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The regular meeting of the
city council was held last
evening, and as this was the
first meeting of the newly elected
council there were quite a num
ber of spectators present
The council for the coming
year is to be composed of the
following person*
First Ward W. N. Bowser,
William McCuaig Second Ward,
Thomas Smart, Anton Erickson
Third Ward Kinch, John
Washburn Fourth Ward
George McTiggart, Fred Brink
A short communication from
Mayor elect Pogue was read in
wh ch he appointed Charles
Knox as chief of Police and John
Cline Captain. The balance of
the police appointments were
with held for a short time as
Mayor Pogue deemed it best to
have one or two patrolmen in
citizens clothes
After the reading of the min
utes of the previous meeting and
the usual allowance of bills the
matter of the several appoint
ments was taken up and the
folio wine: appointive offices
Chairman protem, W. N Bow
ser City attorney John Gib
bons Street com miss.oner,
James R. Miller, Water com
missioner, James R. Miller,
Chief engineer of fire dppart
ment, John McElroy, Assistant
engineer and Janitor of city hall,
Tim Quinn City health officer,
Accept Appointment of Charles Knox as Chief of i olice-
Appointment of Officers MadeNew Council Plans
Improvements for City
A. J. McGuire, Superintendent North- development
east Experimental Farm, Gives 1
Brother Farmers Pointers.
The quest-on is still being ^V*^
asked What is the future of
"What is the matter with north
Minnesota siac^ tha rank
and file of emigration is still
passing on into western Can-
The future of Northern Min
nesota is no lonsrer speculation.
Tt is on'y a matter of time. Its
agr cultural possibilities are
past the experimental stage.
here are various reasons why
is not receiving its share of
Lmigration, but more particu
larly due to the fact that in the
past its disadvantages were bet
ter known than its advantages
While Northern Minnesota has
Northeastern Minnesota? The countrymis'in its beginning- That
question might also be asked,'
considerable land which is unlit
at the present time for agricul
ture, it also has millions of acres
that are well adapted to profit
able farming, and tho time is
now come whan this land should
be farmed
Already Northeastern Minne
sota has the greatest iron mining
industry of the world At the
lu ad of Like Superi prepara
tions are being made for manu
facture that will rival the East
ern cities
During the year 1905 10,000
car loads of vegetables other
than potatoes were shipped into c^rse
Duluth and Superior. Practically
all of this was grown out-side of I
northern Minnesota The same
may be said of the butter, meat
and eggs consumed Duluth
and tributary cities.
The point is this- Northern
Minnesota through its mining,
manufacturing and shipping in
dustries, is fast developing what
is to be the largest and best mar
ket for farm products in the
state, and in fact in the whole,
northwest. This being the cage
Dr Ward City Scavenger
Charles Freiland SextonJS N.
The report of L. G. Pender
gast, justice of the peace was
filed and accepted by the coun
The matter of the securing of
the back reports of O. M. Skin
vik was referred to the city at
The application for liquor
license of Wold & Nelson was
accepted and ordered published.
Tne resignations of S. C.
Bailey, N. W. Helmer and D. E.
Smith as chief, captain and
patrolman of the police force
were ordered filed.
The petition of Chester Snow
for permission to erect a build
ing contrary to the fire ordinance
w^hin the fire limits was re
ferred to Councilmen Smart,
McCuaig and Erickson to in
vestigate and report same at
next meeting.
The city clerk was instructed
to advertise for bids for the city
printing, bids be opened at
the next meeting.
The bonds of Robert Clark and
G. Slocum as justices of thetion,
peace, Thomas Maloy as city
clerk, and J. E Cahiil,as assessor
were approved.
The city treasurer's bond was
fixed at $20,000 and the street
commissioner's bond at $500.
A resolution was passed grant
ing the Commercial club the use
of the council rooms this evening.
it is self-evident that the agn
cultural lands of northern Min
nesota will be used for that pur
pose, and it is to the interest of
the whole state to assist in the
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population and
'adventurous class fostered be
the lumbering industry
replaced by permanent spttleis.
tm development of the
Th system of farm
ing we take up and the intelli
gence we use in our work will
determine our progress. There
is aright and a wrong system of
farming and it is the part of
wisdom in the beginning to be
gin I lght. The Northeast Experi
ment Station has been working
out a system of farming for this
ction of the state, and this
system will be given succeed
ing bulleti' s.
