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Tbe Farmers Doing Considerable
Business in Their Decided
The Reports of Various Commit­
ters Heard--Legislative In­
terest Growing.
Local Matters of Interest--News
From the County at
Farmers' Alliancc.
At Wednesday afternoon's session tbe
reading of resolutions sent up from local
alliances for consideration consumed
frreral hours. Most of theBe were refer
^red'to the resolution committee. Among
.'those adopted was one from I. C. Wado
asking the legislature to appropriate
(10,000 to aid in institute work in the
territory by F. B. Fane her inviting every
member-elect of the next legislature to
neet with them by Geo.C. Crose indors­
ing and approving the scope and man­
agement of the agricultural college at
Brookings, and recommending that the
legislature make a generous appropria­
tion for it by Alonzo Wardell recom­
mending the concerted action of the
•aiional alliance, the grange, Knights of
Labor and other kindred organizations
to the end that legislation be secured
favorable to the industrial classes. I
Judge Conklin of the committee on
legislation, in a report to the convention
stated that the committee as ap­
pointed consisted with the exception of
himself, of membors-elect of thplegisla
ture that these members carcfe. to the
meeting to learn and not to Obstruct
themselves arid that they therefore re­
quest that anew committee bo appointed.
The report was received and adopted and
President Loucks appointed the follow
ing as the new committee: Judge Conk
lin, E. P. Conser, D. 8. Dodds, Walter
Muir, S. H. Goodfellow, A. 13. Taylor,
J. L. Parker, J. P. Day, E. J. Mclnnis.
The teachers institute committee was
jounced as: J. C. Wade. A. D. Ohasa,
r. Allison, I. J. Abyrer, Smith, J.
W. Harden.
President McLoutli of tho agricultural
sollege at Brookings, was introduced and I
addressed the delegates for a short time.
&.t the close of his address adjournment
waa taken until 8 o'clock.
At the evening session not any great
amount of business was accomplished,
•ainly through the failure of commit
tees to report.
Mr.Gray ot the Bismarok Settler, made
a proposition to the alliance, offering to
run an alliance daily during the legisla­
ture, if the alliance would pay for two
men's wages and the paper and ink at
St. Paul prices. No action was taken on
the proposition.
While further waiting for the report of
I committees, Vice President Fancher in
response to numerous calls, enter
I tained the delegates with a ten min
& t.Ailr in his eloquent manner. At the
•v of his address, President Loucks'
Hi* "What's the matter with
president," was met with a spontan
chorus of voices replying "Oh he's
all right"—and so was the speech.
The committee on taxation reported
the following recommendations: That
the penalty clause for delinquent taxee
"be repealed that interesfeon tax certifi­
cates should be reduced to one per cent
per month that the date of safe of delin­
quent taxes be changed to Nov. 1. lhat
assessors shall assess indiyiduals for
what they are worth, according to the
Assessor's judgment then if such indi
viduals are not satisfied with such assess­
ment, it shall remain to them to prove it
erroneous. That railroads and corpora­
tions be taxed the same as other proper­
ty That all secured mortgage indebted­
ness be taxed to mortgagee that regis­
ters of deeds be required to furnish a list
of such
mortgages to county assessors
that in case of failure of said mortgagee
to nay such tax, the mortgagor may do so
and receipt for such tax must be received
as payment on interest or principal of
said debt.
first section was amended retain
the five per cent penalty and making
tithe iate of interest one per cent per
month, and the whole report adopted in
such shape.
Judge Conklin, of the legislative com
mittee, reported back to convention a
resolution requesting the legislature to
pass a law making it an unlawful and
penal offense to manufacture and sell in
toxicating liquors in the territory, and
declaring the belief that such a law
would be of incalculable benefit to the
noople of Dakota.
