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Bills Introduced to Regulate Kates, to Prevent Discrim ination, Etc. liiit/.' Wool Market Measure Passes the House 7«"t to t. Nuggets of News and Scraps of Sentiment Gathered sit Bismarck. BISMARCK, Feb. 2. Special.—The railroad bills are coming in. Tociay Bennett introduced a ponderous one in the house. It seeks to increase the duties and powers of the commissioners •f railroads, to prevent discrimination in passenger and freight transportation •ates, and provides a method of pro cedure and rules of evidence thereof. It is said to be a copy of a Minnesota bill. Oliver introduced another bill which will kave a tendency to bring the railroad lobby to the capital. It fixes three cents per mile as the maximum rate for the transportation of passengers within the •tote. The ruling rate now is four cents. The Iowa railroad law introduced last week by Thompson has not been read the first time yet. It is so long that the members have little desire to see it "tackled." Among other house bills introduced today were these: By Fay, providing lor the supervision of banks other than state and national. By Strom, to pro hibit the mortgaging of real and per sonal property in the same instrument By Cope, a schedule of fees for the clerks ef the district court. By Oliver, an amendment to the cruelty-to-animals law, making it more binding. By Lamb, to fix the salary of registers of deeds and •ounty treasurers on an assessed county valuation scale. The senate bills were few in number and importance. Little introduced bill to take Logan county from Judge Rose's and attach it to Judge Win cheater's district. Haggart got in an other appropriation bill. He asks for an appropriation of $3,000 for prizes for the tremens'tournament. Palmer has one to establish election precincts. Representative Lutz' wool bill pawed the house, 53 to 1. FOBS of Walsh coun ty was the dissenter. This bill will have a stimulating and beneficial effect on sheep husbandry and will be productive good results in more than one direc tion. The bill has been printed at length in The Alert and your readers are doubt less well acquainted with its provisions. It will secure to the wool grower free storage capacity from June 15th to Aug. 31st. An appropriation of $1,000 is made to be expended by the committee of agriculture in advertising the markets. Any city in the state may hold a market under this bill by providing free storage from June 15th to Aug. 31st for 100,000 pounds of wool, and advertisement by the commissioner of agriculture will be made upon notifica tion that such free storage has been pro vided. The design of the bill is to bring in eastern buyers to bid on the wool and ultimately to get a rating in the markets lor Dakota wool which is iw classified as "territorial wool." When the bill came up for final passage several memb ers who were not clear as to its provisions showed a disposition to oppose it, but in a brief but forcible speech Mr. Lutz ex plained the design of the bill and the •pposition was dispelled. Burke's bill requiring all examinations for admission to practice law to be before the supreme court the senate bill making an appropriation for the mileage of uiembers and salary •f clerks passed the house. The bill requiring railroad companies to build platforms to facilitate the loading •f grain and live stock was conbidered in committee of the whole and reported favorably. In the senate there was quite a discus sion on Kinter's bill fixing the salary of county superintendents of schools. The opponents of the bill claimed that in some counties that ofiicial would draw a larger salary than the governor. It limits the salary to SI,600, but allows 10 cents mileage. The latter feature was the one objected to. The bill was recommitted and the mile age allowance will probably be cut to 5 cents. SIDE SHOTS. Senators McCormack and Worst and Representatives Lowry and WilliamB spent the Sunday vacation in St. Paul. Dr. Moore came up today and on mo tion of Mr. Kearney the privileges of the floor of the bouse were extended to him. Oliver and Vegen voted against the bill making an appropriation to pay the members mileage. Wonder whether they will refuse to take their mileage cheques? The committee that visited the insane up I W asylum returned highly satisfied with what they saw at the institution and the treatment they received at the hands of the people nf Jamestown. Like all North Dakotuns who visit this model in stitution they are prond of it. Representative Gill introduced resolu tions expressive of the sense of the house upou the life and death of Secretary Windono aud the house ordered that his New York speech be printed in the Journal of the house. This is a mark of respect and esteem eeldom paid. Some of the house members seem to have a mania for-joint committees. Al ready there area dozen or more, but to day