IN ANNUAL CONVENTION.
Endeavorers Begin Work Fri
day Morning—Notes of the
The Endeavorers Take a Holi
day and Visit Places
Convention Closed Sunday to
Meet in Wahpeton
i' Prom Friday's Daily
The state convention of Christian En
deavorera began this morning. Dele
gates are here from many widely sepa
rated parts of the state and more are ex
peoted. The early morning trains
brought in a great many. When the
10:20 train pulled into the Btation the
delegates were singing "Hold the Fort."
They have it. Everything is turned
over to them, and tbe intention is to
give all an enjoyable time. Nearly all
are being entertained and taken to the
homes of local members of the societies.
The Presbyterian church, where the
sessions are being held, has been decora
ted with the state colors—violet and or
ange—while the letters "C. E." have
been worked in goldenrod—the state
flower—and mounted on violet back
grounds. Back of the platform is a
heavy plush banner bearing the motto
,of the union, "For Christ and the
Church." The badges furnished dele
gates are made of old gold ribbon, silver
lettered, on which is fastened with white
ribbon the 0. E. monogram in celluloid.
The proceedings this morning were in
great part of a routine nature, organiza
tion, the appointment of necessary com
mittees, the hearing of reports of the
district secretaries and of the state of
President McDonald, of Grafton, pre
sides. Robert Colvin, of Caledonia, the
secretary of Fargo district, is acting sec
retary. N. B. Fitch, the corresponding
secretary and treasurer is present also
Rev. John Orchard, of Fargo, superin
tendent of unor work. The latter re
ported again of 800 per cent, in the
Junior societies during the past year.
Other equally satisfactory features were
embodied in his report."
A great deal of excellent music is pre
pared for the evening sessions and these
should be of considerable general inter
est. The singers of the city and outside
have been engaged and a musical treat
is promised. Miss Aspinwall of Wahpe
ton, will sing two contralto solos and
Rev. Tracy of Valley City, will sing two
base solos—one at the session tonight.
The question is frequently askfid,
What is the object of the C. E. move
ment, and what does it aim to accom
plish? To those unacquainted with the
work it will be stated that the object of
the societies is "to train young converts
for the duties of church membership
to promote an earnest christian life
among its members to increase their
mntual acquaintance, and to make them
more useful in the service of God."
Rev. Gifford of Casselton, who it will
be remembered was present in the city
two years ago a delegate to the state
independent convention, is among the
Rev. G. W. Gallagher of Dickinson,
who by the way is a contributor to the
columns of the Chicago Record as the
author of The Mystery of Medora, a tale
of the Bad Lands, soon to appear, is here
as a delegate. He comes from a family
of printers and publishers and has pro
duced at least one book with his name
on the title page.
Rev. Gimblett, formerly a student at
the college, is here from Carrington, also
Rev. Longfellow of Grand Forks.
The Presbyterian, Congregational and
Baptist churches have united in the
Union and the "dry3" and the "wets"
and the "hardsnells" work together in
A reception will be tendered visiting
delegates this evening at the Armory of
Co H. Musio will be furnished by the
Jamestown orchestra. Light refresh
ments will be served.
Devotional Exercises, Hev. C. H. Phillip?,
Words of Welcome, Rev. E. W Thomson,
Response to Welcome, the President.
Enrollment of organization.
Appointment ot necessary committees.
Amendments to constitution.
Annual report ot the district secretaries.
11:00 Annual reportof superintendent of Junior
work, Kev. John Orchard, Fargo.
11:10 Annual report of superintendent of mis
sionary work, W. J. Lane, Fargo.
Il:t0 Annual reportof the State Union treas*
urer.N. B. Fitch.Casselton.
11:80 to 18 Financial condition of State Union
Devotional exercises, Rev. P. W. Long
fellow, Grand Forks.
Echoes of Boston '95, Miss Fannie E.
Pickton, Fargo, Revs. L. E. Danks, W.
E. Gifford, G. A. Hutchinson.
Reports from the home field, the delegates
Annual report of state secretary, N. B.
Address of state president. Rev. Mc
The C. E. Society In Relation to Temper
ance, Rev. W. E. Gilford, Casseltop.
