Gteat Interest Manifested in
the Bill Now Under Con
Citizens and Business Men
State Senate Setting the Pace
For a General Reduc
tion of Expenses.
BISMARCK, March 4.—The railroad bill
(H. B. 121), the Iowa law has passed
both bouses, but amended in the senate.
It is not known at this time whether the
house will concur in the amendments
•aid to be favorable to railroad oom
panies or not.
There is great interest in the railroad
bill at Bismarck, many citizens and
business men from all parts of the state
being present to urge its passage. Yes
terday Attorney General Cowan ad
dressed the railroad committee in sup
port of the bill, followed ty Colonel
Ball against it. Chief Dispatcher
Blewott appeared before the committee
in behalf of the railroad employes. The
senate took a recess to tie-ar a further
diacutflion on the bill. Seuator LaMoure
will offer slight ame.udmeuts. It is
expected the committee will iwport fav
orably and that the bill may pass the
The Fargo Forum says of the bill:
The claims of Mr. fcl'll and his lobby,
who oppose II. B. 121, that the Iowa law
lias worked disastrously to the railroad
interests ij that state and that it put a
stop to railroad construction in Iowa, do
not seem to be carried out by the statis
tics. The first law in Iowa was passed
in '74. The claim that it would bank
rupt every road in the state proved
erroneous and on the contrary demon
strated ttoat the law was good one, both
for the people and the roads. In 1880
there were 4,992 miles of road operated
in Iowa. In '90 there was'an increase to
8,602—a total gain—iuinder this "oppres
sive granger legislation"—as it was then
called, of 3,610 miles—or 72.3 per cent.
The present law was enacted about
this time and on Jan. 30,1893, the sworn
statements of the railroads doiog busi
ness in Iowa, showed tbe total mileage
of all the roads to be 10,040 miles, a net
gain of 1,438 miles, or 16 7-10 in three
years, which figures do not look like tbe
railroads had abandoned tbe state of
Iowa, but on the contrary it would seem
that Iowa is good place for railroads.
Representative Butterwick of Cavalier
oounty proposed a popular measure
when he proposed that no man should
speak longer than he could stand on one
leg. His temperance speech was an
earnest and happy one and had its effeot.
BISMARCK, March 2.—Editors Jewell,
Dunlop, Fierce and Packard, Topping
Black and Cochrane were appointed
colonels on Governor Briggs' staff.
The bill to combine the duties of
superintendent of irrigation and forestry
with the work of,the agricultural college
was killed. Prof. Barrett again on top.
Among senate bills passed: Commit
tee bill, reducing the clerk of the com
missioner of labor to 8500 Marshall's,
fixing tbe pay ot employees Arnold's,
educational Arnold's, high schools
Clarke's, feeble minded school, Grafton
Clarke's, interest on feeble minded fund.
House bills passed: Committee's re
ducing the salaries of superintendent ot
schools, county treasurer, register of
deeds and auditor Hurley's, clerk of
courts' salaries Joy's, election preoincts.
Senate bills passed in house: Gordon's,
street paving Rourke's, 74, clerks of
caurt 75, soldier's home 122, presump
tive evidence Haggart's convict labor
bill Plain's, price of school lands
Trihune: Green's senate bill, 192, for
the building of the reform sobool at
Mandan. was introduced Friday, had its
first and second reading and reference,
was printed and tbe committee reported
favorably. The bill was taken up and
passed and messaged to tbe house. The
author, no doubt, will expeot tbe bouse
to pass the bill and that it will result in
using the money in the state that is now
sent to South Dakota. The bill pro
vides for the reform sohool board to
issue certificates against the income from
rentals from the lands selected for the
reform sohool—there have already been
•elected 39,797 acres of the 40,000
allotted to this institution. The state
land commissioner estimates that if these
lands ure appraised and rented tbe in
come to the reform sohool fund will be
from $10,000 to 920,000. The bill pro
vides for 920*000 to be used by t(ie issue
of certificates. This will build tbe
•obool and maintain it for a time, and
tbe bill has many feature* worthy of
consideration—it can, if passed, do no
harm and contemplates no future ap
propriation, and there is no reason why
some suoh scheme should not be made
use of to keep our money at home and
build up another home institution.
