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HEAD CHIEF UTILE FISH.
He Comes tt* Town, See# the Sights and Has a3ood Time. An Italian's Opinion of the Telephone. His Respect for Edison. Recollections of a Genuine old Settler of the Buffalo Days. There was an animated scenc in the Gladstone, Wednesday evening, in which the lea3ing part was taken by Te-a-waste, a Sisseton Sioux whose other and Eng lish name is Little Fish. He is an old man in years, counting them on his fingers up to 73, bat in activity and good spirits he is as young and eprit'ely as any :i0 year old brave who, not, long ago, rode up and down the valley of tbe Jim in breech-clout after the bounding bison or made Sioux love to a red-cheeked equaw in the Dakota moonlight. Little Fish has a mixture of French blood in his veins, as a slight Parisian tnr! to bis yet jet black hair, and a goatee of extra thickness and style, indi cate. He is straight in stature, active and quick as a ferret, and his keen eyes are dimmed but slightly, although many years of tepee smoke has tilled them with its haze, aud the pipe of kinnikinic has seldom ceased to send its clouds of doubtful fragrance into tbe old chief's kiln-dried face. Little Fish wears a citizen's suit now, except the inovitable Indian foot gear, handsomely beaded moccasins. The coat was cut in a soldierly fashion, and brass buttons indicated a certain military rank lie was proud of his record as a friendly Indian, and oarried in a pocketbook, wrapped in bright barred silk, letters of introduction and commendation from Gen.Sibley and Mrs.Gen. Hancock asking by those presents that all white men give Little Fish, head chief at Fort Totten, a frieodly greeting and do unto him as he would do to them. He has been a participant in several bloody Indian tights was at the horrible massacre of New Ulm in Minn., and says he fongbt a sharp battle.with the Chip pewas at Spiritwood lake, sixteen miles from Jamestown, in 1848. For 100 years I he Sioux and Chippewas have fought at eight, and in this Spiritwood battle tbe Chippewas bit the dust. Little Fish is almost as much at home at Jamestown as our pioneers. A buffalo head mounted in tbe office of tbe hotel claimed bis attention, and soon an inter esting Sioux lecture was begun on the recollections that the bison's front called up in tbe quick mind ot the old man. He told by signs and wonderfully expressive gestures how his people and himself bad chased the buffalo and killed many of them right on the very spot where the hotel stands. He said that in winter with snow knee deep they once sur rounded a large herd in the bend of tbe river where Jamestown is now built, and in the excitement of the hunt blankets were cast off and tbe butchery completed with no other covering than the breech skins, although the weather was bitter cold. Buffalo, said Little Fish, once gathered in great numbers in tbe timber along the Jim river for shelter. He showed by sign gestures bow the bison tossed np the deep snow with hi* horns and bead and pawed it away with their feet to get tbe covered grass. ''Buffalo smell along ways, see little ways," went on Te-a-waste in bis quick gesture lan guage. It was twenty-seven winters Bines they saw tbe last big herds in the valley, and then the beef was killed as prodigally by surrounding it and by sav age butchery, as if want was not on earth and the Great Spirit had plenty more game for his children when they grew hungry. Although Little Fish has been a well known Reservation Indian for many years, and accustomed to many of tbe contrivances of civiliza tion, tbere are some new things in the way of white man's mysteries that he is nqt entirely familiar with. One of them was tbe electric lights of the hotel. Be was taken to the plant where tbe big wheels put tbe tremendous speed into tbe generators and filled the wires with tamed lightning. He was told it was lightning, but he would not believe. He was induosd to take a portion of tbe electric current on his hand by touebing the flying wheel band. Instantly blue streaks fled to and from his Angers and Little Fish stood amassed with aston ishment, aud half fear. He instantly wiped off the ends ot bis lingers with a red cottou handkerchief to get tbe elec tricity out of them, *and laughed and looked foolish at the same time, and after that walked more carfully among the machinery. The telephone was another revelatioi £-:vr&v-.: to the old Red man who was now, in truth, in new world of magic. One of tbe Sioux who belonged, to the visitors' party was taken to a