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3:85 Tlic Pastor mul the C. K, society. Rev. A.
3:50 Union 1'. K's in Relation to Missions,
lli-v. H. K. I'ompton, Cathay.
4:00 Howto secure co operation between the
.Jmilois hniI tilt: Seniors, Rev. John
4:20 Mow to make the nominally active really
Hi-live members, Rev. It. Klchter, Pem-
4:35 to 5:00 How to conduct a model C. E.
business meeting. N B. Fitch.
Reception at the Armory in the evening.
t!:80 to 7:15 Sunrise praver meeting. Meeting
led bv Rev. Arctiihaid lnirrlt
9:30 Devotional exercises, Rev. XV. K. Gifford,
9:45 Reports of committees.
10:00 Election of olllcers for '95-96.
10:15 Subscriptions to the state work.
10:80 Conference on enmmitt work. Rev. G.
A. Harrison In the chair. The work of
the various C. E. committees will be in
troduced by speakers to whom these
topics have been assigned.
11:30 to 12 The question box.
2:00 Devotional exercises. Miss J. M. Jandell
2:10 Junior Echoes of Boston, '95, Miss Fannie
K. Pickton, Fargo.
S0 Importance of Beginning Right, Rev. W.
J. Hall. Minto.
2:'J0 Model Junior Meeting, Miss Sadie Elliott,
2:55 True Heroism, Rev. N. XV. Hankemeyer,
3:00 to 3:30 Open Parliament on Junior Work,
Rev. John Orchard, Fargo.
The remainder ot this afternoon will
be devoted to visiting the public insti
tutions of the city and other points of
interest in the vicinity.
From Saturday's Daily.
The C. E.'s began the session this
morning with the early birds and held a
sunrise prayer meeting at 6:30. This
invigorated them for the day's work,
which was carried out according to the
published program. Addresses, informal
discussions and question boxes filled the
day. Excellent speakers have enlivened
the sessions and much that is new
entertaining and of value to the Union
brought to their attention.
The reception tendered the delegates
last evening was largely attended and a
very ploasant affair.
Secretary Fitch, in his annual report,
gives the following figures in regard to
the growth of the Union during the pa9t
year: There are now 111 societies in the
state—r. gain of 18 over last year—with
a total membership of 3,184. There are
87 senior and 24 junior societies. James
town has the distinction of possessing
the banner junior society—70 members
and Wahpeton the banner senior
society—58 members. There has bee"n
an increase in membership in all soci
eties of G2A. During the year $378
have been contributed to foreign mis
sions, $316 to home missions, and $720 to
other purposes—a total of 81,444. The
denominational affiliations of societies is
as follows: 39 Presbyterian, 3G Congre
gational. 18 Union, 3 Baptist, 2 Metho
dist Episcopal, 1 Christian, 1 Moravian,
and 4 not reported. The Union is but
six years old and the growth is quite
pleasing, there being an increase since
'91 of 82 societies.
A short session was held this after
noon, during which one or two short
addresses were delivered,and then a gen
eral adjournment taken until this evening
to permit visiting delegates and clergy
an opportunity to visit the asylum and
other points of interest in ana abont the
city. Private conveyances were pressed
into service and placed at the disposal
of the guests.
At the election of officers today all the
old officials, who have served so accept
ably during the past year, were unani
mously re-elected. The separate office
of treasurer, whose duties have hereto
tofore devolved upon the secretary, was
created. It was agreed to raise $300 for
the use of the Union in promulgating
the aims and farthering its work. All
societies are asked to pledge as large
amonnts as possible.
7:30 Devotional exercises. Rev. N. W. Hanke
7:10 Sons service, conducted by Miss Lena
8:09 Christian Sociability, Mr. Wm, Mills,
8:*!0 The social side of a C. E. society, Rev. G.
AV. Gallagher. Dickinson.
8:40 Popular amusements and the C. E. society
Rev. A. C. Munson.
8:55 Music and adjournment till 2 :S0 iu. Kun
2:30 Devotional exercises. Rev. E, ll.Compton,
2:45 The Vital Principles of Christian En
deavor, Rev. Dr. Davies, Mandan.
3:00 The World Wide Progress of Christian
Endeavor. Rev. L. E. Danks.
