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VOL XII GOV. MELLETTE'S OPINIONS. He Says an Appointment by Church is no Recommendation to Him. He will Inaugurate a New Admm stration and Not Continue the Old. •The Citizens of Jamestown Meet and do Honor to Their New Executive. Gov. Mellette Talks. Gov. Mellette is now in Bismarck, and by this time has probably relieved Gov. Church and assumed the duties of Da kota's executive. He left Watertown Thursday morning with his private sec retary, Mr. Winslow, of that city. His journey up the Jim valley was one series of ovations. At Oakes he was met at the depot by the Oakes baud and escorted to the Yinkle house, where supper was had at LaMoure a great concourse of people packed the platform, and gave three rous ing cheen-, when Editor Potter, of the Progress and Chronicle, appeared on the platform of one of the cars and intro duced Dakota's new governor, and three more and a tiger when he had bowed his acknowledgments and thanked the peo ple for their demonstration. Appreciating the lively interest which the people here and elsewhere have in the new governor's action on several im portant matters, and desiring to give the readers of The Alert, if possible, some re liable advance information, one of its rep resentatives went down the valley on the freight and came up with the governor last night. At LaMoure N. K. Hubbard of Fargo, joined the governor, and the two were in close consultation for an hour or more until The Alert man came forward, broke up the tote-a-teto and proceeded to vigorously apply the inter viewer's pump. Gov. Mellette is a liue looking man, taller and more portly than the average, and with a presence well befitting the governor of an intelligent community. At the first glance one is favorably im pressed with his commanding propor tions, and notes with favor the large head, high, broad forehead, Church laughing blue eyes and pleasing countenance which emileB even through his closely cropped, light brown beard. Personally he is genial and cordial, He has a way of talking straight at his listener, which is a little suggestive both of political shrewdness and honest frankness. The governor was asked: "What do you think of the position of Governor in regard to his recent appoint ments and what is your contemplated action in the matter?" A direct answer to this question would relieve a large number of anxiows minds, but it was not forthcoming. He said: "I understand the position of Gov.Church, and the com plications which havo resulted from his action. 1 have seen the Hughes bill regu lating the appointment of trustees and the tenure of office aot, but am not pre pared to say what action I will take, for I have not yet decided. There is no call for undue haste, and I shall consider well before I act. I might add that there was an election last fall and condi tions have changed. The incoming of a new administration always carries with it more or less significance. I feel, and very naturally too, that the democratic officials of this territory have already held office too long. There is one thing I can say to you frankly and honestly I am not going to Bismarck to complete Mr. Church's administration I am-jjoing to inaugurate a new one, otherwise I would not go at all." "It has been stated, governor, that re publicans who have accepted office under Gov. Church will not find much favor in your eyes?" suggested the reporter. "Gov. Church has in his recent appoint ments selected some good republicans who are capable men. As I said before, my position in regard to these appointees is not yet decisively taken. I think, that I see my way clearly but prefer to take the benefit of the doubt and say nothing at present. I will say, however, with all frankness that the appointment of re publican by Gov. Church is no recom mendation to me. Such a man will have no additional prestige from such ap pointment and those republicans who have been monkeying with the band wagon during the democratic administra tion would be safer in coming to me without any such credential." "When do you expect to assume the duties of the executive?" '*1 will reach Bismarck early in the morning and probably assume the reigns of government immediately." "Will your family reside with you in Bismarck?" "My term will be neoessarily short and I will not change my residence. My children are away at school. Of course my wife will be with me at the capital." "What will you do in reference to the division of the territory into districts for the selection of delegates to the constitu tional convention?" "That is an important work. It will require much care and labor. I will probably gis-eit my immediate attention in order that the division may be made in time for the proclamation ordering the election, which will be April 15th, by vir tue of the provisions of the ouimlme bill." In regard to appointments and appli cations therefor, Gov. Mellette said: My mail is laden with letters from men want ing office for themselves or their friends. I have already received upwards of 500 such letters and exptct to find nearly as many more waiting for mo when I reach Bismarck. The applicants will all be listed and their claims duly considered. The appointments will be made with