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The Republican Committee
Fixes Time and Place for
the Convention.
Moorhead Reports a Satisfac­
tory Trial of the Austra­
lian System.
The Bismarck Weather Bu­
reau to be Removed to the
Red River Valley.
GRAND FORKS, March 18.—The repub­
lican state central committee, with a
large attendance, met in this city yester.
day. The committee consists of Hon. B.
F. Spalding, Fargo, chairman, and the
following gentlemen:
Judson La Moure, R. S. Aslackson, W.
H. Fellows, E J. Lander, B. F.
Spaldiug, 8. G. More, D. F. Ellsworth, C.
E. Heidel, A. M. Tofthagen, C. E. Wil­
bur, E. H. Woodward, L. C. Harris, 1.
K. Streeter, E. H. Thursby, R. M.
Tattle, E. C. Gearey, Grant S.
Hager, F. H. Sprague, William Budge,
R. T. Kingman, R. D. Glasgow, Fred
Falley, George F.Goodwin, R. C. Cooper,
W. F. Winter, E. Torrenson, R. E. Wal
lace, D. P. Kuhn, H. Jewell, E. H.
Skies, H. L. Dickinson.
After the meeting was called to order
Chairman Spalding rendered to the
committee a verbal report of the work he
had accomplished in the way of Bending
oot literature, polling the state, etc. He
waa authorized to continue and extend
the work, and also to retain Secretary
Sanford, who is at present in Fargo
assisting the chairman in the work.
The date for the state convention to
elect delegates to the national conven­
tion at Minneapolis was fixed to be held
at Grand if'orks on May 4, without much
argument, it being generally admitted
that it would be better late than if set
at a time when everyone would be busy
with spring work. The state convention
has to be held thirty days before the
national convention.
The fight of tLe day was on the appor­
tionment of delegates. But for this the
meeting was harmonious. Chairman
Spalding, Committeemen Goodwin, Wal­
lace, Pinkham and others wanted to
wake the apportionment upon the aver­
age vote cast for the first ten officers on
the ticket at the last election, they argu­
ing that this would be fair to all counties.
Grand Forks, Traill and Walsh county
delegates wanted the apportionment to
be made upon the vote oast for Johnson
for congress and their proposition was
•arried. Cass county then tried to get
lour extra delegates conceded, and made
plea that it was not right to
make Cass county suffer when other
counties were not made to suffer for cut­
ting others on the tioket. Their
efforts were, however, unavailing. Wil­
liams, anew oounty, was given one vote.
The committee decided to name a
chairman for the next convention and to
make a roll of delegates prima facie en
titled to seats—-OODtest papers to be sent
to the committee before May 2. The com­
mittee will meet in Grand Forks on May
3, the day before the convention,to name
chairman, etc.
The county committees were requested
to call primaries and county conventions
at the time most convenient for the re­
spective counties.
Chairman Spalding remained in Grand
Forks to prepare a call.
The New Election System.
The Australian ballot system was tried
for the first time Tuesday in Moorhead
in the city election and it is said to have
worked well. All of the saloons were
closed, and no disturbance or disorderly
conduct was observed during the day.
Each of the three polling places had four
booths, containing three sides, the front
being open and having a curtain hanging.
The new system seem to facilitate the
counting of the ballots, for the result
was announced by six o'clock in the
evening. All the voters were much
pleased and pronounce it an entire BUC
oess—a decided improvement over the
old plan. The crowd of idlers artund
the polls were not there. A policeman
stands at the door to prevent any annoy­
ance. The voter enters. Two inspect­
ors and a clerk are at the desk—one of
the inspectors passes the voter a ballot
containing the names of the candidates
to be voted for, the voter steps into a
booth erected behind the inspectors,
marks an opposite each candidate's
Tjnmo for whom he wishes to vote, folds
his ballot, hands it to the inspector who
places it in a metal box. The voter
walks quietly out. No electioneering iB
allowed within 100 feet of the voting
The News, in speaking of the merits
of the Australian voting system, says
that it has done away with the de­
moralizing and obnoxious features of
the old system, but that many of the
voters lost their ballots by being igno­
rant of bow to mark the blanks. It says:
The manner of spoiling the ballots
be of interest. In the First ward
one ballot showed every name scratched
and new names or the same ones as
printed written in, but no cross marks
were made. A considerable number
were entirely blank without the cross
mark or anything else, and. of course,
were void. In the second ward Bome
ballots show all names of candidates
scratched out except those the voter
intended to vote for, but had
no cross marks. There were a num­
ber of ballots blank in this ward also.