3:15 Sabbath Observance
C. E. society,
Rev. G. A. Hutchinsou.
3:80 The Sunday School and the C. E. society,
Rev Henry Ricliter.
3:45 Good Citizenship and the C. E. society,
Rev. P. VV. Longfellow, Grand Forks.
4:00 The Bible and the C. E. society, Rev. E.
M. Atwood, Larlmore.
7:30 Devotional exercises, Rev. Dr. Davies,
7:45 "Gather Up the Fragments," Rev. I. 1$.
Tracy, Valley City.
8:00 A Few Closing words. President-elect.
8:55 "God be With You," Hymn No. 209.
8:10 Consecration Service, Rev. W. H. Gimb
8:55 "God be
From Monday's Daily.
The C. E. convention closed last even
ing in a hearty celebration, and the
early morning trains today carried
home the delegates all, it is believed,
well pleased with their reception iu
Jamestown and the aids and encourage
ment offered by their co-workers. The
meetings each day have been helpful to
these young christians and all seemed
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VOL XIX JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY SEPTEMBER J9 1895
JAMESTOWN WEEKLT ALERT.
thoroughly imbued with the spirit of
the work, ready and eagar to do some
thing for the cause which they have
at the mass meeting held in the
Presbyterian church last evening. The
building was crowded to the doors and
many were unable to gain admittance.
An hour of the meeting was' devoted to
a consecration service and respones from
all partB of the audience were quiok
hearty and appropriate.
The last session was particularly in
teresting for this was, to many, the
first opportunity taken to view the work
of these young people.
Rev. I. B. Tracy of Valley City
summed up in a few well chosen words
the things which had impressed him
most in the sessions of the convention,
and President McDonald of Grafton,
who was re-elected to that onerous
position, very acceptably filled during
the past year, made a few appropriate
closing remarks. He is deeply Inter
ested in the C. E. movement, is one of
the most indefatigable workers in the
state, and is one of those who have con
tributed much to the onion's piesent
Among the addresses of the evening
were interspersed musical selections.
Miss Aspinwall of Wahpeton, who has a
rich voice, well mastered, and a very
pleasing presence, sung with much effect
''Jerusalem." "Over the stars there is
rest," by Mrs. Orlady and Mrs. Pearce
and "The holy chapel" by Messrs. C. S.
Buck, W. Helm and Frank and Alfred
Maries were other numbers. Miss
Je68ie Bonham and Mrs. II. D. Adams
also assisted in the evening's program ot
music. The success of the musical
features of the convention was due to the
efforts of Mies Lena Maries, to whom the
convention extended a vote of thanks.
The session ended with the singing of
"Mizpath" and the convention closed to
meet a year hence in Wahpeton—prob
ably in June.
An afternoon session was held Sun
day at which excellent addresses were
delivered. All of the city pulpits were
tilled in the morning by visiting clergy
who were greeted with large and appre
Editor Roy Porte of the Hunter
Herald was among the delegates.
A business meeting will be held at 8
o'clock this evening in thei lecture room
of the Presbyterian church.
Secretary Fitch of Casselton, remained
over today to close up the work of the
convention, leaving on the afternoon
The Presbyterian chtiroh was deco
rated last evening with potted plants,
palms, and brightly tinted autumn
Many of the delegates came to the
convention using other than trip
tiCKets— by wagon, on permits,
and mileage—and a sufficient number of
fares could not be produced to entitle
them to one and one-fifth rates—con
ditioned upon au attendance of 75 paid
The officers elected for the ensuing—
year 1895-6—are as follows: Rev. Dr.
McDonald, Grafton, president Rev. C.
H. Phillips, Jamestown, first vice presi
dent Mrs. E. H. Smith, Cummings,
second vice president A. J. Wane, Man
dan, third vice president N. B. Fitch,
Casselton, corresponding secretary C. E.
Batcheller, Buffalo, treasurer Rev. John
Orchard, Fargo, superintendent Junior
work W. J. Lane, Fargo, superintendent
of missionary woik.
