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'. VOL XIX GRAIN THRESHING BEGUN. Good Weather the Past Week Has Helped Farm Work. Harvesting Mostly Over—The Grain in Excellent Condition. Lust week and BO Only A 1 far tbia week the weather baa been generally favorable for continnous farm work. A little rain Friday last only served to suspend operations a short time, and tbia week the conditions for cutting and threshing have been especially favorable. The days have been cool yet sufficiently warm to ripen any late grain. There ia aome complaint of grain shelling bnt no more than customary. The difficulty with smut is now to be met and determined. A good many farmers are certain to loee a grade and likely several grades from tbia drawback. The curious feature of amut is that it occurs in bearded wheat the moat. Next season unusual precau tion will have to be taken with seed. About all the cutting will be finished this week. Threshing machines are just getting to work. Oats, barley, rye and wheat will make good yields, of course. Many fields will vary greatly in both yield and quality, but it looks hb if the average wheat yield would be 10 or 12 bushels over the county, which is excellent. Fields already threshed of small extent have gone from 15 to 23 and as high hs 25 bushels per acre. Mext week 'lhe Alert will be able to tell more about it. The grain is mostly cut by binders and IB in good condition for threshing. The shocks Btand thick on the ground aud a drive around the county shows more eigns of prosperity from the crops than for several years. The good yield will to a small extent repair the loss Ly the low price. The rain Friday night, wherever the fall was as heavy as here, will probably delay threshing till Monday. East of the city the fall WHS much lighter and little or no inconvenience and delay to threshing will result. In the vicinity of Albion and F. B. Fancber's farms threshing will be geueral the first of the week, when four outfits will begin work. light rain occurred in the bioinity of Buchanan and thresbufg waft delayed but a few hours. Half an inch of rain fell in Jamestown. West of the city, in the vicinity of Eldridge, threshing is now well under way and grain pouring into the station several thousand bushels daily. Every one on the farms, to use a slang expres sion, is "jumping sideways" iu the care of the crops. A few late fields of grain yet remain to be cut, but they are the exception. Cutting is completed and threshing begun. Returns are not yet obtainable on which to base an average for the county. It ia probable that the result in bushels will be somewhat larger than expected, but the returns in big, round dollars, smaller. The berry is uniformly large, plump, well rounded and of good milling quality, but the price—that's where the trouble is—and smut. The presence of smut decreases the grade and what would otherwise be No. 1 bard wheat can be sold for but rejected—the very lowest grade—at a loss of from ten to twelve cents per bushel. Some grain has been offered for sale too badly •matted to even grade "rejected," and has been refused entrance to the ware house and elevator at any price. No use can be made of it in milling. The ex pense of putting in and taking off an average crop can not be secured on 35c wheat. The prevalence of smut in the county has not been exaggerated in the least,and the total loss to the farmers, in this county alone, will be large. In cer tain localities, where little or no atten tion to the use pf smut preventives has been paid, the non-existenoe of this fungus seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Attorney C. W. Davis of LaMoure, who was in the city today arguing a motion in chambers before Judge ROSA, says wheat in LaMoure county is yield ing somewhat better than expected, in the southeastern part of the county, where badly burned, the yield is light, 4 to 6 bushels per acre, and also in the northeastern part where badly hailed but in other portions of the county the yield is going to be up to, if not ahead of, the general average. He mentioned instances of 100 acre fields running 20 and 25 bushels per aore, and one 40 acre summer-fallowed field that yielded its owner 35 bushels. John Siebert: Have been threshing on the farm for several days with Peter Fried's machine and the yield is 15 bashela average, the grain being as usual of excellent quality with no smut. Everything ia running smoothly. Will store our grain on the farm and not sell it for 44 cents a bushel. About Shipping Wheat. Greenleaf & Tenny, the old established commifesion men and grain sellers of Minneapolis and Dulutb, write that they will make it to the interests of North Dakota shippers to send consignments to them this year, as it is going to be a season when everything should be sold by sample in order to realize the highest prices. They say there is going to be a great deal of off grade wheat. They add: "All wheat which will grade one north ern and one hard had better go to Du lutb wheat below these gradeB had better come to Minneapolis. Flax at present is selling for more money in Dulutb than in Minneapolia and we believe barley will sell better there. We advance money on bills of lading for three fourths value and when grain is unloaded will