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A SPECIAL DAKOTA TRAIN.
Gossip About Delegates Tickets—A Crowd of Prominent Dakotans Promised for The Burlington, -m The delegates elected last evening held a meeting immediately after the ad journment of the convention. Judge Moody was chosen chairman of the dele gation, and Mr. Bailey of Sioux Palls, treasurer. An individual assessment and a liberal amount from the twenty dele gates) and alternates placed the delega tion on a substantial footing for the nec essary arrangements at Chicago. Gen. Harrison Allen of the republican central oommittee, was given authority to arrange for headquarters of the dele gation at Chicago. This will be, if possi ble, at the Grand Pacific hotel. The Da kotans trill go in style. The transporta tion from St. Paul to Chicago has been already arranged. Mr. A. H. Yancey, the well-known representative of the Burling ton route, appeared before the delega tion in the meeting last evening, and having long ago established himself and his road in the favor of many of the dele gation, the flattering inducements offered for the Burlington last night were such that his route was almost unanimously chosen to bear the delegation to Chicago and return. A special Dakota train was put at the service of the delegation with sleepers, diners, &c., the whole train to be of the finest equipment of the Bur lington's famous resources in this line. The train will be elegantly decorated, a first-class Dakota band will be on board, and if anything is lacking to make the Dakota contingent's journey to Chicago pleasant and distinguished, it will not be the fault of the railroad company or the disposition of the Dakotans who go. Judge Bennett stated that the alter nates would be allowed the same number of tickets as the delegates. Both go on an equal footing, only the delegates cast the formal votes. Each delegate and each alternate will be allowed, as at pres ent arranged, four tickets and the press a limited number of tickets in addition. Already the skirmish for pasteboard has begun, and beyond doubt, more have been promised than the territory is en titled to. But no ons ever knew a rust ler from Dakota to be kept out of any circuses where he wanted to occupy one of the high seats, and the Chicago con vention will not miss his glowing coun tenance and cheerful voice, this time either, for a large number of visitors will undoubtedly attend. Dakota is to be one of the national issues, and her citi zens will be on the ground to see that the issue is properly raised. Republican Convention Notes. 1 (From Thursday's Daily,) Judge Bennett, of Clark county, the temporary chairman of the territorial convention, is a gentleman with a histo ry. He was formerly one of the supreme court judges of Arkansas, in the days when northern offioials who were sent into the south were denounced as "car pet-baggers." At one time a mob called upon Mr. Bennett, so it is said, with the intention of hanging him, but finally con cluded that he was not the man they wanted when he defiantly bade them oome on and hang him if they could. Tho judge is an attorney and one of the supreme eourt judges of South Dakota, under the statehood movement. Gov. Mellette was for his friend Gen. Pease first, last and all the time. The general had hard luck with the combina tion and failed to get in. Gov. Mellette, recognizing folly the power of the com bine, had a little satisfaction in dili gently nagging the combination, and his engagement with Gen. Ward, of Grand Forks, was one of the most interesting sparring matches of the session. It is that Gov. Mellette's objections to Mr. Richardson, of Grand Forks, were honest and grounded simply on doubts as to the delegate's division record and sentiments. Editor Wheelock-of the Mitchell Re publican, made his maiden speech before the convention last night and secured a Gys. nerous round of applause from the He advocated the infusion of young blood into the party, and the relegation of the old "wheel horses," so called, to the rear.. He alluded to the combination that controlled the convention, as the work of the young men. Mr. Wheelock was one of the secretaries and by his many courtesies placed the representa tives of the press under obligations to him. The Junior Band, of Valley City, gave the greatest sntisfaction to the citizens and convention visitors yesterday. It was the first time this excellent band has ever given people outside of Valley City an opportunity to listen to the splendid music of its sixteen members, who are handsomely uniformed and present a fine appearance. Through the efforts of Sheriff Simon the Jamestpwn committee was able to get the services of the band by paying only the expenses of the trip. l!he Junior Band is a credit to Valley