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u. 8. COURT LITIGATION.
Appeal Taken in the James town Electric Light Suit. A Reduction of Wheat Rates Not Yet Secured by R. R. Commissioners. Considerable inconvenience and delay to litigants in North Dakota iB said to be caused by the absence from the district ot Judge Thomas of Fargo, on a hay fever vacation ID northern Wisconsin, combined with the absence from Minne sota, at the same time, of Judge Nelson of tbat judicial district. During the ab sence of both judges, Judge Williams of Arkansas, b8s been called ia and attends to the duties of both judges in the two districts, making bis headquarters at St. Paul, the roost prominent point in Min nesota, but very inconvenient for resi dents in this state The Awltman, Miller machine company have brought suit against Peter Mattson of New Rockford, in the United States courts to recover the value of a certain machice which Mr. Mattsoo refused to accept when delivered. An order of attachment was issued by the clerk of court at Pargo aud an order of arrest issued by Judge Williams, at present sit ting in St. Paul. Judge Williams has since issued an order to show cause why the order of arrest and writ of attach ment should not be vacated. The case will come up for a hearing at St. Paul next Monday and Attorney Camp, who represents Mr. Mattson, will present tha case in the interests of his client. Judge Williams Has also recently granted an appeal, on the petition of hue Wisconsin Trust Co. of Milwaukee, Wis., in the suit of Robertson Carey against the Jamestown Electric Light Co., and the Wisconsin Trust Co. This appeal is taken to the circuit court of appeals at St. Louis, Mo., from the decision of Judge Thomas, delivered about two weeks ago, who neld that the Robertson & Carey Co. had a mechanics lien on the electric light plant for about -$2,200 ahead of the Wisconsin Trust Co. which holds a mortgage on the plant for $21,000. Ball &. Watson of Fargo, ap pfAr for 'the Machine Co., and E. W. Camp of this city. for the Trust Co. U0WKK It AXES OH LiESS WHEAT. The Railroad Companies -Declare thejr Can Not .Reduce Rates. The movement to get lower .grain rates from this state and Minnesota to termi nal points, is spreading over the states in dead earnest. In North Dakota it is particularly active. Some time since The Aiert printed the copy of the peti tions sent to President Hill of the Great Northern, by the farmers' committee of Mayville, Traill .county. 6ince then hundreds of similar requests have been signed by grain growers everywhere in the state. These are but .preliminary Bteps in the movement. Thursday there was an important con ference at Fargo, an the matter, between the state board of railroad commissioners and the representatives of the railroads traversing this state. Tue full board of North Dakota commissioners was pres ent, as were also Commissioners Becker, Mills and Liggett and Secretary Ties bury ot the Minnesota board of railroad commissioners, and Ward Ames, who represents the Duluth board of trade. The Northern Pacific was represented by General Manager Kendrick and Oenernl Freight Agent Moore the Great North ern by General Solicitor Grover. .the Soo by General Traffio Manager Martin, and the Milwaukee by Assistant General Freight Agent Jones. In an account of the proceedings The Argus says: The chairman stated the object of the gathering to be to present a petition asking that rates on wheat from North Dakota points to Minneapo lis, St. Paul and Duluth be reduced to a reasonable rate. Charles Heiser of May ville presented a petition which con tained over 2,000 signatures of repre sentative wheat growers of the state. It was read, and Mr. Heiser, in comment ing, euid the farmers after paying the cost of seeding, cultivation and harvest ing had absolutely nothing left to recompense them for their labor. He stated that all they asked was tbat the rates be reduced to a reasonable basis. J. L. Grandiu, the bonanza farmer, than whom none is more competent to speak knowingly concerning wheat falsing in North Dakota, said that under the most favorable circumstances it ooet Bt least 16 per acre to raise wheat in North Dakota and that to bis personal knowledge farmers in this state hadn't been able to pay the interest on their debts, to say nothing of the principal, *od that after harvesting and the re turns were in, had been forced to borrow money on chattels to secure money to Pay winter living expenses. Mr. Grover ot the Great Northern and Mr. Kendrick of the Northern PsciHo re sponded from the standpoint of