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AS. THOMPSON'S AFFAIRS he Shrinkage of Real Estate Values Causes Large Losses. lis North Dakota Holdings of Lands in the Jim River Valley. Guardian Appointed for the Davenport Mil lionaire. A dispatch from Davenport, la., Dec. jlst, gives the further particulars regard njj James Thompson's affairs, as fol lows: Few men have scattered iheir invest ments in western states on so broad a icale as James Thompson of thiB city, for years he has been considered a millionaire, yet no one of bis friends was able to locate the large amount of prop erty which Mr. Thompson was supposed to own. For eight years he was presi dent of the First National bank here, and thought to be a financial rock. But when the panic came last year he found it hard to realize, and rather than be the means of complications, be resigned any. Two months ago the public was sur prised by the appointment of a tem porary guardian for Mr. Thompson, and within a few days the appointment was made permanent. For the last four weeks tbe guardian has been traveling with a view to learning the exact condition of the estate. He findB assets amounting to §1,783,682, against which there is an offset in the way of liabilities of $1,000, 000. But the property cannot now be forced to sale without a sacrifice, so time will be taken to await better conditions. Mr. Thompson's investments were con fined to real estate, largely to city lots. He had real property in Colorado amounting to 835,000 in Iowa to 862, 000 in Kansas to 815,000 in Minnesota to 810,000 in Nebraska to 8350,000 in North Dakota to 868,000 in Texas to $35,000 in Utah to 852,000 in Kansas to $90,000 besides personal property in nearly all these states. But be converted stocks and farms into city lots when the boom was on, thereby becoming in volved." Mr. Thompson was one of the early in vestors in North Dakota realty and tbe estate has still large holdings here in cluding the property in the city known as the fair ground, lots in other portions of town and farm land. The well-known Davenport farm was apart of this prop erty. It iB understood that recently sev eral sales of oity property have been made at very low figures. Mr. Thomp son] bad also loaned a good deal of money here, bat not as liberally in recent years. Mayor Eutis' Generosity. MINNEAPOLIS, Deo. 23.—The mayor's Christmas distribution to the poor was a great success. Early Saturdry morning about 100 men, women and ohildren in various stages of dilapidation as to cloth ing swarmed in the oorridora of the oity hall. Each one wore a happy smile of expectancy and clutched in one hand a little brown ticket which had been filled ont by some polioe officer. Upon presenting this to the mayor's secretary, each applioant was supplied with an order on the men in charge of the storehouse for A Christmas bag. Bach bag contains 25 pounds of flour, three pounds each of pork, sugar, rioe and crackers, two poands each of ginger snaps, oatmeal and prunes, one pound of coffee, one pound of tea, one pound of peanuts, two quarts of beans, one can of oysters, two loaves of bread, one bag of salt, on6 can of corn, one cake of soap, and some oranges. A more acceptable Christmas gift for a poor family could hardly be conceived. Mrs. William Waldorf Astor died Sat urday in London. TO EXPEDITE PATENTS. The Land Department to be Labored With lor Over-due Patents. BISMARCK, Deo. 22.—Ihe attorney gen eral has written the North Dakota sen ators and congressman to urge tbe land department to hasten patents on all rail road indemnity lands in this state, so they can be made taxable next year. In view of tbe recent decision of Judge Thomas in the Dickey county case, ably defended by Benton A Amidoa, in wbioh he held the indemnity lands are not taxable or will not be until patent is issued or some thing done by tbe department to insure final title, the board of University and school lands of this administration have used the services of B. C. Tiffany, for merly of tbe land office at Grand Forks, to secure for tbe state patents on school land sections, and Mr. Tiffany has suc ceeded remarkably well, having obtained patents on several hundred thousand acres for a trilling charge. The attorney general has also written Mr. Tiffany to know on what terms his services can be had to push the railroad indemnity lands to patent before May 1st, next, so that the state and counties can derive benefit from them next year, and the lands be made amenable to any tax legislation that may be enacted by the legislature this coming session to eradicate the Rus sian cactus, large quantities of this weed existing on these indemnity lands. In his letter to Mr. Tiffany 'the attorney general says: "I know of no reason why a sweeping order should not be made at onee for the patenting of these lands. The courts have repeatedly decided that the certificate of the surveyor, of the non-mineral character of these lands, is prima facie conclusive evidence to con trol the department until other evidence arises and disprove it. The adjoining and surrounding sections, ID numerous instances have already been proved up on, under homestead and pre-emption laws, and in ench instance the proof is that the quarter section involved is non minerul in character, that proof has been accepted