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RWl tf mm ?3 •J A Pr*. kota. *$« A December Picnic. Proctor Knott little thought, at the time of its delivery, that his "o'er true tale" and satirical eulogy of the great northwesterly climate would find its full realization and general public accepta tion less than two decades after he stood up his place in the national house of representatives and solemnly declared that, after listening to descriptions of the glorious climate of Duluth, he was pre pared to belive that the poet Byron was Vainly endeavoring to convey some faint conception of the beauties and charms of this northwestern region, hen his poetic soul gushed forth in the following rip pling strains of beautiful rhapsody: Know \\e tin uil of tlic cedar anil vino, I'lieroVtlie (lowers over bloom and the beams ,/Cver sliiue: [rhere the lijrht winjjs of Zephyr oppressed with IMM'flime |l':ix faint oVr tin* Hardens of (Jul in lu-r bloom: Where the citron and olive are fairest of fruit, Ami the voice of the n:^blinj ale never is mute Where the tints of the earth and the hues of the sky, In eolor though varied in beauty may vie? Yet such has proved the case. For the thirty short aud beautiful days of the November just past, the hearts of the people of Dakota have been burdened with a refrain equally as thrilling and delirious in its joyousness as the intoxi cating transport in which the poet found himself when he penned tlie verse above quoted. The peoplo of Jamestown are always ready to take ad vantage of circumstances and improve their opportunities. It is therefore not to be wondered at that they should make the leniency ofthe weather clerk the occasion for transferring the "winter of eastern discontent" into "glor ious summer for them and on this first day of December, in the year of our Lord 1888, display to the people of the storm bound coasts of New England the rock bottomed foundations for the banana belts claim's for wonderful olimate and a glorious winter resort. Although the basket picnic idea was sprang rather suddenly, it struck a popu lar chord. A picnic in December is a novelty, and the weather being summer like, the whole city turned out to partic ipate. At two o'clock a procession was formed at the city council rooms which marched through the principal streets of the city to Elliott's grove, the scene of the picnic festivities. The order of march was as follows: Light Guard drum forjis. l'latoon of police. The Mayor anil City Council in white hats, linen dusters aud palm leaf fans. A four horse team drawing a barrel of ice cold lemonade, ice cream and other seasonable delicacies. .Prominent citizens in carriages with their families. Two hundred citizens on foot, dressed in linen dusters, straw hats, and carrying sun shades and palm leaf fans. Proceeding to Elliot's gJove, the shady recesses of which had been cleared up •and prepared for the festive occasion, the picnicers halted and there spent the •afternoon, some lazily lolling in ham mocks others occupying swings while the more athletically inclined gave themselves up to participation of the rational game of base ball and other diversions. The occasion was one of general hilarity. Lunch baskets filled witlijfdelicacies at tracted their full share of attention. Boys and girls romped and played games till tirad, while the old folks transacted the usual social picnic business iD the highest style of the art. During the afternoon Mayor Allen made a few renin rks congratulating his hearers on the opportunity afforded the business men and others for enjoying themselves after the fashon they were. Eastern people who bewail the severity of their early winter climate should come to Dakota where all is sunshine and warmth. If Dakota is blessed with any one thing it is her magnificent fall and winter weather. Revised List of Delegates Present Some errors crept into the list of dele gates who attended the convention, which was furnished by the secretary, and the following revised and corrected list is printed. The principal error appeared in the Stutsman county list: Morton—T Long. E Campbell, Tuttle. Gill, A McDougal. E Steele, N Gary. Stark—N Lawrence, 1 S Underbill. Pierce