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OF STATE INTEREST, Story of an Unfortunate Just Discharged From the Insane Hospital. Interesting Criminal Cases Be ing Tried in Barnes County. Concerning School Funds Heavy Loss of a Buffalo Farmer by Fire. C. E. Peterson and Jacob Hara, of Sar gent county, were discharged from the asylum last week and returned to their respective homes this morning. Mr. Hara lives near Rutland, and has been a patient at the hospital for some time. Mr. Peterson was brought to the institu tion only three weeks ago, and says he was informed in a day or two after his arrival that there appeared to be no cause for his detention there, but that Superintendent Archibald kept him until yesterday, when a certificate of dis charge was issued. Mr. Peterson called at The Alert office to speak a good word for Dr. Archibald and all the attendants, and also to explain some of the reasons for his misfortune in having been sent there, even for a short time. It appears, from Mr. Peterson's story, that financial and family troubles caused a temporary derangement of his mind, and that he attempted suicide with laudanum. Ad vantage was taken of this fact to commit him to the hospital, when it was said his mercenary creditors and other enemies could have full swing at such prop erty as bad already escaped the collector's bands. A son of Mr. Peterson was also active in securing his removal to the asylum, being urged to the act, Mr. Peterson says, by unprincipled men who had obtained improper influence over the boy. The unfortunate man says he is a carpenter by trade, but since coming to Dakota has endeavored to make a living by farming. Crop failures and the continued low price for wheat and other products gradually brought about bis emburassment, and when the collectors swooped down on the home stead this fall, his despondency increased until be sought relief in suicide. The waywardness of his son and daughter contributed to the same result. Mr. Peterson seems to have gained new hope, however, and left for bis home at Nichol son to spend tbe winter, and intends in the spring to abandon farming and re turn to work at bis trade, if work can be secured. Jndge Rose is having a run of criminal cases at the present term of the Barnes county court. Last week tbe trial of the desperado, Ed. White, occurred, and the jury brought in a verdict of guilty of an attempt to commit manslaughter. Tbe punishment IR one to five years imprison ment, and the prisoner will be sentenced this week. White is the man who, with two others, drew pistols on Brakeman Edwards at Sanborn, last October. The latter attempted to put a hobo off a train, and was Bhot at and hit by the ball but not hurt. The two pards of the tramp met tbe brakeman, who had gone back to the caboose after a pistol, and compelled him to throw up his band9. Afterwards Deputy Sheriff Sam Burt and another Valley City policeman found the three men in tbe Soo depot at Valley City. Burt tackled White and ordered him to hold up his bands, at the point of a re volver White did so but pulled a "gun" at the same time. Burt grabbed his hand and White seized Burt's wrist. Bart noticing that White's pistol was of a make that could be emptied of cart ridges by touching a spring, managed to do this, rendering the weapon harmless. In the struggle, however, Moran an em ploye at the depot, was ordered by Burt to shoot White, which he did with a horse pistol, after some hesitation, and at close range, but the ball only passed through the cheek carrying away a part of the bone and two teeth. Tbe two other men were held up for a while by the other officer, but managed to escape in tbe struggle with White. The whole affair was a desperate and dangerous affray. Tbe three men were professionals and of the most desperate class. Burglar tools and other implements of their business were found on White's person. Another case for trial is that of a prisoner who was caught in the attempt to rob tbe Rhodes' store at Oriska, last week. The clerk of the store had been spending the evening out, and returning to the store found the front door partly open. He walked back to tbe end of the building, and noticing shot gun leaning against the counter, picked it up and the next instant saw the form of a man crouching behind tbe counter. The gun was instantly brought to bear on tbe thief, who surrendered, and was marched up to the house of tbe proprie tor of the store by tbe plucky clerk. Tbe burglar made two efforts to escape by dodging and running, but was followed and finally secured by the clerk and his employer who had been waked from a sound sleep. Several buxes of knives, a half dozen razors, &c., were found on the captured man's person. The shot gun proved to be unloaded. Walsh, Oleason & Kennedy is the style of a new firm recently formed at Fort Smith, Arkansas, says the Grand Forks Plaindealer. The first named member is our own George H., and the last is Ed. Kennedy, formerly a resident of this town and of late years one of the sLrewd est of the long-headed, red hot crowd who manipulated realty at the head of tbe lakes, and iron lands on the Mesabe range. John F. Gleason was formerly of Fargo, where he served two terms as superintendent of schools, and was after ward in busioess at Langdon. It is reported from Valley City that Ora Lampman, son of tbe state oil in spector has skipped to parts