Dennett introduced a resolution providing for still another and the reso lution was adopted. This committee will consider all the bills relating to the salary of county officials. Tuesday next a sister of Mrs. M. L. McCormack will be united in marriage to one of the brightest young business men in the state—Mr. M. E. liyan who has for the past six years represented in the Red river valley, one of the old established wholesale houses of St. Paul. Mr. Ryan is a prime favorite with a large clientage of customers and scores of trav eling men throughout the state will join congratulations. The oft-repeated claim that the far mers do not know what they want was almost substantiated today. When the bill to compel railroad companies to build platforms for the loading of grain and live stock was under consideration the farmer element was all torn up with divergent opinions. The height of the platforms was the rock upon which their solid phalanx divided. Some wanted it 30 inches high and others said it should be five feet three inches in the air. The matter was finally compromised by leav ing the commissioners of railroads to wrestle with the question of altitude. Attorney General Spencer today rend ered the opinion called for by Mr. Lutz on the constitutionality of his hail in demnity bill. He decides that the bill is unconstitutional. The bill met with general favor here—the committee to which it was referred unanimously rec ommended it to pass—and there is con siderable regret that Mr. Spencer could not decide otherwise. Before the bill was introduced Mr, Lutz submitted it to several lawyers of reputation and they were of the opinion that the bill was a good one and no more unconstitutional than the seed wheat law which the supreme court decided valid and also that it was right in line with and of the same Epirit as the bounty laws now on the statute books, in that it sought by lessening the chances of loss to encour age wheat raising. The constitution, which we nil thought a most admirable document, seems to be getting in the way of the measures for the relief of the agricultural classes at every rattle out of the box. BISMABCK, Feb. 3. Special. The state constitution provides that half the state senators elected last November shall hold for a term of four years and the other half shall go out at the end of two years. Thenceforth the term of all state senators shall be four years and half shall go out every two years. Today Arnold introduced a resolution, which the senate adopted after considerable discussion, in relation to the drawing for terms. It favors two classes—the sena tors from the odd numbered districts forming one class and the senators from the even numbered districts forming the other class. It then provides that Lieut. Governor Allin and Senators Worst and LaMoure shall constitute a committee to devise a method of settling the matter. The constitution provides that it shall be settled by lot. Tomorrow at 3 o'clock is the time fixed in the resolution for the drawing. There are 31 senatorial dis tricts—1G senators from odd numbered districts to 15 from even numbered dis tricts. At one time it was thought that the odds having the power through their greater number, woulu settle the matter without going into the lottery business and take the long terms themselves. Among the senators who come from the odd numbered districts are udLaMoure, Haggart, Lowry, Nelson, Weiser, Fuller and Little. A number of petitions were received today in both houses. The senate peti tions were from Cass county and request ed thd repeal of section 41 of article 3 of the district school laws of 1890. Burke presented several in the house, asking for the suspension of the penalty for tax delinquency until Nov. 1st, and extension of the time when the interest begins to accrue. Gill presented a communica tion from a Cass county Sunday school convention. It was in the nature of res olutions adopted by that body and de clared against resubmission in favor of the enforcement of the prohibition law and the "banishment of original package houses." The house did a big lot of legislative work, but it was not productive of much news. They killed about a dozen bills, and passed half a dozen that are of little consequence. Among the bills passed were Brooke's bill to attach "No man's land" to Ramsey county. TuftB amend ment to the chattel mortgage law 01iver's bill to give G. A. R. posts 25 stands of arms and the bill to prevent the sell ing of arms or ammunition to Indians. In committee of the whole the honso recommended to pass the tax extension bill. It makes taxes due March 1st and suspends the five per cent penalty for delinquency nntil October 15. The senate sat upon Cashel's bill cut ting down exemptions one-third and then passed a homestead exemption bill. In the senate the bill providing for a a depository for county funds and re quiring that interest