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Daniel Blake Russell, Known as
"Dakota Dan" Trying to Recover
His Half of Large Fortune.
Was to Have Been Divided Between
Two Sons But William Russell
Refuses to Give Up Half,
Hattie M. Keith Testifies of Long Ac
quaintance with ClaimantCase
Has Run Fifty Days.
Boston, Mass., Oct. 4.The trial
of tee Daniel Blake Russeli identity
case in East Cambridge has now
passed its fiitieth day of actual pro
ceedings, and the end is not yet in
sight. This is the second trial of
the famous case and is being conduct
ed before a master appointed by the
East Cambridge superior court. The
first trial took place last winter in
the Middlesex probate court and was
one ot the longest and most sensa
tional of the kind in the history of
American legal jurisprudence. Like
the first trial, the present proceed
ings have been up to date enlivened
with romantic features, surprises
and sensations which would find
difficulty of belief if appearing in a
work of fiction.
The Russell case is probably the
most notable identity case ever tried
in an American court. It rivals in
interest and resembles in many re
spects the famous Tichborne case,
which ran for 170 days before Lord
Chief Justice Cockburn in England
some thirty years ago.
In the first trial Judge Lawton de
cided against "Dakota Dan," who
claims to Daniel BlaTte Russell of
Melrose, and who also claims his
share of the $500,000 estate now
held by William C. Russell, another
son ot Daniel Russell. Apparently
not ,n the least discouraged over
this decision, the Dakota claimant
went to work to have the case re
opened and, though without funds or
the help of counsel, he succeeded in
securing another trial of his case.
Persons in daily attendance at the
present hearing in the East Cam
bridge court, have been much im
pressed by the story told by '-Dakota
Dan" and the evidence of the wit
nesses who have testified in his be
half In his fight for recognition
the claimant has told on the stand,
in a simple way and with remarkable
memorj, ot the e\ents which took
place in the home which he says he
left in Melrose a quarter of a cen
tury ago
Foi a time he li\ed the life of a
tramp, getting from one part of the
country to another as best he might.
He has worked with circuses and as
a deck hand, shod horses in black
smith shops, and spent winters as a
hand in lumber camps and mills, ac
cording to his story The tale of his
wandenngs and the vicissitueds of
his life since 1885 has taken him in
retrospect from the docks of Liver
pool, where he paid his passage in
the steerage, to the woods of North
ern Michigan, and finally to the Bad
Lands of North Dakota.
There he settled dow to some ex
tent and for some time had been
employed as a ranch manager. Pin
ally a desire to return to his old
home seize him and he arrived in
Melrose something more than a year
ago to find that the man whom he
claims as his father had died and
left an estate of $500,000 and a,
will in which was the provision that,
the long mising son should share
half ihe fortune in the event of his
return. But the elder son, William C.
Russell, in whose possession the es
tate was held, not only refused to
surrender any portion of it but posi
tively denied the claims of relation
ship set up by the man from Dakota.
To support his claim as Daniel
(Continued on Pago 4)
(By United Press.)
St. Paul. Oct. 4.Replying to the
charge that he would protest the
plan of putting Progressives on the
state ticket in November, Julius
Schmahl, secretary of state, said this
"There is absolutely no truth
whatever in the story that I plan to
keep Progressives off the ticket on a
technically. Such a statement is
grossly unfair to me. I never whis
pered such a thing to any man.
"I have never heard any intima
tion from any source that Progres
sive petitions were in any way wrong
or failed to meet the requirements of
the law. On the contrary, I believe
that every precaution was taken to
live up to the "law.
"I cannot say emphatically enough
that I have never by word or deed
given any person reason to surmise
that I intended to protest the peti
(By United Press.)
New York, Oct. 4 Plans for the
remainder of Colonel Roosevelt's
campaign were mapped out today
The Colonel will be in Illinois Oct.
8 and 9 in Wisconsin Oct. 11 in
Minnesota Oct. 12 to 14 in Michi
gan Oct. 15 to 18 in Ohio Oct. 19
to 22 in Pennsylvania Oct. 23 and
New Jersey Oct. 24.
Jefferson City, Mo., Oct. 4.Gov-
ernor Herbert Hadley at a Republi
can rally Thursday night said he was
satisfied that President Taft would
support reforms he had outlined and
that he would support him for re
Minneapolis, Oct. 4.Special by
wire to the Pioneer.Word has just
been received here that a British
sub-marine boat was sunk this morn
ing in a collision with the Hamburg
American line steamship '"America."
The accdent occured off Dover. Four
teen men were killed.
Fourteen members of the high
school football team will leave Be
midji at 6:30 tomorrow morning for
Akeley The squad will play the
Akeley high school in the afternoon
and return to Bemidji in the even
ing All of the men appear in good
shape and the practices this week
have been going with a snap. The
team expects a close game but hopes
to" win Those who will make the
trip with Coach Carson are Captain
Bailey, Lycan, Hayner, Ryan, Gra
ham, Olson, Sullivan, Titus, Achen
bach, Ellison, Wright, Tanner and
Three teachers, the Misses Loe,
Wager and Hill, will go to Akeley
with the team tomorrow to chaper
one the large number of boys and
girls that are going down to see
the game.