Wade moved tbe adoption of this
resolution in a short but vigorous
speech, which Capt. Van Ettan, in after
)yards referring to, said was greeted by
enthusiasm, at its close than any
\mperance address he ever heard. De
Mates from a number of counties fol-
Mr. Wade's example and seconded
'the motion in short temperance ad
m^ressQS. The resolution was linally
die of n6**uanimously, on a rising vote,
ready." ^dwith three rousing cheers,
°lect °f
house, from Hyde county, next addresed
the delegates in a happy strain, and at
the conclusion of his remarks the com­
mittee on transportation reported the
following recommendations:
That the railroad commissioners be
That P. J. McCumber's railroad bill be
adopted as printed in the Dakota
That the legislature should provide
penalty for railroads failing to furnish
cars to shippers within a given time.
That tbe government should exercise
control of railroads and telegraph lines.
The report was unanimously adopted
and convention adjourned at 11:30 p.
After adjournment the delegates from
North Dakota met and made arrange
ments for calling a convention for that
section, in case of division before the
next annual meeting.
'I'tiis Morning.
A large number of delegates visited
I. C. Wade's stock farm and the asylum
today and owing to small number of allf
ance men present only a limited quantity
of business was transacted. The com­
mittee on constitution and by-laws re­
ported a number of changes in the con­
stitution, but at noon action on the re­
port as an entirety had not been taken.
The election of officers resulted sis
President Loucks, Clear Lake.
First Vice President- F. B. Fancher,
Second Vice President -J. W. Harden,
Secretary—C.- A. Soderberg, Hartford.
Treasurer—Z. D. Scott. Milbank.
Lecturer— A. D. Chase.
An Important Document.
Late last night the committee on leg­
islation submitted the following report.
It is by far the most important report of
the segei.in, and is printed in full. If
the alliance claims to a majority in both
houses are correct, it is an indication of
the legislation wo may expect this win­
Your committee appointed to consider
thb many resolutions referred to them,
alter a careful examination would re­
spectfully report the following for your
We recommend chat the board of reg­
ents of our agricultural colleges should
be composed of practical and operative
That the Russian thistles should be in­
cluded in the law providing for the des­
truction of noxious weeds.
That the territory loan to any counties
in the territory for the benefit of farmers
who lost their crops by frost the past
season, an amount sufficient to procure
seod for the coming year—the rate of in­
terest not to exceea seven per cent per
That a law be passed to enable mutual
insurance companies to organize and do
business in the territory.
That the immigration bureau is an ex­
pensive luxury and serves no good pur­
pose and should be abolished.
We recommend that all contracts
tainted with usury be null and void.
That all insurance companies in case
of total loss, be required to pay the full
amount provided for in the policy.
That the date of tax sales should be
changed to the first Monday in Novem­
That the present commissioner system
of county government be abolished in all
counties when township governments
are or shall be organized and the town­
ship supervisor system so long and satis­
factorily tested in most of tbe states east
of us, be adopted.
That all county officers should be in-el­
igible to election to office, for more than
two consecutive terms.
That chapters No one hundred and
sixteen, one hundred and fifty-three and
one hundred and eighty-six of the ses­
sion laws of 1887 should be repealed.
That in addition to the notice now re­
quired by Jaw before a tax deed can is­
sue, personal notice|must be served upon
the owner of the land, if a resident of the
county if not, a notice shall be mailed
to the owners' last known post office ad­
dress and also be served upon the per­
son or persons, if any, occupying or cul­
tivating said lands at least sixty days
beforedeed shall issue.
That to make the taking o.f usury or
contracting to receive it, a criminal of­
fense, punishable in all cases of convic­
tion by imprisonment and also by fine
not less than the cost of prosecution.
To make all contracts for attorney's
fees contained in aay note, mortgage or
other evidence of debt absolutely vt)id
and providing in lieu thereof, that in ac­
tions prosecuted to judgment in district
court, the judge may allow to the pre­
vailing party such attorneys' fees as he
may deem just.
To repeal the law which now authoriz­
es the foreclosure of real estate mort­
gages by advertisement and sale and
provide that mich foreclosures shall be
by action in the district court.