shall be paid thereon wus reported un favorably for the reason that it would release county treasurers from bonds and small weak banks would outbid reputable responsible institutions and secure the deposits. The Ellendale industrial school bill was reported back in the house without recommendation. This means that there will be no appropriation made for it. NEW HOUSE BILLS. Among house bills introduced today were these: By Yegen, requiring county commissioners to visit all sick or injured persons in their county when requested. By Beardsley, making an annual ap propriation of $7,000 for the maintenance of the public offices of the state. By McKendry, the old Williams grist nrll bill, fixing the rate of toll at one eight h. By Coloeky, appropriating $500 to pay the expenses of the commissioners of railroads in attending the annual conven tion of railroad commissioners. By Havervold, amending the marriage license law. By Christianson, authorizing town ships to acquire lands for cemetery pur poses. SENATE BILLS. By Little, fixing a minimum term for which offenders can be sent to the peni tentiary. By Bidlake, aucther county auditor's salary bill. It limits the salary to S2. 000. By Arnold, providing for the inspec tion of illuminating oil. By Engle, requiring railroad com panies to use safety couplers. By Cashel, to amend the law regulat ing the sale and leasing of school lands. SIDE SHOTS. Senator and Mrs. Hansbrough were the recipients of many attentions in St. Paul Friday and Saturday. They left Saturday night on the Burlington road for Chicago, where they remain a few days. Their quarters will be at the same pleasant rooms in the Riggs House An nex at Washington, at least for the pres ent. It is learned that Senator Pierce did not congratulate the new senator on Ms election, although several opportu nities for doing so presented themselves. The usual senatorial courtesies, in this instance, seem to have been straired. It transpires that much of the promptness Congressman Hansbrough exercised in replying to correspondence is due to the business ability and assistance-of his wife. She opened and assorted daily the large mail, and the information re quired in many of the letters was hunted up by the lady herself, in the various de partments. Mr. Hansbrough employed a stenographer three days a week, and his clerical expense amounted to a good deal each month. He will, however, have a regular secretary hereafter and North Dakota people can expect to have the same prompt attention paid to cor respondence as in the past—a matter that has made the congressman many friends. Senator Hansbrough has not permitted the newspaper charges of pledges to dem ocrats and a farming out of patronage to McKenzie and others to disturb his equimnity. He has parried all these thrusts with tact and judgement. His newspaper statements have been straight forward and frank enough to disarm all hostile critioism. He recog nizes the forces that led the way for his success, and knows better than many who claim to know all, just how the fight was won. He is as always, a stalwart re publican. There is muoh interest being mani fested in the resubmission matter. Pe titions for and against have begun to ar rive. Miss Kiunear, president of the W C. T. L) assisted by that society will take all possible means to prevent the matter again going to the people. The vote was so close before that a great many argue it should again be given a trial, and the fullest understanding of the sit uation had by all. voters. Miss Kin near has a petition of great length against any legislative action. The liquor men are on hand, re-enforced with facts, argu ments »nd a strong determination to get what they claim id JAMESTOWN WEEKLY ALEET. VOL XIV JAMESTOWN. NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5 1H91 NO 27 but justice in the matter. A large number of citizens, here tofore prohibitionists, are half hearted now in the cause, knowing that the de cisions of the supreme court have prac tically rendered prohibition inoperative. The decision of the state supreme court is looked forward to with some interest, but it is hardly expected to affect legis lative action. The liedtield (S. B.) Observer says: This is The way the proceedings Of the state legislature Are printed at Pierre, And the fellows Who got the job through Senator Cory's "economical" Figurin', get paid by the space, And the state, Like Jones of Binghamton, Pays the freight. See? Alex McKenzie has about decided to invest in a big sheep enterprise. He is going to put in 10,000 sheep in Sheridan county where there is fine range. The sheep will be banded in lots of 1,000. McKenzie believes there is good money to be made in the business, and is de sirous of attracting more general atten tion of stockmen to the splendid facilities of the state for stock growing. ANCIENT, UNITED WORKMEN The FirNt Annual Sociable of the