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DINING CAR BURNEl/ I^WS The Dining Oar on No. 2 Burne Four Miles West of Eldr/dge About four o'clock Saturday, whten No. 2, the Northern Pacific east bcmncl limited passenger train, waB about /four miles west of Eldridge, /Conductor Wheeler discovered that the/dining car was on fire. The air brakes Verp applied, the train stopped, and th? team men goon engaged in a battle with/fcbo flames. A number of hand grenades Were thrown into the flames, but without extinguish ing them. The train was pulled up to a pond of water and. an attempt made to save tlje car, but it was unavailing. The diner was entirely consulted. A quanti ty of linen and some/ cushions were saved, but most of tha valuable contents were lost. The dining car condQctor claims to have lost about $800 in the fare The fire caught in some unaccountable way in the closet in the forward end of the car near the kitchen. The Pullman sleeper caught tiro from the diner, but the flames were extin guished and about the only damage to it was the scorching of the end. As soon as the fire was first discovered by Con ductor Wheeler, the front part of the tram was uncoupled from the diner, but not without much troulle. The bumpers and the iron frame which joins the vesti buled cars, had become thoroughly heated and stuck together with unwon ted tightness. This is the first experi ence which the Northern Pacific has had with fire on one of its vestibuled trains, and the refusal to uncouple may present another problem for the solution of rail road managers. The heat of the burning diner warped the rails and tore up the track for the length of four or five rails and the sleeper was separated from the rest of the train. No. 1 which came through in two sections was held here a short time and then sent on to Eldridge where No. 2, minus the diner and sleeper, passed it and came on to Jamestown. It was held here several hours awaiting the clearing of the debris and repairing of the track until the sleeper could be drawn in and attached. The wrecking train went out about five o'clock and the boys are working to get the track in shape again. The passengers took the accident good naturedly and bore up under the result ant inconveniences philosophically. One man said he" had a "kick coming" because he did not get his breakfast. Another thought the accident unfortunate in that •i it threw the passengers into a dry town and facetitusly remarked that Eldridge looked like a "section of Iowa transplant ed in Dakota." ENGLISH MONEY. For Investment in North Dakota Richard Sykes' Project to Raise Foreign Funds for Farm Loans in America. Richard Sykes, the genial -English capitalist, left for the south Sunday. He expects to sail on the 10th for Eng land. He is intending lo make a person al effort to secure English money to or ganize the Alliance Loan Co., of which mention has been made in several news papers. The company expects to issue stock to the amount of $1,500,000 and assess stock holders for 10 per cent to Etart business with. Eight per cent straight will be charged on loans and no other commissions. A value of 84 per acre on improved land will be the average estimate on which the loans will be made. The headquarters of the com pany will be in Jamestown. Mr. Sykes'careful business methods will undoubtedly make the investments safe and profitable to his English friends. His reputation for sound financial judg ment is too valuable in his own country to be jeopardized by allowing their funds to be handled by any but the most conservative and honest American management and he stated that every precaution to insure the safe investment of the money and the, prompt payment of interest would be taken. Mr. Sykes thinks that the aid of the alliance can be obtained to advertise and endorse the enterprise, and there is little doubt but what it can. A resident board of man agement will consist of such gentlemen asL. lv. Casey. William Lloyd and others, and loans will have to be passed upou by them. If Mr. Sykes succeeds in gotting capi tal thus invested in North Dakota, he will have placed many here under fur ther obligations for his active interest the development of the new state. It will take some time to do this, however, as the English are very conservative, and do not rush headlong into Ameri can investments without careful examination of securities and satisfac tory assurances of steady income from the investments. The accumulations of generations, however, have piled up money in England and Mr. Sykes says the United States is the best field for its investment. He is hopeful of getting organized and doing business early next yea?. A Plucky Wholesaler. It is said tha\ by the nerve of Groce ryman Newell of Minneapolis, a combi nation of wholesalers in the northwest is pretty likely to be plucked asunder, and the consumers of a vast extent of terri tory saved much money thereby. Mr. Newell flatly refused to go into the nseoc MESTOWN iation to raise the