That redemption from mortgage sale
of real estate may be made within one
year from data of judgment, instead of
date of sale, as now provided, aud that
no steps toward a sale or to make any
costs after judgment, shall be made until
the year for redemption has expired
then if not redeemed, the sale to take
place and be final.
That any privision in a mortgage
whereby the debtor undertakes to give
to any person an irrevocable power of at­
torney to sell and convey the property
described in the mortgage, shall be deem­
ed against public policy and void.
That any and all provisions in any
note or mortgage, empowering the own­
er of such note or mortgage, or his agent
or attorney, upon the non-payment of
any interest or installment of principal
due, or upon non-payment of any taxes
due on the mortgaged property, or of in­
surance on the mortgaged property, to
declare the whole debt due and payable
at once and to proceed at once to collect
the whole of the amount of such note or
mortgage shall be deemed against pub­
lic policy and void, saving to the creditor
the right to collect, and for that purpose
to foreclose any mortgage for any inter­
est due and unpaid or installment of
principal as it shall fall due, or for any
monies he may have been compelled to
advance to protect his mortgaged inter­
est by payment of taxes or insurance
upon the mortgaged property.
That any provision in any note or bond
or mortgage for the payment of the debt
widened by such note or bond or mort­
gage in gold or silver shall be void, and
any such note, bond or mortgage shall,
notwithstanding such provision, be pay­
able in any money of the United States
of America, that shall, by the laws of
said United States, be a legal tended at
the date of the maturity of said note, or
bond, or mortgage, or other evidence of
debt at the time when tender of payment
is made.
To establish the fees that may be
charged by any person or officer for fore­
closing a chattel mortgage and establish
reasonable limits to same.
To provide for a more thorough notice
of sale in chattel mortgage cases, and for
the filing of chattel mortgages in the
office of the clerk of organized townships
cities and villages instead of with the
register of deeds chattel mortgages on
property in unorganized townships to be
recorded with the register of deeds as
heretofore until such towns shall become
That a chattel mortgage given upon
property not in existence or not owned
and possessed by the dobtor at the time
of giving the mortgage shall be void for
any purpose whatsoever.
To reduce interest on taxes after sale
of land from 30 per cent per annum, as at
present, to 12 per cent per annum.
To change the time for assessment
from the first day of April for one class
of property and the first day of May on
mother class, as now provided, to" the
first day February.
That every person shall be assessed
and taxed upon the equitable interest he
has in any property, real or personal,
whether such interest be represented by
deed, mortgage or otherwise and lor no
more. That the amount of such indebt­
edness on any mortgage be deducted
from the assessed value of tho mortgaged
property and tho taxpayer assessed for
the monied interest he actually has in
such property, after deduction of the
amount due on the mortgage and no
more and that all mortgaged interests in
property in this territory be taxed in the
counties and towns where such mort­
gages are recorded, the same as other
property is required to be assessed and
That any combination, or organization,
or association, or confederation, or trust
agreement of any kind or in any manner
or form by any persons or corporations,
with the manifest intent, design, object
or purpose, by any way or plan or device,
to hinder or delay or discourage or pre­
vent competition in the terms of condi­
tions or rate of interest, 'for the use or
forbearance of money or in the manufac­
ture, or sale, or transportation of any
article or commodity of any name, kind,
character or nature, made or sold or leas­
ed, or granted or conceded for the use or
convenience or support, or relief or pro­
tection, or enjoyment or amusement of
the people shall be unlawful, and that
any person or persons convicted of being
metabers of or party to any such combi­
nations, oiganization, association, con­
federation, trust or agreement, or of aid­
ing or assisting or encouraging, or abet­
ting, or permitting in any way or manner,
any such combination, etc, etc, etc., shall
be deemed guilty of a felony and on con­
viction thereof, shall be punished by im­
prisonment in the penitentiary not less
than two nor more than five years and
by fine not less than the cost of prosecu­
To increase the power of railway com­
missioners, provide for the just and equal
taxation of railways and railroad proper­
ty provide for the receipt and discharge
of freight and passengers at railway cros­
sings or junctions, where, in the judg­
ment of the railway commissioners, the
the convenience of the people demand it
to provide for the transfer of loaded cars
from one railway to another at all cros­
sings or junctions when the convenience
of the public demand it and for the cost
of such transfer and the rates
charged from point of transfer to desti­
nation to provide for purchase or con­
demnation of railway lands for ware­
house purposes, and for equal railway
facilities to warehouses erected on such
That the fee for recording real estate
mortgages and deeds bo fixed at 50 cents
each, for recording satisfaction of mort­
gages or deeds 25 oents each filing chat­
tel mortgages 10 cents each releasing
the same 10 cents each.
