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Dawson the Hunters' Head quarters, and the Shoot ing Thereabouts. The Prairies in Fall Dress and the Feathered Dwellers Thereof. A trip to the chicken fields near Daw eon and Tappan developes the (act that there are more birda in that part of the state than here, although in the imme diate vioinity of Dawson they have been well hunted oat by numerous banting parties. About the only duck ponds to be found are about eight or ten miles 'north of Dawson in the hills. The last two years of dry weather have com pletely evaporated the water from about all the lakes and now there are large surfaces of the lake beds white with alkali that blows off in clouds in every passing breeze. The fresh water is only to be found in the broken and hilly country further from the track of the railroad. The farms generally cease about 15 to 20 mileo north of the North ern Pacitio track, in that part of the state, and then range and stock interests predominate. Crops around Dawson and Tappan are better this year than for several seasons. The sandy soil got enough rain at the right time. The acreage of flax seems unusually large in Kidddr county this year and the yield good. There is also a larger acreage of potatoes than usual. Most of the grain has been stacked and a large amount of it cut with headers. The same unpainted appearance of farm buildings abounds, but the natural weather preservatives in North Dakota atmosphere largely take the place of paint, and the expense is therefore saved. The Tappan farm, managed by Mr. Harker, a clever man and sportsman himself, who also runs the elevator and hotel, has bad a good crop this year. Threshing is going on and the little station has every person living in it at work, even small children being put to some useful purpose during the rush of fall work. The sight of a farmers wife pitching straw in a field, barefooted, like a romantic Maud Muller with the romance left out, also indicated the ex tent that female labor iB used on the poor man's North Dakota farm, all the same as in the old country. The bare foot part, however, was no doubt due to choice, not poverty. The farm peo ple are not inhospitable and will fre quently tell hunters where chickens can be found. They are glad to see strange faces and get an incident to speak of afterwards. The prairies are now beautiful in their early autumn dress and the grass in the western part of the state where the herbage is thick shows many elegant spots of prairie scenery. Daisies, golden rod, and wild sunflowers in great patches give the scene a lively appearance and the bright yellow flower gardens contrast handsomely with the yet clear green of the grass. A daisied patch, golden rod ded, embellished with clusters of asset grass, and dotted with purple wild flowers, here and there, on the slope of a gentle rise, is as fair a sight to look upon as the land can give. The whole iB bright and sparkling in the clear sun light, with the breeze just bending the grass a trifle and mildly nodding the taller sunflower heads. When in this spot of prairie elegance a pointer stand ing in rigid graoefulness like a chiseled figure, and the heads of a demure family of prairie fowl, cautiously peering from the grassy cover, are seen, the sight is a picture that fastens itself in recollection with instantaneous and permanent pho tography. Dawson is headquarters for hnnters— duck and goose, wild bird of all kind, chicken, wolf and jack rabbit. There area number of good dogs owned there. Lee Pettibone of the leading hotel, is a Bportsman and a genial host, and has several. The house register contains the names of many prominent people in all profesbions from all over the United States. There are guides and teams to be had, and sport in plenty when sought for in the right way. There are many disappointed who go to Dawson simply because the livery men take them over the same old ground that others have whipped out but to get game one should go further off, where it is, and the best shooting in the state is to be found in that locality. The dry weather baa spoiled the shooting olose to Daw son that has made the place famous, but in the fall of the year un favorable windy days the geese fly so thick and low that it is never an uncommon thing to kill them from the street of the tittle station. Mr. J. Gokey is also one of the best known guides and hunters at Dawson, and has taken a good many prominent people to the best grounds of the county in years pnst. What Mr. Gokey does not know about the country