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"The well is what is called a
flowine well The water is as
good as can be found anywhere,
and the supply sufficient, for
ordinary uses at the present
time. However, on occasion of
recent fires it has oeen neces
sary to pump water from the
lake into the mains by means of
the fire engine, and this is met
with strenuous objection by
many local people who claim that
the water taken from a net) in
the lake where thieo ff rer
sewers have then out t, wjtlun
a few blocks, i & a menai to pub
lie health
Citizens of International Fails
Extend the Glad Handon
March 6th.
Put In Reservoir South of Electric Light Plant and Place
an Air Lift in Present WellWould Greatly In
crease Efficiency of Water Service.
In the last issue of the Bel would
trami County News there was a
pertinent article anent the water
supply of the city, and a sugges
tion as to a remedy
The Pioneer takes the liberty
of reproducing the article, which
was as follows
"It is up to the city to provide
more adequate water service.
"With the growth of Bemidji,
extension of water mains and
sewer system has followed, until
today the city is conironted with
the problem of how to get water
to meet the increasing demand
"Two years ago the old well
on the hill where the water tank
is situated was condemned, and
the village council in power at
the lime set about to find a new
location for a well. After many
unsuccessful attempts, a ten
inch well was sunk aapimng the
electric light plant, a pump
stalled and a contract awarded
the Warfield Electric Co. to
pump the water for a period of
nve years
criticism for doing thi^ in case
of emergency, it has been sug
gested that the time is nar
when the present water supply
will not be sufficient for ordi
nary use, and it is up to the city
to provide against this emer
gency before it actually arises.
"M^ny different plans have
suggested. Some would sink an
additional well, whileothei would
move the pumping plant to the
riverside where the Mississippi
enters Lake Bemidji
"A suggestion made by a prom
inent local citizen meets with
the approval ot many and has the
merit of being the least expen
sive way it of the difficulty
This gentleman would build a
reservoir adjoining the present
pumping plant, which he would
keep full at all times Thewellhav
ing a flow of one barrel a minute
partake of her hospi ality next
Wednesday evening.
A program of oratory and
musi will take plate at the eity
I \ternat Palls, March 4
Int rnational Palls has up to this
date modestly refrained from
any demonstration in recogni
tion of the creation of Ko tchi
ching county. But now thdt
practically all doubt has been
eliminated and it has become an
assured fact that Koochiching
county exists as a legal, fully es- Warrants Payable,
tabhshed municipal corporation Notice is hereby given that
and that International Palls is tnere is money in the treasury to
the duly designated seat of gov Ipay all outstanding warrants
erment thereof, our city has de-!registered prior to January 1,
cided to extend the glad hand J1907, and that interest will cease
to the people of Koocb ching on same on and after thirty days
county and to ir.v.ti thpm all to from the date of this notice
insure pure, fresh water
at all times, and in case of fire,
or other tax upon the normal
supply, there would be sufficient
of water for use in any emer
"With the people clamoring
for extension of water mains
both for fire protection and dom
estic uses, and the supply barely
sufficient for the present service,
the city council has an important
public problem to solve."
In conversation with the Pio
neer, C. W. Warfield, of the War
field Electric company, offers the
following as a possible solution
of the demand for an additional
supply of water.
One way would be to put in
meters, thus saving much leak
ake by waste, which, it is be
lieved, would cut the demand by
nearly fifty per cent,
A reservoir and an air lift
would, it is claimed, be of much
The present water supply is
156 gallons per minute, and the
pump is required to be run eigh
teen hours out of every twenty
four during the winter months.
There is, of course, an extra de
mand, in case of fire. Last sum
mer, the pump was run twenty
four hours steady, and on one
occasion all the well could pro
duce was required, besides a
tankful at the beginning.
The tank was empty for four
days during last summer, and it
would have remained so, but for
the fact that the street commis
Muiit warned the people to be
.careful It was necessary, on
several occasions, to shut off the
on the city mams, in order
replenish tne supply.
It is recommended that a res
ervoir, with a capacity for about
9,000 barrels, be scooped out on
the lot south of the pump house.
This would cost the city less than
14,000, as estimated by D.