the raiJ- The former attempted to show rates charged by the Great fosde. tbat the f}'" 'Z* 'i ""•'l 04 f!1' Northern and the income secured there from were not sullicient to pay the oper ating expecites of the road, and that without U.o income derived from the coal mines in Moutaoi and the trans* continental iine the company would not be able to pay its operating expenses and the interest on its bonds. He denied tbat the farmers bad a right to expect the railroad to share theloss when wheat was worth oaly 4$cenUirhen (bey would not be willing toftftwioe the rate when it was worth 80 ttiata per bushel. In answer to a question propounded, as to what the road would do if the farmers were forced to stop raising wheat, he repliedJhat it was a business risk assumed by the company, but in case of a contingency ot that kind the road would go into bankruptcy. Mr. Kendcick took much the same view of the case. He thought the road* bad already reduced rates as much as they possibly could, and could' stand no further reductions. At least such was the case with the Northern Pacific. At the afternoon session Messrs. Mar tin and Jon(s of the Soo and Milwaukee roads respectively addressed the meet ing, taking tlbe same stand ns that of the railroad representatives who preceded them. The balance of the afternoon was taken cp with a discussion of the situation, the railroad. representatives defending their ftositkm againet the at tacks of the wheat: raisers. When an adjournment was taken the appearance of things suggested that nothing had come ot the meeting, so far as a volun tary reduction of rates was concerned. Death ot" Thomas Eager. Ti'.e expected demise of Thomas Eager occurred Wednesday at 5 a. m. at the residence ot his son, J. T. Eager, in this city. Deceased passed away peacefully without suffering, after a long life of activity and industry. Mr. Eager was 'oorn in Orange county, New York, Jan. 14, 1818, and lived there until 1848, wbrei be removed to Illinois, an early day ifc that state. He bo: land of the government and develi farm from the Illinois prairies, whs made his home until about a year when he came fo Jamestown to spei the remainder othis days with bis J. T. and Geo, Eager, who are now tb only remaining members of the famil. The funeral will foe held at the msi denceof no. T. EUg*r at 10 o'clock a. m.? tomorrow, Aug. 30th., where a short-ser vice will be held by istev. Thomson. -In terment will kje a| the McGinnts «eme tery. Mr. Eager «u «»an wun uoeral views on all questions, and had a practice at httaself. His was 'the example of a well rounded life, reaching the advanced age of nearly 77 years in the full possession of all bis faculties, having lived a tem perate and frugal .life. In bis dealings with all he exhibited the traits of per eonal integrity and conscientious regard for the rights of others. He wa6 a man ofmuch public spirit and 6trong con victions, a deep thinker, and always took a great interest in the living questions of the day. Congressman Sued. Aberdeen News: A farmer down in Indiana, WiMiasn Stanley by n&ioe, will sue Congressman Bynum for £1,500 damages for ^misrepresentation. Mr. Bynum told the farmers of Indiana that if a democratic president was elected in 1692 wheat would sell for 81.25 per bushel. Oa the eSrength of tbataesur ance Stanley sowed wheat extensively and raised 2,000 bushels, but was obliged to sell the crop for 45 and 50 oents per bushel. He will sue the con gressman for the difference between what he realised and what be would have received had the congressman's as sertions, on the etsength of which be was led to sow so much wheat, been verified. More Loading -Platforms. General Manager Warren, of ithe Great Northern road, &as filed with the board of railroad commissioners a state ment tbat platforms will be built at the following stations on the line, as recom mended by the board: Gando, Grandiu, Murray, Geneseo, Michigan City, Rita, York, Kelso, Blancbard, Galesburg, Perth, Reynolds, Clifford. Langdon, Wol cott, Nasb, Durbin and Glasston. Load ing platforms that were put in last year that the board found to be not up to the requirements are to be improved and the extension to the Towner stockyards and other improvements are agreed to, as recommended by the board of com missioners. Wants a Yard of Them. County Auditor Vennum has received an offer from Fargo for some of the chickens which he had tor "sail," from A. E. Nugent, who wants to buy "a bout ayyahrdov theem." The letter is as follows: Far. go. Orgus the twenty seven. Deer Sur, Yew hav sum Cbickins four sail buy