a due regard to location, and with a vi«.w to solidifying and strengthening the re publican party. The claims of both North and Sojjfh Dakota will be weighed and each section fairly treated." "The telegraph says positively that Sioux Falls will be given the treasurer ship and that J. M. Bailey will be the man. Are you of the same mind? "I would not be at all surprised if Sioux Falls did get it, There are plenty of good capable men there, and Mr. Bailey is one of them. He is a young man of remarkable push and energy. He is a self-made man and. although still in the twenties, is president of a strong bank and a wealthy man. He has man aged his own fortune of half a million, judiciously, and could no doubt handle the territorial moneys satisfactorily." "Oovernor, you have spent some weeks in the east lately, what effect do you think the sure prospect of statehood will have on our our material interests?" "The effect already perceptible, is won derful. Why, a year ago a Dakota man could go east and be unnoticed. Now he is sought after, the newspapers are anxious to interview him, and the people all want some information about our country. Statehood inaugurates a new era in our financial as well as our politi cal existence." In conclusion, the governor said that he had never visited Bismarck James town was as far as he had gone into North Dakota. Ho feared that the peo ple of North Dakota would look upon him as a carpet-bagger coming into their midst, and that ho did in truth feel some what like a stronger going among strango people. He said his term of office would be short, and that he hoped the people would be charitable for he would not havo long to stay. In fact he pleasantly remarked to the LaMoure people, when they greeted him with cheers upon his appearance, that he believed this circum stance to be the secret of his seeming popularity. With reference to the poli cy of his administration, he said that he would be governor of all Dakota, and should endeavor to administer the affairs of the office for the best interests of all its people. 'tr- 1 At Jamestown. A crowd numbering several hundred were assembled at the depot to greet the governor. He was met at the door of the car by the special committee appointed for that purpose, consisting of Mayor Allen, Hon. Johnson Nickeus and Hon. E. P. Wells. No formal order was ob served by the procession which escorted him to the Gladstone, where the recep tion was held. The members of the general reception committee were first introduced to the governor and afterwards took positions near him where they could aid in introduc ing their fellow citizens. A stream which seemed as if it would never come to an end. then flowed past the governor shak ing hands and exchanging a few pleasant words with each. While the hand shak ing was going on the orchestra which was stationed in the corridor played a number of selections. The number who were presented to the governor is vari ously estimated at from five to eight hundred. A large number of ladies were present. THE GOVERNOR'S SPEECH. After more music by the orchestra, Governor Mellette was introduced by Hon. Johnson Nickeus, and spoke as follows: Ladies and Gentlemen, and Fellow Citizens of Dakota:—It is deeply grati fying to me that the people of Dakota seem so well satisfied with the action taken by President Harrison. I cannot help but think that this satisfaction is largely caused by the fact that I shall be the last appointive governor that will ever curse Dakota. Another great reason for satisfaction is that my term will nec essarily be brief. In a very short time you will be able to exercise all the rights of free born American citizens, you will have the right to nominate and elect your own governor and state officers. More than this, you will no longer be denied the right to your fair share in the councils of the na tion, you will no longer be obliged to submit to the injustice of having to look on while other men make your laws and spend your taxes. You have been de nied this right for years,but at last we aro in sight of the promised land. We feel that we shall soon be out of the wilder ness, where we have wandered, lo, these many years. The two great states of North and South Dakota will soon be able to take their proper place in the councils of the nation, and that place will not be in the rear ranks either. We have been obliged to be content with sending one delegate to represent us in congress, and even he was denied the right to cast a vote on our behalf, and could merely speak on matters which concerned us. With this joyful prospect in view, it is no wonder that Ave should rejoice and bo glad. We have experienced many evils re srilting from the laok of self-government, but we have learned some good lessons from it. W© have waited long for the boon of statehood, but it has taught us patience and perseverance. It has taught us to bo patient under the difficulties which surrounded us, and perseverance to keep on working and preparing our selves for the better times in the future. It has taught us to rely upon ourselves, and do the best we could with the means at our disposal. I sincerely hope that now these better times are at hand, we shall not forget these lessons learned in