neighboring 'phone and osnUtil rang up. Communication was made and Little Fish invited Input tbe queer talking machine to his ear. Eves Indian skill at suppressing surprise was of no avail to conceal bis astonish ment here. He heard his own name called, in familiar accents, from some distant and mysterious place. He was perplexed and delighted, and could scarcely keep the receiver to his ear to hear tbe question if he was Te-a-waste Yes, it was be but who was the other one? "Is it a spirit," be asked, suddenly growing grave. But finally be grinned tn hear a deep-chested Sioux explana tion that it was a buck Indian a few blocks away, and that both of them were all right." Little Fish looked curiously into the receiver to see where the sound came from, and remarked that it would take a good many interpreters to do bus iness if every town kept a talking thing like that. Little Fisb further explored tbe won ders of big medicine, as practiced by the whites, in dropping a nickle in a slot machine. lie watched the wheel start up, looked to see where the money had gone, and WHS heap pleased when banded a ten cent cigar as the result of his speculation. This he at once wanted to drop in again and see what the cigar would got. He would not have been surprised at an elephant, or jumping jack. If a big drink of firewater had followed, however. Little Fish's heart would lrive been wholly good, for he privately ex pressed an opinion that true hospitality consisted in offering a drink of whiskey with a cigar—that one should go with the other every time, a view he'd in great esteem by tbe pale face himself. The old man smoked several good cigars out of his long-stemmed pipe during tbe eveuing, and always spat on the coal to extinguish it before throwing tbe stump into the cuspidore. Te a-waste gave some little informa tion about the country. He said the white geese bad always stopped on the prairies and in great numbers, both spring and fall, and that much more water formerly existed in the likes than at present. He had never seen Mtnne waukm as low as now, and that fisb could al vays.be caught thbre by throw ing in a baited book. Now the fish are gone. Some winters there WHS more enow, some less. Prairie fires burned off the grass every year, and he illustrated in a rapid and beautifully expressive manner how Sioux lighted lire by strik ing flint sparks against punk.and blowing it into flame. An evening with the old Indiau, with or without an interpreter, is an enter tainment worth having. His kindly dis position, good humor and bright mind make him a favorite. His means of com munication and his actions disclose the fuct that bis identity and relationship are that of a man and brother, in spite of barriers of language, and the differ ence in nature's gifts of birth and race. There were some ten Indians in Chief Little Fish's party, all in charge of Dep-. uty U. S. Marshal Hurst, who is escort ing them to Bismarck to testify against five white men whose greed for money have tempted them to sell tbe red men whisky out of black bottles. Bank Receivership Matters. Tbe sheriff's sale, last Saturday of the property of Wm. M. Lloyd, to satisfy a judgment in favor ot the Lloyds National bank, in the sum of $20,350.52, was post poned until Monday with the probability that the sale will be then adjourned to Friday at 10.-00 a. m. Attorney Kitohell of St. Paul, who represents Mrs. Alice Kitcbell of Connecticut, who claims to own an undivided interest in tbe prop erty about to be sold, will probably be at the sale to bid on the interest of Wm. M. Lloyd, BO as to have a clear title to the property. Receiver Kinter of the La.Moure bank, returned home Satday after consultation with Reoeiver Johnson and attorneys in regard to the $5,000 stock of this bank wbicb tbe state bank bad at the time of suspension. Mr. Kinter holds that tbe transfer was after the failure and there fore illegal. Also that the LaMonre de positors have a valid claim against this bank for $5,000. This is denied by tbe receiver of this institution, and the set tlement will have to be made judicially, no doubt. Adjutant General Topping in an inter view in the Fargo Republican states that the annual militia encampment will be held in thia city June 18, next, and will last ten dsys. The official order will soon be issued therefor. Col. Miller is also quoted as saying that only fatigue uniforms will be worn by tbe militia dur ing that event—-eioept the commisaioned officers, who will wear full dress. Event ually all the men will wear fatigue in