thee peaoe,— Howe mutch dew yew warnt four ay peace,— Epe wood lik tow biy about ay yahrd ov thnm. Yews trooly, £Y EJE NOOOCNT. VOL XVIII JAMESTOWN. NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY AUGUST 30 1894 NO 5 IN THE WHEAT FIELDS. Farming Operations and Yields at the Carrington and Casey Farms. Decreased Equalized Assess ments— Spiritwood Lake Laconics, Samples of wheat and flax crops, from the Carnngton & Casey farms have been received at Mr. Casey's offloe here, and indicate very satisfactory quality of both crops. Threshing is going on at full speed, and if the dry weather lasts, another week following this will see that work completed. Frank Casey is at the farms assisting the foreman in the rush of work. Mr. Casey says the indications are that the wheat yield on the farms this year will be upwards of 15 bushels average. There were about 3,300 acres in wheat, the total farm acreage, including ilax and-other crops, running up to nearly 4,500 acres. Mr.- Casey has not yet de cided what disposition to make of the wheat. Part of the crop will be shipped and'the remainder stored, for the present at leasf, in the farm elevators and ware houses. The grade of the ^vheat will be good—doubtless No. 1 hard'. The tiax crop cf 000 acres will make a fair yield. Threshing it _,has just begun and the quality of tba tiax is very fine. No sale of this has been made either, but the price and yield will make it a profit-' *We crop. Mr. John S. Han&ah of Chicago, mem of oneof the largest commission and ator firms of the city, that of Car n, Hannah & Co~ has bera spend a few days at tiie farm hunting kens and taking some needed out loor recreation. He returned yesterday ucb pleased with the outing and pro mising to come again. Equalized Valuations. The state board of equilajttson cs-ade quite a number of changes in 'the assessed valuation,of personal property returned by the assessors of Stutsman oouaijr^jHbw principal ehrsge being a re ducttqni#f5 percent, ia •he valuation tfte average value er acre of lands from 82.52 to §2.40, the same amount at which they were appraised in 1893. This is a total reduction in valuation in the county of over 8110,(00. The changes made in the veluatioc of personal prop erty are as fellows, total decrease of 816,653 being made. The valuation of horses under 3 years ld was raised 71 cect6—to 821,per head —a total increase of 81,108 tl»9 item of "all other onttle 2 years old and over" were raised from 8If .86 to $18 per head, making an increase of 82,928 in that item, and range cuttle were increased from .81-1.47 to SiO, a total of 81,208 The aggregate increase in valuation in these three items amounts to S5.346. In the following six items an aggregate de crease of 222,000 was made, of which the greatest depreciation occurred in the value of horses and sheep: Horses, 3 years old and over, were decreased from 846.57 to442 per bead—.84.65 less than in '93—a total decrease in valuation of 88,733 wiaile the value of all range horses was placed at 820—86.03 Wb than assessed, and gl.241es9 than in '433—a de crease of $1,999. In the item of cattle under 2 years old, a total decrease of but 8181 was made. in-"cows 2 yearsold and over," 8688,and in hogs a total of 8273. The total valuation of sheep was dimin ished 87,125, or 72 eents per head, being valued at 81 as agaioet 81.74 in 1893. No .other changes were made in the remain ing items, which stand as equalized by the board of commissioners. Spiritwood Lafce Laconics. The steamer America will be beached and a shed built over it for protection. The boat will be improved and seats plaeed on the upper deck for next season. Wild duck are beginning to Hy over the narrows. A camp at the G. A. grounds has been held thiB week by Mr. and Mrs. Canham, Luella and Fannie MoHarg. Mrs. Cbus. Karcher and children, Mrs. Henry Porter and Miss Georgia Stetson have been occupying the boat house at the east end of the lake the past week. Mr. H. B. Wood had a hunting party for several days at the Fried's. A shooting party from "Wimbleton was also at the lake. Bay McGinnis and Clint Halifax were having a big lot of fnn the past week, and many anipe, curlew and other mem bers of the feathered tribe fell victims to the trusty weapons of the "kids." Deer and antelope have been seen near Courtenay this season. Several old fashioned quail have been beard whist ling in the timber of late. They may be' the descendants of the Btock put in by the Gray Bros., several years ago. Miss Belle Ingalls spent the week with Nellie Wallace. Miss Barnard, Miss Harrison, Mr. Carroll Buck