Resolutions adopted by the conven
tion recite that this is the most pros
perous year in the union's existence
Senior work bB6 materially increased
while the work among the Juniors has
had a remarkable growth. They re
joice at the ever deepening spirit of
inter-denominational unity, the blending
together of all christians in harmony
they recognize the drink traffic us one of
the giant evilsof theday and commend
the state enforcement league as the best
method now in existence to cope with
the evil. The" good of the society, the
safety of the republio and the permanance
of the Christian church depend on the
maintenance of the Sabbath as a day of
rest and worship. They will join there
fore with all religious organizations in
every effort to create such a sentiment
as shall secure, as far as possible, the
right of everybody to absolute rest from
toil one day in seven. The resolutions
closed with hearty thanks to the
citizens and C. E's, of Jamestown, who
have made their stay so pleasant.
30 Cents for Wheat.
That's the price in the local market
today for No. 1 bard wheat. It opened
at 40c Monday morning. Dnluth wheat
closed today at 55%o, of a cent higher
than Saturday's close but, apparently
fearing a drop Tuesday, or for other
reasons, advices were sent *o drop one
oent in the local market.
Flax is 73o, up a cent oats lOo No. 2
rye 21c, no change, and barley 10c.
A BRANCH TO JAMESTOWN
Suggestion of the Proposed
Duluth and N. D. Rail
A Mandan Shooting Racket
and a "Coon" Gets
O. P. M. Huffman, acting general
manager of the Minnesota and North
Dakota Central railway, writing from
Portland, Traill county, to B. P. Tilden
concerning the project and engineering
details says: In case our people do cot
come to the front on lines now projected
we contemplate swinging southwest from
crossing of the Red River valley running
a line southwest from this place or west
of it toward Forest River to Pierre. This
would run theiine through Valley City
or Jamestown. Would your Jamestown
citizens feel inclined to favor this and
meet their share of preliminaries to
The lines now projected, to which Mr.
Huffman refers, are from Duluth
through Minnesota to Portland, Traill
county, then ramify in the best country
of eastern North Dakota, to Devils
Lake, to Fargo and to Coal Harbor, near
the Missouri river, through Steele,
Griggs, Foster, Wells, Sheridan and
McLean counties. Tnat line southwest
through Jamestown to Pierre, etc., seems
a new feature of the matter. If this
company has the guarantee they say, it
may be there is more in the project than
at first appears.
The line from Portland to Jamestown
runs through a fine settled country,
through Steele, Barnes and Stutsman
counties ana its natural course would
take it by Spintwood lake.
If the company shows any material
backing and means business there is no
doubt but what the people of Stutsman
county would take hold and do their
share of the preliminaries.
There is no doubt of the immense
future business a road would get run on
the plan of the above. From Portland
to Duluth it is almost a direct line. As
a wheat carrying road it would have
almost equal privileges with either 'he
Northern Pacifio and Great Northern
and better than the Soo now has. The
braucbes west, to the Missouri, or the
James, southwest to this point, and
northwest to the Turtle mountains
would all go through the cream of the
country west of the Red river valley
proper, and for many years would com
mand a share of about all the paying
business that could be expected in the
A Mandan Muss.
A lively shooting scrape occurred at
Mandan Monday at the front door of
the Inter-Ocean hotel. Dr. Geschel of that
place, who is part owner of the hotel,
got into a difficulty with a negro porter
named Wm. Churchill over water which
the hotel uses from a neighboring tank.
W. R. Coggeshall, who is in this city
Tuesday, to arrange for an appearance of
the Misses Welling of London, in an en
tertainment, was on the street near the
hotel when the fracas occurred. The
doctor ran out of the building and was
followed to the door by Churchill, who
bad a pistol in his left hand and was
shooting at the doctor, who in turn was
shouting for help and firing a pistol at
the porter in the doorway. There were
six or more shots fired, one of which
took effect in the porter's arm. The town
was aroused to a high pitch of excite
ment, but up to last evening no arrests
had been made. The bullets passed
close to Mr. Coggeshall, whose affidavit
as to the facts seen by him was taken
Alter the "Ax."
