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'VOLUME 1L NO. 245.
1 USELESS' DANIELS
New Secretary of Navy Believes That
Conference Of All Nations Would
Result In Concerted Action
WOULD LESSEN ANNUAL COST
Not Difficult To Reach Agreement
Whereby Navies Will Be Adequate
Should Take The Initiative
From Congressman C. H. Tavenner.
Washington February 12. Uni
versal peace is atill a dream in spite
of the ifact that the leading states
men and thinkers of every nation
are opposed to the continuation of
the (bankrupting race for naval and
military supremacy. The ipeace con
ferences at ithe Hague cause no dim
inution of the tremendous expendi
tures of the civilized world for ar
mament. The cost of war in time
of peace Is the heaviest burden laid
upon modern civilization.
It has remained for our new Sec
retary of the Navy, Mr. Daniels, to
suggest a method which may result
in sanity among the nations. In dis
cussing the ipossibility of concerted
action In reducing war expenditures,
Secretary Daniels suggests a con
ference of all natfons to arrive at a
method. Here is the quotation:
"The growing cost of dread
naughts, of powder, and of every
thing that 'makes an efficient navy
gives reason for pause. This heavy
expense commands national and in
ternational consideration. The naval
appropriation has doulbled in 13
years, and yet this country has not
joined the expensive competition
and race for over-large navies to the
same extent as have some otlier
"Ten years ago our largest battle
ship cost $5,382,000. The next
dreadnaught will cost $14,044,000.
When is this accelerating expendi
ture to be reduced? Naval programs,
announced by the nations already
having the largest navies, and the
entrance into the .building of dread
naughts by nations which have not
hitherto burdened their people with
the expense of large battleships, in
dicate that the end is not yet.
"No single nation, with large in
terests, can safely take a vacation
in the building of battleships. That
much to 'be desired vacation must
come through concerted action. If it
is not hastened by appeals for the
peaceful settlement of national dif
ferences, the day is not far distant
when the growing burden of taxa
tion for excessive war and naval ex
penditures will call a halt. The sug
gestion of a vacation for one year
in battleship building has met with
hearty approval and I venture the
earnest hope that this will ibear fruit
in a well-considered plan ,by navy
building nations not to let the un
necessary competition go to further
"It is manifestly not possible for
the iproposed cessation in battleship
construction to be declared at once.
It is not a vacation we need, bu a
permanent policy to guard against
extravagant and needless expen
"I venture to recommend that the
war and navy officials and other re
presentatives of all the nations be
invited to ihold a conference to dis
cuss whether they cannot agree \ip-
on a plan for lessening the cost of
preparation for war. It is recogniz
ed that the desired end of competi
tive ibuilding, carried on under whip
and spur, could not be effective
without agreement between great
nations It ought not to be difficult
to secure an agreement 'by which
navies will foe adequate with out
being overgrown and without im
\posing overheavy taxation upon the
industry of a nation.
"I trust the tentative suggestion
for a naval holiday by the strongest
of the powers will be debated and
the matter seriously considered by
an international conference looking
to the reduction of the ambitious
and costly plans for navy increase. I
trust that this country will take the
initiative and that steps will be ta
ken by a conference of all the
powers to discuss reduction of the
heavy cost of the Army and Navy."
"Society Butler Thnef" Jailed.
Portsmouth, N. H., Feb. 12.George
Gunning, alias Edgar Beach, the aged
"society butler thief," who was
brought here from Philadelphia, was
held in $10,000 bonds on the charge
of stealing jewelry valued at $20,000
from George H. Studebaker of South
Bnd, Ind. The jewelry was taken
from the Studebaker cottage at Little
Boars Head on June 17, 1912, while
Gunning was employed there as a
Pope Receives Ball Players.
Rome, Feb. 12.Charles A. Comis
key, president of the Chicago club of
the American baseball league, was
well enough to go with the members
of the American ball teams to the
Vatican, where the party was receiv
4 by the pope.
Slayer of Girl to Die in
Electric Chair March 23.
Photo by American Press AxaociatloiL
Hans Schmidt was sentenced in
New York city to die in -the electric
chair during the week beginning
March 23 for the murder of Anna Au
Schmidt was found guilty of murder
in the first degree, at his second trial,
after the jury which first tried him
had failed to agrpe.
