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1 1 1 r- e- al 1 '°r O. VOL XIX A. i' he I'' :8 vf* RESIGNATION WITHDRAWN. Before Action Was Taken Supt. Archibald Recalled His Resignation. Resolution Calling for Resig nation of Asylum Employes. Finances All Right. No Attempt to Investigate Morals of Institution.—Sub poenas Recalled. Jamestown Merchants Asked to Testify as to the Contracts etc. Another unlooked for turn developed «t the meeting of tbe hospital boatd yesterday afternoon. It was ID regard to tbe resignation of Snpt. Archibald, handed in at tbe last meeting. Before the board met to act officially on fats resignation they were notified that it had been withdrawn. Dr. Archibald states he had reconsidered tbe matter and in order to get an opportunity to Tetnove the unfavorable impression that has gained currenoy concerning the con duct of the superintendent and certain 'employes he recalled his resignation by filing such withdrawal with the secretary of the board. At tbe last meeting the board bad not acted on his resignation and by the withdrawal of it yesterday no action was taken at all by tbe board on tbe superintendent's resignation. Tbe terms of the resignation read to take effect at Marcb 28th or as soon thereafter as b» successor was elected. The official term for which the superin tendent was elected expires Marcb 12th, next, so tbe resignation was to take effect 16 days after the term of office would have expired. By the votes of Messrs. Montague, Mitchell and Johnson the board passed a resolutiou requesting that Dr. Archi bald obtain tbe resignations of Dr. Anderson, assistant superintendent Mr. and Mrs. Buddy and Miss Kennedy, employes who are appointed and disoharged by tbe superinten dent and bold their positions at his pleasure The board desired to know at ooce if these resignations would be tendered as they desired, 'but could not get tbe information yesterday. A resolution was also passed by tbe same votes reciting that they bad no authority to act on the superintendent's resignation until the annual election of officers. Tbe board then left the matter stand, and after auditing a number of bills ad journed until Feb. 18tb. It was a lively day at tbe hospital, for the investigation of the financial manage ment of the asylum was going on under the direction of the public examiner with which the board meeting had nothing to do officially. The investigation was held in a fair manner by tbe examiner who tried to find anything wrong in the finnnnna but the witnesses subpeoned did not know anything of that nature. Noibtntf whatever was attempted in the investigation of morals. From Saturdays Daily. The pending asylum investigation to •occur Tuesday next has been tbe source of a great deal of comment in local and -social circles. Ladies who were ram' owned, among other persons, to give evi dence on the financial condition and affairs of tbe institution were wondering why they were asked to do so, as from the nature of things they knew nothing about tbe hospital's financial manage ment. Tbe faot tbat they were not re quired by law to testify in this instance in tbe other affairs of the asylum, has become pretty generally known. It was a matter not yet determined with many what course they should pursue. Would they answer all questions or re fuse to answer any except as to the finances? Some even expressed a doubt as to tbe ngbt to compel tbetn to attend at all. The city has been considerably stirred up over the affair and tbe social, as well as business, circles have had new mater ial in the way of enlivening and inter eating conversation for 'Several days. ^11 this now has been brushed aside by the receipt, on tbe part of many, if not all, of those so summoned the following notification obtained through the post office today, signed by President McOin nis of the board of trustees: "I am direoted by Mr. Corbet, attor ney for H. A. Langlie, state examiner, to notify you that you will not be re quired to obey the subptwna command ing you to appear and testify before him IU regard to the affairs of the North Dakota Hospital for the Insaue, on the 7th day of January, 1896." This unexpected turn in tbe affairs of the institution was complete surprise jk those interested and especially to those so summoned. There is little doubt but what all who ittii t* were subpoenaed were prepared to be preeeut. State Examiner Langlie came in to day from tbe east. He registered at the asylum and repaired shortly afterwards to the hospital where he expects to re* main until after the meeting of the board. Until after his arrival Mr. Langlie was not informeu of the change in the pro ceedings by which those wbo had been summoned were notilled that they need not appear. He said that Attorney Corbet of Grand Forks had not been employed by bim in the case and that he knew nothing of tbe notices to witnesses not to appear. He alBo said that as far as his investigation went it would be confined to the financial management of the hospital as he bad no power to act in any other capacity. Subpoenas were served upon H. N. Middleton, E. D. Strong, O. Churchill, Frank Taylor and Geo. Lutz yesterday. It is presumed that these are all wanted to give their testimony in the financial investigation as the notices to witnesses previously subpoenaed not to appear Jan. 7th, were