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VOL XII
ATTORNEY &EN'L NICKEUS
Goy. Mellette Selects a Jamestown
Man as the Administration's
Legal Adviser.
Exhaustively Discussed .Last Night
at the Meeting of the City
Council.
Another Band Organized—Its Offi­
cers and Members—Other
Local News.
Attorney General Nickeus.
In response to a telegram from Gov.
Mellette, Hon. Johnson Nickens went to
BiBmarck Sunday and was there ten­
dered the appointment as attorney gener­
al of the territory. The appointment was
accepted and his commission was issued
today and is probably now on the way to
Jamestown.
When Gov. Mellette was appointed
governor, the newspaper men of the ter­
ritory who were aware of the strong per­
sonal friendship existing between the two
gentlemen, began to predict that Mr.
Nickeus would be the next attorney gen­
eral. The feeling that he would be or
could be if he so desired, was general
and subsequent
events show it to havebeen
well founded. For reasons which need
not be mentioned, however, Mr. Nickens
did not ask for anything for himself and
for several days it has been given out
that Delegate Gifford would be the man
Mr. Gifford was offered the appointment
but felt called upon to decline and ques­
tions having recently arisen wherein the
advice of an attorney general is necessary,
Gov. Mellette resolved to offer the office
to Mr. Nickeus and did so with the
above result.
The tender of the office was consider­
able of a surprise to Mr. Nickeus inas­
much as he and other Jamestown men
had repeatedly stated to Gov. Mellette
that all the people of Jamestown wanted
was the retention ol R. E. Wallace as
public examiner, to which position he
was appointed by Gov. Church.
It is needless to add that the appoint­
ment will be good news and give general
satisfaction to the people of Jamestown.
Mr. Nickeus' popularity is as well known
as is his legal ability, which Gov. Mel-
peitu bo
fittingly
^&u'owledgs»j
*M" ^«aPCJ!*_ 'saffi'ivl?*t fi
in his
-latest appointment.
Johnson Nickeus was born July 2,1850,
and is consequently only 38 years of age.
He has, however, had a rather eventful
career. When not quite twelve years old
he left home and joined Gen.
Pope's army
as a newsboy. He continued as such
until the war closed. He says he has sold
many a paper to the brigade of which
Ira Pierce of this city was a member.
For seven or eight years he resided in
Washington. D. C., where he held a posi­
tion as one of the senate clerks, being in
the same room with Charley Gray. Early
in 1880 he left Washington and came to
JamestowB, where he has since resided.
His career here is well known. He was
first, clerk of the district court,which he
resigned to become a ceunty commis­
sioner. In 1883 and 1885 was a member
of the territorial council from this dis­
trict, and in both 1885 and 1888 was
urged to again become a candidate, but
declined. In August, 1888, he was ap­
pointed district attorney to All the va­
cancy caused by the appointment of
Judge. Rose to the bench, and last fall
was elected by a majority of 500 for a
terra of two years.
The Water Question.
A large number of prominent and in­
fluential citizens were present at the city
council meeting Monday night, to urge the
importance of taking immediate action
to extend the water mains. At the con­
clusion of the regular business of the
council, Alderman Hewit introduced the
subject, followed by Alderman Alley in
an exuberant and flowery speech in favor
of extending the system in order that cit­
izens might be able to raise grass and
trees aud beautify the city.
Judge Rose very forcibly presonted the
case of the residents in the first ward.
He had been trying for years to raise
shrubs and trees, but had made up his
mind not to sow another grain of grass
seed until he could have water. He had
a good well on his place, but he noticed
that it remained at the same level as the
water in the river, and when the dam
went out and the river was low,there was
no water in his well. But far more im­
portant than this question of shrubbery,
was that of public health. It was well
known that the strata that underlies
our city is such that there is great dan­
ger, even at present, in using the ordi­
nary well water. As we have no system
of sewerage, it is impossible that these
wells should not be tainted by noxions
matter which percolates through the po­
rous shale on which our city lies, and he
would urge and request of the council
that they lose no time in extending the
water mains as far and as fast as possi­
ble.
