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Railroad Commissioner* No Power to Alter the Grain Laws of the State. The Elevators Must Either Com ply or Refuse to Comply with the Same. Devils Lake Rapidly Receding— The Work of Indian Mission aries. No Authority to Act. Hon. David Bartlett of Cooperstown, one of the state railroad commissioners left for St. Paul today in compli anoe with a request of Attorney General Goodwin that the board of railway com missioners of this state meet the man agers of elovator lines for the purpose of a conference over the alleged difficulties which the grain men claim will prevent them from complying with the elevator laws of the state. Commissioners Mont gomery and Underbill and Secretary Harris will also be present at the meet ing Wednesday in Minneapolis. The elevator men have sought the interview and secured it through the attorney gen eral. This conference with tho railroad commissioners, says Mr. Bartlett, can hardly amount to anything. The com missioners have no power to compromise with the elevators about refusing to pay the licenses, even if they desired.The ele vator laws now in force are not,in his opin ion, excessive or unjust.The only law that cannot, from its ^provisions be enforced, is the state inspection law. The reason for the commissioners not putting that in operation have been fully explained before and are because of totally ineffic ient appropriation for the expenses of the inspection. The only other grain law about which there is any doubt of fair ness is the one fixing storage rates, and it is not clear but this law will work sat isfactorily if given a fair trial. Tho com mission believe that the law requiring an annual state license of §2.50 a thousand bushels capacity is not excessive. The other license required is simply a nomi nal one of one dollar per thousand bushels capacity, to be paid but once to the county auditors at the time of tiling notice of intention to engage in the bus ness of public warehousemen, which license fee is to go into the county fund. Up to the present neither of these state laws has been complied with, and it is believed the companies do not in tend to do so, but will try to shift the^re sponsibility with conferences and delays in order to hide the facts as far as pos sible from the public attention. In tho mean time harvest is at hand and the elevators, having declined to accept grain on the terms of storage of past years, many farmers indebted for seed to the companies and otherwise mortgaged will be forced to surrender their grain at whatever price and at whatever grade the elevators at non-competing points throughout the state may offer. There is not the slightest doubt that this plan will work great hardship in thousands of instances among the poorer farmers of this state. County Clippings. Wells County Gazette: Mrs. A. J. Smith and children of amestown came up on Tuesday's train. She will spend some time visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. Spokesfield. David Harris received a car load of headers on Tuesday. A large number of our farmers have purchased those ma chines this year. Geo. Wyllie of the North Dakota Loan and Trust company, Jamestown, accom panied by Sheriff Hall of Foster eounty, were doing business in the county several days last week. Foster County Independent: Land lord Wing had sixty-four people for din ner last Monday at the Iiirkwood hotel. F, J. Bodney of Sykeston, was in town Tuesday and says the Sykes company intend to sell their mares. Frank Casey was up Wednesday and reported that the wheat on the ranch was damaged quite seriously. Howard Smith, an artist in the employ of Frank Leslie's and Judge publications is spending a few weeks visiting near Melville with relatives. H. S. Lyons returned from Montana last week bringing with him a car load of western horses. A little boy, the son of Edward Halaas, met with a serious accident last week.He was playing in a field where his father was plowing and was so hidden from view by weeds that when Mr. H«laas came around where he was he could not see him and drove over him with the oxen and plow. The first Mr. Halaas knew of his son being there was when he heard him scream and he stopped the cattle as quickly as possible but not soon enough to save him from being injured. One of his legs was broken in three places and his back badly injured. Eddy County Transcript: Martin Aektnan, of Jamestown, is visiting in the city this week. The hot winds the past few days have cooked the wheat, and there will be lit tle bard wheat iu the county. The Congregational church is very much improved in appearance by the ele gant new carpet purchased from the pro ceeds of the recent concert and contri butions of citizens. The Sunday school has reason to rejoice also over the gift of over 75 well bound volumes of library books, from a church in Indianapolis, Indiana. There has been a notable change in the