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The North Dakota Farmers Hold
an all Night Session and
They Resolve to Bolt il" the
Parties Ignore Their
The Reports of Committees on
all the Important Matters
'flic Fanners Have Gone.
The farmers held an nil night session
and went home on the early trains Friday
morning. Ben Terrill, the National Al­
liance lecturer, arrived at 11:30 p. m. by
the valley train. He talked several
hours and after that the secret work was
gone through with. It was after four
o'clock when the delegates left the alli­
ance building.
The majority report of the committee
on political action, which was adopted,
represents the most important work of
the session and outlines clearly what the
future political course of the alliance
be. It is as follows:
Resolved, That the Farmers' Alliance
of North Dakota in the political cam­
paign of the present year shall endeavor
to secure their just representation
through their respective political parties,
and, further resolved, that there shall be
appointed by this session a state com­
mittee, composed of one member from
each county represented in
The review of past legislation and de­
mands for the future are interesting.
The farmers seem to be pretty well sat­
isfied with the work of the last legisla­
ture. but they enumerate a few things
vrhioh have been leit undone and which
they demand of the next. The report
While we may not have received all
the legislation desirable, yet a large
number of good, wholesome and import­
ant laws have been enacted by the past
legislative assembly, and measures ad­
vocated by the alliance have received
fair consideration, and in raosi cases
favorable action.
As to future legislation we favor such
legislation as shall give to all classes a
free and open market for all products
and equal facilities for individuals with
corporations and oppose any legislation
that tends to monopolize trade, control
prices or in any way interfere with the
free and untrammeled exercise of indi­
vidual enterprise or ambitions, or are
detrimental to the best interest of the
farmers of North Dakota.
That we would favor an amendment
to the act authoiizing the leasing of
school lands, by which a minimum price
be fixed for such leasing.
That we favor an amendment to the
railroad law that will make the orders of
the railroad commissioners effective
pending an appeal.
That we demand the enactment of a
law for the inauguration of the Austral­
ian system of voting.
That we favor the passage of an act
by congress prohibiting the importa­
tion of intoxicating liquors into states
where the sale of such liquors is illegal.
We favor the pq&sage of a bill submit­
ting a proposition to amend the state
constitution so as to prohibit the intro­
duction of lotteries in the State of North
We would further report that we find
the time at our disposal insufficient to
make a more complete report.
The following is the report of the
committee on resolutions, as it was
adopted, in its entirety. This is supposed
to constitute the platform of the alliance,
but whether it is the platform which
they demand shall be incorporated in the
party platforms to prevent a bolt, is not
known. The platform would have been
a model of brevity, but for the interpola­
tion of the ninth resolution with its
devious wanderings and luxurious verbi­
1st. We recommend the passage of
the sub-treasury bill or something better
by our national representatives.
2nd. We demand that our legislature
pass the Australian ballot bill.
3rd. We favor the speedy passage of
the Butterworth bill.
4th. Your committee recommends the
unlimited coinage of silver.
5th'. We heartily and unanimously
endorse the action of our executive, Gov.
John Miller, particularly on the lottery
question. Also we approve his course in
the appointment of the seed wheat
commission, believing he acted wisely
and honestly undgr existing circumstan­
6th. We are favorable to giving em­
ployment to the prisoners in our state
penitentiaries which will make these in-
tion, who shall present to tlw aforesaid
political parties the platform of resolu­
tions adopted bv the State Alliance of
North Dakota, and in the event of the
said parties failing to comply with the
just demands of the farmers of Nor th
Dakota, not only in the matter of plat­
form and principals, but also by placing
in nomination only such men as by their
character and record inspire confidence
and insure fidelity to the interests of the
people, then said committee shall be au­
thorized to call a convention of the farm­
ers of North Dakota to place in nomina­
tion men who will pledge themselves to
carry out the principles of our organiza­
tion. The committee further suggests
that our state committee endeavor to se­
cure the convention of said parties at as
early a date as possible not later than
the 20th day of July, 1890.
I stitutions as nearly as possible self-sus
taining, but we do not approve the let­
ting of the prison labor to outside bid­
ders, to the detriment of honest labor, as
we believe the state should be the re­
cipient of all profit from such labor.
7th. Wo recommend the provision of
copies of the legislative journal mailed
direct to parties ordering and paying
for the same at actual cost of produc­
8th. We re-afllrm the prohibition
plank of our alliance platform, and are
unanimously in favor of a strict enforce­
ment of the temperance law passed by
our last legislature.
