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The Jamestown Alert.
Tho Uuiiy Alert is delivered in the city by car
fhjrs, at 50 cuuts a month.
Daily, one year *o
Dally,six mouths
Dally, three months
Weekly, one year
Weekly, sis mouths
MUCH AllO AllOl'T 'OTHlN(i.
WOULD appear from the evidence
taken at the hospital during the last few
days that the attempt is being made by
certain officers of the hospital and others
to substantiate certain charges made
against Trustees Montague, Johnson
and Mitchell of the asylum board. The
above named trustees are charged with
making a "deal," which consists of agree­
ing upon certain persons whom they
deem competent to till the positions of
superintendent and steward, also that
they have agreed upon the removal of
other hospital employes.
What if this be true? The nature of
the changes does not constitute any
crime, for it is well known tfcat bodies
having appointive power, and certain
positions to be filled, usually arrange in
advance by selecting and agreeing
upon persons whom the majority deem
worthy of their support, and the fact
that the three trustees named may
have agreed upon a plan of action, if
true, is not evidence of any crime or
that they have in any manner exceeded
their lawful authority. Is it not
equally true that the remaining two
trustees may be said to have entered
into a "deal" or an agreement in opposi­
tion to the other members of the
board? If all the members of the hos­
pital board were in harmony there
would certainly be no valid objection to
them canvassing and agreeing upon
a program in advance, and if the entire
board had agreed upon the changes
named, the presumption is that they
considered such changes for.the good of
the institution, and their duty to th®
public would have been performed
It is also true that if a majority of the
board agree upon certain removals, and
that certain persons shall be appointed
in their stead, that they deem such
changes for the best interests of the in­
Then, what is this great clamor about,
unless it be to draw the attention of the
public from the real question at issue,
and the subject of the investigation as
originally-proposed, by introducing tes­
timony of a sensational character with
an attempt to substantiate the same,
which is done in such a manner that the
plot to injure the absent members of
the board is apparent.
There are no direct charges made that
these trustees have agreed upon any
proposed changes in the hospital man­
agement, for a consideration, but by in
uendoes an attempt is made to lead the
public to believe that such is the case.
If any person proposed by the majority
of the board to fill any positions named
happened to be a friend of any member
of the board, that of itself would be no
evidence whatever of corruption, pro­
viding the person himself was com­
petent to till the position.
What is all this bluster and ado
about any way?
IN ANOTHER column will be found tes­
timony of a sensational character, given
at the investigation of the North Dakota
Hospital for the Insane, now being con­
ducted by Public Examiner H- A. Lang
lie. The investigation was begun with
the a rowed purpose of making an exam
the finances of the hospital.
The examiner is confining his questions
to that line of work, and S. K. McGinnis,
the chairman of the board of trustees of
the asylum, to other matters connected
with tbe hospital management and with
the affairs of the board of trustees.
It is unnecessary to say, from the
accounts of the late regular meeting of
the board, that a difference exists be­
tween the members of the board, of
whom there are five in all, regarding the
advisability of retaining all the present
hospital management. This difference
of views was expressed on the board at
its last meeting by 8 resolution calling
for the immediate resignations of certain
officers and employes, which were not
forthcoming at the time the board ad­
journed. A majority vote of the board
requested the superintendent to furnish
sooh resignations as he was author­
ized to do. No charges were preferred,
bat it is presumed in the view of the
board that the best interests of the hos­
pital would be seoured thereby. The
knowledge of these hospital board
differences has become public property
through the press of the state. The
investigation now going on is not offi­
cially taken pare in by the board, and a
majority of the members have not been
present for several days. In their
absence the chairman of the board is
acting along lines of investigation that
are presumably deemed by him for the
best interests of the hospital.
The charges and testimony at the
asylum investigation, to be fonnd
elsewhere, will be read with in-
irt &
terest by the publio whose chief
desire is to see a full and thorough in­
vestigation of this institution. The
public does not care about the personal
fate of this or that employe or official
who are serving the state in its most im­
portant institution. Neither does t.he
public or the citizens of the state care
whether the friends or enemies, if such
there be, of the present employes and
ofi'wers are retained or rejected by the
board. The public demands a full and
fair opportunity to gather and hear all
possible testimony that may remove the
institution from the preseut unfavorable
light in which it seems considered, for it
is admitted by many witnesses that
charges of extravagance and mismanage­
ment have been heard from general re­
port in connection with the hospital
since its foundation over ten years ago.