A number of citizens strongly endorsed
Judge Rose' views. Mr. Klaus was in
favor of the proposition to extend the
water system, but he was sure it would
w*?'£.*.
not pay to do a temporary job. It had
been suggested that the pipes should be
laid under the sidewalks, or only a few
inches under ground for the present, in
order to save expense. He would be al­
together opposed to that plan. They
would find it impossible to completely
empty pipe laid in that way when winter
came on, on account of inequalities in
the surface of the ground, and the result
would be that they would find at the end
of the first winter that most of these
pipes had been rendered useless by freez­
ing and bursting. He was always in fa­
vor of doing a thing in a permanent
manner. There was no necessity for
laying these pipes as deep as eight feet,
five feet would be plenty to prevent
freezing,as the water would be in motion
all the time. If that was done, they
would have the water for culinary pur­
poses all the year round, and what was
of still more importance, they could have
fire protection all the year round, which
would largely reduce their insurance.
He was in favor, by all means, of extend­
ing the water system as rapidly as possi­
ble, but what was done should not be
tinkered with, but shoulrl be done per­
manently.
Mr. Watson suggested that the city
should issue 85,000 in bonds, and appro­
priate 85000 from the general fund which
according to the estimates they had last
year, would be sufficient to buy about
10,000 feet of main. As Mr. Klaus had
well said, iron piping was never cheaper
than it was now,and there could not be a
more favorable time for the city to under­
take this necessary work.
Mr. E. P. Wells did not think it would
be quite fair, as suggested by some
speakers, to assess the whole cost of the
improvement upon the abutting property,
which he did not believe the city council
had authority to do. Ho was, however,
strongly in favor of the improvement,and
he heartily agreed with the majority of
the speakers that what was done should
be done well. It was far cheaper to do a
job thoroughly and have it done with,
than to spend money on a temporary ar­
rangement,which would have to be relaid
next year.
After a number of other citizens had
spoken, the matter was referred to the
water committee with instructions to re­
port a plan of extension at the next
meeting on Wednesday night.
Another Band.
A few weeks since the "Arion Military
band of Jamestown, North Dakota," was
organized. Its members are among the
most desirable young men in the city,
and their character is sufficient recom­
mendation of the stability of the organi­
zation and the quality of the music
they will furnish. The list of members
is as folio™!?:
O. St. C. Ohenery,W. B. Trimbleffettas.
M^theiiv' WrV. vVeild, Clayton C. Smith,
H. C. Flint, Geo. Holgate, W. B. McLean,
Anton Ott, A. J. F. Voigt, F. D. Alexan­
der, Ed. S. Rose, Ralph Davidson, Chas.
Karcher, J. W. Dawson, Chas. R. Weber,
H. A. Niemeyer, John Pendray.
The band is officered as follows:
President—Chas. Mitchell.
Vice President—0. C. Smith.
Secretary—Ed. S. Rose.
Treasurer—F. D. Alexander.
Musical Director—A. J. F. Voigt.
A set of Conn's famous band instru­
ments has been ordered and are expect­
ed to be here the last of the week. They
are the finest he makes and will cost
8700. The band has already received
considerable encouragement from the
citizens, who have subspribed very liber­
ally. Prof. Voigt states that they are
now corresponding with two clarionet
players.
The band is well officered, has good
men for its members and promises that
in a very short time it will not be neces­
sary to send away from home for good
music.
The Boom Craze.
Of all the crazes with which this
country has been afflicted, says the Sioux
Falls Frees, the Oklahoma craze is the
most remarkable. A little spot of c®un
try of no special advantages in fertility
or climate is attracting tens of thousands
of people, but a small percentage of whom
can get claims when it is opened to set­
tlement. The only way to account for
the intense desire of these crowds to get
in is upon the theory that they have
heretofore been kept out—just as so
many times people who never cared par­
ticularly for driuking liquor are seized
with a tremendous thirst for it as soon as
there is an attempt to deprive them of
it. Their experience is something like
that of the man who had not been out
side the walls of Paris for forty years,
and was shot during the siege while try­
ing to clandestinely escape over the city
walls—when he could get out he didn't
want to, and when he couldn't get out he
lost his life trying. These Oklahoma
boomers wouldn't care particularly to
enter the domain were it not interdicted.
Dakota has millions of acres better in
every way which may be had for the tak­
ing. How Would it do to issue an edict
that nobody would be allowed to enter
this territory—wouldn't that inspire a
terrific rush? It's in matters of this kind
much as it is with salvation—so long as
it is free there is no overwhelming de­
mand for it, but if people had to obtain
their religion by paying dearly for it,
everybody would be crazy for a supply.
As soon as the boomers can get into the
country they will be satisfied to get out.
Now the sigh for Oklahoma gain—direct­
ly their chant will be, "Och! la! home
again."
Money to loan on city and farm mort­
gages. Lloyds.