9th. Be it resolved, That we congrat­
ulate tho Fanners' union of the state of
Louisiana upon the bold stand which
they have taken against the re-charter
mg of the Louisiana St&to lottery, und
upon the good prospect of success which
now appears about to crown their efforts.
Be it resolved, That we hereby urge
upon the congress of the United States
tile importance of enacting such legisla­
tion as will so far as possible restrict the
operations of lotteries in the United
States, and that we request Senators
Gilbert A. Pierce and Lyman E. Casey
and Hon. H. C. Hansbrough, member of
the house of representatives from this
state, to use all honorable means to se­
cure the passage of such laws as are
recommended in the circular of the anti
lottery league of Louisiana.
Be it resolved. That we acknowledge a
debt of gratitude to Hon. John Miller,
governer of this state, and to those of
his associates in state office who stood
with him in opposing the legalization
of lotteries in this state, and to those
members of the legislature whose un­
compromising opposition prevented the
passage of the bill to charter a lottery in
this state, the passage of which bill
would have been a disgrace to the first
legislative assemby of our state, and
would have been not merely a lasting
disgrace, but an incalculable damage to
the state itself.
Be it resolved, That we will use our
best endeavors to secure the passage of
an act by the next legislative assembly
and the next one following it, for the
submission to popular vote of an amend­
ment to the state constitution forever pro­
hibiting the chartering of lottery compa­
nies, or the legalization of lotteries in this
state, and that until such an amendment
shall have been made apart of the state
constitution we do not favor the support
of any governor, or lieutenant governor or
member of the legislative assembly who
shall not first have openly pledged him­
self to oppose first, last and all the time,
by every honorable means in his power,
every bill or proposition to charter or
legalize a lottery in this state.
The question of the adoption of the
secret work was settled in the affirmative
by the adoption of the following resolu­
Resolved. That we are unanimously in
favor of th North Dakota Farmers' alli­
ance adopting the secret work and
strongly recommend the immediate com­
mencement and vigorous pushing of the
A resolution requesting the next legis­
lature to extend the elective franchise to
women was adopted.
The official paper question was settled
in the affirmative. The farmers decided
that they must have an organ and, not
being able to find a paper in North Da­
kota that wanted it and could be trusted,
they went down in South Dakota and
chose the Dakota Ruralist of Huron.
The state committee called for in the
report of the committee on future politi­
cal action, was partially appointed. No
names were suggested for a number of
counties and the committee will be com­
pleted hereafter. It is to consist of one
member from each county represented in
the convention. As far as announced
the committee is:
Barnes county, Mr. 1. S. Lampman
Burleigh county, Mr. iiittenhauser Cass
county, Mr. Hunter Dickey county, M.
B. Withman Eddy county, Mr. Bate
man Foster county, R. W. Mclntyre
Griggs couty, Wm. Hubbs LaMoure
county, Mr. Preston Morton county, S.
W. Unkenholtz Pembina county, Mr.
Briggs Ramsey county, Calvin Morse
Ransom county, A. R. Stone Richland
county, A. Slot
ten Sargent county. K.
Peabody Steele county, O. G. Major
Stutsman county, M. D. Williams Walsh
county, Jno. Nickolson.
Captain Ingraham took care of 110
guests Wednesday night. The facilities
of the Capital house were taxed to their
utmost to accommodate the crowd.
The all night meeting saved the far­
mers a quarter—the cost of lodging.
Most of the delegates paid their hotel
bill immediately after supper. They se­
cured a 81 a day rate.
A. B. Ashley, who was assistant Secre­
tary of the alliance meeting, not-' only
knows how to keep records, but is clever
to the reporters. The Alert is indebted
to him for many favors rendered during
the convention.