County—C A Bigelow. Traill—A Levissee, E Upson, Kobt Maxwell. Nelson County—D Dodds. Ramsey County—H Hansborough, Percival. W Lord, Jas O'Brien, Lvnch, W Ensine, Pugh. Walsh County- W Yorkey, IMder—Chas Stanley, W Carroll, Raymond, VanDeusen, W A Frid ley, S Corwin, Pallison. Ransom County- Elliott, Geo Goodwin, E Rndd, 0 E Johnson, N ^Kctey-Wm Ellis. O Lovell, W Caldwell, Kennedy, E Kennedy, E I Kennedy, E Dunston. Barnes County-Herbert Root, John W Scott, A HGray, Gipson Herman Winterer, John Simons, W W Sanderson Wm McKean, Frank Young, E Tib bits. McHenry—S Richardson Stutsman-Alfred Dickey, Roderick Rose, S Glaspell, Johnson xNickeus, A Frye, A McCabe, E Wells, and S McGinnis. Alternates—R E Wallace, A A Allen, O Hewit. Casey, E Sehwellenbach, E Hughes, WPFar rell and .T Eddy. Richland—A Power Miller. Burleigh County—Gov A Pierce, Col Wm Thompson. Jewell, Judge W Francis. Wm A Bentley, Joe Hare, Harvoy Harris, Baker, E Wilson. Ed Goodkrnd. flerald Hera®. Clarence Price. Walla^t?, John A Barnes, Hollenbach, Philbrick, E 5 Allen, E A Williams,E Whitford,J Fort, Webster, E VanHouten. Wells county—C Brown, Davis, Chess. Emmons county—Geo Dougherty. Benson county—J Richmond, E S Rolfe, Fred Snore, Thomas and 6 Ware. McLean county—N Boucher, Law- ronce Casselman,Hermann Hanson, John Armstrong. Grand Forks county—Wm Budge, Richardson, Boeard, A Ward, W N Reach, \Vm O Mulcahy, E Prouty, Geo Winship, Geo Walsh, John Bray, Estabrook, Ruoker, W Scott, S S Titus, W Luke and N S Nelson. Foster county—J Marley Wyard, He ber McHugh, Farnhatn, Iv Wing A Soliday. Eddv county---Joseph Cleary, Willis," Maddux, E Gardner, Hohl, Culver. Steele county—B Spaulding. Pembina county— Judson LaMoure. La Moure county—S Glover, W Johnston, Ellis, W Potter, Bartholomew, Dei.setn, W Stod dard. W E Brewer, Fuller, Thompson, S Whitman, E Wilson, Gamin, Smith. Cass county—E Geary, N Hub bard, S Stone, Seth Newman, Hon Twomev, W Barnet. W Hayden, Smith Stimmel, Dr S Satterthwaite, Dr Capehart, Col W Plammer. Spaulding, li S Tyler, A Guptill, Dr Gallowav, Bradley, S Campbell, E W Winship. Dawson, S Mathews, Dr Glasgow, Geo Munger, Dr Rowe, E Viles, Dr S Langdon, A Neybart, A Button. Ritter, S Small, N Smith, John Dunn, E Fisher, Frank Lynch. W Fisher, Clendenning, Col A Lounsbery, E A Maglone. II Southard, Secretary. MAGAZINE NOTES. THE FORUM. In the Forum for December Archdea con Farnu explains in detail Tolstolis re ligious teachings, how the soldier and great novelist now finds contentment, hope, health, and blessedness, in the lire of a peasant and the toil of a shoemaker. This number contains several articles of scientific interest, notably Dr. Austin Flint's announcement of "A Possible Revolution in Medicine," wherein he ex plains the probability of preventing all infectious diseases. Prof.WilliamCrookes, President of the Chemical Society of London, summarizes the helps that chemistry has given to modern civiliza tion in practical ways, Mr. Park Benja min, the mechanical expert, describes the new method of naval warfare meant to be carried into effect by the new United States torpedo cruiser "Vesuvius," now in process of construction. Mr. George W. Cable in "A Simpler Southern Ques tion," shows how the Negro problem is gradually being solved, and Mr. Edward Atkinson, in an essay on "The Price of Life." sums up the conclusions he has reached in his preceding articles, show ing that on the average the American people, who are the best-to-do in the world, live on about 45 cents a day—The Forum Publishing Co., 253 Fifth Ave., N. Y. 50cts a number $5 a year. HARPERS. A glance at the Table of Contents of the Christmas number of Harper's Maga zine will show that it is an exceptionally strong issue. The spirit of the holidays pervades its clear and artistic pages. Particular attention should be given to the frontispiece, "The Viking's Daugh ter,'* after one of F. S. Church's pictures. 