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HAPPENINGS IN THE CITY.
People's Convention Called to N om
inate Delegates to Constitu­
tional Convention.
State Rights in Dakota Discussed
from Different Standpoints
—Explanation Wanted.
Members oi' the New Asylum
Board the City—About
Base Ball.
Call for a Convention.
The committee appointed at the court
house meeting several weeks ago to call
a peoples' convention to select delegates
to the constitutional convention when the
boundaries of this district should be an­
nounced, met Tuesday afternoon and
formulated a call for such a convention.
The call is published in another column.
The convention will consist of 87 dele­
gates, of which number the city will have
38. The total vote of last fall is iaken
as the basis of the apportionment, and
each precinct is allowed one delegate
and one additional delegate for each 25
vote, or major fraction thereof.
The convention is called to meet at?
the court house in this city on Wednes­
day, May 8th, at 2 p.m. The primaries
at which delegates to the county conven-f
tion will be selected, are to occur Saturr
day, May 4th, at 8 p.m.
The New Asylum Board.
v..•£
Hon. John A. Rea, the versatile and
accomplished gentleman who edits the
Dakota department of the Pioneer Press,
came in from Bismarck Wednesday ex-,
pectin# to attend a meeting of the Ejew
asylum board of which ho is a member.
Mr. Faucher, Mr. Russell ol! Kidder
county, and Mr. Kennedy of Dickey,
were in the city this morning. Mr. Hub­
bard, the other member of the boaircf
was expected to arrive on the noon train
but did not. It was the intention df the
Asked this morning what the b^ard
would probably do in regard to
present officers of the institution,
Rea replied that he was considerable
civil service reformer himself and.wi
not favor any hasty changes unless
•jnwffa&ty. r:
About Base Ball,
The Aberdeen News says it is not like­
ly that Aberdeen will have a ball team in
the field until late in the season, if at all.
So far there has not been much enthusi­
asm shown on the part of citizens. Red
field has organized a club and is making
an effort to secure the services
of one or more players from that
city. Bismarck is now organizing a
stock company to purchase grounds and
organize a first class club. The Grand
Forks bos are already organized and
practicing. Manager Walker, of the
Fargo nine, promises to get a nine in the
field, and wants to.see a North Dakota
league formed.
What has Jamestown done? We have
enough good ball players to make a first
class team, and should not lag so far
behind our neighboring cities.
State Rights in Dakota.
A week or two ago The Alert had oc­
casion to correct a statement made in
the New Rockford Transcript by Hon. A.
M. Thomson, who claimed that there was
no provision in the omnibus bill regulat­
ing the price of the school lands granted
to the new state, but that "the price,
terms of payment and the use of the
proceeds, are subjects that are wisely
relegated, to the wisdom of the legisla­
ture." The Alert pointed out that such
a provision was made by section 11 of
the omnibus bill which provides that
"all lands herein granted for educatioual
purposes shall be disposed of only at
public sale aud at a price not less tlinn
810 per acre.
Notwithstanding this plain provision
made by congress with regard to the
price and manner in which school land
may be disposed of, Mr. Thomson again
reiterates in last week's Transcript his
statement that "the price, terms of pay­
ment and the use of the proceeds are
subjects which are wisely relegated to
the wisdom of the legislature." In the
ordinary way it might appear hardly
worth while to combat such perversenees
as this, but as Mr. Thompson is hoping
to be sent to the constitutional conven­
tion it may be well to devote a little
space to exposing his fallacies.
Mr. Thompson has always been regard­
ed as a republican but in his latest letter
he advances the old states rights doctrine
in ail its pristine glory. His argument
is as follows:
I do not think that The Alert will con­
tend that the price of $10 per acre named
in the enabling act is to stand forever
upon the statnte book as the price of
school lands in North Dakota. Neither
do I think that the intelligent editor of
that paper will insist that congress will
have anything whatever to do with the
price of school lands in North Dakota
after she is admitted into the union as a
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JAMESTOWNI DAKOTA THURSDAY APRIL 8 1869
state "on an equality with the other
states." The price named in the Spring­
er bill is advisory and not mandatory,
and was no doubt inserted to meet the
special case of numerous occupants
already on the school lands who might
set up the claim that they are entitled to
the land at the old government price of
81.25 per acre. That congress expected
and intended that the whole business of
selling, leasing and caring for the school
lands should be relegated to the legisla­
ture is shown by the extract/ quoted
when it says that 'such lands may under
such regulations as the legislature shall
prescribe' etc., etc."