Hon. Fred Fancher was mainly instru­
mental in defeating the third party
scheme which some of the alliance en­
thusiasts came here to advocate. When
the matter was under consideration in
executive session, Mr. Fancher opposed
it in one of the ablest speeches of the
When the report of the legislative
committee was presented one member
called it a whitewash and another ob­
jected to its publication because it did
not roast the legislature. Hon. Smith
Stimmell took the tloor and opened some
of the granger's eyes. He read a list of
tho laws of the last legislature that are
in the interests of the farmer and com­
mented thereon until every one in the
room was convinced that granger criti­
cism of the last legislature arises either
from ignorance, malice or political pur­
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It will be of interest to tho politicians
and peoplo generally to know that the
alliance narrowly escaped making the
fatal mistake of adopting the independ­
ent political action plan and organizing
a party of their own. The committee on
the subject met Wednesday afternoon
and drew up a report recommending
such :i course. This report was signed
by four of the five committeemen, and
judging by tho informal discussion of the
matters Wednesday, such was the senti­
ment of tho delegates. When it became
known that such a report had been made
a few of the older and wiser heads got a
"rustle" on themselves and so effectually
did they do their work that before night­
fall the committee was changed from
four to one for, to four to one against,
and tho report, printed in another col­
umn, was signed by the majority.
It is wonderful what changes the
whirligig of time and politics makes.
When tho territorial alliance met here a
year ago last December, President Loucks
in his annual address gave the Pioneer
Press a merciless roasting. It was boldly
denounced as the subsidized organ of
every northwestern monopoly and the
paid apologist for the elevator, railroad
and usury sharks. While the president
roasted, his hearers applauded and there
was no farmer so craven as to intimate
that the castigation was not deserved.
The Pioneer Press is still tho organ of
the rings that the farmers inveigh against
but a change has come over the spirit of
the North Dakota farmer's dream. Yes­
terday the Pioneer Press was honored to
the exclusion of other papers, by resolu­
tions congratulating and thanking its
management for the stand it has taken
on recent Dakota affairs. North Dakota
farmers congratulating the Pioneer Press!
It's enough to give good, old President
Loucks the nightmare and can only be
explained on the supposition that the
organization is "stuck" on Miller and his
crowd of Sunday school satellites. Prob­
ably the Pioneer Press resolution was
typewritten and came from an outsider
in the rear of the hall to be "introduced
by Secretary Williams" as was that lot­
tery resolution. Gov. Miller's schemers
seemed to prepare about all the import­
ant resolutions. The anti-lottery resolu­
tion was smuggled in by some unknown
person, no farmer in the convention
fathering it.
The Northern Pacific east Bound
Passenger Train Held up
Saturday Night.
The Registered 31ail is About all
the Plunder the Robbers
Presence of Mind of the Express
Messenger Saves the Com­
pany $40,000.
A Daring Train Robbery.
The through Northern Pacific train,
No. 2, was "held up" by masked men
at a point near New Salem, 27 miles west
of Mandan. about midnight Saturday
night. It is not clear from reports just
how many men were concerned in the
robbery. A Mandan telegram says only
four a report here says over half a
dozen. The men boarded the train at
New Salem. Two boarded the "blind"
baggage, two got on three cars back and
the other men, if there were any others,
were distributed through the assenger,
coaches. When the train got a mile and
a half from New Salem th9 two forward
men climbed over the tender, covered
the engineer and firemen with pistols
and stopped the train. Two shots were
fired before the train stopped. When
the train came to a stop the two men
three cars back rounded up the con­
ductor, sent a bullet whistling past his
ear and requested him to cutoff the mail,
express and baggage cars. Although
with inward reluctance the conduc­
tor promptly complied. The robbers then
compelled tho engineer to pull the un­
coupled oars away from the coaches.
The detached cars were stopped again
about three miles distant. Charles
Shurlock was the only mail agent in the
car. He opened the door to see what
was going on, and one of the robbers
promptly covered him, saying "Hands up
there, kid." It is reported that they
went through his clothes for his money
but afterwards returned it to him with
the remark that he was a hard working
young man and probably needed it worse
than they did. The robbers secured the
registered mail pounches, but it is not
known how much money they contained.
The amount was probably large as
people in the west use this method of
sending money east on account of the
high express charges. The robbers cut
open a number of registered letters in
the car, transferring the "long green" to
their pockets and throwing the envelops
and receipts on the fioor.
Express Messenger Angevine heard
the shots fired by the men on the
engine and suspecting something was
wrong removed the money from the
safe, hid it under his cot, locked the
small safe and blew out the lights. He
then jumped out the side door and ran
back to New Salem. It is said that there
were §40,000 in the bundle hid. The
messenger's presence of mind saved the
company that amount.
From the postal car the robbers turn­
ed to the express car. The engineer and
fireman wore inarched ahead, tho former
carrying the co.il pick, which the robbers
had ordered him to produce. Arriving
at tho express car tho engineer was com­
manded to break it open with the pick.