H. W. Cody, attempted to burglarize
Elmer Marrel's barber shop Sunday
afternoon—and got jugged. He did not
succeed in getting into the shop further
than the rear shed. He was seen to
leave the building, the police were noti
fied, and a few minutes later he was
arrested near the Baptist church. He
feigned to be drunk and said he didn't
know what he was doing. Upon being
arraigned before the police magistrate
Monday morning he plead guilty to the
oharge of attempted burglary and was
held to the district court.
Cody has been employed in the Palace
restaurant for a month or more and for
the week just past had been threshing
in the country. He was arraigned be
fore Judge Rose at 4 p. m. and sentence
postponed till later.
A good appetite and refreshing sleep
at this season indicate a condition of
bodily health. These are given by
Hood's Sarsaparilla. It makes pure
blood and good health follows.
Hood's Pills are purely vegetable,
harmless, effective, do not pain or gripe.
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Sboretary Nierling and.Supenntendent
Helm of the speed department have re
turned from Minneapolis and the Min
nesota State Fair. They met with un
expected sucoess from their trip in the
matter of securing entries for the run
ning and trotting races—entries that
but for their visit would not have heen
secured and brought to this part of the
When asked how the Minnesota state
fair compared with the James Kiver
Valley annual fairs, they were
unanimous in the statement that when
it comes to agricultural exhibits we can
eroell them—they are simply "not in it".
Of course North Dakota is the home of
spring hard wheat, but it was expected
that equally fine samples would be
found at the Minnesota exhibit, but they
report not a nice sample of wheat there.
They went through the exhibits
probably as thoroughly as the judges
themselves—and they didn't see a
single good sample of spring wheat
But the live stock—this state cannot
equal them yet. Herds were there from
Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, and the
display was magnificent. The manage
ment is reported to be pleased with the
financial results. The receipts are be
yond expectations and the fair, which
heretofore has run behind on many oc
casions, is proving a paying investment.
The attendance has been ioamence.
Work at the Fair Grounds.
Perhaps the busiest place in the city
at present is the fair grounds. Hammer
ing and pounding has been going on for
days past and yet much remains to be
done this week before the gates can be
thrown open to the visitors and exhibi
tors of the state next week.
The grader is putting the race track
and ball grounds in the best of shape
and carpenters and workmen are in all
parts of the grounds. The stalls for the
racing stock have been put in good con
dition for the reception of the many
speedy animals thai are expected daily.
One horse has been on the grounds for
several weeks past and much hard work
A well has been sunk near the racing
stables to. furnish water in addition to
the artesian supply, which will be carried
to the west end of the grounds, to the
live stock exhibits.
This year the orowds sill have to keep
off the race tracks if fences and police
can make them. Fencing has been ex
tended much farther east and west from
the grand stand than ever before.
The grand stand has been extra braced
and made more substantial and booths
built underneath for a restaurant.
The poultry and pet stock and agricul
tural buildings will have doors of clean
sand—an improyement over last year.
The Woman's building has been put in
excellent shape this year, skylights
placed in the roof, and the walls neatly
papered to entirely exclude the dust.
One ofthe events will be the annual
pun club tournament of the Fair, C. E.
Robbins of Fargo superintendent.
The three events which will occur on
Wednesday and also on Thursday,
shooting beginning at 10 a. m. will be
15 singles, known angles 15 singles, un
known angles, and 20 singles, known
angles. The price of birds is included
in the entrance fee, and is three cents
each. American association rules (rapid
fire) will govern in all events. Ties for
averages will be shot off at five single
targets each, known traps and angles,
until decided. All shooting 1G yards
irrespective of size of gun. The average
prize consists of a repeating shotgun,
presented by the Winchester Repeating
Arms Co., and four cash prizes given
by the Fair association of 810, $7.50, So
and §2.50 each.
"Wreck On the Soo.
From i'uesrtav's Dailv.
C. A. J. Bliss of Minneapols, who ar
rived today for week's visit with Mrs.
R. \V. Bliss and Rev. C. II. Phillips
and family, was in a Soo wreck yester
day at Annandale, 51 miles west of
Minneapolis, but fortunately escaped
without injury. Two of the sleepers in
the train jumped the track and turning
completely over as they rolled down the
embankment landed in the ditch on
their sides. The passengers were badly
shaken up and serious bruises received
but it was believed that only one death
would result—that of a little five year
old child who was not expected to sur
vive last night. A physician cbanoed
to be on the train and medical attend
ance was at once given the injured. The
two sleepors were the only cars that left
the track. Passengers were delayed
eight hours. The acoident accurred
about noon yesterday but no news of it,
except to the railroad company, was sent
out although Annandale is a telegraph
SEVERAL CLOSE CALLS.