and its sporting resources is scarcely worth knowing. He has several valuable dogs —a Cliosapeake Bay Bnd two spaniel retrievers, and a tine young greyhound that can pick up alont* the swiftest jack that runs. Sportsmen's headquartrs*are at Mr. Grkey's store, where everything in the line of ammunition, repairs and curios is kept. Photographs of game killed by hunting parties are to be seen there, taken by Mr. Gokey himself. He keeps teams and sends out parties and is engaged up to the 16th of September personally. On the 3rd he will take charge of Mr. and Mrs. Claflin of New York. Mr. Claflin is the merchant prince and has been at Dawson before for a two weeks' outing. Land Commis sioner Phipps of the Northern Pacific and a party of friends are also expected to arrive this week for a chicken shoot under Mr. Gokey's direction. If there are any September rairs to leave some water in the lakes, the goose shooting will be tine this fall if not, the dock and goose hunters are likely to be disap pointed somewhat. Dog and Bird Notes. The registered setter sent to J. S. Tay lor from Iowa by a dog breeder on trial has been returned as no good. The compliments bestowed on Eimer Marrel's pointer. Scott, by those who have hunted with him have not been made without reason. Scott has proved a good hard worker, with excellent cau tion and a fine nose and is not a "regis tered" dog eithar. Messrs. Taylor, Marrell and an Alert reporter, took a day's shooting north of Tappen yesterday returning last night with 34 chicken—a fair day's sport for this season. The intelligent driver of the team left the horses, to pick up a dead bird, and the team promptly left the driver also, running several miles over plowed ground and prairie land in a wild, feverish anxiety to get out of the country. A line wound itself around the hub ana checked the team, but not be tbe wagon had traveled several miles half the time in the air. A tip over and a bad break to the vehicle delayed the hunters an hour and caused a large amount of unusual language to be heaped upon the head of the aforesaid driver. Both hotels at Dawson and Tappen care for hunters and the pro prietors will, if notified, endeavor to ^ive visitors a good time. Live Stock Prices. Cattle were weak, hogs uneven and sheep steady last week. Values the first half of the week advanced 10 to 25 cents and Bales were comparatively easy to make. Wednesday's market closed bad and on Thursday a deoline of 10 to 20 cents was noted. Prices for the week therefore closed about the same as last week. The decrease in cattle was al most wholly in the western class. Over 100,000 western cattle have been received already this year, or twice as many as for the same time last year. Prices are: Good to ohoice steers firstname.lastname@example.org medium to good $email@example.com poor to fair $3.50@ 84 50 western 83 $4.80 Blockers and feeders $2.25 $4. Opening of the Academy. St. John's academy for boarders and day scholars opens its oourse for the coming year on September 3. The sohool affords every facility for acquiring a thorough English education, alao for ac quiring the highest proficiency in instru mental musio. The musical department includes instructions on piano, violin, mandolin, guitar and banjo. The course comprises eight grades. Lessons are also given in painting and drawing. Want the Soo to Build it. New Rockford Transcript: The people of the northern Wells and western Ben son counties want to have the Soo build a branch line from Fessenden north to i^eeds, thence to the TurUe Mountain country and think there is some prospect of accomplishing it. Such a line would pass through a splendid traot of country and the people are willing to offer liberal inducements. Everywhere we go we find some one who has been cured by Hood's Sorsa parilla. It is the greatest curative agent. It is the one great blood purifier and nerve tonic. Hood's Pills for the liver and bowels, act easily yet promptly and effectively. BIcV 'Prisoners Kscipe. Two pi toners escaped from the Bis marck co'inty jail Sat nrJ ay nigbt, and 8100 reward is offered fort he recovery of the pair. A description of them is: Hungerford is a slight young fellow, weighs abont 130 pounds, is 5 feet inches tall, with light complexion, Ehort hair, and 19 yearn old. Cable iB about 25 years of age, 6 feet tall, weighs about 175 pounds, light coin plexioned, and walks with kind of swinging stride, which is very notice able. JAMESTOWN WEEKLT ALERT. VOL XIX JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1895 NO 6 AN ASYLUM BARN