Tho prospect was not very pleasant for
tho engineer. He Lad every reason to
suppose that tho express messenger was
standing on tho other side of the door
ready to shoot if any attempt was made
to force the door, while he knew what
would result if he refused to obey the
ordor. At first ho demurred, but a ter­
rific oath frotn the mouth of one robber
and the threatening nourishing of a big
"shooting iron" by the other, determined
him to avoid the danger ho knew of and
to risk a shot from the car. When the
door was opened the robbers were dis­
gusted to find the car deserted. They
opened the small safe with the coal pick,
but found it empty and did not search
the car, thinking, probably, that the mes­
senger had taken the contents with him.
The passengers were not touched,
One put his head out of the window dur­
ing the delay, but was told to to get his
head back, and a bullet whizzed past him
as a reminder that orders had bet­
ter be obeyed.
During the controversy in the mail
car the mask fell from the face of one
man, reported to be of medium height
and build, light hair and with several
days' growth of light beard. The dis­
trict around Now Salem is peopled by
quiet, law-abiding settlers. It is not pre­
sumed to be the work of people in that
country. The sheriff, with a posse, is
now prnnring the country in search of
the robbers and the soldiers from Ft.
Lincoln are also out. The robbery was
evidently the work of professionals.
Captured a Train Robber.
A report from Dickinson says Sheriff
Hayes and his posse have been success­
ful in capturing one of the train robbers
who held up Saturday's express near
New Salem, and is now in hot pursuit of
another. The prisoner, who was lodged
in jail at Dickinson, Tuesday evening, is
a desperate looking character and gives
his name as Chas. Bailey. He was over­
taken after a desperate chase at the
crossing of Grand river, 80 miles south
of Dickinson. His horse gave out and
he was forced to surrender which he did
without firing a shot. He was given to
understand that his time had come and
made a confession that will probably
lead to the capture of the rest of the
It seems that the robbery was care­
fully planned and five persons partici­
pated, two of whom were upon the train
when it came from the west and who, ac­
cording to Bailey's statement proceeded
on east. The other three, one of whom
was himself, were in the vicinity of New
Salem with horses. The program
had been carefully mapped out. The
robbery was to take place, then the rob­
bers, after a division of the plunder had
been had, were to go in different direc­
tions—two to continue on east, ®ne to go
west, one east towards the Missouri river
and the other (Bailey) to the Black Hills.
Bailey does not give the names of his fel­
low conspirators. It is supposed that
the two who remained on the train were
to "hold up" the passengers, but this
part of the program was changed, they
having learned that quite a number of
the passengers were armed and that the
attempt might prove disastrous. Sheriff
Hayes was offered a large sum, larger
than the government reward, to release
Bailey, but Hayes was out to capture,
not release. From what the sheriff
learned, if Bailey tells the truth, he be­
lieves he can overhaul the one who went
eastward, down the Cannon Ball river.
Bailey is a middle aged man and a des­
perate looking character.
fugilistic Gossip.
A Fort Yates correspondent of the Bis­
marck Tribune writes that the recent
fight there between Hallock and Am­
brosia (Siddons) was a one-sided affair.
Hallock would have bested the soldier,
but it is said that Siddons' friends were
on the ground in force to see Siddons win
by fair means or foul. Hallock is de­
scribed as a rough conntry lad, with but
little fistic science. Ambrosia, or Sid­
dons, is the man who fought Devine here
a week or so ago.
The arrangements have been perfected
for the fight, at Fargo on June 18th, of
Tom Gleason, of this city, and Ike Hayes,
of Bismarck, the winner to take a purse of
§250 and door receipts. It will be no­
ticed that the fight is to occur on the
evening of the second day of the Fire
man's tournament and it ought to be
well attended. The Bismarck Tribune
affects to believe that Gleason is "fool­
hardy" in going against the "African
giant." Hayes is a hard hitter, but he is
by no means a clever man. He has
knocked out everyone who has ever
stood before him, mainly because they
have all been "hams." Gleason is con­
siderably lighter than Ike, but what he
lacks in weight he makes up in superior
cleverness. Gleason is a better man
than any Hayes has ever gone .against.
Ike and his Bismarck backers should
temper their boasting and remember
that pride always goes before a fall—or
a knock-out.
Will do Double Duty.
