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Employes of Legislature Must Make
Themselves Generally Useful to
Earn Salaries.
Elonomy and Efficiency are the
Watch WordsBines and Burn
quist Guarding Expenses.
Persons Wishing Hearings Now Have
a Chance to AppearProgres-
sives Are In Control.
Special to The Pioneer.
St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 13.The
Minnesota legislature of 1913 has
now been in session four days and
both branches have been organized,
except that the assignment of mem
bers to the various standing commit
tees has not been completed and all
of the employes have not been
named. The expected happened with
respect to the organization of both
bodies. The widely discussed "Senate
Combine," which proposed to take
from Lieut. {JOY. BurnquJst tne ap
pointment of the stan'.iL'g commit
tees of the senate, mot inglorious de
feat, and Representative Lundeen's
attempt to deprive the speaker of the
house of the same function met the
same fate. It is generally conceded
that a large number of senators were
favorable to the idea of having the
senate committees appointed by a
committee on committees, but owing
to he fact that the men who took the
lead were rated as reactionaries,
senators of progressive tendencies
refused to be participants in the new.
program, however meritorious the
principle involved.
The first important official act of
Mr. Rines as speaker of the house
was the appointment of a committee
on rules, which prepares the rules
and regulations of the house, fixes
the number of appointees and the
compensation of each and, to a cer
tain extent at least, maps out a pro
gram for the session. Hitherto this
committee has been made up of three
members, but Mr. Rines increased it
to seven, so as to make it more repre
sentative. He made W. I. Nolan, the
brilliant Minneapolis representative,
chairman, the six other members be
ing J. T. Johnson of Fergus Falls,
Kerry Conley, of Rochester, C. T.
Knapp of Chisholm, C. N. Orr of St.
Paul, Andrew Davis of Elk River and
A. J. Peterson of Dawson. These are
all experienced legislators, all in
sympathy with the new speaker, all
anxious to make his administraiton a
success, measured by results benefic
ial to the people.
This committee brought in a report
which makes sweeping changes in
the house organization. The number
of committees are reduced by twelve,
some being done away with altogeth
er and others being consolidated. The
number of employes is reduced by
twenty-two and the pay of some cut
down. The clerks will be on general
assignment in addition to serving
special committees the door keepers
will have to do other work when
called upon besides watching the
doors, and all appointees will have to
make themselves useful, rather than
ornamental. All of these changes
will make for efficiency and economy,
and will be appreciated by the state.
The election of Henry JUnes of
Mora, as speaker of he house had
been a foregone conclusion ever since
the conference of progressive repre
sentatives at Minneapolis in Novem
ber, and it is rather surprising that
certain newspapers of the state tried
to create the impression that Repre
sentative Lundeen and his allies
could succeed. The people of Minne
sota are decidedly progressive and
the members of the legislature knew
it, and knew that if they refused to
support the recognized progressive
candidate for speaker trouble and
sorrow would be their lot in future
campaigns for re-election. Mr. Rines
is admirably qualified for the respons
ible position to which he has been
called. He served in the regular ses
sions of 1907, 1909, 1911, and in the
special session of 1912. He is well
balanced, industrious and studious,
and few members in recent years
have acquired greater mastery over
parliamentary rules and .regulations
and the manner of doing things in
the legislature. He has at all times
been a progressive and hat bean tde
President Elaet and Little Grand
niece, Who Will Live With Him.
$ by Pach Uros., New York.
tified with much of the most valuable
legislation enacted during the ses
sions in which he has served.
When selected as the progressive
candidate for speaker, Mr. Rines an
nounced that he had made no pledges
or promises to secure support and
that he would make none. That he
has been true to this his colleagues
generally bejjeve, and his organiza
tion of the house will undoubtedly be
progressive in character and will
stand for legislation demanded by
the people of the state and of benefit
to them.