In one case the would-be voter wrote
his name across the back of the ballot
and this was all he did. Of course it
could not be counted. In the third
ward the spoilt ballots were either blank
or crosB marks had been made opposite
all the names printed on the ballot.
The ballots lost in these ways aggre­
gate enough to have changed the result
in the case of every candidate where
there was opposition except recorder, if
they had been oast directly for the un­
successful candidates, but the probabil­
ities are that the proportion of votes for
and against candidates would nave been
kept up in the case of tiiese wasted bal­
lots, as is shown in the good ballots, so
that the result would have been about
the same.
Will Lose Her Weather Sharp.
Bismarck Tribune: About eight
months ago the North Dakota state
weather bureau, in co-operation with
United States agricultural department,
was established at Bismarck, and since
that time Observer W. H. Fallon of the
Bismarck signal office,
devoted a great
deal of time and attention in extend­
ing the work over the state and securing
observers. After getting the bureau
thoroughly established, crop and weather
correspondents stationed in every county
and the work mapped out for the coming
year an order comes from Uncle Jerry
Rusk to move headquarters to Grand
Forks, where "Secretary McGinnis of the
Chamber of commerce in that city will
have charge." According to the tele­
grams McGinnis who was once in the
signal service, went down to Washing­
ton, saw the senators, told 'em what he
wanted and got it. That the capital is
the proper place for the headquarters of
this service cannot be questioned. Here
is the office of the commissioner of agri­
culture and labor in the same line of
business—collecting crop reports and
sending the information broadcast
throughout the land, the telegraph fa­
cilities are unexcelled. It would not
seem quite so extraordinary if the state
service had been established at Fargo in
connection with agricultural college and
experimental station, bnt to take it from
Bismarck to Grand Forks is entirely un­
The Republican Committee.
R. E. Wallace returned from Grand
Forks Saturday, where he attended the
meeting of the republican oentral com­
mittee of which he is the member for
this distriot. He took a prominent part
in the proceedings and advocated the
basing of the representation in the state
convention on the lowest vote for a re­
publican candidate at the last state
election. This was overruled although
it Drought out a good deal of discussion.
The member from Stutsman county is
said to have given the committee
a solid little talk in which the interests of
the republicans throughout the state
were advocated strongly,
in preference to
some local issne arising in the counties.
The counties will be allowed to call their
own conventions at the time deemed
most convenient for the farmers. In
most of the oountiee this can be done,
without causing any inconvenience on
account of seeding.
In the location- of the place for the
convention. Valley City was a candidate,
and all of the western delegates were for
Valley City, but the the upper counties
wanted it at Grand Forks and there it
was called.
Odd Fellows at Oakes.
Twenty-seven members of Jamestown
lodge, I. O. O. F., went to Oakes Thurs­
day morning to assist in instituting a
lodge of the order at that place. The
Jamestown degree team took charge of
the work, in obedience to a call from the
grand master, and all acquitted them­
selves with credit. Seventeen new candi
dates were initiated and advanced to the
third degree during the afternoon and
evening, Supt. McCabe kindly causing
the north bound train to be held until
2:45 Friday morning,to accommodate the
delegation from this city. Lisbon,
LaMoure and Luddeu lodges were
also well represented at the meeting, and
assisted in conferring some of the de­
grees. Nifie delegates from Fredenck,
South Dakota, drove over in the evening
to en jov the occasion, and participated
in the banquet at midnight. The James­
town boys report an elegant time, and
bespeak Bucoess for Oakes lodge No. 40
of which Editor Ellis is the first Noble
The delegation from here consisted of
J.T. Eager, J. E. Anderson, M. L. Parker,
H. G. Bensob, J. Carter, A. B. Aibley, G.
H. Cowlee, Alf. H. Ellsworth, L. T. Ham­
ilton, Harry Cornwall, John Vennum, C.
R. Flint, George Dawson. Henry Fisk, J.
J. Nierling, Thos. Withnell, C. A. Dodge,
John Bensch, W. B. Parish, E. Bischoff,
Max Bonne, A. Bennett, Ad. Kellum,
Wm. Hughes, Geo. Mott, Ove Johnson
and George Bergit.
A Stutsman County Farmer
Devises a Machine for
That Purpose.
Two Gentlemen Proposed for
the Office of Mayor
Next Term.
Interesting Lecture on Tem­
perance by a London
Lady of Repute.