The duties of General Passenger Agent
Kenyon of the Burlington route will
heroafter be combined with those of the
traffic department. He has been ap­
pointed general freight agent of thb
road. Mr. Kenyon has a combination of
energy and railroad talent sufficient to
meet most any demand upon him. He
is known to" be a railroad hustler
from wayback.
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Augustus Haight of Gilby, Late
of Jamestown, (Jets a
Federal Plum.
The Newspapers are Viciously
Criticising the New Roller
Inspection Law.
Ladiefc Preparing to Play Hand
in the School Election
Next Week.
An Appointment.
It is announced that Augustus Haight.
for several years a resident of Jamestown,
has become within the last few weeks a
citizen of Gilby, Grand Forks county.
This is explained by the following from
the Grand Forks Plaindealer*
The state has just been divided into
two internal revenue districts, the di­
vision line running from the southern
boundary line of Grand Forks county
directly west on county lines, to the
Montana line. Major Warnock, of
Jamestown, who has heretofore had the
entire state as bis district, will hereafter
have charge of the southern district,
while Mr. A. Haight of Gilby, has been
appointed as deputy collector for the
western district, and commenced his
duties here yesterday. Major War­
nock accompanied him and initiated
him into the duties of his office. Mr.
Haight will have his headquarters at
Mr. Haight is father of James A.
Haight, of Minneapolis, son-in-law of
Senator Pierce.
The Boiler Inspection Law.
There is a good deal of dissatisfaction
with the new boiler inspection law. It
was designed more especially to cover
threshing machine boilers, but applies
equally to all steam boilers. G. W.
Critchfield, of Yallev City, is the inspec­
tor for this district. He announces that
he will commence the inspection of boil
ers in Stutsman county about the lGth
In commenting on this law the Man­
dan Pioneer relates that—
It has a two-horse power steel boiler to
run its printing machinery. A man
stepped in to "inspect" it a few days
since, although it is only six months old
and bears the certificate of the inspector
of the city of Chicago that it was tested
at 130 pounds pressure. The boiler can
be replaced new for 836. The North Da­
kota inspector nevertheless went through
the motions of "inspecting" it and charg­
ed 89 in fees, or 25 per cent of the cost
of the boiler. At this rate it is pretty
certain that all the boilers in towns and
cities easy of access will be inspected
every year, whether the steam threshers
are or not.
The law has been viciously attacked
by at least a dozen newspapers. The fol­
lowing from the North Dakota Repub­
lican is a fair sample of the criticism:
The robber boiler inspection law
stands as a monument to the rascality,
stupidity and ignorance of the members
of the legislature who voted for it, and
subjects the governor who signed it to
either the charge of neglect or complici­
ty in the iniquity. There will be howl­
ing all along the line when the inspector
begins to get in his deadly work and
gather in the money of which people are
to be legally despoiled. It may be all
right enough to have a boiler inspection
law, but let it be given to us without the
robber attachment of excessive license
fee and a fee for inspection. The law
provides for a license fee of two dollars
to be paid by each person running an
engine, and an inspection fee of four dol­
lars when the inspector tests the boiler.
Two Women Candidates Already in
the Race—An Open Field for all.
The opinion which seems to have been
growing among Jamestown people inter
ested in public schools, that women
should be represented on the school
board, has taken a decided turn. Many
believe that if the women are allowed
the right of franchise in school matters
they should also have candidates in the
fipld for positions on tho school board.
How far this opinion prevails among the
ladies themselves is not known, but it is
understood that sufficient interest has
been awakened to bring out a couple
of lady candidates for members of the
board of education, who, after due de­
liberation, have consented to ask the suf­
frages of the voters next Tuesday. The
ladies are Mrs. E. P. Wells and "Mrs. H.
C. Hotchkiss.
The school board consists of seven
members. The present law intends that
a majority of the old members should be
re-elected each year, to avoid the possi­
bility of the school management devolv­
ing upon members totally without ex­
perience. It is understood that of the
old board, Messrs. Herman Gieseler,
George Lutz, D. E. Hughes, Frank In
galls and J. W. Close will be candidates
for re-election. There is no salary at­
tached to the position which is one of
honor, only. There is no bar to any lady
becoming a candidate. The field is open
for all. It has been claimed heretofore
that women would take no interest in
elections if granted the right to vote and
herein seems to be an opportunity to
prove whether the statement be true or
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Officers Elected.
