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The football game played here
Saturday between the "Bemidji
Chiefs" (the newly-organized inde
pendent team) and the Bemidji high
school ele\en was* the hardest
fought contest ever pulled oft on the
local gridiron.
The game ended in a tie (5 to 5),
each side making a touch-down, and
neither being able to kick goal.
Much interest was shown in the
game, as it is more than likely that
the high school team will be in a
game to decide the school champion-1
ship of the western portion of the
north halt of the state, and the town
people also wanted to see just how
good an independent team could be
turned out from the material avail
able about the city.
The independent team is com
posed ot strapping \oung men, many
of them of powerful build, and nearly
all old football heroes, warriors in
many battles of former days. The
independents outweighed the high
school players, averaging 177 pounds
to the man, while the school boys
averaged not more than 145 pounds.
The beef told in favor of the inde
pendents, but the boys more than
offset the advantage in weight by
team pl?y and speed, especially in
the last half of the game, when
the ball was in their opponents' ter
ritory most of the time, going into
the high school territory but once.
The "Chiefs" played a fine game,
considering the fact that none of
them were in good physical condi
tion for a gruelling contest and that
they had been together but once,
and then only a few moments.
The high school boys showed the
good effects of coaching, and they
took advantage of every misplay of
their opponents. They also took
the 'big fellows" by surprise several
times, through trick plays. On two
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Beef and Brawn of Independent Team Offset by Clever
Work of School Eleven.The Game was an Exciting
One.Score Five to Five.
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W are daily receiving our line of choice
put up by Gr ffin & Skelly. These goods have no equal
in the marl- et and a trial will convince you of the quality
of our canned fruits and vegetables.
Prices are the same as last year.
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occassions, the forward pass was
worked beautifully, twenty yards
being gained each time, the first
time, the pass being handled finely
by Kruse, who took the oval over
for the only touchdown secured by
his side.
The officials of the game were as
follows: Heffron, referee McCam,
The teams lined up as follows:
"Beminji Chiefs"W. Markham,
center, Hillaby and Edd, guards J.
Markham and Hud Fisk, tackles
Fred Smith and Scott Stewart, ends
Clem Southworth, quarter Getchell
and Collins, half-backs Kelly, full
High schoolBrenreman, center,,
Kreatz and Boyer, guards Roberts
and Lycan, tackles, Hendrum and
Kruse, ends, Getchell and Carter,
half-backs. Shook, quarter, Peterson,
The "Chiefs" won the toss for
goal and Southworth kicked off for
the independents.
The ball was fumbled by the
school players on the attempted
return, and they failed, to gain any
distance with the ball.
A poor attempt at a kick resulted
in a block. The ball was fumbled
and a "Chief" player fell on it.
The ball was given to the indepen
dents, within a few yards of the
school goal.
Kelley and Getchell were sent
against the school line. Both
plunged into the kids" defense and
tore big holes, Kelley, especially,
hitting the line like a battering ram.
It was impossible to stop the
plunges of Kelley, and he finally
went through for a touchdown, ten
minutes after play had been started.
Kelley failed to kick goal.
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Score: "Bemidji Chiefs" 5 High
School 0.
Peterson kicked off for the school,
sending the ball to within a few feet
of the opposite goal.
Kelley caught the ball, but was
downed almost in his tracks.
The "Chiefs" bucked the school
line, but were unable to gain the
required distance and kicked.
Peterson caught the ball, but was
do.wned with no gain.
On the first trial, Peterson went
through the "Chiefs" line for ten
yards. "Chiefs" penalized for off
side playing.
Carter was sent through the line
for a gain of five yards.
The "kids" were playing the big
fellows off their feet, the latter being
very tired.
Carter dropped back to the 25-
yard line and tried for a drop-kick
goal from the field. The ball went
wide, owing to the wind.
Ball was brought back and
"Chiefs" kicked off to Kruse, who
made three yards before being
On the first line-up, Getchell, for
the school, made an elegant forward
pass. Kruse got the ball and took
it over the "Chiefs" line for a touch
Peterson missed a difficult goal.
Score- High School 5, "Chiefs"
The half ended with the try foi
Both teams entered the second
half, with the "Chiefs" determined,
but tired and the "kids" apparently
fresh and confident of holding their
heavier opponents.
Peterson, for the school, kicked
off to J. Markham, who was downed
for no gain.