City. Frank B. Boss, traveling-passenger agent of the Milwaukee road, is In the city and laid up with a severe cold. Mr. RnM states, however, that the boys can all go to the Chicago convention on the great Milwaukee road for $11.50 the round rip, and that his road is now run ning the finest vestibule train in the country, and that all classes of passen gers will be taken on this train without extra charge. After the temporary organization, the convention yesterday was opened by prayer by the Rev. N. D. Fanning, of Hii. city. Thin little circumstance caused Editor Starling, of the Aberdeen News, to pertinently remark: "The Watertown convention was opened with a cork screw the Jamestown convontion was opened by prayer." Prince poker will not down even in a convention in Dakota. Chairman King and "Cal" of Sioux Falls, played one handout last evening, and by all rules of the game should have divided the pot. The rink was very tastefully decorated for the convention by Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Biewend and Messrs. Frye and Webster. Tallent, of Pierce county, cast his vote for the combine by the "grace of God and favor of the republican party." Pierce county was not organized, but got there just the same. Editor Bryant, of the N htokcn Hem stead, was recognized as tli9 accredited delegate from Logan county. The con test seated him. Delegates The combine "stood pat" but if we had had a squaro doal wo would have drawn out on them. GOV. PIEBCE SENT GREETINGS. At yesterday afternoon's session Tem porary Chairman Bennett read the fol lowing telegram, which was roceived from ex-Go v. G. A. Pierce: SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., May 1G.—To tho Chairman of the Republican Convention, Jamestown, Dak.: Hartiest greetings and heartiest congratulations on the bright prospects which open before the republi can party. With wisdom and unity wo shall "get there" this fall and soo a brighor day dawn for Dakota. I wish the convention God-speed. GILBERT A. PIERCE. On motion tho chair appointed the fol lowing committee tg formulate an answer to the telegram: Messrs. Ellrod, Gen. Allen and Col. Fahnestock. CONVENTION AFTERMATH. Hon. Henry Lord of Devils Lake late of the land office at that place was among the hundreds of interested observers at tbe convention. It is said Mr. Lord is a brilliant, polished orator, and was pre pared to present the name of Mr. llans borough to the convention, if tho combi nation had not not sat down on all pre sentations of this kind. Mr. Lord has the notable record, it is said of having but throe land office decisions revised, during Sparks administratiqn. Major Edwards was in the city this morning, returning front Huron, where he has been attending tho Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. He said: "Jamestown gets everything we got the next grand lodge for you, too." Tho major also stated that it was the general impression among the friends of Mr. Nickeus that if a motion had been made to substitute Nickeus' rfttme for Hubbard of Cass in stead of for Richardson, Mr. Nickeus would have been elected a delegate. The unexpected advent of King com bine and his autocratic selection of dele gates, abruptly shut off many a scintilla ting, star oration. Delegates had speeches of nomination and biographical eloquence corked up in their systems which if drawn during the convention would have discovered to the territory a number of tried and true men, of parts never before suspected. King caucus disappointed in more places than one. Gen. Ward of Grand Forks, is a new man in territorial politics. He proved himself one of the shrewdest men and readiest debaters present, and his speeches in defense of his fellow-towns manj Mr. Richardson, were clever and ef fective. Tho general is an orator of no mean pretentions. It is understood that tho tariff resolu tions in the committees report at the late convention, were the product of Hon. Fred Adams, who has had them printed in the Cooperstown Courier. Only one drunken man was noticed in the convention, and he was just drunk enough to attempt to make a speech. The unusually largo number of tews paper men present at the conventions was a matter of frequent comment. Lacking in Harmony. The Mandan Pioneer charges the ladies of the Bismarck W. C. T. U., with frequently trying to prevent any lecturer or other entertainment from going to Mandan, and evincing otherwise a dis position to keep everything ot interest on this side of the Missouri. Mrs. Fixen's lecture was tho subject of a lengthy con troversy between the two organizations. The Pioneer adds: We would respectfully suggest that the W. C. T. U., of Bismarck either get now officers or eradicate the word "Christian" from their title. Certainly tho selfishness they