sent to all except those wbo were wanted to testify in regard to the financial part of the investigation. It is not known why the investigation of tbe affairs not financial has been so suddenly called to bait, without it is the better understanding that the law gave the board insufficient authority to ac) dn the matter. From Tuesday's Daily. The meeting of tbe board of trustees at tbe hospital which has aroused so much interest and comment throughout this city and the state, began Tuesday at 11 o'clock a. m. All members of the board were present and a number of others as witnesses from abroad. The board consists of trustees S. K. McGinnis, F. B. Fancher, and H. Corn wall, all of Stutsman county. H. John son, of LaMoure oounty J. W. Mitchell, of Cass county and Alex. Montague, of Stark county. Capt. McGinnis is presi dent of the board, and H. Cornwall, secretary. At the last meeting of the -board tbe incidents which have led to tbe proposed investigations occurred, Dr. Archibald gave in his resignation a superintendent, and Capt. MeGinnis as trustee. The former was not acted upon by the board, and Governor Allin. wbo was present and others, induced Trustee McGinnis to with draw his resignation, which was done pending tbe investigation the superintendent desired, and for which snbpeonaa wsra soon after issed to wit ness. These summons included a large number of ladies of Jamestown and prominent citizens, and the case prom ised to develope into a racy af not sensa tional public investigation. Owing to« sudden change in the program most of the parties summoned were notified, Jan. 3rd tbat they need not appear Several of the witnesses however came in today from abroad to be present if necessary. The dropping of tbe investigation of certain other affairs of the hospital out side of the financial has greatly dimin ished public cusiosity and interest in the meeting of tbeboard. The investiga tion by the public examiner of the finances will be made, however, and sev eral witnesses have been summoned to appear for this purpose. As there have been no rumors of anything wrong in this line it is not expected tbat much will be developed of importance, as tbe examiner has reoently made an examina tion of the institution and found every thing in the fiscal affairs all right. The reported charges of irrgulrrities in con nection with tbe purchase of goods for employes out of tbe state funds have nothing in tbem, au far as can be learned. Among those who are present to tes tify are Ex-Gov. Shortridge, who was summoned by Public Examiner Langlie, and not by the board, Rev. Whitelaw, of Cummings, and Jos. Hicks, of Sanborn. Attorney Burke Corbet, who was em ployed in the case, did not arrive today, and it is said will not act in the case at all as it was reported be wonld do. There was little of special interest transacted by the board Tuesday. 'They met and read tbe minutes of the last meeting and adjourned until tomorrow, in order to give Public Examiner Lang lie opportunity to proceed with the in vestigation nf the financial affairs of the hospital. There were a number of wit nesses examined. Among tbem S. K. MoGinnis, E. D. Strong, H. N. Middle ton, O. L. Churchill and Geo. Lutz. They were asKed as to the letting of contracts for supplies for the hospital aud if they knew of any corruption or mismanagement in the fiscal affairs of the institution and it was stated that no such knowledge was iu their possession. From Wednesday's Dally. There was little of special interest oc curring at the hospital investigation to day. The same snbject as yesterday,— the finances and the letting of contracts rrf for supplies—was taken up again this morning by Publio Examiner Langlie and the scope of bis questions, which en deavored to obtain what knowledge tbe witness had on tbe subject was about tbe same as asked at yesterday's examina tions. Nothing detrimental to the fiscal conduct of the hospital has been learned so far all the testimony was tbat as far as tbe witnesses knew the supplies had been bought at fair prices, which were low in faot, and that no extravagance had come to their knowledge. Hon. Jno. Paulson of Hillsboro, a former trustee, was examined yesterday afternoon and testified that tbe hospital had been run very well 'as far as he knew, that the goods purchased were reasonable in price and fairly good quality. Ex-Gov. Shortridge said as far as he could learn tbat there had been no ex travagance in tbe purchase of goods or otherwise under bis administration that the appropriations had been soaled down and in his view there could be little money improperly or wastefully expended on that account. This afternoon the board has been in session on the regular business before it, and the further examination of mit nesses in tbe investigation was adjourn ed until the board's session had been completed. The investigation of the financial affairs of the hospital was begun yester dav afternoon in the office of the superin tendent and was conducted by State Examiner Langlie, assisted by Trustee McGinnis. It was at first desired to take the testimony br stenography but as it was the wish of the examiner to have each witness sign his tesimony as he left the stand. Miss Kennedy,. th9 hospital stenographer, accordingly took the proceedings with typewriter to re duce the statements of witnesses