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Body of John Rustad, an In­
sane Patient, Accidently
Had Been Missing Since Sept.
6th—The Coroner's
The body of John Rustad. aa escaped
patient from the hospital, was found on
the farm of John Severn, six miles south­
west of the city, Sunday afternoon.
Death had taken place several weeks ago,
as the remains were badly decomposed.
A coroners jury was summoned Monday
and the body turned oyer to the asylumn
Nels Homer and wife, who were driv­
ing near the farm of Mr. Severn—the
land is farmed but no one lives on it—
drove over to the vacant house to in­
spect the same with the object of pur­
chasing, and in the cellar, which is open
on one side, discovered the body of a
man. Coroner Thorolcl was summoned,
and with a jury consisting of Mayor Hal
Btead, Marshal Thompson nnd Jake
Cooper, went out Monday to view the re­
mains. He wore asylum slippers and the
uameand ward number of the dead man
were discovered on the vest lining. It
is supposed death occurred from expos­
John Rustad, who has beni an inmate
of the North Dakota Hospital for the In­
sane for three or four years past, escaped
from that institution on the morning of
Sept. 6th by means of the elevator shaft,
which is used for the conveyance of food
from one tioor to another. A vigorous
search was at once instituted for him,
and although the surrounding country
was scoured, no trace could be found
lie bad escaped from the institution sev­
eral times previously notwithstanding
the close watch kept upon him, but had
always been recaptured. On this last
occasion, however, his whereabouts were
not discovered and his death must have
taken place soon after his escape. The
remains were very much shrunken and
disintegration proceeded to such a length
that his clothes were about the only
means of identification. He was about
34 years of age and came from the south­
ern part of the state. The body has been
interred in the asylum cemetery.
Defending a Lady.
J. Davidson, an old time North Da
kotan who used to keep a drug store in
the early days of Jamestown, was in
Fargo recently and is quoted as follows
in the Argus, in reference to the Eisen
huth canard and P. D. McKenzie affi­
davit which that paper promulgated:
I notice in your paper this morning
that you say Mr. Adams is mistaken. I
guess not. It is the other party that is
mistaken. The charge that Mr. Eisen
huth is a whisky seller is paltry. He
kept a drug store in the 80's, but that
has nothing to do with Mrs. Eisenhutb.
Even then she protested against the sale.
I happen to know the facts about Mr.
Eisenhutb keeping a drug store as I
kept one in Jamestown at the same time
and I suppose I must plead guilty to
selling whisky also—yet I voted the pro­
hibition ticket. My wife also protested
against my selling whisky, but you know
when the "respectable people" want it,
what is a "good" druggist to do? I got
out of the business and so did Mr. Eisen­
hutb. Mrs. Eisenhuth has a flood of
good deeds to recommend her. She iB a
noble wife, a noble woman, a good su­
perintendent, an efficient educationalist
and a Christian lady. She is also a W.
C. T. U. lady—a progreesive and aggres­
sive character, and has fought the battle
of woman iu North Dakota and made it
possible for all women to hold distin­
guished office in our state.
The following letter from Judge Bald­
win of this city, a well known and prom­
inent republican, to the state superin­
tendent of instruction, Mrs. Laura Eisen­
huth, is interesting reading in connec­
tion with the above. He says:
Office of County Judge, Jamestown, Oct.
Laura J. Eisenhuth, Dear Madam:
My attention has been called to an
article in the Argus, wherein my friend,
P. D. McKenzie, formerly .of Carrington,
does some affidavit business. Those who
know P. D. McKenzie will not wonder at
it. He be»me angry at you in the trial
of the MoNulty case and seeks to get
even by doing a Bmall job of lying. Peter
has wheels in his bead and will revenge
himself on anyone, even if he has to lie
about it.
In the MoNulty case he testified
falsely to my certain knowledge. I am
sorry that your enemies resort to suob
taotios. You may use my name as one
who would not believe P. D. McKenzie
under oath. Very respectfully,
F* Baldwin.
Not One Just Reason.