send our check for bal ance." When to Cut Flax. As to the proper time to out fiax Prof. Shepard of the agricultural college ob serves: Flax is a plant that blossoms very irregularly, and consequently ripens irregularly. I have always cut flax when about 75 per cent of the bo »ls are brown or ripe. It would not be practic able to wait until the whole field was brown, because the early ripened plant would shell and the yield would not be as heavy as if taken a little earlier. If the fiax is cut too green it will not thresh out heavily, and I would advise farmers to make a careful inspection, and wheu about three-quarters of the plants are brown commence harvest. How Smutty Wheat Grades. Devils Lake Inter-Ocean: Elevator agents have received positive instruc tions to grade wheat with smut in it not better than No. 3, and a great deal of it will be graded rejected. As this is a loss of several grades, as compared with wheat which has no smut, it should con vince every farmer of the wisdom of blue stoning his seed wheat. Decline in Stock Prices. Last week's Chicago arrivals included 33,000 western cattle and about 5,000 Texas cattle, while a year ago last week there arrived 19,500 western and 14,690 Texan. Cattle salesmen met with great deal uf disappointment owing to the excessive supply of westerns. Na tives that graded above this class have sold pretty weJl and at nearly steady prices, but all that met the competition have declined seriously and are 25@40c lower than a week ago. Western cattle, of course, have shown the greatest drop they are firstname.lastname@example.org lower than ten days ago on all but a small proportion of the very best and down to a basis of last year's prices. It is probable that this severe decline will curtail extensive shipments for a while and so give relief to the market. Prices were: Good to choice oattle, $email@example.com medium, 84.50 @5.25 poor to fair greasers, $firstname.lastname@example.org Western, email@example.com 'Jexas, $firstname.lastname@example.org cows. $email@example.com calves, $firstname.lastname@example.org stookers and feeders, email@example.com. :nU'P-!\ 1 Hogs also declined somewhat. Heavy $firstname.lastname@example.org light. «email@example.com. Sheep declined somewhat, owing to heavy western receipts, the loss being 20@30c on sheep and 25@40o on lambs. Prices: Good to choice natives, $3.00@ 3.50 medium, $firstname.lastname@example.org. inferior, $1.50 @2.00 western, email@example.com fat lambs, firstname.lastname@example.org culls, email@example.com. The Sunday Services. Rev. Dr. Hurlbut, of New York City, who stopped over in Jamestown yester day on his way west, bad the bouse packed to its utmost capacity to hear him preach last night at the M. E. church. He is known all over the coun try as a man of great ability and learn ing. He dealt principally of the prac tical. and recognized this as the most practical epoch the world has ever Been, in whioh the common people are educat ed, are thinkers, and the churches must lead in intellectual acquirements and progress, as well as the spiritual, or be left behind. The old abstract and ab struse questions over which theologians used to split hairs, which nobody ever did nor ever will thoroughly understand, are of no interest to the people of this practical age. He said it would be a sorry day for the churches wheu the people who pass along on the outside know more than those who occupy the pews within, and a dismal day for the pulpit when the congregation know more than the ministers who teach. Professional Optimists. Grand Forks News: The Jamestown Alert ably shows the fallacy of those booming idiots and orop liars who are by their optimistic reports sending down wheat. The acreage of wheat in North Dakota this year, according to the as sessors' returns, is 200,000 acres less than last year. NUMEROUS BIRD NOTES. Party of Distinguished St. Louisians Arrived on a Shooting Trip. Slight Accident to a Popular Little Pingree Girl Wednesday. A special car arrived today containing a party of well known St. Louis gentle men who are bound for a turn in the Dakota chicken fields and duck pondB. The party consists of Judge Priest who was shooting in this vicinity last season, Jno. P. Eliis, Mr. Geo. Andrews and Dr. Parrieh. They will be joined in a few days by another friend. The car is especially adapted for the purpose, being roomy and convenient and is in charge gt porter and cook and equipped for all excursion contingencies. The gentlemen have orders to go where they choose, and will try the shooting in the various localities along the Northern Pacific until they find the best going. They have four excellent dogs, 3 pointers and a setter, and intend to get birds if they are to be found at all. After JAMESTOWN. NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY AUGUST 29 1895 hiB visit at Jamestown last fall, Judge Priest was appointed United States district judge, but held the office only a short time resigning to attend to a large and more lucrative private practice. A pre liminary excursion was made today in the fields with one of Wood's teams and a couple of the dogs. Little Dot Lyman of Pingree caught a couple of stray bird shot—not very large ones—ytsterday from a charge distrib uted all over