As has been before mentioned in this
paper, Mr. George Kurtz, a practical
farmer of Rio, this county, has devised a
machine for the rapid unloading of grain
from farm wagons into box cars standing
on railroad side tracks. The invention
consists of a frame on two skids with a
mast so constructed that the same can
be raised and lowered by means of a
windlass. On the top of the must is fixed
along swinging spout. On one end of
this spout is attached a box or magazine
of sufficient capacity to hold one wagon
load of grain. The magazine rests on
the frame work near the ground, and is
low enough to let the grain be sho rolled
into it from the wagon bed or emptied
from sacks. When the box is full, and
rendy to be dumped into the car, the top
of the box is closed by doors which are
fastened down to avoid all spilling of
grain. On the other end of the spout is
a pulley with rope attachment running
through a double block, which is
fastened by a grapple hook to the rail of
the track under the car intended to be
loaded. The rope which runs through
the pulleys is long enough to reach the
rear end of the wagon, where it is hooked
on to the hind axletree. By starting the
team ahead, the magazine rises, and the
other end of the spout descends until it
reaches a hopper that rests on the grain
door of the car. This hopper is provided
with a sliding shoot so that the grain
can be run into either end of the car
desired, thus avoiding re-shoveling of
grain after it is in the car.
The power required to raise the spout
when the magazine is filled, is about one
half what is required to draw the load
on level ground while on the wagon.
The machine is provided with two truss
rods and is otherwise ironed and braced
strong enough to hold 100 bushels of
The machine can be moved from one
oar to the other without difficulty as the
fastening of the frame to the ground is
not necessary.
The advantages of this invention are
that the work of three men can be done
by one with the aid of the team. The
rapidity of unloading is greater than is
afforded by the facilities of the regular
grain elevators.
Another feature of the machine worthy
of notice, is that the bottom of the
wagon bed is high enough to lap over
the edge of the magazine, thus avoiding
the lifting of grain either loose or in
sacks into the car door as haa been neces­
sary heretofore.
An automatic rashet is fastened on the
top of the mast, and holds the epont at
any elevation desired, thus avoiding any
sudden fall in case of accident, or break­
age of harness. The machine is simple,
strong and inexpensive. It ^an be
retailed with profit at from 880 to $100.
It is probable that the machine will be
put in operation soon in this city.
The machine practically does away
with the necessity of building loading
platforms, or filling up ditches, so that
teams can drive to the car. It saves all
re-switching of care to a certain place, at
the track. This ought to be of great
advantage to railroad companies in the
saving of switching and expense of
building platforms, which the farmers of
North Dakota are every where anxious
to have.
The City Election.
The names of B. S. Russell and J. J.
Roper have been mentioned as suitable
candidates for mayor. Either gentleman
would fill the position creditably. Inter­
est in the eleotion will probably increase
enough before the date to secure a fairly
representative city government. Tax
payers are certainly interested in keep­
ing matters on an economical basis, yet
at the same time keep the city in good
shape as far as needed improvement go.
The tax payers want something for their
Ihere is a good deal of work attached
to the offices of aldermen if they
are properly attended to. It is
not only in the council but
out, that attention must be given to
datiea devolving on those elected, and
the oitizens do not like to see a man take
the office, and then fail to show up at the
meetings or not do his share of the work
imposed on him when he accepts the
office. No man ought to be elected who
runs simply for the novelty of being
elected to a city office outside of the
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honor of the position, and the necessity
of protecting property interests by a
good business polioy. No one who values
his time would take the office for the
simple salary attached. Even doing his
best a citizen taking the plaoe of mayor
or alderman must expect a full share of
adverse criticism for what he does do, or
what he does not do.
By a London Lady of Repute on the
Causes or Intemperance.
Dr. Kate Mitchell of London, Eng.,
lectured on temperance Thursday at the
Presbyterian church. Dr. Mitchell
was sent last year to the World's W. C.
T. U. convention at Boston as a delegate
from the Women's British Temperance
union. Since then she has been lectur­
ing in various parts of the country in
company with Lady Somerset. After
graduating at the Queen's
lin,and a year's medical study in Paris, she
is well qualified to discuss the evil effects
of alcohol on the human system. In her
entered into a very
masterly inquiry of the causes of intem­
perance. These were shown to be poverty,
and the idleness that springs from ex­
and the disease which is
so deeply rooted and hereditary in the hu­
man race. She remarked that no coercive
legislation of congress or parliament can
eradicate dru ukeness so long as thousands
of our population were surrounded with
conditions of grinding poverty. She was
skeptical as to some of the systems of
curing dipsomania, objecting to tnem on
the grounds that it was introducing one
poison to displace the evil effects of
another. Considefing the situation, the
temperance problem must be viewed in
light of those lunatic conditions
which are so hostile to the physical well
being of man.
Dr. Mitchell is a fluent speaker and has
a strong dramatic force of expression.