unknown with the funds of the school district in that county, of which he was treasurer. He left a wife and child uncared for. who have gone to Mrs. Lampman's brother's house near Tower City. The lack of funds in the state treasury is seriously crippling tho normal school at Valley City. The board has no money on hand. No salaries have been paid since school opened this year and many of the faculty are in need of their salary. Senator Hansbrough's bill authorizing the government to employ ten compe tent Agents to examine and report on the Russian thistle and to employ neces sary help to exterminate it, appropriates one million dollars, or as much as neces sary, for the purpose. The agents are to receive 60 per day and expenses, and persons employed exterminating the weeds, $2 a day for adult males, and one dollar for females and boys under fifteen years of age. Under ths present con dition of the national treasury it is not likely that such an appropriation can get through, but the senator is taking tho best menus to call attention of the agricultural department to the pest, and rcay get practical assistance from tbe government in the work of extermina tion. P. R. Martin, living six miles south of Buffalo, lost bis stock barns and sheds, twenty horses, several cows and calves, and a number of vehicles by fire Satur day, the loss aggregating about $4,000.00. The loss is about half covered by insur ance. The cause of tbe tire is not known. So much time was consumed recently, at Langdon, in preparing a chemical en gine to go to afire that the attempt was finally abandoned and tbe "fiery demon" "relegated to hades" in tbe first round by a bucket brigade. After tbe fire, the en gine was placed in proper order. All monies arising from the interest on the permanent school fund, a'nd from leasing school lands, not drawn by tbe distrust school treasurers from the coun ty treasurer before Jan. 1, will bo re turned to the state treasurer. It is said that a few districts in several counties in tbe state have been caught by neglect ing to draw their pro rata of these funds before tbe law requires the money to be returned to tbe state. WITHIN TWO OP A HUNDRED. A Fargo Lady Dies at the Advanced Age of Ninety-eight Years. Mrs. B. D. Babbage, aged 98 years died yesterday in Fargo. Two years more and tbe 100 year mark would have been passed, with mental faculties clear and sound. Tbe demise was the natural end of a healthy and rugged life begun when tbe nation was just beginning to feel secure in its existence as a republic. The sounds of the revolution bad scarce ly died away. This lady commenced her life in, what seems to us, a period of almost dim and impersonal history she was born when congress first ordered the United States flag to consist of fifteen stripes, of white and red, on a field of blue, spangled with a union of fifteen stars. She has seen tbe nation grow under that flag and expand, daily, until yesterday. She has witnessed scenes and incidents that sound like the tales of romance to people of middle age today. The fourth congress met in the year of her birth tbe national debt was eighty millions only, and contracted by a war for liberty, while the expenses of tbe govern ment were but ten millions. The French republic, then young in its oareer, pre sents a flag of liberty to tbe American government. Spam had only released her hand of control over Flonda and given us tbe right of free navigation on tbe Mississippi. Washington declined another nomination and John Adams was elected the seoond president Wash ington oity was not tbe capital. Tbe country was unknown beyond tbe sea coast states. THE MEACHAM BANK AFFAIRS. Subsequent Dividends and Bright Prospects for Creditors. The Alert is in receipt of a communi cation from Thos. Doughty of Carring ton, concerning tbe Affairs of the sus pended bank at that place, Mr. Doughty desiring "to reply, and if possible correct some false statements made by some unscrupulous person in Tbe Jamestown Alert, concerning Mr. Meacham and the failure of the Carnngton bank." The Alert's informant stated that the bank owed Foster county and school interests between 812,000 and 814,000, in round numbers, and the statement was made that from present indications the loss would be between those amounts. Mr. Doughty states that "the total amount of tbe county and school de posits amounts to only a little over S11,000," and adds what is not generally known, "that on November 1st a divi dend of 23 per cent was declared, which reduced this account to $8,900." The further information is also given that under Receiver holiday's management enough has been collected to pay another dividend of about l." percent, making a 40 per cent dividend, "which, considering the short crop and low prices, is certain ly a good showing." Mr. Doughty con tinues: "Tho total assets of the Car rington bank amounted to 318,G98, and the total liabilities amount to 810,0o0. leaving a balance of 82,G-18 over and above all liabilities. Figuring on* what has been collected as a basis and a credit of 82,048,1 cannot see but what the lose will be very small, if any." It will be seen that The Alert's inform ant was not so far out of the way in the first loss stated, but the matter of the first dividend was not mentioned, as it should have been, if known. As to the future dividend, which is to he made, that also was not referred to, or known to