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A PAUCITY OF PICKINGS. Kaunas Goes North Dakota Sev eral Better in the Matter of Destitution Stories. A Correspondent ,who Advances Some Ideas that are Worthy of Consideration. Statement of North Dakota's I11 surance Business—Death of Mrs. Vincent. Hail to Foot it Out. The worst that waa ever said about North Dakota could never equal the fol lowing instance of destitution that has come to light in western Kansas. Kansas may send a car load of corn to North Da kota placarded with an ostentatious statement of sympathy, but no Dakota man and family ever were compelled to walk out this state and beg along the road as the following dispatch relates: ST. JOSEPH, MO., May 17.—George Brooks, his wife and five children, rang ing in age from four to fourteen years, arrived in St. Joseph, having walked from Marion county, Kan., over three hundred miles, since the first of the month. The family went to Southwest em Kansas during the boom and proved up on a claim.Poor crops resulted in their losing both farm and stock. Their neigh bors were in almost as hard circumstan ces as themselves, and when Brooks con cluded to start to his old home at Sigonrney, Iowa, nobody could assist him. He finally determined to wnlk,and his conclusion was paitly carried out. When they arrived here they were iii a horrible condition. Th« wife's shoes were worn out, and her feet were one mass of sores. The two younger children, boys aged four and six had walked near ly all the way, and their cowhide shoes had made running ulcers their heels a quarter of an inch deep. Brooks insists that there are hundreds in the new coun ties of Kansas whose condition is in no way better than that of his family. Some Pertinent Suggestions. EDITOB ALEKT:—What good is onr famous water power that we have in this city? It brings us 8300 annual rentals, which is offset by the expense of repair ing bursted pipes and salary to the water commissioner. So we have an artesian well and water works which cost somewhere from §16,000 to $18,000, for which the city gets practically noth ing in return, except the little ornament al fountain in the public park. Is there not some way in which our city can get something out of the water works? Would it not be a good idea for our city council to pass an ordinance giving the free use of the artesian water power to any individual or company who will use it for manufacturing purposes? Oar city can well afford to pass an or dinance exempting any manufacturing company from city taxes for ten years and giving them the use of the water power free for alike period. The artes ian stream is said to be 537 gallons per minute. The writer does not know how much power this stream would generate in a wheel attached to machinery, but it does seem as if there might be some sal able article of consumption manufactur ed by this water power. A great many obscure little villages in New England have become large manu facturing towns by public donation of franchises such as water jiower. exemp tion from city taxes, etc. What better disposition could be made of theoid court house than to donate it to some bona fide manufacturing company? If our city were to donate the old court house and the free use of the artesian water power and free taxes for ten years, possibly Bome manufacturing interest might spring up and benefit the town.G, North Dakota Insurance Business. Commissioner of Insurance Carey's statement of insurance business done in the state of North Dakota during the year 1889, presents some interesting facts. There is only one fire insurance company in the state—the Phoenix of Minot There are three hail companies—the Farmers Mntnal Protective of Grand Forks, the LaMoure county hail and tli9 North Dakota Hail association of Coop erstown. There should also be added to this, the Alliance Hail association, which although classed as a South Dakota com pany, has a North Dakotf. department with headquarters here. The report shows the following business trans acted in the state during the past year: Foreign fire insurance companies— Risks written, $17,391,121.31 premiums received 8350,791,79 losses inourred 3181,608.43 losses paid $213,927.29. North Dakota tire insurance compan ies—Risks written $8,300: premiums re ceived 8304. North Dakota hail companies—Risks written $6,700.29 premiums received $811.22 losses incurred 8529.40 losses paid §579.69. South Dakota hail companies—risks written $1,275,322.34 premiums received 823,369.59 losses inourred 814,648.62 losses paid $14,648.62. Foreign life, accident and endowment companies—risks written $3,100,838.43 premiums received $e34,639.28 losses incurred $33,394.19 losses paid $29, 806.49. To Work in the Vineyard. Of the six students from Auburn Pres bytenan seminary, New York, who arrived Dakota last week, four will be engaged in assisting Superintendent Saunders in organizing Presbyterian Sunday schools throughout the state, and two will be en gaged in permanent pastoral work. The locations are as follows: Geo. McKay, headquarters at Grand Forks F. B.Cort lan, at Casselton Mr.Cresterson, Lisbon Dean Smith, Bismarck Mr. Bradley, Devils Lake Mr. Richardson, one cf the southern counties. Died. Mrs. Rose M. Vincent, wife of Floyd R. Vincent, died of consumption at her home Sunday evening at about 9:30 o'clock. For the past year she has been slowly declining and no medical skill could arrest the fatal disease. 