business personnel of New Bookford. J. M. Patch has turned over the Merchants hotel property to one of our business rustlers, IT. C. Davis. Mr. Patch's hotel was among the very first buildings in New Bookford—-not very large at first— but it has been improved with addition after addition until it is the largest .'is well as the best appointed hostelry on this line of railroad. Devils Lake and the Drouth. The water in Devils Lake has fallen to such an extent that it is said dry land now extends from the old wharf, built when Minnewaukan was started, a dis tance of two miles east. Owing to this fall of water the little pleasure steamer, Minnie H., which plys between Devils Lake and Fort Totten, came near going to pieces lately. The Devils Lake Inter Ocean says: Last Sunday the Minnie II., while re turning from Grahams Island with a party of excursionists, ran onto a reef of concealed rocko, and but for the staunch ness of the boat and skill of Capt. Heer man, a serious disaster would undoubt edly have taken place. The boat was masing about twelve miles an hour when it struck and the shock is described as terrific by those who were On board. A strong wind was blowing at the time and tlie stern of the boat swung around un til it was broadside of the rocks, where it lay and pounded for several hours, While this was going on those on board expected every moment the boat would go to pieces, so hard and continuous were the shocks. A small boat was sent to Heernian's landing for aid, but before it arrived word had been taken to Fort Totten of tlie. steamer's distress and the new mail steamer, the Axteil, came to the rescue and took off the passengers. The reef is about three miles east of Grahams Island wood reserve and Capt. Heerman states that he has passed back and fourth over this course hundreds of limes in the last seven years and never suspected the existence of such a thing until he looked out of the pilot house Sunday evening and saw tho big boulders within afoot of tho surface of the water. On all sides the water is deep, ranging from fifteen to lifty feet, and had the boat gone to pieces it is quite likely it would have rolled off the reef into deep water and the passengers would have been compelled to grab a life preserver and take changes on getting to shore. The boat vvaa extricated from its dan gerous position Monday night about 12 o'clock and an examination revealed the fact that it was uniujured. This speaks well for the construction of tho boat, for there are few craft, even on the lakes, that could undergo the pounding and grinding the Minnie H. passed through without damage. Indian Missionary Labors. The Chippewa Indians of the Turtle Mountains, who have for some years been under the care of the Catholic mis sion and have made much progress there by, have, by permission of the bishop of Jamestown, taken the name of St. Ann as the patron saint of the mission chapel. The recent celebration of their first pa tronal feast is thus described by a cor respondent of the Dakota Catholic: During the first and second masses over 200 of the simple and good aborig ines partook of the eucharistio sacra ment. High mass was celebrated by Bev. Father Turcotte, zealous mission ary of Deloraines, a neighboring mission in Manitoba, who also gave a most edi fying sermon on the many miracles wrought at the great patron saint, which he was himself a witness in the celebrat ed shrine of Beaupre, Canada. The choral and instrumental music, under the able direction of Rev. Father L'Hiver, was the most striking feature of the celebration. It was the first time that a brass band was ever heard in this part of our Mountains, so that all the Indians and a good many neighboring whites, who had come to the extraordi nary festival, were most delighted with the musical treat so harmoniously exe cuted by the Dunseith brass band. After the beautiful ceremony was over, a good friend of the mission and one of the good sisters in charge of "St. Mary's excellent industrial school, delivered a most ap propriate address of thanks to the good sisters who had done so much for the success of the first celebration of St. Ann's pntronnl feast in this promising mission. Farmers and the Caucuses. As the time for holding primaries ap proaches there is considerable inquiry as to the laws regulating the conduct of the same and the rights of voters partic ipating therein. The laws of the state say that anyone who is a "qualified elec tor"—that is, anyone who is entitled to vote at the polls—may vote in primary meetings, but that anyone not a qualified elector who does so is guilty of a misde meanor. Another point: Every voter is by law guaranteed the right to vote as he pleases, free from dictation or intim idation. The only question which may be asked is, "Are you a qualified elector?" How the voter voted last fall or how he proposes to vote this fall is nobody's business but his own, and snch imperti nence may be