One of the scandals of the last ses
sion of the legislature was the extrav
agance in the purchase of supplies,
including fountain pens glided
shears, jack knives, etc.. This scandal
will not be repeated. The secretary
of state and chief clerks' of the two
bodies purchased these supplies in
former sessions, but now all supplies
will be purchased by" the committee
on legislative expense, and this com
mittee will surely earn their salary,
judging by the way tliey have started
in. For instance, tkiey havo yurchased
files for the re, iesentatives for $675
as against $1,475 pi?.id for simUar
ones in 1911. They bought seventy
lockers for the members coats and
hats, and will thereby dispense with
two cloak room keepers at 5 per day
the cost of tbe lockers being only
Another important change for the
better in the house will be a schedule
of public meetings for the committees
so that all may know beforehand
when and where they will meet. This
will make for greater publicity in
committee meetingsa consumma
tion devoutly to be wishedand will
enable persons who wish to be heard
before committees on matters of leg
islation to learn without trouble
vhen to appear. Publicity in com
mittee meetings is a vital progressive
principle, and the progress made in
this direction by the session of 1911
and! in the present session is very en
couraging indeed. The schedule, of
committee meetings will be arranged
by the chairman of the standing com
mittees, which have not as yet been
Hon. J. A. A. Burnquist, the new
presiding officer of the senate, is, like
Speaker Rines, a progressive, clean,
fearless and able. He is a native of
Iowa and has practiced law at St.
Paul for a number of years. He served
in the Minnesota house in the ses
sions of 1909 and 1911 and stood for
progressive legislation. He was the
county option candidate for speaker
of the house two years ago but was
defeated"largely because of the blun
ders of his managers. Mr. Burnquist
has announced that he will organize
(Continued onUit page).
By An Overwhelming Vote of tT. 8.
Senate, Will Be Ousted From
The Commerce Court.
Was Impeached on One Article, But is
Disqualified Even if Found In
nocent on Others.
paeJat to The Vtonaer.
United VMaa.
Washington, D. C. Jan. 13.By a
decision of the senate today. Judge
Robert W. Archbald can no longer sit
in the United States commerce court.
He was found guilty by the over
whelming vote of 68 to 5 on the first
of the thirteen articles of impeach
ment. The vote on the one article
disqualifies the jurist even if he is
found not guilty on the other twelve
The case has been before the sen
ate on impeachment proceeding
from the house sisce congress opened.
Archbald was accused of having act
ed for his own interests in several
Pennsylvania coal cases and that he
was otherwise involved in cases
which had come before his court.
By United Vxeaa.
Chicago, Jan. 13Women walking
the streets with six shooters in their
belts may become a spectacle here if
plans of some of the women's clubs
are realized. Prodded to action by
the daily recurrence of hold ups, rob
beries, and assaults, one of the prom
inent clubs, the Englewood Woman's
club today discussed the desirability
of their members carrying weapons
on their shopping and other tours
away from home.
The plan is for each woman to car
ry a small pistol plainly visible on a
Mrs. H. Heffernan, president of the
club Mrs, Sarah McGranery, vice
president, Lakeview Woman's olu$
and Mrs. Smith, a prominent Ravea^.
wood club woman, who was recently
held up, favor the armament.
Speolal to The Moaeer.
Cass Lake, Jan. 13.Fire last
night threatened the destruction of
the frame row of buildings from
Kirchhof's corner east a halt-block..
The blaze started in 'the ice box in
the basement of Kirchhof's saloon
evidently caused from an old lamp
kept therein during the cold weather.
Only the ice box was destroyed, good
work by the firemen preventing fur
ther damage. The first three build
ings on the corner are two-story
structures and dense clouds of smoke
poured out from all three, giving the
occupants a bad scare. The damage
amounted to about $100.
Special to The Pioneer.
Cass Lake, Jan. 13.Cass Lake
high defeated Akeley high at basket
ball here Friday evening by a score
of 20 to 5. A reception at the gym
nasium after the game was tendered
the visitors after which dancing was
the entertainment.
J. N. Skrivseth sold a pure bred
Poland China boar to W. O. Schroed
er Saturday. Mr. Skrivseth ^brought
the animal In from his farm five miles
east^ of Turtle River. The boar was
one of a litter of seven pigs fallowed
March 15, 1910, at the Minnesota
Agricultural College in Hamline and
sold to Mr. Skrivseth the following
September. The boar is registered
as Minnesota 884 and his sire is given'
as Provider, and the dam as Minne
sota 553, both owned by the Agricul
tural College.
The regular monthly meeting of
the school board will be held this
evening in the High school.
"Big Bemidg" Team Scores Another
Viotory By Winning With
Score of 21 to 3.
"Big Bemidg," Bemldji's city bas
ketball quint defeated Grand Rapids
Saturday night.1$? a score oi 21 to 3.
