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The Dully Alert is delivered In the city by ca •lera, at 60 cents a month. Daily. one year $6 00 Dally, six mouths 3 00 Dally, three months 1 50 Weekly, one year 8 00 Weekly, six months 100 DAILY (EXCEPT SUNDAY) & WEEKLY W. R. KELLOGG. THE advocates of electrocution and tbe opponents of capital punishment are both making capital out of the recent Minnesota hangings. The former, while the people are still shuddering at the slow strangulation of the victims, fiod the time ripe for a renewal of their de mands for a ''more humane" method of execution, and the latter seize the favor able opportunity to reiterate their ar raignments of tbe capital punishment law. Last Sunday at Fergus Falls the Con gregational minister used the Gobeeti banging as a text and delivered there from a powerful arraignment of the law. Tbe good pastor presents a number of weighty specifications. He calls atten tion to the fact that the higher the pen alty the harder it is to convict, and avers that capital punishment frequently pre vents a criminal from being punished at all, as juries hesitate to convict because of the death penalty. Executions are flatly termed duplications of the murders they are designed to punish. Lynch law, be thinks,only does on the impulse of the moment what the state does by a deliber ate plan. In connection with the fact that capital punishment is based upon the old scriptural law of ''an eye for an eye," it is interesting to notice that the Fergus Falls minister found a biblical text more in accordance with the spirit of the Master he serves, "Render to no man evil for evil." It is plainly the duty of society to pro tect itself: to restrain and punish all who menace its peace and security. But in this humane age there are serious doubts as to whether that right or duty extends so far as the taking of the life of its re fractory members. Modern society holds life far more sacred than did ancient society. By the law of Moses a great many offenses were pun ished by death—even to Sabbath break ing and disobedience to parents. In Eng land the list of capital crimes was once a terrible one and its reduction shows the rapid progress of the humanitarian spirit that actuates the opposition to the death penalty. It is said that when Blackstone wrote his Commentaries, but little more than a century ago, he could enumerate one hundred and sixty felonies punish able by death. Gradually this fearful list has been reduced until murder and treason are now the only crimes punish able by death in England. By a similar process the laws of the United States have been slowly but steadily purged of the death penalty. In several states laws have been passed abolishing the «death penalty—substituting life impris onment. Such a change recently made in Italy is said to have materially decreased the number of murders, thereby sub stantiating the claim that life imprison ment is the greater punishment and the surer way of preventing others from •committing the crime, besides prevent ing the murderer from repeating his crime. The abolition of the death penalty seems only to be a matter of time in this country. It is in the line of humani tarian progress. The taking of human life under the form of law is but a relic of barbarism and its abolition is but the natural sequence of the better and higher civilization that is surely coming. IN the Donaelly libel case it would seem manifestly impossible that a man of the plaintifl's discernment would bring a law suit of that character if he was guilty of the corruption he knew would be charged against him, could any such be found. He knew too well that the skill and malice of his opponent would neglect to make public no scrap of damagiug testimony. But Mr. Donnelly calmly brings the suit, in the face of a known prejudice against him, as was lately shown in the court room by the mob, aad encouraged and abetted by the reporters for the press. Tbe plaintiff's actions are those of a man with a con science at ease. He testifies to being a poor man all his life and the defense have not shown to the contrary. Ouly in recent years, when the profits of his books have brought him in money, has Mr. Donnelly been in comparatively good circumstances. In the course of a long life as a leader of political parties, subjected to exigencies of every descrip tion, dealing with all classes of men, the plaintiff has shown himself to be remark ably clean handed. The charges against bim are of so old a date that, doubt arises aato their truth, at once. If Mr. Donnelly is tbe corrnptionist and disembler that the Twin city press dsclare he is, some more recent evidence from the hundreds of men with whom the plaintiff has had dealings would, most likely, have been unearthed. But nothing of the kind has occnr«d. His rebuttal of the Bill King testimony is complete aad convincing. The men who testify against him are known as his political enemies and have DO doubt felt the sting of the Donnelly lash. The trial will enhance his rep utation as one of the ablest and mopt re markably intellectual men of the day. It will also clear away in the minda of many, any doubts as to his character for probity, for every