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&] I# tJ 11 !D 4: •y' -i ^I 1 4 The Jamestown Alert. 0 a L*(EXCEPT SUNDAY) 4 WEEKLY THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1897. The reason that many send away for goods is that they are deceived by plausi ble advertisements and circulars, and that cash is soaroe and a very small sum saved is enough to tempt buyers. Another thing is true. The average country merchant, is now selling goods on a very small margin, considering freights, amount of business, taxes and other expenses, and if parties who desire to buy a large order suoh as is sent to eastern firms, would submit the same to tho local merchant to bid on, the order would generally be filled at home. Many buyers from outside firms also owe the home merchant old accounts, and dis like to ask for extensions or are averse to settling their bills. Credit is much less frequently given in North Dakota, by the country mer chant, than ever before. The low prices of products of the farm is the chief cause for outside purchases, in which, in fact, the buyers generally get any thing but bargains. If they are swindled, or do not make anything, they say nothing about it, however. As a matter of fact tLere is nothing really gained by sending money to out side houses with an order to till. The expectations are large, but the realiza tions are small. The home merchant, paying the taxes, living in the state and building op the towns, deserves the preference, but the enforced economies of most families often overcomes the desire to patronize home merchants first —a desire that really exists with nearly every bona fide resident of the state. Give a return of profits to the farm and the home merchant would get most of tbe business now sent elsewhere—except lines not carried. MORE THAN A MUSICIAN. MONDAY was the day the Norwegian patriot celebrates his national indepen dence. No lover of individual liberty is more jealous of its restrictions than tbe mountain dweller in old Norway, and bis freedom from tbe tyranny of tbe melan choly Dane ia ever a theme of pleasure with him. America, next to Norway, is tbe land loved best because reports have in the plat spread tbe fame of this coun try aa tbe land of tbe free. Tbe Norwegian immigrant landing in America now, brings aa intense desire for freedom with him, but also inherited tendencies of servitude and blood-kin, which are used by thoee be trusts, gen erally his own countrymen, to perpetu ate another kind of dependence more subtle and difficult for tbe sturdy Norse man to combat and tbe men who thus deoeive tbeir own nationality and tbe new comer, do it in tbe sacred name of liberty garnished witb tbe cant phrases of patriotism. We all know these fellows, offioe hunters generally, and tbe im migrant himself will come to recognize them behind tbeir mask. Aa oelebrating Norway's great day, Minneapolis citizens unveiled a beautiful statue of Ole Bull in one of ber public parks. Ole Bull's reputation as a vio linist is not oonfined to bis genius as a musician by those who knew and under stood him beet. He was a patriot and representative of tbe new liberty of bis people and did much as a statesman and philanthropist to build up the national drama, music and literature of bis country. Like all great men he interpreted through some special chan nel of expression tbe impulses to a bet ter civilization and condition of all tbe people of his country. With bim the word liberty bad no classified and special definitions. It meant one and the same tbing for all. ARM* OFFICERS PUIX. Tha Sheyenne Star says that Pt. Tot ten should have the military post tbat Bismarck expected to get. Port Totten will not get it. The gold loce wearing officers and the swashbuck ler cadets from West Point, object to living in tbe interior of our country. Tbey want the military posts in or near the large cities where balls,soirsss, flirta tions and a choice assortment of army soandala can flourish amid metropolitan luxuries. At presents looks as if these 1 t-'in I1, I 1 „)i I in»Aiiii|4^T ace» Viie Daily Alert is delivered in the city by car rlnra,at 60 cents a month. ©ally, one year f0 00 Dally,six month* 3 00 jJuily, turev mouths 50 Weekly, one year 160 *Veck!v,sls months 76 W. R. KELLOGG. CONDITIONS HAVE CHANGED. THE Minneapolis Tribune suggests that the way North Dakota country mer chants can prevent an increasing num ber of residents of this 6tate from send ing east to department stores for goods —which ought to be bought at home—ia to sell cheaper for cash and cease giving credit. The