BISMAKOK, Maroh 1.—In Saturday's
proceedings in the senate the following
bills were introduced:
Hanna, traveling expenses of state ex
aminer, also expenses of board of univer
versity and school lands.
Senate bills passed:
Wishek's committee, reducing tbe ex
penses of the commissioner of labor,
printing public documents, printing and
Appropriations: Erection and main
tenance of reform sohool funding Sol
diers home certificates reimbursing
Burleigh county for wolf bounty trials
$36,000 for capital maintenance against
$50,000 asked by tbe governor.
Concurrent resolutions, Hanna's in
vestment of school funds in state war
rants, Little's raising the debt limit.
The firemen's tournament appropria
tion was killed.
House bills passed:
Richard's compromise of Northern
Another aears residence divorce bill
has been passed in the house.
Twitcbell's bill taxing express, tele
graph aod other corporations, and
Hawk's, independent school distriot
barred from voting for superintendent,
were ilso passed.
Killed: Power's, superintendents of
flection Lindstrom's, convict coal
mining Green's, election Ryan's, liabil
ity of corporations Korsmo's, poor farm
Lenz' memorial for election of Uqited
State senator was reported on favorably.
The bill that passed the senate reduced
clerk hire in several state departments a
total of $2,400 the item of $500 for copy
ist supreme court was stricken out also
$1,500 additional for clerk hire for publio
examiner. Supreme court reporter fees
out from 8800 to $300. Salary school
land commissioner out to SI,500.
Seventy-five railroad men at Mandan
petitioned against H. B. 121—the Iowa
The house passed, by a party vote, the
election bill prohibiting name appearing
more than once on offioial ballot. Killed
Heskin's bill prohibiting lioense of soft
drinks by oities also tbe referendum
bill the bulletin, of passenger trains
abolishing railroad oommiisioners. Bills
were introduced reducing salary of
county treasurers, register ot deeds,
judges, auditor and superintendent of
President Worst of the agricultural
college states the institution has reached
the full limit of ita accommodations for
pupils and if tbe government appropria
tion is to be obtained as designed, fur
ther additions will be needed, suoh as a
new chemical laboratory. A wing is pro
posed for this purpose and is badly
needed also a sewerage system.
The report of the house committee on
expenditures shows tbe books in tbe
auditor's department are well kept, and
espeoial care is urged in tbe acceptance
of vouchers. In the treasurer's office all
the accounts are in good shape, and tbe
settlement of tbe $63,000 in suspended
banks is recommended to be left to tbe
treasurer, tbe committee being confident
that the state will Buffer no loss. Tbe
office ot tbe insurance commissioner has
collected nearly 848,000 in feee and taxes
for the two years, at an expense of about
$4,700 and only 814 uncollected from
companiee. Tbe report of the officer was
printed at a saving of 82,000 over the
previous administration. In the office
of the superintendent of publio instruc
tion, tbe expense is reported too large
aside from the salaries, and greater care
is urged in the selection of books for the
library and a better system of book
keeping is asked to be adopted. In the
office of the railroad commission, tbe
expense has been reduced over previous
administrations, but the committee
thinks further reductions can be made
without detriment to tbe interests of the
ptate. In the office of tbe land commis
sioner a decided improvement is found
in the system of bookkeeping, and in the
office of the "attorney general no charge
has been made for traveling expense,
and economy has been tbe watchword in
every feature. A recommendation is
made for the employment of a stenogra
pher, in addition to tbe present office
force. The office of the state examiner
has been well managed, and provision
should be made for the additional duties
imposed by the new duties prescribed.
Closer economv is recommended in the
maintenance of the cnpitol building.
The Fessenden News, one of the best
printed papers in tbe state, is running a
column from tbe Natchitoches, (La.,)
Union, a paper printed in cBmp in '62 by
the boys in blue who stole tbe printing
The-queetion as to whether or not the
Indians on the Devils Lake Indian
reservation have aright to vote will be
deoided by the supreme oonrt. A short
time before tbe eleotion last fall Judge
Morgan ordered the Benson oounty com
missioners to locate a voting precinct on
,the reservation. This order was dis
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The Subject Received Con
siderable Attention at
Evidence Being Taken to
Show the Many Violations
of the Law.