'A Likely Story"' is one of Mr. W. D. Howell's best farces—work that he always does with a nimble pen It is a regular Comedy of Errors, and abounds in amus ing situations and bright dialogue, Edgeley Mail: Tr'~ Har- tof ora per Pennington's illustrations are exceed ingly well done. The Easy Chair, the Study, and the Drawer are permeated with the spirit of the Holidays, and have a great deal to say about Christmas—all of it good. The Drawer is especially amusing, and there is a sharp point to George Du Maurier's full-page sketch. DRAKE'S MAGAZINE. Drake's magazine for December is in every respect an admirable number in its general appearance as in its matter. The illuminated cover is highly attract ive and strongly suggestive of Christmas and good cheer, and the articles are fully up to the mark of excellence. "The Re pose in Egypt," handsomely illustrated, is a charming and timely article on the country of the Nile, by Laura C. Hollo way. ''The Feminine Way," by Zenas Dane, tells how a woman applies at the post office for a money order. "The Cow boy's Christmas," by Tom P. Morgan, is a characteristic western story, and is fine' lv illustrated. "His Highness, the Fash ionable Tailor." is a very funny sketch by C. N. Hood. Current Science, by F. L. Oswald, is as valuable as usual. Jot tings is as pointed as ever on the ques tions of the day. Quacks will enliven many a Christmas fireside with its well edited humor and comic pictures.—Drake Publishing Co., 11 Frankfort Street, New York. SCRIBNEB'S. Scribner's magazine completes its sec ond year and fourth volume with a Christmas number containing nineteen interesting articles in prose and verse twelve of them fully illustrated by well known artists and engravers. Among the artists represented are Elihu Vedder J. Alden Weir, W. Hamilton Gibson, John La Farge, Robert Blum, George Hitchcock. C. Jay Taylor and M. J. Burns. The number is rich in beautiful decorations and pictures. The literature deals with unusually attractive phases of life and art especially .fittedi for the Christmas season. The fiction includes stories of adventure and sentiment the general articles treat of stained glass windows, the Adirondacks in winter, and Botticelli there are several elaborately illustrated poems and Lester Wallack's reminiscences are concluded. Robert Louis Stevenson, H. C. Bunner, Will H. Low, Rebecca Harding Davis, and Ham ilton Wright Mabie are among the con tributors. A piece of paper blew under Joe Handel's broncho, Monday, while hitched in town, and for five second? jfas filled with broncho pieces -rf,—« KL'SSIANS RELIEVED. A Statement of the Cause of Jewish Destitution in Ramsey County— The Why and Wherefore. The colony of Russian Jews in Ramsey county, who along with the Gentiles lost from the frost of this season, have been more than abundantly supplied with food, fuel and clothing by generous bretheren in the east, J. Harpman of Minneapolis, the treasurer of the fund says that 8500 have been turned over to the committee and there is no longer any need for the money among the Jews as they are already abundantly eupplied. He has been compelled to request that nothing further be shipped him. There is, however, he said a great deal of desti tution among the Gentiles, and a large portion of the clothing that has been sent to birn for the Jewish colony has been already turned over to the Gentiles. It is also stated that the money was not do nated exclusively for a "Jew fund." It was donated for the purpose of releiving the distress of all who really needed it, ir respective of party, creed or sex. Naturally this loud outcry of the Rus sian foreigners has attracted unenviable and unjust notoriety to the Devil's Lake region. In referring to the whole matter the Devils Lake Inter-Ocean says: It is to be hoped that the princely treatment accorded the 500 Russian Jews who have settled in this county will not result in an increased immigration from the same source. Dakota has always welcomed and will continue to welcome all classes of self-sustaining people, but it can get along without those classess who are likely to be for ever afflicted with mendicancy. When the blight took a large portion of the wheat crop of Northern Minne sota and Northern Dakota last summer, Ramsey county did not suffer propor tionately to any greater extant thrn other counties in the northwest, but this seems to have been the only county afflicted with that peculiar kind of people who thrive by begging, and