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North Dakota's Mining Resour­
ce* Attract the Attention
of Capitalists.
Three Stutsman County Farm­
ers Report Results of Ship­
ping: Wlieut.
A Sargent County Publisher Dis­
cusses Political Subjects
of Interest.
Developing Dickinson Coal Fields.
The organization of the Lehigh Mining
company, with George Q. Erskine as
president, means the expenditure of large
eums of money in developing the Dickin
son coal fields. In addition to the coal,
the Fargo Forum says there has been
discovered a superior grade of sandstone,
superior for building purposes, it is said,
to the far-lamed Minnesota Kesota stone.
And then there is a fifteen-foot vein of
fine clay, and brick clay as white as chalk.
Mr. Erskine has been interested in mak­
ing brick for many years, understands it
thoroughly and puts his money into this
new development with a certainty of suc­
cess. Major Fleming is secretary and
Senator MoGillivray vice-president and
general manager.
The state of North Dakota at large is
interested in the new deal, for it meanB
the expenditure of large sums of money,
the employment of many men, the pur
ohase and working of costly machinery.
Brick of a superior quality and stone for
building purposes can be had in the
state, and this makes it of still greater
Still Shipping W heat.
That shipping wheat pays is now gen­
erally conceded, and it is evident
that an increasing number of farmers
are daily availing themselves of the ad­
vantages offered by this method of reach­
ing a profitable market. Cars are in con­
stant demand,and little or no difficulty is
experienced in securing them at this point
and other stations on the Northern Pa­
cific line. Most of the grain goes to Du
luth, but not all—the lower grades of
wheat appearing to command better
figures at Minneapolis, where the big
mills convert it into Hour nearly as good
as that manufactured from No. 1 bard.
The latest reports from individual
shippers, three in number, show an aver­
age gain of about 12 cents per bushel
over local prices. Johnson Pendray ship­
ped one car of wheat and cleared seven
cents a bushel more than the elevator
would pay. James Pendray also shipped
car, and cleared ten cents a bushel
over local quotations. Walter Ford done
still better realizing 17 cents a bushel,
net, above what the wheat would have
returned had he sold at home. Such ex­
amples as these tend to encourage addi­
tional shipments, and show that- the
farmers have at least one mode of relief
from low prices for their products. The
same story comes from every part of the
Views of Prominent Republican.
D. F. Ellsworth of the Forman Item,
came up from Sargent county, Friday,
on a visit to his son in this city. Mr.
Ellsworth is one of the old pioneers of
state, and a member of the republican
committee. He says prohibition is a suc­
cess in the southern tier of counties,
where the towns are all small and a well
developed public sentiment tends to
make the law effective,
far as open sa­
loons are concerned. In his opinion it
is doubtful, however, if the party can af­
ford to further advocate the appetite law
as a state issue in fact, the next conven­
tion should have in mind the late Iowa
election when preparing its platform.
Mr. Ellsworth was in Iowa several
weeks during the recent campaign, and
acquired a pretty thorough knowledge
of the change whioh has occurred in the
political situation there. Old time
friends, republicans of long standing
convictions, frankly infoimed him
they intended to vote for Boise as a
rebuke to the party for its position on
the prohibition question. On national
issues, these same men were as loyal as
ever to the party whioh so long pointed
to Iowa as a stronghold. They voted for a
republican legislature, to prevent a re
districting of the state on a gerrymander­
ing basis.
Sargent county raised an immense crop
this year—the finest in its history—and
Mr. Ellsworth says very little of the
wheat was left unthreshed. No trouble
has been experienced in getting cars for
shipment, the lively competition between
four railroads making grain blockades
In regard to the outcome of the effort
to enforce the warehouse and inspection
law, Mr. Ellsworth, who was one of the
state inspectors, thinks that the work of
the railroad commissioners will result in
the passage of an act by the next legisla­
ture compelling railroads to furnish fa­
cilities for the receiving and shipping of
all grain offered to them as pubho car­
riers, the same as other freight.
A Pioneer Priest.