conditions of ten years ago in North Dakota are greatly changed, and the Tribune may not be fully aware of the extent thereof. It is not common for country merchants to trust out goods to the farmer or to residents of towns as it once was. Cash is, and has been for several years, quite generally demanded by most merchants. Only buyers whose reoord of promptly paying bills is well known are given time. army pensioners had more influence with the administration than any one else. Tbe United States army as present directed, is not used in tbe interests of tbe peopU but stands as the ready aid to trusts and corporations in any ernerg ancy wherein they require a display of armed force. If RooKerfeller or George Pullman, wbo contribute to campaign funds want to use the army they get it. In the event of a foreign war the pre sent United StateB army would be a beggarly affair to depend on at best, and the great citizen soldiery and militia of the states would have to be drawn upon for use, and protection of tbe country. The present army force costs too much mouey and its tendencies are towards maintaining an nn-republican form of government, totally different from what the people want. Tbe army has become, for all esential purposes, a police force to be used in the adjustment of internal contentions among our own people, and to show what a "strong government" would be like. The army could well be cut into half its size and tbe corps of military cadets reduced in proportion. Besides this the entire military polioy as *een in late years, should be revised. Tbe people have little interest in, sym pathy with, or pride for the possesion of any considerable army, in times of peaoe. Giric MCKINLEY A CHANCE. THE views of a prominent member of the excutive committee of the national silver party, Hon. I. N. Stevens of Colorado, have been given wide ciroula tion. They seem, at tbe present time, to reflect tbe views of the majority of vot ers in all sections of tbe country also. Stevens is quoted as saying: "It is a mistake to think Colorado is wholly devoted to silver. While there is a large silver interest in the state it is small compared with tbe gold interest. Colorado has been producing more gold tban silver for months and no state in the union oould better stand the gold standard. The disposition of our people is to stop all agitation of the silver ques tion and give tbe present administration tbe fullest possible opportunity to re store prosperity upon its own lines. If it fails there will be no need of further agitation as tbe people are already suf ficiently educated and if it succeeds in restoring prosperity, Colorado will ap plaud it as strongly as any state in the Union." The above is tbe logical position for all who believe tbat the majority must rule. If the policy of the present ad ministration is allowed to be fairly well carried out to secure a revenue first to meet the expenses of the government if no unreasonable obstructions are made in the passage of a tariff bill to accom plish this then if prosperity is not re stored to the whole country by the end of the president's term, the voterp will see that something besides the old tariff law is the cause of depressed conditions, and tbat another remedy must be tried. A CASE OF PUBLIC SENTIMENT. THE Humphrey bills have been de feated in tbe Illinois bouse of represent atives by 100 majority. Tbey were schemes of Chicago street railway and other corporations, having publio fran chises, to extend tbe same for fifty years in order to market more watered stock. Men of all parties united in tbe fight against Yerkes. It is stated that mem bers of the legislature were followed by detectives and aotually prevented from taking boodle for their votes. It was a hot scrap, but tbe result shows what was necessary to do and tbat when the tax payer and voter unites for one purpose it can be attained. One of the features of the fight was tbe prominence taken by tbe Chicago trust newspapers against the bills. These newspapers did a great deal to defeat tbe measures, but, Yerkes, in a statement of tbe eansee tbat led to bis defeat, states tbat tbe press seeing tbat public opinion was strongly back of it on this question, took tbe lead and now olaims a victory. Yerkes well points out tbat rscent elections show tbe trust press of Chicago, as well as elsewhere, oan do little against a clearly defined publio sentiment, but is always ready to seize an opportunity, as iu oases like tbe above, to gain publio confidence and '.hen misuse tbat confidence in more important matters, but in