1 he de ceased was a lady of most estimable character, universally respected and loved. Her christian character was above reproach and her spiritual consola tions in her lingering sickness were such as to destroy the fear of death and lead her to look forward calmly and hopefully to the time of her departure which she well knew was near. She was an honor ed member of the Methodist Episcopal church and her removal will be a keenly felt loss to the society, as well as to the family. Funeral services will be held at the residence tomorrow (Tuesday) after noon at two o'clock, and the burial will be in our city cemetery. The Odd Fellows Meeting. The annual meeting of the grand lodge of Dakota Odd Fellows will be held this year at Deadwood, commencing Tuesday. The principal feature of this meeting will be the institution of four grand lodges, namely: The grand lodges of North and South Dakota, and a grand encampment of each of the two new jurisdictions. The grand master's report will show unusual activity in the order, with a large increase in lodges the past year, which it is believed has been the most prosperous in the history of the order in this jurisdiction. Then the Re bekah convention which will meet at the same time and place, under the guidance of Mrs. Moreland of Peoria, 111., will be the first ev«r held in the jurisdiction and will give that branch of the work a most healthy impetus. The North Dakota delegates are now on their way to attend the meetiug. Large numbers from the Red and Missouri liver valleys met here Saturday and went south to Oakes where the North Dakota men will meet and then proceed in a body. For the accommodation of those coming in from the east Superintendent McCabe held the Valley train until No. 1 arrived. J. J. Nierlin" and John Anderson of the Jamestown lodge will attend. The form er goes as the delegate. Memorial Day Order. Headquarters Wm.H. Seward Post No. 8, G. A. R., Department of North Dakota, Jamestown, May 21,1890. In compliance with general order No. 13, national headquarters G. A. R., dated at Detroit, Michigan, April 24th 1890, and general order No. 2 department of North Dakota, Grand Forks, May 1st, 1890, Wm. H. Seward Post No. 8, G. A. R., will observe memorial day with appro priate ceremonies. All old soldiers, their wives and families, Sons of Veterans, Womans' Relief Corps, Militia company, schools of Jamestown and the citizens generally are cordially invited to be present and take part in the exercises of the day to the end that a fitting tribute may be paid to our fellow comrades who gave their lives that the nation might live. By order of WM. H. GRAVES, H. J.Porter, Adj. Post Commander. Wonderfully Productive. Col. P. B. Groat, the genial and active general immigration agent of the North ern Pacific was in the city between trains Saturday. He went east on No. 4 but said he would return and spend a day or so in Jamestown this week. Mr. Groat says he is satisfied North Dakota is as good an agricultural country as can be found anywhere and that when we raise one or two good crops im migration will again pour into the state in quest of our fertile lands. "When the conditions are favorable" he said "North Dakota ia a wonderfully productive country." A Rich Development. Fargo Republican: Alma Svansson, the white girl who some time ago gave birth to a child, whose father she says is Rich, the colored barber at Casselton, was ad judged insane by the board of insanity commissioners, this morning, and will be sent to the asylum at Jamestown. Her baby is being cared for at the county hospital. Building Operations Discontinued, EDITOR ALERT:—Permit me to state through your columns that I have decid ed to discontinue building operations for this season. Persons having claims against me for work already done, will oblige me Dy presenting them at once. J. SHANIjEY. Mandan Pioneer: There was in town this morning an animal two months old which has for its mother a shepard dog, and for its father a cinnamon bear. The pup or cub, whichever it is called, had a head and front legs like a dog, and hind quarters, teeth and fur like a bear, but seemed to have the general disposition of a young dog. The animal, which is »n interesting curiosity, came from Wash ington and is the property of Mr. Robert Roberts of Bismarck. JAMESTOWN WEEKLY ALERT. BANQUETED AT FARGO. Fargo Endeavors to Outdo Grand Forks