We recommend the adoption of the
Austrailian system holding and conduc­
ting elections.
That we recomgiend to the consider­
ation of the legislature the establishment
of courts of arbitration in civic cases.
Tlio Last of the Farmers.
Thursday afternoon the following res­
olutions were adopted:
We reassert all the main planks in
platforms heretofore adopted by the ter­
ritorial alliance.
Believing that the entire financial sys­
tem of our nation is controlled in inter­
ests of capitalists, we therefore emphat­
ically condemn the organization of trusts
and combinations for unnaturally rais­
ing prices of manufactured articles, re­
ducing the value of farm products, mon­
opolizing transportation and improperly
controlling our God given fuel Bupply.
Second, Again recognizing the direful
effect of usury as practiced, we ask for
the passage of a strict usury law.
Resolved. That we ask the council and
house of representatives to pass a bill
making it unlawful and a penal offence
to manufacture, import or s»ll intoxicat­
ing liquor in the territory of Dakota, be­
lieving that such a law would be of in­
calculable benefit to the interests and
happiness of all the people of Dakota.
Third, Believing the people of North
and South Dakota will be soon called
upon to take action in framing and
adopting constitutions for their prospec­
tive states, we deem it of great impor
tance that the people, especially the far­
mers of Dakota, be fully alive to the im
portance of standing ready and united to
see that the framing of those constitu­
tions bo ontrusted to tried and true men
who will engraft into said constitutions
tho right of the people to control all cor­
porations or institutions which may use
or are using tho right of eminent do­
Whereas, We have noticed with alarm­
ing solicitude, that under our present
system of voting, corruption and fraud is
possible and very often practiced to the
detriment of the people's rights, wo do
most emphatically urge the engrafting
into the constitutions imperative provis­
ions, adopting principles known as the
Australian system of voting.
Also we favor the control of ownership
and working of mineral lands by the gov­
We respectfully recommend that this
convention put itself on record as oppos­
ed to the government selling any more
coal land aud in lieu thereof, to lease
such in limited quantities to parties de­
siring to work the same on conditions
prescri!ed*by the government for the
equal privileges of all.
We deem it for the best interests of
the people of the northwest that North
Dakota be admitted to the union as soon
as practicable under a constitution to be
framed by the people, and that the di­
viding line be the seventh standard par­
Resolved, That we extend the right
hand of fellowship to the Knights of La­
bor in the territory, and invite their co­
operation in relieying the farmer and la­
borer from the burdens and oppressions
under which they now suffer.
Kesolved, That all officers of territory,
appointed by tho president, should re­
ceive no further compensation, direct, or
indirect, than that, provided by tho na­
tional government.
Resolved, That we believe the alliance
work has been directed under the pres­
ent, management in an able and highly
satisfactory manner, and that we heartily
endorse this action.
Tho following additional resolutions
upon which tho committee was divided,
were reported without recommendations
and adopted:
That a law should be enacted making
notes and contracts, obtained through
fraud, void, even though in the hands of
innocent parties.
That the executive committee be re­
quested to take steps to insure the dis­
semination of information concerning
work of legislation.