She will remain here for a day or more,
the guest of Dr. DePuy. President and
Mrs. Baskerville with the college
quartette sang some beautiful and im­
pressive pieces which were highly ap­
preciated by the audience.
County Bepresentation in the Re­
publican State Convention.
In the state convention to be held at
Grand Forks May 5 to nominate six del­
egates and six alternates to the national
republican convention at Minneapolis,
June 7, the following number of dele­
gates is allowed to each county:
Barnes 11 Griggs 5
Burleigh 8 Kidder 3
Benson 5 LaMoure 6
Bottineau 4 Logan 2
Billings 1 Morton 7
Cass 19 McHenry 4
Cavalier 7 McLean 3
Dickey 9 Mcintosh 5
Kddy 3 Mercer 1
Emmons 4 Nelson 6
Foster 5 Oliver 1
Grand ForkB —18 Pembina 13
Pierce 3 Richland 10
Ransom 9 Ramsey
Rolette 4 Stark 5
Stutsman 7 Steele 7
Sargent 9 Traill 15
Towner 3 Walsh 18
Ward 3 Wells 3
Williams 1
Total 253
County committees are advised to select
dates for holding county conventions
must convenient for the farmers of their
respective counties, giving at least ten
days' notice thereof.
In accordance with the method pur­
sued by the national committee, this
committee will act as a committee on
credentials and pass upon the right of
those entitled to participate in the pre­
liminary organization, and will meet for
this purpose in the parlore of the Hotel
Dacotah at 11 o'clock in the forenoon of
Tuesday, the third day of May, 1892, to
hear all contests.
All notices of contests must be filed
with the chairman of the state com­
mittee, accompanied by written state­
ments of the grounds of contest on or
before the second day of May, 1892, at
Fargo. Preference in the order of hear­
ing and determining contests will be
given by the committee in accordance
with the dates of filing such notices and
statements with the chairman.
Married at Fort Totten.
Wm. H. Lilly and Miss Annie Paul
were married at the home of Major
Waugh at Fort Totten, Saturday, March
19, at two o'clock in the afternoon. The
ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr.
Rees, of the Episcopal mission, and was
witnessed by a few invited friends, who
remained to partake of the dinner which
followed. The bride and groom then left
for a short wedding trip.
Mr. Lilly is well known in Jamestown
and the vicinity of Horn, in Stutsman
county, where his family have long re­
sided. His many friends there will con­
gratulate him upon bis having secured as
a wife a young lady who has made many
friends in her one year's residence at the
What Citizens Are Saying
About the Issues of the
Coming City Election.
Money Raised by High Taxa­
tion for Schools and
Other Expenses.
Yesterday's Storm Caused
Much Damage in the East
and South.
"Alpng with nearly everyone I should
like to see the streets lighted up," said
H. X. Sbaw today. "Even if we have to
pay a little more I would rather do it for
my part than keep the Btreetrf dark."
H. W. Kelley: The city not only needs
lights, but new sidewalks and better
drainage. I think common sense should
be used in providing the improvements,
however, and don't believe in conceding
everything to those who have a purely
personal interest at stake. Let's have
good sidewalks first if we can have lights
also, I will be pleased.
L. T. Hamilton: Yes, I believe the
electric lights a good thing, and am in
favor of having them, providing they
can be bad at contract price. The city is
not in a position to pay fancy prices for
anything. As to the council, they ought
to do the city's business as they would
their own, exercising economy where
possible and still making necessary im­
provements when demanded.
H. J. Warner: I think it is time that
the city officials should put a stop to the
depositing of the manure and filth of the
city wherever convenient. Every spring
comes this same old fight. If we have
any laws I wish the council would en­
force them.
Jack Gray: The city doesn't deserve
to get the trade of the farmers in the
northern part of the county, on account
of the poor roads leading in from the
north. The road under the bridge by
the college has been covered with ice all
winter, or ever since the water from the
college main was turned into the street.
Horses shod sharp can scarcely get along,
to say nothing of teams not shod at all.
The road leading north, east of the river,
which is now mainly used, is near the
north side school house and that is BO
steep a team can not pull a load up. I
hear that a good deal of trade is going
to Spiritwood because farmers can't get
into Jamestown and out, with a heavy
Returns for City Taxation.
From City Treasurer Webster it is
learned that if the land taxis paid as it is
expected, the outstanding city warrants
will all be paid by the middle of June.
The city tax is 22 mills on the dollar,
divided as follows: General fund 6 mills,
street and bridge 1, interest 2, and school
tax 13 mills.