and Mr. Wbittaker of the asylum spent Sunday at the Fried place. Dan Ringer and Frank Jandell put in Sunday at the lake. Mr. Ringer meta lot of old acquaintances who were glad to see him again. Fish still bite for the industrious fiber man. Tbe south alkali lake has had a colony of geese on its surface for some days. Pelican and snipe are coming down from the north. Tbe past week the festive skunk ha3 been seen and otherwise located and laborious efforts used to get rid of his skunkship entirely, but with no brilliant success. Paul Allen, Sam McGinnis and Thos. Mattison and tbe Misses Elizabeth Bon ham", Janet Smith and Kate Tilden spent Saturday at the lake. The gentlemen cf tbe p*.rty secured a small bag of chicken and the ladies a basket of fish during the day.. For County Candidates, Chairman Steel has issued the regular cull jfor tbe republican county conven tion,|!riept. 10. The apportionment gives, awhga been heretofore pointed out, an exceedingly large representation of dele to the country precincts, the city with!* population of about the same as tbe Jaunty, having nearly half less the numWr of delegates. Tile list of offices for which caudidates are f$r be selected begins with the choice of t«b-.represeatativ«s in the legislature. Theatre important offices for the county aad tjse general desire is to see good men selected. The office of county com iiiissii^jer for the Second district is also one otthe most important to the voters and taxpayers to be tilled this fall. In fee call the number of commission* ers of conciliation has been left blank, there being a dispute azd some doubt as to tW number the law requires. The in tentim of the statute was generally uodtf&tood to be four commissioners OBly,fbnt it is claimed thtt the law ynB fou? for each Justice of the peace to be elected, which would make sixteen eotas^sfoners of conciliation. These were created by the last re and areeinpoweved as a court to settle disputed points without the aid of atrtsrneye, and to save expense of justioe court or district coart trials. The law has never given any indication of besoming popular, although not yet tried. It is such a decided chaege in tbemannerof -obtaining settlements of differences that its practical success can onSy be determined by actual demonstra tion. The 6ettlement'Of the question of tbe number of commissioners to be cbssen will be made in time for the con vention to act on the same. The delegation entitled to votes will nctmber 92, ncd tbe convention will be held at 10 o'ulock in the morning instead of the afternoon, as has been the case before. Xhe Wheat Shipping Business. The business of shipping wheat, to be eold on commission, has become so great the last year or two that a good many firms have started into business this year, who are trying to handle business for less than the regular commission in order to get-established. These firms in a good many cases, haven't had tbe ex perience tbat tbe old firms have had, nor have they the responsibility. Parties who ship to the old reliable firms and pay the regular commission, get more out of it, than it they try to save a little and ship to somebody who is not known. Where any kind of business is handled for nothing, tbe party 6o doing it, gets his living out of it some way. Anything tne old firms sell, no matter at what price, the party for whom 6old generally gets all there is in it. To Grain Shippers and Others. Attention of all persons interested in buying, shipping or handling grain, is called to tbe following notice, sent to its agents and grain dealers, by the North ern Pacific Railway company. ST. PAUII, Minn., August 20th, 1S94. The elevator companies upon our line and available terminal connections at Duluth, Superior &nd West Superior have recentjy reduced their handling charges to tbe following basis: Receiving, elevating and discharging, including fifteen days free 6torBge, one half cent per bushel Storage for each succeeding thirty days or part thereof, one bait cent per bushel. There will be no charge for cleaning and blowing any kind of grain except flax. The elevator capacity available to ship pers via the Northern Paoific railroad, at the above rates, is upwards of 22,000,000 bushels. The terms are as favorable in all respects as can be secured via any other line. Geo. Jones of Knox lost his recently completed farm house by fire. The children played with matches. I '0 ALERT. FAIR ATTRACTIONS. A Program Arranged of In terest to Wheelman—Aerial Gymnasts Secured. Fair Association Will Erect a Woman's Structure on the Grounds. The executive