A resolution approved by the South
Dakota members of the committee favor­
ing anew constitution for South Dakota
was promptly tabled.
I. S. Lampman introduced resolution
requesting legislature to devise some
means to assist destitute farmers who
had no crop this year to secure seed
wheat for next spring. Carried.
For place of next annual meeting
Aberdeen, Redfield, Watertown and Hu­
ron were placed in nomination. Aber­
deen was chosen.
Rev. John Allison made report on
farmers' institutes.
On motion of D. C. Needham of Aber­
deen, a vote of thanks was extended to
the managers of the Dakota department
of the St. Paul Globe and Minneapolis
Tribune and especially to Col. C. A.
Lounsberry of the latter paper.
F. B. Fancher, in an eloquent speech
presented President Loucks with a
handsome gold badge on behalf of the
Treasurer Scott made his report. Total
receipts during the year were $3504.72
balance on hand now $233.53.
A resolution thanking the people
of Jamestown, the Jamestown alliance,
the officers of the territorial alliance and
The Alert, was introduced by J. B.
Wolgemuth and unanimously adopted.
A resolution that railroads should be
compelled to plow fire breaks on right
of way waa adopted.
The matter of establishing an alliance
national bank was taken up and referred
to the executive committee as was also
the proposition of Moffett & Gray to run
the Bismarck Settler as an ,alliance daily
during the legislature.
J. H. Fletcher of Brown county was
entrusted with the McCum'oer railroad
bill to champion through the legislature.
Fifteen delegates to the meeting of the
Minnesota state alliance at St. Paul were
chosen and the following 32 delegateswere
elected to represent Territorial alliance
at national alliance which meets at Des
Moines Jan. 10th and 11th: A Leavitt,
W Chase, W Smith, Carlisle,
WW Emmons, WH Eddy, Dow,
Needham, Meyers, A Van
Doren, Geo Grose, Sweet,
Wolgemuth, Scoville, Spink,
Walter Muir, Wright, W Burnette,
Mathews, Kellev, E Ander­
son, W Goodrich, S W Unkenhaltz,
Loucks, Fancher, A Wardell, A
Soderberg, Geo Dyer, W Harden. N
II Kingsman, Hugh Mclntyre, Scott.
Election of Officers.
At a regular meeting of Jamestown
Chapter No. 13, R. A. M., last evening
the following officers were elected of the
ensuing year:
Frank Ingalls—M. E. H. P.
J. W. Cloes—E. K.!
T. F. Branch—E. S.
J. J. Eddy -Treasurer.
A. C. McMillan—Secretary.
A Large Mass-Meeting of Stutsman
County People so Declare
by Resolution
Letters and Telegrams of Sympathy
and Encouragement From Nu­
merous Congressmen.
Speeches by a Score or More of
Representative Citizens—
The Resolutions.
Last Night's Mass Meeting.
The recent caucus action of the demo­
cratic members of congress in resolving
that Dakota should be admitted into the
union either as one state or two, as her
people may desire, would seem to make
it incumbent on the people of the terri­
tory to throw some more light on the
subject of whether they prefer admission
as two states or as one. At the James­
town statehood convention an emphatic
and unmistakable declaration favoring
division on the seventh standard paral­
lel and the immediate admission of both
sections was unanimously adopted. It
is, however, desirable, lest this be consid­
ered insufficient evidence in the east,
that county mass meetings be held all
over the territory, and resolutions adopt­
ed emphasizing tho true sentiment and
wishes of the people. Such was the ob­
ject of the meeting last evening in the
Opera rink, at which 1500 of the people
of Stutsman county were assembled.
Jamestown has again taken the initiatory
in this matter and it is hoped that other
citios and counties will fall into line un­
til such a division and admission cry
shall go up to Washington, that the
present democratic congress shall be left
no opportunity for artifice or subterfuge
to make a plausible excuse for further
postponement of action on this matter.