Petitions Coming in for Pass
age of the Iowa Rail
BISMABCK, Feb. 26.—Yesterday the
resubmission qusstion received consider
able attention. Speaker Williama of
Burleigh oounty introduced a concur
rent resolution asking Senators Hans
brotigh and Roach and Congressman
Johnson to secure federal legislation to
prevent the issuance of a government
lioense for the sale of intoxicating
liquors in the prohibition state of North
Dakota. The temperanoe men voted
The organization of the Union Tem
peraroe League is reported in the city,
with Hon. Alex. Hughes as president
aod an advisory council of thirty per
sons. The object is the enforcement of
tbe prohibition law in tbe city, and it i9
a result of the crusade of Lecturer Ran
kin, says the Fargo Forum.
The Colby temperanoe committee is
takiug evidence on the prohibition law
and held a session yesterday. Ex-Mayor
Allin of Bismarck was before tbe com
mittee and detailed his efforts to enforce
tbe laws as mayor, states attorney and
county attorney. He testified that he
had seen the same gaming outfit in Far
go and Grand Forks that is now oper
ating at Bismarck, and that be drank
intoxicating liquors at eleven places in
Fargo last week.
Mayor Fuller ot Jamestown was also
before the committee and related the
facts as to the non-enforoement of tbe
law at Jamestown.
There were several resubmission peti
tions presented. Ryan of Grand Forks
introduoed in tbe house a bill tor rssub
mission so far as to grant rights to in
corporated cities to license sale, lioenses
not less than 9500.
Tbe Colby committee is at work and
will tomorrow bring before the house
Hugh Taylor, who refuses to testify be
fore them. They have considerable
testimony and the indications are that
they intend making a very apioy report.
Representative Heskin also introduoed
a bill making it a misdemeanor for any
publio official to be oonoerned in any
manner in licensing plaoes under tbe
style of liquid drinks or any other device
gotten up to evade the prohibition law.
It carries heavy penalties and includes
removal from office.
In tbe Benate Hanna, Tufts, Wishek
and otbera presented petitions urging
the passage of tbe railroad bill. A
strong lobby ia here in the interest of
the bill. Senator LaMoure, chairman of
tbe railroad committee, addressed the
senate, characterizing all petitions for
the passage of the railroad bill as bear
ing earmarks showing they emanated
The Forum prints copies of telegrams
from various points in the state favoring
the passage of tbe bill. Three hundred
citizens of Fargo have petitioned for the
passage of the bill, and a delegation of
fifteen from tbe Business Men's union
came in on tbe delayed train last night to
labor for its passage. The bill will pass
the senate, probably.
A number of new billB were introduoed
both bouses yesterday. Murphy's
wolf bounty bill passed tbe senate.
Among tbe new houee bills was:
Abolishing the 7tb judicial district. The
repeal of tbe irrigation and forestry law
wae killed in tbe bouse tbe Korsmo bill
to compel tbe railroad commissioners
and attorney general to enforce native
ooal rates on railroads not accepting
same was passed unanimously.
Under tbe bill passed by tbe bouse
Wednesday, Mrs. Bartholomew, state
agent for tbe prevention of cruelty to
animals, is invested with police powers
in tbe enforcement ot tbe law for that
purpose. Tbe law provides that it shall
be tbe duty of the state agent to organ
ize societies for tbe prevention of cruelty
to animals, and that states attorneys are
to co-operate with the agent in the en
forcement of the law. In all cases per
taining to tbe violat on of tbe statutes,
tbe agent ia given tbe power of a peace
offioer, and may oall upon veterinary
surgeons to examine any animal appear
ing to be diseased and upon tbe oertifi
oate of suoh surgson that suoh animal
oannot be restored to usefulness, may
order the same killed.
BISMARCK, Feb. 27.—Yesterday was
tbe last day for introducing bills. Among
the new onse in the senate were:
Strom, requiring the stats treasurer to
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publish receipts and disbursements
Wishek's committee, president of the
agricultural college to be superintendent
of irrigation and forestry.