camp and tteld duty. Continuing, be says: '*1 believe the guard is in better shape today than ever before, and all hands will be prouder than ever of tbe organization after the next encampment. VOL XVII JAMESTOWN. NORTH DAKOTA. THURSDAY MARCH 8 1894 W E Green, A Ilalstead, Conklin, O Seiler, E MJohnson, Fowler. Jno McHarg, Jas Brigham, •JAMESTOWN WEEKLY ALEBT. NOT DESIROUS OF IT. Mayor Steel Has No Ambitions for a Second Term of Office. Alderman Johnson of the 4th Ward Expresses the Same Sentiment. Petition for John T. Eager as a Candidate for the Mayoralty. EDITOR ALERT: Will you kindly allow me sufficient space in the local oolnmns of your paper to Btate that I am not desirous of again being elected mayor of this city. I am informed that a petition is being circulated through the town, suggesting me as a candidate for tbe said office of mayor, to be voted on at tbe coming spring election. To those who may have signed said petition I must in courtesy extend mv sincere thanks but as ihe assuming of said ollice for another year would necessarily occupy consider able of the time which is required fof the proper conduct of my own business affairs, and as I have served this city, to the best of my ability, as alderman and mayor for five successive years, I deem it bit just that tbe honor of being mayor of a municipality composed of intelligent citizens, as this is, should now devolve on some person other than myself. Again thanking those who may have wished otherwise. I must decline to suc ceed myself as mayor of this city. Yours, &c., ALFRED STEEL. Notice. To he voters of tbe Fourth Ward: I have decided not tone a candidate for re election to the office of alderman in the Fourth ward. To the many who signed the petitions nominating me for re-election I wish to heartily thank them for their generous support. J. S. JOHNSON. A Large Petition. The necessary petition has been filed with the city clerk, nominating J. T. Eager, independent of party lines, as candidate for the office ot Mayor, at coming city election. Signed by the E Hughes, Alfred Steel, Gaffney. E Stallmau, Durkee, Petty, 1) S Hamilton, Ingalle, Green, Chas Hensel, and about 150 others. Want a Straight Ticket. In response to a call in the Capital for a republican meeting, there were about 35 people at the council rooms last Friday to start a movement for placing the field a straight republican ticket for the city offices. The call was signed by Ed itor Warnock, S. L. Glaspell, E. M. San ford, T. H. Poole, and o'hers. Editor Warnock was made chairman of the meeting and Mr. San ford secretary. The chairman stated the reason for the meet ing, and resolutions that had been pre pared in advance were read by the secretary. The resolutions stated it was deemed best that a republican club, be organized in each of the wards of the city to elect delegates to nominate candidates for the aldermanship of each ward, in a convention to be called for tbe purpose of nominating a full ticket. It was the opinion of those gathered that a convention should be called to.* the pur pose of nominating such a ticket. Ward caucuses were called for Monday even ing, and next Thursday at 5 p. m., pro posed as the time to hold a convention. On motion of Fredrus Baldwin the notice of the convention was ordered published in The Alert—afterwards changed to th« Capital—up to the date of the convention. To defray the ex penses of priuting tbe same, a silver dol lar was shied over to tbe chairman, and pocketed with thanks. Before the close of the meeting a speech was called for from Mr. Cowley, who declined. Objected to Slate Methods. The republican ward meetings,Monday evening, nominated Frank Clemens for Alderman in tbe First ward, H. C. Hotchkiss in tbe Second ward, D. S Hamilton in the Third, and George C. Smith in the Fourth. The city con vention, to nominate a mayor on tbe ticket, will be held Thursday afternoon. Tbe Second ward organized a republican clnb, adopted a constitution and elected County Auditor Vennum president, Ed itor Warnock vice-president and T. H. Poole secretary and treaaurer, and ap pointed finanoe and exeoutive commit tees. In tbe Fourth ward there were a lot of tickets brought out with names of candi datea and delegates printed on them, showing that a selection hnd been made in advance, which was charged to look as it ii had been done in some back room oauoua. Much diasatisfactien was felt at this.aoaener of conducting tbe meeting, and tbe tickets were put is tba stove and ballots for candidates written. R. J. Biggar protested strongly