Schmidt's lawyers pleaded insanity
for their client, but the prisoner
would not aid them and said repeat
edly he wanted to* die.
BANK IN NEW QUARTERS
First National Takes Possession of
Elegantly Equipped Establishment
Remodeled and Refurnished
ONE OF BEST IN MINNESOTA
The First National Bank is now
located in its remodeled building,
Third street and Minnesota avenue,
and its patrons and officers can now
boast of one of the neatest and most
extravagantly finished hanking es
tablishments in tlhe state of Minne
sota, It not in the entire northwest.
Italian Pavanza marble, grfll work
andinaTiogany Is used in 'forming the
fixtures. The ceiling is of ornament
al style. The furniture of the build
ing is also of mahogany.
Two enclosed cages are provided
for the teller and pay windows. The
offices of R. H. Schumaker, cashier,
are located in the front of the bank,
wlhile those of A. G. Wedge, Jr.,
president, and directors are in the
The front of tlhe building has al
so been rebuilt and is made up of
Bedford stone. A vestibule entrance
is provided and this is finished in
gray Tennessee marble. The floor
is built of Terrazo tile, trimmed with
black Belgian marble.
Two vaults are now provided one
being for the use of deposit box hold
ers and the other for the general
.banking business The latest vault
equipment is used and both vaults
are protected with burglar alarms,
protected with burglar alarms.
In the basement there is a stor
age vault, built under the two main
vaults. A lounging room for the
employes of the bank is also ar
ranged. This will foe quipped with
atJhletic apparatus and will have
shower baths in connection.
The second floor is divided Into
offices which are used by Judge Mar
shall A. Spooner and Carl L. Heffron
as law offices and Dr. L. A. Ward
and Drv E. A. Henderson.
The employes of the (bank are Carl
Jacobson, stenographer, Ralph Bran
don, bookkeeper and teller, and C.
S. Randall, bookkeeper and teller.
Contractor George E. Kreatz had
charge of the building of the addi
tion and remodeling while Moorman
& company of St. Paul did the inside
Detroit Rejects New Charter.
Detroit, Feb. }2.-Complete and offi
cial returns from Tuesday's voting in
the charter election showed that its
ratification had failed by approximate
ly 9,000 out of a total of 41.000.
Gs^WM* THE CU
HOOTAKU OVtR.ro THE
3COOPlXWtr AUb BRING
Profeiiional Man Of This City,. Dry
Town Advocate, Says Time Is Hot
Eipe For Bemidji to Oust Saloons
"NO REASON FOB DOING SO"
Does Not Understand How Taxpayers
XJan, See Any Advantage In Voting
Aginst "Wets" This Year
"We 'dry' fellows are not all of
the same opinion," said one of Be
midji's professional men today. This
man was a tax [payer too, by the way.
He was discussing the article appear
ing in the Pioneer of last evening
and called particular attention to
the statement which read, "Kansas
is the richest state per capita in the
union." "The fact that Kansas is a
dry state should have no ibearing on
the question in Bemidji next Tues-
day," he continued. "I am for a dry
town. I 'believe it for the best in
terests of the citizens of Bemidji,
'but for the life of me cannot see
where the taxpayers can see any ad
vantage in voting her dry at *his
time. If such a thing should happen
it would 'boost the taxes up wlhere I
believe some of As would be forced
to sell out and pull up 'stakes'. We
foave never done things in Bemidji
by halves but in this instance believe
it the best course top jrsue."
A camparison of the average bank
deposits of the various states does
not indicate that prosperity follows
prohibition. In response to a letter
Of inquiry, the Bank Commissioner
of Kansas reports $125.00 as the av
erage deposit .for every individual in
that state. The Michigan banking
commissioner says there is an aver
age of $350.74 in the Michigan
banks for each depositor, while the
New Hamshire commissioner de
clares that the average deposit per
capita in that State is $242.90.
which figures do no include deposits
in trust companies.
Another conservative tax payer
"There is a vast difference be
tween right,' and privilege. That thT
manufacturer has a right to make
beer is undeniable. That the in
dividual has a right to drink /beer
moderately and temperatelyis in
disputable. It is the sale of and
traffic in beer that is a privilege.