A number of prominent citizens were
seated on the platform last evening,
among them:
Ex-Mayor Graham. C. Wade. Judge
Warnock, E. W. Camp. F. E.Jones,Judge
Steinbach, J. A. Frye, Prof. Denny, D.E.
Hughes, Judge Nickeus, Andrew Blew
ett, J. W. Sheridan, I. C. Wade, L. R.
Casey, A. A. Allen, E. P. Wells, 11. E.
Wallace and others.
The meeting was called to order by
Hon. E. P. Wells, who briefly stated the
objects of the meeting and read tele­
grams and letters from numerous con­
gressmen and senators who are in sym­
pathy with the movement for the speedy
admission of two Dakofas. Congressman
S. S. Cox wrote as follows:
WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec. 15,1888.
My Dear Mr. Wells: Your telegrahic
dispatch advising me that a mass meet­
ing is called at your place to express the
desire of your people for "division," was
received this morning. You desire from
me some"words of encouragement.'' Ac­
tions speak more emphatically than
words, aid the action of the democratic
caucus of Tuesday and Wednesday last,
is unmistakable. It points to the divis­
ion of Dakota on the seventh parallel,
and to prompt action in that line. It
was amazing to me, that the party with
which I am generally accustomed to act,
should not have taken such action, defi­
nitive and patriotic, during the last ses­
sion. Much allowance may be made be­
cause of its pre-occupation on econom­
ic questions, and some little lecause of
the committee on territories could or
would not understand the ineradicable
sentiment in the territory, and the feder­
al reasons against too large a state.
In season and out of season, I have en­
deavored to counteract the opposition to
division and admission, by figures of
rhetoric and arithmetic, by principles,
statistics and precedents and I am hap­
py to say that now the democrats in con­
gress are of almost one mind for division
and admission. As a matter of form, and
to save the amour propre of certain mem­
bers. the question of division is
to be submitted to the people.
This was not my wish or idea, but
since there can be no question as to the
popular decision, and as it is under­
stood that there will be no delay on ac­
count of that vote and as a vote has to
be taken as to other details, the fact is
almost accomplished, that the Uakotas
will have their wish and their separate
being,—well-being in harmonious inde
pendcncy under our aegis.
It is not a matter of so much moment
now at this stage, whether the provisions
for Dakota's division and admission, be
in an omnibus bill or not. I am fissured
that republican gentlemen will eventu­
ally in the house and senate, concur in
the substantial matter, viz: Division and
admission. Along with Dakota, Montana,
Washington and New Mexico are asso-'
ciated. The senate may not like this ar­
rangement altogether: but it can and
may amend and then a conference may
conclude the matter satisfactorily.
I would not advise you people to omit
any exertion to represent here the senti­
ment of the territory. The time of this
congress and of democratic ascendency
is drawing to a close. The best men of
our party, including Judge McDonald.
Judge Holman, also Speaker Carlisle and
I may now add Mr. Springer, will not
impede the action which I have outlined:
and every influence and every day are
factors to consummate your relief from
outside government and for autonomy
under the benignant rule of your own
intelligent population.
With the best wishes for your speedy
enfranchisement out of vour non-age
0' W^fH
into the full maturity and majesty of
statehood. I am truly yours,
S. S. Cox.
Later in the evening the following
telegram was received from Mr. Cox and
WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 18.
E. P. Wells, Jamestown: Consider­
ation of territorial question, fixed bills
subject to amendments. I shall offer
several, one to give South Dakota two
members and another to hasten popular
vote on division and action on admission.
General good will for division and ad­
mission here now. I trust that before
the session is over there will be two
superb states out of your splendid terri­
tory. S. S. Cox.
Senator Sabin of Minnesota telegraph­
ed encouragement and Senators C. K.
Davis, Wm. M. Stewart, Jaa. F. Wilson
and A. S. Paddock signed the following
message from the national capital:
WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 18.
E. P. Wells, Jamestown: Do not yield
the principle of the division of Dakota
into two states. Division is certain if
insisted on by the people of Dakota.