This is the view of the case which
every good citizen has, or should have,
and no attempt to divert the publio
mind by other matters and charges, and
by a course that is not directly con­
cerned with securing the complete
freedom from reports of an unfortunate
character which have become current,
should be allowed to influence opinion.
The people of Jamestown certBinly de­
sire to see this as well as the people of
the entire state.
The American, a paper published in
the interest of bi-metallism and protec­
tion, referring to the late elections says]
"The people have not so much voted
the republicans in as the democrats out.
The most they have done for the repub­
lican party is to decree it a chance to
solve the problem by re-establishirg
national prorperity. And so far as the
republican program goes it is a good
one. It will be a national benefit to re­
place the present mischievous tariff by
one more protective in character. But
no tariff legislation will check the fall of
prices, and place our producing classes
in a position to meet their debt-obliga
tions. Unless the party can deal with
that problem promptly and vigorously,
the people will vote it out as promptly
and deal with it as emphatically as they
have dealt with the democrats. The
approval accorded to the party is a pure­
ly conditional one, and the conditions
cannot be fulfilled by any legislation on
the tariff, however excellent. This was
shown by the approaoh of financial
trouble even before the election of 1892,
which is now all but forgotten in view of
the graver disasters which that event
helped to precipitate.
The prospeot of abetter tariff, has not
sufficed to restore confidence. Prices
continue to fall large failures are re­
ported operations in several lines of
production have all but ceased. The
tariff is no cure-all.
his preferance for Senator C. K. Davis,
as a candidate for president. Mr. Hans
borough is so thoroughly positive of his
belief that Mr. Davis would be a winner
that a statement to that effect, giv­
ing a sketch of Mr. Davis* earreer, and
public service has been prepared by the
North Dakota senator for publication in
a Cincinnati journal. As North Dakota
will probably have no presidential can­
didate of our own. Davis of Minnesota
will get a neighborly, support. But it
is very difficult to say what man the
people of North Dakota would prefer as
a condidate. Interviews will soon begin
to appear in the newspapers to get the
truth of public sentiment. The voters
would like a man who will announce his
policy on the finances, positively and
clearly in advance and not cover it by
glittering and vague generalities. Will
Davis do this to the satisfaction of the
people? Has Mr. Davis satisfied Sena­
tor Hansborough, who in one sense
represents the state in this sentiment,
fully on this point?
THE outside press is getting some
erroneous reports of t&e asylum investi­
gation. For instance the Fargo Forum
says "the financial investigation is over,
and Examiner Langlie reports the testi­
mony showed no rake-off or other finan
nancial misdemeanors."
The financial examination is not over,
and the examiner has made no report to
the governor. The Argus also reported
that the superintendent's resignation
had been accepted, but corrects the
error today. Other papers are republish­
ing an alleged dispatch from Wheatland
about a mass meeting at Jamestown in
connection with the investigation. No
such mass meeting has been held.
In investigations of this character it
is almost impossible to prevent the
spread of unauthentic rumors, and their
publication in the press, but the facte as
they develop, will no doubt be obtained
in due season and the public informed
with reasonable accuracy.
THE citizens of towns in North De
kofa, business men and others whose
interests are identical with those of tbe
farmers should encourage the immigra­
tion work now beginning is tbe state.
The year just past has again demon­
strated what the soil of North Dakota
oan do. In tbe older parts of the state,
it shows that after years of cultivation
it is as productive today as ever. We
need no fertilizers. The land is cheap,
and if prices of products are low it is not
the fault of the soil or climate. It is a
fact that no stati in the union offers
equal inducements for settlers and farm
ers to North Dakota. It is time that
our people were making this fact known
abroad. The winter is the reading time,
and tbe time when leisure for prepara­
tion of these statements can be made.