"Why should the right of the man
ufacturer and the right of the Indi
vidual be endangered, by the misuse
"Is it not wiser to /better regulate
and control privilege than to Im
pair and destroy rights?"
When statements of this nature
ar made by men in .business who
know conditions in Bemidjr, one can
not help 'but be persuaded to think
that the time is not yet here for the
abolishing of the liquor sales in this
city. Many are of the opinion that
this step can and will be taken dur
ing the next few years, and thus
avoid the hardships that are bound
to come by voting "dry" at the com
ROADS BILL BEFORE SENATE
Shackelford Measure May Get Early
Washington, Feb. 12.The Shackel
ford good roads bill, passed by the
house, authorizing the secretary of
agriculture to spend $25,000,000 an
nually for the maintenance of rural
post roads in states which appropriate
funds equal to the sums apportioned
to them* by the federal government^ lflames
was before the senate with the possi
bility of early cosideration.
Explosion Alarms Hundreds.
New York, Feb. 12.Two hundred
and fifty men, women and ohildren
were driven to the street by-the ex-
the first floor hallway.
Record Altitude Flight
Johannisthal, Germany, Feb. 12.
Robert Thelen, a German aviator,
made a world's altitude record for a.
flight with four passengers. He at
tained a heisht of 9.350 feet.
BEMIDJI MINNESOTA, THTCtSDAY EVENING FEBRUARY 12, 1914.-
Nymore Residence Barns To Ground
Despite Work'Of Kiwaen^
Between 11 and 12 o'clock last
night fire was discovered in the
home of Earl Kunaanan in R&dge
way's addition adjoining Nymore. Mr.
and Mrs. Kuneanan and children had
retired for the night/when the flames
were discovered anfd' the family bad
hut a few momentsifn which to dress
and grab a few valuable articles be
fore the structure was one mass of
flames. The Nymore fire depart
ment responded to^the alarm .hut
were unable to chee)t the flames al
though through their efforts the ad
joining buildings saved. The
house was owned by Tagley and Wold
and was partially covered by insur
ance. The furnitureJras a total loss.'
PLAY RED WMG TONIGHT
Bemidji Athletics Heet fast South
ern Minnesota Basketball Aggre
gation on Club Floor Tonight
FIRST OF THREE" GAME SERIES
Bemidji's Athletic club basketball
five will be met by one of the state's
best quints when the McNeil team of
Red Wing is played^ here this even
ing. The game tonight will be the
first of a three' game series, the re
sult of wihi'ch wil have much to do
with determining the standing of
the teams in Minnesota.
The Athletics have not been de
feated in two years and in taking on'
the Red Wing players meet a team
which has won from the- leading
quints in southern Minnesota.
Should Bemidji win the series it will
place the basket tossere of this city
high on the list of teams in the north
Bemidji's lineup will be the same
as in previous games this year.
Captain Brandon and Howe at for
ward, Neuman at centre, and Bestul
and Peck at guards. Paul Howe, how
one of the Bemidji cracks, formerly
played with Red Wing.
The game this evening will start
early in order that, those attending
may later be present at^fcae Charity
HON. P. E. HANSON DEAD
Former Secretary Of State Of Min
nesota Dies In San Diego, Califor
nia'Will be Buried at Litchfield
BURIAL ANNOUNCEMENT LATER
Attorney R. B. Brower, of St.
Cloud, who represents the plaintiff In
the Vye against Gould case, for trial
at this term of court, advised Judge
C. W. Stanton this morning that he
had just received information tell
ing of the death of his wife's father,
Hon. Peter B. Hanson, former sec
retary of state of Minnesota, at San
Diega, California. The body will be
'brought to Litchfield for burial.
BEMIDJI MAN SUFFERS LOSS
A. F. Anderson's Employment Agency
In Grand Forks Destroyed By Fire
Fire broke out at 4 a. m. this
morning in a barber shop adjoining
the A. F. Anderson Employment of
fice in Grand Forks and before the
could be checked four build
ings had been gutted. Details could
not be obtained this morning but ac
cording to wire reports little was sav
ed. A. F. Anderson ds a Bemidji busi
ness man and now operates an em
ployment agencyN ontMinnesota Aven
ue. Thomas Wold bad charge of the
plosion O a bomb in a six-stpry tene- __ _,, .,_
ment The bomb was exploded ,*enc
-aurant and rooming house which Mr.