to writing. This WHS not very expeditious but answered all requirements. The line of examination conducted by the examiner can best be illustrated by the testimony of one of the witnesses, the testimony of all being of a somewhat similar character varying only as regards the individual contracts. Take the case of George Lutz, ut one time a coal con tractor. He was asked by tbe exaniner Other replies to this question were of a similar character according to tbe ao quaintence of the witness with the insti tution. Those who gave evidence before the examiner were Trustee McGinnis, the president of the board E. D. Strong, contractor for dry goods H.N. Middle ton, Mr. Strong's chief clerk O. L. Curchill, grocery contractor Geo. Lutz, fuel contractor a year ago F. A. Taylor, coal and lumber contractor M. L. Park er, clothing contractor L. H. Weil, boots and shoes contractor John E. Paulson, of Hillsboro, a former member of the board for four years, the appoin tee of Gov. Burke. Attorney E. W. Camp of Fargo was among those subpoened to appear be fore the examiner but did not appear, Mr. Camp refusing to attend to testify for several reasons. He claims the ex aminer has no authority to summon him to attend here as Mr. Camp is a non resident be is not acquainted with the financial management of the institution and he doubts tbe authority of tbe ex aminer te compel attendance in his caae. A Happy Kvcnt. A happy event was witnessed Tues day in New Rockford being the marriage of Hon. Horace Clark, one of the best known citizens of Eddy county and a member of the constitutional convention, and Mrfl. Ovler a lady of Eddy county. The happy couple came to Jamestown Tuesday to remain a few days at the Gladstone on their way east. Mr. Clark is one of the prosperous farmers of Eddy county. JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA* THURSDAY JANUARY 9 1896 if the trustees called tor bids for the letting of tbe coal contracts. "They did," Mr. Lutz replied. "For what reason was the contract awarded to you?" "My bid was tbe lowest of all tbe bids." "There was no other reason for you getting the contract?" "Not to my knowledge." "There was no agreement tbat any of the trustees or officers of this institution were to receive any percentage for your getting tbe contract?" "None whatever." "Have you heard of any charges made as to corruption or extravagance in the affairs of this institution?" "I have not." "In your opinion, then, it is run as economically ab possible and has been heretofore?" Sometimes adding. "Make your reply as full as possible." "As a member of the legislature I bad opportunity to investigate the expenses of the management of this institution and I am firmly convinced tbat if tbe hospital is managed and the expenses paid with the allowance whioh the state made tbat it is most economically man aged and in most excellent manner." DISTRICT COURT. Three Persons Arraigned and Counsel Appointed to Defend Them. How Prisoners Fished for Bot tled Beer. Wet Goods at Court House. Three persons were arraigned, Thos. O'Flynn on the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Being unable to procure counsel S. E. Ellsworth was appointed by the court to defend him. J. D. Wallin den and Jas. Daley were also without counsel and unable to procure it. R. A. Bill was appointed to defend them. These cases were set to be heard to morrow. The jury panel was called and a special venire of 10 ordered. The application of Peter Haas for re lease of his building on Front street, now in charge of the sheriff—one of the liquor cases—was made. The judge being desirous of saving unnecessary expenses to the owner of the building will take action in the matter as soon as possible to look up certain points in de cisions bearing OB the case. Amo&g the attorneys from abroad were W. F. Ball of Fargo, who is here on rail road J^usiness and Seth Newman who on stotemonts made to the court,obtains the release of Herbert Root of Valley City nntil tbe case can be beard by the su preme court, where it has been appealed. In the sentence Boot was not disbarred from practice, but sentence as to this suspended for future action. COUET NOTES. A new hardwood floor is being laid in the court house hallway. It is expected that the court can finish its business in a week. In the corridors of the jail about a thousand dollars worth of wet goods are stored awaiting the orders of court for final disposition. The remaining fixtures secured in the late raid, the tables, chairs, glasses, bars and back bars and biliiard tables have been invoiced but will not be removed until so ordered by the court. The fixtures taken are worth considerably more than 61,000. It is not known whether the cases will be tried at this term of court or not. Some of the defendents have not employed attorneys and will not do so until compelled to by tbe nature of the proceedings. The liquors that were confiscated from tbe b. p's last week were stored in the corridors of the court bouse jail, in such a way as to be seen by the prisoners from the oells, and—they admired, they coveted, they enjoyed. A piece of wood torn from one of the bunks was lashed to the broom handle with pieces of blanket torn in strips, a slip noose ad justed at tbe end and a bottle of cold beer was pulied out of a case and drawn to the bottom of the cell door