against out siders attempting to dictate tbe nom* iaations to the residents of tbe ward. Frank Ingalls and Ed. Rnssell objected also to that manner ot choosing candi datsafand delegates. In tbe Second ward tickets were prepared in advance but cot uaed. They were need in tbe First ward. In tbe First ward a ready made elate of delegatee bad been prepared and was adopted by the meeting with no opposi tion and no cbaDge except by substitut ing the name of P. Gaffney for Frank Miller. A ward organization was made andT. F. Branch elected president, B. F. Bigelow secretary, and R. A. Bill treasurer, and tli9 three made an ex ecutive committee. Frank Clemens, who had already been chosen by a large petition of resi dents of the ward as their candidate for alderman, was endorsed. COSTS 50 CENTS To a Iiushcl of Wheat in the ftert River Valley. A Red river valley farmer estimates the cost of raising a bushel of wheat, IU 1893, with 12 bushels yield, to be 50 cents. This was raised on a farm of 725 acres, 500 of which were in wheat, 100 reserved for bay and pasture, and 125summer fal lowed. The above cost of 56 cents does not allow anything for S10,000 invested in land, stock, tools, buildings, etc. The writer gives as the items of expense, tbe labor actually necessary at tbe going wages paid last year, tbe board of men, twine, hail insurance, taxes, fuel, repairs, threshing at 10 cents a bushel for wheat and 7 cents for oat?, seed wheat., seed oats, and from this delucts $200 for sale of butter, eggs, anu hogs raised on the farm. Wear and tear on stock build ings, tools, etc., and interest on tbe in vestment is not figured in at all. The farmer's conclusions, as he gives them to the readers of the Fargo Forum, are: Now what must our farmers do. or what can they do? They must raise le99 wheat and more of something else in so far as they can get even an equal amount of money by the chaoge they must get along with lees help and must pay a great deal less to what they do employ. It is plainly to be seen that unless this can be done the farmers may as well quit entirely. With a year or two more such as we are now expeiiencwg but few farmers will have anything tbey can call their own. The remedy nearest at hand is as indicated and it must be used to the greatest advantage, but do tbe best possible in the wuy of economy and any relief will be only temporary. Our industries are etaggering under a burden of heavy charges for interest and transportation for which the remedy is political. The money must be issued by the nation—must be free from the metal redemption dollar swapping lunacy and must pay every debt, public or private. Tbe government must also do the bank ing of the couutry and devise away for loaning money at a low rate so our peo ple may enjoy the results of their labor, of which they are now deprived mainly through the exactions of high interest way above what it is impossible for the industry to produce. Congressman Johnson in Debate. During tbe recent debate on the Bland bill in congress the members had fun oc casionally as well as sharp fighting. A portion of the amusement was caused by Congressman Johnson of North Dakota, who took part in tbe debate, and who advocated the redemption of silver in gold. TheCasselton Republican reports the iucident: Mr. Johnson related the incident of his holding up one dollar, each ot our differ ent kinds ot paper money in his audi ences during tbe last campaign, and of fering to give the whole bunch of money to any one who would give a reasonable definition of what constitutes a green back, a treasury note, a silver certificate and a national bank uote. Congressman Powers, a Vermonter, who talks through bis nose, and says "keow" for cow, arose and interrupted Mr. Johnson's self eulogy with: "I understand you to say you have taken out your money in your own district. Was your vote increased after that?" This was followed by rude and boistorious laughter. Then Mr. Johnson made the same offer to tbe members of the house that be bad made to bis audiences in North Dakota, whereupon a Mr. Johnson, of Posey llol low, Posey county, Indiana, said: "Make it $20 so that it will be some object. Some men are so modest that tbey do not like to rise before such an audience as this for $4." More laughter. Then Mr. Johnson related bis expe rienoe with Treasurer Cnrtis in trying to get gold for a $20 6ilv«r certificate to sat isfy himself that the two metals were kept on a parity by this administration. He said the treasurer refused to give him gold for his silver, which