a quarter section of coun try by Mr. Taber's Bhot gun. Dot was holding the horse and Mr. Taber had gone after a covey. The birds flew over a rise in the ground and the shot that came after them peppered the buggy and horse and two of them entered Dot's chin and linger. The horse ran away but Dot held on and succeeded in stop ping him. One shot is still in the linger and the other probably in the chin. Dr. Rankin advised letting them alone for the present as no particular trouble would result. Mr. Taber naturally feels chagrined at his mistake but the lucky out come is of course a big relief. Dot's conduct throughout the proceeding and during the subsequent excitement was admirable. A number of different parties drove out into the country Sunday to view the beauties of nature in the unadorned prairies. As a precautionary measure they took their guns along to protect themselves against any attacks that might be made upon them by ferocious prairie chickens. They were all believers in the old theory that "self preservation is the first law of nature" and while under ordinary circumstances they might have had some scruples about shooting on Sunday they did not pro pose to be pecked to death by prairie hens without resistance. Some of the reports of birds killed as related by the shooters themselves, without affidavits attached: Coggeshall, Best, Eddy and Procter, 28 Lenz and Niemeyer, 14 Will Mueller, 14 Masters and party, 4 chicken, 48 duoks Bensch, 9 Stewart Wells shot with Carrington friends a day—three guns and good dogs —and got 28 birds. The chicken seem to have nested early in May when weather WHS dry and got in the low places. The heavy June rams came and drowned out many of tbe nests and left the covies small that were hatched. Seldom over 3 or 4 young birds are found in a covey. It is claimed also that thunder will prevent tbe batch ing of eggs. Chief Dispatcher Blewett is pardona bly proud of his young setter, Mike lie is a swift, careful hunter, with a fine nose and untiring energy. It is about as Pierce says, "If there are any birds in the country where Mike is looking for them he will find them." Last evening eleven birds were shot over bim after six o'clock. Harry Blood has a water spaniel that will suent and point chickens better than many of the setters and pointers around town. Saturday nine chickens were killed with the aid of the dog, which ranges out well from the buggy and will huut in sloughs and in stubble with all the care of a regular setter. W.'S. McNaughten of Seattle, is look ing up insurance business here and taking a turn in the fields with a fine setter. He states he recently sold two setters to a Montana miner, for 8300. The dogs were fine field workers and well bioken and the buyer stated he would not take 8500 for bis bargain. Over a dozen hunters with guns, dogs and various traps went north on the Jamestown & Northern Friday. They were from Washington, Chicago, Cincin nati and St. Paul. Hunters will be ar riving and departing each day from now until oold weather. Messrs. Cartright Eustis of New Orleans, Bernard Rogers Uhioago. and Geo. Russell, Milwaukee, arrived at the Capital today for a big shoot in this part of tbe state, going first to New Rock* ford, where they have friends and return ing to Spiritwood lake later on. Among tbe strangers in the city, at tracted by the shooting ia Miss Sullivan of Seattle, Wash., who is expecting to meet a party of lady and gentlemen friends from Minnesota. She is a good shot and fond of out door sport. Mr. Priest's party brought in twenty eight birds Thursday. One of their dogs is a champion field trial winner. They left for a two day's trip north Friday. The car will remain in Jamestown for the present. Receiver Johnson held the team aud Woody, Sam. Glaspell and Ed. Rose hunted hard all tbe afternoon yesterday and only brought in two "birds. They ordered beef steak for supper. Manager Rattinger: Last year when the season opened we had 150 chickens for the first day at the Gladstone. This year, so far, have been unable to get enough for a eingle meal. Jack Spraggat and L. B. Miner got 30 birds Tuesday over Jack's young Eng lish setter. She is a cautious, staunch dog one of the best the veteran sport ever broke. More farmers have ported their fields than ever this fall. The hunting of chickens in uncut grain heretofore has had something to do with this. J. S. Taylor received a handsome Lew ellyn.setter from a kennel in Iowa today. The dog is two years old and was sent subject to trial before purchase. Dr. DePuy's dogs raised a wolf last night only about three miles from the city, but with the aid of a neighboring tree claim he escaped. The hot, dry weather makes it hard for dogs to scent chickens. In no year has there been so much hard labor and poor results. Stewart Wells went up the Northern this morning donned in a hunting suit and ballasted with 150 rounds of chicken ammunition. J. S. Taylor received from an eastern friend a young Irish setter Friday which he acd Harry Heavener expect to try to morrow. Dr. Archibald baa purchased Veteri naian Moore's young setter, broken this summer, which has turned out to be a fine dog. The udge Priest party left today for a new location going up the Coopers town branch line for a few