a manner lees readily detected. But in admitting tbat tbe trust news papers bad an overwhelming publio sentiment with them first, Yerkes also gently admits that the sentiment was against bis virions measures, too. OUR QUICK CROP XESULTS. A SOUTH DAKOTA farmer has kept a cord of the timo seeding generally be gan in bis vicinity and the time that harvest began generally. The dates show a wide variation, yet a closely uni form time between seeding and maturity. Seeding began in 1889 as early as March 19, and ao late in 1881 ns May 5. Har- Pillosophy. Of making many pills there is no end. Every pill-maker says: "Try my pill," as if he were offering you bon bons! The wise man finds a good pill and sticks to it. Also, the wise man who has once tried them never forsakes Jjift Cathartic Pills.. 4.1 TJ Vfl vesting began July 20 in 1889, and August 2 in 1892. The records of a dozen years of wheat growing in the Dakotas show tbat the wheat crop is sown, sprouts, develops and matures in tbe remarkable time of from 90 to 100 days. Nowhere else in the oonntry can so much world-recog nizeil and world-used wealth witb such a comparatively small expense of labor and capital, be produced, as in Dakota. Tbe possessor of suoh a soil in|suoh a olitnate ought to be specially favored, but owing to the artificial hindrances now existing in the exohange of that wealth for money, the Dakota producer is little better off, as a rule, than the man who elsewhere, pi.iws, sows and waits a year for his greater labor to bring results. CAN AFFORD TO CO-OPERATE. IN addition to the large local petition to the Northern Paoifio to give a rebate on freight on lumber and supplies for tbe Jamestown Pair association build ings, petitions for tbe same purpose have been circulated at Valley City and Car rington. Tbe whole central part of the state is interested in this enterprise. Tbe road will make as muoh it not more out of it than the projectors. A spirit of liberality and interest in tbe welfare of the state ought to aotnate tbe manage ment in this matter. Tbe citizens of Jamestown are putting up the money and the Northern Paoifio can afford to co-operate with them and make the fair a success. SENATOR TILLMAN again brought up the charges made in the press, that sen ators were speculating on information about legislation likely to ocour in the interests of the sugar trust. He de clared tbat the senate should punish tbe sugar grandees, Havemyer and others, for refusing to testify fully before the senate investigating committee, or hush. The trust press will now proceed to open up again on Tillman, not for openly op posing the sugar truBt, but on the other sufficient grounds that be is an agitator, a would-be destroyer of law and order, an evil emissary of anarohy, a "pop" and a few other choice names, that answer with certain party papers for arguments. THE editors of tbe Towner News and Stockman give thanks and a big puff to some party who invited them out to eat a meal, and adds ("was an editor ever known to refuse anything?") These cord wood, and cabbage, and charity, and delinquent subscription acknowledgements—printed in words of bumble thankfulness—in most of the country weeklies, has a decided tendency to lower the value and importance of a newspaper in public opinion. The editor who appears devoutly thankful to get what is bis due, what he has earned, seems to admit tbat something is being had for nothing. It's time tbe North Dakota newspaper men quit this rural practioe. FROM its renewsd mutterings and evidences of interior destress, it is thought tbat tbe Grand Forks Herald will not be able to keep its republican ism down muoh longer. It all depends on tbs post offioe department at Wash ington, it is said. If tbe Herald should have another irruption soon it is fsared that tbe re publican party in North Dakota would be entirely buried ubd.)r great masses of fire, smoke and lava, and what tbe party would do without tbat mountain of pol itical purity and strength, towering above the people and throwing the glare of its internal fires athwart a world of darkness and corruption—is hard to tell. A GRAND jury baa indicted Albert Soheffer, president of the suspended Allsmania bank at St. Paul. Tbe charge was tbat Soheffer bad an overdraft of 96,475 at tbe time tbe bank failed. Numerous other grand juries in many states are indioting bankers who have paid no attention to banking laws or sound banking principles, or who have deliberately robbed depositors. Tbsse steps are necessary it the pnblio is to be protected and if banks are to retain con