Order a Complete Success. Curious Blunders Caused By a Similarity of Senatorial Names. Wheatland Furnishes a Freakish Incident of Inhuman Cowardice. An Elaborate Entertainment. Probably the most successful social ever held in Jamestown on a largo scale was that given by Ft. Seward lodge, A. O. TT. W., Wednesday. It was an occasion upon which all things seemed to have combined in favor of a magnificent triumph for the order—the attendance, the music, the speeches and recitations, the refreshments and decorations, all being far superior to the brightest antic ipations of those who planned and per fected the whole. The assemblage numbered nearly 600 people, and over 500 sat uu.vn to the banquet which fol lowed the regular exercises. The liter ary and musical program provided was longer than common upon such occas ions, but not a single num ber jrould have been spared without detracting from the in terest it awakened. The best talent in the city took part and this feature was highly appreciated. In the way of decorations,the brethern also scored a happy hit. Along the bal conies on each side of the rink were ar ranged in gilt letters,upon afield of blue, the watchwords of the order—on the right, "Charity, Hope, Protection on the left, "Friendship, Love, Fidelity." Over the entrance to the rink appeared the word "Fraternity." The stage was even more attractive its background containing a large figure representing the emblem of the Workmen—an anchor and shield, worked in black silk and gold, with red, wuite and blue embellishments. The charter of Ft. Seward lodge also oc cupied a place on the stage, while across the orchestra box was another inscrip tion—"Ft. Seward Lodgo No. 16." Nnmerons handsome flags, tn-colored streamers, and evergreen wreaths com pleated the decorations, which were prin cipally the work of Bro. A. Parkinson. It was a little after 8 o'clock when Hon. Andrew Blewett. acting master of cere monies, introduced the first speaker, E M. Sanford, past grand master workman. His topi" was "Benefits of the Order," and his remarks were well received. An overture by Mrs. F. Klapp follow ed, awakening loud applause. "The Soldier Tramp," a recitation by Mrs. A.Bnrton, was rendered in an effec tive manner. A male quartette consisting of Rev. W. Baldwin, E. Withnell, C. L. Judd and R. Davidson, assisted by Mrs. W. S. Parker as pianist, sang "The Old Oaken Bucket" in away that brought to the minds of many those happy, by-gone days. Hon. H. C. Sessions of Columbia, South Dakota, responded to the toast "Ancient Order of United Workmen," in a short but very appropriate address. He spoke of its organization 22 years ago at Meadville, Pa., and reviewed its remarkable progress. Mr. Sessions holds at present the position of grand receiver for the jurisdiction of the Dakotas. Miss Lena Bellivou, always a prime favorite, won new laurels in the solo, "Welcome Pretty Primrose Flower." Miss Grace Vincent read a poem (written by a brother), which was tend erly pathetic. "My Thoughts of Thee," was the next solo, and Rev. G. S. Baskerville was greeted with genuine applause as its notes died away. Grand Master Workman D. E. Hughes, was assigned to the theme "The Dakocas" and acquitted himself most creditably. Mrs. Klapp's left hand solo met with hearty appreciation, and confirmed the lady's reputation as one of tho most ac complished pianists in the northwest. "Brown's Got His Hair Cut,'' another recitation by Mrs. Burton, was simply immense. The lady's command of dialect is wonderful aud the audience greatly enjoyed her effort. Mrs. E. J. Schwellenbach sang "Bird of the Greenwood" in a charming man ner. All its beauty of tone and senti ment was well brought out. Judge Rose closed the formal speech making by a clever address upon "The Good of the Order." His remarks were mainly directed to the uninitiated, urg ing all to enroll themselves in its growing ranks without delay. A delightful duet, ''When Morning Light is breaking," by Miss Bellivou and Mrs. J. Montgomery, was the last mus ical number. It is almost supertlous to add that they sang the piece in an ad mirable manner, and won merited ap plause. Willie Thornhill's recitation seemed to have been carefully selected, and the lit tle fellow delivered it with the ease and grace of a professional—provoking evi dences of admiration on all sides. O. A. Boynton closed the program with an original poem, that may be said to have "biought down the house.'' He was introduced as the "poet laureate" of Seward lodge, and it was evident ere the gentleman finished that he could justly lay claim to the distinction. But excellent as were the several fea tures briefly alluded to in the foregoing review of the program, they were no mire deserving of Bpecial mention than the superb supper provided at its close. No expense was spared to have the very best of everything—ice cream and var ious fruits having a place