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The Jamestown Alert
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THK Chicngo and Minnesota news
papers are not letting up on the elevator
exposure. In fact they are constantly
furnishing their readers with additional
evidence of tho working of the most
gigantic monopoly in the northwest.
Tho people have been able to get cars
this year as well as elevator companies
and so the railroads are to a great extent
absolved from any present blame or
charge of conspiracy to defraud the
wheat grower. The individual shipper
can now get cars, and in all probability
will hereafter. The guns of the farmer
must now be trained, not on the roads
for refusing cars, but on the whole
marketing Bystetn controlled by the ele­
vator companies and their allies in the
Twin cities. This system is rotten from
the start to finish. Beginning with the
first offer of wheat from a farmer's
wagon at the country elevator, the pro
cess is a skin game in which the farmer
is skinned, more or less, in ways not
always seen by him.
There is no competition for wheat any
where in this great state. The result has
been that for the oast ten years the
farmers have sold their product for the
least profit the corporations have seen fit
to allow, and their greed is unlimited
This, together with good and bad crop
yields, tuat occur in every countrv, have
had a wide spread and depressing effect
on settlement. The people have not
taken vacant lands. The government
lands go begging, or are only occupied
by foreigners who are content to work
for a bare sustenance, and have no idea
of any other kind of life. Claims once
taken have been abandoned. The Amer­
ican farmer who wants to educate his
children, get ahead in the world and have
something for a rainv day, has not come
to North Dakota. The reason is that
those who have remained here have made
no money growing the grain crops which
this soil can so abundantly produce, and
which the soil is best adapted to. There
have been millions made in handling the
grain of this region, but the great syndi­
cates, flourishing in wealth and power,
have made it. The English investor gets
it, the Minneapolis miller, the elevator
stockholder, the railroad managers and
stockholders, all have made it.
The result is plain to be seen on evey
hand. A great and growing dissatisfac­
tion exists among the comparatively few
residents of the state, who seek the na­
tural relief in a political agitation as the
first avenue open to them. A strong third
party has arisen the state and a deep
hatred of the monopolists, who have
prospered, while the ^farmer has grown
poorer each year is seen. High taxation
abounds. The state finances have been
extravagantly managed, and a ring, be­
lieved to be in close sympathy with the
wheat barons of Minneapolis and Duluth,
has for two years dominated in state af­
fairs. Legislation has been altered, pur­
chased and stolen for the trust, and otfi
cials elected in the syndicate's interests.
The newspapers in North Dakota are as
a rule silent about the great evils.
The little stations along the railroads
have grown smaller. The only industry
is the elevator business, which flourishes
in the fall and winter. The villages have
not grown, because the country around
has received no new farmers, while the
first settlers have gone. The lonely vil­
lage now has vacant stores and buildings
but the one big tall elevator, with the
few patient teams waiting to haul the
farmers contribution into the grip of the
monopoly are seen. Ttiere is but one
elevator, for if two be there, but one
price. No competition exists.
The methods of the only wheat buyers
who are permitted to do business in the
state, are well illustrated in the great
wheat exposure now being made by the
Chicago Herald and St. Paul Globe. The
first and best chance to get at the farmer
is in the first transaction—at the country
elevator. The devices to get his wheat
for the least money, are many and
sbrewed. The general plan of the first
chapter in the wheat deal is well out­
lined, as follows, by the Chicago Herald,
which says:
Those who have made any study of the
country elevator system will concede
that in no other line of business are the
opportunities to steal so great, and it is
because of the comparative ease with
which the agent may filch from the farmer
that he finds the temptation irresistable
and yields. Then, too, his instructions
from tho main office all tend to this end.
In the first pi ace, he is put under bonds
to guarantee weights and grades, so that
in case of a shortage he must make good
all losses. Naturally enough this causes
him to err on the safe side, and by dock­
ing a customer two pounds for dirt when
half A pound would be ample, or paying
the producer for No. 1 northern in place
of No. 1 hard, he is in no danger of jeop
ardizing his bondsmen. As he becomes
hardened to these tricks he will increase
his stealings so that at the end of the
season, or after any clean up, be may find
that his filcbings have placed his eleva­
tor anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 bushels
Perhaps this has been accomplished
without provekiog too great an outcry
from his victims, so his chief at the ter-
sucb coadjutant, writes him that hew
greatly pleased with his season's work,
and incloses a handsome check in token
of his appreciation. The check in reality
is the agents percentage of the stealings,
amounting to 25 or 50 per cent of the
total overrun, according to the manager's
estimate of his subordinate the larger
amount if he be at all independent or
insistent of his "rights."