Stoner, city engineer. An air
lift could be placed in the well,
which would produce about 700
gallons per minute and with the
9,000 barrels in store in the res
ervoir, five streams of water,
with 100 pounds pressure to the
nozzle, could be used for three
days in fighting a fire. The
quantity of water that the well
could produce is estimated from
data of wells of similar condi
tions. To insure the correctness
of the estimate a temporary air
lift could be placed in the well,
and the well tested, before any
considerable sum was spent in
the undertaking.
hall early in the evening to be fol
lowed by dancing. Beginning at
ten o'clock and continuing until
one o'clock, supper will be served
in litis' hall. Everything will be
free A committee comprising
Messrs. Kinney, Kane, Mont
gomery, Berg and Bedell, has
every detail charge.
In behalf of the city of Inter
national Falls the Press extends
a cordial invitat on to every resi
dent of Koochiching county to be
present and participate in the
festivities. It will oe a joyous
occasion and you cannot afford to
miss it.
Dated at Bemidji, Minn., this
4th day of March, 1907.
Earl Geil,
City Treasurer
wi s^
Six Cars Leave the Track and Crash
Through Timber Near
Ball Club.
An extra east-bound Great
Northern freight train was
wrecked Sunday morning, at
about 3 30 o'clock, on the long
trestle and bridge one mile west
of Ball Club station, some eight
cars being derailed, six of them
which crashed through the
bridge timbers and were piled
in a heap on the ice below. The
rails were torn up for a distance
of over 100 feet, and the hole in
the bridge was at least seventy
five feet wide As a result of
the wreck, traffic was delayed
for several hours Sunday after
noon and night, and the wreck
was not cleared and the track
re placed until a late hour Mon
day forenoon. The east and west
bound passenger trains met at
either end of the bridge and
transferred passengers, mail and
baggage, and were sent back,
the west bound train returning
to Superior and the east-bound
to Grand Porks.
The wreck was caused by a
car in the middle of the train,
parts of which became unfastened
and dragged for a mile on the
ties before reaching the bridge,
when the car was derailed, top
pled over and took five other cars
along over the trestle. The train
was separated, the engine and
several cars on the head end uot
leaving the track, the same being
true of the caboose and six cars
on the rear. The cars that were
wrecked were filled with lumber
and wheat, there being one car
loaded with tbe latter.
The part of the train cast off
the wreck was taken on to Su
perior. A small wrecker was
brought to the scene of the wreck
from Cass Lake, and later, in
the evening, the steam wrecker
arrived from Duluth. The work
of clearing the wreck and re
placing the steal was pushed
rapidly under the supervision of
P. C. Cenally of Superior, -road
master, and his assistant, Iver
Larson of Grand Rapids.
The train which was wrecked
was in charge of E Nolan.
No one was injured, although the
caboose was quite badly shaken,
and apparently no one can be
blamed for the accident.
Five Make Final Proof.
Saturday five citizens of Bel
trami county made homestead
final proof to as many quarter
sections of land.
Those making the final proofs
before Clerk of Court Rhoda
were John P. Jacobs, Nels S
Peckham, John E Peckham and
Ludwig Schwarz May 2 ad has
been set as the next date for the
hearing of final proofs.
Additional local matter will be*found
on fourth page.
Commercial Club To Meet
Tomorrow Night
An important meeting of the Commercial Club will
be held tomorrow evening. At this time it is very im-
portant that every member of the club should attend the
meeting, for the best interests of the ci*y are furthered
by a good live club.
G. E. CARSON, Treasurer
Brings Suit Against the Minnesota &
International to Compel Them to
Put in Drawbridge.
Feared That if the Railroad Co. Should
Lose City Will Also Be Compelled
to Put in Expensive Drawbridge.
The case of McLachlan
against the M. & I. Ry. Co. for
damages for obstructing naviga
tion on the Mississippi river be
tween Lake IrviEg and Lake Be
midji, by maintaining a low
bridge across the same, is an ex
ceedingly important matter to
the citizens of Bemidji as well as
to all the railway companies
crossing the river.