The Grafton News and Times says
very truly that Mrs. Laura Eisenhuth is
"the first woman who ever pluoked the
prise of a state office from all opponents
in these United States, and the first
woman so honored by any political party
in ite past history. To the democratic
belongs this great honor of being
first to nominate a woman and elect her
to so honorable a position in state gov­
ernment. North Dakota was the first
state in the Union to reach out its hand
and say to woman oome up higher
should not woman have then granted a
respite of at least an endorsement of her
term of office to her fellow woman be­
fore she offered so determined an oppo­
sition? Gooa taste, fair play and honesty
of purpose all point in the direction of
hands off for another term. There re­
mains not one just reason for anyone, be
it man or woman, to vote against Mrs.
Laura J. Eisenhuth on the sixth day of
Johnson Was 'Misinformed."
The Bismarck Tribune is compelled to
admit that Congressman Johnson was
misinformed about the compulsory
agreement of capitol building workmen
to vote the independent ticket. The
yarn was fully exploded by affidavits of
such responsible people that even M. N
Johnson will have to take it
back in English, but probably
will continue to spread it in a
foreign language until after the election.
This "mistake" is in line with the
other campaign "mistakes" and canards
about other state candidates opposed by
the Fargo Argus. Bismarck Tribune and
Grand Forks Herald. Such, for in­
stance, as the recent statements about
Auditor Porter "holding back state
funds" when the treasury was over­
drawn, and that Mrs. Laura Eisenhuth
is posing as a fraud before the people of
the state.
The information comes from several
quarters that this kind of argument is
simply making friends for the people
who are so attacked, as it ought to do.
As state officials they are pretty well
known by this time, and ought to be
proof against a few late-hatched cam­
paign liee.
A Popular Judge.
Judge Templeton of Grand Forks was
a visitor in the city Saturday icqniring
into the general sentiment in this part of
the state regarding his candidacy for su­
preme judge. The judge is popular in his
own district and the good feeling that
prevails for him there extends far
beyond the confines of the district itself.
In fact Judge Templeton has acquired
a state reputation for legal ability and
satisfactory work on the bench. He
says that many [republicans in the east­
ern parr, of the state will vote for him,
likewise many independents, and
this statement has excellent foundation
when the well known preference
that was manifested the independent
state convention fcr Judge Templeton is
remembered. Mr. Newton of Bismarck,
was anew name to most of the delegates
who anticipated the nomination of Judge
Templeton, probably without any oppo­
sition. Tne people will have no cause to
regret if Judge Templeton is elected to
the supreme bench. It is a more im­
portant position than be now holds and
the opportunity to till it with a judge
tried and not found wanting does not
often occur.
A Prosperous Ex-Dakotan.
Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Boyce and child­
ren were on No. 2 Thursday returning
from a trip to the coast to their home in
Chicago. They have also been hunting
in North Dakota this fall. Mr. Boyce is
publisher of the Saturday Blade, a
weekly paper sold by carrier boys all
over the country. It has one of the
largest circulations of any similar publi­
cation in the United States. It is a
spicy, sensational journal, tilling a large
and positive demand for that class of
newspaper matter. Mr. Boyce has
become one of the influential and
wealthy men of Chicago in a few years
owing to bis own shrewdness and busi­
ness capacity. It was not many years
ago that he ran a smnll weekly of limited
circulation at Lisbon in this state, sold
out, moved to Chicago and now is owner
of a large business block, the Boyce
building, and is just the same personally,
socially and in a business way as ever.
He has been in Montana a few days and
says of the great capitol location fight
'•If you North Dakota newspaper men
were only out in Montana this fall you
could retire on the money that is being
spent in the figbt to remove the capitol.
Everything goes and the Montana news­
papers are doing the most of the work.
The boys don't get a chance like that in
a life time."
Onions a Good Crop.