answered or not at his own discretion. The laws of the state make intimidation of voters a crime punisha ble by a fine of not less than §50 and not to exceed 51,000. JAMESTOWN WEEKLY ALERT. ABOUT ORIGINAL PACKAGES. Some Opine That the Present Prohibitory Law Must be Rc-Enactc«I. Before the Sale of Liquor in Original Packages Can be Stopped. VOL XIV JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY AUGUST 14 1890 NO 2 A North Dakota Wanderer in the South Returns and Talks Entertainingly. "Original Packages" in Jeopardy. Tho president has signed the "original package" bill, the object of which was to neutralize the effect of the recent su preme court decision and give to the state the exclusive control and regula tion of the liquor traffic within its borders. The bill which has just become a law is the Wilson bill, originating in the senate, tho full text of which is as follows: That all fermented, distilled or other intoxicating liquors or liquids transport ed into any state or territory, or remain ing therein for use. consumption, nale or storage therein, shall, upon arrival in such state or territory, be subject to the operation and effect of the laws of such state or territory, enacted in the exer cise of its police powers, to the same ex tent and in the same manner as though such liquids or liquors had been pro duced in such state or territory and shall not be exempt therefromx by reason of being introduced thorein in original packages or otherwise. Doubts are frequently expressed as to the constitutionality of the law, but that avails little for the present.lt will be the law of the land, and operative as such in tho Dakotas until the court decides it to be unconstitutional. There is a difference of opinion as to the local effect of the law in the Da kotas. Very few saloon men have closed. Many of them are undecided what to do. A point has been raised which may give tho saloon men anew lease of business until the next legislature meets. The point is this: That tho sections of the present prohibitory law, which were by the supreme court decision declared to be unconstitutional, will have to be re enacted, for the reason that they were rendered null and void by the original package decision of the supreme court and that the law just passed by congress merely confers upon states the authority to legislate upon the subject subsequent to its passage. Senator Wilson, the author of the bill and a good constitu tional lawyer, writes to Iowa that no re enactment will be necessary. The ques tion will probably go into the courts. A North Dakotan in the South. Hon. F. A. Sebring, who left for Bis marck last evening, will return tonight and remain in Jamestown several days. He is one of the special agents of the census department and under direct orders from Superintendent Porter. During the past six months his duties have called him into all but two of the southern states. His work has been such that his stay has not been long in one place but he ha3 seen pretty nearly all of the south. During the Mississippi river Hoods this spring he was in the river country and was caught in a little Arkansas town and penned up by the water for several days. Only three build ings in-the town were out of the water and all moving about was done in row boats. He says the leeves in places are in a deplorable condition. The damage done by these floods is something terri ble. The loss of life and movable prop erty does not cover all the damage. Whole plantations are ruined in a night. The water frequently rushes in and car ries away the rich soil down to the clay Bubsoil, leaving the rich and productive land of the day before as sterile as tho barien plateaus of Nevada. Mr. Sebring's presence in Dakota just now is due to Superintendent Porter's orders. He is here to investigate the general work of the state agents and to give them any information they may de sire as to their work. Previous to his coming to North Dakota he was at New Orleans where he was stationed for three weeks in charge of census work during the absence of one of the state superin tendents. While in New Orleans he attended the daily policy drawings of the lottery com pany and unhesitatingly pronounces them a bad ihing for the city and state. The monthly drawing is a square thing, in which there is a chance to win some thing, but there is little local interest in anything but the daily drawings. Mr. Sebring was at Baton Rogue, the capital, on the closing day of the legislature and says the scenes were very exciting that Baton Bogue is a dull, sleepy town gen erally, and Landlord Patch's hostelry at New Bockford is a better hotel than the best in the capital of tlje state of Louisi ana. Mr. Sebnng states there is no doubt but that the lottery company will have its charter extended when it cotncs to a popular vote. The people are in favor of it generally and owing to the characteristics of the natives of the south and long