charge that can be urged against him has been aired. The end of this noted trial will not convince the impartial reader that Mr. Donnelly, the writer, teacher, author, lecturer, pol itician, literary gentleman is tbe oool vil lain and grand scoundrel depicted weekly, monthly, yearly by certain newspapers in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. ONE week's clear weather in North Da kota has been vouchsafed the farmers and it is easy to Bee that they have im proved every day of it. Wheat stacks are going up on every hand, and the sit uation in this county is probably but a duplicate of that of every other grain growing county in tbe state. There has been a great deal of threshing done the past week as well as stacking, but farmers are not now waiting on the unoertain movements of threshers. Stacking grain is the work of the hour, and necessary work it is. Fall plowing ia beginning, but with the very best that can be done, a decreased acreage is bound to follow the unusual delays of the wet weather. This decreased acreage means an addi tional money value to every bushel of wheat already raised. Farmers are also realizing tbe drawbacks of the season, and are discounting the future by build ing granaries on their farms to hold as much of the wheat they thresh as possi ble. In this respect anew era of farm methods is beginning in the state, in augurated by tbe lessons of losses and the bitter experiences of the past. SENATOR Hansbrough has laid out a good deal of work of a practical and de sirable character to occupy his time this winter. According to the Grand Forks News the senator has determined to try and get all the old swamp and arid lauds in this state, and which were formerly ceded to Minnesota, deeded to this state. Much of this old land grant has been drained and has proved very valuable. It is a matter involving at present fully 8H,000,000 to the state, and if success fully carried through may some time prove of untold wealth to North Dakota. There are many persons who believe the famous Bad lands on the western border are full of valuable metals. Another important matter to which Senator Hansbrough will give his atten tion is to secure to North Dakota the 5 per cent premium from tbe sale of public land since admission to the Union. Mon tana and South Dakota haye already re ceived their quota, amounting to S20,#00 in Montana and 811,897.50 in South Da kota. In this state it will amount to fully 825,000. THE Methodist conference at Grand Forks resolved on. the prohibition ques tion as fully as was expected. The min isters rejoiced over the victories won in tha interests of morals and temperance in this state during tbe year last past. They congratulated themselves and others over the improved condition of morality wherever the law has been en forced. They rejoiced that the iniquitous plan of the republican majority in the last legislature to annul the liquor legisla tion was frustrated by a sudden deliver ance, which was attributed to Providence and not the capital removal matter. They did not desire to make prohibi tion a matter of politics, but believed in prohibitionists refusing to vote for any party directly or indirectly in league with the traffic. While urging prohibi tion of the drinking of liquors by law, the conference also protested against the use of tobacco, but not to the extent of advocating a prohibitory tobacco law. IT seems that the Minnesota republi can executive committee is not in favor of calling a general meeting of the party, neither are the republicans generally throughout that state. However, the party managers in the Twin cities are ex tremely anxious to get the harmony salve at work and are urging the holding of a meeting. The same condition pre vails in this 6tate—the republicans of the rank and file are not desirous of be ginning a campaign now for 1892. and the party managers are. To this end the November meeting of the republican ex ecutive committee,has been called for Nov. 10, for the alleged purposes of harmon izing and unifying the political elements. HON. DANIKL DORCHESTER, govern ment superintendent of Indian schoolp, has been making a trip of inspection in tbe northern part of the state, and western reservations. His mission is to look after the sanitary as well as the educational interest* of the schools. According to the 'Minot Re porter he is very much opposed to the contract system of schools for the Indian children. He also considers the Turtle Mountain the hotbed of propagation and advises the government to adopt strict measures regarding the Canadian half breed invasion into this reservation. COL. PLUMMER is earnestly soliciting business for Uncle Sam's Minot land office, over which he presides as receiver. The colonel wants settlers in the Mouse river country, and incidentally filings in the Minot land office, with tbe accom panying fees as prescribed by law. In the last issue of the Minot Journal there appears, over bis own signature, a boom article in which the quality of tbe land is extolled and theattrnctions forsettlers enumerated in the colonel's usual happy and convincing manner. THE Ellendale Commercial believes in voting for republican candidates for tbe office of oounty