Green, bonding lands to raise money
for the erection of the reform school at
Tbe aenate passed the following bills:
Beduoing appropriation for olerk hire
of all state officers reducing fees of su
preme court reporter reducing salary of
land commissioner Rourke's, providing
for printing laws omitted from codes
Korsmo'e, commissioners to enforce coal
BISMABCK, Maroh 3.—The governor
haa handed in tbe following appoint
ments: H. T. Helgeson, Cavalier W.
MoBride, Pembina Stephen Collins,
Grand Forks, on the university board.
J. F. Fort, Burleigh Edward Braddock,
Emmons C. R. Meredith, Cass John C.
Burns, Morton J. R. Bacon, Grand
Forks, on tbe penitentiary board. Amos
A. Flatten, Walsh, superintendent board
Tbe oonviot labor bill has become a
The temperanoe committee roasts tbe
mayor of Bismarck for renting gambling
rooms and liquor selling, but the report
says the prohibition law is fairly well
enforced in tbe state.
Ex-Gov. Burke is in Washington, a
candidate for an appointment to a South
Tbe bill to create a temperance com
mission passed tbe house today by a
vote of 36 to 18.
The new wolf bounty law raises a
revenue by a state tax of one-tsnth of a
mill. The members from the eastern
counties finally agreed to tbe bill. The
bounty is fixed at $3.00 a scalp, and with
the tax propoeed will provide for tbe
extermination of about 3,000 wolves.
The horse and cattle interests to be pro
tected were valued at $27,180,000.
Ryan's bill for city license of liquors is
commended generally by friends of a
lioense law, but tbe fee of $500 should be
raised to $1,000.
Tbe state examiner law is likely to be
greatly strengthensd, and more frequent
examinations of state banks made—at
least five times a year.
The impression prevails that tbe rail
road bill, whioh is a good measure for
the state and is more bitterly opposed
by tbe Greet Northern than any other
agency, will not get through the senate.
It, is making a show down of members,
however. If it should pass, it will be a
hard measure to repeal and tbe people
will have gained something.
It's amusing to hear tbe Grand Forks
Herald ululate these days. It lifts its
high tenor tones into the ambient air,
and tbe wailful echoes of its caaenoeu
sound like tbe moans of a lost soul. The
Herald thought itself in it "wide de
gang" once, too, and was then a patient
observer silent on topics it should have
discussed. Now it mourns tbe deca
dence of ita political patriots with
Roger. Hear it:
The Bismarck Tribune is setting a lot
of type now, and doing a lot of good—to
the people of tbe state with its excellent
report of legislative affairs, and to tbe
machine with its adroit avoidance of any
comment tending to ''let out on" that
Edwards is doing some able work in
the Fargo Forum against the McEenzie
Hansbrough maobine gang, but it will
necessarily have little or no effeot with
the publio. For tbe public knows that
Edwards is always the biggest gangster
of the gang, when he can get into it and
that he supposed himself in on the
ground floor with tbe present one when
it was constructed and that he swore as
valiantly as anyone in its defense and
abused Tbe Herald for denouncing it.
until he found that be had been fooled
and the promised plunder was not forth
House Bill No. 121 has been sent to
the senate committee on railroads, and
when it oomes hack tbe people are not
likely to recognize it, and probably it
will "not even know itself. When Mc
kenzie and Hansbrough put up their
machine most especial pains were taken
to fix this important committee for just
suoh important measures as this—and
House Bill No. 121 will probably be
Somewhat Mixed Views.
The Fargo Forum thus comments on
a curious legislative and social reform
vote on the prohibition question:
By the way, that Williams resolution
brought out a queer state ot affairs. It
asked Senator Hansbrough to urge the
passage of a law to prohibit the granting
of government licenses to sell liquors in
prohibition states. It was introduced
by a member from a oounty wbiob is
supposed to be in favor of liquor selling.
It was opposed by the saloon advocates
and the extreme temperance people,
while tbe "moderates" supported it. The
saloon men fought it because they did
not want to get Uncle Sam after theoi
for selling liquor without a license, while
tbe earnest temperanoe men opposed it
because tbe government lioenses assist
tbem in ferreting out the plaoes selling
liquor oontrary to state law.
