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How a Little Business Prudence
Will Work Wonders for
Tliey Can Make Enough to Build
Grauaries by Holding
Their Wheat.
Some Interesting Agricultural
Statistics Taken From the
Assessors Returns.
Farmers Should Build Granaries.
The press of North Dakota can serve
the interests of their readers in no better
way than by giving publication to saeh
timely and excellent communications as
the following from Hon. F. G. Barlow,
taken from the Foster County Indepen­
Mr. Editor:—It looks at this date as if
the farmers of iorth Dakota would soon
be harvesting a big crop, as big probably
as they ever raised, judging from what I
see at home and hear from all parts of
the state and once secured, the question
how to handle his graic with the greatest
advantage to himself arises with the
farmer. The object of this letter is to
urge upon our farmers the importance of
building granaries at home or clubbing
with their neighbors if necessary to build
some kind of granary storehouse at a
station or elsewhere, anything, any­
where, that will enable them to control
their own product in so far at least as to
save them from the necessity of sacrific­
ing a part of their crop because they
have no place to keep it. Every fall as
soon as the grain is ready to market the
railroads shape matters in this part of
the state at least, in such a way through
their alleged inability, to furnish cars for
the farmers to load on their own account
that they are forced to sell to the eleva­
tors, and that state of affairs continues
until the elevators have been enabled,
thereby, to secure the bulk of the crop,
though it is somewhat difficult to see
where the railroads gain by such a pro
ceduie, as it is not probable that they
get any greater rate of freight from an
elevator company than from a farmer.
No doubt the plea of a shortage on cars
is partly true, as the roads are not pre­
pared, and should not be required to
furnish cars to carry all the grain to mar­
ket in three months or so and be forced
to let them stand idle the rest of the
year, but the farmers have good reason
to believe that the difficulty is aggravat­
ed in the interests of the elevators, the
big companies at least, especially when
it is seen that they have but little ap­
parent difficulty in getting cars when
they need them, while a farmer gets a de­
lusive promise or a bluff only too often.
But really it is of but little use to com­
plain about the railroad and elevator
companies because they play into each
others bands, somebody making money
by the process, as they will continue to
do so, despite nurses or tears, as long
as they are allowed to by the un­
thrifty ways of the farmers them­
selves. The farmer must assert himself
and take a position that will enable him
to control his product until they reach
the best market open to him, and the
only way to do that is to make himself
independent of the local buyers, shipping
his grain where and when he pleases
from his own store house. Be can not
pile it in the field and hold it safely so
the buyer gets it.
There are two advantages in such a
course, his product is not thrown upon
a glutted market helping to intensify
the glut and a consequent lowering of
prices, and he makes the middleuians
profit for his own pockets, not to men­
tion the matter of grades which are likely
to be more satisfactory in Minnesota
than at the home elevator. I have no
fault to find with our local buyers, as it
is only natural that they should seek to
please their employers, and they can
only do so by making money for them.
How many farmers will say that they are
not able to build granaries—"granaries
cost money"—and yet the same men are
able to lose fifty dollars on every thou­
sand bushels of wheat they sell, appar­
ently thus throwing away more than
money enough to build a fair Btore room
to hold 1000 bushels and they continue
to do so year after year.
The man who owns a car load of wheat
can, under ordinary circumstances, save
enough by storing it at bajne until he
can ship it himself, to build a granary to
put it in that will last him for ten years
to come. I know that there are other
reasons beside lack of Btore rooms which
compels the farmer to sell his grain as
soon as threshed—the chattel mortgage
crowd perhaps—but the fact remains
that many sell vvhd are not obliged to,
and if that class would bold, as a general
rule, it would have a tendency to help
their less fortunate neighbors, as well as
themselves, to better shipping facilities
prices. Yonrs tru'.y.
Usury Law Constitutional.
A very important decision was handed
down Wednesday by the supreme court,
being a legal construction of the famous
usury law of 1890. The action was com­
menced before Judge Templeton in
Grand Forks by the Vermont Loan and
Trust company vs. H. L. Whithed, It
was brought to recover from Whithed
judgment on a promissory note end the
statement of the case on the trial showed
that on July 1, 1890, Whithed executed
and delivered to the company a note for
8575, due in five years, and bearing in
terest at the rate of 7 pei cent. At the
time of the execution of the obligation
Whithed received $500, and no more. By
agreement of the parties the remaining
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975 was retained by the loau firm as a
compensation or fee for making the loan.