commissioner with the same party zeal and enthusiasm that one would have in votiug for the presi dent of the United States. While the opinion of the Commercial may be that of others, yet it is not believed that party politics will elect county commis sioners generally in North Dakota this year. In every county the people will vote for the best men for these local of fices regardless of political whips, and just as they have done in the past. THIS administration is entering into the needs of the people and taking a deep interest in tbe affairs of their daily life. One of the illustrations of this is the in creased activity in the weather bureau. Under Secretary Busk's direction, weather maps are now printed and sent out daily from sixty stations, and the edition has increased to 4,000 daily. The telegraphic reports are also largely in creased in number and detail. All the business and agricultural communities are getting the weather forecasts with regularity and profit. BRAINEY Mr. Donnelley does not be lieve that Chicago will always bold its commercial supremacy, which he says has been acquired by the fact that water transportation is and has been cheaper than rail. The progress in electrical in ventions must eliminate the advantages of water ways. The Mississippi and Mis souri rivers are no longer factors in the making of freight rates. The great lakes will eventually cease to be competitors, and such cities as Duluth and Chicago will quickly feel the result of cheaper power by rail. MAJOR GEORGE K. SHAW has assumed control of the Fargo Argus. Mr. Shaw is a newspaper man who has done service on the big papers of Minneapolis, and promises to give the best he has to the Argus. It is hoped that the paper will become thoroughly North Dakotan, un der the new management, and use its in fluence in the real interests of its patrons here. To do this it must necessarily ad vocate many mterests and measures di rectly in conflict with those of Minne apolis, and with interests that center there. POLITICS in North Dakota will be lively next fall, if the county commis sioner election Nov. 3,is any criterion. Notwithstanding the overwhelming im portance of securing the crops, the germs of a very active political campaign for 1892, are being discovered on all sides. There are numerous party and indepen dent nominations and the best men •eetn likely to win regardless of every other influence. AGAIN has President Harrison's admin istration touched a popular chord in the proposition to establish daily mails to country districts. Postmaster General Wanamaker is of the opinion that the plan is feasible. Daily mails, better roads, easier, quicker communication between the country and city, are matters which this government is properly concerned with, and should bring about. FOR reasons which the people will un derstand better, later on, the erection of buildings for the deaf and dumb school, the soldiers' home and Normal schools, has been abandoned for this year. All of these were new and unnecessary institu tions created by acts of thp last legisla ture THE official report of the German har vest makes the wheat crop 18 per cent, and rye 20 per cent, below an average yield. Barley is 5 per cent and oats 12 per cent above an average yield. The officials hold that the general result does not warrant fears of widespread disaster. TnE able St. Paul lawyer, Cyrus Wei lington, seems to have emerged from the Donnelly libel suit with a greatly in creased reputation for himself, but in no sense at the expense of his client, the newspapers of the Twin city to the con trary notwithstanding. AN enthusiastic admirer of Col. Pat Donan has written a poem about him, in memory of an evening spent with the gifted conversationalist in an Alabama town. Nothing that the colonel ever did in North Dakota should have hurled him to that fate. IT is reported that the president is holding off the Fargo postoffice appoint ment and the congressional delegation of the state is awaiting the aotion of Gov. Burke, who desires to make a recom mendation in the matter. NOT the least satisfactory evidence of success to Henry Villard, is the esteem in which he is held by the people along the line of the Northern Pacific. They have confidence in him and are always ready to do him honor. THE New Rockford Transcript seems to be flourishing like the bay tree. A new press, new type, new advertisements—all point to the open road of prasperity for our brother of the craft. ANY doubts as to Senator Hansbrough's republicanism will be completely dis pelled before he finishes his six year's term in the senate. Wanted—Teams to draw wheat to ele vator, also 300 acres plowing to let at $1.50 per acre. W. B. S. Trimble. Adjourned the Court. Judge Rose went to Carrington Mon day to open a term of the district court but fouad the sentiment of nearly every court official and the people as well so averse to doing anything that would take the jurors and witnesses from the threshing crews, that the judge adjourned the court sine die, without calling any jury. To have done this would have taken men from every field almost and made threshing crews even more shorthunded than they now are. The same action will most likely be