adversity. I hope that we shrll continue to be patient with each other, and that you will re member the difficulties under which I shall labor as your governor. I shall endeavor to do the best I can to dis charge the unties of my office, and while I cannot expect to please everybody, I hope you will give me creditfor a sincere desire to do all in my power to advance the interests of Dakota. We have a very important work to do this summer and I hope it will be ap proached in the right way. We are now assuming new responsibilities, and our government will be good or bad as we choose to make it. I hope that the con stitutions which we shall adopt will re flect credit on the intelligence and good sense of our people. Nowhere in the United States is there a community of half a million people with the same amount of energy and intelligence as the people of Dakota. It takes people with real pluck and grit to open up a new country such as this. It takes men and woman of back bone and character to make the change you have made Dakota, which fifteen years ago was only known as the Great American Desert. That as we know was an untrue description, but credit is none he less due to the pioneers who have made it what is. I was asked in Washington the other day to speak about the Dakota banana belt and I told them that we had the best countrv, the best climate, and the best people in the United States. Some of- my hearers did not quite believe it, but if they come out here to see for themselves they will find it is jast so. I am no speeehmaker and would much sooner work than talk, at any time. I am only just starting in as your gover'or and I hope you will look kindly upon the last "carpet bag" governor of Dakota and bear gently with his faults. The governor was loudly cheored at the conclusion of his address. He left on the midnight train for Bismarck. A Twine Factory lbr Jamestown. One of the most important questions which will come before the meeting of the North Dakota Farmers' alliance at Casselton is what action our farmers shall take with regard to the twine trust. Two alternatives will be presented, to use headers instead of binders, or to start a factory and make our own twine. It would appear that the latter is the most sensible plan if gone about in the right way. There are thousands of acres of splendid flax straw which is going to waste in Dakota every year, which might be utilized in this manner. It is true that at present the making of twine from flax has not been a success in this coun try partly on account of the cost of hand labor necessary in the preparation of the fiber. But American ingenuity can sure ly overcome tbiB JAMESTOWN WEEKLY ALERT. difficulty as it has over come so many others. There are many other fibers which can be grown to ad vantage in this climate if there was a market for them close at hand which would render the farmers independent of any trust or combination which might gain control of the foreign production. The best men to help the farmers are the farmers themselves and the creation of competition is afar better way to curb a monopoly than an appeal to legislation. If the meeting at Casselton should decide to take any steps in this direction, it is to be hoped that Jamestown citizens will come liberally to their aid, and have the factory located in this city. Jamestown possesses advantages as a manufacturing and distributing point second to no town in North Dakota. It has an unlimited supply of good artesian water, at a natural temperature of 70 degrees winter and summer. Lignite coal which is already extensively used for manufactur ing purposes is laid down here at §3.50 per ton by the carload. Situated at the center of North Dakota with railroads runniug north, south, east and west we have facihties for distribution superior to any other location, and a very large amount of flax is already raised in this district which is well suited to its culti vation. By all means North Dakota should have a twine factory and Jamestown is the place for it. Masonic. The Royal Arch Ma?ons put a "team" through the chapter Tuesday, and after wards the members parteok of a banquet. These banquets are usually given in the lodge banquet hall, but on this occasion the more commodious Gladstone dining room was called into requisition, and a spread provided such as only the man agement of this hotel knows how to pre pare. Plates "were laid far-forty. The dining room was arranged very neatly. The tables were placed in the form of a cross, and at the intersection there was a pyramid of flowers. Those who were fortunate enough to partake in the fes tivities, are unanimous on the point that it was an unqualified success. Representative Masons from Oakes, Bismarck and Valley City were present, Newspapers in 1889. From the edition of Geo. P. Howell & Co'8 "American Newspaper Directory," published April first (its twenty-first year), it appears that the newspapers and periodicals of all kinds issued in the United States and Cauada now number 17,107, showing again of 707 daring the last twelve months, and of 7,882 in ten vears. JAMESTOWN! DAKOTA THURSDAY MARCH 28 1889 NO 32 MORE ABOUT POLITICS. Hon. Alfred Dickey Returns from the East and Talks Enter tainingly. The Royal Arch Masons