days. The Priest party found no chickens near Cooperstown and left for tbe north today. Yesterday Halstead, Marrell, Taylor and Lenz bagged 36 chickens. That Extraordinary Generosity. Grand Forks Herald: The Bismarck Tribune ia very Bore over tbe action of tbe state board of equalization, and charges tbe board with fixing the assess ment of railroadB at a lees rate than the representatives of the various roads in open session expressed a willingness to pay. The Herald has not delved down deep enough into the matter to fathom the motives of a majority of the board, but from a superficial glance at their proceedings it confesses its inability to account for the extraordinary generosity shown to tbe railway corporations. Bismarck Tribune: The Grand Forks Herald has either misunderstood Attor ney General Cowan or else it gets tbe cart before the horse, in stating that be figures the state will get $60,000 more in taxes from the railroads than ever be fore. As Attorney General Cowan fig ures, the whole state will receive from 650,000 to 860,000 less in taxes from the roads than it received last year, and it waB for this reason that tbe attorney general stood out against the district members of the board, and endeavored to secure a higher valuation than was placed on tbe railroad property. Where is James Taylor? Wm. Taylor, of 224 Seaford Road, South Tottenham, London, England, seeing tbe Jamestown Alert quoted in the Weekly Times and Eoho, an English journal, writes to have the following notice inserted asking for information of a brother missing in this country for some years: Taylor, James, sailed from Harwich 11 years ago last April for New York wau last heard of from Sheldon, North Da kota, about six years ago. Brother William aeks, as his father, who was living in Tebworth, Bedfordshire, is deaJ. Write at once. Pitcher's Castoria. Children Cry for •i'fU«n (l I ,Wh$Wj www ».v,\ WEEKLY ALERT. THE NEW TEACHERS. Something About the Talent Engaged to Teach the Young Idea. Death of Farmer's Daughter at the City Hospital Monday. The board of education did what they think was best for the pupils of the schools of the city, in the employment of teachers who, it will be seen have bad experience and professional training BO necessary to the advancement of a large number of Btudente. While it ie always desirable to give local applicants tbe preference where equal abilities are to be had, yet the results in the past in the schools here have not entirely war ranted a strict pursuit of this policy. Tbe board is elected to get the best talent for the money, of those who con tribute for the schools, and not to ad vance tbe personal interests of the few teachers at the expense of the many pupils. The tax payers and the public generally regard it in this light. The experience required in teaching country Bchools in North Dakota with but few pupils—in many cases lees than a dozen to a school—will fail the best of teachers in the graded schools where several times the number of pupils must be taught. Tbe following information regarding the new teachers was obtained from Supt. Schmidt, who has made careful inquiry and personal investigation into the qualifications and experience of those employed. All have good professional training and considerable experience in graded schools: Miss Ida Thorley, the special teacher took a four years' course in tbe high school at Detroit, Mich., and is gradu ate of the Detroit conservatory of music, where, for two years, sbe pursued a special course for the training of public school musio and drawing teachers. Last year sbe taught music in the city schools of Detroit. Miss Helen Killian is a graduate of tbe Waseca, Minn., high school and of the Emerson college of oratory, Boston. She also attended the normal school at Oswego, N. lr.,about a year. Has taught a primary department in the public schools of Dover, Del., four years, and last year taught in Dakota University at Mitchell, S. D. Miss E. Alice Kirk is a graduate from the advanced course of tbe normal school at Winona, Minn. She has taught seven years, the last four in graded schools. Miss Jennie M. Johnson is a student of tbe St. Cloud, Minn., normal school and has taught six or seven years, tbe last three in graded schools. Last year she taught tbe grammar room of the schools of Fairmont, Minn., and for several years previously she taught in the Bcbools of North Dakota. Tbe last two summers she has pursued courses at the teachers' training school at the uni versity of Minnesota. She takes the place of Miss Clara Struble, whom the board of eduoation elected Saturday, but who, when their telegram reached ber, had accepted a position in the city schools of Minneapolis. Died at the Hospital. Annie Hohenbans, daughter of Julius Hohenhaus, who was brought to the city hospital last Friday suffering from an advanced stage of stomach and bowel inflamation, breathed her last at an early hour Monday. Sbe was 16 years of age and a most estimable girl. Her parents reside on tbe farm near Spirit wood Lake and formerly lived here. The funeral will occur tomorrow, probably at the Lutheran church and burial in Highland Home. Tbe Base Ball Event. TneSt. Paul and Detroit ball clubs which the fair managers are negotiating wiih for two day games, will