The game started o#. with a rush-and
for 4iie jflrst '%M|$I1I3 B M'JtiujL game
it appeared that pemidji woultf be
defeated by a big score. Grand
Rapids made three scores the first
few minutes of play but the Bemidji
boys cooled down and did not let
them make a fourth during the game.
The visitors were much larger than
the local boys and were confident of
victory. Both sides played a rouglr
game and several times Coach Carson
was forced to warn members of the
teams to stop the dirty work or leave
the floor. During the first half one
of the visitors found an excellent
hand hold in the vicinity of Bran
don's eye and the game was delayed
for several minutes. Brandon was
unable to see out of one eye during
the remainder of the first half.
Neuman shot most of the field bas
kets and three fouls. Peck shot the
first field basket for Bemidji. Neu
man shot three field baskets and
Brandon srot two- and three fouls.
Bemidji was awarded one point from
a foul by a Grand Rapids player. The
Grand Rapids players were fast but
showed lack of practise and were un
able to break up Bemldji's team
work. They took their defeat in
good spirit, however, admitting that
Bemidji had the faster team.
After the game both teams and
several young people from Grand
Rapids and Bemidji, gathered in the
Odd Fellows' hall where a dance was
given by local team. The game was
well attended and with the proceeds
from the* danee. which wild be given
during the coming week the boys be
lieve they Can clear the debt which
they now owe. A manager will be
appointed this week, and from now on
the iby will endeavor to keep out
of debt. ri '---a.,' i:*'.'.'"'\
Cass Lake' will play here next week
and later games will be played with
faster teams. Duluth and Superior
have written"for games and are will
ing to come under almost any condi
tion*. These teams will probably be.
brought here if the local team con
tinues to defeat the smaller towns.
{Contlnued~on iaatpaaH). _
Unprecedented Wave of Crime In the Blp Cltlee Newt item.
Special to Taa Pioneer.
Bagley, Jan. 13.The N. B. Nel
son general store at Leonard, a new
town on the Soo line west of Bemidji,
was totally destroyed by fire early
this morsing. The fire started from
a defective chimney. The Oscar Lund
mark lumber office was saved by the
hard work of a bucket brigade. The
loss on the Nelson store is about $5,-
000 and the amount of insurance is
unknown here.
Three mote boys entered the short
course at the High school this morn
ing bringing the total enrollment up
to four boys and five girls. The boys
are Archie and Charles Severance, of
the town of Bemidji, and Peter Sor
enson, of Solway. Superintendent
Dyer has received reports stating that
Fergus Falls has fifteen and Alexan
dria ten enrolled.' He says that as
those are thickly settled communi
ties, the number attending here
speaks well for the farmers near Be
The race at the roller rink last
night was won by Bertie Backlhnd
Two of the entries failed to appear,
but Lloyd Tanner and Bertie raced
in order to not disappoint the crowd.
Backlund gained a lap in the first
five and Tanner withdrew from the
race. Arrangements will be made,
for a race between Backlund .and
Ellsworth Ramsdell. Ramsdell has
raced at several places in Minnesota
and North Dakota and will probably
put up a hard race. The masquerade
which hs been planned for some time
will be held tomorrow night at the
rink. Nearly all of the ladies skaes
have been reserved.
Judge Stanton stated this morning
that he was not yet ready to an
nounce his decision is the Moon-Har
ris election contest case. The judge
leaves for Park Rapids tomorrow
morning where he will hold a regu
lar term of court. The spring court
term for Beltrami county will start
Tuesday^ February 25.
A stove pipe passed through a
board roof in place of a chimney
caused a fire.at the home of Mrs.
Emma Collard, 1018 America avenue,
about seven o'clock Sunday morning.
The blaze burned a hole in the roof
but caused no other damage.
Scoop Is No Art Editor By "HOP
Higher Latitude Makes Smaller the
Degree of Longitude in Actual
Miles, Says Official.
Washington, Jan. 13''The people
of Janesville should remember the
scientific fact that the higher the lat
itude the smaller the degree of lon
gitude* in: actual naties,** said an offic
ial -ox the ma|^fficft department Sat
urda|E^jghi iif r^fejjence to tiie com-
plaint^^^Janesviiie^ttat the parcel
post map for that city i&^wrori^.