Partake of a Banquet-Fire at Grand Rapids. How Gov. Mellette Lost his Silk Tile—Other Current News Items. A Talk With Mr. Dickey. Hon. Alfred Dickey returned yester day from Washington where he spent a week or so in communication with the powers that be. An Alert representative dropped in on him at the James River National bank, and found him looking well and feeling well. As one would nat urally expect from a gentleman of dis cernment and observat ion, who had made eo long a sojourn at the national politi cal headquarters, he was full of politics. He was in a rather communicative mood and the pump was applied with the re sult below appended. Being asked what he thought of the recent appointments of the president, Mr. Dickey replied: "The appointment of Gov. Mellette and Secretary Richardson meets with my hearty'approval. They aro both good men and will make excellent officials. If this old soldier did not get to the front another did in the person of Gov. Mel lette. As far as my candidacy is.con cerned, I Bin well satisfied with the re sult. I feel very much gratified in that I received the almost unanimous support of the James River valley, and particu larly of the soldier element." "In view of the fact that the territory will be soon be divided and the states of North Dakota and South Dakota formed, what do you think should be done in re gard to filling federal offices?" "Well, I am in favor of going slow, and I hope the administration will be very de liberate in the changes that will be made in the various land offices and other fed eral appointments in North Dakota. Let us first get the republican party in North Dakota in good fighting trim and then tal'g. the offices. It is al ways poor policy to divide the spoils or deliver a reward before a battle is fought and I am of the opinion that the republican party would secure better work from a larger number of men if these changes were not made until after our election in the fall. We've a majority of less than 10,000. The democrats are hopeful of cutting it down or overcoming it and it behooves us to be wise and make no false moves. What we need is not an indiscriminate scramble for office but a general and hearty cooperation in an effort to unite and cement the party. The necessity of keeping republicans, as republicans, into line shou Id not be lost sight of. "What course should the republican party pursue in regard to the coming constitutional convention?" "I think that a meeting of the territoial central committee should be called to consider that question. It ought not to beheld later than tne first week in April and that matter should be thoroughly discussed and a line of action mapped out and agreed npon." "I think the one thing that ought to bo of paramount interest to every good citizen of North Dakota at this time is to see that we have a good constitution adopted, as the right kind of a one will do more to attract the best class of im migration from the older states during the coming year or two than any other one agency. I sincerely hope we will be able with the experience of so many other states to adopt a constitution that will embody the good points of the older states and leave out many things that experience has proven to be a detriment to the best development of the state. This seems to me to be what ought to be the study of the coming convention."' •'What is the result of your observa tions in the east as to the effect on the territory of the new ordel* of things?' "Statehood carries with it more than the right of self government. It has been the means and will continue^ to be the means of attracting attention to the great northwestern territory as nothing else could have done. Dakota is again on everyone's tongue aud her material intersts will surely bo greatly advanced, her population considerably increased and her resources proportionately de veloped during the next year. He who reads the signs of the times aright will tell you that already business is picking up in the territory and that the con fidence of outside capital in our future is strengthening. A considerable immigra tion may be expected and if proper efforts are put forth we will certainly get it. During my absence inquiries in regard to lands and towns were frequent. With the immense endowment for all our pub lic institutions nothing but the most criminal negligence can prevent North Dakota from becoming one of the most popular of our states."' His Hat "Was Missing. The Watertown Public Opinion says an amusing incident hapiened in con nection with the return of Gov. Mellette to that city Tuesday afternoon. It ap pears that the governor was unfortunate enough to leave his hat in the coach when a change of cars was made at Ells worth, and having on his silk traveling cap he did not miss the gubernatorial tile until too late to rescue it. His friends who had left on the outbound train to meet him, learned of his mishap and re alized that a traveling cap was not suffic iently dignified to cover the head of a governor at public reception they asked Conductor Shoup to hold the train to Palmer, the first station east of the city, while they wired F. W. Hoyt,the clothier, to send a silk hat to the depot on arrival of the train. The hat arrived just