BURNED. A New Farm Building at the Hospital Goes Up in Smoke. Loss Fairly Well Covered by Insurance—The Stock Saved. Shortly before noon Sunday a fire alarm was sounded from the city tower and it waB soon seen that the tire depart ment had a job before them of no usual extent. The big new barn at the state hospital, a mile distant, was found to be on fire, the flames rapidly gaining in volume and threatening other property. The boiler house whistle at the institu tion called for assistance whioh was only too cheerfully given and as soon as pos aible by both the hose and hook and ladder companies in the city. The barn which was comparatively new, wus totally destroyed before the fire companies could be of any service in preventing it, but all of the stock, nine head of horses in the building at the time, and a calf or two, were re moved in safety by the hospital employes. Three sets of double harness, one set of single harnesB, robes, &e., were also saved, but 60 tons of millet and 70 or 80 bushels of oat6 together with tools, forks, etc., were lost. The origin of the fire is not known. The probabilities are that some patient ignited it by carelessness, but it was suggested that possibly the millet heat ing into spontaneous combustion could have caused it. The fire was first seen in the hay in the upper story, which gave time for the removal of the stock. About third of a large pile of straw which threshers had left near the barn was Baved by the fire boys. The insurance was 81,400 on building and $800 on contents, about 3450 of the latter being all he loss the hospital will sustain, while the baru cost in the neigh borhood of $2,000. The institution's loss on the tire will not exceed 8500. The baru will be at once rebuilt, but the direction for the same will be left to the board which meets in regular session to morrow. The plans of the barn burned were prepared by Steward Lovell and the building had proved very convenient The new structure will be practically a duplicate of tbe old, on the same foun datioc Valis. Two years ago a similar tire occurred, the barn burning and con siderable property being lost. Superintendent Archibald and officers of the asylum desire to extend their hearty thanks to the fire depatment and citizens of Jamestown for prompt assist ance in saving property at the fire. Again Sentenced to Die. For the second time within a year Myron R. Kent has had the sentence of death passed upon bim, having been a second time couvict6d of the murder of his wife, through another person, Swid ens*y, near Mandau a year ago last spring. The motion for a new trial was overuled by Judge McConnell Saturday at Fargo, where the last trial was had. Of the final scene in this complicated case the Argus gives tbe following de scription: Court had adjournei about 6 p. m., when the decision on the motion for a new trial was rendered, until V:30. at which time it was announced that sen tence would be passed upon the pris oner. When Myron Kent was brougnt iu every heart fell that death uad approauned. He took his seat iu tbe usual place and sat in the usual manner. His face was somewhat hushed and the muscles of his body twitched. When tbe judge said "Myrou Kent you may arise" be was startled. He quickly arose to his feet, his eyes sparkling with excitement. He was asked by the court if there was any reason why sentence should not be passed upou bim. He said: "If tbe court please, I have much to say." He was allowed to speak, and foraoout an hour and a half he spoke with tluency, and, as he advanced, his voice grew stronger and stronger, until tbe room rang with pleadings that pene trated every heart in the room. His voice would moderate again and he would advance near tbe judge, and when some intense feehng would overtake bim he would move backward and with high extended arms he would plead in a most impressive manner. Soon it was over, and turning to the jridge he said: "1 leave it with you. You are to discharge your dnty. I have tbe greatest respect in the world for you, but before high heaven I am an innocent man, and my dear wife's angel spirit bids me fight— fight until the last drdp of blood runs through my veins. You can cut me from toe to finger tip, you can blot out my life but you cannot kill my conscience, you cannot take away my feelings." The judge turned to the accused man and with words that came from a sad heart he told of the unpleasant task before him. He finally said: "Myron R. Kent, tbe sentence of the court is that upon the 25th day of October, 1895, the sheriff of Cass county