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IN SCHOOL CIRCLES. The State Apportionment for the County Schools is Received. Aspirants for Oratorical Honors to Compete. Other Notes. A Destructive Fire at Wheat land This Morning.—Ten Stores Burned. Beginning Monday the schools open at 9:30 o'clock instead of 9 as formerly. This is the regular winter schedule, and will give the pupils from 9:30 to 12 m. and 1:30 to 4 p. m. for the daily hours of study. The school census for this year was taken on Tec. 1, but the final result will probably not be known for some days yet, 20 days being allowed in which to make the returns. The enumeration last December showed 1,321 children be tween the ages of and 20 in the county. Acting County Superintendent Lyon states that he has received the semi-an nual apportionment of funds for the schools in Stutsman county, from State Superintendent Eisenhuth, amounting to $1,050.80, or 80 cents per child, taken on the basis of the school population as rendered by the census of Dec. 1st, 1892. The apportionment previous to this was over a dollar a pupil. The oratorical contest is receiving at tention from the pupils who are making active preparations, under the guidance of Prof. Wagner, for the coming event. Seventeen students signified their inten tion of competing for the honor of repre senting the Jamestown schools at Wah peton, but this number was reduced to eleven and, at a preliminary contest held last Wednesday, still further reduced to the following eight: Nellie Wallace, Maude Roper, Belle Tilden, Clemma Buck, Mae Miller, Clara Bradley, Mildred Nashold and Carrie Branson. A final selection of two will be made at some date yet to be decided upon, probably about the 15th, in a public hall to which a small admittance fee will be charged to help defray the expenses of the success ful representatives from Jamestown. The literary selections which the aspirants have decided upon cover a wide range, from dramatic to pathetic, and from comic to tragic. No boy has yet appeared who will contest for the honors with the girls. The boys are conspicuous by their absence. The high school coatains three boys and thitty girls. Wheatland Laid Low. A disasterous fire, originating in a barber shop nearly destroyed the entire town of Wheatland, in Cass Co., Monday night. The fire broke out about three o'clock and little could be done to save property. Ten 6tores were burned and the insurance is said to have been very light. The railroad depot was uninjured. The stores burned were on the south side of the railroad track. Two hotels were burned and the loss to the town is severe. Among the losses are J. Bran denberg's store, the postoffioe. the Wheatland house, C. J. Bell's jewelry store, H. Muller's barber shop, the State bank, R. Doyle's hotel, W. T. Hunter's store, C. B. Voungman & Co. No dam age to Northern Pacifio property. Press Comment. Dawson Standard: Chattels given as security for some of the paper embraced in the Lloyds' bank assets, aggregating 82,346.23 sold under foreclosure recently for 8233.25. These figures tell a sad tale of depression in values as well as loose* ness of methods in conducting a banking business, and are anything but reassur ing to depositors. Steele Ozone: The more we hear of the true innerdness of Lloyds bank, the more we look for $87 on a gang plow and $75 on a set of harness, is a little too reckless banking for the most of us. We learn that a Jamestown lady drew 85,000 out of the James River bank, because he was getting soared, and put it in iloyds'. That was Saturday. Monday he bank didn't continue business. The ady wanted her money or security on he new opera house, but couldn't get ither Only two days from security to othing—that's robbery. Dawson Times: Our Dawson flouring ill is making some valuable improve lents in the way of a new smoke stack, 'hey inform us that they now have a iteel smoke staok that waa onginally on he defunct bank depositors' electric ight plant, at Jamestown, and cost 8150 [or 1200. They also inform as that Lloyd wanted 975 for the stack, but they ught it of Fancher for $50. Another 83,000 sorrel mare or dehorned cow deal hat the depositors pay for. Jones don't ay the freight in this deal. Wahpeton Globe: The disclosures of the banking business of "the Lloyds" at Jamestown, as published in The Alert, cause the greatest surprise. "Lloyds, bankers," were looked upon by their ac quaintances as shrewd, honorable men. While they were regarded as mercenary in their dealings with men they were supposed to be too jealous of their busi ness honor and atanding to do anything discreditable. From the disclosures it would seem that the Lloyds must join the grand army of rascals who have caused so much ruin and misery through the misplaced confidence reposed in them. VALUES WILL. RETURN. Land Prices In Former Depressions. J. Goldsbury, the old veteran in Min neapolis reffl estate, has this to say to holders of realty. Bays the Journal: "During the terribly depressing times, from 185(3 to 1861, when wheat (which was selling in 1853 for $1.25) went down to 50 and 60 cents, and many banks and trust companies failed, farmers began to see that wheat was not to be depended on, and that