The Weekly Alert with Northwest.
I Magazine $2 per year both papers.
4 •**,&»& "1 ..»*M.
GREAT SHEEP COUNTRY.
North Dakota Soil Grows What
Sheep Thrive On
Arrangements Being Made for
the State Dairymen's
Stutsman County Pathmasters
M. F. Greeley of Garry, 8. D., writts
encouragingly in tbe Dakota Farmer of
Dakota as a sheep country. He says:
Dakota ia and always will be a great
sheep country. Sheep thrive beet
among tbe mountains—tbe famous sheep
walks of tbe world are among them.
Dakota is a mountain, a vast almost
level mountain. Tbe pure air, the nutri
tious grasses, tbe sunshine and tbe dry,
bracing atmosphere of the mountains .-ill
Cattle will thrive here, so will nearh
all other kinds of stock, but che future
great industry of the Dakotas is wool
and mutton production. Here sheep iir^
bound to do their very best with let^
care and expense in handling than in
country not so perfectly adapted t
them. Our grasses, root* nod #«i.
even are owing to growing in f-u'"
sunshine. u'ryut-ss and pnre
than commonly sweet mid nut
A sheep will a!i:odt anythiug oii.i
every'hiu^ tbut grws upon dry :r,ri.
and nearly a!l these thing* grown with
little or no attention. There is mon
perfect sbeep food grown wild here
today than in almost any other country
on tbe face of the earth.
A bog must be supplied with artificial
food requiring labor and other expense.
Weedy hay is poorly snd only partly
eaten by cows and horses, while sheep
eat the weedy part first, and their
pastures are as free from weeds as old
cattle and horse pastures are from grass.
We have tried many kinds of tame
fodders for sheep, and today we know of
nothing so relished by sbeep and that
will make them thrive so well as weed)
upland praire hay, when put up at the
right time and in the right way. The
sheep's best summer and winter feed is
growing wild and unused today over
more than half of the Dakotas. Perfect
mutton and perfect fleeces have been
made on this feed, without the addition
of a pound of food prepared by man.
In tbe more eastern portions some
times, and in some places, the bay crop
is not sufficient for tbe amount of stock
tbat can be carried in tbe summer. Corn
stalks with or without the corn oats in
the bundle, and also much millet, and
some of the tamo grasses is being used,
and to good advantage, but tbe best
sheep in Dakota today are tbe well
acclimated bands kept exclusively on
what they find here growing wild. The
great ranges close by us cannot raise
grain to finish off their sheep and lambs,
which their over-stocked ranges are
already sending east to be fed, and in
this soon we may find a ready home mar
ket for all our surplus coarse grasses.
This will soon be one of the best paying
branches of our business. Which ever
way you look upon it, the sheep business
in Dakota is bound to be a permanent
one and a paying one.
The Dairy Convention.
The coming state dairy convention at
Jamestown. March 17 arid 18, promises
to be well attended. E. E. Kaufman of
the Agriculture college was in the city
Tuesday making arrangements for the
meeting. Postmaster Klaus, Alderman
Mitchell and others are interesting
themselves in tbe affair and lending
assistance. There will be a number of
well known speakers and every farmer
and farmer's wife who can attend should
do so. A special invitation is issued to
ladies not only to attend but to take
part and one lady, Mrs. Ab. Latta of
Pingree has partly promised to do so.
Among the speakers wbo will be pres
ent are Prof. Heaoker of the Minnesota
state dairy school. Editor Busbnell of
the South Dakota Farmer, Aberdeen.
May Wilcox of the Northwest Farmer.
St. Paul, besideu professors of tbe Agri
cultural College, and prominent dairy
and stock men IU this state. Railroads
will give one and a fifth fare.
l'ath Masters Appointed.
At the meeting ot the board of county
commissioners Monday the path masters,
or road overseers, for the county were
No. 1. Geo. Tucker.
3. .J Wescom.
4. John Price.
5. John Sowski, 141, B63.
6. James Kane.
Making Special Privileges Pay.