The greater part of northern
Minnesota is adapted by nature
to agriculture, and whatever its
possibilities may be in mining
and manufacture, is only
through agriculture that the
4-1-irt rWMAniAni
about: fo thegreatest
of people.
MA V* -M
A. J. Mc Guire.
A Pleasant Surprise.
A number of the members of
the D. of H. and A O. U. W.
gathered at the home of Mrs. S.
i N. Keeves, the occasion being
her birthday. They were not
invited and the affair, of course,
was a complete surprise to Mrs.
Reeves. The evening was spent
in playing games and social dis-
Warrants Payable.
Notice is hereby given that
there is money in the treasury to
pay all outstanding warrants
registered prior to January 1,
1907, and that interest will cease
on same on and after thirty days
from the date of this notice.
Dated at Bemidji, Minn., this
4th day of March, 1907.
Earl GeiJ,
City Treasurer
jjsqrsMyt '^f^r^m
i. Ill I-4.L- J1I.JUI
Timber Board IncensedSection
Timber Land Near Bemidji In
volved in Controversy.
Hold Caucus at Nymore.
At the village of Nymore the
following caucus ticket h?s been
nominated: President, O J. Tag
ley Trustees, Willis Nye, E. Staf
ford and E Newman Recorder,
G. E. Lasher treasurer, H. R.
Trask assessor, M. Larson jus
tice, G. A. Hoffman constable,
Tom McManue.
3BKBBBSS2K22 'it lifiBi'h'ii: JssSB
St. Paul, March 5.A regular
meeting of the state timber
board was held in the office of
Governor Johnson Saturday and
rumor had it that, as a resolu
the board will ask for thecovered
resignations of two timber
cruisers, T. S. Finney and A. L.
Bacfculler. It is alleged by some
that the board is much incensed
at the action of the cruisers in
going before committees cf the
legislature and testifying as to
the sale of certain timber lands.
The cruisers testified before a
joint committee of the house and
senate, Thursday evening, ap
pointed to investigate the state's
rights relative t3 the pine and
timber lands. Mr. Bacheller
stated that one section of timber
near Bemidji, in Beltrami county,
had been disposed of for $200,
and was worth ten times that
Under cross examination Mr.
Bacheller said that the particular
section near Bemidji had been
brought to the attention of the
state timber board, which had
sent three cruisers to investigate
how much timber was on the
land and whether all that was
cut had been paid for.
The cruisers made a hasty ex
amination, Mr. Bacheller said,
and reported to the board that
all of the timber that had been
cut had been paid for by the
lumber concern which, it is said,
bought the ti ber. Upon this
report the state timber board
decided not to prosecute the
The cruiser said that he then
went to the office of the surveyor
general of logs, and that he
found that 500,000 feet of timber
had been cut. He reported this
to the special counsel in the atwinter
torney general's office.
Mr. Bachpller said further
that when he made his report
nothing had been done in the
matter of prosecuting the lum
ber company.
None of the members of the
timber board, Governor Johnson,
Attorney General Young and
State Auditor Iverson, would
commit themselves as to what
the timber board discussed to
Governor Johnson said that
Bacheller and Finney still had
twenty cases or so to look after
for the state, and that they
would be allowed to follow up
these cases.
Commercial Clvib To Meet
This Evening
A meeting of the Commercial Club will be held in
the council rooms this evening, to which all members of
the association are urgently requested to be present.
G. E. CARSON, Treasurer
The Bathgate Skater, Well Known
Here, Cleaning Up Everything
in the East. i
Pittsburg, March 5 Thequar
ter-mile indoor ice skating record
was broken last night by Norva1
Baptie, the Canadian champion,
at Duquesne garden, when he
the distance in :38 1-5.