in Honoring: Bishop Shanley. The Bishop's Remarks as Re ported by the Argus—A Big Crowd. Receiver DeMers of the Fargo Land Office Afflicted with Dementia. Bishop Shanley's Reception. The reception and banquet given bishop Shanley at Fargo last night was a great success in everyway. A large number of Fargo citizens took occasion to pay their respects to the honored and popular head of the Catholic church in North Dakota. The banquet occurred after the reception. Mayor Ball delivered the address of welcome. Bishop Shanley responded as follows according to the Argus report: I find it indeed very difficult to respond in any terms to the words just now addressed to me by his honor, the mayor of Fargo. I know the sacrifice he makes to be here tonight, and I am not able to attempt to thank him for his kind words. I will endeavor to show my appreciation by often com ing to Fargo and endeavor to advance every interest of your city. These mid night speeches I am not used to. It has been my custom early to bed and early to rise. Some weeks ago I was at Grard Forks, and I told the people how de lighted I was with everything there. I told them I would say tonight how much I thought of Grand Forks. It is a won derful populace—outside of Fargo [laughter] and outside of dearly beloved Jamestown [laughter.] I am fairly raptured by your fair city. I am pleased that I may number among my fiock so intelligent and enterprising a member ship as I have here. Your business blocks are wonderful, your churches are not as beautiful as some, but I intend to see that the Cathode church is the best of them all. Your politicians are with out a peer in the state except with two exceptions—Denny Hannafin and Alex. McKenzie. Then you excel in preparing good things for the inner man. I have never eaten so hearty a supper as I have here at the head of this table. Then vou have Father Collins, and who can excel him? I will endeavor to fulfill what of the hopes possible that have baen raised. One of the pleasantest features of this reception was the pres ence^ one who had been a slave.I grasped his hand more cordially than that of any one else who greeted me.I was glad to 6ee the feeling manifested here. These liberal ideas are Catholic, and I want to see them fostered. I know many of you are thinking what I am going to do with coming here to live. I knew nothing about the matter until it was all settled. The selection of the place of the See was made by some one else, and not by me. I won't tell you whether I am coming to Fargo to live or not. [Applause.] Among the others who responded to toasts were Col. Benton, Rev. F. B.Nash, Col. Plummer, H. C. Plumley, Dr. Dar row, Capt. Burke, Father Collins and Frank Irons. An V. S. Official Insane. Captain F. D. DeMers, receiver of the United States land office at Fargo, was brought to Jamestown and received as a patient at the insane hospital Tuesday.He is afflicted with dementia, but in a mild form and it is hoped by his friends that under Dr. Archibald's skillful treatment he will soon be well again. Saturday night the captain was observed to act strangely and Sunday his hallucination took the form that he wanted to benefit all North Dakota by planting large for ests. Yesterday DeMers got an idea that he wanted to purchase diamonds and jewelry. He bought a number of valu able stones and jewelry and paid for them with checks. The diamonds were return ed and his checks taken up. The Cass county insanity commissioners examined and fpund him insane and decided that he should be sent to Jamestown for treat ment. It is stated that the land office will be temporarily closed until the gov ernment can take some action the matter. Advertising Montana. Mr. Moses Folsom, who is now one of the Great Northern railway advertising agents, is arranging for a number of ex cursions into Montana this summer. General Passenger Agent Whitney is making a specialty of advertising Mon tana attractions. A delegation of Min nesota school teachers will spend the vacation there. The Great Northern's attractions in Montana will be graphi cally depicted in a forthcoming number of the Outing, by Ernest Ingersoll, one of the best descriptive writers of the country, and whose articles appear in the best magazines published. W. A. Fridley, Steele: I have noticed since 1883 that whenever we had a late cold spring, we always had good crops. In 1888, the year of the big frost, I could not plow until the 17th of April. We would have got a bis crop that year, but for the frost in August. In 1885 we had a good crop—late spring. When it gets hot in March you can look out for every thing drying up. Cando Record: There is a current rumor that one of our farmers has cap tured a couple of dozen female gophers and caring for them in barrels that he may secure the tails of their young. *m I'fg'Si JAMESTOWN. NORTH DAKOTA THURSDAY MAY 22 1890 NO 42 The Gossip Going. O. A. Boynton: I've two or three items today, but I won't give them to The Alert. Webb Cunningham: I think the ground is in much better condition this year than last. The people around Eld ridge are feeling better than they did this time last year. A. G. Tellner: Have just returned from Chicago where I spent two weeks. Had a very pleasant trip. Am glad to see the prospects here so good. Have bought a fine stock of everything in my line. G. W. Cowles: I will leave Monday or Tuesday for Pierre to look the town over and remain a month or so, probably. I expect to return to Jamestown and open a cigar factory in the fall. I did not make anything this spring, but think I could this fall if we get a good crop. There are $10,000 sent out of Jamestown every year for cigars. If the merchants, who kick when a farmer buys his groceries or dry goods from St. Paul or Chicago firms, would only practice what they preach we might have a cigar factory here employing four or five men the year round. That clipping you had the other day from the Bismarck Tribune is about right—every dollar sent away im poverishes the city to help make the out side world richer. Manager Lieber: I have received a list of iiie prizes to be offered at the Fargo tournament. Our band is not saying anything but we will be around when the prizes are distributed. We are going down and expect to come home with some prize money. Anton Klaus: Yes I have leased the Gladstone hotel for another year. I do not expect to be here all of the time, but will look after the property more or less. Chas. Klaus and wife will have the im mediate management of the hotel after July 1st. Major Hamilton of Grand Forks by letter: I understand the Hippocynagon show will be in Jamestown this week. It is a wonderful exhibition and everybody who attends it will be delighted, not only kids, but adults. Do not miss it and say through The Alert that it is well worth seeing. In Grand Forks the houses were crowded and the exhibition met with universal approval. I am not an advance agent and only write about it so that my friends can enjoy a good thing. Father Perrault in Mandan Pioneer: There are 34 Catholic priests in North Dakota, and every Catholic church on Easter Sunday made a collection for the Cathedraticum, or for the support of the bishop. The Jamestown collection was the largest then came Grand Forks and then Mandan. It is somewhat remark able that Mandan should be ahead of Fargo, Casselton and other popular cities in the state. Fargo made the most strenuous efforts to get the headquarters for the bishop of the state, but it would seem from the close-fisted character of the Fargo Catholics, tfiat it was not en titled to it. From Minneapolis: It is reported here that W. W. Bill of Duluth, cleared up $25,000 on the board of trade last week and that he has purchased the in terest of Pressey and Wheeler in the commission firm of Pressey, Wheeler & Lewis. The firm name hereafter will be Bill & Lewis. Advance Agent McKee of the "horse show": There are some mighty dull towns in South Dakota. Take Mitchell they had not had a show there for six months when we struck the town. I wrote Prof. Hurlburt that we would not do enough business to buy hay for the trick mules, but the people turned out well because they hadn't had any amuse ments for so long. Aberdeen and Huron are both dead Pierre is all on paper, but Sioux Falls is a good town. We give a good show. Our educated horses are the feature. The feats they perform are nothing less than wonderful. Our street parade is an elegant affair. The profes sor drives his horses without bridle or lines. We will be in Jamestown Friday and Saturday, giving performances on the evening of each day and a matinee Saturday afternoon. Conductor Chas. R. Weber: Crops are lookjng well all along the James River Valley. It was reported at Oakes yester day that while out hunting with his wife Tuesday afternoon Hon. R. N. Stevens, who represented Ransom county in the last legislature, accidentally shot and instantly killed his wife. The full charge of a shot gun entered her head. Stevens is crazy with grief. His temper anient is nervous and excitable and it is feared at Lisbon that this sad occur rence may permanently unsettle his mind. Col. Blum: On the strength of the "original package" decision of the su preme court, I have ordered a car load of bottled beer which I will sell by the case, glass or,in original packages, by the bottle. I expect to open up an "original package" house. Herder: Wo have about 100 cows in onr herd. Have to go a mile for feed and water. Most of the herd is owned by families in the city. The grass is get ting better every day. Capt. McGinnis: Our little girl was resting much easier last night than for several days past. T. S. Underhill: Major Hintonof the irrigation commission, has thrown a good deal more responsibility on me than I care to assume. Am endeavoring, how ever, to make my report to the depart ment as comple as possible and will get from each county where practicable all the information I can in regard to wells, springs, creeks, lakes and water supply generally. WWW^WF* A FATAL ACCIDENT. The Wife of Hon. R. N. Stevens Accidentally Shot and In stantly Killed. An Interesting Opinion as to what Constitutes an "Ortgir nal Package." North Dakota's Two World's Fair Commissioners Soon to be Appointed. A Sad Accident. LISBON, N. D. May 21.