board of the Fair met Monday. Tbe bicycle program, as arranged by Superintendent Frank Tay lor was approved, and the contract witb Wertz Brothers and Cochran ot Linooln, Neb., aeronautists, closed. The contract with this firm is an entertainment in itself and consists of four acts. Act No. 1, a "brother" act, consists of an acrobatic performance, including high and lofty tumbling. The next is a double high wire exhibition in which two people walk one wire at the same time, passing and carrying one another. The return aerial act consists of turning summersaults in mid-air, hand-to-hand catches, headlong dives, etc. A balloon ascension and parachute jump, by iady or gent, will close their contract. Judge Baldwin brought a sample of Hungarian grass grown on his place west of the city, in tbe valley, and placed it on exhibition at Fair headquarters. The grass is 5 feet in height and has leaves an inch and a quarter in breadth. The heads run from 5 to 7 inches in length and are correspondingly large around. The grass is an excellent sample. Those desiring to make application for privileges are requested to apply to, or address, M. H. Schmitz, superintendent of grounds, store and personal exhibits. Tbe program of the bicycle races is as follows: Free-for-all: For entrance fees and 825 added by association. Purse divided 56, 30 and 20 per cent 20 entries and 10 to start. Best two in three, mile heats. Entrance fee 82. Ladies free-for-all: Single mile. Purse S15 divided 810 and 85. Five to start. Boys race. 1 a ndle. Free-for-all for boys 12 years old and under. Parse, 86 divided 83,82 and $1. Two hour race: For entrance fees and 850 added by the iimocr£hM*3R0 entries aad 6 to start. Entrance fee 85. Purse divided 60, 25 and 15 per cent. Fancy riding race, for diploma. The executive board decided Tuesday to erect a Woman's building, 32x80 feet in size, for the display of kitchen and pantry, domestic manufactures, etc. This will give the entire Agricultural buildicit for the display of products of the farm, the dairy and the green house. The new building will be located about half way between the entrance and the present dining nail, which will be used for poultry and pet stock exhibits. The amount of shed room will be largely in creased and extend along the west side of the traek. The raoe track is in first class condition and is daily used by the horsemen to epeed their trotters on. John Haas and R. L. McBain of Fargo, are consulting with the Fair manage ment about sporting privileges. The grounds will be mowed and cleaned up at once and put in the best shape possible. The band stand will be replaced by a substantial and better looking structure, while the grand stand will be largely in creased in capacity. The base ball grounds will be in full view from the "bleachers." The following account of the death of an aeronaut last week in an ascension-at Schoolcraft, Mich., is of interest as show ing the dangerous and thrilling character of the exhibition these men give: KALAMAZOO, Mich.. Aug. 25.—Another balloonist met his fate today after one year's experience, having caught the craze when Josie Randall, who was re cently killed, was here one year ago. The asoension was made at Schoolcraft by Alonzo Kendall of this city, on the occasion of a jubilee day iu that village. The day was deathly hot and still, and eo smoky that the balloon seemed to be in a haze when at an altitude of 1,000 feet. The ascent was made at 5 o'clock and shot up almost perpendicularly. The parachute was cut loose and came down very prettily. Directly beneath the balloon one of the sand bags broke loose and came down through the parachute, and allowed Kendall to fall to the ground, a distance of 500 feet or there abouts. He landed on a barbed wire fence and was nearly cut in two. His neck was broken, his left limb crushed and his body badly bruised. He was not dead when the crowd reached him, but he died in a few moments. KKASO.VS FOR It EDUCTION. Why liOwer Grain Kates Should be In Foroe-"Karneiit Appeals. There seems to be little prospect of getting a reduced rate on gram this year. The outcome of the petitions of North Dakota and Minnesota farmers to that effect has been "nothing accomplished," as tbe result of the Fargo conference of the 23rd and decisions of tbe companies. J. 8. Weible, one of tbe large farmers of the Red river valley, and member of one of the committees in charge of.the movement, says: We think the people of this section— we might say state—should emulate the successful policy of the Minneapolitans —that is, not to hesitate in asking