taken in regard to the Griggs county term which is ordered for the 19th of November Farmers will appreciate the action of tbe judge in adjourning court at this time of the year when only a few days remain for plowing back ground and when every man and team is needed to care for the crop. In both counties the judge will attend to all court cases and the making of citizens the same as usual. Home Stutsman County Yields. Peter Fried, near the Mutz school house, threshed 6,026 bushels of wheat off of 260 acres, or 23 bushels per acre. Ed Sunday, at Edmunds, threshed 3,* 600 bushels of wheat from 140 acres— average 26 bushels. George Bronson, of Spiritwood station, threshed 4,500 bushels of wheat from 190 acres, about one-half of it No. 1 hard— average 23 bushels per acre. Orrin Carter, of Beaver precinct, threshed 1,600 bushels of wheat from 70 acres—average about 23 bushels. Mr. Carter has yet 300 acres of wheat to thresh. W. M. Bartholomew reports the yield on his place at Pingree as follows: 3,300 bushels of wheat on 132 acres—average 25 bushels 1,650 bushels of oats on 30 acres—average 55 bushels per acre 510 bushels of barley on 18 acres—average 35 bushels. Fred Wanner, at Pingree, threshed 646 bushels of wheat from 17 acres—average 38 bushels. Notice to Subscribers. All new subscribers to The Weekly Alert who pay for a year's subscription in advance from January 1,1892, will re ceive the paper free for tbe remainder of 1891. This applies equally to old sub scribers who settle arrearages to date and pay a year in advance. North Dakota News Notes. Several carloads of baled hay are ship ped from Bismarck daily. The Dickinson Press says prohibition is not a success in that city. It is reported that the Portland News will be removed to May ville. The Presbyterians heve ninety churches and fifty ministers in North Dakota. Walker's saw mill at Grand Forks cut 13,000,000 feet of lumber this season. A marked improvement is noticeable in the Casselton Reporter, under the new management. Bishop Shanley confirmed over three hundred Russians in Mclutosh county, last Sundav. The working day in the Northern Pa cific repair shops at Fargo has been re duced to nine hours. J. B. Honeyman of Sherbrooke, has sent a 10-pound sugar beet to the agri* cultural college for analysis. Wm. E. Towe was "held up" on one of the back streets of Fargo, Wednesday night, and robbed of 882.50. The payment of the Sisseton Sioux has finally been completed and tbe "noble red man" will proceed to live high ou "lemon extract" for a time. A boiler of a threshing engine ex ploded Wednesday afternoon on one of the Grandin farms, killing live men outright and seriously injuring others. Cause of explosion unknown. The Carrington Independent says the brass band is a "go" at that place, and that the instruments have been ordered. Those people will be entitled to sympathy —for a while, at least. Grand Forks Herald: The present con ference is an important one and it is the largest one in the history of the district About sixty voting members are present representing eighty-five charges. The Grand Forks News greets the M. E. conference thus: Hark! Ilark! The dogs do bark, The preachers are coming to town, Some with smiles, some with tiles— Young chickens are wearing a frown. STATE OP OHIO, CITY OF TOLEDO, LUCAS COUNTY. FRANK J. CHENEY makes oath that he is tbe senior partner of the firm of F. J. CHENEY & Co., doing business in tbe City of Toledo, County and State aforesaid, and that said firm will pay the Bum of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS for each and every case of CATARRH that cannot be cured by tbe use of IIALL"S CATARRH CURE. FRANK J. CHENEY. Sworn to before me and subscribed in my presence, this 6th day of Deeember, A. D. 1886. A. W. GLEASON, |SEAL.] Notary Public. Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken internally and acts directly on the blood and mu cous surfaces of tbe system. Send for testimonials free. F. J. CHEENEY & CO., Toledo, O. Sold by Druggists, 75c. Taken Up One gray horse, weight about 800 pounds. Branded or on left hip. M. T. RICHARDS, Sec. 18, Twp. 139-65. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. OFFICIAL. Proceedings of board of county oom* missioners in session at 10 o'clock a. tn., October 24tb, 1891. Full board present. Minutes of last meeting read and ap proved. On motion the following bills were al lowed A. Ellingson, cancelling road cer tificate No. 5, Diet. No. 4 6 40 A. Ellingson, cancelling road cer tificate No. 8, Dist. No. 4 3 20 A. Ellingson. cancelling road cer tificate No. 3, Dist. No. 4 12 80 Jno. J. Roper, wood for county office 4 50 John J. Roper, coal for poor 8 50 S. 8. Pulver. boarding poor 7 50 North Dakota Capital, printing.. 17 94 James Boyd, services on roads... 