"The law specifies that the parcel
post zones shall be measured by thir
ty-minute squares. Therefore the
zones in the southern states are
larger, in actual distance, measured
inulEhUes, and they decrease in diam
eter in the northern state, which are
nearer the north pole."
This official said that Janesville is
not the only city that has made a
complaint of inaccuracy of the par
cel post map for that particular city.
Detroit, Mich., made the same com
plaint to the department Saturday,
and it was answered in the same way
as the Janesville complaint is above.
"Minneapolis might have made the
same complaint had someone noted
the distances accurately," said the
official quoted above.
Postoffice officials also said Satur
day afternoon that a number of com
plaints that the new parcel post zone
maps were in error were founded on
a misapprehension by which the
country was divided into districts. It
was said patrons frequently overlook
ed the fact that some cities are not
situated in the exact center of a unit
and labored under he misapprehen
sion that the first zone of approxi
mately tffty miles should be described
with the city as a center, when the
fact was that the geographical cen
ter of the unit in which the city was
located was made the center.
Thus it happened that a city in the
extreme corner of a unit might be
only forty miles away from a'neigh
boring city, and yet the neighboring
city would.be in the second zone, in
stead of the first, because the circles
limiting the zones were described,
not from'the city, but from the cen
ter of the.zone in which the city was
Word to That Effect Received This
Morning By T. J. Burke, Head
of Entertainment Committee.
Chiefs of Great Northern Depart
ments Will (rather is Bemidji to
Celebrate Depot's Opening.
Will Be Served at 8 p. m. and Will
Be Attended by Local Business
ManStanton to Preside.
James J. Hill will be here Thurs
T. J. Burke, chairmas of the en
tertainment committee of the Com
mercial club, received a letter from
Mr. Hill this morning stating that he
would come to Bemidji Thursday to
attend the banquet to be given by
Bemidji ^business men in honor of
Great Northern officials and to cele
brate the opening of the new depot.
On Saturday Mr. Burke received a
wire from Mr. Hill's secretary stat
ing that Mr. Hill would come if pos
sible and the letter was the engage
ment definite. As soon as Mr. Hill's
acceptance was received, invitations
were mailed to the following officials
of the Great Northern railway:
Louis W. Hill, chairman, St. Paul.
Carl R. Gray, president, St. Paul.
L. C. Gilraan, assistant to presi
dent, St. Paul.
R. A. jackso vice president, .St.
Paul. I
R. I. Farrfrgtdn,- vice president,
St. Paul.
J. M. Gruber, general manager, St..
G. H. Emerson, assistant general
manager, St. Pavjtl.
J. H. Taylor, general superintend
ent, Superior,
F. Bell, general superintendent, St.
W. P. Kenney, general, traffic man
ager, St. Paul.
H. A. Jackson, assistant traffic
manager, St. Paul.
H. A. Noble, general passenger
agent, St. Paul.
A. H. Hogeland, chief engineer, St.
F. B. Walker, resident engineer,
St. Paul.
S. L. Bartlett, architect, St. Paul.
R. L. -Knebel." superintendent*
J. Griffin, division freight agent,
Grand Forks.
Libby asd Nelson, contractors, St.
W J.' Powers, assistant general
freight agent, St. Paul.
W. H. Gemmel, of Brainerd, gen
eral manager of the M. & I. has been
invited. Word was reseived from
Minneapolis and St. Paul this morn
ing that neither Governor Eberhart
nor President Vincent would be able
to attend since the date conflicts with
a previous engagement. The board
of regents of the University of Min
nesota meets Thursday.
A banquet will be served in the
Markham hotel at 8 p. m. Thursday
with the above mentioned officials as
guests of honor. Judge Stanton will
come from Park Rapids, where he
will "be holding a term of court, in
order to preside at the banquet, The
banquet will not be a Commercial
club affair but the business and pro
fessional men of the city will be in
During the afternoon, it is plann
ed to have the new depot open for in
spectios and arrangements are being
made whereby the building will be
decorated for the occasion.
A joint installation of the Royal
Neighbors and the Modern Woodmen
of America will take place in the Odd
Fellow's hall on Tuesday, evening. All
Neighbors are inviated..
The following officers will be in
stalled for the Modern Woodmen for
the coming year: J* s?**?*^ \r*

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