and approved and is on file in the department at Washington, and in many instances the department has ordered and issued patents. It seems to us unjust, that while these ad joining lands are being patented by tbe department with the same certificate on file from the surveyor with the de partment. as exists in relation to the ad joining lailroad lands, that the railroad lands should not be patented and made to bear their just proportion of taxation to support local and state government organization and wipe out tbe cactus." Arrested for Illegal Fishing. The state game warden in Minnesota has gotten after violators of the game laws, has made several arrests and, for a time at least, illegal fishing in Otter Tail county will be suspended. For a long time their has been a per sistent and flagrant violation of the fish ing laws of Star lake and other lakes in that county. There has been a regular business of catcbinglfisb in seines or gill nets and at Star lake alone there have been as high as six or eight camps of fishers at one time with from three to ten men in each camp. These men were not, as rule, owners of property or even in sympathy with tbe main interests of the community. They made a business of catching fish with which the lake had been carefully stocked that iB what they were there for and that is what they did to the extent of three or four wagon loads a week in the summer and three to five wagon loads a day since tbe lake froze over. The fish were shipped to Moorhead and from there were taken out through North Dakota in peddlers' wagons, where they found a ready sale. Recently a deputy was sent to Star lake and large quantities of fish, together with from 8,000 to 10,000 feet of gill-net stretohed beneath the ice, captured. The illegal fishing had assumed alarming pro portions and a strong effort will be made to secure oonvictions. The Catholic Fair. From Thursday's Daily. This evening, in the new armory of Company H, will open the annual fair given by tbe ladies of the Catholic ohurch. A supper will be served after 6 o'clock. The fair will oontinue three days. The ladies in oharge of tbe work have prepared large quantities of tasteful and dainty articles, both useful and orna mental, and something will be found there to suit tbe taste of every visitor. The president of the management is Miss Fatten, ably assisted by Mrs. P. Moran, who with other ladies of tbe churoh con tributed much to the success of the fair held one year ago. Mrs. Frank Andre is treasurer and Miss Kate Mahoney is sec retary. Warnock's orchestra will be in attend ance this evening and will discourse dul cet strains of music during the evening. The viands| and the supper tables will be under the care of Mrs. Frank Andre and Mrs. Joe Mason, who will see that none who call upon them leave the ball hungry, while those with sweet tooths will have an opportu nity to satisfy their wants at the fruit and confectionery stand presided over by Mrs. John Quinn and Miss Agnes Flanagan. Disoiples of Izaak Walton oan recall summer adventures and pisoatorial epi sodes at the fish ponds conducted by Misses Lilhe and Belle Gross and Fannie Dailey. All young men with their best girls who desire to do the proper thing will make the acquaintance of Mrs. Ed Dine hart and Mrs. Geo. Rhulan who will serve ice cream during the evenings. Mesdames G. A. Lieber and Con. Buokley will have charge of the various fancy tables. THEY PAY WELL Another Stutsman Farmer's Testimony to the Value of a Milk Herd. Cows Pay for Themselves Twice a Year—Other Farm Notes. Special Report on Cause and Cure of Blackleg to Be Prepared. The last statQ fair held in this city has stimulated the good butter trade in more than one quarter, tbrough the valuable prizes offered, and was of inestimable value in numerous ways to those directly interested in agriculture. The butter prizes have directed attention to tbe sure and constant source of revenue to be ob tained from the dairy, and it is believed that marked changes along this line will occur in the not distant future. L. D. Townsend, living north of Eld ridge and about 15 mi'es from James town, was in the city Thursday and gave some interesting information concerning his little milk herd, their butter-produc ing qualities and their revenue capacities. He has but half a dozen cows, but monthly makes from 100 to 125 pounds of butter, which is entirely consumed by his private customers in tbe city at gilt edge prices. He keeps an accurate account and finds that the cows pay for themselves about twice each year, or once every six months. For the year of ten months they produce a revenue of 845 apiece from tbe sale of butter alone. The calves, which are always killed, bring from $5 to $6.50, sold at tbe butch ers for veal. Like others who are interested in the dairy, Mr. Townsend finds that it does not pay to raise cows, but instead to buy. Good breeding animals are scarce and, until this is remedied the largest returns from this branch of agriculture will not be realized. Good milkers can be bought for 825 each or less, and until better milk stock is introduced this plan will be followed instead of tbe gradual im provement by grading up the herds. The refuse milk is fed to the calves and the horses, Mr. Townsend stating that a gallon of milk is equal to about four