—About 6 o'clock last night, Mrs. Stevens, wife of Hon. R. N. Stevens, was fatally shot. In the after noon Mr. and Mrs. Stevens went for a drive in the country and took a shot gun By mistake they took the wrong sized shot, and when they returned they laughingly told some friends, as they drove through town, of their error. Ar riving at home they got the proper shells and retired to the river, a few rods in the rear of the house, where there is generally a few ducks on the water. A moment or two after, Mr. Stevens was heard wild ly calling for help. Some men rushed up and found Mrs. Stevens lying on the bank of the river dead, having been shot through the head, the charge entering at the base of the brain, just behind the right ear. Mr. Stevens is crazed with grief and no particulars can be obtained. The Inquest. The coroner empanneled a jury and is holding an inquest. At two o'clock the jury is still in session. The evidence adduced shows the shooting to have been purely accidental. At 3:130 the coroners jury had not yet adjourned this afternoon. Mr. Stevens will accompany the body of his wife to Petersburg, Illinois, where the funeral will take place. Defining an Original Package. Blum & Blnm, attorneys at Chicago and nephews of Col. Blum of this city, were the attorneys for Leisy Co. in the recent "original package" case before the supreme court and prepared the brief that won for them that already cele brated decision. The colonel is proud of his talented nephews and justly so. They have been phenomenally successful in presenting important cases in the United States supreme court and, although they are both under thirty, have earned a national reputation. Immediately after the promulgation of the "original pack age decision," Col. Blum wrote his neph ews, inquiring their understanding of the term and the general bearings of the de cision. in reply the following interest ing letter was received: In reply to your recent letter, would say that we today sent you brief and copy of opinion in the recently decided case of Leisy vs. Hardin. We cannot send you brief in Bowman vs. R. R. Co., because we have only one copy left. We have had so many applications for them that it is not strange that the supply has long since been exhausted. We are of the opinion that a package imported from another state can only be regarded as an original package as long as it re mains unbroken—i. e., in the unbroken condition in which it crossed the boun dary line of the state into which it was imported, So, to use your illustration: If a case contains twenty-four bottles the case and not the separate bottles consti tutes the "original package."At all events it is safe for a person to sell original packages in prohibition states under this construction, and it would be hazardous to sell them under the other construction. It may be that the United States supreme court will adopt the view that each pack age, being complete in itself, is an origi nal package although for purposes of transportation and convenience it is packed with other packages in a larger package. It is not unreasonable to adopt the latter construction, because suppose, you should import a freight car in which you also had shipped to yonrself a large mass of various merchandise, could it be claimed that as you bought the car as well as the merchandise it contained.that you could only sell the merchandise wliilo it remained in the car? Or suppose you bring into the state a case con taining a jug of liquor and ten boxes of cigars, must you sell the whole case so as not to violate the law or can you not break the case and sell the unbroken jug of liquor to one and the cigars to an other? We have always intended testing this question for the purpose of obtain ing a definition of the term "original package" from the United States su preme court, and we will doubtless present such a case for decision. Still another case: Suppose you import two horses which are fastened together by means of a strap, is the original package broken when you cut the strap? Board of Kducation. The regular monthly meeting of the board of education was held Tuesday. All the members present except Messrs. Blood and Hughes. The minutes of the last regular and special meeting were read and approved. The report of the superintendent for the month ending April 20th was re ceived. The following pupils will grad uate at the close of the term: Ralph Roper, Carroll Buck, Eomaine Smith, Lizzie Nickeus, Cornelia Smith, Nellie ^jr^pg Hodge, Edna Proctor, Lillie Dodge and Edith Atkinson. An motion the report was ordered placed on file. President Cloes and Secretary Blewett were ap pointed a committee to get diplomas for graduates and $33 were appropriated for expenses connected with graduation ex ercises. The following bills were allcwed: A Blewett, books and stationery.. .84 65 JR Winslow, lumber 1 27 Gieseler, Blewett & Co, supplies... 