Anderson bad leased. 'Besides Mr.
Anderson's loss which will amount
to over $600 dollars with no insur
ance the buildings burned were, two
clothing stores, the Klondike restau
rant and two 'barber shops.
PROGRAM FOR BOYS
A. M. Locker, General Secretary Of
Minnesota Sunday School Associa
tion, Tells Of Two iky Session
200YOUNGMEN EXPECTED HERE
Committees Conclude Ar-
rangementsBusiness Men Asked
N To Aid in Financing Banquet
Bemidji committees, appointed sev
erau weeks ago, which have charge
of the arrangements for the Boys
Congress to be held Hn Be
midji on Saturday and Sunday, Feb
ruary 21 and" 22, teavetoeen success
ful in their efforts and accommoda
tion have ibeen promised for as many
boys as are likely to come for the two
day session, about 200 being the
F, A. Wilson, chairman of the
banquet committee says that plans
for the .banquet to he served the 'boys
Saturday evening at the Hotel Mark
ham are complete. Subscriptions will
be taken up from the business men of
of the city with which tofinancethe
banquet. This will toe tihe only ex
pense the city will be to in bringing
the boys here.
A. M. Locker, general secretary of
the Minnesota Sunday-school associa
tion announces the following pro
gram for the Congress:
9:00 Registration. -1
9:30 Devotional. Led by Rev. S. E.
P. White, Bemidji.l
9:45 Election of officers.
(a) Jteport on nominations.
10:30 Papers, "Why Do (Not Older
Boys Attend Sunday School?"
Paper. "Organized Class"
Paper. "How can we help In
crease the number of Boys
Attending Sunday school?"
2:00 A&tsle And Devotion. Rev. Chan*
dler, Bemidji. *J-
2:15 "Should an Older Boy Teach a
Younger Boys Sunday
school Class?" Dr. R. W.
3:15 Recreation. Arranged by Mr. A.
T. Powell, St. Paul.
3:15 Conference for Men and Women
Teachers Teen Age Classes.
Led by John L. Alexander,
(a) Popular Songs.
(b) Report of Conference by
(c) Report of Committee Re
(d) Address. "Am I My Bro
John L. Alexander, Chicago.
10:30 Union Mass Meeting in Ar
Address. John L. Alexander,
12:00 Model Union Sunday School.
A. M. Locker, St. Paul,
3:00 Meeting for the Boys.
Address. John L. .Alexander,.
a: 00 Fathers' Meeting.
Address. Exra J. Morgan, Fort
Address. Watson S. Moore,
7:30 Union Mass Meeting.
Addres. John L. Alexander,
Mrs. W. S. Di:!? of the school
farm entertained McsdSMte-* J. P.
Riddel, James Wii-ebn Miner, Frank
McManus, J. Higb*i and Achen
bach at luncheon yesterday in hon
or of her daugutvr, 'Ifrs. F. Waldron
of Montevedio, who! has been her
guest for the past uliree weeks. Mrs.
Waldron left on tbfe evening train
for .her home.
Must Peel Nice To Be A Cop Winner-Eli, Scoop? By "HOP'
CHARLES P. CRANE
Announces Plans for Carrying.
Out Father's Charity Bequests.
S Mt, by American Pren Awoolatlen.
Plans for the distribution of mors
than |2,000,000 for charity are being
perfected by the heirs of R. T. Crane,
Sr., of Chicago, who will carry out
the ideas Crane had in mind at the
time of his death two years ago.
One million will go to provide coun
try homes for widows and deserted
wives with children another million
will provide a pension fund for aged
Crane employes incapacitated for ac
tive service $100,000 will go to the
Crane nursery and $10,000 to the Lake
Geneva fresh air home.
Charles R. Crane, one of the sons,
announced the plans.
County Commissioners Act Favorably
On Boarder Road and Engineer
Bliler Directed to Make Survey
CONFER ON HIGHWAY PROJECT
JNorthern Beltrami county settlers
arefloo to have a-road leading from
the Koochiching county line to War
road, because of the favorable action
taken by the board of county com
missioners now in session at the
court house. This road will he
known as the border road.