diversified crops and stock farming must take the place of wheat. At that time farming land suffered most severely, and land near market which had sold for 825 or $30 per acre, caeh, was hawked bbout at S6 to 310 and no body to buy. And lands more remote, which had sold for 85 to $10 in 1856, found no buyers at SI per acre, or even less. The same land sold within three years thereafter—those near market for 825 to 8-10 or $50 per acre, and those re mote for from $10 to 812 or $15 per acre. Farmers need not be discouraged at the present depression, forguch extremes are sure to follow each other. The ups t»nd downs with butter and eggs come every year, and of wheat and pork less fre quently, while farming land takes a much longer time. These assertions as to land can be proved, for hund reds of acres of land were then bought by men whom I know (now living) for 81 per acre, and sold three or five years later for 810 and $15 per acre. I write this to strengthen those who feel that for them the end of the world has come. "There are today acrep of land 1a the Dakotas that were considered a few years ago to be worth 810 per acre that today can be picked up for $2 and $5 per acre, and that, too, among good farmers, who just now have no money to buy, that will sell again for $10 or even 820 within three or five years—note that down on the last page of your ledger. I hope you will stir up the peo ple of the east who have a little money to invest now, and not wait until they have to pay the highest prices, and then censure us for booming our land and getting them to take it off our hands. The principal business now with some is to go from office to hotel, and from hotel to office, and talk down real estate. I am called an enthusiast, but who helps business or any cause most, enthusiasts or croakers? It would be well if the croakers were all fenced in and had to live together. They Elected Officers. At the regular meeting of Ft. Seward lodge, A. O. U. W., Friday night, officers for the ensuing year were elected, as follows: R. Giese, master workman A. W. Dewey, foreman A. M. Clough, over seer C. K. Flint, recorder J. H. Crum, financier A. M. Halstead, receiver J. O'Leary, guide Joe Mason, inside watch man M. H. Schmitz, outside watchman John Severn, representative to grand lodge Andrew Blewett, alternate repre sentative, and J. J. Roper, trustee. The installation of the officers will be on the first Friday in January, the 5th. The lodge now has 302 members en rolled and quite a number of applications pending. The lodge is only exceeded in membership, in the two Dakotas, by the lodge at Aberdeen, which has a member ship of about 330. The ladies of the order here have about completed arrangements for the organi zation of a Degree of Honor lodge and intend in the near future to send for the Grand Master Workman ft Aberdeen to perfect the organization. The lodge will commence with about 50 or more charter members. Copper Mining Profitable. A Batte man speaking of the mining interest* in that vicinity said Thursday: The production of copper has greatly inoreased this year, the boom in eleotrial properties being one reason for it. A great deal of copper is used in wires etc. The entire Butte produot has been ab sorbed by the old country, and the visible supply shows no increase. There are a number of mines near Butte in which copper veins are very noh. As for silver nothing is done with it and no one mining it except for the baser metala which are found in connection with it. No one anticipates a profit in silver for some years. ROUTINE BUSINESS. Conducted/by the Council at Their Regular Monthly Meeting. No Action Taken in the Pur chase of the Electric Light Plant. Election of Officers by Knights of Honor—Justice Couit Notes. At the meeting of the council Monday night there were present Mayor Steel, Aldermen Adams, Blood, Fletcher, John* son and Mason, City Clerk Blewett and City Attorney Conklin. Aldermen Porter, Wells and Lieber absent, the two latter on the sick list. A petition was received, and referred to the license committee, asking that the license of S30, in regard to public resorts be reduced on account of hard times The matter of the reduction was dis cussed at some length, but no conclu sion arrived at and so referred to Alder men Lieber, Adams and Wells. Alderman Johnson, chairman of the electric light committee, reported in re gard to the petition for a light at the corner of Fifth avenue and Main street, stating that so far, he had been unable to get the committee together to take action on the matter, and asked for more time to consider. This was granted. City Attorney Conklin reported as fol lows in regard to the bill of The Alert for printing a sidewalk notice: "Regard ing the above bill which was referred to me I beg to report that the rates charged are the legal rates. Section one, of or dinance No. 10, requires such notices to be published daily for four consecutive weeks. This, it seems to me, is unneces sary and that such ordinance should be remedied, limiting the publication to once each week for four weeks." The bill was accordingly allowed. The report of the city treasurer, which was referred to the finance committee, showed a cash balance Nov. 30th, of $2, 009.92. Water Commissioner Pierce reported collections for the past mouth of $2.70. The city clerk reported the collection during the past month, from licenses, of $204.75. The dray and opera house li censes, he reported, have been due since Nov. 1st, an have notified parties inter ested but up to date neither has been re ceived. The excuse for the non-payment of the Baid licenses is, wanting to wait until the council met. A lenghty discussion followed of the benefits and evils of the present system of license generally, of the dray and saloon licenses in particular, and of the matter of the rebate to the opera house, of 850.00 on the first year's license. John Knauf, representing S. L. Glaspell, man ager of the opera house property, ap peared before the council and asked that the rebate of $50 be granted. As there had been an understanding between the council and the Lloyds in regard to the rebate of a portion of the annual license for the first year, on account of the erection of a new opera house, a rebate of 850 was accordiningly granted, for the six months commencing Nov. 1st, 1893. Alderman Blood made the following motion, which was carried: That this matter of the amendments of the ordinance relating to licenses be re ferred to a committee of three (Blood, Adams and Johnson) to draw up an or dinance and report at the next meeting of the council. The city attorney was instructed to prepare an ordinance for the assessment of the sidewalk tax. Josiah Pierson was employed at the rate of 36 per month for the next year to keep the crossings of the city free from snow—and do other work of a gen eral character. The water committee, to whom was referred the matter, reported that a rebate be allowed to O. L. Churchill and the North Dakota Capital on water rent, but in the case of the North Dakota Capital and C. D. Herbert no rebate be allowed for the time that they did not use water. Each to stand the loss, as the city was not to blame in any man ner for said loss. BILLS ALLOWED. Under a suspension of the rules the following bills were allowed: The Alert, printing sidewalk notice $ 55 10 Geo Farnsworth, hauling gravel on streets 18 50 Montgomery & Flint, repairing chairs 1 50 Gall River Lumber Co., fuel to police station 11 65 Gieseler, Blewett & Co., hardware 1 65 Strong & Chase, lamp for council rooms 40 Telephone Co., rent of two instru ments 5 00 Jamestown Machine Shops, labor on water mains 7 00 JAMESTOWN WEEKLY A TOT. JAMESTOWN. NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY DECEMBER 7 1893 NO 19 Gull River Lumber Co., building sidewalks 170 80 Jamestown Eleotric Light Co., light for Nov 102 00 Josiah Pierson, repairing side walks 6 00 Tilden, engineering services for Nov 9 05 John Hoggstadt, labor on streets 10 50 Churchill, labor on streets... 7 50 Geo Singler, labor making ditch on Pittsburg avenue 64 00 0 Draper, police for Nov 60 00 W Ackerman, labor in park... 2 13 Total 8549 78 Council then adjourned. Knights of Honor. At the meelipg Monday night of the Knights of Honor a full list of officers for the ensuing year were elected as fol lows: H. W. Kelley, dictator D. S. Hamil ton, vije dictator A. J. Harris, assistant dictator C. W. Pierce, reporter Jno. F. Vennum, financial reporter J. C. War nock, treasurer R. H. Reid, chaplain Geo. Singler, guide F. Trepannier, guardian A. Esler, sentinel, and Geo. W. Kurtz, D. S. Hamilton and A. J. Harris, trustees. The old trustees were re-elected, as well us many other of the officers Frank Trepannier, since the organiza tion of tue lodge, has occupied the worthy position of guardian. Justice Court. Chas. Halifax Monday brought suit be fore Juetie Farnsworth against John McGinnis for the recovery of the wages of his son, Clinton Halifax, employed by the defendant. Judgment was rendered for the plaintiff, $5.50 and costs. Justice Bigelow fined Jesse Millhol land 85 and costs Monday for larceny of lumber from Jas. Carter. It is said that a counter suit will be instituted. The Closing of Ye Pig. Grafton ^'ews-Times: The closing up of the "blind pig" fraternity oa Saturday last Beems to have been and is the all absorbing topic of conversation. Why they were allowed to run six months without a demonstration similar to that which took place on Saturday is perhaps best known to the attorneys. The plan of o'nsing them vis very cleverly execut ed and twelve injunctions were served simultaneous and the chilly wind of No vember soon whistled up the nose of the festive "pigger" as he crossed vacant lota and back alleys to inform his neigh bor that "there was something going to drop." At present everything seems to be dry about town, but yesterday's train brought in a few boxes and jugs as was formerly the practice. Whether the raid will last, and the parties given to under stand that the sale of liquor will not be tolerated in Grafton, the future alone can demonstrate. Bismarck Tribune: When, in calling the calendar, a case against the first alleged blind pig was struck. Attorney General Standish said he believed the prohibition law was being willfully vio lated in Bismarck at this time. He was informed that no more than three weeks ago two car loads of beer, fully loaded, came in to supply this town. He