The point in coutroversy was whether
the transaction comes within the saving
clause of the statute, which provides that
a fee may be retained if the interest and
fee together does not exceed 12 per cent
per annum. The compensation and in­
terest at the rate of 7 per cent for the
time of the note—five years—does not
exceed 12 per cent and hence the validi
ty of the note is claimed. The court
holds that, as it exceeds the sum of 12
per cent for the first year, it is void. The
defendant also claimed that the statute
was void by reasou of making an excep­
tion in its operation in favor of building
and loan associations. This point is over­
ruled by the court. The decision of
Judge Templeton was against the law,
but by decree of the supreme court this
is reversed and the action is dismissed.
The practical effect of the law will be to
do away with the fee business in making
loans, which runs up the rate of interest
paid the first year. The following is the
1. Sestion 4 of chapter 184, laws of
1890, provides that in all loan transac­
tions the written contract shall correctly
state the amount received by the bor­
rower, and the rate of interest to be paid,
and a failure so to do renders the con­
tract usurious and void, except as other­
wise in the chapter provided. Section 7
provides that a loan broker or other per­
son may receive a compensation for pro­
curing a loan when such compensation
and the interest stated in the contract,
together do not exceed 12 per cent per
annum in the aggregate. In a transac­
tion where no middleman was employed
a note was given for 8575, due in tive
years with 7 per cent interest. The bor­
rower received 8509, and no more, $15
being, by agreement, retained for mak­
ing the loan, and the amount so retained
added to the 7 per cent stated in the
note did not exceed 12 per cent on S500
for five years. Held, that if the transac­
tion was usurious under section 4 it was
not saved by the provisions of section 7.
2. A public law of universal interest
to the people of the state and embracing
all the citizens of the state, or all of a
certain class, or certain classes of citizens
and not limited to any particular locality,
is a general and not a special law, as the
term is used in the constitutional mhibi
against special legislation.
3. A statute that grants no privileges
or immunities except such as would ap­
ply to all citizens under the circumstan­
ces and conditions expressed in the stat­
ute, does not violate the constitutional
provisions againt granting special privi­
leges and immunities.
4. The constitutional requirement
that all laws i.t a general nature shall
have a uniform operation is satisfied if
the benefits and burdens of such law fall
equally upon all members of the class or
classes upon which it does operate.
5. The legislature h»s the right to
classify persons or subjects for the pur
popes of legislation. Such classification
must not be arbitrary, but must be based
upon such differences in situation, con­
dition and pumoses between the person
and things included in the class and
those excluded therefrom, as fairJy and
naturally suggest the propriety of and
necessity for different or exclusive legis­
lation in the line of the statute in which
the classification appears.
6. The dealings of building and loan
associations with their own stockholders
differ from ordinary loan transactions to
such an extent as to warrant the legisla­
ture in excepting such associations as to
such dealings from the operation of the
provisions of the general usury law.
7. In construing a particular section
of a statute it is the duty of the court to
ascertain the intent of the legislature
and for that purpose it should consider
the entire statute and its general subject
matter, as well as all other statutes in
pari materia, and where the court is sat­
isfied that adherence to the strict letter
of the law would defeat the object and
intent of the legislature it is the duty of
the court to regard the intent even
where to do so, it is compelled to restrain
the application of the letter.
Stutsman County Statistics.
Assessor John Severn of the Second
district furnishes the following interest­
ing county statistics, which were gather­
ed by the district assessors in their as­
sessing rounds, in accordance with a
new law. The wheat acreage last year was
52,807 acres the yield 450,443. This
would only make an average of about 9
bushels per acre. The yield averaged
better than that, however, and would so
appear were not several thousand acres
that were hailed out inoluded in the
acreage. ThiB year the wheat acreage is
57,407, a slight increase over last year.
The oats acreage last year was 10,856
acres and the jinld 189,669, or 18 bushels
per acre. This year there are 11,538
acres planted to this crop. Six hundred
acres of potatoes were planted and
43,193 bushels were raised. The product
of hay was as follows: Tame 176 tons
prairie, 19,989 millet. 4,044. The amount
of butter made by farmers was 161,497
pounds, and the wool clip was 38,371
pounds, of which 28,800 pounds came
from the Second district. In the First
commissioner district the wheat acreage
was 16,567 and the 110,783 bushels. The
Second, 15,795 acres and 131,824 bushels
the Third, 20,455 acres and 207,836 bush­
els. It will thus be seen that in the First
and Second districts, where the hail
struck, the yield was much less than in
the Third district. The assessors also
made an enumeration of population.