display in the matter of lecturers, trying to prevent the ladies from coming to Mandan is wholly un worthy the name Christian. Changing Northern Pacific Engines. Engine No. 353, with Engineer Les Low in the cab, took out the Helena express today. This engine is one of the number that has lately been altered from the old pattern to the new style having the straight stack and the extention end. Some twelve of these engines have already been changed, and it is the intention of the company to so alter all the old machines. The engine which left for the west this afternoon was making its first trip since coming from the Brainerd shops, where the work of alteration is dtfne. Tho new pattern makes a far handsomer engine, the extention end being an almost perfect spark airestor. The eld bell top stack was an unsightly attachment at best, and is now fast going out of use. Departure of Mr. Dickinson. Mr. C. E. Dickinson, the old-time mer chant and fgenial citizen of Jamestown, leaves tomorrow for Coldwater, Mich. The Alert regrets to see so good a James town man leave the city, yet his hosts of friends here and throughout North Da kota will add their best wishes for his future success and prosperity whorovor he may be. The death of his esteemed and lovely wife, and the flattering in ducements'held out to Mr. Dickinson elsewhere, have determined this removal from Jamestown, where, otherwise, ho would have remained. His business ventures here have been uniformly suc cessful, and The Alert certainly voices the best wishos of the entire community for Mr. Dickinson's future welfare and happiness in his old home, or in St. Paul, where he will eventually reside. THE STANDARD OIL COMPANY Arrangements for its Tanking Sta tion Perfcctcd and Same now Being Put in. Several days ago, H. C, Rehil of Fargo, the general agent of the Standard Oil company, was in the city in consultation with J. W. Sheridan, the company's local agent, in regard to the extension of the company's plant and the establishment of tanking si ations at this place. This morning an Alert representative, in com pany with Mr. Sheridan, visited the warehouse across the river and noted the work there going on. For the present temporary tanks will be provided, and five men are now at work on the same. Two large tanks fiiled with gaso line came in Sunday. The contents of those—200-barrels—has been barrelled and the tanks are now being placed in position near aside track for future use, Heretofore the contents of the tanks has been barrelled, but the expense attached to that operation, and the leakage during storage has made the system unsatisfac tory, and hereafter the oil will be pumped from tho cars directly into these tanks, and dealers will be sup plied from them without the intermediate barrelling experience. The company will furnish Mr. Sheridan an oil wagon from which dealers will be supplied at their places of business. This method has advantages for both the company and dealers handling their oils. The merchant is protected against leakage from barrels during storage and gets all the oil he pays for, and in addition pur chases no more barrels which are charged to him at $1.50 and credited at 50c upon their return. Mr. Rehil gave Mr. Sheridan assur ances while here that the company will eoon build a brick warehousfe, of 1,000 barrells capacity and stated that it might be built this fall, as the growing import ance of Jamestown as a distributing point will soon.render such a building an im perative necessity. The two 100 barrell tanks which were received Sunday contained gasoline, for use in gasoline stoves. To give an idea of how generally these stoves are coming into use it is only necessary to mention that one car load" of 50 barrels of that oil is now standing on the track ready for shipment to La Moure, and that another is being loaded for Dawson and Steele. Mr. Sheridan expects to receive his oil waj on in a few weeks. Not Enchanting the Boomlet. Aberdeen News: The impression which has existed for some time in political cir cles that Gov. Pierce would not be a candidate for delegate before the republi can convention seems to find confirmation in the following Bismarck special re gard to the catididacy of Judge Little. Speaking of that gentleman's sources of strength the correspondent says: "His old law partner, James S. Haight, mar ried the lovely daughter, Nellie, of Gov. Pierce, and natnrally all these families are the most intimate friends. Little's candidacy for delegate disposes of all the gossip about Gov. Pierce in that connec tion." This development may serve to satisfy those observers who were inclined to laugh at the idea of the ex-governor's health demanding a trip to the Pacific coast. Gov. Pierce is evidently not try ing the effect which distan