Here is an item containing much food
for reflection to tbe farmer, when it
is stated that a carload of onions, about
700 bushels, was recently shipped into
Bismarck at a total cost of 80 oents per
bushel. The Fargo Forum says: Tbe
farmers in the vicinity of Arthur, Cass
county, led bv A. E. Vrooman are going
for onions. This year Mr. Vrooman had
ten acres that averaged from 600 to 1,000
busbtls per acre,and netted him 40 cents
per bushel. Naturally, he thinks there
are more paying farm products than
Smith's Barn and Part of the
"Farmers' Home" De­
Valuable Racing Stock and En­
tire Contents of Barn
Farmer Wm. Stuff Loses His
House by a Lantern
Fire at an early hourWednesday morn­
ing destroyed tbe sale and feed stable of A.
J. Smith, located on second street,
between Sixth and Seventh avenues, and
partly burned the Farmers' hotel, also
owned by Mr. Smith. Twelve head of
horses in the barn, together with hay,
feed, several buggies and harnesses were
burneu. Tne entire east wing of tbe
hotel was completely gutted. The origin
of the fire is not yet ascertained, but is
supposed to have been accidental.
At about 12:30, before retiring, Mr.
Smith made the rounds of tbe bonse to
6ee that all was secure. Hearing the
horses kicking in the barn he looked in
the direction of that building and dis­
covered it atire from, end to end. An
alarm was turned in and as soon as pos­
sible thereafter a stream of water, and
later three streams, turned on the flames.
Nothing whatever could be done in the
way of saving the contents and all efforts
turned towards saving adjoining prop­
erty. Iu this firemen weie unusually
successful except in saving two small
barns, which stood close up to tbe burn­
ing building, leaving little opportunity
to protect them.
The east wing of the house, which
originally cost $2,100, caught tire as we'l
as the hotel kitchen, and it ««s only
after a stubborn fight that the flames
were extinguished. The east end of the
wing and the attic show only charred
timbers, while water and beat did con­
siderable damage to the remaining por­
tions of the building. All of the furni­
ture, bedding and household effects were
safely removed to the street, but were
considerably damaged in the hasty
evacuation of the premises. Everything,
even to the carpets, was removed from
the building. Tbe main part of tbe
hotel will be habitable by the addition
of glass in the windows, which were
broken by the heat.
Frank Dunlap, who has been employed
around the racing stables in this city
this season, has been in the habit of
sleeping in the loft of the barn and last
sight about midnight crawled into the
building and went to sleep. He denies
that he bad any matches or light at the
time. The first intimation he had of a
fire was ihe heat and smoke which
awakened him. Making a rush for the
bay door, be stumbled and fell, burning
his hands. In his efforts to force open
the door his hands were lacerated and
torn and, as soon as a passage large
enough to admit of his body was made,
he crowded through and leaped to the
sidewalk 15 feet below. His hair was
singed and his hands, face and lips badly
burned and blistered, bis hands suffer­
ing the most. He was at once cared for
by a physician and this afternoon was
doing well, though his burned hands will
keep him laid up for several days. His
hair was scorohed all over large
blisters raised on his lips and he had a
close call for death.
Tbe barn contained two yearling colts
the property of Mr. Smith and a pony
belonging to bis son.
H. B. Wood lost two mares, valued at
8500 each, and a 6-montbs-old colt by
"Count Tolstoi," worth $100 or more.
The mares were "Innes," a chestnut
sired by "Onward"—whose 3-year-old
sister won a 822,400 puree in Kentucky,
much the largest purse ever won by any
trotter of that class and"Mollie Smith,'
a bay, sired by "Edgewater." Both were
Kentucky horses, highly prized by the
owner, and were temporarily plaoed in
the stables awaiting the building of an
addition to Mr. Wood's livery stables.
J. Baker, a valuable horse, buggy and
harness. Lose 8150.
W. H. Ruttle of New Rockford, a driv­
ing horse and cart valued at 8125, to­
gether with some personal property left
in the offioe.
Ed Gorman of Dawson, his fur coAt
and other private property, together
with a team belonging to a gentleman
in New York eity, in his care.
John Corbett of Windsor, team, har­
ness and other property.
Jas. MoCabe, mare "Nutwood."