on the menu. Six large tables were time and again loaded with delicacies, and the humblest guest or the most fastidious were alike pleased with the spread. Ft. Seward lodge certainly deserves con gratulations upon the happy culmination of their first attempt at enteitaining friends. Senator Casey's Double. Washington special to Pioneer Press: There»are two senators whose names are very nearly alike and in the reading of them it is often difficult to distinguish one from tho other. They are Casey of North Dakota and Carey of Wyoming. The reportei writing out these names is liable to make his "r" or his "s" so nearly alike that nobody can distinguish them. The intelligent compositor, the para graph editor and tho ever-revengeful proof-reader have succeeded in mixing up these names to a great extent already. Casey has been charged with doing what Carey has done, and vice versa. How ever, Carey is anew arrival in the sen ate, and the intelligent compositor has been aware for some time that Casey is a senator, and knows at once when he sees the name Carey that Casey is meant. Consequently Mr. Casey has been charged with a great deai of the doings of his brother senator from Wyoming, simply because the minds in the average newspa per office are convinced that the reporter or correspondent has made a mistake in writing Carey in connection with the United States senate. The time may come when this will be righted to a cer tain extent, yet the confusion in writing the names is bound to mix them up for some time to come. It happens, bow ever. that both senators are republicans anu both hold the same viewB on many questions that are before the senate, and it is only in minor matters that there is liable to be any confusion of a disagree able nature. Distinguished Visitors. The committee appointed by the legis lature Friday, to pay a visit of inspec tion to the insane asylum, arrived in Jamestown Saturday. It consisted of Senators Little and Bidlake and Repre sentatives White, Richie and Triplett. Senator Bidlake was accompanied by his wife. Superintendent Archibald and Major Lovell, the asylum steward, came with the party—having went out to Bis marck for the purpose of escorting their guests safely to this city. Upon arrival here at 5:30, the entire delegation re paired to the Gladstone and later in the day were driven out to the institution where they remained as Dr. Archibald's guests until Monday. An adjournment having been reached last night till Monday, a large aud jolly squad of the solons, not included in the committee referred to, were alse here -most of whom took ad vantage of the opportunity presented to visit the magnificent buildings dedicated to the care and comfort of the state's un fortunate insane. Some of the gentle men are simply enroute to their homes to spend Sunday. Work ol'a Wheatland Wheip. The east bound Northern Pacific pas senger train, which leaves here at 4:30 p. m., narrowly escaped being wrecked at Wheatland, Thursday night, if the fol lowing from the Eagle of Friday is not overdrawn: Some fool fiend made an unsuccessful attempt last night to lessen the dog pop ulation of Wheatland by tying one of these animals between the rails of the Northern Pacific track, a few rods east of the station. A heavy log chain was wound around*the rail on one side and the hook caught on the other side then the dog was tied to this chain in the cen ter, where he was unable to move either way. Mr. Davis saw him and at once unhooked the chain and let him go. Thit was just a few minutes before No. 8, pas senger, was due and had the train run onto this chain fastened around tho rail, the probabilities are there would not have only been a dead dog but a wrecked train. The man—thing—who did this, deserves a worse fate than that he had planned for the dog and The Eagle would glory in chronicling the event. Standing by Bro. Withaui. To THE EDITOR OF THE ALERT: On file among my vouchers is one for §105.00, signed by Elder Witham of Guelph. Dickey Co., N. D. To the voucher is appended in the Elder's best chirography a hearty ''God bless you.'" Of the alove mentioned sum fifty dol was my own gift, aud fifty-five dollars was given by the attendants at the St. James pro-cathedral. These fifty-five dollars were paid by me to Elder Witham on Jan. Tth, 1891, by check on the Jame6 River National bank of Jamestown. Be sides the donations made by myself and my congregation, Mr. Withaui received about twenty dollars in Jamestown. I know that my money went to a good cause through a good channel. But if any of the other contributors find that they have been swindled, let them come to me, give good reasons for their uneasiness, and get their money refund ed. The Elder and I differ on some the ological points. We agree in the dnty of helping the poor. JOHN SHANLEY. Must be Sold to Close an ICstatc. I would like to have propositions for the purchase of