is said to lend to a boomlet. Advertised Letters. List of uncalled for letters in the post office at Jamestown, Dakota, for the week ending May 21, 1888. LADIBS. Dibble, Mrs Tollie Merit, Anna Wiese, Miss Annie Robertents,Mrs Milo Ferguson, Mrs Sarah Hammorstad, Mrs Karine Anderson, Mrs. Charley Kahlor,Mrs William Atwood, Mrs A A Moore, Mrs Lydia Criell, Miss Emma Weber,Mrs Louise 2 Kahler Mrs Wm GENTLEMEN. Allen, W Kahler, Chester Ashbaw.Chas Kelly, William Bunker, Oliver Malin, Brown, & Co Morgan, W A Bettenheiuier, Pottgieser, Henry Batchelor, E Rankin, Luther Coe, 2 Ulin, Chas E Geddes, Wilder, Charley E Gaffney, Wood, Fred Johnson, A Wellman, Will Joles, E Johnson, Buchanan, & Co Langdon. Henry W Burkranson. Nichols, Nat Brady, John Porter. Chas 11 Clayton, Reid, Samuel Davison, E Regan, E Eddy, Sidmore, Martin Goodall, Brooks Shemmel, Hy Gordon, Nathan Tullock, "William Heron, Tubbs Robt Hacrgert, N & Co Wiese, Herm Hoffman, Harry A Walker, Amos Keary, John Williams,Richard If not called for within 30 days, will be sent to the dead letter office. In cal ling for these letters, please say adver tised and give date. A. KLAUS, P. M. A Sweet Opera Singer Strikes a High Note. Hearing that a member of the Carle ton Opora company, whichj delighted Chicago audiences with comic opera,held one-twentieth of ticket No 82,1-14, which drew 950,000 in the March drawing of tbe Loiusiania State Lottery, a Traveler representative was informed that Miss Cora Wisdom was^the fortunate person. Calling at her hotel, Miss Cora Wisdom, who is a very attractive young lady of twenty-two, and whose voice and man ners are quite as charming as her ap pearance, said: "I held one-twentietb of ticket number 82,114 which drew $50,000 in the March 13th drawing of the Louis iana State Lottery Co. The Carleton opera company was enroute to Denver, and at Ogden a venJer came into our car, and remembering a five dollar gold piece which I had found in Los Angeles, I thought I would invest. Well, it didn't win the largest prize but it has brought me $2,500 which will assist my memory wonderfully.—Chicago (111.) Arkansaw Traveler, April 7. A COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. [OFFICIAL.] Meeting of commissioners of Stutsman county, D. T,.held on Tuesday, May 15tli, 1888. Board met at 10 a. m. Full board present. Minutes of meeting held on Tuesday May 1st, 1888, read and approved. The following bills were allowed on motion: Gieseler, Blewett &Co., supplies to court house $ 16 28 Do 3 80 C. R. Flint, services as assessor. 100 00 The Fair, provis. to paupers 5 40 Mrs. J. J. Flint do. 25 80 D. Goodman, clothing for prison ers 9 00 C. T. Hills, clerk foes 33 25 Jno. 8. Watson, costs in tax cases 154 05 A. C. McMillan.expense incurred for co. to Dickinson and Mandan 36 00 D. W. Marratta, serving papers 34 90 Lewi3 T. Hamilton presented report as justice for quarter ending April 1, '88 re ferred to Attorney Rose returned with recommendation that same be accepted and fees allowed. Recommendation adopted. On motion, decidcd that a well be sunk" in basement at anv point locatod by sher iff. On motion, decided to furnish no strychnine after tonight, May 15, '88. Board adjourned till Juno 1, 1888. It was resolved by the board that the annual picnic should be held at the close of the present term. On motion board adjourned. BEAVER. Miss Mary Melvin has gone to Tacoma. Miss Nannie Gamble is teacher in sub diBt., No 1 and Mrs. Owen Carter in No. 3. No. 2 is yet unprovided with a teacher. Grass is rapidlv coming forward and cattle are picking up fast. Mr. A. Carter has a large herd on the Beaver, and they aro doing well. It is one of tho beat grazing grounds in the coantry. The creamery wagon has begun to mako its rounds. A number are selling cream. Mrs. A. Chisholm and family are now on their claim. ESLER ITEMS. A Sabbath school was organized at the Arrowwood school house on Sunday last, with Henry Tufford as superintendent. Farmers in this locality aro now gener ally through seeding wheat. Of course all hope for a large yield. At its meeting Saturday evening, the alliance made up an order for twine and. forwarded it to the alliance company Farmers still continue to join the alli ance, and is it to bo wondered at, when three dollars can be saved in bnving a single cord of wood? EDMUNDS. I believe we are all through sowing wheat. The most of the wheat shows green over tbe tield and is growing nicely. The farmers are busily engaged now planting potatos. If the potato crop is good this year, we think that Edmunds can supply her share of tho eastern market. The farmers are also trying this year to raise millet to take the place of hay for winter feed. We hope this will prove to be a success. A few days since, two brothers of Nels Holm arrived here