priqe of staple groceries and it is well to hear that an order for several thousand dollars was sent him from a neighboring town by a merchant who congratulates Mr. Jewell fin his pluck. Frank Beals, the popular repre sentative of the house in Dakota, ought to book many an extra order on the strength of his firm's action in this mat ter. SHEEP ARE THE THING. Steady Success of Stutsman County Farmers at Raising Sheep—A Sure Thing. Every Stutsman county farmer who has tried raising sheep has made a great success out of the venture. A few days ago The Alert gave an account of the satisfactory result of E. F. Horn's sheep raising experiments. His fiock of 600 have wintered in fine condition near Corinne. The lamb increase bas been excellent and he wool crop a good aver age. Another farmer of the county, W. P. Lampson, near Windsor, has just finished shearing and disposing of the wool from his band of sheep, some 100 in number. He received an average of 17 cents a pound for his wool and the crop was satisfactory in weight. The sheep came through the winter all right with no other care than the ordinary shelter. The lamb increase also was satisfactory. Mr. Lampson says sheep raising is the best thing to go into in this country as the farmer is nearly sure of his profit and, wet or dry, the weather don't keep him on the anxious seat all the time. He is a strong advocate of general stock raising, but particularly of sheep growing. Another large stockman, Mr. Jandell, who has a big horse ranch in the hills west of Jamestown has seen the profit to be made in the sheep business, and last week brought in from the west over 2,600 head which he unloaded at Dawson and drove to his range in the northwest ern part of this county. Warming tip at Bismarck. E. W. Camp and F. B. Fanclier went up to Bismarck this morning to secure rooms for their stay during the constitu tional convention. Andrew Blewett will go out tomorrow. There are already quite a number of delegates on the spot and the canvass for the presidency is waxing warm. Johnson, of Lakota, has opened headquarters at the Sheridan,and connts on the support of the Scandina vians and a large farmer following. A dispatch from Bismarck says: The candiviacy of Messrs. Miller and Faucher promises to land the conven tion in a deadlock. Every inch of ground is to be stubbornly contested between this time and the opening of the session. Strong forces are at work for each candi date. The democrats are going first for Judge Carland and then for Ptfrcell. When they have exhausted their energies on these leading candidates of the mi nority, they will divide up their votes among the republicans and possibly gain what prestige they can by throwing the balance of power to one of the majority favorites. One thing is already certain: The republicans will organize the convention. It is easy to detect a rapidly increasing party sentiment, and the struggle which has now opened, will not be bitter or des perate enough to endanger the party's interests. There are rumors and indications of a deal which will greatly fortify Miller's position as a candidate for the presiden cy. One of the best known members stated that unless something unexpect ed turned up, Miller could be named as a winner. ., ,, Hon. H. F. Miller is president of the CitizenB National bank of Fargo, and a popular man. He is conceded to be one of the best presiding officers in the terri tory. A Good Farm Showing. George Spasgler dropped into The Alert office yesterday to advertise an es tray horse, and in the course of conver sation, it was developed that Mr. Spang ler is one of the farmers of Stutsman county who is not terrified by the pros pect of alight wheat crop. He came to Dakota in 1880,without any ready money, but with some old farming machinery he brought from the east. His only capi tal was invested in three teams, and with those he began farming on land he took up, raising wheat for the first few sea sons. He has made a success of farming but not of wheat raising, for he soon saw that no one could succeed in that as a specialty, any more than a merchant could who kept nothing but pant3 in a clothing store. So he began to gather stock around him, a little at a time, and instead of going deeply in debt for ma chinery and new patent inventions, he raised less wheat and took more care to increase the stock around him. He has built a house costing 8800, a barn worth 8400,and has now three quarter sections of rich land. He also has seventy-five head of cattle, fifteen head of horses and mules, twenty of sheep, besides pigs, poultry, etc. His indebtedness for all this property can be paid any time, and Mr. Spangler will still find himself pretty well off. All of this property has been accumulated by ordinary care or taken from the raw prairie of nine years ago. Where else in the country can a poor man make the showing for increase of farm wealth, like in North Dakota? The eastern farmer who tries it, fails in nine times out of ten. INCORPORATED. The Rio Cheese Factory—A Farmer Project Fairly Under Way. Articles of incorporation of the Rio Cheese company were prepared yester day by McMillan & Frye, attorneys for the committee of farmers who have de termined to fetart a cheese factory in this county. The committee appointed to attend to this preliminary work consist ed of G. W. Kurtz, O. Christopherson and William Sturgis. They met in Jamestown yesterday, and a board of directors was chosen to complete and carry out the project, and who signed the articles of incorporation. This board consists of the three above named and James Buchanan, Ovo Johnson, Frank Dowd and J. J.Leisch. Capital stock was placed at .