The former record was made at
the garden last week by Morris
Wood, whose mark was :40 3-5
Baptie's record last night is
within 10 seconds of his world's
straight-away record made last
Baptie also captured the one
mile race from Johnny- Niellson
last night, going the distance in
2-49 3 5, although he loafed on
the stretch. The half mile race,
skated backward, was won by
Jack McCullocb, in 1:30 1 5.
Baptie was second and Belief uille
Baptie has visited Bemidji on
many occasions, and when his
brother owned a rink here, four
years ago, he spent most of the
in this city, He skated
three races here against Neillson
of Minneapolis, champion at that
time, and won but one of them.
He is a very gentlemanly young
fellow, and his victory at Pitts
burg over the arrogant Neillson
will be a source of considerable
satisfaction to the Bemidji
friends of Baptie.
Trustees Meet Thursday evening.
The trustees of the Norwegian
Lutheran church will hold an im
portant meeting at the church
Thursday evening March 7, at
8 o'clock. All members of the
board are requested to be pre
K. K. Roe, clerk of board
Meet Friday Evening.
The regular monthly business
meeting of the Epworth League
will be held at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. G. E. Moyer Friday
evening They will be enter
twined by the Misses Beth Hor
ton and Inez Woodruff.
Additional local matter will be found
on fourth page.
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Some of the So-called Worthless
Weeds of Untold Value to
Other Crops.
In the wise economy of nature,
nothing is misplaced, nothing is
wasted, nothing is utterly use
less, has long been an axiom of
those who have devoted their
lives to the study of the great
mother's ways, says the Duluth
Evening Herald. If they have
failed to find any use for different
varieties of products, they have
never blamed nature herself but
have only redoubled their exer
tions to extract or compel her
secrets from her.
Everyone can remember how
for years and years the Canada
thistle and the cactus were placed
side by side as absolutely useless
pests of the farmers of the sec
tions where they flourished.
Then, all of a sudden, investi
gators discovered that both of
hes thorny, spiny weeds
possessed great and varied values
and they are no longer despised
by intelligent agriculturists.
The national agricultural de
partment, part of the business of
which is to search out the secrets
of nature, has published recently
a bulletin in which it declares
that the average American farm
er has riches going to waste in
many kinds of so called noxious
wt eds that are destroyed ruth
lessly. I avers that millions of
dollars may be made each year
by the farmers if they will study
their weeds and keep in touch
with the demands of commerce.
One of the most profitable of
these weeds, the moderate culti
vation of which would pay better
than wheat or any other staple
crop, is the heretofore despised
and reviled jimson weed. Such
uses have been found for it that
leaves, stalks and seeds are in
steady demand. Equally valu
able is the lowly poke root, the
bane of many thousands of
farmer boys. Burdock and yel
low dock are imported in goodly
quantities because the American
farmer will not take even the
trouble to dig them up and pre
pare them for market Other
weeds are in the same category.
Of course, if the farmers or
fai mers' boys should go exten
sively into the cultivation of the
weeds named in the list, present
profitable prices would fall to a
level to make cultivation useless.
But, nonetheless, the agricultur
st, and their children should
not berate and consign to a
warmer climate the hated weeds
until, at least, they shall learn
whether nature did not place
them on the farms for wise pur
The Ladies' Aid society of the
Norwegian Lutheran church will
meet Thursday afternoon at the
home of Mrs. D. Backlun, 1115
Bemidji avenue at 2 o'clock.
Local News on last
r*v -t
"The fact is that a large ma
jority of the mixed bloods on the
Being Discussed.
Prominent Duluth Man Claims Ciapp Law Is Alright- -The
Measure Alhws Mixed Bloods on White Earth
Reservation to Sell Allotments.
The sale by half breeds on the
White Eirth reservation of their
individual allotments and theter
stories of dealings between land
men and the full bloods, repre
senting themselves of mixed
blood has caused a great deal of
A prominent Duluth mar, who
has had extensive dealings with
Minnesota Indians for many
years and who has a large per
sonal acquaintance among them,
made the following statement
with regard to the current mat
ter challenging the attention of
all who are interested in thefrom
affairs of the Indians
"The act passed by the last
congress, known as the Clapp
law, empowering the mixed
bloods on the White Earth reser
vation to sell their allotments, is
a good law and a move in theonly
right direction. The only fault
to be found with it is that it does
not go far enough. I should
extend to all the reservations in
Minnesota and in the country.