did not believe that buildings should be released on affidavits of the owner. At the same time he did not believe it right to prose cute one or two men and allow others equally guilty to go scot free. So he moved that all the cases in which his name appeared be put over the term. He believed that there was a growing senti ment in this part of the state favoring the enforcement of tbe prohibitory law. There was one noted case tried in Stark county, and tbe court was aware as to the evidence there. Members of that jury who voted for acquittal, had traveled to Bismarck and told the speaker that if ever such a case came before them again as jurymen, they would assume a different attitude. Jurors for Next Term. The following is a lise of che petit jurors drawn for the January term of the district court: James Price, Hans Kel lerson. O. T. Bergquist, Fred Smith, Geo. Newton, Samuel Porter, Geo. Bronson, Willis G. Russell, W. H. Sherman, Phillip Picard, D. A. Piercy, Malcolm St. Clair, H. E. Sunday, L. W. Smith, Geo. Wild, Wm. Reid, D. B. Mc Lean, C. L. Smith, G. A. Palmer, O. V. White, Henry Petty, David Russell, Wm. Kemp, F. L. Plough. Dan English of Devils Lake has been arrested of sheep stealing. Dunng the progress of a dance at the People's hotel at Mandan.a saloon-keeper named Dan McKinnon was seriously stabbed three times by an ex-soldier named James Dolan. Bad blood was generated over a girl whom Dolan seemed to be successful in capturing for a partner, that McKinnon wanted. Dolan used a common jack knife and stabbed his victim in the neck, in the chest and in tbe back, just above the kidneys the latter wound is a dangerous one. CITY SCHOOL AFFAIRS. Meeting of Board of Education Matters of School In terest. Arrayed in the Panoply of War Co. was Inspected Tuesday. Annual Election of Officers by Societies.—In Railroad Circles. At the meeting of the board of educa tion Tuesday evening there were present President Roper, Mrs. White and Messrs. lngalls, Steel, Lutz and Clerk Blewett. Absent E. W. Camp and Mrs. Hotchkiss. In view of a possible shortage in funds before the next meeting of tbe board the following resolution was passed: That the treasurer be authorized to negotiate or borrow such funds as he may deem necessary to meet current expenses and to maintain warrants issued by the board at par. Interest on school bonds in the amount of 81,750 falls due on the first of the year to meet which it was resolved: That the president and the secretary be authorized to draw a warrant in favor of the treasurer in the amount of 81,750 to pay interest due Jan. 1st, 1894. The report of Prof. Wagner for the month ending Nov. 24th was read. This showed that the total enrollment for the past month has been 198 boys and 204 girls, a total of 402 against 383 last month. These figures do not include 24 pupils that withdrew this month and 29 last month. There are 23 non-resident pupils attending the city schools. In view of an attempt, which was made by some of the pupils, to furnish reading matter for one of the school rooms, the following resolution was passed to pre vent its recurrance in the future: That no assessment for money or contribution of any kind, for any purpose whatever, be allowed to be made of any pupil or pupils in the Jamestown city schools. Tbe object of this is to prevent any pos sible embarrassment of any pupil? by be ing asked to contribute to anything which they may not afford to. The board alone reserves the right to supply needed paraphernalia and apparatus. A discussion arose over the matter of the janitor work in the north side school The janitor had been requested to per form certain work as laid down in tbe rules of the board passed for that special purpose and, upon the passage of tbe following resolution, Professor Wagner requested that che board stand by their resolutions which thev pass, if they are just, and if unjust, that they be abro gated. Resolved: "That a written copy of all resolutions passed by the board be furnished to the superintendent with in structions that he see that the same be enforced." The work of cleaning the rooms after school hours, in a specified manner as IcAd down in the rules, had been requested by the superintendent, but this the janitor had refused to do, claiming that the work was not required by the board. To settle the matter it was agreed: "That the matter of the janitors be referred to the building committee with instructions to investigate the subject thoroughly, at once, to amend or modify tbe rules here tofore passed as they think advisable and to report the rules at the next meet ing of the board. BILLS ALLOWED. Gieseler, Blewett & Co..hardwfcre $ 7 95 Churchill & Webster, school sup plies 15 55 The Alert, printing 10 00 Wonnenberg & Avis, books 1100 E White, school supplies... 65 Chas Hensel, one dozen brooms.. 