At one station on the line of tho Min
apolis and Northern elevator anew agent
"overrun" 15,000 bushels of wheat during
his first season. He was complimented on
his fidelity to the Pillsbury interest by
Man Friday Amsden, but received no
rake-otT. At the end of the next season
the same man was 2,000 bushels short and
a traveling inspector promptly called
upon him to make good the loss. Upon
being told thfid the company would levy
upon the bondsmen if the shortage was
not covered, the agent retorted: "See
here! Last year I turned in 3,000 bushels
of wheat to which the company had no
just title this year I was 2,000 bushels
short. Inasmuch as you are still 1,000
bushels ahead, I fail to see that Amsden
has any kick coming however, if he
wants to bring suit tell him to tire away."
Needless to say the suit for the shortage
was not pressed. That agent was too
valuable to lose, however, and his genius
is now duly recognized at the main office,
where he is at present receiving an even
division on his stealing*.
The Herald, together with the inde­
pendent and democratic papers of Min­
nesota, are fully explaining the other
details of the marketing abuses, and
giving facts, correspondence,and figures
that compel conviction. North Dakota
is being liberally drawn upon to furnish
information on the same subject.
SOME of the republican politicians and
newspapers are unable to contain them­
selves longer, and are beginning to boast
that the people of the state can not rid
themselves of prohibition for a long
while yet, even if they would. For the
technical reason that no resubmission
amendment to the constitution was
ordered published in newspapers, by the
republican administration, for three
months before the election of the next
legislature, these rule or ruin residents
of North Dakota are rejoicing that, as
they believe, prohibition can not be done
away with yet awhile. The constitution
provides that all proposed amendments
shall be published three months before
the second legislature is elected which is
to pass upon them. The people do not
have to vote twice on the same amend­
ment, but the knowlege of such is
deemed important and a publication is
considered necessary.
The last legislature, by a plain major­
ity in both houses, agreed to resubmit
prohibition, and so voted, but a personal
quarrel, about an entirely different mat­
ter, led a few obstreperous statesmen to
object to the recording of the action of
the senate, in the senate journal, and this
technicality has been used Dy those re­
publicans officials who had the oppor­
tunity, to throw whatever obstacle they
could in the way of a return to license in
North Dakoti*.
Of course the object in so doing was to
bolster up A weik state ticket by cater­
ing to a few prohibition votes—even after
the republican convention had absolutely
repudiated the policy of prohibitory
legislation. This scheme has doubtless
been known to the saloon men, but they
realize that an overwhelming wave will
sweep the prohibition farce away at an
early date, and in the reaction that will
follow, see free whisky instead of legal
regulations and a possible high license
The republican party is being drawn
into a ditch on this prohibition question
by its present leaders. The temper
of the people will not long
stand the manipulation of the
party bosses, nor submit to being
defrauded by political tricks. Prohibi­
tion has and is working its own cure.
The blind pig is the physician. The next
legislature will, in all likelihood, pass,
not only another resubmission resolu
lution, but will repeal the imprisonment
clause of the present law. This will prac­
tically nullify the law, but give munici­
palities the recourse of fines, for the sales
of liquor, which will serve as a license,
tithe mean time the obstinate policy of
the party managers who cling to prohibi­
tion for selfish purposes, will have shown
its disastrous effects on the fortunes of
th3 republican party in North Dakota, as
is now seen in Iowa, and wherever a
political party has become the champion
of sumptuary legislation. But warnings,
common sense, pleadings, or patriotic ad­
vice have no effect in the desperate game
now being played to retain by any means
that can be devised, the lucrative offices
now in possession of a certain element of
the party.