established custom a lottery drawing is looked upon as one of the pleasantest anticipations of the month, and no idea of any harmful influences connected with it is entertained by the majority of the people of the state. Gov ernor Nichols is trying to build up a political future for himself by playing upon the many objectional features con nected with the policy drawings in New Orleans. He is engaged enter into business. His ex tensive travels have not weakened his faith in Dakota. A Kick on Uncle Sam's Mail. The United States mail service as far as Jamestown is concerned is now less satisfactory than for several years. It •tfas thought when the Northern Pacific put on its second through train that we would have improved postal facilities. But on the contrary the improved train service has brought Jamestown less effec tive mail service. Under the old system there were two mails daily from the east —on No. 1 in the morning and on No. 3 at noon. No. 8 was a very convenient eastern mail. It left St. Paul at 8 p. m., and brought business men the bulk of their St. Paul correspondence, which could be answered and sent out on No. 4 at 3:20 the same afternoon. This made an excellent service for Jamestown and enabled merchants to do business with St. Paul wholesalers promptly and satis factorily. Since the new train has been put on, however, this arrangement has been changed. No's. 7 and 8, the after noon trains on the present schedule and which correspond to No's. 3 and 4 under the old schedule, no longer carry mail. The fast overland tram which arrives here at 8:05 p. m. brings mail from the east and No. 4 takes it east at ll':45 p. m. Of course No's, land 2 run and carry mail just as before. The inconvenience of the present system will bo seen at a glance. Under the old system a letter would be received from St. Paul answer ed and the reply started back to St. Paul at 3 20 the same afternoon, whereas, now that same letter does not get here u.itil the next morning and the reply cannot go east until 11:45 p. m., che next nigbt. The loss of timo to our merchants is 24 hours. Postmaster Smith has taken hold of the matter and is now in correspondence with the postolnce department with reference thereto. Pouch mail service on tho present afternoon trains would remedy the trouble and be comparatively inexpensive to the government. It is to be hoped such service will be established on these trains. Rumors of Railroad Building. Some time since it was stated in The Alert that there was a possibility of the Northern Pacific extending its James River valley branch from Oakes to Aber deen and probably further southward. The general impression has been that no further railroad extensions south would be made on account of the truce between the Northern Pacific and Chicago and Northwestern road. The Aberdeen Daily News of Aug. 9th, has the following, however, concerning this new move, if such it be: It comes with some degree of reliability that a party of Northern Pacific survey" ors are now at Oakes waiting orders from headquarters. This leads to the con clusion that they are there to run a line through to Aberdeen and will do so if matters turn out favorably. One of the party whs in the city Thursday evening and a portion of yesterday, and although he was reticent he dropped enough to warrant the belief that "things is work in' and workin' all right. Let the good citizens of Aberdeen do their duty and something will drop without delay. Another railroad item from the News of the same issue, that is of interest to Jamestown, is that: "R. E. Kirk has joined a "Soo" corps of engineers and surveyors which is laying out a line from the vicinity of Hankinson on tho Great Northern to Jamestown. He has been absent some days." With the "Soo" and the Northern Pa cific taking a fresh start in the extension of branch lines there will be lively times ahead in the other quarters of necessity. Advertised .^fetters. List of uncalle office at Jamesto\ the week ending. for letters in the post 'B, North Dakota, for .ugust 11,1890: VDIES. Fubert, Miss Marm&n, Miss EJ Martin, Miss Ella Temer, Miss Allie Armstrong, Mrs. James QENTLEMEN. Bagley, Brose Scott, I\ H. Engle, J. W. Steele, G. W. Fischer, I. O. Saye, Lewis Hanifan, Fred Says, William Kelly, James William Wescott, Luther Morgan, George Welinan, August Marhley, John G. William, E. G. If not called for within 14 days, will be sent to tile dead letter office. In call ing for thoke letters, please say adver tised and give date. C. SMITH, P. M. v/r ^n' in a struggle to gain prominence and political prestige by his opposition and it is predicted that his efforts will be failures to such an ex tent that he will lose everything staked in the attempt, nnd be in the end shelved beyond the possibility of resurrection. Mr. Sebring going from the clear at mosphere of North Dakota is not favor ably impressed with the southern climate which is enervating and not what a