The Alert. The report that Treasurer Putnam had to part with a farm turned over to him individually, by Mr. Meacham, for the county,was incorrect, although there was nothing in the statement that reflected on the treasurer, or suggested any intent on his part to cause the county loss. As to this, Mr. Putnam says he still holds the farms subject to the will of the county and will hold them until released by the acceptance of the security, or by the payment of his debt in full. Mr. Put nam is turning in his salary, lumber ac counts against the county and with grain raised this year on the farms, and the divided to be secured, is short $4,300, which be says he expects to make up in full, and perhaps have the real estate left. This is certainly a flattering show ing, both for the county and the receiver. Tbe treasurer says he is satisfied that the closing of tbe Carnngton bank was "a failure, and that Mr. Meacham turned over everything he had." Receiver Soliday corroborates th9 above statements and adds that "with a fairly good crop next season the bank of Carrington will pay at least 75 per cent of its indebtedness. Should it do so, and the county take the lands and pro ceeds of the same, it would be ahead some hundreds of dollars." Foster county and tbe depositors of the bank are to be congratulated on the prospect of getting out of the failure in such excellent shape, and The Alert is pleased to make facts known to the public. Friends of Mr. Meacham claim that the failure of tbe bank was due, not to any intent to defraud creditors, but to careless banking, and lack of business foresight, and they assert that his subse quent surrending of all property proves bis honorable intentions in an unfortu nate business collapse. From communi cations seen by The Alert from promin ent citizens of Foster^county, taken with statements of leading citizens here, who who have been acquainted with him, leads to the belief that Mr. Meacham still retains the confidence and esteem of those who best know him. A St. Paul Hostelry. The Clarendon hotel in St. Paul, which has recently been refitted and remodeled, has long been a rendezvous for James townites while in the saintly city. The hotel is especially well located in the heart of tke business portion of St. Paul, and in front of its doors run tbe Inter urban and other of the principal lines of electric street railways, enabling one to reach all parts of the Twin cities in the minimum of time. The Clarendon tickles the palates of its patrons by setting an excellent table, one with which an epi oorean could find no fault. The rooms are steam heated and electric lighted, with hot and cold water, baths, &c. Since leaving this city the Foley broth ers have made a" decided success of their venture, and while other hotels in St. Paul report a falling off in business tbe Clarendon's is increasing. Ex-State Treasurer Booker, Hon. Jud LaMoure, and other prominent Pembina citizens, are out in Montana on a deer hunt, and expect to enjoy the sport for a couple of weeks. -6-6 JAMESTOWN WEEKLY ALEKT. PASSED QUIETLY AWAY. Death of Mrs. M. W. Bush Last Saturday, After a Long Illness. Dividends Aggregating That Sum May be Realized by Bank Depositors. A Change in Management of the Alliance Investment Company. From Saturday's llaily. Shortly after four o'clock this morn ing, Mrs. Mary Winfield Bush, widow of H. T. Hush, passed quietly away, after an acute illness of about three months of valvular disease of the heart. Three ohildren, out of a family of seven, survive to mourn ber loss—Mrs. D. B. Walker of Grass Lake. Mich. Mr. H. T. Bush of Indianapolis, Ind., and Mrs. S. F. Corwin of this city. Word was received today that Mr. Bush would start immediately for this city. Mrs. Walker will not bo able to attend tho i\il.._ral services, which will occur at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, from the house. A service will be held afterwards at the Meihodist church, at 2 o'clock. Inter ment will be in Capital Hill cemetery. Mrs. Bush was born in Slarkey, Yates county, New York, Nov. 12th, 1819. In 1853 she ramoved to Michigan, remain ing there until March 18th, 1880, when Jamestown was removed to, where she has resided since. The deceased was one of tbe charter members of the Methodist Episcopal church of this city, and in the years 1881 and 1882 served in the capacity of steward. For weeks the deceased lay at the point of death. Her absent son and daughter were notified and were in at tendance, leaving but about 3 weeks ago. She never fully recovered from the sbojk of the death of her husband which occurred during her serious illness of pneumonia. She was a thorough christ ian woman well beloved by a large circle of acquaintances and friends who sincerely mourn her loss. For thirteen years she has been intimately identified with the history of tbe cb^rch here, having been a member and co worker from its inception. Heart felt sympathy is extended to tbe bereaved ones. A Forty Per Cent Dividend. Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Johnson will spend a week at Sterling, 111., returning after Christmas. Their son is attending a military academy in Pennsylvania and expects to be at home at that time also. There wero several private business mat ters left unattended to by Mr. Johnson, which be is also compelled to attend to soon. The receiver states that the 18th met. is the last day on which persons holding claims against the Lloyds bank can make proof of tbem for payment. Ail but about 28 claims have been proved up, one of them an amount of §700 held by a woman, from whom nothing has been heard since the receiver took charge. Receiver Johnson is of the opinion that those who fail to prove up to share in the first dividend will not be debarred legally from proving claims and sharing IQ the second and subsequent dividends. It is estimated that with good crops and fair prices enough of the bank's paper can be collected to make total dividend of about 40 per cent. This, however, is with very favorable circumstances. Mr. Johnson is getting the work of the bank well in hand and is getting personally acquainted with the debtors and credi tors of the institution who reside in the city and county. The books of the bank are in a very complicated state, making it impossible in many cases to follow clearly the history of each transaction as it occurred. Information from unex pected and unknown sources is often necessary to throw light on a deal. The receiver's legal practice comes in good stead in his position, and the depositors can be assured that their interests are being impartially protected, and skill fully so. Change in Management. Mr. W. M. Lloyd having resigned the position, E. P. Wells has been appointed American manager of the Alliance Mort gage and Investment company, limited, of Manchester,England, and has already entered on bis duties. This company has loaned more than a million dollars to Northwestern farmers, during tbe past two years—all through the Jamestown office, as it has no other in this country. Mr. Weils states that no changes will be made beyond removing the offices to the upper floor of tbe James River National bank building. Mr. Klapp, who has been with the company since its organization, will remain as chief clerk. The com C-C c:i JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY DECEMBER 21 1893 NO 21 pany's business, Mr. Wells says, shows excellent management in tbe past, ac counts and records are in good shape, and an unusually large percentage of interest is paid. Court Matters. A stipulation has been made between tbe attorneys whereby the case of the Rassels, minor obildren, against Bald win Bros., will not be tried at the January term of tbe district court. A civil case which promises to be closely contested is that of Farley vs. Gainsforth. The plaintiff sues for $2,000 damages, alleged to have been sustained by him from the purchase of a horse of the defendant. It is claimed that a few months after the purchase the animal was afflicted with the glanders, and that tbe disease affected other horses owned by Farley, making their destruction necessarv. Gainsforth is charged with knowing the condition of the horse sold to Farley, but will maintain a vigorous defenso to this assertion. Judge Baldwin will appear for the plaintiff, and E. M. Sanford for defendant. The summoning of a grand jury indi cates that tbe pi iucipal business of the coming term will relate to criminal cases, though a few civil actions are noted for trial. The liquor cases, of course, will attracc the most public interest. Justice Farnsworth was called to pre side in Justiee Bigelow's court yesterday, with the case against Jas. A. Carter on the docket, but a continuance was asked for and granted, till the 20th, inst. The action relates to a quantity of .hay. claimed to have been stolen, but which is denied by the defendant. Jesse Mil holland is the complainant. An Unknown Assailant. Lincoln Clark, brother of John Clark foreman of the Northern Pacific work teams used on this division, was seri ously injured Thursday, the indications pointing towards foul play. "Link.'' as he is familiarly called, while attending to the mules which are kept in the sheds at the stock yards was cut about the head and rendered insensible for some time by blows which, it is believed, were given with a coupling pin. Sbortiy after being seen to ap proach the stock yards be appeared in the car shops, near by, with bis head covered with blood and stated that the mules bad hurt him—"Had made a rush at him." Beyond that he could give but few details, except that he was hurt upon entering the shed. An inspection of the 6cene of the supposed accident re vealed a coupling pin covered with hair and blood, a handkerchief which did not belong to Clark and a scoop shovel marked with blood. Tbe side of the shed bore bloody marks in different places as though, after being hurt, there bad been a struggle. Tho pocket book, which he carried in his inside vest pocket and which contained a sum of money, is missing, though Mr Clark is still unaware of the fact, this being kept from him until he gets stron ger. Seen this afternoon, be was resting well though his head bears seven scalp wounds. The heavy plush cap which he wo.re prevented injury to the skull. Good for "Newt" Fanning. Bismarck Tribune: Amongother North Dakota newspaper men, who have sought new pastures and found success, may be mentioned N. O. Fanning, formerly of New Rockford and Jamestown. Mr. Fanning went to Minneapolis a few years ago and accepted a position on the Lumberman, a trade paper and at vari ous times held positions and owned stock in other trade journals. Last fall he began the publication of the Invest ment Review, and notwithstanding the financial depression, has made the