3 00 A Clough. repairing pumps and anew pump 23 00 Pearce & Orlady, canvas 2 44 A W Kelley, fuel. 8163.50, bill was cut to 162 50 Eaton & Co., school supplies 24 05 The board then adjourned. IN BATTLE Alt HAY. Militia Boys Under Official Scrutiny. Tuesday evening in the Armory Co. was inspected by Col. Miller, Lieut. Farnsworth having been compelled, un expectedly and much against his will, to return to Grand Forks directly from Bismarck. Tbe company made a tine showing and went through the manual of arms in excellent style. Owing to the limited space in the armory an extended drill in foot movements was dispensed with, but in the manual of arms the com pany showed that that they were only exceeded by but few companies. There were thirty members present, out of a total of forty, ranking third in attendance of the infantry companies in spected this fall. Bismarck came liret with an attendance of 40, followed next by Fargo with 37. The officers of the company confidently expected that the 'attendance would be about thirty-five but several were unavoidably kept away. Taking into account that the company recently went through afire they made a good appearance. There was a slight lack of uniformity in tbe matter of uni forms, but what they lacked in this essential they made up in tbe matter of drill. After being formed in two ranks Col. Miller passed down the lines and made an inspection of tbe arms and ac coutrements of each member. It was announced that the company would give a ball this evening in the armory, for the members of the company only and a few specially invited guests, after which there would be a supper at the Gladstone. The dance and supper is complimentary, all bills being paid by tbe company. By special arrangements, tbe members of the company attended the theater last night. In conversation, after drill, Col. Miller stated that Lieut. Farnsworth regretted very much that he was unable to attend the inspection. He made the acquaint ance of a number of the company last Sunday and wished very much to "meet the company in a social way, as well. New Officials. The Deutscb-Verein at their meeting Tuesday elected the following officers for the ensuing year: R. E. Giese, president Andy Haas, vice president Anton Haas, secretary: August Kuhn, treasurer C. R. Brandt, janitor, and M. H. Scbmitz, A. Stein bach, August Kuhn, H. A. Niemeyer and Peter Haas, trustees. The club has about 25 members at present and, finan cially. is in excellent condition. Wm. H. Seward post, G. A. R., held their annual election of officers, Tuesday evening, for the ensuing year. They are as follows: P. Gaffnev, commander H. Vessey, senior vice commander W. F. Hodge, quartermaster Geo.Kurtz, surgeon D. B. McLain, chaplain: E. L. Calkins, officer of the day Joseph Felthausen, officer of the guard, and E. L. Calkins, B. F. Bigelow and W. F. Hodge, trus tees. Delegates to the department en campment to be held at Grafton next summer are S. K. McGinnis, T. H. Tay lor, Geo. Kurtz and J. F. Vennum. Their alternates as named last night are Jud Wright, Geo. Woodbury, Wm. Walton and Jas. Herbert. Tuesday afternoon. Wm. H. Seward Woman's Relief corps, No. 0, elected officers for the ensuing year as follows: Mrs. D. B. McLain, president Mrs. P. Russell, senior vice president Mrs. H. Mosher, junior vice president Miss Hattie Bigelow, treasurer Mrs. H. E. White, chaplain Mrs. O. J. Seiler, con ductor and Miss A. Hodge, guard. Railroad Rumblings. Engines Nos. 31 and 437 have been equipped with Priest snow Hangers. The Alert's railroad news supplies most of the other papers in the state with their railroad material. The verdict in the case of Patch vs. tbe Northern Pacific Railroad company was in favor of the plaintiff for $7,030. Judge Thomas granted an injunction on the auditors of LaMoure, Dickey and Griggs counties to restrain them from selling Northern Pacific lands for taxes. As near as the public caD learn, the railroad employes on the Northern Pa oific are not generally advising a strike on account of the cut in wages. The general sentiment, as far as can be heard, appears to be that this is not our lucky year, and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. The men real ize that times are hard everywhere, and that thousands of men are seeking for wcrk at almost any price in all parts of the country. A man with a steady position that brings him a living this winter should congratulate himself. Every pereen in every occupation is required to cut expenses and conform to the times. The Northern Pacilic company, under the present management, has always treated the employes fairly, and good wages have been made for many years on the other hand the men believe they have earned every dollar they have received, as this is a hard country to railroad in. The schedules accepted by the road have been liberal and it is said the company gives more privihges to every class of employes than nearly any other road in the country. Men who have worked on other roads say the Northern Pacific has been very clever in this respect. Anyhow it is not a matter of choice or wish with most of us :n 1893-4. A situation at fair wages is a good deal better than none, and with tbe Northern Pacific no ore need be afraid that the present management, at least, will not do the right thing by all its men in good times. It is said that the em ployes are well organized and that while there is an undercurrent of strike senti ment there is also a strong opposition to this from cooler beads. Some of tbe men think that while a strike might be suc cessful it would not be tbe best thing for them in the end.