Congressman Steenerson while re
cently in the city said that the money
for the Bemidji post office would be
appropriated by congress some time
before March 4 when the old congress
goes out and a new one comes in.
He says that the agreement calls for
an appropriation of $60,000. The
building will probably be located on
Beltrami avenue opposite the court
house. Mr. Steenerson went from
Bemidji to the Red Lake reservation
where he conferred with the Indians
about some timber sales.
Two Thousand Have Assembled On
Fort Peck Reservation for Last
Conclave of Sioux Nation.
Poplar, Mont., Oct. 4.Two thous
and Sioux Indians have assembled on
Fort Peck reservation at the first
county fair ever held by any tribe
of red men.
Seventy-two varieties of land pro
ducts are being exhibited, with the
greatest assortment of vegetables,
grasses and grains ever displayed
by American Indians.
And this is to be the last great
camp gathering of the Sioux Nation.
Next year the Fort Peck reservation,
comprising 1.800,000 acres of rich
soil, will be wrested from the red
skins and handed over to the white
Agricultural experts estimate the
cultivation of this land by modern
scientific methods will add 2,000,-
000,000 bushels of grain to the pro
duction of the country.
It will mean ultimately, they
claim, the changing of the center of
the world's bread basket to the cen
tral Northwest.
Louis W. Hill, of St. Paul, has of
fered cups for the prize products
grown by the Indians.
A football game is on the program
for tomorrow when the Glacier Park
Indians will play the Sioux Indians.
Pony races, war dances and other
picturesque Indian features are bill
ed. "Pudge" Heffelfinger of Minne
apolis, famous as Yale football play
er, is coaching the Glacier Park
eleven, and the reds from the roof of
the continent confidently expect to
Minneapolis, Oct. 4,Minneapolis
has a real bull moose. The bull
moose has been imported from In
ternational Falls, Northern Minne
sota boundary, and he is holding a
perpetual public reception for Min
neapolis citizens of every political
belief, bar none, at Longfellow Zoo,
Minnehaha Falls. The bull moose
is eight months old and is as big as a
horse. He was captured by an In
dian, according to R. F. Jones, pro
prietor of the Zoo, and he arrived in
Minneapolis yesterday. He has been
allotted a grazing place of his own
and has been named "Minnesota."
Mr. Jones declared that the Minne
apolis bull moose is docile and quiet.
He said he would not change the
name of the Zoo to Armageddon,
though the man whose duty it is to
feed the moose ahd been dubbed
"Perky" by his fellow workers.
St. Paul Invests in Asphalt Outfit and
Expects to Be Independent of
the Paving Trust.
SAVE $7,000 TO $10,000 A YEAR.
St. Paul, Oct. 4.Special to the
Pioneer.In addition to saving 15
per cent of its street paving, St. Paul
has succeeded in bucking the paving
and asphalt trust. The experiment
was begun last spring when it was
discovered that a certain pool of con
tractors had organized to fleece the
city on its paving contracts.
The city is maintaining its own
paving plant and before snow flies
several blocks of pavement will have
been laid of better and cheaper pave
ment. It is estimated that more than
$75,000 worth of pavement will be
laid before the plant ceases opera
tions. The saving will be between
$7,500 and $10,000 which is more
than enough to pay the mayor's sal
ary and his office expenses.
Saint Paul is maintaining an as
phalt manufacturing plant and is
preparing its asphalt pavements.
The work is being done better and
quicker than under the contract sys
tem. When the city began its work
there was enly one company equipped
to do asphalt paving. The city has
to meet the terms of this company or
select some other form of pavement.
Conditions became so bad, that the
city found it impossible to secure
open competition on street paving
Under the direction of its city en
gineer, St. Paul made an extensive
study into the paving situation and
unearthed conditions which prompt
ed the establishment of a municipal
paving plant. Through a combina
tion of the dealers in pavement ma
terials efforts to secure pavements at
a reasonable figure were successfully
blocked. When the city showed that
it meant business by establishing a
physical plant, dealers in supplies be
came eager to deal with the city.
For the first time creosoted blocks
are being tried out as a paving ma
Experiments are being conducted
with other lines of paving substance.
It is only a quetsion of time when the
city plant will be doing practically
all of the paving.
W. A. Gould, who has been con
fined to his home for several weeks,
is recovering steadily and is now
able to sit up for a small portion of
each day. He will, however, be con
fined to the house for some time.
Farmers Who Live Across Lake Ir
vine Again Ask City Authorities
to Take Action.
Efforts are being made by farm
ers who live across Lake Irvine to
have the city authorities close the
house of ill fame which is again in
operation in their -neighborhood.