Farmers Wednesday Have a
Tussle With the Fire
Over 1OO Tons of Hay Lost
for Morris Creps and
H.B.Allen's Crop in the Hills
From Wednesday's Daily.
A big prairie fire yesterday during the
high wind burned off a big area of
country about 15 miles west of the J. &
N. track in this county. Considerable
hay was destroyed by the flames and
several narrow escapes from lose to grain
stacks and wheat shocks.
Sheriff Eduy and Auditor Vennum
drove out to the scene and aided in fight
ing fire at several critical points. The hay
put up by Eddy and Singler was well
guarded by tire break, else about 250
tons of it would have gone up in smoke
in short order. A narrow strip of plow
ing only saved the Phillips wheat by
hard fignticg and the stubble around
several stacks of H. B. Allen was burned
clear up to a narrow fire guard and the
Fire jumped the road several times and
destroyed a large amount of pasturage.
The wind created by the fire was very
strong, and carried the flames as fast as
a horse could trot, in many places.
Another fire started yesterday after
noon in a stublbe from smouldering straw
left by Esterbrook's machine near the
old Wade tree claim south of Bloom. It
ran over a large space of country through
fields that had fortunately been threshed,
and jumped the river in several places.
Fletcher's crew worked hard and helped
extinguish the fire and sav«- unprotected
grain on the Baldwin place that was in
great danger. A section crew boarded a
hand bar aod helped put out fire. Grain
on Steve Corwin's farm was just saved,
as there were no fire guards, it is said.
The wind was strong and the stubble
burned rapidly. It was lucky that no
nnthreshed grain was in the direct path
of the fire as it spread so fast that noth
ing could have stopped it.
The fire burned about five tons of hay
for Geo. Baldwin. Will Fletcher's crew
worked like beavers and 6aved the Sears
barn which was in danger at the time.
The head wind blew the fire so fast that
it was impossible to stop it in many
places. The railroad fire break helped,
and the threshers used the water tank
and made a spray out of the nozzle of
the hose. It was thought by some that
fire would not run on stubble, bat yes
terday's wind proved to the oontrary.
Side fires were easy to extinguish, but
neither the road nor plowed guards would
have stopped the fire yesterday after it
had got started. Green grass in low
places was burned up almost as quickly
There was considerable excitement at
Steele yesterday and for a time it looked
as though the loss would be considerable.
One bmldiDg was burned also about 200
trees belonging to the Northern Pacific
railroad. Hills are well burned off.
Superintendent Wilson says, in regard
to prairie tires, that the necessity and
wisdom of proper fire break precautions
can not be over estimated, in view of
the losses which have occurred this fall
and which occur every fall. It will not
take long to properly protect grain and
farm buildings and with the present
extreme dry weather it is self evideut
that without extreme carefulness fires
will be numerous and severe. Thresh
ing engines, locomotives, campers and
hunting parties, in addition to careless
ness in the handling of matches and
lanterns menace the farmers and ranch
men Grass is so green that it will not
burn except on windy days when it is
dangerous to start a tire. Very litt!e
adequate protection has been noticed—
a few furrows only are of no consequence
in stopping tires during high winds.
The destruction of the ranges in the
hills, together with large quantities of
hay will prove serious losses to the stock
interests of the county.
It is reported that other losses of hay
in the fire west of the Jamestown
Norther were Haney.& O'Donnell, Geo.
Nash, L. W. Smith and Fred Anderson.
Farmers are in many capes building
granaries to store their wheat instead of
selling at present prices. One lumber
oompany Monday sold material for five
different granaries. Afcood many who
cannot afford to buy lumber for bins
and who will not or cannot get it on
credit are stacking the grain close to
their houses and protecting it by fire
guards. A well made stack is not ex
pensive and if properly constructed, it is
said, ought to keep grain a year in this
climate. Grain within a certain distance
of the bouse can also be insured.
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