beg the more by thriving. We know of many families of those referred to by Mr. Harpman as Gentiles who lost their crops and were left in circumstances which placed them in the same category with the Jews, but they did not parade their misfortunes to the same extent. The county board was fairly besieged by the Jews, and their stories of imminent want and inevitable starvation thrilled our local officials with feelings of com bined pity and horror. The result was a vigorous appeal for aid, and we don't believe the whole record of charity in this country can show an instance wherein the responses to similar appeals have been quite so spontaneous and fruitful. It is a reiief to know, through Mr. Harpman, that the Russian Jews have cried enough. It is a delighfully en couraging sign when a Russian Jew gets enough and is willing to admit it. It opens to the mind a hopefulness that the 300 landrones who were so fortunate as to make this unfortunate county their abiding place, may at some future period in the coming hence conclude to relin quish their mortgage upon the liberality of our people and give us a perpetual release from the obligations they seem to feel that we owe to them. Our farmers are extremely thankful to our Russian Jew fellow citizens for the little innovations in the science of agriculture which were unknown prior to the advent of these peculiar people. For instance, their potato patch legerde main will long be remembered by va rious Gentile neighbors in the vicinity of the town of Cleveland. Who among the many good farmers hereabouts knew, prior to the coming of the Jews, how to extract the succulent murphy from mother earth and leave the vines in the ground "shust like dey growd?" And again, is there a farmer in Ramsey county who can take the iron bolts from abridge and guarantee that the bridge wont fall down? Such little sleight-of hand performances are seldom witnessed —yea, they are rarely known— in the old est of agricultural regions. There is no doubt that the money sent here for the benefit of the sufferers will be properly distributed, but. now that the Russian Jews have enough, suppose the committees distribute the surplus among the needy Gentiles. There are nearly $3,000 in the territorial treasury for that purpose. It was sent by an un known philanthropist and it should be put to the best use in the direction in tended. MEDINA, Mrs. S. G. Guilford visited last week at Menoken. P. McNulty made a business trip to the metropolis last week. Mrs. P. McNulty and daughter have re turned from Valley City. John Hood of Odell, Dak., is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hill. Jake Ahrens, proprietor of the Ahrens Bros, farm, spent a few days in James town last week. Richard Ahrens, Edward Gibney and Silas Guilford contemplate proving up on their homesteads in the near future. Henry Wilkins, who has been doing some extensive carpenter work in Du luth, was among us the last few days looking after his interest at this place. Miss Ana Poole of Menoken, and T. K. Smith, one of the thriving younfc N. P. freight conductors, ate turkey with S. G. Guilford and wife Thanksgiving. Election of Asylum Officials. The board of asylnin trustees at their annual meeting yesterday, re-elected Major Lyon president of the board, F. E. Jones secretary. Dr. Archibald superin tendent, and E. Schwellenbach steward. The board expressed itself gratified with the management- of the institution nnder Dr. Archibald, and also over the care and efficiency which Steward Schwellenbach is bringing to his department. Captain McGinnis was unable to attend the board meeting. Messrs. Jones, Lyon, Gallo *^ay and Fridley were present. A good /us song entitled ''Taps!" Arr. by MAX z=Er. FEHRMANN Moderate. I) rot. T—f- ~w £3* bed, go STOLEN DIAMONDS SOME CURIOSITIES OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN TRAFFIC IN ILLICIT GEMS. Schemes and Artifices of That Itascally Fraternity, tlio I. D. 11."