fidence of depositors. But indictments aloae are worthless. Convictions and punishment is needed to show good faith. A few convictions following in dictments, are wanted. A SON of John A. Logan has become involved in a fierce dispute, which is agitating to its red heart's core bis social set and the military circles of the army. The son of his late father denies the state ment of one General Alex McD. McCook that be, tbe son aforesaid, wore a uni form and military decorations to which he was not entitled, at the coronation of tbe czar in Ilnssia. iloyal, sab-royal, official, exclusive social and regular army circles will oscillate tempestuously until this vital point is authoritatively decided. COOPKICSTOWN is having a new flour mill constructed, and Ellendale has offered a bonuB of 81,500 for a mill. Tbe towns want mills to grind North Dakota wheat and hold the trade. This is a manufacturing business that North Dakota oan more easily go. into than any other. It is our natural avenue in tbat direotion. Every little town ought to have one or more good flour mills. It would help make a home market for No. 1 bard. ia® If5 £f "TO#1 't? ONE of the best agricultural, journals for this part of tbe United StateB is tbe Dakota Farmer published for $1 a year at Aberdeen, S. D. It gives the results of farming in the Dakotas special atten tion, and the Pakotas are a farm region out out by nature, distinot and separate. The olimate, soil and advantages ftbi fertile region, which is destined to be the greatest food producing area in tbe United States, deserve special attention and study, and there are iutelligent students at work on tbe problems. THE Northern Paoifio railway is filing for reoord in the various oounties in the state, and especially in the indemnity belt, government patents for hundreds of thousands of acres of lands given the company by act of congress. Ths com pany realizes that these lands are bound to be worth muoh more tban at present, and will no longer delay an action tbat might invalidate a clear title. Tbe tax payers will get a benefit also in addi tional revenue. JOHN WANNAMAKER, who ought to know, made a publio kiok at a Phila delphia banquet on the failure of pros perity to appear after the election. Wannamaker has been known as a big contributor. Is it possible he is just realizing how it feels to be bunkoed too? Mr. Wannamaker said tbat tbe low state to wbioh tbe political religion of tbe nation was brought by unscrupulous bosses must eventually result in anew party. GILPIN'S X-RAYS discovers tbe next United States senator from North Da kotaj to le in tbe form and features of Congressman Johnson and also discovers tbat this "would be an admirable selec tion, pleasing tbe people regardless of party" It is wonderful how far these modern inventions can penetrate into the darkness of the shadowy labyrinths of political, as well as anatomical ob sourities. ALTHOUGH tbe revocation of Cleve land's forestry reserve order greatly effected parte of South Dakota, Senator Kyle of that state did not vote for or against tbe resolution. He dodged. Tbe interests of 40,000 South Dakota people were direotly oonoerned. North Dakota was not oonoerned directly in this mat ter, yet both senators voted to revoke tbe order. Mr. Kyle is training by himself. NEW YORK journeymen tailors forced their executive oommittee to call a strike to secure if possible wages on which the men and families could live. The pro fessional agitator is no longer in control as a leader, and no longer can force tbe members of the union to Btrike at the wrong time or act in oonoert against their interests in elections. Tbe mem bers are forcing tbe leaders to aot. FLORIDA baa elected Stephen R. Mai lory. United States senator in place of Call. Tbe new senator is in favor of tbs ooinsge of both gold and silvsr by tbe United States of gAmerics, without tbe oonsent of foreign potentates. He takes ths plaoe of one Call, long known as a member friendly to most all propositions for corporation agerandizoment. TH Iowa legislature attempted to destroy fusion by making it impossible for the same state eleotion tickets to be printed on the same ballot under differ ent names. The latest reports are tbat tbe fusion foroes will go under one name but maintain their distinot organizations. They want to know with Juliet, what's in a name? A "NAILING bee" has been called for Mandan people to contribute to tbe fix ing up of tbeir fair grounds. Tbe day set is Sunday, whiob, the Independent there says, will hoodoo tbe fair, but it rather looks as if suoh united