northern man enjoys. There aro districts where the country is developing wonder fully and opportunities for making money are presented on every hand. When his census work is over Mr. Se bring expects to return to New Kockford and again RE-SURVEYING THE N. P. A Corps of Surveyors Now in Jamestown Say Such is Tlieir Business. The City Council Orders the Water Mains Extension Paid for. The Board of Education—The Tax Levy for the Year 1800 Fixed. Surveyors Here. A corps of six civil engineers have beon working in tho vicinity of James town for several days and arousing the curiosity of everyone aware of their presence. An Alert man interviewed one of the party Tuesday night, but surveyors are not credited with a reputation for telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and it may bo that there is more in their trip than they say. The interviewed surveyor said that the party was in the employ of the Northern Pa cific and that they were simply taking a new survey of the line for the purpose of leveling the road bed and resetting the mile posts. They commenced at St. Paul and will work as far west as Mandan.They have been over two weeks coming from Fargo they make seven or eight miles a day. They disclaim any connection with any of the surveying parties that are working in the country south of here and deny the report, in circulation yesterday, that while here they staked off ground for anew depot. One of the men said, however, that two of their party left and came on to Jamestown about two weeks ago and that it was understood at the time that the purpose of their visit was to make the preliminary survey and chose the location for anew depot. City Council. A special meeting of the city council was held Monday night, Mayor Fuller in the chair. All of the aldermen pres ent except Messrs. Adams, Eager and Klaus. The object of the meeting was to take such action as should seem necessary towards paying for the water mains and to fix the tax levy for 1S90. The water works committee reported that Gasal & Haas had completed their contract except that there is still about GO feet of mains to be laid, the material furnished being short that amount that when those 60 feet are laid they will have lain 2,300 feet and will be entitled to receive 8470 that 8250 has been paid them and that $220 remains due. The committee recommended that Gasal & Haas be paid $220 in full on their con tract with the understanding that they are to lay the remaining 60 feet when the pipe arrives. The report was adopted and the clerk instructed to draw war rant for that amount. The tax levy for 1890 was fixed as fol lows: General fund five mills, street and bridge fund one mill, interest fund two mills. Total eight mills. Live Stock Outlook. Orange Judd Farmer: Six years ago when the general tendency was to go strongly into stock raising, we cautioned our readers against "putting all their eggs into one basket," and advised them that so many were starting in this direc tion that the business would be likely to be overdone. The necessity for this ad vice, founded on general experience and observation, has been demonstrated dur ing the p»6t and present year, in the over supply of live stock and consequent un remunerative prices. Now, the tendency is the other way, and everybody who can, seems desirous of getting out of this line of production. It is just the time to hold on to stock and increase the number. The dry weather in many localities, with I he shrinkage of pasturage and injury to the corn crop prospects, has caused the pushing forward to market of unprece dented numbers of cattle and hogs, many of them in poor or but half ripe condition The indications are that in tho near fu ture there will be a short supply of both cattle and hogs in the country, with cor responding large advance in values. The School Board. A special meeting of the board of edu cation was held Monday night. The teachers committee recommended that Avery's Natural Philosophy be sub stituted for Quackenbosh's in the high school and the recommendation was adopted. On motion of Mr. Lutz the teachers committee was empowered to make snch changes in the text books of tho high school as they see fit. The tax levy for the year 1890 was fixed at fifteen mills. The secretary was instructed to call in 8400, of school orders. Mias Procter was not required to take teachers' examination, she having taken it in 1888. The following bills were allowed: Geo. R. Toplitf. fuel S4.50 Shaw & Co., mer chandise 75c Geo. Singler, drayage $1.50. Will Keep Their Claims. It is reported on good authority that quite a numbei of the Bussians and Ger mans who have taken claims in Dickey and Mcintosh counties have been forced to leave for the woods and mines of northern Wisconsin, where they have friends who will assist them in getting vw.r#rif?V work for the winter. The hot winds cooked the crops to such an extent that there is nothing for this year left. They