Henry Pfund, C. G. Johnson and
Chris Hagen have been named as
viewers for the road and Roy Blilder
will he the engineer. Mr. Bliler is
expected to make a survey as soon
as possible.' As soon as the survey
is completed the hoard bf viewers
will go over the proposed highway
and will then make a report to the
commissioners. After this work is
done the construction of the road
will be pushed rapidly.
Four members of the Itasca county
board of commissioners were In Be
midji yesterday for the purpose of
discussing tihe probabilities of open
ing up a road from Blackduck in Bel
trami county to Good Hope In Itasca
county. The Beltrami officers acted
favorably on the matter and the road
will be ordered built, after the neces
sary preliminaries have been attend
ed to. Commissioners Nelson, King,
Passard and O'Brien of Itasca county
All members of the Beltrami coun
ty board are in attendance at the
meeting. CHARITY BALL TONIGHT
The Bike Charity Ball, considered
as one of tihe winters leading society
events, will ibe given in itfhe djty ha
this evening. The proceeds of the
hall are for charity. One of the larg
est crowds to ever attend a similar
affair is expected to be present for
the grand march this evening. Harry
Mayer and Barney Erickson, have de
corated the hall in an artistic man
ner with the purple and white colore
of the Elks lodge, and with BUc
heads. Remfrey's orchestra will
furnish the music.
FORTY CENTS PER MONTH
& INVOLVES flMtt&a-
Overflowage Case On on Trial in Dis
trict Court Companies Claims of
13 Clearwater County Farmers
WILL TAKE UP SEVERAL DAYS
Thirty-one Other Civil Jury Cases and
Thirteen Court Actions Set for
Trial During This Term.
Thirteen actions in one.~-That is
the situation in the case on trial in
district court before Judge Stanton,
in which jury was selected this
forenoon. Thirteen farmers in Clear
water county each claim that their,
crops were damaged in the years
1907, 1908 and 1909 by the over
flowage of their lands 'by reason of
the construction and operation of a
dam in the Clearwater river by a
lumber company, comprising J. C.
Parker of Bemidji, Albert Kaiser of
Bagley, and A. D. Stephens of
The action is brought by Theodore
Torgerson for himself and jin Ibe
half of the other twelve farmers and
the aggregate damages claimed is
It is probable that several days
will be occupied in tlhe trial of the
case. Attorney Hendricks of Foss
ton, represents the plaintiff and At
torney E. E. McDonald of this city,
Many Other Cases
Inirty-one other civil jury cases
and thirteen court cases are set for
trial at this term.
WILL HANDLE REAL ESTATE
Berman Insurance Company Expands
Specialize In Farm Lands
Because of increased business and
a firm faith in northern Minnesota's
future as an agricultural section, the
Berman Insurance agency has decid
ed to add a real estate department to
its business. Farm loans will be
handled" as -will* real eetaterltf all lo
calities in this part of the state.'*7rv
The company already has a large
number of listings.
BUT TWO DAYS REMAIN
Leaders In Schroeder Free Piano
Contest Now In Close Fight
Saturday Is Last Day
LATE C0TTNT TO MAXE CHANGE
With only two days remaining be
fore the close of the Schroeder free
piano contest, the leaders are work
ing overtime in an effort to land the
Number 151 is still in the lead
but the other contestants are wait
ing until the last moment before en
tering their votes. It is expected
that the last count will materially
change the standing of the leaders.
Standing of the contestants:
21 3,338,510 27.. .1,660,204
30 868,942 31 781,379
37 1,276,059 65 ..1,482,592
70 6,653,216 82... 867,780
83 1,193,268 84... 633,022
108 760,070 109... 371,701
ORIOLES WIN CHAMPIONSHIP
Defeat Of Phoenix live last Night
Means Loss of City Bowling Title
When the Spillers last night de
feated the Phoenix five by 79 pins,
the Orioles were made champions of
the City Bowling League. Had the
Phoenix team won it would- have
been tied for first place. But one
more game will be played, being be
tween the Bingers and Gophers. The
scores last night were as follows:
Berrigan T. C. Bailey
164 220 224
Cords .203 191
Heffron J&3&XL99 ?17 *l57 s?3
XW^iW^.i 2,650 Pine
William Berrigan secured both
high score and high average last