4 00 George D. Barnard & Co., book.. 28 75 J. J. Leisch, services and mileage caring for poor 4 50 J. J. Eddy, services, transporta tion and mileage caring for poor, 112 38 On motion the Jamestown Alert was designated as the newspaper for tbe pub lication of tbe delinquent tax list for the year 1890, and the county auditor be and is hereby directed and instructed to cause said delinquent list to be published according to law. On motion board adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock p. ra. Board met at 2 o'clock p. m. as per ad journment. F. E. Thorold, coroner, presented re port and account in the matter of an in quest held on the dead body of George Williams. On motion the report was accepted, ap proved and fees allowed. On motion tbe district attorney was instructed to proceed with the collec tions of all seed and grain liens due this county for seed furnished needy farmers in the spring of 1891. On motion the following bills were allowed: E Bischoff, hides furnished for fire break burner, claimed 14.25 allowed 12 25 S Wndswortb, salary 52 06 Peter Haas, boarding poor 28 20 The Alert,printing and stationery 36 50 Gull River Lumber Co., fuel to courthouse 92 00 Gull River Lumber Co., coal fur nished to poor 7 50 Halstead & Wood, coffin, under taking and burning Geo- Wil liams, claimed 834.58 allowed.. 32 50 Halstead & Wood, coffin under taking and buryingJJoe Baeren, claimed 851, allowed 28 50 Port?.,for lot and digging grave 313, allowed for digging grave. 5 00 W W Graves, balance of salary for third quarter 25 00 On motion the county treasurer was requested to insist on tbe payment or all delinquent personal property tax for the year 1890 at once. On motion the county auditor was directed to notify all road supervisors of this county that they be requested to deliver at the court house all county property and make reports on or before Deo. 31st. 1891. On motion board adjourned to meet at 10 o'clock a. m. Nov. 7th, 1891. W. W. GRAVES, COMPETITORS AT SEA TO MEET OUR PRICES. BUT THE PUBLIC ARE HAVING A FEAST OF BARGAINS. The Rush, Backed by Low Prices, Fills our Stores. HERE'S AN ASTONISHER! Hand turned Ladies' Shoes, every pair warranted, Kid and Goat Shoes, worth $2, all go today at A fine, heavy, large all Wool $6 Blanket, at A good heavy grey Pants for men, at Boys' Knee Pants, worth 50c, Men's heavy Underwear, sells everywhere at 75c, only 44 44 44 44 44 A big lot of Children's Underwear, at A large line of Ladies' Fine Wool Underwear, FUR CAPES AND MUFFS AT A BIG REDUCTION. CLOAKS AND JACKETS £.« during this sale, make prices that we are posi tive can't be beat and as many have said they are far below prices quoted by several of the large concerns. We have twice as large a stock as any other concern in Jamestown and we are positive we can please you and at the same time save you several dollars. SHAW & CO. JAMESTOWN, N. D., LEADERS IN LOW PRICES FOR RELIABLE GOODS. BUTTBEICK'S ZE^TTZaZROSrS. County Auditor. Dr. E. M. Johnson has purchased tbe latest improvement in dentistry. It is a new discovery for filling teeth without pain. $2 50 1 25 5 00 1 50 29 50 98 25 98 $1.50, A Sample Endorsement. The following is a eample of how they all talk. In replying to enquries, Mr. Eugene Clark says: SIEBERT Farm, Oct 6,1891. D. E. Hughes, Jamestown.—Answer ing your enquries as to how I like the SOLID COMFORT gang plow, will say that after having used all kinds of plows I have found none to equal it in quality of work. It is the lightest draft plow I ever hitched to. I run three gaugs and pick my poorest horses for the SOLID COMFORT. I think it the strongest and most durable plow made—briefly, per fection in a gang plow. Yours, E. E. CLABK, Manager Siebert Farm Teachers* Examination. At the court house, November 13th. Applicants will come supplied with ne cessary stationery, promptly at 9 o'clock. T. S. WADSWORTII. Wanted—2,000 pounds butter. Strong & Chase. Large stock of machine oils just re ceived at W. Baldwin's city drug store Wanted—By Eager, a good set of old separator trucks. Be sure and see Montgomery & Flint before buying furniture and carpets. Machine oil, like everything else, is cheap at Strong & Chase's. Belts big and little, long and short, leather and rubber, and cylinder teeth for any machine, at Eager's. Special prices on machine oils in 5 and 10 gallon and barrel lots at Strong & Chase's. New and second-hand goods for sale by J. T. Eager. Montgomery & Flint invite you to look over their stock of furniture and car pets. Wanted—2,000 pounds butter. Strong & Chase. Wanted—2,000 pounds butter. Strong & Chase. Thresher and engine supplies, flues brass goods, pumps, etc., at Eager's. Wanted—2,000 pounds butter. Strong & Chase. Montgomery & Flint guarantee to save you money on furniture and carpets. Montgomery & Flint guarantee to sell you furniture and carpets as cheap as any house in the northwest. Bring cata logue for comparison. ELECTION NOTICE. 'N'OTirK i* hereby nivcn that Oeorgc H. 7.. ""Mury lias been placed in nomination lot the otllce of County Commissioner for Stuts man County. North akota. for the (Second Com missioner District of said eounty, to be elected at the election to be held in ami for said Second coinmisfioner district Nov. ard. l«)l. a certio rate of such nomination signed bv over one hundred electors of raid coiuinWIouer district, having been tiled In my oflice within the time and in acnonlaiice with the provisions of chap ters of the laws of the state of North Dakota for the year 18!)!. Dated Jamestown, X. D„ October «8n»l. 1891. ...... W. W GKAVK8. County Auditor in and for Stutsman Co., N. D. Kirst J'uhlicntion Oct. x'll, 181)1.