as neatly as Bob Wallace ever landed a pickerel from Spiritwood lake. This may also account for the disappearance of certain long necked bottles from former seiz ures. After tickling their palates with the amber fluid a second bottle was hooked by the prisoners but before its could be landed a guard made bis ap pearance and the piscatorial sport was stopped. In the sheriff's oflice the fisL ing outfit, attached to an empty bottle, is on exhibition. The City Schools. B. S. Russell was elected Tuesday by the board of education to fill the un expired term of E. W. Camp resigned. The oity school census has been com pleted and shows 735 children of school age in the city, a gain of 9.7 per cent. Miss Fuller has done the work well and with thoroughness. As each child enu merated adds about §G or $S per annum to the revenues of the schools the neces sity for accurate work iu the taking of the census is apparent. The price here tofore paid for this work was tive cents per name but Miss Fuller did it for a WEEKLY ALERT. Vacancy in School Board Filled —School At tendance. District opened Tuesday morning with eleven continued and seven new cases on the calendar. In the county jail are six prisoners, all but one of which are awaiting the opening of court. Thos. O'Flyn will answer will answer for shoot ing at and holding up Express Messen ger M. H. Elvidge Thos. Daley and as. D. Wallin for holding up and attempting to rob P. Barnard and H. M. Smith for the alleged disposal of mortgaged prop erty—some horses. Chas. Bartlett is serving out a sentence for complicity in the Weil burglary—his pal went to the state penitentiary—and George LaVelle is serving out his second sentence. cent less and to the satisfaction of board. Tbe attendance in tbe schools contin ues to inorease and show an advance over tbe corresponding period a year ago. The total enrollment now is 470, the average attendance 410, a gain of 22.4 per cent—nearly one-quarter—in the enrollment in two years' time. Dur ing the month ending Dec. 20th, 23 new scholars were received in tbe schools and four pupils were promoted. There are in attendanc 29 non-resident pupils. A special report by the secretary of the financial condition of tbe schools, compiled for the year ending Deo. 31, was presented. This shows total re ceipts of 819,244.12 of which $3,859.20 was received from tbe state fund, $10,184.89 from tbe city tax, $169.43 from tuitions, 60c from a book lost and $5,000 borrowed. Of this last amount all but $1,500 has been paid off. The total disbursements have been nearly equal to the receipts, tbe balance on hand now being 3335.25. Seven thous and seven hundred and eighty dollars was paid for salaries of teachers, 92,232 for interest on bonds, $3,500 for redemp tion of loans, $1,000 for bonds retired and $1,028 was an overdraft of a year ago. Tbe following accounts were allowed: Mig Fuller, taking census 735 names at 4 cents each $29.40. E. P. Wells, one half deficiency in rt,' opera house for lecture $13.80. A. M. Clough, repairs $1.80. Clougb & Anderson, repairs etc. $8.25. J. B. James & C. Karcher, material and painting seats and blackboards, $21.18. Supt. Schmidt, incidental expenses of of fice S10.00. E. S. Miller, setting blackboards 84.00. Gull River Lumber Co., one car coal SI 74.13. P. H. Wehrn, labor 34.50. Supt. Schmidt says that nearly all of the recent purchases of reference books for tbe library have been received and are eagerly read by the pupils. As long as school is in session a large proportion of the books will be and are in tbe pupils' hands. About 100 volnmns have been purchased, all standard works and valu. able aids in broadening the mental fields of the children and inculcating a taste for the best literature. IMPORTING SHGEP. A Consignment of Oxford Down Sheep Brought into tbe County. Clinton Wade of Bloom has invested largely in sheep for Breeding purposes and has just received two car lots of very fin.. Oxford Downs. One consignment came from Edmund Cook of Wilmot, S. D., the other from Geo. McKerron of Sussex, Wis. They are all ewes, and' it is claimed for the Oxfords that they area larger heavier mutton with a little closer fleece than any breed now in tbe oountry and tbat they are speoially well adapted for this climate. Mr. Wade believes tbat when the tariff on wool goes on there will be an advance in sheep, and that it will be more profit able than it has been to raise them. He says there ought to be 100,000 sheep in this county instead of 11,000, and instead of a yearly crop of 70,000 pounds of wool, tbe oounty could just as easily as not show 700,000, or even a million lbs., with the present population of farmers. It would make them well off ana independ ent of crops, and become a big source of wealth. There is abundant feed for that number of sheep here. Mr. Wades, enterprise ought to be en couraged by farmers who are going to add a few sheep to the farm. A Jury Hung in Effigy. The people or citizens of Medora have bung in effigy the jury that failed to conviot Wadsworth in the murder case at Bismarck. There are twelve effigies strung up to a cottonwood tree near the depot at Medora in plain sight of the trains. On a building nearby is painted on canvass in neat lettering the follow ing hot hot roast: "Billings county's compliments to Burleigh county's thugs and packed