Their returns show a population by com­
missioner districts as follows: First,
1512 Second, 1427 Third, 1565. The
total is about 800 less than the census
gave us. ThiB discrepancy is probably
due to the fact that the census enumer
were the more thorough in their work.
A St. Louis Commission Alan
Gathers up 35,000 Pounds
in Jamestown.
Shipments Already Made Front
Here Aggregate Over
100,000 Pounds.
A Correspondent Discusses Sev­
eral Phases ot the Farmers
Alliance Movement.
A Biff Wool Purchase.
S. Williams, representing the Funsten
commission company of St. Louis, Mis­
souri, has been in the city for several
days. During that time he has made
some very large wool purchases. He
bought what remains of the Lloyd &
Hamilton wool, about 25,000 pounds, and
the clip of the Milsted, Alexander, Wil­
liams and various other flocks. His pur­
chases aggregate 35,000 pounds. The
price paid ranged from 14 to 16 cents per
pound, according to the quality of the
lots. Mr. Williams expects to remain
here several days and then proceed to
Edgeley, where they have a wool market.
From there he will go to Montana,where,
although well along in the season, he
expects to find considerable wool. The
Jamestown shipment, Mr. Williams says,
is the largest single shipment his house,
which handles 2,000,00J pounds a year,
has had this year. It is probably the
largest single shipment ever made from
the state.
Mr. Williams says St. Louis is rapidly
coming to the front us a wool market and
that his and other firms are reaching out
for more territory. This is his first visit
to North Dakota, but hereafter be in­
tends to try for the trade of the north­
west. The condition of the wool market,
he says, is about as uncertain now as one
year ago. Since the opening of the wool
seeson in April the price of wool has
dropped 2% cents. He looks for an ad­
vance this fall, however, i* the big crop
prospects are realized, as that will have a
stimulating effect on all classes of trade.
Mr. Williams had read the report of the
Edgeley man who cut a fleece in twp,
shipped one-half from Dakota to a Chi­
cago wool man and sent the other half
to Wisconsin to be shipped from there to
the same man—and was offered 7 cents
a pound more for the half he shipped
from Wisconsin. He discredited the
story—although as a resident of St.
Louis he was ready to believe most any­
thing of Chicago—but said that if "it
really did occur the men who made the
quotations were inexperienced and did
not know their business." Wool," says Mr.
Williams, '*is bought on its merits" The
fact that Dakota wool is classed as terri­
torial does not operate to the disadvant­
age of the Dakota sheep raiser. A good
quality of wool from Dakota will bring
as much in the market as the same qual­
ity of other wool. What determines, in
a large measure, the price of wool is the
shrinkage. Your North Dakota winds
blow your Bheep full of your black dirt
and your wool is less valuable than that
of Ohio or Wisconsin, because of its
greater shrinkage. The shrinkage in
preparing your wool for the looms is over
60 per cent. It is a line grade of wool
when scoured."
Exclusive of the purchase of Mr. Wil­
liams, over 103,000 poundn of wool have
already been shipped from this place.
Among the large shippers have been
Kirk, Allen & Hathorn with 40,000
pounds, Lloyd & Hamilton 30,000 and
Frank Jandell 15,000.
A Power for Good.
An Alert correspondent takes ocoasion
to present several phases of the alliance
political movement throughout the coun­
try in the following clear and forcible
manner. The various farmers movements
seen in every state, Bhow that the agri­
cultural toilers are certainly agitating a
change in laws affecting their interests,
and that they are almo3t certain to bring
about many changes of benefit rather
than disaster, is haidly to be doubted.
The various movements, conventions and
discussions in the press and in the school
houses of the countrv, can not but result
in abetter understanding of the rights
of the agricultural laborer and other
classes of people. The correspondent
What is to be the outcome of the
present movement of the farmers and
toilers of this country? This question is
prominent before the people of this
nation, and it is not the least of the
many questions being agitated by our
people at the present time. That in the
united eforts of the toilers for a greater
reform in the management of our nation­
al affairs they have discarded the third,
or prohibition party, was demonstrated
both at the national council at Ocala,
Fla., by refusing to endorse prohibition,
or make it apart of their reform move­
ment, and at Cincinnati, by refusing to
give it a place in the platform, or declar­
ation ot purposes. We predict therefore
that the third, or prohibition party, will
remain in the field as a distinct and inde­
pendent party.