before the governor stepped upon the platform, and no one in the vast multitude vrns the wiser for the mishap. Fire at Grand Rapids. The La Moure Chronicle gives the following account of the fire by which Washington Lenhart and family lost their home in Grand Rapids early Sun day morning Mr. Lenhart and son had gone to LaMoure the previous day and accompanied M. Fitzgerald home for the night, so that Mrs. L. and daughter were the onlv occupants of the house at the time of the fire. The former had been suffering with her eyes and Miss Lenhart had prepared a poultice, starting up the fire in the hard coal stove in the parlor, off the bedroom, to heat the mixture. In returning to bed she closed the door between the rooms. When next awaken ed the ladies found their room full of smoke, and on opening the door into the parlor discovered the fire breaking through the ceiling from the upper part of the house which proved to be in flames. They were enabled to seize only a few necessary garments and some bed clothes, and though a fine new organ was rolled to the door they had to see it go. for the ceiling fell in and prevented further efforts to save it. Mrs. Lenhart was obliged to walk to a neighbor's in her bare feet. The smoke and the efforts to awaken neighbors injured the ladies considerably, especially Mrs. Lenhart, and Dr. Moxley was called to prescribe for her. Herself and daughter aro now with Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald, Mr. Len hart's house was insured for $G00 in the Commercial Union Insurance Co., and the furniture for S150 in the Hartford. The house cost 8975 five years ago, be sides all the carpenter work which was done personally by Mr. Lenhart. The furniture was considered worth ©7-0. The loss is deeply regretted by the many friends of the Lenhart family, but ad rejoice that there was insurance on both house and furniture, and that all the loss does not fall on the owners of the property. The fire originated in the second story, where clothes hung up to dry are supposed to have been placed too near the overheated stovepipe. A Blast From the Prohibition Bugle. The following circular, dated Cassel ton March 16, and signed by the temper ance committee of North Dakota, indi cates that the prohibitionists will make a fight for the election of delegates to the constitutional convention who are in favor of constitutional prohibition. The circular reads as follows: The time is at hand when the Dakotas are to be honored with statehood, and every lover of freedom should stand fear lessly by his colors, and defend his home, unifying all our forces—studiously avoid ing all poltical lines and party distinc tions. Already the bugle blast has called South Dakotians into line, and shall we aot fall into line and rescue our own North Dakota? "Things are in a shape to push"—towards constitutional pro hibition of the liquor traffic therefore we urge all persons who are interested in the prosperity of the territory to rally their forces and redeem the state from the curse of license. This is the auspic ious year in her history, and you must arouse the public conscience by assiduous agitation, and in no better way can this be accomplished than through systematic organizations in every county and town ship, therefore, we ask that each county hold amass convention at once to devise ways and means to organize more thoroughly for the conflict. Let the people hold public meetings, distribute literature, and seek in every way to in fluence the masses, so that when the final crisis comes they may be able to stand in an unwavering phalanx and "push the battle to the very gates.*' How the Change was Made. "Sioux Falls Press: "Man-who-was Thcre'" gives The Press some interesting particulars of Gov. Mellette's introduc tion into the gubernatorial office. The governor readied Watertown Tuesday afternoon, took the oath of office Wednesday, started Thursday morning for Bismarck, where he arrived Friday forenoon. The formal oath taken on Wednesday, was placed in his grip sack, to be filed with the secretary at Bismarck. But that gripsack was lost somewhere on the road—probably ex changed by some needy patriot who act ed as volunteer escort to his excellency. This necessitated the governor making another oath to support the constitution, the organic act, the Sioux reservation opening act the gross earnings law, etc. After the governor had dined down town he quietly trudged up to the capi tal. while George Walsh, Judge Rose, Senator John Miller. M. H. Jewell and two or three others went along so he wouldn't be lonesome. Ex-Gov. Church (who hat! really been an ex governor since March 13 received the party very cordially that is. for a man who was officiating at his own fu neral. On being informed that the gov r:m:t:$i ,' i* ^1 1 !j **f I -4' ernor was ready to take tie reins of gov ernment, Church expressed much pleas ure in being relieved of his veto mill and notarial perquisites. While this informal conversation was in progress, E. G. Smith of Yankton, and Maj. Hamilton of Grand Forks, stepped into Secretary McCormack's office and insisted on his crossing the hall and see ing Mellette sworn in. McCormack de murred, but the republican boys almost compelled him to go. By this time