$2,500. Shares ijEld. The stock holders will be assessed for 81,000 to get the plant, started, and enough more to run on until the product becomes a source of revenue. The location of the plant will be at Rio. Over 300 cows are promised for the new enterprise, and, in case it is successful, a number of farmers have signified their intention of exchang ing horses for cows, as the present farm work, particularly this year's, makes hor ses and mules rather unprofitable to keep. A first class cheese maker will be em ployed and none but full cieam cheese made. The projectors of this enterprise are practical Dakota farmers, and all are emphatic in stating that no good reason exists why the business should not prove profitable. It will be a source of revenue, certain at any event, and a stimulus to mixed farming, so much ig nore by many farmers. The next meeting of the directors will be held August 1st-,, and by May next the plant is expected to be in full run ning order. City Council. Regular monthly meeting of the city council last night. All the aldermen present except Alderman Schvveilen bach. The minutes of the last regular and intervening special and adjourned meet ings were read and approved. Communication was received from W. W.Graves, county auditor, re-refenng to the council the bill of Mrs. Dr. Knauff-Wink. On motion the bill was allowed. The street and bridge committee re ported back the bill of the James River Lumber company without recommenda tion. Alderman Clark moved that the bill be allowed at 844.88. Carried. City Attorney Baldwin gave as his opinion that the city could not compro mise delinquent taxes as per JAMESTOWN DAKOTA THURSDAY JULY 4 1889 sRequest of B. S. Russell at a recent meeting. BILLS ALT.OWED. Gieseler, Blewett Sc Co, md6e 8 1 15 Josiah Pierson, work 100 Pioneer Press, printing 48 25 The Alert, printing 50 30 Alex iisler, labor, 89.50, allowed at 8 50 John Kelley, labor 15 00 Andrew Blewett, expressage on stationery 1 50 E Hughes, labor 2 00 Frank Andre, labor 2 00 Richard Giese, labor 2 00 Jamestown Electric Light Co., light 83 66 E Ward, meals for prisoners... 6 30 Eager, work on water mains.. 19 40 Alderman Steel introduced a resolu tion appropriating 8288.69 to meet June liabilities. Resolution was adopted under suspension of the rules. Bill of J. R. Winslow for 813.26 was referred to the street and bridge com mittee. Alderman Alley introduced the follow ing resolution: Be it Resolved, etc That it was the intention of the city council when it passed Ordinance No. 88, amending city ordinance No. 83, to make the license for the sale of liquors in said city, five hundred (8500) dollars per annum,to date from January first, 1889. That the officers of said city are here by instructed to so construe the said or dinances Nos. 88 and 83. This shall apply only to those persons who took out license Jan. 1st, 1889. The city clerk is instructed to issue to such persons as took out license Jan. 1st, 1889, upon the bringing in of the new license bearing date Jan. 1st, 1889, and credit the amount heretofore paid on said new license. The opinion of the city attorney being called for, Mr. Baldwin said that in his opinion the resolution was legal, but that he did not pretend to pass upon the ex pediency of the resolution. The ayes and nays being called, the resolution was adopted by the' following vote: Ayes—Alley, Clark, Driscoll, Garrigan. Nays -Eager, Hewit, Steel. The agreement and bond entered into by the council and J. W. Goodrich for the construction of the extension of the water mains were read and ordered ac cepted when Mr. Goodrich furnishes ad ditional bondsmen such as will be ac ceptable to the city clerk. The resolution cutting off the free rending room appropriation coming up again Alderman Hewit moved that Aldermen Alley, Eager and Steel be ap pointed a committee to investigate the matter and report a recommendation at the next meeting. Carried. Mayor Fuller disapproved of the reso lution introduced by Alderman Alley in 7 relation to liquor licenses and vetoed the same. Applications and bonds for liquor licenses were received from ten saloon keepers. Each was accompanied by a check for S100. Owing _to Mayor Ftil ler's yeto of the Alley resolution no action was taken on the licenses last night, Alderman Alley moved that Mr. Good rich be