It is a mattter of no little moment
among the farmers of the country, as to
whether or not the alliance is drifting
into one or the other of the old parties,
or whether the Cincinnati convention
will result in a full fledged fourth inde­
pendent political party. The far sighted
leaders of the Farmers' alliance and In­
dustrial union, appear to take in the
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situation. Indeed it must be apparent
to all thinking alliance men of both
north and south, that such a division of
voters of the nation as a fourth party
will make, can only result in the success
of one of the old parties. The farmers
are not united in the movement, born of
the Cincinnati convention. Indeed the
farmers of the south are more closely
united against it than the farmers in the
north are united for it.
While we would not make the sweep­
ing charge that there are designing men
in the farmers movement—men bent on
carrying the alliance into one of the old
parties, yet we cannot refrain from say­
ing, that to the average citizen there does
appear in Bight, a disposition to lean
Btrongly toward toward the democratic
The Alliance state organ for North
Dakota, is partly a democratic paper,
and is issued out of a democratic office.
This, however, may be partly on account
of superior facilities in and arourd the
It is currently reported that an effort
is being made for a union ot the alliance
and democracy in the state of Kansas.
In the state of Texas—the state that
gave birth to and has become the strong
hold of the Farmers alliance—there is to­
day a division in the ranks that must
seriously retard the work of the order.
A convention of the members of the
alliance who have repudiated a portion
of the Ocala platform was held July 11th
at Fort Worth. This convention called
a national convention to be composed of
brother uih.uice men of the United States
to meet in St. Louis, September 15,1891.
This doubtless is in opposition to the
plan of the Cincinnati convention.
The alliance in the
of Missouri is
overwhelmingly democratic—and will
work in and with the democracy. This
is doubtless true of the alliance of every
southern state. In their tour of the
south, President Polk and Congressman
Livingston of Georgia, expounded the
plan and principles of the order in detail.
At a large alliance gathering
ton, Georgia, on June 24th, Col. Living­
ston is reported by a southern paper to
have made a bold and manly defense of
democratic principles, and to have said
that every plank in the Ocala platform is
pure democratic doctrine. President
Polk and Col. Livingston are good
authority on all matters pertaining to
the alliance, than whom none stand
higher among alliance men.
The outcome of the great reform
movement of the farmers can be only
what they make it. Either a power for
good in the land or else a power to ele­
vate designing men into lucrative gov­
ernmental positions.
The Agricultural College.
President Stockbridge of the North
Dakota agricultural college, and Pro­
fessor Ladd of the same institution
spent the day in Jamestown. They were
piloted around the various points of in­
terest by Capt. Wade, and driven to the
latters stock farm.
President Stockbridge is anticipating
a year of great progress in the institution
at Fargo. Th9 summer vacation is be­
ing utilized by the faculty in gathering
information relative to the state's
flora, and to the almost un­
limited and unknown agricultural re­
sources. There are at present five bota­
nists in the field gathering specimens
which are being preserved for the future.
"The college building has practically
been turned into a herbarium"
said the professor. "We receive
thousands of specimens of curious
and interesting plants. The express
brings us daily something from the men
in the field. All parts of the state are
being visited and examined. It is a diffi­
cult matter to preservo entire the color of
the flowers we press, but much time and
effort is being made to do so as completely
as possible.I think the prepared specimens
found in gift books, iu which the colors
are perfectly natural and life-like have
been touched up by hand. The extrac­
tion of the juice of the plant tends to de­
stroy the clear colors. There is a good
deal of work to be done in this region
which is comparatively new aud yet full
of interest to botanists and scientists.
Their investigations can not but be of
benefit to the people a practical way."
County Business Matters.
There has been little business in equal­
ization of taxes by the county commis­
sioners. There were a few kicks made
but none that showed any great injustice
done by the assessors.
The levy for the road and bridge fund
remains the same as last year the levy
foi the county fund is the same, but that
of the sinking fund has been raised
§4,500 over last year.
Treasurer Flint has paid out about
§15,000 to the school townships and for
various expenses, sinco July 1. He still
has plenty of funds on hand to meet all
demands on him.
The commissioners are expecting to
get bids before long for the purchase of
election booths required by the Austral­
ian law. There are two firms making a
specialty of manufacturing booths and
the agent of one is expected here soon.
The latest and apparently the best booth
is said to bo made of sheet iron and can
be folded aud put away without much
trouble. The re-distncting o£ the county
into large and inconvenient voting pre­
cincts is found not to be necessary.
There will probably be few changes
made, in this respect, although there is a
desire on the part of a number of resi­
dents of the First ward to divide that
precinct. A part of this precinct extends
to within a short distance of Ypsilanti.