statement brought out this consoling remark from Lafe Pence, a member from tb« sand hills of Colorado: "Curtis buncoed you." This was followed by another horse laugh. A LLOYD REAL ESTATE SALE. Certain Lots and Lands Sold Under the Sheriff's Hammer. Adjustment of Recent Sus pension Cases in the High School. Low Prices for Labor and Ma terial for the Proposed Sewer. All tbe property sold Friday under the judgment obtained in favor of J. B. Smith was bid in by S. L. Glaspell for the sum of 81,800. Lots 1 and 2, in block 18, lot 6 in block 17 and two quarter sections. The price obtained is thought to be about one balf the value of the property. The reason that no better prices were ob tained was the knowledge on the part of intending bidders tLat a suit was com menced yesterday by Mr. Glaspell, act ing for Elizabeth Lloyd, in which it is claimed that Elizabeth Lloyd, mother of D. McK. Lloyd, is owner of Ii«lf interest in tbe property. In the sworn statement of property owned by him in Stutsman county and made Sept. 27,1893, William Lloyd says that the property sold today, and that to be sold tomorrow, was his own. It. is now alleged that Elizabeth Lloyd owns a half interest in some of it and Mrs. Alice Kitchell of Connecticut the re6t. The Jsale was to satisfy a debt of $1,693.59, and the bids amounted in tbe aggregate to §1,S00. Lot 1, block IS, of tUe original plat of the city, was secured for 8200, while the lot adjoining, No. 2, was obtained for S100. Lot of block 17, also in the original plat of the city, was bid in for $250. The southeast quarter of section 2, t^wn 138, range 63, brought S50. while the southwest quar ter of section 18. town 140, range G3, went for 31,200. There were several other bidders, who were influenced, doubtless, by the suitB brought and possible com plications as to title. High School Pupils Reinstated. At the meeting of the board of educa tion Wednesday there were present be sides President Roper, Members Mrs. Hotcbkiss and Mrs. White, and Messrs. Steel, Lutz and Ingalls and several vis itors. A resolution authorizing tbe president and secretary to draw an order for the payment of interest due April 1st, was passed. Tbe suspension of two high school girls—Carrie Bronson and Carrie Dun ning—was brought before the board and the question of tbe reinstatement of them discussed after a presentation of the case under dispute by Professor Zel eney, the principal, and the girls sus pended. The whole matter turned on the question as »o wLether Carrie Bron son should have picked up a feather on the floor of the school room, as required by her teacher, and compliance refused on grounds stated which consisted prin cipally of the objectionable and harsh manner in which the requirement was given. For disobedience in the matter Miss Bronson aud Miss Dunning were suspended. It was deemed bv portion of the board that the matter was too trivial to ever have been brought before them. The case was discussed at great length and finally ended by the adoption of a resolution requiring that tbe two pupils suspended should be re-admitted on con dition that they appear,before tbe board, express their regrets for tbe entire occurrence and promise acqniesence in the future. This was done by Miss Dun ning, who expressed regrets for tbe oc currance also that she would obey tbe regulations in the future. Miss Bronson stated that, in her opinion, she had done nothing to apologize for as she bad done no wrong, and committed no mis demeanor worthy of punishment by sus pension. However, her explanation was accepted and she was reinstated. Both girls returned to school this morning. The affair has caused a good deal of com ment and directed the attention of parents to what is claimed to be a lack of proper discipline in the high school, the cause for wbicb seems to rest partly with the pupils and partly with the in structor. A Conservative Estimate. An analysis of tbe six sewer bids open ed Tuesday, shows considerable diverg ancein the details of tbe bid for differ ent parts of the work Mid in but oue in stance did the bid of the successful bid ders exceed the average of all the bid ders. For Vhe construction of the por tion of the sewer requiring an 8-inch main, tbe bids ranged from 8(1 cents to $1.35 averaged cents.and the accepted bid was 85 cents per ]neal foot. For the constrnction of the 10 inch main thebMs- feed aleo. NO fc2 ranged from 90 cents to $1.70 averaged 81.29, the successful bid, $1.50, being ex ceeded by but one bid. For tbe 12-inch main the bids ranged from 81.15 to 81.85 