permitted to substitute the Matthews hydrant instead of the Hoi •which his contract calls for. Carried. Alderman Alley moved that a special committee be appointed to look into the mattef of the road which runs up the bluff by the college. Mr. McGinnis hav ing declared his intention to close the present road. Carried. Mayor Fuller appointed as such com mittee Aldermen Aliey, Clark and Hewit. On motion council adjourned. A Veto That is Worth $1,500. It ie seldom that a city council meet ing in Jamestown does not present 6ome surprise. Last night's meeting was no exception to what has almost proven a rule here. The adoption of Alder man Alley's resolution permitting saloon men to take out license from July 1st, to Jan. 1st, next, for 8100 and its subsequent veto by Mayor Fuller made up the sur prises. The advocates of the resolution in question claimed that the intention of ordinance No. 88 was not only to make saloon license in the future, $500 per an num, but that it was retroactive in its intention and applied also to this year. The resolution declared that the council so construed the ordinance and instructed the city clerk to issue license from July 1st, to Jan. 1,1890 for $100 to those saloon men, who, on Jan. 1, 1889 paid S190 for a six months license, thus making the license for those who have been in the business all the year §500. Mayor Fuller did not believe it was right or legal and said so in his second veto message. His veto was unexpected to manv of the aldermen and especially to Alderman Hewit, who, carried away by his enthusiasm for what he character ized the mayor's honorable stand and praiseworthy display of nerve, declared that the message ought to be framed and hung in the council rooms and that he would pay for the frame. The action of the mayor while it is a source of considerable disappointment, to the liquor men and may thwart the real uvSeutioti of ordinance, j&_a prac tical confirmation of The Alert's pre diction that Mayor Fuller would look well to tbe city's interests. There were ten applications for license on hand last night Had they been granted at 8100 each the city would have received 81,000 license monev. if Mayor Fuller's veto results in forcing them to put up 8250 each he will have practically made 81,500 for the city. Whatever may be said as to the pro priety of the resolution or the inability of the liquor men to pay the 8250 license, it cannot but be admitted that from the standpoint of the taxpayer the veto was a good one and will meet with general commendation. Returning from Camp Harrison The members of Company and the Bismarck boys with Col. Bentley, came up from the fourth annual encampment of the D. N. G. last night. All speak highly of the treatment received at the haDds of the citizens of Watertown. The camp was beautifully located on the banks of Lake Kampeska. three miles from the city. A motor line runs from the city to the lake and through the liberality of the citizens the boys were permitted to ride free during the en campment. They were delighted with the beauty of the surroundings but were not able to get into town as often as they would have liked. A few were sent to the guard house for attempting to run the guards, but those of the boys who were "on" took along a suit of citizens clothes, which they donned when they wanted to go to the city anct were allow ed to pass unmolested by the guards. Gov. Mellette 6pent several days with the boys in camp, sleeping on the grounds. The grand parade occurred Friday. Trie Ladies Capital club of Watertown provided lemonade for the thirsty soldiers and pinned a nice boquet on each, with which was also thrown in gratis a badge on which was printed "Watertown for the capital."' The fair ones aire said to have made many votes for Watertown in this way. Episcopal Church Progress. It is weli to hear that the affairs of the Episcopal church in North Dakota are prospering under the careful and conscientious care of Bishop Walker. At the annual convocation held in Fargo last week, the bishop reported a strong interest taken in the churches of bi jurisdiction. The work among the Tur tle Mountain Indians was reported as showing evidence of progress, but in so large and important a field, the need for more clergymen and better support v?as naturally apparent. Three churches had freed themselves from debt during the past year, and new clergy had been established at Pembina and Devils Lake. The bishop in his address con demned the practice of raising money for church purposes by advertising and con ducting raffles, plays, dances and othe" secular attractions. ALERT. Washington Territory. and north of the Northern Pacific r.'iil road, in central Washington. The Seat tie, Lake Shore & Eastern railroad, and a branch of the Northern Pacific, are both under construction from Spokane Falls into this region, paralleling each other to Davenport, to which village both are practically completed. Proba bly owing to lack of railroad facilities, the Big Bend country is