It is proposed to establish a new voting
place at the Dewey school house, to save
the distance a large number of farmers
have to travel in order to vote in that
precinct. Whether the commissioners
will do this or not is undetermined.
Boiler and engine repairing done by J.
T. Eager.
Vengeance of Prohibition sits
Wreaked on the Inoffensive
Bar Boom Fixtures.
As by Law Provided, Sheriff
Schmitz Destroys two Wagon
Loads ot Property.
Jamestown Capitalists are Seri­
ously Considering an Opera
House Project.
Prohibition Vandalism.
The thirty days allowed W. M. Cowan
to file his answer in the proceedings
against him for violation of the prohi­
bition law having expired Tuesday,
States Attorney Gonklin went before
Judge Rose and secured a decree of
judgment, ordering the destruction of
the bar, liquors, and bottles and barrells
containing the same, gambling tables,
screens, signs, chairs, corkscrews, etc.,
etc., found in the building when the
seizure was made. Accordingly Sheriff
Schmitz carted off two wagon loads of
the contents of the place Wednesday.
They were taken back of Mayor Fuller's
barn near the river and there cut up and
destroyed. Cowan's place has been in
the sheriff's charge for a month and the
destruction of the furniture and contents
of the place, which had been conducted
as a saloon, is in accordance with the
provisions of the prohibition law. There
were only a few bottles of liquor and cor­
dials found on the premises and all of
them were broken by the sheriff and the
ground irrigated with the contents. The
property destroyed is valued at 8200 or
$300. Among the contents of the build­
ing was an iron safe, which escaped de­
struction. The billiard table in the ad­
joining billiard room also escaped.
North Dakota Wants the Editors, Too
Several enterprising North Dakotans
are Crying to induce the editors in St.
Paul to take a trip into this state and
see the greatest wheat field vision on
earth. John Dwight of the Dwight
farm, Senator Hansbrouah, General
Passenger Agents Fee and Whitney and
others, have been trying to get the edi­
tors on a special train to convey them to
Wahpeton, Fargo, Grand Forks or any
other point where they could be enter­
tained The value of a personal inspec­
tion of North Dakota's condition, right
now, by editors of newspapers in every
state in the Union, could hardly be esti­
mated. There is no question but what
many of the visitors, especially the south­
ern delegates. have a poor opinion of this
region and let no opportunity escape of
ventilating it. One visit to the state,
and a few prayer meeting exercises in
the wheat fields tomorrow—Sunday—
would have a great tendency to correct
many wrong impressions. There are so
many different excursions and pleasure
plans laid for the visiting newspaper
men by the Twin city entertainers, ana
by West Superior and Duluth parties,
that it is doubtful if the North Dakota
visit can be secured, but active efforts
are being made to get it, just the same.
A New Opera House a Probability.
There is a strong probability that
Jamestown theatre eoers will be wit­
nessing plays in a new theatre before
snow flies. Plans for such a structure
have been secured and Saturday an
Alert reporter was privileged to inspect
them. The plans call for a block 50x140,
with two store rooms 50 feet deep in
front, the space of 50x90 in the rear be­
ing devoted to the opera house. Between
the two store rooms is a wide passage
way which leads to the box office and
entrance of the theatre. The plans call
for commodious stage, dressing rooms,
gallaries and private boxes. There is to
be arising floor for the better accom­
modation of the audience. The seating
capacity is to be 640. The gentlemen
for whom the plans were drawn have
been considering the matter of erecting
an opera house for some months. They
have not yet fully determined what to do
and therefore do not desire publicity at
the present. The gentlemen are resi­
dents of Jamestown and have an abun­
dance of capital, so that the opera house
is a certainty if they decide that it can
be made a paying investment. If the
opera house plan is decided against, a
block of stores will be erected.
Look out for Prairie Fires.
If people do not take early precautions
there will be serious losses from prairie
fires this fall. Every farmer must know
that no such grass has grown on the
prairie for five or six years as there is
now. The fires of tho last two or three
seasons have been of slight consequence,
because of the growth of grass, but this
fall it will be very different. In tbe
hurry of harvest and threshing everyone
is liable to forgot or put off protecting
his property. Plowing breaks ought to
begin as early as August first, and burn­
ing between furrows should be done as
an extra safeguard. Fires will jump a
long distance and heat will be great
owing to the large amount of material
which will feed the flames this year. If
care is not taken the result of a whole
year's work and waiting is liable to be
lost in a few moments. Farmers and
neichbors everywhere ought to combine
to prevent the starting of a general fire
in any locality. The advantages of keep
mg the grass on the prairies are so many
that it iB unnecessary to enumerate them
If farmers would protect tbe grass for
live years they could mow hay on the
uplands, and get a better quality than is
now obtained in sloughs.