Wm. H. Bullock, in charge of the barn,
but sleeping in tbe hotel, lost his bicycle,
trunk and all clothing except on his
There was but 82,000 insurance on
both barn and hotel equally divided
among the German American, tbe Ni­
agara, the British American and the'
Traders insuarnce companies. Each
company carried 8250 insurance on each
building. The hotel cost snout 84,GOO
and tbe barn 83,000. The loss on tbe
latter will amount to several thousand
dollars above tbe insurance. Tbe barn
was built in 1882.
It seems that Dunlap, the man who
said to have jumped from tbe hay mow
has told several different stories as to
the time he entered the barn. To one
he said he was in tbe barn at 10:30 to
another at 11 p. m., and to another that
a drunken man was with him—didn't
know when he did enter the building.
He entered tbe building, however,
through the shed in which wood was
sawed, by the wind mill, which sur­
mounted the barn. By his own story it
was about midnight. He had no per­
mission to sleep in the barn, not being
employed there. In fact, Bullock did
not know that he was in town. Wtiea
Night Policeman Lou Cadieux reached
the fire, among the first, the fire seemed
to be burning strongest in the woodshed
as though it had originated there. It is
believed by some, that DuDlap when
eiirincr, accidently dropped alight here
and in bis endeavors to extinguish the
blaze, tore and burned his hands and
blistered his face. An investigation,
however, may prove this otherwise.
A small barn 24x14, owned by Phil
Mason, standing east of Smith's barn
was burned. Two cows which were in
the building were taken out in time. An­
other barn 40x50 feet belonging to Jack
Harris, which stood at the north end of
Mr. Smith's barn also burned to the
ground. This contained a horse and
three pigs belonging to Mr. Mason, all of
which were saved. No insurance on
either of these barns.
Mr. Smith has been carrying 85,000
insurance, but owing to the almost pro­
hibitory rate had dropped 83,000 of it,
SI,000 only recently.
Harry Helm: I lost nothing in the
fire. Had three horses in the barn, but
fortunately removed them a few days
ago. Would have been very sorry to
lose any of them. That brood mare of
H. B. Wood's—"Innes"—was one of the
best animals ever brought to this state.
Wm. Stuff' Loses His House and All
Its Contents.
Word reached the city yesterday after­
noon of tbe loss by fire, occasioned by
the explosion of a lantern, of the farm
house with all the contents, of Wm.
Stuff, located 15 miles northeast of here
and a few miles southeast of Spiritwood
lake. The loss is total. Insuraance 8300
on house and 850 on contents in the St.
Paul Fire and Marine Insurance com­
pany. The tire occurred about 7:30 p.
m., Friday, the 19th inst. Mrs. Stuff
was sick in b«d at tbe time and it was
with difficulty that she and a small
amount of bedding were saved. All the
household furniture, clothing, etc., 100
bushels of potatoes and other property
was destroyed.
Mr. Stuff upon coming in from his
days work discovered that his cows were
gone and after a short search decided to
cook bis supper and then search for
them. Leaving the lantern in the wood
sbed it exploded and when tbe fire was
discovered it had gained too great head­
way to be checked. The loss falls heavily
at this time of the year and the unfortu­
nate family will be obliged to turn a
granary into a house and use that this
The County Judgeship.
There are three candidates for probate
judge before the voters this year. J. W.
Goodrich, George McGregor and John
Knauf. The first two are old citizens,
and have taken the good and bad years
of a Dakota residence along with their
neighbors. "Colonel" Knauf, the third
candidate, is a younger man. known
chiefly in connection with a political
party league. The office of county judge
is not an extremely lucrative one, yet it
ought be filled by men of integrity and
character, and if there is any profit in it
the old timers in Stutsman county are
entitled to a preference. In selecting a
name for this office the voter ought to
find no difficulty in making a choice.
Highly Recommended.
The Capital is advocating the elec­
tion of tbe straight republican county
ticket because it says the can­
didates "represent republican princi­
ples and can be trusted to protect
every interest, eto." One of the legis­
lative candidates tbe voter is asked to
vote for is E. J. Gleason, who is recom­
mended for bis honesty and economy.