Gov. Mellette and Judge Rose were standing three feet apart, facing each other. Church was near them, George Walsh was leaning on the letter press, Snaitli sat on a window and Hamilton was close to Walsh Tom Church was standing back of his father and intently watching his clerkship slipping from him. Judge Rose administered the oath aud Mellette replied in a strong voice, "I will." That ended it. Chureh was out, Mel lette was in. But Church was chipper. After congratulating Mellette he picked up his bat and placed it jauntly on his head, threw his overcoat over his arm, said good bye to all present, and went out of the door saying, "The Lord be merciful to a poor miserable sinner," and thus retired from the place he had occu pied for just twenty-five months. Do County Officers Hold Over? There seems to be a question in the minds of some, says the Grand Forks Leader, as to whether there will be an election for county officers this fall. Section 24 of the omnibus bill provides, among other things "That all laws in force, made by said territories at the time of their admission into the Union, shall b© in force in said states, except as modi fied or changed by this act or by the constitutions of the states respectively." The same section also provides that the constitutional contention may by or dinance provide for the election of officers of a full state government—which elec tion can be had and take place at the same time that the question of the adop tion of the constitution is voted upon. The officers for a fuil state government include only those officers who3e duties have only to do with the state as a whole, such as governor, secretary, auditor, etc., as well as members of both branches of the legislature. There is nothing in the omnibus bill that can b© construed to give the constitutional convention, or any one, the right to order an election for county officers until after the territory has been admitted as a state, when of course, the whole matter rests in the hands of the legislature. In no way can the term state officer be construed as to include county officers. Under the title "Executive Department" the constitu tion will undoubtedly provide for the election of state officers, prescribe their duties and length of term. But unless the constitutional convention that is to meet at Bismarck takes upon themselves to incorporate in the convention more than was ever done before, there will be nothing whatever in regard to county officers, they being creatures of statue. The different county offices as now exist ing will continue until changed by the laws enacted by the state legislature. Not onlv will the offices continue but the offioers who may now hold office will con tinue to so hold until the expiration of the term for which they were elected, or until the term of the said office shall be changed by the state legislature. Under the provisions of section 8 of the omni bus bill, the vote on the adoption of the constitution cannot be had until October 1st, 1889. The returns of the elections must there be made to the territorial sec retary, when he, with the chief justice and governor, will canvass the same. The governor will then certify the result of said election to the president of the United States, (if for adoption), together with a copy of the constitution, articles, propositions and ordinances, and if the constitution is found to be republican in form and that the provisions of this act (the omnibus bill) have been complied with, then the president will issue his proclamation announcing the result, and thereupon the state will be deemed to have been admitted to the union. All of this will take time. It is a physical im possibility for all the acts that are nec essary to be done before be territory is finally admitted as a state to be properly done before January. 1S1X. It will, there fore, be impossible for the legislature to any way change the term of office until the beginning of 1890, as there can be no laws enacted by the state legislature until after the proclamation of the presi dent. and it is hardly probable that the legislature would change the time of election of county officers from fall to spring.and unless they should make such a change is that the officers elected this last fail would hold until the election in November, 18S9, when their terms of office would expire by limitation such being the law as enacted by the omnibus bill. We see no room for any question whatever. The officers elected in and for Grand Forks county in November. 1SS8. will continue to hold their respective offices until the expiration of the term for which thev were elected. George T. lavi, of T»etroii, is an Heir. J. H. Dickerson a telegrapher, aud George T. Davis of Detroit, Mich., each drew SI5.000, on one-twentieth tickets of No. .1,882, which drew in tlje January, (1SS9,) drawing of the Louisiana State Lottery the prize of $300,000. Mr. Davis received $15,000 by the Southern Express Co. He is fifty-two years of age, and is transfer foreman of the Wabash road. This was his third dollar investment in the lottery, and he feels much elated. Three relatives died during the past year leaving him an aggregation of $14,000. so that now he is rich. Detroit Mich. (Sun day Sun, Feb. 3.