In three downs, the "Chiefs"
failed to gain, the "kids" holding
nicely, and the ball changed hands,
in the "Chiefs' territory.
Carter gained three yards through
the line. A forward pass failed to
gain, and the school was penalized
fifteen yards.
Another forward pass sent the
ball close to the "Chiefs'" goal,
where Kelley was downed with no
From this time to the end of the
game, the ball see-sawed back and
forth, being many times close to the
"Chiefs'" goal. The "kids" held
nicely, and they were playing better
all-around ball than their opponents.
Near the end of the game, Peter
son broke through the "Chief" line
for a fine run of thirty yards, being
downed near the goal.
A fumble, near the close of the
game, lost the ball to the high
school, when it seemed that they
would secure another touchdown,
after which it was an even break,
the game ending in a tie.
The game showed that the inde
pendent team, with more practice
and coaching, is going to make a
very formidable aggregation. The
work of Kelley, at fullback, shows
him to be a powerful linebucker,
who only needs the co-operation of
his team mates to tear up any line
put against him. He rarely failed
to gain, when sent against the line
Saturday, but lack of condition put
him to the bad. The remainder of
the team also has the proper foot
ball nerve, and are willing and
The high sehool boys are improv
ing very rapidly, and their work
Saturday in stopping the heavy line
of the "Chiefs" showed they havev
great staying powers.
It is the intention to have the
players of the two teams line up
against each other every afternoon,
after school is over, for short
scrimmages, which will be of great
benefit to both elevens.
Auction Sale.
An auction sale will be held at
Pogues barn on Saturday November
Parties having articles for sale are
requested to list them with the
M. E. Carson, Secretary-
For Sale.
Saw mill, situated in northern
part of country. Will sell cheap.
Call or write, A. A. Andrews, Be
midji, Minn.
Local High School Football Eleven
Would Play for Championship
of This Section.
Up to the Claimants of Championship
to Make Good Their Published
There is every possibility of a
championship game of football
being played on the Bemidji grid
iron next Saturday afternoon, the
contesting elevens being Bemidji
High School and East Grand Forks
High School teams.
The members of the Bemidii
High School team are considerably
vexed at the claim which is being
made by the East Grand Forks
team to the effect that they (East
Grand Forks) are the champions
of Northwestern Minnesota. The
Forks players claim the champion
ship through the comparison of
scores made by that team and Be
midji in games this fall. In this
claim the score made against
Crookston by East Grand Forks (li
to 0) and that made against Crooks
ton by Bemidji (5 to 0) is taken as
a basis of the respective merits of
East Grand Forks and Bemidji and
the claim is made that East Grand
Forks is superior to the local team,
and consequently, champions of this
The Bemidji team takes exception
to this claim, and is willing to
demonstrate on the gridiron their
belief that they are equals, if not the
superiors, of the East Grand Forks
A letter was recently written to
the manager of the East Grand
Forks team, requesting a game here
next Saturday. Nothing definite
was heard from the Forks team until
this morning, when Prof. Ritchie
took the matter up over the 'phone,
with the result that there is a possi
bility of a game, which will be for
the northwestern championship of
the state. In furtherance of the
desire for a game, the following
challenge was issued today to
the manager of the East Grand Forks
High School team.
"The Bemidji High School hereby
challenges the East Grand Forks
High School to a game of football
to be played Saturday, Nov. 2, upon
the following conditions:
"The game to be played at
Bemidji, and Bemidji pay fifty dollars
($50) of East Grand Forks expenses
or the game to be played at East
Grand Forks and East Grand Forks
pay fifty dollars ($50) of Bemidji's
expenses. In either case the money
to be telegraphed next Friday after
"That the players of both teams
shall be regular students of their
respective high schools, taking at
least three subjects and that none
of them shall be post-graduates.
"Unless this challenge is accepted,
the Bemidji High School will claim
the championship of Northwestern
Minnesota. Crookston defeated Ada
and Fosston East Grand Forks de
feated Warren and Crookston, while
Bemidji also won from Crookston
and Cass Lake. Grand Rapids won
from Bemidji, but it is out of this
territory. Although East Grand
Forks scored five more points than
Bemidji against Crookston, a victory
is only a victory and as Crookston
declares that she did not know her
signals well when she played them,
and that she played a much harder
game against us than against East
Grand Forks, we shall claim the
championship, as stated before.