efforts would make the show a snooess. WISCONSIN and Minnssota newspapers coming to this offioe contain the full text of all tbe acts of the legislative sssembliss. Those statss make it a point to see tbat tbeir people have an opportunity to know what tbe new laws are. MONTANA courts have ssntenoed a clerk of the legislature to a year's im prisonment for secreting a bill and pre venting its passage. Montana is setting an unexpected example for another state not far off. EDITOR HI RAYMOND of Dawson has returned from a winter's splurge in Florida where he bas been shooting alli gators and tnjoyiog life along with Standard Oil Flagler and the rest of tbe magnates. PART of the 950,000 congress appropri ates for destitute Americans in Cuba, might be devoted with great propriety, to tbe half starving sweat shop victims in Mew York City. IT IS announced tbat Langtry, tbe Lily of tbe Jersey, bas obtained another divorce. Tbe Lily toils not neither does she spin, yet she gets there just tbe ssme. STUTSMAN oounty farmers complain that in Jamestown the elevator is the Monarch of sll it surveys. Tbere is practically no wheat buying competition. lilHIIIMIIU.% J^getaUcPreparationror A As similating tteToodandltegtila Uqg the Stomachs and Bowels of IM AN IS H1LDH1.N ftonwtesDigestion,Cheerful ness andHest.Contalns neither Optum.Morphine nor Mineral. Mot Narcotic. perfect Remedy for Constipa tion. S'odrStomach,Diarrhoea, Worms .Convulsions, Feverish dffss aid Loss OF SLEEP. facsimile Signature of NEW YORK. EXACT COPY OF WRAPPER. Proposed Tariff Taxes. Editor Alert: In all ages the farmer —the peasantry—has been the sport of tbe powerful and the fool of the world. In ancient times in merrie England he wore a metal collar about his neok branded by tbe estate to wbioh be be longed—a serf. In modern times in America we have the collar and tbe servitude, but we call it party allegiance. Periodically rustious is rounded up and votes with promptness for bis collar. Unable to think either of, or for, himself, or if blessed witb a modicum of thought to break away from his prejudices, be yearly lends his support to measures which are orushing him to tbe earth. Just now he is asked to pay $40,000, 000 a year more his sugar, $10,000,000 a year more for his tea, $14,000,000 more for his beer, many millions more for bis woolen and linen fabrics, harness, leather goods, lumber, etc. 1'bese are some of tbe provisions of the new tariff bill now incubating in tbe senate. He is told be must submit to all this to start tbe wheels of prosperity—just to make things hum, so to speak, for times are dull. It is not pretended tbat muoh, if any. of this vast sum to be annually taken from the pockets of the people is for purposes of legitimate protection, but to raicid revenue to support tbe government Certainly sugar, tea, lumber and wool are not protectable articles. Witb more than 9150,000,000 of bor rowed gold lying idle in the treasury, and many other millions of lawful money, and gold speculators raiding tbe treasury to tbe tune of 85,000,000 a week for export, it is thought necessary to have a little small ohange to run the maohinery of government. Hence we arq taxed, taxed in our sugar and taxed in onr tea and—alas in our beer. Tbat wonderful combination of honesty and statesmanship—John Sherman— said sometime last fall he would take the last shirt from the backs of tbe peo ple to sustain tbe government, bnt con gress hss dsoided to hit us in tbe stomach. Never mind, there is where Corbett got it, and the precise spot is a small matter. To offset tbsse many glittering mil lions tbe farmer is thrown a little sop— and sop it is—be ia to be protected in his raw wool and bides. One would think his hide wss tco tough, by this time, to need further proteotion. For nearly a oentury the wool factory bas been steadily protected, while for most of this period the wool grower has suoosssfully hoed bis own row. It was not until 1867,1 belisve, tbat a duty was placed on foreign wool. The idea of tbe past has been obeap raw material and protected manufac tures to beep our borne markets, but this policy seems now about to be re versed, for Massachusetts shoe makers sre clamoring for free hides to enable them to export tbeir wares. AH the world for Massachusetts. Woolen goods are now protected to tbe extent of 40 per cent. The imme diate effect of the proposed duty on wool will be to greatly increase to con sumers tbe cost of tbeir woolens without adequate recompense to tbe farmer. Says Ex-Postmaster General Wilson: "With raw wool on the protected list