The residents of the (owns should lend
every assistance possible to this move
to get new settlers into the
THE Northern Pacific receivership
has reaohed the United States supreme
court, where all interests are uniting in
asking for a harmonious management of
the great property by the various courts
that have jurisdiction, and which have
appointed receivers. It is to be hoped
that a polioy will follow such arrange­
ment by which the real interests of the
oountry tributary to the road can be
served. There ate certain improve­
ments and extensions badly needed
that should be allowed. The road
is operated at present, apparently,
more economically and efficiently than
it ever was, but the development of the
country from which the road receives its
business the year around, will not come
from a scrimping policy in the company
THE Minneapolis papers are finding
out that North Dakota oontains some
lively matters of news interest. Atten­
tion has been momentarily diverted
from the hospital investigation at James­
town to the capital at Bismarck, where
it is asserted that a system of spying
on state officers has been put in opera­
tion by, or with the oonsent of the gov­
ernor. A lot of old political gossip is
revived by the Minneapolis Tribune,
which has a correspondent in North Da­
kota that claims to know what is what,
but is likely only writing to cover a pur­
pose. The story that the governor has
instituted a Pinkerton detective polioy
at the capital for the purpose of keeping
tab on ambitious and designing aspir­
ants for office who may be included in
tbe governor's administration, is ridicu­
IN AN address at the state immigra­
tion convention Judge Bartholomew
paid the following tribute to the laws of
North Dakota as embodied in the new
Our whole law has been remodeled.
Errors have been corrected, defects have
been supplied, useless laws have been
eliminated. The work of those commis­
sions has received the scrutiny and ap­
proval of the ablest legislative assembly
that ever convened in Bismarck. Ex­
perience will doubtless discover some
imperfections. These oan be cured as
found. But we may confidently take
the volume as it stands, and proclaim it
the most complete, just and equitable
system of laws to be found in this or any
other country. And we can say to the
homeseeker that he enjoyed no legal
protection, privilege or advantage in bis
old home, that is not assured to him in
as full measure and as broad scope by
the lawb of North Dakota.
THE national educational association
holds its meeting in Florida this year.
The sunny south is inviting the people
to visit it who are in position to make
known to tbe world the advantages of
that region. They are waking up to the
necessities of immigration in tbe south.
The northwest is not the only part of
the country where this spirit of enter­
prise is seen.
Printer's ink, after all( is the old relia­
ble means of distributing information
throughout the country, and the best
method ever devised. It operates seven
days in the week the year around.
THE great Wagner, musician and
dramatist, is having his chief operas in­
vested in a season of Twin City glory,
and fashionable enthusiasm. The com.
pany, the orchestra and the audiences
area tribute to the growing taste for the
higher standards of music and art
among the people.
THE high rates of insurance on certain
kinds of North Dakota property may
force the organization of mutual
oompanies and under a new state
law there is much encouragement
for and excellent securities, thrown
around new associations of this kind.
IT IS not a good thing for a town to
advertise to the world that it is giving
up improvements and abandoning enter­
prises. That's a backward step North
Dakota cities oan't afford to take at
this time.
KIDDER county is stirring in the im­
migration movement. Tbe ball will be
6et rolling by amass meeting to devise
plans for the work.
THE New Rockford Transcript speaks
favorably of Fred Fancher for governor.
In Olden Timet*
People overlooked the importance of
permanently beneficial effects and were
satisfied with transient action but now
that it is generally known that Syrup
of Figs will permanently overcome
habitual constipation, well-informed
people will not buy other laxatives,
which act for a time, but finally injure
the system.
It is a truth in medicine that the
smallest dose that performs a cure is the
beet. DeWitt's Little Early Risers are
tbe smallest pills, will perform a cure,
ond are tbe best. Baldwin Bros.
Farm Lnbornr Hobberf of Wages.
"WINONA, Minn., Jan. 15.—John
Sul y, a young I arm hand, who has
wi.rked lor a farmer in tho Waumanilee
viil.ey, and has lived in the vicinity of
Winona, for th:: past 13 months, left
his employer Saturday night with
wanes amounting to #175 in his cket,
to walk to the house of his father,
several miles away. In a lonely pare of
the road ho met two strangers, who
held him up and took all his money
and other valuables.
The Hospital Investigation At­
tracts Wide Attention.—
Editorial Criticism.
Governor Allin's Position.—He
will Await Report of the
Public Examiner.