M. D. Stoner, who called our
attention to the case, states
"If the plaintiff succeeds in prov
ing that section of the Mississ
ippi river a navigable stream and
the Government will recognize it
as such the result will be that
the city and all railway com
panies will be obliged to build
swing bridges. The estimated
expense to the city would be at
least $15,000 and be absolutely
unavoidable. Besides there would
be a perpetual expense of an
attendant during the navigation
"Inasmuch as the legislature
has granted permission at various
times to private parties to build
dams both above and below this
point in question and within the
county and the fact that there is
a natural bar across the river
where it enters Lake Bemidji,
which prohibits navigation ex
cept for very small craft, it does
not seem probable that the gov
ernment will recognize it as a
navigable stream in the sense
that would compel an open chan
nel for large boats, but it is to be
deplored that the case was
started for if Bemidji is com
pelled to build a swing bridge
across the Mississippi and per
petually maintain it and pay an
attendant, it will mean an enor
mous and unreasonable expense
to accommodate the few pleasure
launches which pass up and
down the river.
"This will not be the end of the
expense, however, for if Mc
Lachlan succeeds in proving the
said river a navigable stream at
the point in question, the same
railroad bridge are now mam
tained and the same expense as
previously stated would be forced
upon the city for a steel swing
bridge at that point also."
Local News on last page.
Services in Ail the Churches Were Well
AttendedInteresting Sermons
There was a complete jam at
the Methodist church last even
ing. The people were glad to
get a seat any where, and it was
thought for a while that they
could not be accommodated. For
five Sunday evenings large num
bers of people have wended their
way to this church to listen to
the discourses on "Marriage,"
but last night the climax was
reached in the size of the con
"Mary's Husband" was en
tirely responsible for it all. As
stated is the Pioneer Saturday
evening that the people would
fall in love with "Mary's Hus
band" came true, and it is safe
to say that "John," for that is
the name of Mary's husband,
will easily be the most talked of
man in Bemidji this week. And
as the people passed out of the
church they pronounced "John"
"a fine man." It was "John"
as far as the pastor's ear could
carry him from the church.
Many wanted to know if "John"
was real and if so, did he live in
Bemidji. Miss Eva Graling sang
a solo which was well received.
Next Sunday evening the sixth
sermon on "Marriage" will be
delivered, the subject being
"John's Mother-in law."
proof can and would sooner or
later be applied by some one, to Services in the Baptist church
the obstruction across the Miss- were well attended both morn-
issippi river at the outlet of Lake ing and evening, In the morning
Bemidji", where a low wagon and the pastor, Rev. Broomfield's
A %^u~
At the Presbyterian church
yesterday morning a large con
gregation was present, as usual,
and listened to an interesting
and helpful sermon on "The
Christian's Armor." The Sab
bath school, held after the
church service, taxes the capacity
of tbe church and is steadily
growing. Junior C. E in the
afternoon was well attended and
the children take great interest
in this service. Senior C. E. met
at the usual hour with a large
number present. The evening
church service at 8 o'clock kept
up the remarkable record of
these services both in attendance
and interest. The pastor, Rev.
White, delivered a fine sermon
on "Work and Its Reward." The
text was: "If any man's work
abide which he hath built there
upon, he shall receive a reward."
Mr. White dwelt upon Chnst,the
only foundation for the Christian
life, and the rules laid down for
tbe building of a life that sh 11 be
useful to the world and worthy of
reward hereafter. The chorus
choir sang at both services.
subject was "Waiting upon the
King of Kings. The evening
sorvices were especially interest
it to all who attended.
German Lutheran services
I were held at the court house ball Loal news on last page.
Home-Talent Play.
The members of the local
Norwegian Young People's so
ciety will give a home-talent
play at the city opera house
tonight when not less
than three plays will be given.
They will form an interesting
study of old country life, and
even those who are not familiar
with the Norwegian language
can be assured of an enjoyable
Lands in This "Necko* the Woods" B* Than Those of
Wyoming or Colorado, and Art Mueh Cheaper
Climate Here Compares F. vorably.
Why any home-seeking farmer, by means an unimportant item
especially one from New England tin these days of hteadily advanc-
or New York, should pass by ing lumberthe felled trees
Northern Minnesota, where the I command goodly prices at the
farm lands are as reasonable in i nearest market while tbe irriga-
price as those of any portion of jtion labor yields no returns,
the United States, and go to The farmer from the east, or
Wyoming or Northwestern Col- even from one of the Central
orado, where the lands capable of! states, who goes to Wyoming
cultivation are held almost, if I has to unlearn a,ll he has known
nob quite, as high as those of any I about farming and acquire, in-
eastern state, is one of the
mysteries of life that is past
reasonable explanation.