It would be better still if the
government would give all the
Indians, mixed bloods and full
bloods, perfect title to their al
lotments, and the same right to
sell them that a white man has
to dispose of his property I
would be better still if the gov
ernment would go still further
and pay over to the Indians
in full to every Indian in sever
alty, as fast as he reaches the
age of maturityall the money
due the different tribes for tim
ber and land sold.
"The way to get the best re
sults from an Indian or a white
man is to put him on his own re
sources Then it is a case of
survival of the fittest. If any
Indian or mixed blood does not
want to use his allotment and
prefers to sell it he should be al
lowed to do so. Then if he wants
to squander the proceeds of the
sale let him do so, and the sooner
he has to get down to work for a
living the better. This idea of
the government treating the
Indians as wards or children is a
"Under the old laws and rul
ings of the department if the
heirs desired to dispose of theall
allotment of a deceased Indian it
must be sold through the agent,
who would deposit the ,money in
a bank and eke it out to the heirs
as he took a notion.
An adjourned session of the i
county board is being held at
the court house and a large
amount of routine business be
ing transacted.
At the opening of the session
a number of county bonds as
well as bonds of band depositor
ies were approved.
An appropriation of $300.00
was granted the village of Bau
dette out of the road and bridge
fund for assistance in the build
ing of abridge accross the Bau
dette river.
Kyle & Young and Hassett &
Treflin were each granted a
fundment of $396 08, same being
granted upon showing made be
fore the board that license had
been paid to the village.
A number of abatement of
taxes have been under consider-
White Earth reservation, and
many of the full bloods, are bet
capable of handling their per
sonal affairs than the agents are
handle them for them. And I
do not mean this as any reflec
tion on the present Indian agents
in Minnesota, as I believe them
to be exceptionally good men for
their positions
"Certain interests have always
opposed any policy that tended
to allow the Indian to handle his
own property, especially his tim
ber lands, because they would
rather buy his timber and land
government officials than in
the open market. These inter
ests are now proclaiming the
Clapp law a failure and insist
that full bloods are posing as half
breeds and selling their allot
ments illegally. This matter
interests the Indians and
the land buyers, and I don't
know why any of the rest of us
should worry about i*-. Some of
these Indians may practice fraud
in their land transactions. If
they do they will not be the only
"There are over 10,000 Indians
and mixed bloods in Minnesota
and living on the frontier who
are brought into contact with the
rougher element of the white
people, yet I will venture the as
sertion that there isn't a village
or community in the state of
Minnesota or in this country con
taming a like number of white
people whose record of crime for
the last ten years is not larger
than that of these Minnesota
"It would not be strange if the
Indians were dishonest in view
of the example set for them by
the government. While it may
not be the intention of its officials
to treat the Indians unfairly, the
fact is that about the blackest
page in the history of our gov
ernment is the record of its
transactions with the Indians.
The sooner we get our conscience
and good sense at work and pay
the Indian what we owe him,
and turn over to him such prop
erty as belongs to him, not only
in the White Earth reservation
but on every reservation in the
country, the better it will be for
concerned, and it is certainly
a move in the right direction that
the half breeds on the White
Earth reservation have been
given the right to sell their allot
ments without interference on
the part of government officials
or other interests."
which some have been
disallowed ano the balanc re
Petitions for New School Districts and i prjTrn
Other Matters of Importance
A No. 2 Wire to Be Strung From Be
midji to Big FallsWork to Com
mence in About Ten Days.
The Minnesota & International
Railway company has decided to
extend their telegraph service
and a number 2 wire will be
strung from here to Big Fails^
The company now has two
good lines to Bemidji and tftis
will give them additional service
to the Canadian boundary. 1
W. A. Ferris, lineman for the
company, says the work will
about the 20th of this
month and he expects to have a
sufficient! force of men to be en
abled to complete the work in
thirty days.
Loal news on last page. KJ*

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