THE democratic presidential electors,
Benton and Roach, have resigned and it
is understood that there will be no new
names substituted in their places. The
democratic plan is of course to throw
the votes of the party to the independ­
ent electors, who will, if elected, cast the
vote of North Dakota for Weaver and
Field, thereby keeping the three elec­
toral votes of the state out of the
Harrison and Reid column. The demo­
crats recognize that they would be
unable to elect their own party electors
in this state, but by the above shrewd
move they accomplish the same result,
for the vote of the independent electors
cast for Weaver and Field will have no
effect except to deprive the republicans
of the vote, and thereby assist Cleveland
by the three yotes.
This plan seems to be the cause of
fusion between the democrats and in­
dependents every where in the west and
south. In North Dakota the democrats
have unsual advantage to gain in the
suooesB of the scheme. They will assist
in defeating the republican state ticket
by voting with independents. They
hope to get a portion of the legislature,
or at least a majority of democrats and
independents over republicans, besides
defeating the republican electors.
The republicans must not let Harrison
and Reid be defeated in this state. Even
if they should be, the chances are that
it will make KO difference in the election,
for the large close states, in the east are
pretty certain to be found republican
after the votes have been counted,
whether North Dakota is or not. But
for tho reputation of thestate nationally,
and for various other reasons, the repub­
lican voter, whether he wants to see the
reign of the present leading state officials
continued two more years or not, should
vote for the republican electors first
and foremost.
THE republicans of the First judicial
district have made no nomination for
judge, but endorsed Judge Templeton,
the present official. The party leaders
cracked the whip, and the command to
fall in line, was utteied in stentorian
tones, but the effort was futile. The
people of the district have been satisfied
with Judge Templeton and desire him
continued on the bench, and the political
party he affiliates with is not taken into
consideration. The same feeling is seen
in the Fifth district, where the republi­
cans have made no nomination, but de­
sire to see the present incumbent, Judge
Rose, continued in place for another
Throughout the state generally, there
is an anxious determination on the part
of the plain people, to keep the bench on
their side, and to secure it from partisan
or corrupt influences. The dispensation
of even-handed justice is the highest re
commendation a North Dakota judge can
show at present. The politicians and
slate manufacturers exercise their in­
genuity in vain when they attempt to
transfer the selection of judges from the
hands of the people to the party man­
ager. This is as it should be, for amid
all the rocks and shallows that beset the
affairs of the state, there is no safeguard,
or recourse equal to a steadfast and
patriotic bench.
CHICAGO is keenly alive to the import­
ance of good sanitary conditions during
the World's fair if at no other time in the
histdty of that town. The least ground
for fears of contagious or epidemic dis­
eases would seriously interfere with the
attendance on the big exposition. The
threatened approach of cholera stirred
up the Chicago people almost as
thoroughly as it did the citizens of New
York, and one of the most skillful of the
Chicago physicians was sent at once to
Europe to examine the sanitary condi­
tions prevailing in the principle cities of
the old world. Dr. Denslow Lewis, the
specialist selected by Chicago authori­
ties and the Illinois state board of health
has examined the defenses against
cholera adopted by the municipalities of
Paris, London, Rome, Cairo, Berlin,
Vienna and other cities of Europe. He
will apply the information obtained in
providing against a possible visitation of
the plague in the great western city
where the world's representatives will
congregate next year.
THE first of the district fairs for the
Jim River valley promises to be a
great success. Much interest is being
excited among the people in the entire
valley, concerning this project. Many
farmers have been accustomed to regard
a visit to a fall fair, as the chief annual
holiday time of the year. In numerous
cases these farmers and there families
have not been able to attend a fair for
ten years, and the indications are that
hundreds will come, even though the
notice be short, and the attractions not
what an older association could offer.
Jamestown is located exactly right for
holding the largest and most successfnl
agricultural and stock display in the
state. There will be an effort made by
the citizens of the county to secure the
state fair here for next year, and every
thing now is promising for the accom­
plishment of that object. If the weather
proves favorable the inaugural meeting
will be a big starter towards the future
best fair in the state.
THE Sargent County Teller is boom­
ing the fact that taxes will be reduced
this year—that the state board of
equalization, by "economy" "and "close
attention to details" has lowered the
assessment of last year by seven-tenths
of a mill, which will amount, in round
numbers, says the Teller, to $63,000.