from 1967 to 1894, under a tariff framed largely by tbe National Wool .Growers' association, tbe number of sheep in tbe Uniced States has remained almost sta tionary and east of tbe Mississippi and Missodri rivers has fallen off one half. Cattle, with bides on the free list, in creased from 15,000,000 in 1870 to 36, 000,000 in 1894. Horses donbled in number and swine increased from 26 000,000 to 45,000,000." Excluding the sudden drop in wool when tbe duty wss taken off in 1894, tbs prioe has also ateadily fallen, even under tbe fostering MoKinley bill. Tbis clamor for proteotion to the farmers' hides snd wool is horn of a de sire to be protected somewhere while the other fellow's bands are in. It is estimsted tbat tbs duties pro- ,, THAT THE IFAC-SIMILE SIGNATURE —OF •9 rr# IS OK THE WRAPPER OF EVERY BOTTLE OF Mill 0aitor!» ia put np in em-sin tottlat only. It lis not sold ia bulk. Don't allow anyone Now, if we estimate 810 worth of wool clothing, hosiery, blankets, carpets, felts, etc. (certainly a modest 6iim for this rigorous olimate) as tbe least amount necessary per capita for our population and suppose the inoreased cost to the consumer by the doubling of the price of wool is but 25 per oent, tbe state loses 8400,000 net. How then are tbe people of North Dakota benefitted hy protected wool? With all tbe bounties given, for so many years, to the manufacturer and wool grower we have never succeeded in pro ducing quite one-third the wool annually cousumed in the U. S. Wool proteotion in the past bas been barren of rsaults. Mr. Gold Bug Jobnaon says "we ought to raise all tbe wool we use." Yes, we ougbt, but we don't. Ws can raise 90 cent wheat, Shy lock bonds, snd a poor class of congressmen, but we can't raise wool. We fail by 400,000,000 pounds— two-thirds of the oloibing of tbs people. We full after 27 years of bounty. If placing wool on the free list the most colossal political crime of the age," as Mr. Johnson states, wbat shall be said of legislation tbat eiacts as tribute from the user 65 cents for every dollar's worth of woolens worn? But tbsre is a phase of this subject wbioh cannot be indicated or expressed by dollars and osnts. We may possibly be deprived of sugar and tea without injury but obeap and sufficient woolens, in many parts of the country, area neces sity to life and health. Says a promin ent statssman "No statistician can com pute ths bounties paid by ths poor in ths past twenty-five years, or the numbers of those who have fallen victims to con sumption, pneumonia, grippe and kindred diseases because of their inabili tg to supply themselves witb oonfortable and suffloient woolen clothing." Ex osasivs taxation of any srtmle affseting the health of tbs people is neithsr humane nor good polities. The protection tbe farmers of North Dakota aak ia not on their wool at tb« expense of their neighbors, but on their oripplsd and baiting wheat, at. tbe ex pense of gold, bull-dozing England, who manages to buy it with our own silver. '7T%- v') /*. «.«#.. 4 *, to Mil yon anything else on the plea or promiie that It ia "jnat aa good" and "will answer every por jpoie." 49^ See that yon get C-A-S-T-O-R-I-A. Tko he- 55 ef TTipjir. posed upon tbe various grades of wool by the senate bill are the equivalent of about 10 cents a pound. Tbe population of North Dakota (indi cated by recent vote) is about 240,000, tbe number of sheep in 1896, 355,000, snd her wool clip, 2,000,000 pounds. This means to the state 8200,000, pro viding middle men and speculators are honest, er rather it means 8100 apiece to about 2.000 men. I WANDA. CASTORIA For Infknta and Children. Personal.—Ths gentleman who annoy ed the congregation last Sunday by oontinually coughing will find instRnt relief by using One Minute Cough Cure, a speedy and harmless remedy for throat and lung troubles. D. Baldwin. Weils oounty taxpayers sre pleassd to learn tbat the Northern Paoifio has filed patents to all the company lands in eight or ten townships in that, oounty.' The town of Sheldon, or wbat there is left of it after the fire, may be moved bodily to the Soo crossing of tbe Fargo Southwestern branob, a distance of three miles. The Bismarck eleotion oase in which gross frsuds are charged, will be taksn before tbe district oourt. The legisla ture refused to sustain ths olaims of tbe fusionists, bnt as oounty offices are in volved tbe matter is not to b« dropped. Croup and hooping cough are cbild ren's terrors but like pneumonia, bron chitis, and otbsr throat and lung trou bles, can be quickly cured hy using One Minute Cough Cure. D. Baldwin.