expect to return in the spring and re sume farming if the prospect is at all favorable. They are not discouraged, but will cling to their claims, feeling con fident that if they get one crop or two for a start they can raise stock enough to get along thereafter. An Over Kstimate. Grand Forks Plaindealer: The Fargo Argus estimates the wheat yield of the state at sixteen million bushels, com puted on au average in the valley of fif teen bushels. Our advices from our best wheat srrowing area lead us to believe that this is an over estimate of the prob able yield. In the course of a week we will know the facts. Harvesting is now general over the valley and next week threshing will be. Then we have a basis to predict from as it ?s now surmise counts for more than facts. Figuring in Foster. Banker Meachatr of Carrington, who keeps pretty well posted on Foster eoun ty politics, says that Mr. E. S. Leaven worth of Melville, will in all probability be the choice of the republicans of that county for representative iu the legisla ture. Mr. Leavenworth is generally ac knowledged to be about the right man for the place and has numerous friends who are confident he can get there. Senator Barlow is said to be undecided whether he will be a candidate for re election or not. Cattle Better Property. Emmons County Record: Verily, it appears that the day of the cattle man is coming. Monday, last week, a train of some twenty odd cars of three-year-old steers from Dickinson passed through Fargo bound for the Chicago market. They were fed and watered in the cars and hurried through. Friday their owner returned. The steers averaged 1,300 pounds and brought $4 a hundred —852 per head. Will Furnish Cars. It is understood that General Man ager Mellen of the Northern Pacific is making special efforts to furnish farmers with wheat to ship, all the cars necessary. The farmers will appreciate and remem ber the fact later on. If the elevators refuse to take grain on storage as hereto fore, the action of the Northern Pacific in supplying cars promptly can not be too highly commended. Bad in the North. The Church's Ferry Sun says that a close inspection of the wheat crop in Ramsey county shows that the hot, dry winds are injuring it to a greater extent than many are aware of. The wheat is shrinking now, and will shrivel still more when harvested. Don't look for over half a crop, and only a small percentage of that will grade No. 1 hard. With all the counting and re-counting now going on in the Twin cities, the peo ple ought to get well acquainted enough to recognize each other in the dark or as they pass by. Sheep Items. Carrington Independent: Ackerman Bros, got 2,600 pounds of wool from 350 head of sheep. Mr. Clark Ackerman in forms us that the increase of their flock this spring was about 85 per cent. They expect to remove their sheep next week to a ranche they have established in the hills, west of Melville, where there is plenty of hay to put up and the best of pasturage and water. Valley City Alliance: Last Friday evening Fred Nester and Mr. Billberry returned from Montana with 2,200 head of sheep in sixteen cars—making a special train, costing §700. The sheep were loaded on Thursday and came through with but few stops, the run from Mandan being made in five hours. With this addition the Nester farm will have a iiock of sheep numbering about 3,500. Three Nelson county farmers have just purchased in Montana 7,000 sheep and wili engage in sheep raising on a large scale. They have recently secured sev eral large tracts of land for pasturage purposes. The first shipment of sheep arrived today and more wili follow in a short time. Nelson county affords unex celled opportunities for "sheep culture"' and bids fair to become one of the lead ing wool-produciug counties in North Dakota. Bottineau Free Lance: Thousands of heads of sheep are being shipped into Dakota from Montana because of the scarcity of feed in that state. We be lieve it would be a good move on the part of many of our farmers, if they were to invest iu sheep instead of putting everything in wheat. It has been tested a sufficient length of time to make it very clear that, rightly managed, there is money in it. Ole Horneman, of this county, is trying it on a large scale and we predict success. Grand Forks Plaindealer: One reason for the great stir about sheep raising lately has been the fact that the sta tistics presented at the meeting of the National Wool Growers' association held in Iowa, showed that there had been a falling off of 8 per cent, in production, and that our imports of woolen goods last yenr amounted to 8103,000,000. The passage of the McKinlev bill would in crease the duty 40 per cent. Farmers will find it to their advantage to raise a few sheep. They will more than pay for their keeping iu wool and there is the increase which can be counted at 100 per cent. Mixed farming will pay if the farming is done as it should be.