From the reports of the asylum finan­
cial investigation, from a reading of the
testimony and the questions proposed,
and from the witnesses summoned, it
strikes the Fargo Argus as it does a
good many others that a different place
of conducting the investigation might
serve better the purpose of the examiner,
whose only motive all along has been to
get at the real truths and the facts. On
this point the Argus, which is publish­
ing a great deal about the investigation
from the standpoint of an enterprising
newspaper, says:
The people of Jamestown should de­
mand that the scene of the investigation
be remote from the influences of the
hospital. That the state be represented
by a competent attorney. That all
books and vouchers be displayed and
thoroughly examined.
Do not expect too much of the public
examiner. He will undoubtedly do
what he can but he is but one man in
the midst of an organized system—a
system that has been carefully built
with a view to the perpetuation of itself
in power.
Questions of politics should not outer
into this asylum matter. If there is
wrong the republican party oannot
afford to condone it. If there are irreg­
ularities, the party that attempts to
cover them up will go down to certain
and to deserved defeat.
The Bismarck Tribune of the 14th
mst„ says:
In the light of the reports relative to
the presumed or probable actions of the
governor, relative to the asylum investi­
gation, a representative of the Tribune
called upon Governor Alhn this morn­
ing. "No official report of any of the
developments in the asylum matter has
reached my office," said Governor Allin,
"and my knowledge of the investigation
is confined to what I have read in the
newspapers. The report of Public Ex­
aminer Langlie,-when be has concluded
his investigation, will be filed in the
executive office, and the matter will then
receive consideration. Nothing will be
done, or oan properly and justly be done,
in advance of this."
The Tribune also intervied Bob Wal­
lace on his arrival from Jamestown, who
"The testimony given by myself and
by Mr. Fuller before the publio exam­
iner, embodies exactly tbe occurrences,
relative to Trustee Johnson, as they
happened. I will state that after the ad­
journment of the board on January 8,
there was a meeting held in Jamestown,
at which TrnsteesMitchell and Montague
of the asylum board, Dr. Moore, W. R.
Kellogg and ex-State Auditor Porter
were present, and this, in my opinion,
was the meeting which was reported
from Wheatland as having endorsed the
action of Trustee Mitchell. On January
9, in the room of Mr. Porter, No. 6, in
the Capital hotel, there was another
meeting, at whioh Messrs. Kellogg,
Johnson and Porter were present. Mr.
Johnson came from that room to Fuller's
office, and there we learned from him tbe
facts as I related them to tbe examiner.
As to any statement that I gave money
to Johnson, or attempted to give him
I desire to state that is a lie, and
any correspondent who so accuses me is
a liar. There is not a particle of truth
in the statement."
The Tribune: Speaking of the state­
ments made about the hospital trustees,
says "no snap judgement should be
taken in a matter of this importance"
and adds:
"The examination by Publio Examiner
Langlie is still in progress, and should
be continued until the matters whioh
have been brought up are sifted, and the
facts ascertained as clearly as possible.
In the meantime, hasty judgment and
ill-advised reports oan accomplish no
good. Governor Allin's position, as ex­
pressed in an interview today, is that it
is only just to await the official report of
the matters disclosed, and that action
cannot be taken in advance of a know­
ledge of all the facts brought out. Let
the investigation be conducted by the
public examiner, and not by predjudiced
individuals, or newspapers.
In cases where dandruff, scalp dis­
eases, falling and grayness of the hair
appear, do not neglect them, but apply a
proper remedy and tonic like Hall's Hair
Stop Put to Insurance Rebates.
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 15.—Insurance
Commissioner Fricke has rendered a
decision which will stop rebating. In
Wisconsin one insurance agent has had
his license revoked, and others are
likely to be in the same boat.
International Bricklayer*' Union.
COLUMBUS, O., Jan. 15.—The Inter­
national Bricklayers' union met at 9 a.
m., with 572 dolegates present from the
United States and Canada. President
William Klina of New York was in the
Legislator* Want Cuban* Beeognized.
ALBANY, Jan. 15.—In the assembly a
resolution was adopted petitioning the
president and congress of the United
States to recognize the Cuban patriots
as belligerents and expressing sym­
pathy with them.
Trustee Short •lOO.OOO.
BOSTON, Jan. 15.—A special to The
Traveler from Salem, Mass., says. It
has been reported to Judge Harmon of
the probate court here that Captain
John Allon of Manchester, the trustee
of the estate of the late Harry Roberts
of that town, is short in his accounts to
the umount of 4100. OOQ
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A Fargo Argus Correspondent
Hears of Another
An Attorney Needed at the
Hospital Investigation.—
A Criticism.