Among the clergymen at the funeral of
Father Bernier at Wild Bice, Cass county,
was Father Genin, one cf the oldest
priests in the service in the northwest.
He came to the Red river valley in 1863,
and was the first resident priest for that
district, comprising a strip of country
300 miles long and 100 miles wide. He is
quoted in the
as saying:
"I established the Holy Cross, or what
is commonly known as the Wild Rice
Mission in 1867. The first buildings
were put up on the Minnesota side, but
some of them were subsequently moved
to the Dakota side and ntw ones erected
there. In 18681 was appointed postmaster
at Holy Cross and was one of the four
postmasters in this district. The other
three were at Fort Abercrombie, George­
town, Minn., and Pembina.
"My station at the above place was
rather a
one, as it was on what
was called the warpath of the Sioux and
Chippewas, but the Indians were always
friendly to me and this was one reason
why I wah
postmaster as they
quit interfering with the mails. Before
this they cut open the mail bags and de­
whatever they could at every op­
"In 18721 came to Moorhead and built
the buildings used there for church and
school purposes by the Catholics. They
were not very pretentious, but were con­
sidered very good for those days and ser­
ved their purpose. The first discoverer
of the Red river and Saskatchewan val­
leys, now the greatest wheat producing
countries in the whole world, was a
Frenchman by the name of De Le Ver
andrie, away back in 1656. At that time
there were seven Catholic missionaries
"When I came into this valley there
were 30,000 Indians and half breeds. 1 he
whites numbered about 300 and that in­
cluded the soldiers at Fort Abercrombie
and Fort Wadsworth, so you see there
were not many whites. What a change
in a few short years.
"All this was called to my mind as I
was driving back from Wild Rice with
Father Collins. I remember well the
time when the buffalo were plenty here,
and Indian tepees were to be seen on
every hand. All is changed, and in their
place can be seen the vast farms for rais­
ing wheat and evidences of thrift and
advancement on every hand."
Threshing Near Moutpelier.
Mr. J. Vellars finished threshing at
Henry Mann's Friday, the 17th, and is
now threshing at A. S. Scholander's. He
will return to Mr. McClellan's the first
of the week to finish his threshing, if the
tine weather continues. Vellars has
only apart of a crew and the neighbors
are helping each other in order to get
th«ir threshing done.
Other machines are reported at work in
various parts of the county, and the grain
turns out not to have been much injured.
Mr. Mann took one load of wheat to
the elevator at Montpelier that would
probably grade No. 1 northern if ship­
ped, and could get but 50 cents for it.
He will ship the rest of it so will Mc
Asylum Brevities.
Miss Madeleine Edwards has had a
very serious attack from the diphtherial
epidemic which seems at present to be
making a toar of the city and county.
Dr. Moore has been Buffering from an
attack of the same malady.
Dr. Archibald has received a very
handsome offer for one of his trotting
Preparations for the asylum Christmas
are in active progress. Generous re
spouses to the superintendent's request
for contributions are being made. Some
gifts of $10 bills have been sent in. Any
offering for this object will be heartily
Goes Them One Better.
Cooperstown Courier: Sahlgaard &
Hobe, a St. Paul firm, have been flooding
the town with boom circulars oalling the
attention of our people to the fact that
they have been raising forty-three
bushels of wheat per acre in Lao-Qui
Parle county, Minnesota. If they want
to work up a boom for that region they
have got to get their yield up higher, as
our farmers will not look at them at all.
We are raising forty-five and fift bushels
per acre up in this man's county. If the
above firm want advertising matter we
can give them some figures that will at­
tract atteution.
Vote ot Thanks.
The W. C. T. U. in behalf of the large
congregation that assembled on Sunday
p. m. in the M. E. church, hereby desire
publicly to thank Mrs. J.Jtf. Graham for
the able and instructive notes of the
world's and national convention of the
W. C. T. U. held in Boston during Nov.
1891. Mrs. Graham has the gift of select­
ing from an abundance of mateiial just
those points ana items, descriptive,
spiritual and instructive, that give to her
hearers a sense of having been in the
convention and not merely hearing of it
Reasons Why Mr. Stcckel is
Making a Grand Kick
About it.