quarts of oats for feeding purposes to horses. The horses have been fed milk from colthood up, and now are as eager for their share of milk as the average horse is for his feed of oats— and they thrive on it, too. No hogs are raised on the farm, neither is pork used on the table. Beef and mutton, each raised on the premises, are used to tbe exclusion of pork. The flock of sheep has been reduced considerably and in about two months' time Mr. Townsend expects to entirely be out, when more attention will be paid to the dairy interests. A stone dasher-churn is used and par ticular attention paid to tbe tempera ture of tbe eream. The salt and tbe but ter are each weighed at each oburning so that the butter is always uniform. FARM NOTES. The Mayville Farmer says C. L. Heiser had his herd of eleven Jersey cows tested a few days ago for tuberculosis. The test was made by Veterinarian Rishel and resulted most favorablv. Tbe test is made by observing the temperature of a cow every hour during the day and then the tuberouline'is injected, bypodermio ally. A rise of temperature after tbe in jection indicates the preeenoe of the dis ease, and an increase of two degrees from the highest temperature observed before the injection is considered proof of tbe existence of the disease, and the animal should be at once killed. Tbe test made upon Mr.Heiser's herd shows theinto be in a perfectly healthy condition. The disease of tuberculosis is readily communioated from cows to other animals and to people through the milk. D. O'Malley, of Valley City, conducts bis farming operations on strict business principles. He keeps as close account of his business affairs as any manufactur ing concern. On Deo. 1st of each year he takes an inventory, and this year on that date found that over and above all expenses, the cost of living for himself and family included, he had made a net profit of 25 per cent on capital invested. And Mr. O'Malley is in better shape to day to successfully conduct farming operations than ever before. He is work ing into improved breeds of stock and with the return of better times will surely reap better returns for his labor. Towner Independent: A train com posed of 17 cars of stock was shipped from this point yesterday. Of this the Prouty Live Stock company shipped eight oara of sheep, Henry Eriokson four oars of cattle, Thomas Forsythe, two oars of cattle, Garner brothers two WEEKLY JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA. THURSDAY DECEMBER 27 1894 NO 22 oars of cattle and F. R. Fulton one car of cattle. One oar of tbe cattle shipped by Erickson were fed on grain at Bottineau about 90 days prior to their shipment. We understand tbat there will be another shipment in a few days. W. J. Hawk of Buffalo sold to Rusch & Smith and Rentchler & Schweninger of Fargo his 3-year-old prize steers, each firm buying one. They were shipped this week and dressed for Christmas meat. The steers weighed a trifle over 2,000 each and sold for 5 cents a pound on foot. Work on tbe creamery building at Wahpeton has been completed, nil the machinery placed in position and when put in motion worked finely. Now the outside stations will be put in and then all that is needed is that the farmers take hold the woy they should and make it a grand success. The cost of manufactur ing butter at this station is estimated at 1 cents per pound. More will be paid for the cream than the farmer would re ceive for the same if he made it into but ter. By taking hold of this the farmer will have an income tbe year round and will not be depending on wheat at 42 cents a bushel, and that only once a year. Tl'P association is incorporated in tbe suHi o£ $15,000—600 shares at S25 each. Lord Koseberry, premier of England, recently sold in the markets of Edin burg a herd of fat beeves of his own raising. Some of them were short horns, but tbe bulk of tbe animals were tbe short-legged, squarely-built, stocky and compact Polled Angus. He received 27 English pounds,or about $132 each for the animals, a little above tbe usual market price in that country. The above state ment is given to shov what values can be obtained in one animal and to show the need for the raising of the best stock possible in this land. In 1890, 39.2 per cent of tbe entire acre age in North Dakota was unimproved The 27,611 farms in the state averaged 277 acres each, over twice as large as tbe average farm in the United States, which consists of 137 acres. The six other western states whose average farm is larger than in North Dakota, bave each but a small number in the aggregate, with tbe exception of California, which has nearly 53,000—averaging 405 acres each. Colorado's 16,000 farms average 281 acffes each Montana's 5,600,351 each Wyoming's 3,000, 586 each Arizona's 1,400,910 each, and Nevada's 1,277, farms average 1,301 acres each. In all of these states, with tbe exception of California, more than half the entire acreage is un mproved, the highest being in Arizona, where but 8 per cent can be called "im proved." 