It is difficult to understand what
object the Hon. A. M. Thomson can pos­
sibly have in this persistent endeavor to
mislead the people of his county on this
question. By the omnibus bill congress
deeds certain specified lands to the new
states, for certain specified purposes, and
under certain specified conditions. The
state will have no power*aither now or
at any future time, to change either the
amount, the purpose, or the conditions
of this grant. If the price of school land
is fixed by congress at $10 per acre it
will remain at that price, until congress
sees fit to change it. If under Mr. Thom­
son's "state rights" construction of the
law, North Dakota had power to change
the price imposed on these lands by con­
gress, thev would have equal right and
power to change the purpose, for which
they were given, and use the school
lands to build a capitol or an insane
asylum.
Mr. Thomson attempts to bolster up
his assumption of supreme power for the
state, by the above quotation of an ex­
tract from this section apart from the
context, and putting, "etc, ect," insteadof
quoting the complete passage. "But
such lands may under such regulations
as the legislature may prescribe,
ed."
V-
board to meet and organize this #«ter-v
noon, but the program has probably
been disarranged by the failure of»Mr.
Hubbard to arrive.
The section 11 of the Omnibus bill
relating to the school lands is quoted in
full below, and appears to be plain
enough for any reasonable person to
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bk leas­
The last two words convey a very
different meaning to "etc, etc."
It is unnecessary to waste more than a
few words on Mr. Thomson's argument
that because a provision in the Sioux
Falls constitution is in conflict with this
act of congress, the act of congress is
thereby rendered null and void. The
idea that a law of congress could bo alter­
ed or nullified by a state legislature was
exploded 25 years ago.
I ha an he re in
granted for educational purposes shall
be disposed of only at public sale, and at
a price not less than ten dollars per acre,
the proceeds to constitute a permanent
school fund, the interest of which only
shall be expended in the support 6f such
schools. But said lands may under such
regulations as the legislature may pre­
scribe, be leased for periods of not more
than five years, in quantities not exceed­
ing one section to any one person or
company, and such land shall not be
subject to preemption, homestead entry
or any other entry under the land laws
of the United States, whether surveyed
or unserveyed, but shall be reserved for
school purposes only.
An Explanation.
Editor Alert:—Having been an­
nounced to preach in Jamestown the
evenings of Monday, Tuesday and Wed­
nesday of the present week and on ac­
count of rather peculiar (and unavoidable
on my part) circumstanoes am not per­
mitted to fulfill the engagement, I deem
it necessary and due to my friends and
the public that this explanation be made.
Having been called to Jamestown last
August to hold some meetings we re­
sponded and the German Evangelical
churchjwas kindly opened to us by its pas­
tor. Meetings were continued over two
Sabbaths with good results and blessing
to many hearts. At that time we were
urgently requested to return at some
future date. The pastor of the said
church also endorsing the work as of God
and stated that at any time we wished
the church to hold services in (when un­
occupied by himself) if we would inform
him by lotter, he would announce it and
have it published. Consequently we
made the appointment and wrote the
said pastor concerning the church about
six or seven weeks ago to which we re
•eiyed the following card April 5th:
Rev. E. L. Smith St. John Dakota:
Wish yon the Lord's blessing iu your
work. Excuse ne for waiting so long
have been away from home very much.
On account of Bro. Parker of the M. E.
church I better not say yes. For myself
I,would let you have the church but
circumstances alter cases. Hope you can
find some other pla^e in town here.
Come and see us when yon come.
Your Bro. in Jesus,
R. W. TKit'HMAN.
The above card largely explains our
failure to preach as advertised. We en­
deavored in our short stop last week and
our slight acquaintance to secure a place
for services without success. We frankly
admit that it is with a deep sense of mor­
tification and painful to our heart to be so
well appraised of the fact that we have
been cleverlv and religiously "lxycott
ed."
Yours in defense of Bible holiness.
EL L. Smith
Alexandria Minn.
Prof. C. 1. Pickert. the accomplished
institute conductor for North Dakota,
writes from Bottineau that the farmers
are putting in an increased acreage of
grain and are doing the work in better
shape than ever before.
COURT PROCEEDINGS.
Matters in the District Court— The
Yankton $7,000 Order Case
Postponed.
Prof. Blake, the Kansas Weather
Prophet, Writes About the
April Weather.
Immigrants Bound for the Pacific
Coast May Have a Hard
Time to get Back.