A Large Transfer of Land in
Foster County at $10 Per
Senator Casey Has Faith in
Wheat—Sales of Blooded
Where the Shoe Pinches.
In a communication to the Fargo Ar­
gus, the well known law firm of Spalding
Phelps say that the reason Amos
Steckel of Iowa is denouncing the North
Dakota tax decision, is because of "a suit
which we have recently brought against
him to quiet title to a tract of land
owned by a clieut of ours, who invested
$600 in the land to pay the government
price, and has paid all taxes for five or
six years except those of 1886, which
through an oversight were not paid, and
for which year Mr. Steckel purchased
the land 'to help out the re reuue,' and
in the hope of securing 30 per cent inter­
est on his investment. Mr. Steckel's phi­
lanthropy was not so extensive as to
cause him to advise our client that he
bad a cloud upon the title until a deed
was issued to him, when Mr. S. politely
informed fcim that he would quit-claim
for $5 per acre. In other words, in his
zeal to add to the 'settlement of a new
country' he would nccept 8800 for an
original outlay of $11.24 and interest for
three or four years. Mr. Stackers ideas
of equity seem much like a telescope
when offering to sell he looked at us
through the large end. Now that he
finds himself thwarted in his charitable
attempts to 'help out the revenue' the
instrument is reversed and he sees him­
self magnified to huge proportions, is
much aggrieved and rushes into print."
In the Jim Valley.
Carrington Independent: Alargetrans­
fer of Foster county real estate took
place last Monday, when S. P. Snyder of
Minneapolis transferred to Albert J.
Murdock 5,760 acres of land, the consid­
eration being 857,000, or about ten dol­
lars an acre. This land lays on the east
side of the oounty, and one of the pro­
posed lines of the "Soo"
railroad will pass
through it. The land is all in a wild
state, and the price lealized shows that
the price of real estate in this county is
rapidly advancing.
Death has again visited Carrington.
This time it is Mrs. Jeame Cameron,
mother of Mrs. J. R. McPhee, who is
called to pass on to that great beyond.
Mrs. Cameron was 80 years of age, was
born in Scotland and emigrated to Can­
ada about 45 years since, when she came
to Carrington and has since lived here,
making her borne with her daughter.
James Hunter, brother of the late
Robert Hunter, arrived last Saturday
and will remain here for some time set­
tling up the estate. The deceased left a
will iu whioh he gives his property to
relatives in Canada.
A wedding took place Wednesday at
the residence of the bride's parents, five
miles south of town, at which time Mr.
S. S. Graves and Miss Eudora Robertson
were united in marriage by Rev. Gim
Banker Meacham has decided to build
a brick vault in the rear of the bank
building to place his large safe in,
insuring its safety in case of fire.
New Rockford Transcript: J. C. Ack
erman, one of the wheat raising nabobs
of Eddy county, was in the city Wednes­
day on business. Mr. Ackerman got
2,700 bushels of wheat off 110 acres, mos
of which he shipped and made an aver­
age of $50 per car over the price offered
him by the elevators.
Wednesday, Mrs. J. M. Patch started
eastward for New York to join her
daughters, the Misses Gertrude and May
who have been east since last summer.
The Davies hotel has ohanged bands,
Mr. Davis retiring from the management
and Maj. Love and wife taking full con­
Clerk of the Court Thos. Turner left
Wednesday to enter upon the duties of a
traveling salesman.
Has Faith In Wheat.