for what they want and are entitled to, and having asked for it, leave no fair means untried to obtain the deBired result. The farmers are in dead earnest in this mat ter, as they feel that the cost of laying down their product in the Minneapolis and Dnluth markets must be greatly reduced, OT they must cease to raise wheat. No one will dispute the fact that the prices obtained at tbe terminal points for our products in all equity justify us in asking for a reduction in the carrying charges on the same, and but little study of the interstate com merce laws is required to convince any one that we are also legally entitled to such a reduction, as it is distinctly stipu lated that "charges for transportation service should have reasonable relation to cost of production," and the act to regulate commerce declares "every un reasonable charpe unlawful." The petition states that in view of the very slight reduction in rates in the past five years, that a reduction of 3 cents a bushel on wheat to Duluth and Min neapolis would be only just and reason able. Attention of the railroad companies is called to the fact that "since October, 1888, tbe average farm price of our wheat has declined from 91 cents per bushel to 50 cents per bushel, while rates for car rying that wheat to market have been reduced during these five years of de clining prices, less than 1 cent per bushel. This we believe not to be in fair proportion. We believe that a6 our re lations are mutual, you ought, ere this, to have shared with us a greater part of the burden of low prices, that has rested so heavily upon us—and in tbe same manner as we have done, namely, by a reduction of profits." The letter accompanying the petition to President Hill says: There is much that might be said by us in this matter, but we feel sure that you are well aware of the situation, and the hard lines upon which we ere fallen. We beg to assure you that this is no unreasoning, anti-railroad agitation. It is meant as a temperate, but earnest ap peal, hy which we hope to call the e^ti^jus attention of yyouTsell, and Associate directors to our urgent ^eed of relief. Impressions of a Traveler. To the person who occasionally makes long railroad trips by night or day, in all kinds of weather, over all kinds of roads, the most satisfactory part of the whole journey is tbe idea that safety is to be had on the train then taken. To lie awake at.night in a sleeper, hearing tbe rushing of the cars, thinking that a mis placed switch might make havoc, is not always calculated to precipitate nervoue people into sleep. The reputation for careful handling of trains is therefore a comfortable feeling to have steal o'er one, almost unawares. This reputation has been acquired by a few roads in this country, at least, and at the head of them stands the Northwestern line. It is so seldom that an accident to passengers occurs on this line, and the trains are so uniformly regular and on time, that the Northwestern has come to be synonymous in the railroad world for promptness and safety. The service cf tne Northwestern road in other respects is almost unapproach able. The trainmen do not seem to be looking for escaped criminals, in attend ing to tbe necessary duties w:tb passen gers in fact, politeness is tbe rule on the Northwestern train. Ladies, children, old and young, all alike, find tbe pleas ures of their journey vastly increased by the genuine civilties of Ncrthwestern train people. And then again, a ride on the North western, is to have tbe miles wound off on the rails, rapidly and smoothly, as far as a magnificent roadbed goes and on tbe insidfe to luxuriate in splendidly up holstered and decorated cars at a cost that the American public do not object to paying and is appreciated when obtained. There is a library car in addi tion to otber coach equipment on the St. Paul and Chicago train, whose incep tion and completion made a great hit witb the people going on the fine limited trains of this road. It is a smoker, a con versational car, an observation car, and a time killer all in one. The dining car menu and surroundings are superior to those ot many of the best .oufes and hotels in the big cities. The Chicago and Northwestern road has a continuous train service, too, as it goes every day in the year between St. Paul and Chicago. It is a tbirteen-hour ride, amid surroundings that are artistic and educational in every sense. A ride on the road by day or night is to en joy the highest type of railway civiliza tion that this or any other country has yet developed. 5 1 I %Sm *#V 1 :i 4 S TI Vi !t'J