make the western trip in a special car. There will be 30 players and assistants and they play for blood. They promise to give an exhibition game of fancy playing and to play with any local nine in addition to the regular contest between themselves. E. D. Strong returned today from a week's trip to the Twin cities, where he devoted sotne time to looking up fair matters. He says they have all heard of the fair. Tbe St. Paul Dispatch inter viewed him on the fair and other state matters to tbe extent of half a column. There will be good horses from Ham line here. The attractions at Harriet and other outdoor resorts, which it was sug gested might be secured for this fair were found on examination not to be available. Mr. Strong says the fair is receiving a great deal of favorable adver tising. Good music with a variety of selections enough for several days, is one of the chief attractions for a fair. The Aber deen grain palace gets tbe Chicago Marine band. j""\'' *i[i iiini '.,j 1 NO r, Tbe Deadly Thresher. From Wednesday's Daily. Threshing machine accidents have begun early this season, and tbe deadly boiler explosion does not cause 11 of them. Tbe body of Arthur Vranden berg was sent to Wyocene, Wis., today, the young man having lost bis life late yesterday evening by being caught on the main shafting of John Buchanan's threshing machine at work near Bu ohanan in this oounty. Just bow the accident occurred is not knovn. Vran denberg was working on the machine, and in stooping to pick up a wrench his arm was caught, it is supposed, by the drive belt, and quicker than could be told the man was jerked around a cylinder and killed almost before bis companions knew he was hurt. The jar threw off one belt, but not tbe main shaft. Tbe arm was torn off, tbe jaw bone broken, and also the neck. The poor fellow lived but a few seconds. He was 29 years old, not married, and bas worked for tbe Buchanans and E. T. Kearney for the past four falls at farm work, returning to Wisconsin in the winter. He was a sober industrious man, and his untimely deatb will be regretted bv all who knew him. The remains were placed in charge of Undertaker Halstead, who prepared tbem for shipment today. Mr. Kearney went east'with tbe body to the old home in Wisconsin. The W. C. T. U. Annual Meeting. Tbe sixth annual convention of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of North Dakota will be held at tbe opera bouse Hillsboro, Sept. 1316. Following are some of tbe special fea tures of tbe program: Hon. W. G. Hubbard of Columbus. Ohio, president of tbe Peace Association of Friends of America, an orator, pro nounced by some to be equal to John G. Wooley, will speak on tbe Higher Life for Nations, Sunday evening, Sept. 15th. On Saturday evening Governor Allin and tbe ex-governors of the state will discuss Equal Suffrage. Miss Emma F. Bates, state superintendent of publio in struction, will speak on Temperance Teaching in the public schools. Mrs. Janette Hill Knox of Wabpeton, will conduct a Model Union meeting. Hon. Chas. Pollock will speak on tbe state Enforcement League. Mies Louise Crummy, state evangelist, will preach tbe annual sermon Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon a children's mass meeting will be in charge of Mrs. Florence Pottle of Mayville, state super intendent of juvenile work. A mothers meeting will be conducted by Mrs. L. M. Wylie of Drayton. Mrs. May Hewitt Tousley, editor of Western Womanhood, will read a paper on tbe Legal S'atus of Woman in North Dakota. Arrangements are being made to bold a gold medal contest on Monday evening. Tbe musical part of tbe program will be a treat to all lovers of music. Among tbe soloists are MrB. J. O. Smith, Cas6el ton, Miss Myrtle Nesmith, musical di rector of the Valley City normal school, MiB9 Myrtle Read Amenia, and Mrs. Harry Hall, Hillsboro. Reduced rates of one and one-fifth fare are secured on tbe different rail roads of tbe state. STATE TOPICS. J. D. Robertson, for the past four years Northern Pacific station agent at Grafton, bas been appointed postmaster at that place. The commissioners of Stark oounty have contracted for the winter supply of lignite coal for the county offices at S1.49 per ton delivered. Tbe Kulm Standard has changed bands and name, now taking the sugges tive name of North Dakota Wind. It will no doubt be a breezy sheet under the new name and management. The Enderlin Journal says threshing in that section is general and farmers report yields from 25 to 40 bushels, but owing to smut much of it grades 1 and 2 northern that would otherwise grade 1 hard. Burglaries are becoming quite com mon in different partB hJ isf lip im 4 will Wheat in the vicinity of Oakes average about 10 bushels per aore. James Summers living near Lisbon got bis arm tangled up in tbe rigging of a threshing machine and is laid up for repairs. ife Mr of the state, and the bunco who is lying in wait for tbe thresher who comes to town with his' wages, is becoming a numerous indi vidual. Judge Sauter at Grafton this week sentenced Edward Harrington, for as sault with a dangerous weapon, to three months in the penitentiary James Jen ner, for burglary in tbe third degree, to two years and six months, and Andrew Thompson, for a similar offense, three years.