The house was closed up once last
summer by Deputy Sheriff Helmer
on orders from the governor after the
city authorities refused to take ac
tion. It resumed operations about
August 20.
On September 1 and October 1, the
woman in charge of the house volun
tarily came into police court and
plead guilty to a charge which was
made out in her presence. On Oc
tober 1, she paid a fine of $100 and
costs, amounting in all to $103, with
the understanding that the fine
would protect her for another month.
Mayor Malzahn was approached on
the subject yesterday and asked to
take action in the matter. The may
said that he would take it under ad
visement but that he did not wish
to act in such a way that the situa
tion would be made worse.
A. P. Ritchie and J. H. French are
two of the men living in the vicin
ity of the house who wish it closed.
Mr. Ritchie stated that if the mayor
would not act by Monday night, the
entire matter would be laid before
the city council and in case action
was further delayed, the governor
would be asked to abate the nuisance
a second time.
Since the closing of the swamp
house at the same time as the Lake
Irvine house was closed last sum
mer, a house has been opened half
way between Bemidji and Wilton.
It is in this county but outside the
city limits. It is said to operated
by '-Billy" Short. Short is said to
have started operation about ten
days after the grand jury adjourned
and has been quoted as saying that
he would have started ten days ear
lier but that he wished to be on the
safe side and so waited until the jury
Knute Roe says that seventy-five
voters of Bemidji signed the Bull
Moose petition circulated by Mr. Roe
and F. S. Arnold. The petition asked
that the names of Roosevelt electors
be placed on the general election bal
lots in November and were sent down
to St. Paul Wednesday night. Mr.
Roe says that he had heard nothing
further concerning a Bull Moose cam
paign speaker coming to Bemidji.
W. R. Mackenzie Predicts They Will
Bring Seventy-Five Cents at Car
Side Before January 1.
Aroostock County, Maine, Known as
"Pulse of the Market" Quotes
$1.00 and $1.10 a Bushel.
Estimates of Harvest Indicate That
Total Amount to Be Paid Far
mers Will Reach $721,000,000.
"Potatoes will go at least seventy
five cents a bushel at the car side
in Bemidji before January 1," waa
the statement made by W. R. Mac
kenzie yesterday afternoon. Mr.
Mackenzie was in Bemidji from his
farm north of Wilton where he has.
been harvesting his potato crop for
several days.
"Why do I say that? Because in
Aroostock county, Maine, Green
Mountain potatoes are now selling
for $1.00 a bushel and Cobbler pota
toes are selling for $1.10. Aroos
tock county, Maine, raises more po
tatoes than any other county in the
United States and is the pulse of the*
potato market.
"Recent figures from this market
show that this year the county will
export but l O00,0&0 bushels as
against 15.000,000 bushels last year.
A law was passed at the last session
of congress which will prevent the*
importation of any potatoes this
year, and with the short crop in the
east and a medium crop in the west*,
the price is bound to go up. It is
already up in Maine and will be re
flected in Minnesota."
Farmers near Bemidji who planted
potatoes in the sandy soil of this.
section report that the wet weather
did them little damage. Repors of
travelers who have been in the heavy
clay counties of the Red River and
Rainy River valleys report that they
have seen many fields of potatoes
which have been nnder water for at
least two weeks and which will not
dry sufficiently for digging for a
third. They say that these pota
toes are rotting and that the yield
will be cut down materially.
Potatoes in Bemidji today are
bringing $.26 a bushel at the car side
in sacks. It is said that some Minne
apolis houses are offering more but
no buyers have yet appeared in tne
local market. A train load of pota
toes was recently shipped from Min
neapolis at twenty-five cents a
The 1912 crop of the Northwest
is worth $721,000,000 according to
the latest report of the rop experts.
The Northwest Farmstead has made
a detailed survey of the crop situa
tion an dplaces the value of the
yield at these figures: Wheat is es
timated at 373,000,000 bushels,,
corn 158,000,000, oats 338,000,000.
barley 165,000,000, flax 30,000,000,
total for the five grains 1,054,000,-
000 This is an increase of $150,-
000,000 over the 1911 crop.
Ten school gardeners were award
ed prizes at the farmers picnic last
week. The winners were the ten
highest on the average of the three
judgings on their school gardens
during the summer. The first three
were given ribbons printed with gold
ink on blue, red and brown cloth
and donated by the Pioneer. The
prizes awarded \and average score
were as follows:
1. Donald Smith, $3 96.94
2. Marguerite Titus, $2 ...92.38
3. Florence Thatcher, $1 ..90.55
4. Alice Dyer, 75c 90.39
5. George Teeters, 75c 90.38
6. Harold Haines, 50c 89.06
7. Martha Grimm, 50c 87.83
8. Lawrence Harvey, 50c 85.94
9. Ell-a Norrie, 50c 84.44
10. Charles Raco, 50c 83.99

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