Senator Casey has furnished the New
York Herald with facts about farming in
North Dakota. His statements concern­
ing the increase of large farms instead
of their decrease, were practically the
same as those appearing in the North­
west Magazine for November. After de
cribing the well known program of
wheat growing on a large scale, and in
referring to the future of wheat, the
Herald quotes the senator as saying:
"The increased consumption of wheat
the world over averages 40,000,000
r-.V-'jiV.'J., J.fyv V:
bushels every year, and this increase will
go on. The time will come when there
will be less wheat than the world wants,
and prices will have to go up to in­
duce farmers to raise it. As it is
now it does not pay to raise wheat in
most parts of the United States. The
state board of agriculture for Ohio lafely
investigated the matter and found that
it costs $20 an acre to raise wheat in that
state, and the secretary of the board of
trade of Toledo made a similar investiga
tion and found it cost $20 per acre to
raise wheat in southern Michigan. We
find that it costs us 86 per acre for all
wheat we raise in North Dakota, and yon
cannot get the farmers to raise wheat in
Ohio until you pay them a price that will
net them a good percentage over the 820
that it costs to raise it. I look for the
time when wheat will be $1.50 a bushel,
and even at this rate it will hardly pay to
raise it in some parts of the Union."
Sale of Blooded Horses.
There has been a number of blooded
horses sold in the county recently, and
the returning good times show that a
demand has always existed here for this
kind of stock. There has been eold by
A. R. Hathorn, for the well known im­
porter. Geo.
Case, St. Peter. Minn.,
within the past six weeks, five head of
full blood registered stock, rmong whioh
is the imported French coach stallion
Castiilion, No. 600, to A. J. Harris of this
county. This horse is one of the finest
animals ever brought to the .county, be­
ing sired by a stallion in the government
stud of France. Also Mr. Hathorn sold
to Geo. H. Cahoon of this county a full
blood registered Percheron stallion
named Minnesota, No. 9150.
These 6ales have been made by respon­
sible importers and parties buying horses
should take great care to see that they
deal with only responsible men. A re­
cent issue of the Farm Stock and Home
editorially comments on the fact that a
number of stallions have been 6old to
parties in the northwest, presumably as
full blood horses, but as a matter of fact,
are no better than grades and are regis­
tered in stud books that are not recog­
nized as authentic among responsible
importers and breeders. Starting in a
new country, no buyer of blooded stock
can be too careful of his strain.
Work Ahead.
Fargo Argus: Mr. B. F. Spalding,
chairman of the North Dakota republi­
can committee, who has just returned
from an extended trip to Washington and
the east, says the sentiment among re­
publicans generally is that the party has
a bard fight on its bands this year, and
it will not do to let anything go by de­
fault. We can win with either Blaine or
Harrison, but we must organize and
fetch out a full vote to do it. The demo­
crats have 153 electoral votes, including
the solid south, which they count as cer­
tain while considering the way Iowa
went this year, the republicans can count
very few states as dead sure. Still the
party has a lighting chance in every
northern state, and it must go for that
one chance.
Everett, Wash., Etchings.
[From the Everett News.]
Oscar Rea is again at Everett this
week, looking for a nice, convenient spot
at which to anchor.
The fact that Governor Merriam of
Minnesota and associates have about
2,400 acres near Everett is worth remem­
bering. Merriam is well on the "inside.'
Otto Bauer, manager of Clausen
Sweeney's Port Townsend establishment,
was among the visitors in Everett this
week. He did not come here for his
health, but just what the object was has
not yet developed. He promises to see
the town later.
J. M. Vernon issued the first number
of the Everett Times yesterday. The
salutatory is a column of double-leaded
matter, in which the Times "declares
itself" at length, announcing that it will
be republican in politics with an inde­
pendent string attached, and that it
starts out with many thousands of sub­
Governor Dickey and Hon. John A.
Rea have left town for a few days, hav­
ing gone toTacoma and Olympia respect­
ively to close up business matters. They
will return to Everett today or tomorrow,
and will establish a residence here. A
portion of the Everett Land company's
addition to be placed on the market
Monday will be handled by these gentle­
It is generally believed by South Da
kotans in Washington that Senator Kyle
is being direoted by Ordway, and for that
reason Senator Chandler has been active­
ly pushing Kyle's interest. It is claimed
that Kyle's late actions were managed
almost entirely by Ordway and Chandler.
