Adams of Grand Rapid&, went
north this afternoon. He is supplying
the farmers of the James River valley
with press drills. He reports the CoopSr
Brothers of jDooperstown—-purchasing
eleven of them to seed their £500 acres.
J. J. Roper has them for sale at this
C.'tjfer*t As*
SENATOR DAVIS has presented the side
of division of Dakota and admission of
the south half, in probably the
best light it has yet been put. Yet
good as the speech is, nearly all members
of congress agree that it will prove un­
availing. The effect of the speech
will be practically nothing except
to illustrate the fine abilities of the Min­
nesota senator.. The eyes of the division
calf are "sot."
Several references in the speech seem
in questionable taste. He said the
population of Utah could not be com­
pared with the Christian community in
South Dakota, and seemed to infer that
tho community in the north might near­
er assimilate with the Utah class, and
both to be kept out of the union: that
the South Dakota people came from the
southern and eastern staves situated on
more similarly parallel lines. The north­
ern hoards were rather of a mongrel com­
position, of a more miscellaneous origin
that they had little in common with the
southern part of the population. Their
tastes were unalike, interests opposed,
markets different and conflict of thought
and action inevitable to arise.
This is a strange hallucination that
possesses the orators of division. If they
wore here on the ground they would see
that'the Northern Dakota man, has the
same organs, dimensions, affections is
tickeled with the same harvests, suffers
from the same reverses as the South Da­
kota Christian. He walks with the lat­
ter, talks with him, buys and sells with
hiui, and will go farther than Shylock,—
will eat pork and pray with him,—and by
all rules of equity he should be taken
into the union with him.
Mr. Davis calls the Aberdeen conven­
tion a grotesque gathering of a few peo­
ple, run by politicians. Of course the
south statehood conventions and elec­
tions had no politicians in them, neither
was Mr. Davis' speech, in fact, rather a
republican campaign document than a
plea for the great territory of Dakota.
MICHIGAN has a republican pres­
idential candidate in the per­
son of Gov. Russell A. Alger,
who is making a rustle among the can­
didate's dry bones, by his strictly busi­
ness methods of working the "boom.'
General Alger has known tho sound of
the "boom" from childhood. He is a
judge of "booms," and knows a good one
when he hears it. He has been in the
lumber business in Michigan too long,
to let any new style of boom drown the
sonorousness of the real thing.
The governor has a record of sixty bat­
tles in tho war, great charities at home,
popularity among the Wolverines—all
reasons, good and true, why the conven­
tion should pauso and reflect on the Al­
ger allegro movement.
Yet from tlfe governor's back office in
Detroit, where the old fashioned boom
cadence is being manufactured, will
come the true reason why the conven­
tion will give ear and there are many ar­
guments which would indicate that it
would be well so to do.
A SON of Charles Dickens, is reading
extracts from his father's novels, to large
audiences throughout the country. The
cords of consanguinity are still sufficient
to draw both curiosity and dollars out of
Americans. It is said to bo noticeable
that the hero worship involved in this, is
given by the middle aged and older class­
es. The absence of young people from
the lectures, is remarked, and the charge
of literary degeneracy goes along with
However, this is not necessarily true.
The abnormal freaks of Dickens'
dime museum characters are
not as attractive or novel as
they once were. Like Jarley's
wax works, there is too much staring
of eyes, rigidity of limbs, and rouge on
the cheeks of Dickens,' creations." The
show will not even draw with the country
people county fair week, now.
THE Alert is gratified even to embar­
rassment by tho compliment which Gen­
eral Passenger Agent Ivenyon, of the
"Burlington Route," has seen fit to be­
stow upon it. Ho has exalted a few
candid words, guilelessly written about
that favorite road, into an imposing two
sheet poster, and in letters more august
than a circus bill, commands all to "read
what tho papers say about tho Burling­
ton"—and underneath is what The Alert
said. Thousands of these will go out
over the northwest and stare the public
in tho face from stands and walls innum­
If it was not generally known that Mr.
Kenyon is one of the most original ad­
vertisers, and successful passenger agents
in the west, it would be indelicate for
The Alert to say that he has again tri­
THERE is said to be a democratic paper
soon to appear at Casselton. Colonel
Plummer has been suggested as the edi­
tor who could promulgate the doctrine to
the satisfaction of the faithful. The col­
onel's engagements as a republican cama
paign orator this summer might inter­
fere, however, with this editorial work.
Undulating the bloody shirt and writing
robust democratic editorials might seem
an incongruous occupation to some
men, but with the colonel's
mercurial disposition, it is not
any strain on his principles what­
ever. The people absorb the essence of
both with equal avidity, and are as fully
satisfied as if the draught came from a
fountain, pure and nndefiled.

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