The Russian Cactus. i.
Henry Mulberger, of Watertown, Wis.,
a gentleman who has large investment*
here, has interested tbe national depart*
ment of agriculture in tbe Russian cactus
of which mention has frequently been
made by The Alert and which is
found quite numerously in La
Moure county. The LaMoure Chronicle
says in this connection: Mr. Mulberger,
wrote to the department of agriculture
about the cactus. The reply received by
him said that his letter had been sub
mitted to Ass't Sec. Wilhts, who ordered
the Botanical department to take hold of
the matter. They are not familar with
tbe pest, and for the purposes of study
seat Mr. Mulberger "franks" for transit
of specimen. Mr. M. sent tbeee franks
to Air. Powers. He has given them to
C. W. Davis, who will, as soon, as he can
get a good specimen, forward it to the
department. A thorough analysis of
the weed, and the beBt way to treat it,
may be expected as a result of Mr. Mul
berger's interest.
Free Scholarship.
At a meeting of the board of directors
of the North Dakota Agricultural college,
held July 2, it was voted that a scholar­
ship entitling its holder to free room-rent
in the North Dakota Agricultural college
be placed at the disposal of the board of
county commissioners fcr each organized
county of the state. Tuition is free to
all citizens of the state. The scholarship
therefore, entitles its possessor to a free
collegiate education in this institution
for one year, with the exception of trav­
eling expenses and such incidentals as
board, fuel and washing. Tbis offer pre­
sents an opportunity for some deserving
Stutsman county lad. Further particu­
lars can be learned upon applicption to
the county commissioners or by writing
the North Dakota Agricultural College,
Advertised Letters.
List of uncalled for letters in the post
office at Jamestown, North Dakota, for
the week ending July.20,1891:
Brown, Mrs. Henry Huttam, Nellie
Broughton, Mrs Merriam, Mande
Devor Miss Carrie Paulhamus, Carrie
Anderson, A Grig, John
Baker, Hudson W. Lande, Frank
Barnes, N Malone, W
Boman, Paul, W W
Carrington, Mr Reed, W
Durand, Weeves, Frans
If not called for within 14 days, will
be sent to the dead letter office. In call­
ing for these letters, please say adver­
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They Like the Weekly.
Every day brings an increase in the
Weekly Alert's subscription lists. The
circulation of the paper is steadily
growing. Old readers continue to take
the paper and new ones are finding out
that it pays to do so. It is worth the
price to any person interested in the
state in any way. The Alert is read
with as much interest by people out side
of the state as those here. As a complete
recorder of events, and a loyal newspaper
advocate, many have declared tbe paper
to be unsurpassed by any journal in the
state, and The Alert is naturally grati­
fied at being able to record tbis item
along with its hundreds of others.
Their First Statement.
The first statement of the Lloyds
National bank is published elsewhere,
and for the short time since organization
makes an excellent showing. Cashier
James Lloyd says that the next state­
ment will undoubtedly show a much
heavier volume of business. The de­
posits at this season of the year are
lighter than usual in all banks but the
Lloyds show a total of about $146,000.
Headquarters for machine oil. Strong
& Chase.
Will Fletcher returned from "Valley
City last evening where he has been em­
ployed by the North Dakota Elevator
company. There are four elevators at
Valley City, one of which alone received
over a million bushels of wheat last year.
This was the North Dakota elevator.
What the others received is not stated,
but this speaks well for Valley City.
Henry E. Bowen of New York, a gen­
tleman representing one of the standard
proprietary remedies of tbe world, was
looking up business in Jamestown today.
Mr. Bowen is impressed with the great
prospects before the state and predicts
an awakening of favorable interest in
eastern states when the results of the
present crop year are made jjenerallv
The reports of the hail storm at Oriska
Monday afternoon have not been exag­
gerated. The grain between Tower City
and Oriska. in the track of the storm, is
said to have been cut down within two
inches of the ground, as if it had been
mowed. The hail pounded the heads and
stalks into the ground clear out of sight.
An Oriska dispatch says, "hail fell two
inches deep and as large as butternuts.
Three thousand acres are probably de­
stroyed. The buildings today show" the
hail marks and the windows in almost
every house are broken." At Inketer,
Grand Forks county, on the 15th hail
did §20,000 damage to crops.
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