District. Court Notes
The afternoon session of Monday was
occupied in finishing the case of Bowman
vs. Eppinger. Mr. Glaspell's motion on
behalf of the defence to instruct the
jury to return a verdict for the defend­
ant, on the ground that no evidence had
been introduced by the plaintiff to show
that Newhauser had any authority from
Eppinger to contract a loan for the firm
was denied by the court, and Mr. Eppin­
ger took the stand for the defense.
He testified that Newhauser was em­
ployed by him as a clerk and bookkeeper,
with authority to draw checks for the
necessary expenses of the store, such as
coal, lights, etc., and also for the
salaries of himself and fellow clerks, but
which extended no further. Newhauser
had no authority to purchase goods, he
always did that himself. He had no reg­
ular time for making his visits of inspec­
tion on an average he came once a
month. At these visits he examined the
stock, to see what was wanting, and look­
ed over the books. He had never seen
any checks given by Newhauser to out­
side parties, until this one of Bowmans'.
The endorsement of his name on the
back of that check was not his hand­
writing. He had no written contract
with Newhauser. He was in Bismarck
at the time.tbis transaction took place.
In his speech to the jury for the plain­
tiff Mr. Nickeus claimed that in this case
it was cldarly proved by the evidence
that the plaintiff had taken all reason­
able amount of care to ascertain the
authority of Newhauser before making
him this loan. He had been told by
Newhauser that* he had this authority
and he had verified that statement by en­
quiring among these other persons with
whom Newhauser had had similar trans­
actions, and who had been repaid all
right, and finding Newhauser's state­
ments corroborated in this way he made
the loan. If Eppinger had used due and
proper diligence in the oversight of his
agent he must have known that these
transactions were being carried on, and
Bowman was justified in assuming that
Eppinger did know of it and was satis­
fied that it should be done. That being
so it was not right that Eppinger should
now come into conrt and claim to be ex­
empted from the consequences in which
an innocent third person had been in­
volved, through his negligence in looking
after his agent.
Mr Glaspell addressing the jury for
the defense, pointed out that there had
not been a scrap of evidence introduced
by the plaintiff in regard to the alleged
authority of Newhauser to contract
loans for Eppinger, except the statement
of Newhauser, made to Bowman. It
was a well established rule of law that a
third person in dealing with an agent
was bound to protect himself by finding
out from the principal as to the extent
of the agent's authority. A mere state­
ment or assumption of aithority on the
part of the agent, was not sufficient, and
& any person trusted to that statement
he must do at his own risk. Mr.Eppinger
has testified that he was in Bismarck at
the time, but the plaintiff, although
warned by Eppinger's bankers against
making the loan, did so on the statement
of Newhauser that he had done so before.
If it had been proved that he had done
so before and that Eppinger knew of it,
Eppinger would be liable, but there was
not a particle of evidence before the jury
to show that Eppinger knew of any such
transaction, or even that any such trans,
action had taken place.
After some brief instructious by the
court on the questions of law involved in
the case, the jury retired with instruction
to render a sealed verdict, and court ad­
journed until ten o'clock on Tuesday
morning.
On Tuesday morning the
jury
returned
a verdict for Bowman for S218.S9, being
the amount clamied with interest. The
court granted a stay of execution for
sixty days for the defendant to move for
anew trial.
The case of John B. Austin vs the
Northern Pacific railroad, was continued
over the term.
On Wednesday morning the case of
James A. Kennedy vs the Northern Pa­
cific railroad, will be tried before a jury.
This is the case where an engine ran into
the plaintiff's hay wagon at the James­
town depot.
The hearing of the application for a
mandamus to compel the auditor of the
territory to issue a warrant for .000 to
the bank of Canton, to whom it has been
assigned by Trustee Gale, of the Yank­
ton asylum, has been postponed until
Saturday morning. Attorney General
Nickeus will represent the territory, and
Judge Garland will appear for the Can­
ton bank. The whole question of the
validity of the appointment of the board
by Gov. Church is expected to come up.
The greater part of the session on
Wednesday morning was occupied with
impannelling a jury to try the case of
pfr.
NO
James Kennedy vs. the Northern Pacific
Railroad company. The regular panel
was exhausted, and the Bheriif had to
fetch some extra talesmen, as a number
were challenged on the ground that they
had formed or expressed an opinion on
the case.