—How Stolen Stones lteach Europe—Some Interesting Stories—The Dying Dlgscr. Dr. Matthews, an English practitioner who spent many years in the diamond field of South Africa, has just published in England a book on the subject. An interesting part of his book is that which deals with the development of the great diamond digging industry, and the schcmc.s and artifices of that rascally fraternity, the I. D. B.,or illicit diamond buyers. There is a saying that five years in South Africa is sufficient to corrupt the most immaculate, and' that a man who has lived there for seven should not be believed upon his oath. Dr. Matthews' revelations certainly give color to the saying. According to his account, the larger part of the community of Kimber ley is mixed up in tliis nefarious traflic. Diamonds, as most people will be aware, are sorted out of diamondiferoua stuff by native "hands." Some of these hands are probably in the pay of tho fra ternity. A fine 6tone is turned up by one of them when nobody is looking. He seizes it, hides it in his hair, in his mouth, or in some other portion of his person. Or if a goat lio handy he twists it in his wool, and tends the animal aifectionately till an opportunity occurs of redeeming the stone. Or, perchance, he conceals it behind a rock, or forces it down the throat of a dog, or, Homeric device, he swallows it himself. The gem being re stored to the light of day from its hiding place, whatever it may have been—and many a diamond now sparkling on a lady neck has made acquaintance with the stomach of a Kafir—the dusky thiqf in due course puts himself in communV cated with another native of a superior class. This man is a tout in the pay of a low white man—a "'mean white," as he is called in the colonies. HOW IT IS DONE. The tout buys the stone for, let,us say, a hundredth part of its value, and the thief spends tlie money in the vile drink which it is the peculiar pride of civil ization to supply to the unsophisticated savage, and, so far as he is concerned, there is an end of the transaction. Then the tout carries the stone to the "mean white" and receives from him a sum of money, perhaps double what he has given to the actual thief. Tlie "mean white" in his turn takes it to the licensed buyer of diamonds, who is possibly a person of glaring and even aggressive respectability—a church warden or a member of the municipality, or at least a merchant of good antecedents—and from him n»i»/irpa nnrliftna a tpntli luirt. "TAPS!" Every soldier has listened to the bugle-call of "Taps!" at nine o'clock at night, ordering all light* out in the barracks. This thought has been most beautifully adapted to the memory of General Phil. Sheridan. a man endeared to every heart for his bravery, by the American song-writer, John de Witt, in N—pi-=:—•-^N—N dis-tant ram-part wall. And tir-ed by the du-ties of the day, inarch be-si-Jo the bior. With beat of muf-fled drum and arms reverse, sisrht of Lit-tlc Phil," As he galloped down the lines upon the run, siglit thrilled many a heart, Bringing vict'ry and fill ing up our gaps. -C -19- £^=££^$=21. J' clear bu glo call, Which rings out on the air of the worth of tho gem. So far so good but still there are slips between the cup and the lip, and it is sometimes found ditiicult to convey the stuff out of the country to the final receiver in Lon don. To this end many artifices are re sorted to. Innocent looking fowling pieces, on examination, have been found to be loaded with diamonds to -within an inch of the muzzle, while such depos itories as novels with holes cut in the leaves, tho quiils of ostrich feathers and boots with hollow heels are not uncom mon. Often the fair sex arc found to be use ful auxiliaries in these adventures, for there is a peculiar sacredness about a lady's underclothing that appeals to the mind of the customs officer. Tho man would be bold who merely ventured on her back hair. However this may be, by far tho greater number of stones so procured arrive safely in Europe. Most people will naturally think that the na tive rascal v.iio takes the stone is respon sible for this state of things, but it Ls not the case. The native never dreamed of stealing diamonds until he was taught to thieve by the white receiver of stolen goods. SO:ir. INTERESTING STORIES. Dr. Matihews tells some interesting tales of the J. D. B. fraternity. In the dead of a certain night, in tho year 1872, he was roused from sleep