It will be seen that a little over half
the amount derived from the city tax is
spent for the public schools. No com­
plaint as to the character of the schools
is heard because they are very gener­
ally considered satisfactory. But what
the taxpayers and residents are now get­
ting for the remainder of the amount
raised by this 22 mill tax, a sum equal to
$20,430 is a matter of speculation with a
good many.
In Fargo the rate is said to be 23 mills,
but there is soaiething to show for the
money in the way of water privileges and
drainage, good sidewalks and well
lighted, well cleaned and well policed
streets. For several months Jamestown
got along without even a police officer
last year. She is now doing without
lights and several low portions of the city
are under water, to the great inconveni­
ence of residents and teams, for lack of
drainage. Besides, there is a steady
complaint of travelers at the hotels on
the foul condition of closets caused by
the total absence of drainage. Strangers
do not confine their opinions or remarks
to an expression here, but spread the un
unenviable reputation wherever they go.
Besides these matters snow-banks ob­
struct the streets and sidewalks on the
principal street and remain piles of dirt
and unsightliness for months at a time.
The sidewalks have become old and rot­
ten, needing new walks and many re­
pairs, while there has been a general
complaint from farmers about the diffi­
culty of getting in and out of the city
with heavy loads. The people hope with
a return of better times these matters
can be regulated and the work begun
this spring. Jamestown taxpayers do
not all believe in parsimony for economy,
nor saddling on to one year the legiti­
mate expenses of two.
For Sale.
Four hundred head of good sheep, 8
bead of cows and steers, 6 bead of young
horses, and all kinds of farm machinery.
Will meet anyone at Crystal Spring
or 1% miles from station on the farm.
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Snow, Sleet and Ice Covering the
Country—Damage to Shipping.
The snow storm which began in this
city about 7 o'clock Monday was gen­
eral throughout the northwest, though it
was more severe in other sections than
here. Dispatches from cities
both west and south and along the At­
lantic coast report heavy snow storms
and in some places raging blizzards. In
Omaha the storm set in early in the day,
and by 9 o'clock street car traffic was
suspended, the company giving up all
hope to even keep the tracks reasonably
clear. All trains entering the city were
delayed from one to four hours, and
toward night the city wus blockaded.
Here the snow was unaccompanied by a
severe wind as in other cities. At Burl­
ington a severe sleet storm prevailed all
day the sleet freezing as soon as it fell.
The city is a regular crystal palace,
houses are coated with ice and trees
and wires are encased in ice aDd
are drooping. At Cedar Rapids a raging
blizzard is keeping everyone within
doors and suspending traffic. The snow
is falling fast, and with the strong wind
that is blowing the storm is blinding
and one of the most severe for some
The Black hills are covered with a
white blanket, eight inches thick, and at
midnight it was still snowing hard.
Along the Atlantic coast the storm has
been raging for some days. The snow
has been falling rapidly at intervals and
has been accompanied by severe winds.
Much damage has been done and many
vessels have been compelled to remain
in the harbor.
From Milwaukee comes the report of
a wild storm, which swept Lake Michi­
gan. The vessels lying up for the win­
term the harbors suffered severely in
the wild wind, which blew at the rata of
fifty miles an hour the greater portion
of the day. The storm is passing over
the great lakes, through Canada to the
coast. North Dakota was on the out­
skirts and escaped the severity of the
Ex-Postmaster Kelley has a Big
Bill Against Uncle Sam.
Senator Hansbrough has introduced a
bill to reimburse A. W. Kelley of this
city for clerk hire paid out for several
years when Mr. Kelley was postmaster
here, and never allowed by the govern­
ment, although recommended by special
agentB. Senator Casey is also assisting
Mr Kelley in getting the amount of his
claim, which the bill proposes to pay in
amount of 85,823.80. Mr. Kelley was
postmaster here for about 11 years.
During that period the country was
rapidly sett-led up, there was an immense
amount of mail matter handled at this
office which was the distributing office
for some 13 points, including Fort Tot­
ten, Fort Seward, and other offices south
and north of this point. At no time did
the government furnish sufficient clerk
hire and most of the time, especially be­
tween the years 1878 to 1883, the post­
master furnished from two to three clerks
and paid them himself, taking vouchers
for their services. Affidavits of citizens
who were residents here at the time, are
being secured concerning the heavy
mails and the inadequate office force fur­
nished to handle them. Mr. Kelley's
claim is a just one, and ali his friends
trust he may recover the amount from
the government.
A similar claim was allowed the post­
master at Grand Forks where the con­
ditions were nearly the same as here, ex
cept that the Grand Forks postmaster
kept the money—some $5,000—out of
the postoffice funds for his pay, and had
some trouble to escape prosecution for
his illegal act.
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