This sum for the state of North Dakota
where a legislature appropriates nearly a
million at a session, for two year's ex­
penses, is a very insignificant sum. In
fact it is not worth blowing about at all.
The Teller should tell the people that
they are taxed far too high, and insist
that no member of the legislature be
elected, who is known to be favorable to
voting money for all kinds of jobs,
sinecures, luxhries, and unnecessary
AND SO Alfred Tennyson is dead. He
who wrote of death as fearlessly and fa­
miliarly as of life, who crept close to the
mysterious door and peered into the un­
known region, passed away with the
quiet confidence of one whose mind is
6tanch and whose heart is true. It is
difficult to think of Tennyson as a living
person subject to the whips and scorns of
modern times. Years ago his early poetry
placed him among the clabsic writers.
Tennyson has always been enthroned
among the great poets of all ages, and it
seems almost an intrusion into a sacred
.and time-honored enclosure, to recall in
the struggling matter of fact life of the
day, details of the death of a living Ten­
nyson. His poetry is known to all who
read, and will be read again and again
by those who are in youth and by those
whose good fortune keeps them bound,
by life and hope, to youth's great world.
IT is said that 400 Sisseton Indians
will vote this year for the Great Father
now in the chair, and on local issues their
votes will be at the disposal of the In­
dian agents. No mutter which party is
in rower, the Indian will vote to keep it
Th» government is loosening the foun­
dation stones of its own existence by ex­
tending to such a dangerous extent the
franchise. Foreigners who cannot speak
the English language, in many localities
of the country are wielding the balance
of power, and wielding it as their life­
long habits, customs and limited know­
ledge dictate. It is believed that unless
immigration be restricted, and the right
to vote in ignoranoe and prejudice, be
curtailed, a long series of disastrous
consequences will follow, in this nation.
IT IS reported that politicians are
giving the people in the Red river valley,
the double-cross. Walsh county repub­
licans are said to be circulating a petition
to place the name of Roger Allin for
governor, and K. J. Nomland for state
treasurer on the republican ticket. In
another part of that Red region it is said
that L. E. Booker, the republican candi
data fur state treasurer, is having a
petition circulated with a view of asking
the secretary of state to have Booker's
name placed on the official ballots as a
democratic nominee. The democratic
state committee protests against this
proposition and gives notice to the
public of the fact.
THESE IS no let up in the exposure of
the methods of the Minnesota wheat
combine. The war is being carried into
North Dakota where the results of the
monopoly are plainest to be seen. Demo­
cratic and independent newspapers are
giving their readers the story of the
great elevator monopoly, that has grown
so rich, in supplemental sheets.
Let the work go on, no matter who
conducts it. The people are interested
and want to see agents of such combines
unearthed and disarmed for good. The
people will also remember who it is that
defends this great conspiracy—what
newspapers, what party, what men in
high places, what trusted officials.
As usual the state committee, the
politicians and candidates, are trying to
make the newspapers do a lot of cam
paign work for nothing. The Steele
Ozone puts up a vigorous protest and
declines to run gratis, and pay express
charges, on plate matter "explaining"
Gov. Burk's veto of the farmers platform
The newspaper is considered by many
a "free horse" to ride during a campaign
and candidates seem to believe that a
publisher should pay out his own money
for printers and material, as a labor of
love, and a sign of party loyalty.
THE chief justice of the state of Penn­
sylvania, in his charge to the jury in the
Homestead treason trials, took a very
gloomy view of the future when he said
that the difficulties between capital and
labor had reached a point were but two
paths lay open for the adjustment of dif­
ferences. One path was to obey the law,
the other to let anarchy reign. The chief
justice of Pennsylvania believes that the
law is supreme, no matter what the
law is.
ADDITIONAL information from Eddy
county, in connection with the resolution
criticising Senator Casey, introduced at
the recent republican legislative conven­
tion of the 22nd district, makes plain the
animus of the attack. A few Wew Rock
ford soreheads took the opportunity to
air a personal grievance, engendered by
an old time county seat fight, in which
Senator Casey had a hand, long before
his election as senator.