1 92 The Alert, printing 5 30 Frank Andre, hauling 2 20 Board adjourned on motion. The World's Fair Commissioners. North Dakota is entitled to two World's Fair commissioners and the ap pointments should be made this week. Under the law the commissioners mast be non-partisan, it having been provided that one democrat and one republican shall be selected from each state. Gov ernor Miller is expected to make the North Dakota appointments soon. The national commission will meet the second week in Tune for the purpose of organization. The salary of the commis sioner is 80 per day and traveling ex penses. ADDITIONAL LOCAL. From «. eaene auv'sDalll. County Treasurer Willis of New Rock ford is in the city. E. L. Calkins has returned from a brief visit to Bismarck. The Arion bard's anniversary ball at the rink last evening was a very enjoy able affair, and was quite largely at tended. Mr. C. R. Bronson is enjoying a visit from his father, an old gentleman some 80 years of age, still as hearty and active as many young men. Prof. Zimmerman of Fargo, is in the city today, arranging for the appearance here Tuesday night of his Yellowstone park musical company on their way to the park. The funeral of Mrs. W. H. Guthrie occurred this morning. Rev. G. S. White conducted the funeral services. The remains were interred at the Highland Home cemetery. Mrs. Bindewald left yesterday for Mandan to spend a few weeks with rela tives before proceeding to Bozeman to join Mr. Bindewald, who has lately re moved there to take the Northern Pacific express agency. A special train of brick, consisting of twenty-one cars, the product of a Minne apolis manufacturer, went over the Northern Pacific yesterday en route to Spokane. The train was well placarded with the advertisement of the manufac turers. A few days ago J. S. Martin found a bag of grain laying in the middle of Main street where it had probably fallen from some farmer's wagon. The grain was taken into the James River Lumber company's office where the owner can obtain the same by calling for it. Argus: Register Battelle, of the Fargo land office, yesterday received the following telegram from Commissioner Lewis A. Groff. of the general land office: "Keep the office open for information only. Transact no business requiring the joint action of both officers." The Sixth avenue water main is now open. The gate at D. E. Hughes' corner was left open night before last and the water came through some time during the night. There is a big leak in the main in front of Fred Clark's residence which is being repaired by A. M. Clough. The ladies of the W. C. T. U. gave a strawberry social last night which was largely attended and profitable both socially and financially. Numbers of couples who were enjoying the dance given by the Anon boys also joined to the pleasures of the evening the happi ness of strawberries and cream. Prof. Zimmerman on his way to the wonderland of the world has made ar rangements to give a concert with his Yellowstone National Park band at the Opera rink in this city next Tuesday evening, May 27th. No lover of music should""miss this treat, as there is a well arranged program which will be pro duced in first class style by this tine or ganization. Bismarck Tribune: Senator McCor mack thought he had discovered about $300,IH10 worth of territorial property— mostly in South Dakota which the division and adjustment commission had failed to take notice of and divy properly between the two new states, but Major Hamilton and Auditor Bray find on in formation gathered from Mr. Camp, who was a member of the joint commission, and from the division agreement itself, that the property—mostly lands on which are located public institutions— was taken into consideration and there fore the joiut commission to effect a final settlement will have nothing to do with it. Edgeley correspondence LaMoure County Chronicle: Very encouraging reports are coming in from the sheep raisers. Sheep are in splendid condition* Messrs. Guss, Peek it Hefflefinger have already two hundred lambs, and expect to have double that number in the next two or three weeks. Mr. Blanco's flock are looking splendidly, and are fat enough for the butcher. Mr. B. expects to sell them for mutton after clipping. Mr. Hall's flock are doing first, rate and so are all the other sheep in this section. North Dakota is certainly a fine sheep country, having a dry. clear atmosphere and plenty of natural grass."