Another curious story in this connection
is that Represantative Johnson of North
Dakota is receiving some coaching from
the astute ex-governor of Dakota terri­
Claim of a Jamestown Man
for Cattle Taken iu Early
Matters of Interest Connected
with the Republican
Hon. R. S. Stevens is Yisitiug
Friends iu the State.—An
A Government claim Case.
Hon. R. N. Stevens of Lisbon, North
Dakota, who is now assistant attorney
in the department of justice of the gov­
ernment was engaged in a law case yester
duyin which Jno. J. Nichols of Stutsman
county is plaintiff. The claim is against
the United States for the loss of 5 head
of cattle, which the testimony shows
were taken by the Sioux Indians in 1875,
and for which Nichols has neyer been
reimbursed. Mr. Stevens cross examin­
ed witness in behalf of the government.
The hearing was before E. W. Camp,
Judge Baldwin appearing for plaintiff.
The amount of claim is $350. It is
The present arrangement of the Expo­
sition building did not please the com­
mittee, so the chairman briefly ordered
that it should be "gutted" and rebuilt
according to the plans of Mr. Adler, who
has supervised the seating of national
conventions for some years past. Instead
of using the great auditorium upon the
fourth floor, anew hall will be erected
upon the ground floor. This will make
the floor of the assembly more easily ac­
cessible and safer than the original ball
Seats will be provided for the 900 dele­
gates upon the site of the pond where
the miniature Minnehaha once spurted
down its flood of turbid Mississippi river
water. The spectators will be banked in
galleries along the sides. Assorted ce­
lebrities will be present to talk and laud
the virtues of the candidates will be
seated upon the stage. Mr. Clarkson be­
lieves that there will be 80,000 strangers
in the city.
'Washington Whispers.
N. Stevens, who spent the day
here, has a tine position in the court of
claims department where numerous law
points are constantly arising to be set
tied. He is engaged on Indian depreda­
tion matters constantly, and has a large
number of cases to investigate in the
west. Mr. Stevens says he has frequent­
ly seen Secretary Blaina, and that the
secretary is evidently very careful to do
nothing to shoM' how feeble4he really is.
Mr. Stevens says: "Blaine walks like an
an old man, very carefully putting one
foot forward of the other and holding
his hands behind his back. I noticed
him walking in a park not long since,
and his footsteps seemed to show that
he was anything but strong. His face is
unchanged, however, and looks like that
of a healthy man. I think he will an­
nounce early in
that Indian Agent McLaughlin of Stand­
ing Rock, has filed a report that the stock
was taken by the Indians. The case will
go before the court of claims at Washing­
ton for final adjustment, and it is not un­
likely that Mr. Nichols will have the
claim allowed.
Ante-Convention Gossip.
Republican politicians of Minneapolis
believe that the national convention will
continue at least four days but not much
longer. General Clarkson's idea is that
it will be a walk-away for either Harrison
or Blaine, and Jerry Rusk's will be the
second name. The feeling is strong
among those who ought to be well posted
that, provided there is no unforseen ac­
cident, Blaine will be the popular choice
of the galleries, as usual, but that dele­
gates will be largely uninsiructed and
that the leaders of the party will show
the convention the desirability
of re-nominating, President Harri­
son without a fight. At first the execu­
tive committee were inclined to doubt
the capacity of the Flour city to take
oare of the people who would attend the
convention, but after around of Minne­
apolis hospitality that dry view of the
situation was reversed, and the commit­
tee left feeling that all would be well.
Already there is a great hustling for
seats not only at Minneapolis proper, but
in the suburbs of Minnesota and in the
dependencies of North and South Dakota.
that he is not a
Congressman Johnson is going to be a
hardworking man, and is making friends
around the departments. Senator Casey
stands high in Washington and was in
line for the good committtee places he
secured. Some of my enemies in the
state are inclined to blame Senator Casey
for my appointment and advancement.
I would like to say that while I do not
think Mr. Casey would interpose any ob­
stacle in the way, he was not responsible
MS V^'V^
for my appointment and I never
asked him for his assistance in the mat­
ter. I hear that Alex. McKenzie is
visiting bis mother in. Canada. I don't
know who will be the postmaster at Far­
go. Does anybody?"