THERE IS fusion and combination in
the air. The democrats of Minnesota
have fused with the people's party, and
have replaced four democratic electors
with four people's party electors. The
democrats retain five of their own elec­
tors. The scheme is of the same general
character as is seen elsewhere—a plan to
secure electoral votes for Weaver where
there is no chance to get them for
Gov. PECK of Wisconsin is bound to
have a state apportionment in the inter*
ests of the democrats. He has called a
special session of the legislature to do
over attain, what the recent supreme
court decision undid. The political
gerrymander is a magnificent stroke of
statesmanship wherever fonn4—a species
of statesmanship which believes that
public opinion can be moulded with a
THE Grand Forks News says the ad­
vertisement of a Ransom county candi­
date threatening to prosecute anyone
disobeying the usuary laws, is merely a
clumsy bid for votes.
Oall and Examine
MNMI 110 THURSOKY, OCTOBtfl 19 anil II.
We will have with us
Wednesday a representative
of one of the largest and best
cloak factories in the world.
He will place on exhibition at
our store about 1,000 ladies,
Misses and children's cloaks
and jackets. Beautiful styles,
all the latest novelties and
best qualities and one of the
advantages with this line
is they fit with this line, in
addition to our mammoth
stock, we will have as fine a
line for you to select from as
any concern in New York or
Chicago. Any garment you
may select you can take right
with you. Remember that
you get factory prices on the
samples, only one of a kind,
and we will make big reduc­
tions on our entire line, many
at one-half their value.
^Remember you will see the
largest and finest line of
cloaks this side of Chicago.
In Addition We Have
THE reason for the general political
quiet prevailing in New York is aptly
given by Senator Hiscock. He says that
"President Harrison's administration has
been a constant political campaign, from
beginning to end." The republicans
fully recognize the strength of the ad­
ministration before the country, and are
satisfied to let the campaign rest chiefly
on the merits of the record made.
HON. ROGEB ALLIN is not willing to be
a candidate for governor on the hybrid
"independent-prohibition" ticket. He
has at last officially signified this inten­
tion to the secretary of state. This will
leave the contest for the' governorship
between the present executive, and E. C.
D. Shortridge, the candidate of the
faVmers' alliance, the independents and
the democrats.
THE border ruffians of Kansas are still
alive, and valne life as cheaply as ever*
Occasionally a gang like the Daltons,
gets slaughtered, and there are so many
lees human wolves to look out for. But
the whole region there, including Ar­
kansas, Texas and Southern Missouri is,
criminally speaking, a benighted one.
THE Fargo Arguasays that Jamestown
seems to be the political focus of the
Butterich's Patterns are the only sure Pattern made.
Do you read your paper each week?
We have Just Opened
A complete stock of SADDLERY and HARNESS, one door
south of the City Drug Store, and we are prepared to fur­
nish you with everything you need for the Horse and Barn.
A full and complete line of FUR and PLUSH ROBES, and
HORSE BLANKETS, which we feel confident that we can
sell for less money than they can be bought for elsewhere.
Before purchasing elsewhere. You can save MONEY if that
will be any object to you.
5 i11 -i
Jamestown, N. Dak.
Just received a car load of the celebrated
Newton Coil Spring Buggies Road and Two
Seated Wagons. Every wagon fully guaranteed.
City Drug Store. Jamestown, N. D.
THE LaMoure Chronicle plant has
been purchased entire by Franklin
Potter, son of Waldo M. Potter of the
Fargo land office, and will be hereafter
the Bole proprietor and editor. Mr. Potter
is publishing alive paper and one that
illustrates decency and enterprise in
THE Grand Forks News says, the real
issue in North Dakota is whether or not
the people of the state shall make and
execute their own laws, or whether
these things shall be done by corpora
tions whose headquarters are outside of
the state.
BOTTINEAU county is a leading candi­
date for World's fair honors. Her wheat
specimens are said to beth finest yet se­
cured for the exhibit. Bottineau cap­
tured the New Orleans exposition prizes
for big grain.
GROVER CLEVELAND gives 810,000 to­
wards his own election. There are plenty
of men who wonld donate the entire sal­
ary and give as much more beside to win
the presidency.
To Prevent the Grip
Or any other similar epidemio, the blood
and the whole system should be kept in
healthy condition. Take Hood's Sarsa
parilla to give strength, purify the blood
and prevent disease.
Hood's Pill's cure liver ills.
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