"C. A. Shannon, Mgr.,
"Bemidji High School
Football Team."
Pleasant Party.
A farewell party was given last
Saturday evening, at the home of
Mrs. O. M. Skinvik, in honor of the
contemplated departure of Mrs.
Skinvik for her future home, on a
claim, some thirty miles from Inter
national Falls.
The ladies of the Norwegian Luth
eran church assembled at the home
of Mrs. Skinvik, and after an hour's
social visit presented the lady of the
house with an elegant set of silver
knives, forks and spoons, Rev.
Stromme, pastor of the Norwegian
Lutheran church, made the present
ation speech, and spoke high words
of commendation of the work of Mrs.
Skinvik for the benefit of the church.
The evening was very pleasantly
passed in social chat and entertain
Mrs. Skinvik will leave Bemidji
about November 1.
Thanks, Brother Schusser.
In this world of trouble, strife and
contention, a "speil" like the follow
ing is somewhat comfortingmuch
more so than a red-hot roast from
some individual with an imaginary
Kelliher Journal: V. L. Ellis,
representing the Bemidji Pioneer,
was in the city last Friday adding
new names to the large list of Pio
neer readers. The Pioneer is one
of the best and most enterprising of
the country dailies, and certainly
deserves the liberal patronage it
Hallowe'en Public Dance.
A Hallowe'en dance will be given
at the city hall next Thursday even
ing, at which a good time will be
had by everyone who attends.
Symington's orchestra will furnish
the music, and there will be a good
prompter in attendance.
Everybody invited.
The Passengers on the Sauk Center
Bemidji Line Given a Scare
Saturday Evening.
A serious, if not fatal, wreck was
narrowly averted, last Saturday
evening, a mile and a half north of
Leech Lake -station, on the Sauk
Center-Bemidji branch of the Great
Northern railway, when the north
bound passenger train ran into a
tree that had been blown down
almost directly in front of the train.
Fortunately, the tree was brushed
aside far enough to allow the train
to pass, but not without breaking
every window in the coaches and
the locomotive and shaking the train
very perceptibly.
The train was steaming along at a
rapid rate, when turning a curve
where it was impossible for Engineer
John Cannon to see more than a few
yards ahead, the tree was struck.
Beyond breaking the windows and
giving those aboard a scare, no
further damage was done.
Had a Fine Time.
C. J. Covington and Fred Jordan,
who went to Minot as representa
tives of Bemidji fcodge, No. 1052,
B. P. O. E., at the instituting of the
new Elk lodge, returned from Minot
Sunday night. Both report having
had the time of their lives, and vote
Minot people as the "best ever."
They took along much advertising
matter for Bemidji, and were given
assurances that a large number of
the Elks of Nortth Dakota will come
to Bemidji next summer, when the
annual meeting of the Minnesota
State association of Elks will be
held in this city. The Pioneei will
give a more complete account of the
"doings" at Minot, in tomorrow
evening's issue.
Was a Fine Supper.
The supper given at the G. A. R.
hall last Saturday evening was one
of the best that has ever been served
in this city. The ladies of the G.
A. R., under whose auspices the
supper was given, supplied every
desire of the "inner man" (and
woman) and were very attentive to
their guests. The receipts netted
about $20 to the ladies' exchequer.
An excellent program was rend
ered in the afternoon, which was
much enjoyed by all who were
Additional local matter will be found
on fourth page. *%M$^$Jt&M
There has been much talk of late
relative to the fate of Merten S.
Munn and Peter Mathieson, con
victed murderers, who were given
death sentences by Judge McClena
han, at the recent term of court
held in Beltrami county.
After the death penalty had been
imposed upon the two men, and
while waiting for the records of the
clerk of court in the Munn and
Mathieson cases, Governor Johnson,
on whom falls the 'duty of setting
dates for the execution of the two
murderers, gave out an interview,
in which he stated that he was
opposed to capital punishment, but
that he would do his plain duty and
fix the time for the hangings.
The interview given by the gover
nor was the incentive' for consider
able newspaper and other discussion,
relative to hangings, and especially
with reference to the two Beltrami
county cases.