and confronted by a tremblinj and middle aged citizen of the fields, who informed him that ho had swallowed a thirty carat diamond and two sovereigns—just to show his friends how the scoundrels did it, and was now anxious to bo rid of these foreign substances, which had presum ably beguu to disagree. Ultimately they were recovered, and. tho happv citizen departed with the diamond, leaving the gold in payment. Of course this man had disposed of the diamond under imminent fear of detection but why he took the two sovereign* it is dif ficult to say, unless it was to get his hand in. Some people, by tho way, appear to be able to swallow very large stones, for so lately as last year, a native dying under suspicious circumstances, his body was opened and a sixty carat stone found in his stomach. Here is another tale. A white gentle man lived with a pretty Fingo woman, who also acted as his agent in the "trade." lie fell ill of fever, and for weeks lay in a state of delirium, between life and death. She nursed him tenderly through it all, and, what is more, kept up his connection with tho "boys so that when he came to liimself she was enabled to present him with hundreds of carats of fine stones. And now, mark the sequel. No sooner was he strong enough than he departed for Europe, taking every gem and farthing she had collected with him, and leaving the un fortunate girl to starve on the streets. On a certain occasion Dr. Matthews was called in to attend a dying digger, who h" worked a claim for him. These Words and Music by JOHN de WITT. 1. A sol-flier mounting guard on a 2. A comrade now is gone, and wo 8. Our pol-dicrs oft were cheered by the 4. lilaek Win-ches-ter he rode, and the —s zgr HEEE and see a si lent tear While the bugles sound the Taps beside the hearse, ev cr to be still, For they've laid him in his grave at Ar ling ten." comrades, we must part, For Angelic buglers sound for them the Taps. bed, go seems to say: Put out your Is startled by the sound of a On the i'ace of many a soldier you can But the voice wo loved so well is for Now from liorso and rider too, tho'good -gr CHORUS. Put out your light, go to BUGLE. I were the words that greeted him when he told tho man that there was no hope: "Doctor, I cannot die without telling you how, when I worked your claim in No. (, I robbed you of nearly all your diamonds." In tlie face of stories such as these and a mass of other evidence, it is sometimes difficult not to believe that civilization is a failure and that the educated Christian man, except under very exceptional cir cumstances and when restrained by the strict?': in. sure of law, is a lower ani mal at hca Hum the savaga lie despises and de.M.roys with drink and rifle bul lets.—The Argonaut. Simple Contrivance for Ajpio Packers. Attention is called in Country Gentle man to a simple contrivance in use among packcrs for heading up apples, which is shown in the cut. This contrivance consists of a plank, a, on which the ban-el stands, into one end of which is dovetailed an upright] piece of plank, b, a little higher than tho] top of the barrel. A slot, c, is cut in its] upper end, and a pin runs across to re-| rn_rr± C0OTK1VA'CB 11 FOR BABRBLINO APPLES.) ceive the end of the lever, d, which maj be six or eight feet long. A round boi is used as a follower, to be placed uj the head and across this board is pi a cylindrical piece of wood about inches in diameter (and flat on the lov aide), on which the lever is placed, moderate pressure at the end of tl| lever, and a little practioe in its use,' enable the operator to bring the head I its position with great ease, precision accuracy. A Wonderful Buddhist Temple. A missionary who settled in the prov irlnoe of Sz-Chuan, central China, and visited the great Buddhist peak Mount Omel, describes the temples as still ahow-j ing many wonderful works of art, not-C withstanding conflagrations, devastator wars and rebellions. Near the footc the mountain is a pagoda of brooae, thirty feet high, in fifteen stories, «ov ered with an immense number of flgim delicately cast. Of figures of Buddha there are no less than 4,700, soma of which have been mutilated by collector! of relics.—Chicago Herald.