The action is being brought by Kenno
dy to recover damages from the railroad
for injury and loss sustained by him
through having been struck and thrown,
into the air by one of defendant's en­
gines, while riding in his wagon, which
was crossing defendant's tracks on Fifth
avenue, this city, on the 3d of last De­
cember.
"Ati Explanation" Explained.
Edjtoii Aleut:—Allow me to say a few
words in regard to Rev. E. L. Smith's ex­
planation in yesterday's Alert. As I
wrote that postal, not for publication,
and in great haste (which accounts for
its incompleteness and abruptness) I will
here and now state more fully the reasons
for my refusal, not without expressing
my regret that such matters are so freely
dragged before the public. When I gave
Mr. Smith the use of our church last
summer, it was with the hope that God
would be glorified and his cause further­
ed but when I now consider the drift of
those meetings, with scarcely anybody to
attend, but a certain element of the
membership of the M. E. church, who are
supplied, and further considering the
muddle through which the above con­
gregation has lately passed and of which
condition of things I was not so well in­
formed at that tame, and for the sake of
the local pastor, I feel it my duty not to
have a have a hand in helping a cause
which would to all apprehension result
in renewed strife and antagonism within
the borders of an organized sister church.
Personally 1 have nothing say against
Mr. Smith and his work.
li. W. Teichhaxn.
North Dakota The Place.
What a weeping and wailing and gnash,
ing of teeth there will be among the
hundreds of ambitious men and women
who are flocking to Montana and Wash­
ington Every train over the Manitoba
and Northern Pacific is loaded with emi­
grants from the east. Thousands of
dollars have been spent advertising
Taceina, Seattle, (ireat Falls and other
towns'of the west. The result is the
tremendous boom that is now in progress
and the influx of myriads of speculators
and home seekers. The Herald does not
wish to say anything unkind of the two
prospective states, Montana and Wash­
ington, but a word of warning wil not be
amiss. All boomers and speculators may
go on westward, but for those who are
seeking homes where peace and plenty
reign and where houeej^industry ineots
its just reward, the proper place is North
Dakota. Here are honest homes. Many
men who come without a dollar may own
comfortable farms and jjleasant homes.
All that is needed is energy and will to
till the soil. Those who prefer city life
may come to Grand Forks and find an
activity that is "agreeable. Here are op­
portunities for new enterprises and an
excellent chance for success. The spring
of '89 is opening with every prospect of
prosperity and the coming summer will
be full of excitement and interest. The
right hand of weleome will be extended
to all new comers—who come for busi­
ness.—Grand Forks Herald.
Dakota Weather For April.
Prof. Blake, the great Kansas weather
prophet, was not exactly correct in his
forecast for M?rch, says the Mandan
Pioneer, but he takes a hand for April.
He says that in North Dakota the pre­
cipitation during April will be less than
usual for the month. He says in the
Washburn Mail:
"While the first part of the month will
be mild, yet it will turn cold during the
middle of the month, and part of the
precipitation will be as snow. We advise
the farmers there to follow the sugges­
tion contained in our letter of March,
and be prepared to sow their wheat and
oats as soon as possible after the cold
spell ends about the middle of April. As
there will be no frosts in North Dakota
this spring, after the first week in May,
we advise planting eighry-dav corn as
early in May as possible, so that it may
escape the terrible drouth which will
exist there during the summer months.
But with all that can be done, it will not
be possible to raise more than Half to two
thirds of an average crop of wheat or
corn there this year. We tLerefore ad­
vise farmers to plant Kaffir corn and
sorghum, as they will endure the drouth,
and hogs, herses and cattle can be both
wintered and fattened on them, as has
been repeatedly proved in Kansas."
In conversation about the ordinance
requiring the Northern Pacific to place
flagmen at the intersection of their
track with certain streets, which was
passed Monday evening by the city
council, a gentleman said last night to an
Alert reporter: "It is bad policy for any
city to antagonize a railroad company
which is so much to it as the Northern
Pacific is to Jamestown. It would be a
very easy thing for the road to order all
the* married conductors transferred to
the east end. thus necessitating the re­
moval of a score of families from James­
town to Fargo. Again. I understand that
plans have already been drawn for a
new brick depot at Jamestown. Will the
company be
any
more likely to build if
the city exhibits aspiritof unfiiendliness?
I don't say that the city is antagonistic
or unfriendly to the railroad but if the
issage of the ordinance should be so
construed by the officials of the road I
think that the result would not redound
to the advantage of the city."
F. B. Fancher, who has' been in Cass
county several days cn alliance insurance
business returned this noon.
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