Henry Funkley of Bemidji, county
attorney of Beltrami county, who
secured the conviction of Munn and
Mathieson, and who also convicted
"Shorty" Wesley and Paul Fournier
of the murder of N. O. Dahl, has
been absent from the city since the
trial of Munn and Mathieson. He
returned yesterday, and he has the
following to say relative to the
position of the governor and the
carrying out of the death penalty
imposed upon Munn and Mathie
"it is indeed a remarkable situa
tion, and one not to De proud of,that
is being exhibited throughout the
state in connection with the fixing
of the date of execution by the
governor of Munn and Mathieson,
upon their sentences for murder'in
the first degree at the last term of
court in this county.
"As county attorney, I originally
swore out the warrants charging
these men with murder in the first
degree, upon which charges they
were duly indicted, tried, convicted,
and sentenced, the court, unable to
certify to exceptional circumstances,
doing the only thing that he could
do under law, imposing the death
"The law makes it the plain duty
of the governor to set the date for
the execution. It is up to him to
set the day. He can choose what
ever day he desires. But he must
choose one. And there his respon
sibility ends. If he did not set a
day, he would not be doing his
"it is inconceivable to me how
there is any room for discussion in
connection with the duty of the
governor, unless the position is
Bemidji. Minn.
Some Snaps in Farm Lands
160 acres, Buzzle Township. House, barn, large root
cellar, etc. 5 acres under cultivation, balance natural
timberBirch, Spruce, Pine, etc. Price $5.00 per acre
Terms$300 cash balance five years, 6 per cent interest
160 acres Grant Valley TownsMp, 4 miles S. W. of
Bemidji. House, barn, e^c. 30 acres vnder cultivation,
25 acres ready to. break, balance timber. A bargain.
Price $7.50 per acre. Easy terms.
1C0 acres* 3 miles west ol Wilton. House, barn, etc.
35 acres under cultivation, 25 acres natural meadjw, bal-
ance timber Price $7.00 per acre. Easy terms.
160 acres 1 mile from Beceda in Hubbard county.
House, barn, etc 10 acres plowed, 60 acres cut over,
balance heavy timber. A Snap. $5.00 per acre. Easy
If it is a bargain in farm lands you want, see us
before buying. We have what you want at about
half the price the other land men ask.
County Attorney Henry Funkley Gives an Interview Rela-
tive to Munn and Mathieson Cases.Governor John
son Is Simply a Figurehead in Natter.
taken that the governor must not
do his duty, which is anarchy, in as
vile and treasonable a sense a it is J"
law-abiding and good citizenship to I
take the position that the governor
not only will but SHALL do his
The fact that there is any dis
cussion on this subject at all strongly
emphasizes that there in existence i
a lawless spirit on the part of the 4
people generallya sympathy for
the under doganarchial and treas- 3
onable in its tendency, and it is this
same spirit that has made it so diffi
cult to convict criminals in the
northern part of the state, which
fact is a part of its history as well as
its shame and disgrace. I
Surely, the governor knew, when
he assumed the duties of his office,
that this law was in the statute, and
that therefore it was at least possible i
that he might be called upon to set 1
such a date. "1
"The governor was for many years
a member of the legislature, and
perhaps he could have changed or
abolished this law, if he had desired. 1
And then, again, he has been gover
nor here for nearly three years, and 5
could he not in that time have exerted
an influence upon the legislature
that would of brought about a change
or abolishment of the law relating to
the death penalty or at least have
made some such recommendation,
if his conscientious scruples stood in
the way of his possible duty?
The fact remains that the law is
there, and that it is up to every law
abiding citizen, including the gover-!
nor, to see that it is entorced. Andl|
all these popicockical, billy-achings1
about how bad or gooa the governofi
is in the settling of this date belongS
more in the inner circle of some*
Ancient Order of Old Maids, at aj
quilting bee, than in the minds of!
men having the welfare of the coun
try and its people at heart.
"Murder in the first degree is~"j
punishable by death, unless the trial i
judge will certify that there are1
exceptional circumstances.' I did
not make this law any more than-**
the governor did. I too may have 1
conscientious scruples concerning^
captital punishment, but neverthe- 1
less, the law makes it my duty as,i
prosecuting attorney to prosecute for 1
murder in the first degree. I took
the office of county attorney noti
only for the office, but also for its'J
duties, the same as the governor*!
took his. It would certainly be a I
discouraging situation for a county||
attorney to feel that he was inviting 1
the displeasure of the governor by^

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