as yet but little settled, and no more has been done in the way of farming than sufficient to demonstrate the adaptability of the country to agriculture. The people one meets tell the usual tale of large, yields and small prices, except one man one hundred miles inland, who relates that all their prod" cts in his vicinity are sold to new comers at the rate of 825 per ton for hay, 83.50 per bushel for wheat, and 81 for potatoes—a snap for the few old settlers. The surface of the country is generally quite rolling or hilly, and while have no reason to doubt that crops are grown exactly as represented, it wonld be hard to apply the usual Dakota test native vegetation, as scarcely any green thing is seen on the surface, which dry, brdwn and dusty everywhere. There are frequent patches of what the natives call "seab land," and pronounce worthless instead-of soil, the surface being composed of something having the appearance of red boulders crashed and broken by some action of nature—a ba saltic or volcanic formation of rock. Surface water is scarce, but, good wells are said to be common. Government lands are said to be all taken for a long distance from the railroads, and wild lands held at from $S to 815 per acre. Pneumonia is said to prevail in a danger ous form at Spokane and throughout this region, while malarial fevers, com mon to all new and rapidly developing regions, is common, but will doubtless pass away after the new breaking, grad ing, etc., is checked. EDITOR ALERT:—The so-called Big Bend country acquires its name from the big bend in the Columbia river, and embraces nearly all of Lincoln and portrayal of existing conditions Douglas counties, next west of Spokane At Medical Lake I met Rev. David Wirt, the erstwhile Cleveland granger and "all-round" gospel expounder. In answer to my question, "What do these people live ou?" he said: "I have often asked the same question, I guess the in but as a^stand off to a reply which if not derogatory to the country,, was to say the least capable of that construction, he immediately told me how over in Oregon the -farmers sow their wheat the first year, and harvest fifty or sixty bushels—the second year they sow no new seed, but as a volunteer crop harvest thirty to forty bushels per acre, and the third year, again as a vol unteer crop, they harvest twenty to twenty-five bushels—though my inform ant was a clergyman—I did not dispute the statement. If Bibb, our Bibb, ever comes into Da kota again you want to kill him: he is degenerated into the worst Washington boomer you ever saw, and his profession requires him to "go back" on Dakota sometimes. He says he's got some land and town lots here somewhere if so, I hope the assessor will have no mercy on his soul—but say, I got even with him once. He steered me up to Davenport, in the Big Bend country, and warned me on the way that I would have to hide my bundle of Land Journals when I got there or thev would kill me. I hid the papers and sneaked them into the lead ing "boom shop" in Davenport, and un observed by the proprietor or Bibb, I laid them out with the other boom mat ter displayed, and on the bundle I pin ned a card, "Take one, J. T. Bibb, Agent," and Bibb is still wondering why the rival house gets all the wheat at Davenport. But Bibb does everything to make it pleasant for any DaKotan, and has a very warm corner in his heart for his old Dakota friends. The Palouse valley lies south of Spo kane Falls, on the extreme eastern boundary of Washington, in fact fring ing over into Idaho a little. The Couer d'Alene mountains make the east side of the valley, and the Snake river and the Oregon line the south end. The valley is thirty to fifty miles wide, one hundred long, and a branch of the Northern.Pa cific from Spokane bisects the valley. The north half of the valley is broken very much like the .vest end of Stutsman county. the southern portions more choupy and bro ken. The appearance of the soil where cultivated, pleased me better than any seen elsewhere. This valley has been farmed for seven or eight years, and I was so fortunate as to make the acquain tance of one of the earliest settlers and most successful farmers, a man who passed the first 33 years of his life on an Illinois farm, the next 13 years on a Kan sas farm, and the past 7 years on a farm in the Palouse valley. Appearances and his modest recitals, indicate that he has been a studious and a successful farmer WVWML 1 vj1 1 A ', in each of these localities, as tbe infor mation acquired from this man agreed with that obtained from other sources, and in my opinion offers a clear and results hertofore obtained in the Palouse country, I will con fine myself to the recital which I drew out by the pumping process. Yields and prices for 1888: barley, 40 to 50 bushels, price 40 to 42 cents. Oats, 40 to 50 bushels, price 28 to 33 cents. Wheat 20 to 30 bushels, average 23 bush els, price 60 to 65 cents. 