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The Bemidji daily pioneer. (Bemidji, Minn.) 1904-1971, February 15, 1904, Image 4

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The first really destructive fire
in the history of this city oc
curred this morning, and as a
result four houses of prostitu
tion went up in smoke at a loss
aggregating $20,000. Wm. Dun
calf, Fred C. Tyson, Prank Gag
non and W. E. Rose were the pro
prietors cf the places.
The fire started about 3 o'clock,
and the fire department was im
mediately called out, but upon
their arrival found the buildings
a mass of flames on the inside,
and nothing could be done to save
them. They turned their atten
tion to the adjoining buildings.
Streams were turned onto the
Blake house and the Thurston &
Love saloon building, and were
in this manner successful in con
fining the fire to the buildings
already in flames. All efforts to
save anything from the burning
mass were futile, some of the
occupants narrowly escaping
with their lives.
Due to the closing up last week
each of the houses had only two
or three occupants, and no bar
tenders were employed on the
night shift. It has been their
custom since the saloon part
Hay Bay Red Lake Railroad and
Transportation Co.
Four Houses of Prostitution Wen
in Smoke This Morning Abou
Three O'clock.
Insurance on the Four Buildings Said to
Abou $9,C00No Lives
Were Lost.
Rumors come from Red Lake
Falls to the effect that the North
ern Pacific has agents looking
over the line of the recently bank
rupted Red Lake Railroad and
Transportation company with a
view of buying the same and exImmediatley
tending the Minnesota & Inter
national due west, pf obably from
Bemidji, due west to Red Lake
Falls to connect with the North
ern Pacific.
The report has not been con
firmed, and those in direct con
nection with the business of the
railroad company say they know
nothing of the move
To Cut Off Light
One of the propositions that
will come up before the village
council at the next meeting will
be the question of cutting, off
some of the street lights in north
and west of Fifth street. Many
of the lights now running, while
they are necessary, will have to
"be cut off in order to economize
in the running expenses of the
village. It is said that the coun
cil will also take steps to cut off
the street lights in the business
section after 12 o'clock.
only has been in commission to
work the day bartender until
about midnight and close up.
This was done last night. Thf!
bartender at Tyson's closed up
at midnight, leaving a good fire
in the bar room stove, and it is
the supposition that the door in
some manner was opened and
some of the coals fell to the floor.
The fire was not discovered until
after the whole interior of the
place was a mass of flames, and
was spreading to the adjoining
The buildings were all two-Delano,
story frame structures and ag
gregate a loss in the neighbor
hood of $20,000, distributed as
Fred C, Tyson,... $5,000
Wm. Duncalf 7,000
Frank Gagnon.... 4,000
W. E. Rose 5,000
Insurance was carried on each
of the places except that of Gag
non's. Mr. Duncalf carried $4,000,
Tyson $3,500, and Rose $1,500.
Some talk of incendiarism has
been started' but it is believed
by the large number that the fire
was purely accidental, no object
for incendiarism being pre
Quarantine Raised from Lumber
Camps and Employes
County Health Officer Blakes
lee, returned this morning from
Kelliher, where yesterday after
noon he raised the quarantine
that has been kept over the
lumber camp of R. E. White.
upon the release
the employes of the camp donned
their "best togs" and set out tor
town, not forgetting to make a
"tonch" for a few dollars apiece,
and when the doctor left them at
Kelliher they were having the
best kind of a time.
You can see them at
Reed's Art Studio
K. of P. Celebration.
The local lodge of Knights of
Pythias will celebrate the forty
first anniversary of their knight
hood at a grand ball and banquet
to be given in their hall on next
Tuesday night. A banquet will
be served and dancing and
speechmakins: will follow. The
occasion will be for members of
the order and their wives, and
visiting members are also invited
to attend.
Ruggles in Town.
C. P. Ruggles, the millionaire
timber owner, is in the city.
Mr. Ruggles is looking up titles
to some of his holdings in this
vicinity. He has extensive inter
ests in this section.
On Callodio Carbon Paper
Mother of Senator E. J.
Swedback Dies Last Night
of Diabetes.
Was Born at Borgsjo, Sweden, in
1816, and Came to Minne
sota in 186S.