Re view an unqualified success. Finding the duties on this publication insufficient to occupy all bis time Mr. Fanning successfully negotiated the purchase of two other trade papers— the Street Railway and Electrical News and the Architect, Builder and Decora tor. Under the management of Mr. Fanning these publications have pros pered beyond all expectation. The Architect. Builder and Decorator is an exceptionally strong magazine, well es tablished throughout the country. It has a New York otlice and its "builder's edition," containing half-tone plates of model buildings and bouse furnishings makes it tbe peer as well as rival of a similar publication by the Scientific American. Mr. Fanning is a newspaper genius, a good writer, an excellent man ager and a prince among good fellows. He deserves success and has what he deserves. Hopkins the Choice. John P. Hopkins, democratic candi date for mayor of Chicago, was elected Tuesday by a majority of 1,387. The vote, which was one of the heaviest ever polled in the city of Chicago, shows a decided republican gain. Tbe democracy carried the city by 30,000 in tbe last presidential election. TJtlKD TO STAB A WOMAN. Deed of* an Insane Man Near Kensal —The Maniac Shot in the Shoulder by a Neighbor. Tbe Alert's Kensal correspondent writes that William Liocbjorm of Foster county, living near that town, became violently insane, Sunday, and proceeded to make things lively. He went to his near neighbor, Mr. Carl Nordbeim, and began to break the windows and furni ture Hnd everything he could lay his hands on. He finally got hold of a butcher knife and was about to stab Mrs. Nordheim, when Ed Johnson grab bed him. Mr. Johnson drew his revol ver, to scare the insane man, and was compelled to shoot, to save himself. The bullet made a Uesh wound near the shoulder. After shooting, Johnson ran, followed by the insane man for about half a mile, when he dodged behind a straw pile and got away in the darkness. Lincbjorin returned to the house and held possession until morning when he was secured and taken to Carrington. The insane man had his feet badly frozen, besides receiving a slight bullet wound in the shoulder. The lyceum society reorganized Friday night for tho winter season, with J. S. Tuiford, president, and A. Louden, secre tary. S. Fredrickson went south tbi3 morn ing. He will help Jake Hoover do the chores at the M. D. Williams farm. No Consideration. Another transaction was revealed Tues day in the Lloyd bank affairs, of interest to depositors. E. E. Cuddeback arrived that morning from BinghamptoD, N. Y., accompanied by his attorney, Judge F. W. Downes of that city. Among the assets of the bank is a note of Mr. Cud deback's for So,500, given under circum stances which have not been made pub lic, but which are detailed in affidavit which has been made for the information of the receiver. There is no consideration claimed for the note, and it is said the bank is not likely to be able to enforce collection. Mr. Cuddeback claims be was working in the meat market on a salary, and gave his note to Mr. Lloyd because he asked for it, for a business reason, ft the time of tbe transfer of the market from Bischoff's hands. What legal proceeding will occur is not yet known. Apolo'gies Now Order. The Valley City Times-Record says that, "along with other state papers, it has said some very mean things about Treasurer Nomland for not complying with the state depository law. The su preme court has decided the law un constitutional on account of its defective title. We take it all back—we apologize —we humble ourselves, as it were but any mullet-headed ass of a legislator who would introduce as good a bill as the state depository act and not know enough to attach a proper title to it should be elected to stay at home for the rest of his natural life." Railroad Rumbling s. From Friday's Daily. Engineer Geo. Bergett is on the sick list. Grand Master Sargent of the Brother hood of Locomotive Firemen, has arrived in St. Paul. Brakeman Frank DeLaire is visiting friends in Canada, and may possibly decide to locate there. The rotary snowplow preceded the train up the Jamestown A- Northern this morning to clear the track. Switchman: Everything goes with a double header today. All that we need today to complete otir equipment are snowshoee. The Grand Forks Herald says the skies in railroad circles are becoming clouded and indications are ominous whatever that may mean. Conductor Quinbv, a freight conductor on the Northern Pacific, was arrested at Detroit for obstructing a crossing be tween the north and south sides of that city Passenger Brakeman Vessoy returned to his home at Eldridge this morning, after spending nearly a month in St. Paul on a combined pleasure and busi ness trip. Fred Kline, formerly night foreman at the freight depot here, was a west bound passengei this morning, returning to Mandan from the Twin cities and Brain erd, «here he bad been visiting for some time. Mr. Kline is employed in the freight depot at Mandan. The Pacific mail was nearly three hours late this morning in arriving from tbe east, the delay being caused by the heavy fall of 6now. Tbe traiD was a heavy one and with the combined efforts of two heavy engines schedule time could not be made between Fargo and this city. Whenever it was necessary to make a stop, it was only after a long effort that the tram could be put in motion again.