1887—W heat averaged 33 bushels, and it was consider ed an enormous yiei J. 188'5—Crops were poor generally. For seven years the averages have been: Wheat 25 bushels at 50c oats 40 bushels at 29c barley 40 bushels at 39c. Cost of heading and stacking *$1.25 per acre of threshing from stacked wheat 7c oats 5c barley 5c. Wages—One dollar per day for cropping one and one-half dollars per day for harvest, and $26 per month for balance of season. Owing to drouth and heat, there will be less than one half a crop this year in this val ley. "Native grass furnishes no such iias ture as in Illinois or Kansas, and as yet we have found no substitute. We grow rye, beardless barley, oats and wheat for hay. Water—good supply, but some times a little difficult to find. Interest on farm mortgages 10 to 12 per cent, and this year's short crop will pinch a good many farmers. Squirrelo are doing a good deal of damage to crops. We raise no flax here yet. Tomatoes are not a success here cabbages only in places fairly good fruit of hardier kinds no peaches occasionally a low spot near a stream will grow timothy, but not gen eral. Corn does not mature. Twenty-five to thirty mile strip west of the mountains is all that is safe for wheat. Very little unimpro red land remaining, and sells for from $7 to 815 per acre, depending on distance from market. Partially imjrov ed land S15 to 830. Generally throughout Washington wheat is the staple product of the coun try, as it is of Dakota. For 15 years, or beginning vith the earlier settlement in North Dakota, the average yield of wheat per acre has been perhaps GO and possi bly 75 per cent greater in Washington than Dakota, and the price per bushel for the same period has averaged not far from 100 per cent more in Dakota than in Washington. In other words, the Washington farmer has handled nearly twice as much grain and paid the in creased cost of threshing and hauling to market in order tu realize about the same amount of cash per acre, as received in Dakota. s. NO 47 The barley crop has clearly paid better in Washington than in Dakota. Live stock has been raised in Wash ington and Dakota on the farm and in connection with general farming, at about equal profit. In. Dakota, as in ^Vashington, corn is only a Buccess as a forage crop. In Dakota we can as yet only grow successfully the small fruits. In Wash ington nearly all fruits. Clover, alfalfa and timothy succeed only in limited lo calities in either Washington or Dakota. Oats and vegetables only grow in small portions of Washington without irrigation both grow wonderfully in every portion of Dakota. Washington farmers rest and summer fallow their lands every alternate year. When Dakota farmers do the same thing we shall increase our average yield 25 per cent. Flax, millet, hungarian are grown in Dakota and not in Washington. Dakota winters are extremely cold. Washington winters are rainy, muddy and dep ressing—but warm. There are annoying windain Dakota and more annoying uust in Washington. Dakota enjoys six as delightful months as can be found anywhere from May 1, to Nov. 1. In Washington May and June seem to be the only certainly perfect months. Lands of any grade or condition of im provement can be bought today in Da kota for one half the asking prices in Washington. If I owned and were liv ing on a good farm in Washington I would not sell it and remove to Dakota and under similar conditions I certainly would not remove from Dakota to Wash ington. A good farmer with good judg ment, good management and economy prospers and becomes independent in either Dakota or Washington. The shift less, careless, indolent and speculative farmer will starve out in Washington just as surely as tnat he has starved out in Dakota, from whence he has tramped on to Washington. The latter class of farmers in their vain search for some place where they can get rich easily, have constituted a considerable percentage of the pioneer settlements of every western state and territory. Where they will go from Washington when they fail there, the Lord only knows. The Pacific ocean will welcome* them, but Dakota never. Twenty years from today the Dakota agricultural districts and the Dakota farmers will be wealthier than the Wash ington agricultural districts and the Washington farmer. At the same period the business community and the business men of Washington will be wealthier than the same class in Dakota. I believe the eastern farmer who wants more land should come to Dakota and the eastern speculator and business man goto Wash ington E. P. W. Will Take Care of its Trees. The Northern Pacific company is in tending to have tree experts take charge of the growing trees at the various points along the main line in North Dakota. The loss of trees is duo entirely to neglect and the company sees the necessity of preserving the trees now started and growing nicely at many points along the road. Attorney W. E. Dodge and Gen. Harri son Alien wAre among the Red river val ley residents who passed through the city on the early train ibis morning, eu route for the Missouri.