It is safe to say that the general repu­
tation of all the candidates for the legis­
lature is pretty well known in tbe
county, and that voters are going to use
their own knowledge of the men they
vote to send to the legislature this fall.
Some Reasons for Considera­
tion in Choice for the
A Phase of the Sheriff's Con­
test—Rich Ore in State of
There is a strong sentiment in favor of
J. T. Eager aa one of the members for the
legislature from this county. There is
no disguising tbe fact that if Roger Allin
is elected governor, it will take all the
"pull" tbe oounty has to keep the feeble
minded institution in its present loca­
tion. The scheme is to divide the future
appropriations for the state hospital, by
gradually increasing the scope of the
proposed feeble minded school to a full
Hedged hospital. To prevent this, as
The Alert has pointed out, it will be
necessary to rely chiefly on the indepen­
dent members of the legislature. That
party is pledged in its platform to a re­
duction instead of increase of expenses,
particularly where not actually neces­
sary. The two independent candidates
therefore, Mr. Eager and Mr. Xasliold,
represent reasons for more than the
usual consideration in the choice of mem­
bers of the legislature. With a republi­
can majority in both houses and a gov­
ernor living in the county, where it is
proposed to establish wLat will be prac­
tically a new institution, it will be an
easy matter to get a removal bill
through the legislature. For James­
town this is not a matter of pure politics
and all people interested in the town
and in preserving undivided the present
state institution for many years at least,
ought to consider it entirely outside of
There are other excellent candidates
for the same offices seeking votes, but
the question with the people of the town
and county is, who will serve us the
most effectively, not who can we compli
ment by electing to the honorable place
as members of the law making body of
the state.
As to the Sheriff'.
John S. Johnson: I would like to
have my friends and those who have ex­
pressed themselves favorably to my
candidacy know that a plan is being
worked to get votes for Mr. Barner, the
independent candidate, by the friends of
Sheriff Eddy, on tbe grounds that every
vote cast for Mr. Barner taKes one from
myself and is practically a vote for Mr.
Eddy. I have received a great deal of
encouragement to make the fight for
sheriff on the grounds that I would con­
duct the office, if elected, in an economi­
cal and fair way, and in the interests of
the county. For this reason I desire to
notify my friends of tbe above plan to
draw votes that are friendly to both my­
self and Mr. Barner, but which will re­
sult in giving another the vote instead.
Richard Sykes Developing Ameri­
can Mining Property.
Richard Sykes returned Thursday from
a visit to tbe Washington mining prop­
erties of the company in which he is in­
terested. They are located not far from
Everett, on Puget sound, and consist of
copper and other minerals, chiefly the
former. Tbe deposit is said to show
very rich in exposed ore, ground away
and washed off from the face of a
mountain chasm by centuries of glacial
action. Development work has been
done to considerable extent already. It
is proposed to erect a large smelter on
some convenient site at tide water, and
possibly build a railroad to connect with
one of the already constructed lines that
pass through Everett and Seattle. Mr.
Sykes had photographic views of the
"Little Chief" and "Sultan" mines also
has had drawings of the dip of tbe veins,
etc. The property lies within seven or
eight miles of the famous Monte Christo
mines, from which a railroad has already
been built to Everett and a smelter
erected by Rockerfeller and the Northern
Pacific syndicate, at an expense of two
millions or more, it is claimed. One of
the singular circumstances connected
with this latter investment is that tbe
smelter was built for the reduction of
silver ore, the road constructed and min­
ing begun without the company appar­
ently knowing the exact kind of mineral
the mine contained. Instead of silver it
is now said the Monte Christo mines are
mostly copper of a low grade.
Mr. Sykes said that business was still
dull on the coast, but preperations were
going on for an expected revival. Every
one has faith in the country and its re­
He referred to the wide circulation bis
recent interview in The Alert had
obtained, in which he advised farmers of
North Dakota to cease raising wheat for
export on account of the impossibility of
our competing in Liverpool witbwbeat
growers in forelng silver-using countries.