shall convey you from the county jail and shall hang you by the neck until you are depd. and may God hnve mercy on your soul." It was over. Kent dropped his eve lids and took bis seat. Death had shown its very teeth and it was a solemn scene. The men passed out and Kent was taken to his cell. Tbe defense, of course, will apply for a writ of error, but it is doubt ful if the condemned man will ever Bee the light of freedom. Can't Remove the Smut. One of the big elevator systems in Daluth made an experiment with some of the smutty wheat which is coming in so freely from the new crop. The result indicted that the item of smut is going to out a very important figure in deter mining tbe price farmers will receive for their wheat this fall and winter. Ele vators were unable to remove the smut. Thorough experiments were made with all cleaning and purifying machinery in the elevators. The only result was to break up the smut balls and thoroughly mix it ffitb tbe wheat, the smut adher ing to the kernel. In order to remove the foul substance it wonld be necessary to use a brushing process for scouring each kernel, which tbe elevators there are not allowed use. This, in the opin ion of management of the system which made the experiment, leaves no alter native but to refuse to handle smutty wheat. Smut is said to be poisonous stuff, as well as contagious, 60 far as other wheat in the same bin is concerned, nn smallpox is with human beings. There is no doubt that the item will go towards cheapening the price, and better No. 1 hard later, which evidently does not play much of a part in the present crop, just a3 a large prevalence of the poor article always pnllsdown the value of the better grade. If the elevators refusa to handle smutty wheat, which is said by test to have been proven unavail able for flour, this result of down prices will be moro seriously felt than ever. Theelevat^ people in question think it quite likely that u-xutty wheat will no| bring more than 20 or 30 crnts per bushel. Average, SO Bushels and 3 Pecks. Threshing on the first section of wheat on tbe Carring'on & Casey farm has been completed. It is as light a yield as any that the farm will produce this year, and tbe superintendent placed as an estimate an average of 16 bushels to the aore, but the machine showed that the guess was not high enough and that the 640 acres had produced 20 bushels and 3 pecks per acre. This is a very satisfactory yield and Senator Casey naturally feels gratified at tbe result. Fair Bits. The St. Panl and Detroit teams will definitely contraot next week with tbe Fair association at the latter's own terms it at all. All advertising matter of the associa tion will be distributed in the next ten days. President Strong and Secretary Nierling are rushing things in this line and doing thorough worK. The Indians are Coming. Major Ralph Hall, Indian agent at Ft. Totten, has kindly offered aa an attrac tion for the James River Valley Fair, Sept. 24-27, a band of twenty mounted Sioux Indians, in their original costumes who give daily exhibitions in riding, bow and arrow shooting, Indian danceB, foot races and sports. Exciting Indian pony races daily. This is an extra attraction for the fair that people should not miss. To Ship Potatoes. The Bismarck Tribune says that an organized movement is on foot among farmers to ship potatoes frem this state to Ohio and Pennsylvania, where the crop is short. The same freight rate as on wheat can be secured, about ten cents a bushel, and the price obtainable is said to make it profitable, as tbe crop unusually large. Inspection Invited. Visitors to tbe James River Valley Fair should not fail to visit tbe exhibit of the Grand Forks Woolen Mills. N. G. Mcssey, who will be in charge, says they are going to surprise the natives this year with their exhibit of blankets, flannels, yarns, shirts, underwear, skirts, mackinaws. Orders for suits will also be taken on tbe ground. Come aDd see what they have to offer you. And not spend your money for eastern shoddy when you can buy all wool goods manu factured in your own state for less money. Let us out off this one stream to the east. The North Dakota goods have to be seen to be appreciated. The Cactus Spreading. There is a large amount of Russian caotus to be found iu the northern part of the 6tate, as well as in tbe southern tiers of counties. Mr. Buck, of the com mission, returned yesterday from a trip in McHenry, Wells and Benson counties where he has been to look up tbe mat ter. For 20 miles north and sontb of Towner and the neighborhood of Rugby, and Leeds also, there are many patches of cactus, and in some fields it is as thick as in Dickey county. East of Devils Lake tbere is little of it however. The notion that this weed is mostly con fined to the southern part of tbe state have to be abandoned. 