the S. E. 34. Sec. 32, Tp. 137, range 64. This property must bo sold, so don't hesitat9 to make me even a low offer. Address H. M. TABEK, Executor. Ann Arbor. Mich. i)v i, fir, ny "IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?" Death of lie v. N. D. Fanning Following His Sermon Upon That Subject. Marriage of a Popular Local Bachelor to a Vermont Lady. The Council Refuses to Oraut the Petition lor More Light. Sudden Death ofltev. -V. D. Fanning. The many friends of Rev. N. D. Fan ning in this city will be painfully show ed to learn of his death in Minneapolis at five o'clock Sunday afternoon. Full particulars have not yet been received, and it is only known that he was in his usual health in the morning that he filled his engagement to preach at 10:30 o'clock was taken sick soon after and expired at five o'clock. Apoplexy is stated to have been the cause. The following church notice for Sun day's services in the church of which Mr. Fanning was pastor, is clipped from Sat urday's Minneapolis Journal: Oak Lake Congregational—Rev. N. D. Fan ning, morning, l,lsLife Worth Living?" even ing. "The Church anil Membership in it." Rev. Fanning closed bis work with the Robbinsdale church, Dec. 21st, when he accepted a call from the Oak Park con gregation, entering upon his duties as their pastor Jan. 22nd. During his min istry the former church was greatly strengthened and a building costing $4,000 nearly completed. At a meeting of the elders and trustees of the Presbyterian church Monday after noon, resolutions of condolence and re spect were adopted upon Rev. Fanning'e death, and Mr. C. P. Smith was selected to represent Mr. Fanning's old James town congregation at the funeral. Mr. Smith departs for Minneapolis tonight. A meeting of the ministerial associa tion was also held, at the studio of Rev. Wm. Gibb, and it was unanimously de cided to forward a tribute of sympathy to Mrs. Fanning. Beats—Anderson. After^ears of fooling around, of false alarms and much anxiety on the part of his friends, Frank Beals has quit joking and has finally run bis head into the matrimonial noose. His late sickness »as perhaps a conscience stroke, for no sooner was he able to travel than he left for his old home in Vermont and immed iately upon his arrival there, his old friends herefelt that something was going to drop. The gay young man, and fav orite with every one, is no longer the elegant bachelor of yore, whose clothes fit him to perfection, and whose diamonds shine like electric lights. His wild career of irresponsible, devastating single blessedness, has been effectually checked, and so small an obstructionist as master Cupid has done it. Cards have been received announcing that Carrie M. Anderson and Frank M. Beals were mar ried at Barton Landing, Vt., January 22, 1891, and that the Lappy couple will be at home at the Gladstone hotel, James town, North Dakota, after Feb. 10th. Mrs. Beals is an accomplished and charming lady, whose presence here will be welcomed by hosts of friends of the groom while everybody's congratula tions to the latter are of the most sincere and hearty character. The Alert joins in wishing for Mr. and Mrs. Beals along and prosperous married life. city Council. A regular meeting of the city council was held Monday night Alderman Steel presiding, in theabsenceof Mayor Fuller. Messrs. Driscoll, Eager, Hotchkiss Ivellev and Stariha were present. A communication from Geo. C. Eager was read and placed on file. The city clerk's financial report was similarly dis posed of. Wm. Gleason was allowed for dry ing out hose belonging to the fire department. An adverse report was received from the Electric Light committee, upon the petition for an arc light at the corner of Main street and Fourth avenue. The report was adopted. Alderman Stariha offered a resolution, which was adopted, instructing the city treasurer to transfer 641-.S0 from penalty and interest, to the interest. fund. Upon motion of Alderman Hotchkiss, the water works committee was requested to have pipe, etc.. at the depot, put in some safe place. The council then adjourned. Karlopolis. The hearts of the Karlopolitans are delighted by the heaviest snowfall of the winter—fully four inches on the level. This part of North Dakota is already a thrifty stock-raising country. Fully one thousand head of cattle and horses—it is estimated—are to be found within a n'dius of five or six miles around about. Karlopolis. This is exclusive of the sheep which will exceed that number. The Gifford literary club holds weekly meetings which are made interesting by a full program each week. Last week, in addition to recitations, singing, read ings and speeches, the tariff question was discussed with a relish, which show ed a deep interest in the question. This week the subject of the desirability of a third party will be debated. Several Karlopolitans are regular attendants. SEE C. SEA.