Mrs. Dorothy Swedback,
mother of Senator E. J. Swed
back, died last night about a
o'clock at the residence of the
Senator in this city, of diabetes.
Mrs. Swedback, was born at
Borgsjo, Sweden, Ausgust 16
1816, and lived there until 1868,
when the family removed to the
United States and settled at Red
Wing, Minn. They lived at that
city a year after which the family
removed to Minneapolis, where
they made their residence for one
year. Later they airain moyed to
where her two sons, John
and E. J., engaged in the lumbar
In 1898 the family came to this
city, and the two sons engaged in
lumber business. They have
made this their residence ever
since, and by their fair dealings
and strict business methods
have won the respect of the en
tire community. Another son,
Ole Swedback, also survives and
is a homesteader at Big Fork.
Mrs. Swedback has a number of
grand children, among whom are
Charles Swedback of this city
and Mrs. Haines of Ripple.
Mrs. Swedback took sick nine
days ago. She has been hale and
very hearty for a person at so
advanced an age, and the death
was a surprise ___
Mrs. Swedback was a member
of the Baptist church, to which
she was joined 36 years ago.
She was a loving wife, a kind
mother and a true friend to those
with whom she was intimately
acquainted, and will be mourned
by a host of friends and ac
quaintances who tender their
heartfelt sympathies to the sor
rowing relatives.
Funeral services will be under
the auspices of the Baptist
church of this city, but the time
has not as yet been fixed.
Great Northern Asks for New Trial
of Damage Suit of Mrs.
Fred Neiman.
From present indications the
Neiman damage case, in which
Mrs. Fred Neiman was given
damages in the sum of $5,000 at
the last term of the district
court at Crookston, will be ap
pealed to the supreme court.
The railroad company took ex
ception to the decision of the
court, and Saturday morning a
motion was presented to Judge
Watts in chambers for a retrial
of the case or a setting aside of
the verdict.. Attorney Country
man of St. Paul represented the
railroad company in the argu
Mrs. Neiman is the widow of
the Great Northern fireman who
was killed in this city last sum
mer by falling from the side
board of a locomotive into the
Mississippi river while crossing
the bridge, and claims that the
sideboard was defective.
A Kansas Minister.
Rev. S. Coulton of Circle
ville, Kas., says:"Dr. Warner
Your WM6e Wine of Tar Syrup
has been in my family and found
to be all and even more than you
claim for it. It is a speedy cure
for all throat and lung diseases
For sale at City Drug store.
New Laces
New Embroideries
New Muslin Underwear
New Ginghams
New Wash Good
Samuel Simpson of Grand Rapids
Relates Some Interest-
ing Ones.
Samuel Simpson, formerly su
perintendent of the Crookston
Lumber company's logging de
partment of this city, and who
is now running several camps in
the vicinity of Grand Rapids,
says that he has never during
his residence in Northern Minne
sota seen the wolves so numerous
New Chatelain Bags
Q\ir Spring Goods
tre coining some eo-e here balance on
the way.
as they have been this winter.
The following is one of many
stories Mr. Simpson has to tell of
the wolves in the vicinity of
Grand Rapids:
"One day this week a scaler
named Bert Loomis and a tally
man named H. E. Anderson, who
lives at my camp on Leech river^
and who works at John Sibley's
camp over on Boy river, four
miles distant, were treed by
wolves for two hours. The menearly
struck out from my camp at 4
o'clock, and of course it was
dark at that time. While tra
versing a swamp they became
aware of the presence of wolves,
whose motives were plainly hos
"Loomis and Anderson took
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15he Clothiers
New Woo Dress Goods
New Trimmings
New Lace Curtains
New Hair Ornaments
New Belts
the hint early, and, without ring
ing in any bluffs, climbed trees
with all possible speed. Five or
six wolves stood under each tree
and looked hungrily up at the
men until daylight and they van
ished into the woods.
"The wolves this winter are
very bold. I saw one run across
the road not 50 feet ahead of me
one evening. He was a big
fellow and had an excellent set of
teeth, which he exhibited in pass
"A homesteader on Boy river
has seven wolf carcasses hanging
up in his yard. He killed most
of them with poison."

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