juries:— •How much did you get for your votes you poor fools? •May you roast iD h—1 Hutob, (the foreman.) "How many false oaths did you take to get on the jury, you pimps and cowards?" The letters on the building can be plainly read from the train and the effi gies have been hung up for four or five days. Blood and nerves are very closely re lated. Keep tbe blood rich, pure and healthy with Hood's Sarsaparilla and you will have no trouble from nervous ness. Hood's Pills are the best after-dinner pills, assist digestion, prevent constipa tion. 25c. It's just as easy to try One Minute Coiitfh Cure as anything else. It's eas ier to cure a severe cough or cold with it. Let your next purchase for a cough be One Minute Cough Cure. Better medicine: better results better iry it, Baldwin Bros. te HEAVY COSTS. What a Neighboring County Pays for the Prohi bition Law. Heavy Expenses Being Made for Stutsman County Also. Facts in the Hoot Contempt Case.— The Court Fully Sus tained. The expenses attached to the prosecu tions of the Valley City liquor cases has set taxpayers there figuring. Before the prohibition law went into effect saloons paid a revenue to tha city of about $8,000 a year. Allowing eight years as the shortest time in which tbe prohibi tion law in North Dakota will have been in effeot, it is seen that Valley City will have lost in revenue $64,000 from this law, for in all probability the amount of licenses, fines, eto., wonld have averaged $8,000 a year. It is said that attempts tc enforce the law have cost the Barnes county taxpayers $22,000 np to date.. This makes $86,000 that the prohibition law has coet Birnes county And what *en accomplished? Instead of pro nlbiting the sale of liquors, and elevating the moral and social oonduct of the city, the sale of intoxicants has continued with a few interruptions, almost con stantly during all this time, and the town has been tbe scene of strife, of personal animosties, of unprofitable litigation, caused by the law. It is said tbat only one violator in these years has been convicted in the courts, and he served but a short time in prison as punishment. The question comes home to the practical man, is tbe result worth the cost? Another instance is cited. LaMoure county paid out last year about $3,000 to prosecute five "piggers" from Edgeley, a small place. The trial of the cases was beard at LaMoure. The result was tbat those who plead guilty were but slightly punished and the others wbo plead "not guilty" escaped entirely. The complainant in these cases is said to have never been paid as the county was unable to convict. In the light of this record in Barnes and LaMoure counties, which is in a great degree the record of every county in the state, where the larger towns ex ist, what prospect is there in Stutsman county for any reform coming from the same course of proceedure? The expense of prosecuting in Stuts man has already been heavy enough, and without any result as far as enforcing the law goes. Whoever is responsible for the present raids and for the costs being made under the law, it certainly is not the tax payers of Jamestown, and it only takes a very short time to learn tbat the great majority of the citizens here, are opposed to in curing this expense and are beginning to inquire who are getting the benefits. An Attorney's Opinion. Attorney Taylor Crum of Fargo in the Forum says: "I am not interested in the contempt proceedings against Mr. Boot. Mr. Boot is a very easy man to beat in a blind pig case. Your artiole last night was un questionably written by Mr. Root. It is a tissue of falsehoods from beginning to end. I have no time to refer to all the foolish lies therein contained. It is thought by many that Root is insane and not responsible for the foolish false hoods he is constantly promulgating re specting Judge Rose, Attorney Winterer, Sheriff Briggs and the jurymen and others. So far as I could learn tbe entire bar of Barnes county, and more than nine-tenths of the citizens, fully sustain Judge Rose. The judge gave Root every opportunity for defense. Instead of defending himself he wrote, read, swore to and filed statements in court which were the most outrageous contempts, ever tolerated for an instant in any court. I was not prosecuting Mr. Koot nor was I defending him. I was at Valley City on other business than rooting after Root. No Barnes county attorney would assist him, I am told. Even the prohibition attorneys refused to assist him, and Mr. Young, a prohibitionist and an attorney who nad refused to have anything to do in de fending blind pig cases, rose from his seat before Judge Rose convicted Root, and voluntarily stated in substance that the motion of the state's attorney was fully justified and should be sustained. That Mr. Root's conduct was without excuse and could not be tolerated by any court, nor by the bar of Barnes county. It is outrageously and notoriously false that Root was denied the riebt of appeal. I heard the judge tell the sheriff that whenever Root procured the proper bond and judge's certificate, as required by law. to release him. A. G. .Hartley of Magic, Pa., writes: I feel it a duty of mine to inform you and the public that DeWitt's Witch Hazel Salve cured me of a very bad case of ec zema. It alsocured my boy of a run ning sore on his leg. Baldwin Bros. Hi 8 a 'i* 4 mm.