8,-MT A RAILWAY MAGNATE. Crawford Livingston in the James River Metropolis for an Hour. Thinks the N. P. Receivers Will Stick for Awhile at Least. Crawford Livingstone of St. Paul, a capitalist of that city, was in Jamestown an hour or two Wednesday,in a Northern Pacific private car containing his family —Mrs. Livingstone and four children, Miss Moon and Mr. Moon, their guests from Eau Clarie, Wis. The party have been shooting ducks and chickens near Crystal Springs for a few days, and bave been making atrip also on the Duluth & Manitoba branch. They returned again today to Crystal Springs and will be out until Friday and Saturday next. Mr. Livingstone was in Jamestown ten years aeo arranging for the purchase of the Valley railroad bed from Anton Klaus, R. E. Wallace, E. P. Wells, Ward Bill and others, and laughed pleasantly at the reoollection of a poker game played between himself and Ward Bill for the disputed possession of about $1,500stock of the company which Mr. Livingstone won. Au is weU known, he is one of the leading financiers of the northwest, a shrewd, far sighted busi ness man, interested in many private and semi-public enterprises in the northwest and an intimate associate of President Hill of the Great Northern road, who, he intimates is likely to have control of the Northern Pacific. Mr. Livingstone said to an Alert man: "Yes, I see the court in Washington has decided against the legality of the appointment of the Northern Pacific re ceivers, but I doubt if they are removed without considerable delay, if at all. "Jamestown has improved greatly since I was here about ten years ago. Tbe oldest landmarks have gone. The state has great crops this year, wherever I have been, and I believe tbe cycle of low prices will be over before long. Diversified farming is the thing for this prairie country, and especially stock. "Mr. Hill's policy is to make the in terests of the Great Northern road, which he and his son-in-law, Sam'l Hill, serve withoat salary, identical with that of the farmers of the state. Mr. Hill has a farm near St. Paul which costs him $15,000 a year, on which he raises fine stock and gives them away to farm ers. Of course they make fun of this in the legislature, but it shows Mr. Hill's interest in the people along the liue of his road. I understand tbe Northern Pacific has always been a popular line in the state." Mr. Livingstone did not venture an opinion as to the result of the attempts to consolidate the two roads, but left tbe impression that it would be done, and sb Mr. Hill had always been suc cessful in managing tbe railroads he controlls, the result would also be of benefit to the roads if not the people. City School Board. At the school board meeting Tuesday night all members but Mrs. H. E. White were present. Jennie M. Johnson was assigned to the second primary, south side sohool, at a salary of $50 per month. Julia Lyons, temporarily assigned to third and fourth grades south side, at $50 per month. Miss Killian was as signed to the first primary, north side, at 355. The treasurer reported the cancella tion of two school bonds of 8500 each, and interest, amounting to 81,007.50. The Consumers Coal company, an outside firm, wrote inquiring as to the amount of fuel used, «fcc., by the schools with a view of supplying it, but the board will make its purchases of local dealers. Miss Bates Superintendent of Board of Instuction, sent the board a com munication regarding the course of Btudy iu the high School which it is claimed conforms to the new law. The same was referred to a committee. Supt. Schmidt stated that Labor Day had been observed, and that there was a larger attendance than ever at the opening of the schools there being 40 in tbe high sohool. The following bills were allowed: Alert, printing $ 4 oO Bauch & Lund, optical goods 81 26 Gieseler, Blewett & Co., supplies 52 10 Montgomery & Flint, paper 18 85 Kirk & Allen, supplies 7 35 E Tbornhill, work 21 70 Baldwin 1 40 Andre, draying 2 15 Kelleran & Past, draymg 100 Gull River Lumber Co., lumber.. 