from Sweden. They were one month on the way. They in tend to make this their home. Mrs. Dr. S. H. Drake of Jamestow.i, is spending a few days in Edmunds. Mr. J. H. Horney re opened his school today, after a vacation of several weeks. He teaches six weeks more to finish the term. Rev. H. M. Henry failed to fill his ap appointment in Edmunds yesterday, but the people were not disappointed. Dr. Richmond conducted a very pleasant ser vice and read one of Dr. Talmage's ser mons. One of Mr. Savage's children is very sick. We fear dangerously so. Children A. C. MCMILLAN, Auditor. BOARD OF EDUCATION. MeetiDg of the Board of Education last night. Present—Messrs. Allen, Cloes, Gieseler, Nickeus, Steinbach, Sheridan and Vennum. Absent—Lyon. The report of tho superintendent was read and ordered placed on file. The bills of Chas. Hensel and Prank Andre-wcro ordered paid, oa notion. Tho president announced the following committees: Teachers—Sheridan, Cloes and Nicke us. Buildings—Allen, Vennum and Gieseler. Finance—Gieseler,Steinbach and Lyon. On motion of Dr. Cloes, the super intendent was empowered to hire the Opera rink and furnish nocessarv for commencoment at a cost not to exceed §25. Motion carried. For PITCHER'S ASTORIA Practically Perfect Preparation for Children's Complaints. YPSILANTI INKLINGS. Mr. Bigger of Jamestown, filled Rev. Buttelman's appointment at the school house yesterday. Miss Herring who has been visiting her friend and classmate Miss Lawrence left for Jamestown, Friday evening. Seeding is about done—a few pieces of oats not quite finished. The first sown fields are looking quite green. The acreage is about the same as last year or perhaps a little more. We are talking ap the scheme of hav ing arousing farmers' picnic in the grove on the 4th. We have the best grove in the county, and if we can get a little en couragement from the neighboring alii' ances of attendance we will prepare for a grand time, and have distinguished speakers to set forth the farmer's views of the great questions now before us. Tho cream gatherer makes his daily round leaving his little tickets good for to much cash. Nobody is expecting to get rich, but it will help to lift the mort gages all the same. SPIRIT WOOD LAKE. The wheat fields are looking green The Gray Bros, are to have two wells bored soon—Prairie fires destroyed two •large barns for Mr. Wallace hist Satur day—The switch supply is being exhaust at the Valley schoolhouse—Miss Varnum says she will be equal to the English la dies in walking by fall—The candidates for superintendent aro quite thick at present—Charlie Ball took a little walk to Jamestown last Wednesday—The cold snaps of last week destroyed some early gardens. Windsor and MountPlaa3ant Notes The N. P. Ii. R. company have a large outfit of mules to work here, sloping down cuts and moving away snow fences. Otto Gasal's teams passed through Windsor last week with four loads of lumber, enroute to his new ranch four miles north, where he will put in 100 milch cows and ship his cream to James town. Thomas ODonnell lost a valuable mare Last week in giving birth to twin colts. James Blanehard has purchased anew team, and will break up his claim this summer. M. Sinclair of Ravenwood Farm, is the proud owner this week, of a line yonng Norman colt, which he will name "Alert." Mt. Pleasant was graced by a visit from r. II. Foley last Thursday. Roy says he was the only young man at the party the other night that took his "heart"' home with him. H. Cowan of Windsor, is agent for the Farmer's mutual Protective association. It is to be hoped the surrounding farm ers will take .advantage of his liberal terms and insure against all liable loss by hail. RIO REALITIES. Farmers are about through sseding Whoat is up and presents a thrifty ap pearance. A nice long rain would be gladly welcomed by all. Mr. John McClure is expected home this week from Washington territory, where ho went a few weeks ago to pur chase a large number of horses. Mr. McClure has a very nice stock range on the James river, about two miles from this station. Mrs. Canham. Mrs. Dunning and the Misses McHarg drove to .Jamestown last Saturday, returning the same day. Frank Bennitt returned last week ffom a protracted western trip, having visited all the larger cities of California, Wash ington territory,Oregon. He comes back to the land of promise contented to remain and watch No. 1 hard grow. Miss Laura Strong returned from Kansas Tuesday, and will spend the summer with liar brothers at the ranch near this station. M. O. Brekke waa a visitor to the metropolis Saturday. The Congregational Sabbath school will observe children's day, and we ex pect Rev. Ewing will send one of his as sistants up to preach to us that day. O. C. Christopherson came down from Rockford