Concerning tbe testimony given by
R. E. Wallace at the hospital investiga­
tion regarding Trustee Johnson, and
other statements made concerning Trus­
tees Montague and Mitchell, a corre­
spondent of the Fargo Argus in Tues­
day's issue says:
"At the regular meeting of the trus­
tees, when the majority of the trustees
called for the resignation of Dr. Archi­
bald, to take elt'eot immediately, tbe
ignored. When the board
called for the resignation of Dr. Ander­
son, Mr. and Mrs. Ruddy, supervisor and
housekeeper, respectively, also Miss
Kennedy, stenographer, the request was
ignored, but Chairman McGinnis threat­
ened to ruin Mitchell and Montague if
they persisted in their efforts for reform.
"Trustees Mitchell and Montague
could not be intimidated, so the investi­
gators commenced on Trustee Halvor
Johnson, but Mr. Johnson shows the
integrity of the Norwegian race and
stands for bis duty and the honest ad­
ministration of this public institution
for the benefit of the state.
"After the trustees bad adjourned,
and Mitchell and Montague returned to
their homes, Mr. Johnson was kept at
the asylum all day and the tirst play on
the part of McGinnis and Cornwell was
to convince Mr. JobnBon that in acting
with Mitchell and Montague he had
entered a corrupt combine and the pen­
alty or this act under the law was a peni­
tentiary offense and further that the
governor would ut once remove him
from office also that the governor would
remove Trustee Montague for a similar
"McGinnis and Cornwall failing in
their attempts to iutimidate Mr. John­
son, State Senator Bailey Fuller and As­
sistant Publio Examiner Wallace took
him in hand, and finding a poor case in
working against the majority of the
board, attempted to persuade Mr. John­
son to resign. With this end in view
persuasion was tried, $175 being placed
in Mr. Johnson's pocket, but Mr. John­
son failed to sign the dooument for his
resignation to go to the governor. Halvor
Johnson finally escaped his tormentors
and got out of town.
The climax, however, was not reaohed
until yesterday, when. Wallace went on
the stand before Public Examiner Lang­
lie and testified that Halvor Johnson
had named 8500 as his pnoe for resign­
ing from the board of trustees. This
testimony was corroborated by State
Senator Fuller. However this testimony
was not given until after tbe attempts,
as above described, became known to
Johnson's friends.
"Wallace now publicly claims that the
governor will remove Johnson for cor­
Tbe Argua correspondent farther says
that to continue the present hospital
management the intlnenoe with Gov.
Allin of State Senator Haggart of Fargo
isoounted upon, also that Lt.Gov.Worst
is relied on for favorable influence as
On the Statements Made
About Trustee Johnson
of the Hospital.
be is interested with Suprevisor Ruddy
of the asylum in the sheep business in
Stutsman county.
Concerning the investigation aud In­
cidents arising therefrom, the Argua
Reports of the asylum investigation
indicate the desire of the publio ex­
aminer for a full free and impartial ex­
amination, but it appears that thisia
impossible under the existing condi­
tions. The presence at all times of the
officers and employes of the asylum
make it exceedingly embarassing to«re
ceive the willing attendance of witnesses
and the methods adopted amount to un­
due intiuenca and almost, if not quite, to
intimidation. The investigation should
be held in some public place removed
from the asylum to which all who de­
sire or are summoned to attend would
have equal privileges, equal protection
and in which no prejudicial influence
should be allowed presence. Men and
women are equally averse to entering a
household and testifying against its
members. The books and accounts of
the institution should be there open for
reference and examination both to the
exaniner and the publio. An attorney ex­
perienced in examination and cross exam
niation should be employed by the state
to assist tbe examiner. The examiner
should live, during this investigation
elsewhere than at tbe asylum, where he
could meet without difficulty or hostile
espionage, all who may desire to see or
communicate with him. Now it is al­
most an impossibility for an adverse
criticism, a suggestion or the tender of
aid and infoimation to reach him. That
a satisfactory or conclusive result oan
come out of an investigation conducted
under such conditions and with such
environments does not seem possible.
The investigation should be discon­
tinued or removed from the asylum and
then conducted with aid of skilled and
impartial legal aids".
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