The excuse sometimes given
that the climate of the two west
ern states is milder and the crop in fine shape for spring work
season longer than in Northern and rains never fail the crop3.
Minnesota is not borne out by* In Wyoming, as in other prairie
facts. The frosts begin in states, the fuel question is a
Wyoming and Northwestern serious one each winter. In
Colorado as early the fall as in I Northern Minnesota, the farmer
Northern Minnesota the changes has his fuel, and to spare, all
in temperature in the former,about his faim and. by thrifty
states are even more violent and
the blizzards more severe because
there are no forests whatsoever
to act as storm brakes the win
ters are equally as long and the
springs just as late
The objection that Northern
Minnesota farm lands require
immense work in clearing the
tracts of the timber is easily to
be met by the fact that, in Wy
oming and Northwestern Colora
do, not an acre can be cultivated
without irrigation and the con
struction of the proper kind of
irrigating ditches requires fully
as much Hard work as clearing
off timber. Besidesand this is '81 3 in the last five years
yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock,
Rev. E Ulbricht of Cass Lake,
preaching the sermon.
Demand for Farm Lands.
Local real estate firms want
200 farms for settlers who wish
to locate in Beltrami county.
That Beltrami county lands
are sougbt after by parties from
abroad is evidenced by the testi
mony of one of the local real
estate firms who are now trying
to purchase two hundred farms
for people who have a desire to
locate in this county.
Beltrami county soil is the
very best and no doubt the
parties who desire to locate here
have carefully gone over the
ground before expressing their
desire to locate here.
Messrs. Carter & Tait, the real
estate men, say the demand for
Beltrami county dirt is growing,
and that the present applicants
for farms will bring us at least
two hundred good settlers.
entertainment. Two of the plays
were given at Cass Lake two Ject of drainage.
months ago and were witnessed
by large audiences. The other
play has never before been pro
duced in the United States. I
Dufour Enters Business Field.
Clifford Dufour, who was up to
recently successfully employed
as a traveling salesman for the
American Biscuit company, has
become engaged in the collection
business in Butte, Montana. He
is identified in the undertaking
with a successful young lawyer.
Crookston Journal.
Mr. Dufour is well known in
Bemidji, having spent several of
his summer vacations in this
conservation of his timber, he
need not worry, for his own or
several future generations, as to
how he will meet the winters.
In Wyoming, the problem must
grow increasingly more diffi
Tbe arguments are all in favor
of Northern Minnesota farm
lands as against those of Wy
omingor any other part of the
Northwest, for that matter.
Some day, homeseekers will dis
i cover this and then the advance
in the values of Northern Minne
sota farm lands will be greater
in one year than Wyoming's
House Committee Considered Drainage
Bills Introduced at This
The drainage committee of the
house has held a long session to
consider two bills of importance
to certain sections of the state.
The bills are known as the town
ship and judicial drainage bills.
Representatives were heard from
different parts of the state in
favor of both measures.
The township drainaga bill is
to be introduced in the house
soon, and was framed by the
committee on drainage. Tt pro
vides for the drainage of the
marsh, swamp or wet lands in
any town or township in the
state, when the same cannot be
drained without effecting the
lands of others. It provides a
penalty for obstructing or injur
ing the ditches or drains con
structed. This measure received
warm support from Albert B.
Pratt, the county attorney for
Anoka. It was recommended
for passage.
The judicial drainage bill has
been drafted by the county attor
ney of Jackson county, P.
Lammers. The bill covers nearly
everything relating to the sub
It provides for
a Judiciad system of drainage of
stead, a, knowledge of irrigation
and its methodsalmost invari
ably a costly experience. In
Northern Minnesota, the heavy
snows of winter put the ground
meandered bodies of
cases providing
construction and repair
of ditches, dikes, roads, drains
and water courses, and tiling
land and reimbursement in cer
tain cases of owners of lands
damaged thereby providing
methods to do this construction
and repair.
Resignations Accepted/
Chief of Police, S. C. Bailey,
and patrolmen N. W. Helmer
and D. E Smith have tendered
to Mayor Carter their resigna
tions on the police force, which
have been accepted by Mr. Car

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