25,700 of tbe farms in North Dakota are cultivated by their owners, but 540 rented for money and 1,370 on sharee.25,192 of the farms oontain over 100 and lees than 500 acres, while there are 389 that oontain over 1,000 acres, and these are each year becoming less numerous. The dairy products consisted in 1890 of 26,566,112 gallons of milk, 5,712,566 pounds of butter, and about 70 tons of cheese, produced by about 88,000 milk oo ws. Gall's Implacable Hatred. In 1866 Captain Moylan, of tbe Fiftieth Wisconsin, was stationed at Fort Berthold to protect the American Fur Co.'s inter ests there and keep the peace with tbe Fort Berthold bands. During that win ter Gall, then a young Sioux chief, with thirteen lodges, oame on a visit to the allied bands. The irrepressible Bloody Knife was at home also, and having some fanoied or real grievance against Gall sought revenge on his enemy by telling a great cook and bull story to Captain Moylan that oaased that officer to take a detachment of his men and surround Gall's band, with the intention of killing or capturing him, says the Washburn Leader. The affair was accomplished in the night. Gall, startled from his sleep was knocked down and pinned to the earth with soldiers' bayonets and left for dead. A medicine man's skill saved him, however, and thenceforth his bitterness to the whites gave him bis present name among his people. It lis Baid that at the Custer battlefield, Custer's death or that of any of the officers did not gratify Gall so much as when Bloody Knife's bead was shown him. Mears on Deck. E. Ashley Mears, of banking fame in the state, has a project on foot for the re organization of tbe bank of North Da kota and the construction of a hotel in Fargo. The committee of stockholders in New York have proposed to raise one half of the sum necessary to pay off the creditors who have refused to sign re leases if the friends of the institution at Fargo will raise the other half. Forty per cent dividend has already been paid 60 per cent remains to be provided for. It is proposed to issae time certificates of deposit to Jail who will join in the re organization for the 60 per cent unpaid and to resume business early in January sufficient money having been provided for the usual reserve. MIRTH ANO GOOD CHEER. Chritmas Celebrations in the City—Feasting and Other Holiday Happiness. How the Hotels Entertained Their Guests—Dinner Par ties and a Dance. Santa Klaus Still the Liberal Old Gentleman of Old. Christmas day has come again and de parted and the day of days for the chil dren was observed with due formality and success by most every household. The entertainments and Christmas trees provided at tbe various churohes Monday evening were of an elaborate character and pleased the children im mensely and their elders almost as muoh. The cantata prepared at the Congrega tional church, witnessed by a packed house, was especially good. Tbe sing ing was excellent and the Santa Claus threw tbe young folks into an ecstacy of delight when he made his appearance in the most approved manner with a team of prancing reindeer and jingling sleigh bells. Carols and Christmas soags were features of the evening. Generally throughout the city tbe day was spent quietly. Family parties were formed, friends visited friends and the social amenities of tbe day fully indulged in. A few skating parties were formed and a pleasant hour passed on the ice. AT THE HOTELS. Landlords Ingrabam and son of tbe Capital hotel served their guests and patrons with an elaborate dinner. The menu card consisted of a handsome souvenir of the occasion embossed in gold. The bill of fare was tempting in its array of Christmas cheer. The guests of the Headquarters hotel were given a fine special spread also and the "inner man" supplied to satisfaction with edibles pleasing on such a holidav. AT THE GLADSTONE. The Xma? tree at tbe Gladstone, this season, which has been for years a great event with the employes, and guests as well, was fully equal to past occasions. The tree was placed in tbe south parlor and was a fine towering cedar. Its branches were hung with all sorts of glittering Christmas paraphernalia and loaded with presents. At the foot of tbe tree and on tables were also heaped parcels and packages, while articles of furniture and other gifts were seen sur rounding the glittering tree. When the doors were thrown open and the guests and employes obtained their first look at tbe Christmas sight, there were many exclamations of surprise and delight, and to the few ohildren present—less in number than there should bave been— the scene no doubt approached the real ization of some dream of fairy land or a true Christmas vision. Every one in tbe hotel, including guests, was remem bered by a gift. The proprietors Klaus & Rattinger, were liberal with their em ployes, tbe dining room, the kitohen, laundry and room forces, fanng unusu ally well. The girls received many ele gant gifts. There was a lot of fun also hung on the tree in the shape of gifts more or less appropriate. Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Klaus were especially fortunate as the recepients of many gifts. It required the services of several distributors an hour or more to unload the evergreen. Tuesday the hotel served the Chnst mas dinner in the evening at whioh there was a full attendance. The menu card was the finest ever seen at the hotel and the spread equal to the best efforts of the chef. Altogether the great holiday was well observed at the Gladstone, ushering in the new year in a season of unreserved cheerfulness and good will to all. The Q. A. M. club inaugurated the dancing feature of the new armory hall in the Watson building Tuesday night by giving a party that was well attended and greatly enjoyed. There was a merry dance also at the asylum and Christmas was observed there with the customary liberality of Dr. Archibald and enthusi asm of both attendants and patients. The Modern Woodmen. From Wednesday's Dally. The delegates to the first state con vention of Modern Woodmen of America to be held in North Dakota are begin ning to arrive in the city to take part in the organization of a state head camp. The organization has reached that im portant st8ge in its development when it casts off the guiding strings of youth and leaps into fully developed manhood and is enabled to become a self-govern ing jurisdiction, no longer controlled as before from the supreme camp in the east. This evening occurs the regular meet ing of Jamestown camp, No. 1477, when two candidates will be initiated and the secret work of the order exemplified by the state deputy head council, Chas L Ward, of Ellendale, who is now in the oity. Tomorrow morning the delegates from the various lodges in the state will or ganize and elect two delegates and one at large to represent North Dakota in the meeting of the grand camp to be held at Madison, Wis., on Juae4tb, 1895. The bead camp for North Dakota will be organized and questions concern ing the order discussed. T. F. Branch "V. C." of the local camp, represents the lodge in the convention. Tomorrow evening Landlords Ingrabam & Son, the latter a worthy member of the local camD, will serve a banquet at the Capital hotel to the visiting brethern. During the past year the Woodmen in the state have tripled in membership, the increase being about 650, while the total membership is about 1,000. Last year 22 new camps were organized. Among the delegates present in the city are A. L. Pockle, Hillsboro J. E. Aznoe, Grand Forks S. G. Barrows, Sheldon E. W. Sbumway, Fairmont, and A. H. McLain, Cando. Many of the representatives are expected in on the evening trains today. Must Learn Through Adversity. In a private note to The Alert, Mr. H. M. Taber, one of the large farmers of this valley, has tbe following to say regard ing the views of eastern people on the business outlook, and tbe subject may still contain something of interest to those in this part of North Dakota, and elsewhere, who voted this fall to continue the present currency contraction policy of the govern ment. If they find no better times as a result they can blame none but themselves. Mr. Taber describes the situation in New England as he observed it, thus: "I have just returned from the east where I have been discussing, as occabion offered, the silver question. They are way behind on th3 subject down there most business men know little about it either way. The New York Tribuae and the Post harp upon 'fifty cent dollars' and this is about all that the average man can say on the question. It ought to be perfectly plain to the Tribune and Post that there would be no fifty cent dollars with silver re-established but they never discuss the question from this standpoint. They aim to make public opinion against silver by the use of such clap trap. The great question as to the profound effect upon the world of such an enormous contraction of the currency of the world as bas been brought about by ceasing the coinage of silver, does not seem to be a subject upon which they have much light down that way. A banker in Bridgeport, Conn., told me that he thought tbe country was on the eve of prosperous times. In reply I told him something of the condition of tbe peo ple of this country who are engaged in agriculture, and said that as long as this class of people, who comprised so large a portion of tbe inhabitants of the United States,are in such a state as they are now, the east need not look for prosperous times. Men are going to learn the lesson through great adversity, and I doubt if the bottom has been reached yet." WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Fact or Fiction About Two Great Fair Award*. A newspaper paragraph denounces as "false" the claim of a baking powder company to an award at the World's fair, Whom can it mean? Certainly not Dr. Price's. Why? Be cause, as the records show, Dr. Price's exhibited, competed and received the highest award, both at Chicago and the California Midwinter fair. The award in California inoluded Gold Medal. The official examiners pronounced it the strongest, tbe purest, the most whole some and efficient of all the baking pow ders. Its title to confidence is unques tioned. Can it be the manufacturers of a New York powder,'fictitiously labelled "abso lutely pure" who are making "false" claims? That would be strange indeed, inasmuch as they were not even consid ered in the awards. Was it amonia in the New York pow der that prevented its makers from com peting? If not, what? Horses Fed to Hogs. Dispatches from Montana say that several people are trying the experiment of feeding horses to bogs on a large Bcale, and the result is as much of an improve ment as wheat is on corn. The horses can be bought for S3 a head. One New York banker bought 10,000 head of horses boiled them, and fed them to the hogs, to their great satisfaction and with considerable profit to himself.