56 Go A Steel, telegrams 6 98 A Steel, money advanced for sup plies 28 50 Thos Seeley, desks 103 07 Goodman, carpenter work 33 95 E Spurling, freight 59 01 iij-|iiwtll A Beautiful Eclipse. The lunar eclipse Tuesday nigbt waa witnessed from a clear eky. The nigbt was beautiful and many persons watched with admiration the ever recurring yet ever strange sight of the dead planet's obscuration. The moon began to dis appear six seconds before 10 o'clock, and at 11.00 o'clock the last blight Bpot ot tbe lunar disc was hidden from human •yes. At 12:47:30 o'clock tbe moon began to emerge from the earth's shadow and at 1:53:54 o'clock tbe eclipse waB ended. At tbe time of the oconrrence the moon was a distance of 252,435 miles from the center of the earth—a distance nearly 13,000 miles greater than the 'mean,' or average distance. It was then moving around the earth at tbe rate of nearly thirty-seven miles per minute, a rate somewhat less than the average, owing to the greater distance aforesaid. The moon moving in a gen eral direction, from right to left, plnnged into the earth's shadow, which first ap peared as a dark notch in tbe 'limb,' or edge, of the lunar disc, very nearly on the extreme left-band point thereof, at 9:59:54 o'clock. The shadow thereafter appeared to move gradually, from left to right across tbe face of the moon, owing to the real motion of that body around the earth in the opposite direction, and at 11:06:24 o'clock the last bright portion of the lunar disc disappeared and the total phase of the eclipse began. The total obscuration continued until 12:47:30 when the moon emerged from the shadow, the emersion being indicated by the reappearance of tbe upper left-hand edge of the moon, as a bright spot. The color of the moon was a dull red. with lighter shade around the outer edge of the disc. The next lunar eclipse will be a partial one, August 22, 189(5. A Woman in the Case. The prisoner Geo. Ashley of Colorado, who was taken back to that state by Officer J. E. Mclntyre to complete his sentence in the penitentiary had only a year and three months to serve, but bis break tor liberty and recapture will cost him two years and a half more of his life behind bars. The prison authori ties learned Ashley was here by a letter which be wrote to a pal in the Colorado jail, which, while disguised, so as to read only by every other line, was deciphered by the officers. The letter was chiefly concerning some woman Ashley had met. Had he let his curiosity or regard for her slumber, the probabilities are be would never have been re-taken. The prison officials at once entered into correspon dence with Officer Dewey of the police force here, who after nearly abandoning all hope of locating the man, suddenly saw him on tbe street oue day. When Mclntyre entered Asbeley's cell at the court house, the latter recognized him and addressed him by name showing tbe identity was exact and the Jamestown officers had made no mistake in seouring their man. Officer Dewey was paid the 8100 re gard and the sheriff charges, the reward being divided between tbe chief and sheriff. Ashley was heavily shackled for tbe trip. Scared by a Wolf. A special train on the Jamestown & Northern branch killed a lot of sheep for Jandell and Ringer Monday night, said to be about 200 head. It is thought that a wolf or a dog must bave fright ened the band and caused them to cross tbetrackatan unusual hour, and the approach of a special, also an unusual thing at that time on the branch, com pleted a sort of fatality that makes both sheep men and railroad companies tired. It is said the company has already taken steps to settle the loss. The sheep were in fine condition. The railroad Company is burying the dead sheep today, besides those killed outright 85 were crippled. The train was another frieght and it carried some of the sheep nearly a half mile. They cost about $2.50 ahead and 75 frieght to to St. Paul. There were 2600 in the band at the time of the accident, which was a very peculiar one, in the extent of the damage. Corn Touched lv Prost. The state weather crop bulletin saye: A killing frost on the morning of the 31st has damaged all tender vegetation in the Missouri valley. At Bismarck the temperature fell to the freezing point, and water in low, exposed places was frozen over. In Kidder county it was equally severe, and it is reported that there was very little of tbe corn that was out of the way. Frosts also occurred in other parts of the state, bat as there iM very little to damage except corn, anil that is generally far enough advanced to ont of danger, they bave been of no con sequence. Whiskers that are prematurely gray or faded should be colored to prevent the look of age, and Buckingham's Dye ex cels all others coloring brown or black. iiwipll.l WM/|WI«Mllimi