In a letter to the Penny Press, Senator
R. F. Pettigrew of South Dakota says:
"I shall attack tbe railway mail ser*
vice some time during this week, in
brief statement which will contain many
startling faots and figures. They are
receiving eight cents a pound for carry
ing the mail, when tbey can afford to
carry it for a cent a pound. Tbe New
York Cential receives 83.000 a mile
simply for carrying tbe mail from New
York to Buffalo. This sum would pay
five per cent on $60,000 a mile, which is
much more than tbe road cost, and
therefore tbe entire investment of tbat
railroad is paid for by tbe mail service
alone. This is certainly a startling
statement, and the Bame proportionately
exists on all tbe great trunk lines. Tbe
fact of the matter is tbat by special
privileges the wealth of the country is
going into tbe bands of tbe million
The Aneta Panorama says, "Learn to
swim is our only salvation."
Valley City is going to have a rip roar
ing Irish drama St. Patrick's day.
A number of cases of diptheria have
occurred at Minot, Wiliiston and Willow
Judge Amidon declined to appoint a
receiver for the Grand Forks opera
Tbe VV? raage outfit intends to ship
in 5,000 cattle" for tbe western state
ranges this season.
Fourteen miles of new steel will be
laid on tbe Missouri division of the N.
P. west of New Salem.
Col. Holt, a temperance speaker, took
a good bolt on Park River and induced
445 to sign the pledge.
Bnrglars making a practice of raiding
a Wiiliston store were scared ofT the
fourth time they came to make a haul.
Will Murphy of Casselton cashed a
snow shoveller's cheek for 33 cents with
833. He is anxiously awaiting the re
turn of bis$32.)7.
Miss Maud Bottenfield, daughter of L.
S. Bottenfield ...professor of English and
the modern languages at the agricultural
college, died of appendicitis.
A good many horses RDd cattle are
reported lost.* in Lyman oounty, S. D.,
because tbeir~owners trusted to tbe
cattle to rustle and neglected to put up
H. F. Merrill has brought suit against
Pierre Wibaux and bis foreman, Lawliss,
for $25,000 damages for false arrest and
trial for killing "W—" cattle on the
range. Tbe trial takes place at Minot.
Emmons County Record: Editor
Winship, having carried the state for
the republican party, now looks upon
Hie work and says, "it is not good." He
also states that, under certain contin
gencies, He will, two years benos, lead a
band of insurgents against tbe G. O. P.
trooiia. He doesn't state positively tbat
He will, but that He may.
10. Henry Seers.
12. Ed Clemen*.
13. Wm Derby.
14. Win field.
15. A Shaver.
1(5. Wm Lenton.
18. Sam'l Ferguson.
li). Ed MoOlary.
20. N Farnsworth.
21. O Sack rider.
21. John Davidson.
25. O A Boynton.
'-7. Ben Baenan.
29. John Btampka, 142, 63.
30. Geo McKensie.
32. Tony Neva.
33. Christ Joos.
34. AW Brougbton. ..
Overseers for the 17th, 26tb, 31st and
3oth districts were Dot appointed bat
will he larer. Re-arrangement was mad9r
in the 34th district which was ebangedc
so as to include a part of two other di*» i£
tricts—14 and 24—as follows: Sectioned,]?
13 to 30 inclusive, in twp. 189,
sections 1 to 7, in twp. 138, 62 section^ Jj
2-1 to 36 in twp. 139, li (53, and section 1,
twp. 138, }.
A circular letter will be sent to the
diiTeretit road oveiteers instructing'*
tb*m to take proper precautions against
high water fr (be saving of all bridges
nrid eulvertp. r:tj of the roads to
ivaiitiige of the taxpayers, and
iu». nt. of
If there are
»u, i,, nenii ,-f in desire work on
M:-- p. iu, rt.-i i::,vc ii'.-e.'idy received
iff ••tjiju. «•.- w.-y of fnel,
their •'.re to be with
bei-1 f..r the purchase of ?.)el next winter,
if I r.f*' sssry, if not then the money
to iv |i id to the iipplicant upon do
'Ihe bond of Auditor J. F. Vennum, in
the sum of 85,000, and the bond of J. D.
Ogilvie, assessor for the second district,
was received and accepted.
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