He said the interview bad evidently been
extensively read. He repeated the ad­
vice to discontinue wheat growing and
take up other branches of farming. He
said that if tbe United States could alone,
in his opinion, safely coin silver at the
ratio of 16 to 1, and thereby raise its
value, it would be of universal benefit to
this country, and be hoped such would
be tbe case. He thought England would
sooner or later be forced to bi-metallism
from the failure of her American railway
and other investments to pay interest, if
not from a general repudiation of the
principal. The inability of farmers in
the United States especially, to meet
gold obligations Mr. Sykes predicted
without reservation.
Tnat Ballot Item.
In discussing any local question that
affects his own interests, Editor Wap
Dock of the Capital seldom pays any
regard for the truth of his statements.
If distortion of facts will not answer the
purpose, personalities, and generally
both, are resorted to. Jamestown vic­
tims know this so well that further refer­
ence to it is unnecessary.
Referring to the price the county paid
for its ballots he says, as a sample dis­
tortion, that The Alert charged 350
more than the Capital for the work. The
bids were: Der Pioneer, S100.80 Alert,
8102.50 Capital—for a Fargo house—
S7G.50 difference between that and
Alert's bid, 82G—not 650. The outside
firm charges about 870 for the tickets,
and with freight and discount on war­
rants off—the profit is hard to find for a
Jamestown firm, some one of which
should have had something for the work
done at home, to Le paid out to wage
earners here, instead of those in another
In this instance the county is a little
ahead, on a job that is needed once in
two years but from other bills for cer­
tain alleged services and supplies, that
have been allowed, and are in prospect
of being allowed, it seems that a saving
some where is highly necessary
—hence the printer and the legiti­
mate merchant and business firm is.,
made to 6tand it, while some one elee
gets a benefit.
Cattle and Sheep Market.
The cattle market was somewhat
lower last week owing to heavy runs of
westerns. With cold weather the price
of western stock should advance. The
top price in Chicago last week for choice
cattle was 84.75.
The receipts of sheep for last week in
the 6ame market were 95,000. There
never was a week which closed with so
many unsold sheep in the yards. The
outlook for tbe sheep market is bad
unless supplies are cut off, as dressed
mutton at eastern points is so low that
packers say they cannot pay a decent
price. Prices have declined 25 cents to 60
cents on both sheep and lambs—choice
sheep, $2.25 to 82.75, and lambs from
33 to 84.
A New Finn.
The Jamestown Cabinet and Uphol­
stering company have rented the Barnes
building on Fifth avenue south and,
after Monday next, will be in a position
to do general upholstering, cutting and
fitting of carpets, recaneing chairs, make
or remake mattresses, renovating feath­
ers and other work of a similar nature in
a workmanlike manner and on short
notice. The latest machinery necessary
to do work of this kind is now being
put in.
The members of the firm are C. A.
^ost, formerly foreman in one of the
largest furniture houses in the United
States, located at Omaha, Neb., an ex­
pert in the upholstering trade, and J. H.
Cotfman, a well-known resident of the
city, having lived here a number of years.
The Visible Supply.
The visible supply of wheat in this
country for the week ended Saturday,
October 20, 1894, shows an increase of
of 1,5»5,000 bushels as against an increase
of 1,739,000 bushela for the correspond­
ing week last year and an increase of
4,.12,000 bushels the corresponding week
two years ago.
Conductor Dnscoll met within peculiar
and somewhat painful accident on his
train yesterday, says the Grand Forks
Plaindealer. While passing through
the alley in the dining car he met the
conductor of that institution. The latter
had a pencil in his mouth and as the
two men approached each other the oar
gave a sudden lurch and they came
together with a bang. The pencil dis
appeared. Part of it went down the
throat of the dining-car conductor and
the other part went into Mr. Driscoll's
ear, making a very painfnl wonnd. The
lead was driven into the ear with such
force that a pair of pinchers bad to be
employed to extract it.

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