last week, to see how things were progressing at the farm. MONTPELIER MENTION. About two dozen assembled at the school house Sunday, to re-organize the Sunday school and to listen to a sermon by Rev. Wm. Ewing.of Jamestown. Sun day school, will be held every Sabbath at 11 o'clock, and it is expected that Mr. Ewing and Mr. Gimblet, who were here two weeks ago, will speak'oocaaionally. Mrs* Lemon Donglass is some better today. Jake Smith will visit tlie metropolis tonight. Mr. Smith has, on Miss Tu bell's homestead, the finest piece of grain hereabouts. The Farmer's alliance has posted no tices of a speech by Mr. Fancher, May 30tb, at the schoolhouse. Gibson & Co. shipped another carload of potatos Monday. Good rain Monday and grain looking well. THE FLOOD IS ABATING, BUT SUFFERING AND DISTRE8S IS STILL TERRIBLE. MUCH SICKNESS AND WANT AKOKO THE REFUGEES. The Damage to Growing Crops Ml* mated at Over 93,000,000, While that to Railways and Hooiaa Will Ltack Nearly SI,000,000 More. QUIKCT, Ills., May 22.—The great flood in the Mississippi, which will be remem bered as without a precedent in the de struction and suffering created, is slowly abating, and It Is thought that the wont of the high water is past. Bat the 'worst that could happen has alreqly oc curred, hundreds of families having bees rendered homeless and thousands at acres of growing crops ruined, to say nothing of the loss entailed by demol ished dwellings, wrecked fenoss and washouts. A trip through the submerged regions show that the stories of loss and suffering already published have not been exaggerated in the least. From the northern end of Adams county to the southern end of Pike county the land on the Illinois side of the river was pro tected by a system of levees, tbe region embracing 290,000 acres, the soil being the richest in the Btate. All tbe region is now one vast lake, from six to ten feet in depth. Along the blnfls on the east ern edge of the submerged district, hun dreds of families are camped, living in tents, huts and in the open air. Before the flood, most of these people were well to-do, prosperous farmers but now they have little or nothing. Much sickness prevails among the unfortunates, owing to want and exposure but prompt meas ures have been taken to alleviate their sufferings. In the Sny Levee district, below the city, the situation is infinitely worse than in the regions of the north. The crevasse, which completed the inundation, opened at the upper end of the embankment, and the pent up waters from the river poured over tbe vast tract of rich farm ing land, sweeping everything before it. The torrent rushed down in a gnat wave several feet high, with a force which nothing could withstand. The towns of Falliere, Seehorn and Hulls are but men islands, and hundreds of refugees an huddled together in limited space. Four or five families are living in each of the rooms in the few houses above the water, and are suffering intensely. The damage to railroad property is enormous, and it will be three weeks after the water subsides before trains can be running on time. Owing to the great confusion it is im possible to obtain detailed losses, but the aggregate will reach fully $3,000,000 from crops alone. The damage to the levees, houses and railroads will approx imate $600,000. Success in literature. The author who will succeed is not the one who loses hope after encountering ob stacles, and sits back languidly waiting for older writers to dispose of her work. But it requires decided talent, persever ance and patience, an unconquerable am bition and an intense love of the work to attain success in literature. There is no worthy or absolute success possible in a labor we dislike. Unless the heart's blood and brain's firtf mingle in the effort it cannot thrive. We must, however, bring something besides enthu siasm to a profession of any kind. We must bring ability, or at least adaptability. I am afraid women are more blind to their deficiencies in this respect than men. —Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Keep the Signals up. For lack of flags to properly display the signal service predictions, blanks upon which the forecasts are written and posted it the poet office. If this method of treating the generosity of the department in furnishing the report without expense to the city should become known to the officials it is extremely probable that the service would be discontinued. Interest in the weather is perennial, and it makes little difference whether the signal flags guess the truth any oftener than Charlie Avis'almanac, or not we like to have the flags doing the beet they oaa. It is an inexpensive luxury, rather a dietwo tion in fact, and Jamestown should set some new flags and keep "oltffrffoNritifii ties" afloat