Tli9 Young Men's Catholic Library as­
sociation met again Tuesday and the fol­
lowing officers were elected:
President— G. A. Lieber.
Vice-president—M. H. Schmitz.
Secretary—M. J. Barrett.
Treasurer—Phillip Mason.
Library committee—Dan Sheehan, D.
E. Hughes, M. H. Schmitz, P. M. Gar
The society will meet on the second
and fourth Tuesdays of each month. At
the next meeting, which will be on the
24 th, there will be a debate on this prop­
osition, Resolved, That the prohibition
article in tho constitution was not bene­
ficial to the interests of North Dakota.
Father Brennan will also deliver an ad­
A committee on program wili b$ ap­
pointed at the next meeting and here­
after a short htei ary program will be
provided in addition to the debate.
County Pair Meeting.
A citizen's meeting is hereby called at
the alliance headquarters in Metropoli­
tan hotel buildiDg, Saturday evening,
June 14th, 1890, at 8 o'clock p. m., to
make such necessary arrangements as
deemed advisable for holding a county
fair this fall. All parties interested in
this move are cordially invited to attend.
^Jamestown, North Dakota, June 10th,
Kidder Co. Republican: David Bussell
has traded 560 acres of land for 47 head
of horses and §3,000,00 cash.
Rolla Star: The price of wheat is go
ing up. It always does when no one
else but the elevator companies have
wheat to sell.
For the first time in its history the
Bismarck penitentiary has female con­
victs and it became necessary to appoint
a matron. The wife of Warden Williams
has been chosen to fill the place.
Mandan's artesian well is expected to
cost not to exceed 810,000. During the
progress of boring it is expected, that a
harder vein of coal will be found. With
the well costing the above named sum
the city indebtedness will be 839,000.
Carrington Independent: A. B. Clark
of Sioux City, Iowa, has been here for a
week buying cattle. Uncle John Moore
piloted him around and helped him to
secure a carload. The price paid was
two and one-half cents per pound.
George K. Sheldon of Alzada Mont.,
writes as follows to the Montana Stock
Journal: Dear Sir:—I have a mare that
has had two colts this spring, foaled
twenty-five days apart. The first was
foaled April 13, and the second was foal­
ed May 10. They are both stout and
Napoleon Homestead: Mr. Dwyer,
while weighing buffalo bones, found
among the bones a human skull. It is
well preserved and the upper back
"molars" are still in place. The general
opinion is that it is the skull of an In­
dian, as the shape seems to indicate that
it belongs to that race.
Last week Geo. Allen, of Tewaukon,
Sargent county, found in a lake a skele­
ton of a man and beside him an old flint­
lock musket. The gun, once a fine one,
was inlaid with gold. No one knows
how long the skeleton has laid there,
but it is thought a great many years.
There was nothing about the gun by
which its owner could be identified.
Hans Gilbertson informs the Griggs
County Courier, that a young man was
struck by lightning last Sunday at Har
risburg. The lightning struck his watch
chain and melted it and struck off his
watch case but did not stop the works
from running. The stomach and breast
of the young man was badly burned and
he is now in a crazy condition. Hones
of his recovery are entertained.
Devils Lake Inter Ocean: Ovdershave
been received at Fort Totten within the
past week to vacate about half of the
buildings now used by the troops sta­
tioned there and to have them ready for
occupancy by the Indian school which is
soon to be started. It is thought that
the preliminary work connected with the
establishment of the school will be
commenced within a few weeks. This
school will be a very important educa­
tional institution and it is said will be
the largest of the kind in the United
States. It is expected that it will have
from 500 to 800 Indian children iu atten­
dance. The superintendent will be W.
F. Canfield, of Oakes.
Rutland Journal: A petit jury some­
times comes to an agreement in a harry.
Last Friday afternoon, at Foreman, a
big. threatening looking cloud was seen
approaching from the west. The judge
thought it might be a cyclone approach­
ing and adjourned court, forthwith, and
everyone made tracks for the prairie.
But the judge, it seems, forgot the jury
in a certain case then securely locked up
in the jury room, and they were left to
hold down the court house. The jury,
however, had their eyes on the approach­
ing storm, and came to an agreement in
a hurry, the foreman signed the verdict,
when to their dismay they found that
the bailiff who had them in charge, had
skiped for the prairie and left them to
their fate. They had to remain until it
was over. The verdict was rendered and
it still stands.

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