A Musin Concert.
The Musin Concert company give one
of their famous concerts at the Fargo
opera house Saturday night next. The
company is strengthened by the addi­
tion of a new tenor from the Grand
Opera of Paris. The other artists are
the same as have appeared in James­
town. Annie Louise Tanner, who has
been married to Ovide Musin since their
last tour of the northwest, is still the
soprano of the company, it is only to
be regretted that Jamestown could not
secure a date for these talented soloists.
One of the interesting little bits of the
program is the following poem, entitled
"Paganini," which can be applied to
Musin after playing his "G" string solo,
except that he is grace itseir upon the
'He shambled awkward on the stage, the while
Across the waiting audience swept a smile.
"With clumsy touch, when first lie drew the bow.
He snapped a string. The audience titiered low.
"Another stroke. Off flies another string.
With laughter now the circling galleries ring.
"Once more. The third string breaks its quiver­
ing Htrands.
And hisses greet the player as he stands.
"He stands—awhile his genius unberfft
Is calm-one string had Paganini left.
"He plays. The one string's daring notes uprise
Against that storm as if they sought the skies.
"A silence falls: then awe the people bow.
And they who first had hissed are weeping now.
'And when the last note, trsmblirg, died away,
home snouted -Bravo,' some had learned to
Advertised Letter*).
List of uncalled for letters in the post
office at Jamestown. North Dakota, for
the week ending Dec. 21,1891:
Barretts,Mrs Annie Lee, Mrs
Brown, Miss May McGarvey,Mrs Mary
Crossman, Mies Bertha
Andorson, Androw McDermott,
Andersch, Chas Noel, Albert
Bern ad b, John Palmer, Geo
By water, Ben Pingree, Capt Geo E
Bowman, Lou Vadine, Frank
Conger, Wyant, Elmer
Collons. Hanney Welch,
Ehrs, Joseph McCullum, Elmer
Mires, Ed Maris, Frank
If not called for within 14 days, will
be sent to the dead letter office. In call­
ing for these letters, please say adver­
tised, and give date of this list.
C. P. SMITH, P. M.
Railroad Notations.
Shingles from the Puget sound coun­
try, Washington, are now being shipped
east over the Northern Pacific in large
numbers. Every day cars of these Wash­
ington shingles arrive in Jamestown and,
on the direction of Mr. F. M. Raymond,
resident agent of the Northern Pacific
Consolidated Shingle company, the cars
are routed by Agent Schwellenbach of
the road, to many different points in the
east and south. These cars
are re-billed at
Jamestown for the reason that this place
is the first important point on the North­
ern Pacific where railroad lines from the
west diverge. Most of the sliingles are
sold before arrival here. Yesterday there
were twenty cars of this freight routed to
as many different. points. The business
is becoming heavier each week, and the
above plan for handling the shipments
has been in force about two months. The
excellence of the Washington shingles is
creating a large demand for them in the
Supt. J. M. Graham, of the B. & O.
spent a short time in Jamestown this
week and left for Winnipeg to close up
old business matters. Mrs. Graham will
visit a few days in Fargo and spend the
holidays in Winnipeg. They are much
pleased with Newark, O., their present
It has been suggested that the people
here have a cut made of the depot and
print it in all the papers under the head­
ing—"The Northern Pacific Depot at
Jamestown." It is believed that, would
get a new building quicker than any
other way.
Express Agent Mattison is looking for
a big express business this year—larger
than ever. He says it is beginning al­
ready, as anyone can see by the packages
being sent off to eastern points.
Railroad business is not as
was some weeks ago. All the regular
trains are running, but none of the nu­
merous specials that kept the dispatchers
The J. & N. trains from the north are
making a little better time, but still fre
quenly fail to connect with the east
bound passenger, much to the regret
of anxious tourists.
Conductor Matt Walsh has been elected
secretary of Fareo lodge, Order of Rail­
way Conductors. His ability as a dancer
is said to have brought him the honor.
Engineer George McLain and family
have all been laid up with sickness dur­
ing the past week.
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