The following dispatch signed by
Representatives O. S. Gilford, Chas. 8.
Baker, G. G. Symes, J. C. Barrows, D. B.
Henderson, J. H. Gear, Knute Nelson, L.
E. Payson, Wm. Warner, Wm. McKinley
Jr, Thos. B. Reed, Isaac Strnble, Thos.
M. Bayne, G. W. E. Dorsey, E. P. Allen,
B. W. Perkins, S. P. Darlington, E. H.
Conger, S. R. Peters, C. H. Aiken, Binger
Herman and Nathan Goff was also read:
WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 18.
Hon. E. P. Wells, Jamestown: We
congratulate the people of North Dak­
ota upon the prospect of their speedy
statehood after March 4th. They should
take courage justice will be done them.
After reading the above messages of
encouragement Mr. Wells announced the
committee on resolutions, as chosen by
the committee on arrangements: Johnson
Nickeus, Judge Rose, O. H. He
wit, J. C.
WarnocK, and C. C. Waters. Mr. R. E.
Wallace was then introduced as chairman
of the meeting. On taking the chair Mr.
Wallace mad" a few well timed remarks.
He said he had been on record as favor­
ing division on the seventh standard
parallel since 1881 and expressed the
hope that on the Fourth of next July
North Dakota would be made the fortieth
state in the union by proclamation of the
The program for the evening called for
short three minute speeches from nu­
merous citizens. The following is the
list of speakers:
E Jones, E W Camp, A Steinbach,
Prof Denny, Casey, Johnson Nick­
eus, Andrew Blewett, Geo Lutz, A
Frye, I Wade, O Hewit, A A Alle»
and Clint Wade.
Judge Nickeus of the committee ou
resolutions reported the following which
were unanimously adopted amid great
Resolved, That we,the people of Stuts­
man county, Dakota, in mass meeting:
assembled, publish and declare as citi­
zens irrespective of party name, that it
is the almost unanimous wish of the peo­
ple of this county that the territory be
divided on the seventh standard parallel
and that bouh parts be admitted into the
union as separate states at the earliest
practicable time.
Resolved that we are gratified with
the recent action of the democratic con­
gressional caucns led by Hon.S S. Cox in
conceding the people of Dakota the right
of their oft expressed desire for division,
but deem it an unnecessary delay to t»k*
a vote on the question which would only
confirm what is already known, namely
That both sections of the territory an
overwhelmingly in favor «.f division and
immediate admission.
Resolved, That we extend to Hon. O
S. Gifford, our delegate in congress, our
sincere and hearty thanks for the consis­
tent and persistent efforts he has mad*
in congress for division and statehood.
Resolved, That it is the duty of tbe
present session of congress to divide the
territory of Dakota and admit the two
Dakotas into the union of states but
that upon failure to do so we earnestly
petition the president-elect to call an ex­
tra session of the 51st congress for that
Resolved, That we believe it expedient
for the coming session of the territorial
legislature io provide by enactment for a
constitutional convention for North Da
kota, whose labors may be completed in
time to submit a constitution to the peo­
ple for ratification or rejection not later
than March 1st, 188JI.
On motion of E. P. Wells, the chair
was instructed to appoint a county agita­
tion or statehood committee of three, of
which the chairman of the meeting shall
be one. The chair appointed as such:
E. P. Wells, L. R. Casey and E. J.
S :h\vellenbach.
On motion of J. A. Frye, the commit
tea on arrangements was instructed to
answer, in an appropriate manner, the
telegrams read.
During the evening several patriotic
airs were sung. O. H. Hewit leading the
'I here will he a meeting at the Opera
rink tonight at which every citizen inter
ested in securing a good homo band and
orchestra should be present. Arrange­
ments have about been completed to ee
cure a good leader and at this meeting a
proposition will be presented which it is
thought can be advantageously accepted.
Many have lamented the fact that the
city has had no first class music in the
past: now let those parties come out and
help along the movement to till that
and bee*

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