averaged $1.35 and was let at $1.15. Oa tbe construction of the man-holes, of which there are twelve,tbere was consid erable uniformity, tbe bids ranging from $50 to 875 was let at $50, while the av erage was 857.1G. The bids for the flush tank ran from $80 to $100 averaged $90.07, but was let for $80. When tbe item of bouse connection chimneys was reached there was much wild figuring shown, which might possibly arise from several sources. Tbe bids ranged from $1.60 to as high as $20 averaged 36.70. but was secured by the successful bidder for 83 each. Of these chimneys there are forty estimated in tbe plans. Tbe successful bidders expressed themselves as quite pleased with secur ing the contract, assured tbe council of their ability to begin operations as soon as manner of payment was provided, and guaranteed that the work would be ac ceptably done and iu a good and work manlike manner. Court Notes. Judge Kose has stricken a number of tax suits from tlio court calendar here, which have been carried for some time and only cumbered the record. A num ber of other cases »re set for disposal, one way or the other, on the 20th inst. The judge bas been busy in clearing up o'd cases. In tbe divorce suit of TLos. Hutton vs. Hutton the motion of tbe defense for alimony was granted and an order made that S50 be paid into the hands of the clerk to pay the expeafes of the defend ants suit. Tbe p.ction for divorce has not yet been argued. A motion for a new trial Las been granted in the case of Sophia Kania against Julius J. Eddy. A demurrer was argued in the case of the Gull River Lumber company against Martin G. Cushing, administrator of the estate of Geo. Harvey, deceased. The demurrer was sustained and tbe plaintiff given thirty days in which to file his answer. This is a Valley City case. In tbe case of William W. Sanderson vs. Mathias Oleson, a motion was made to strike out tbe answer as frivolous, but overruled. A motion for a judgment on tbe plead ings was denied in the case of Sirenius B. Knight against Messrs. Clark and Barclay of Valley City. The motion to make a temporary in junction permanent in the case of Minnie Larsmun against William Larsman, Val ley Citv, was granted. The injunction is to prevent the defendant from cutting and hauling away wood off of a tract of land that the plaintiff had a mortgage upon and was foreclosing the same. Attorneys Ed. Winterer, of the firm of Winterer Winterer, and Geo. K. An drus, of Valley Citv, were busy at court Friday arguing motions in cases in which thev were retained. Predicts a Good Crop Year. One of Ransom county's largest farm ers, D. H. Buttz, was a visitor Friday. He says the Buttz farm will have an acreage of 8,000 acres this year in wheat. Mr. Buttz believes tbis season is going to be a good crop year, as all the weather in dications point to wet months in May and June. The English weather ob servers have also announced the 6ame predictions as IIick6 and Foster. "I think that this is going to be a good crop year for those who seed wheat, and that tbe price will be better. There are 3,noo.(MKi bushels less in sight than last year at this time. Farmers who raise a crop are very likely to get more for it. and a better yield. Mr. Buttz' experience with a flax crop is of interest. Last year he threshed 0,000 bushels. Ten bushels to 1 he acre were raised, but a bushel at least was lost in threshing, owing to inexperience of threshers. Most of the crop was sold tor 991.. cents, and part of it at 81.35. Tbe liax price is now wholly a manipu lated price, tbere being at least 35 cents a bushel tacked on to the prije by the oil monopoly tbat bas secured control of the flax seed now in the country. By raising the price of tiax seed they can raise the price of oil. The legitimate price of tlax is about SI a bushel now, and Mr. Buttz thinks tbe crop will bring 75 or 80 cent9 at least, next season in Dulutb, and states that all the crop is "in sight," and is, in control of the oil men, and it is not to exceed 500,000 bushels in all, from which there will be a decrease for seed purposes. Last yenr there were 1,300,000 bushels in sight at this time. Tbe acreage tbat is going into tlax on the Buttz farm this year will be 12 or 14 hundred acres and with a good crop season expects to get 12 or 15 bushels to the acre. Another advantage in tlax is tlint horses and cattle eat the straw and thrive off of it much better than hny.'-We haul out or 7 loads of this straw a day for our stock." Mr. Buttz says, "and they eat it up ''lean, leaving hay. It is healthy