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WILL REDUC E TAXES
Its Passage at the November Election
is Urged in Big Campaign
MEANS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION
Approval of Measure by Voters to
Mean $2,000,000 Per Year for
School Fund-Newspapers Assist
Through its secretary, the Minne
sota Forestry association is carrying
out a big campaign of publicity in
Minnesota for No. 9, the forests
amendment, to be voted on at the
fall election. This measure is the
most important piece of legislation
ever submitted to the people for the
conservation of Minnesota forests
the association believes. It provides
that all state lands, which a soil sur
vey shows are unfit for farming, shall
be used for state forests and be man
aged according to forestry princi
An exhibit favoring the amend
ment is on display at the fair
grounds with Ranger Johnson in
A statement issued by the associa
tion today says:
"The state constitution, framed
many years ago by a commission of
citizens, who did not realize the
character of the lands in Minnesota,
makes it imperative that all lands
owned by the state must be sold. This
was a wise provision, so far as most
of the land is concerned, but those
lands which were too rocky for
farming and on which the magnific
ent forests which clothed them are
destroyed are now a barren waste.
Originally Owned 8,500,000 Acres.
"The state originally owned 8,-
500,000 acres. The cream is gone
and of the residue of 2,500,000 acres,
approximately 1,000,000 is non-til
lable. One-third of this latter area
on which the forests are destroyed,
Is a barren ww6t^J=fte mS&TtStm^.
coming up in sapling pine and the
remainder area consists of virgin
"Shall we go ahead and treat the
remainder of the forests according to
the old policy which spells exploi
tation and destruction, or shall we
adopt a better method? This better
method is embodied in No. 9.
"The passage of this amendment
will keep productive those lands
which otherwise will become barren,
and under this policy a direct return
of at least $2,000,000 a year to the
school fund will result. It also will
have direct beneficial results in the
revival of forest industries, the em
ployment of thousands of men in reg
ions which otherwise will be soli
tudes. It will control water flow,
promote the exploitation of the in
comparable tourist attractions of
northern Minnesota and help lower
Newspapers in Campaign.
"The chief source of publicity in
the Minnesota Forestry association's
campaign for the passage of Amend
ment No. 9, the newspapers of the
state, and the support of practically
every daily and weekly newspaper
in Minnesota has been obtained.
"Other powerful publicity features
which have been engaged are lec
tures, motion pictures, commercial
clubs, lodges, conventions, women's
clubs and their federations, rail
roads, school boards and school
teachers, exhibits at state and coun
ty fairs, prize essays by high school
students and a comprehensive sys
tem of circulars, posters and stickers.
"If the measure is not passed the
fault will not lie at the doors of the
enthusiastic and tireless members of
the Minnesota Forestry association,
who are working disinterestedly for
the benefit of the state."
SELLS COWS AND OX.
"My ad in the Farmers'
page has done the work. I
have sold both of the cows
and the ox. I have had in
quiries from three different
counties. Enclosed please
find check for my subscrip
tion to the Pioneer. (Signed)
Jacob Anderson, Jelle, Min
The above is a sample of
the letters we are getting
from farmers regarding the
market page results. If you
have anything to buy or
sell, farmers, let the Pioneer
Mrs. Joseph T. Landry of Donald
son, La., has a racing ostrich.
TOMORRO W FARMERS^DA^AITU
RECRUITING IN LONDON.
Offices Crowded With
Men Eager to Enlist.
Photo h- i.r-- Press Association
SAYS NOTHING OF RETREAT
German Report of Recent Fighting in
Berlin, via Amsterdam and London,
Sept. 16.The German general staff
gave out the following official an
"In the western theater of war the
right wing of our army has been en
gaged in heavy but undecisive bat
tles. The French, who endeavored to
break through our lines, were victo
"At other points where there has
been fighting, no decisive results have
STORES TO CLOSE FRIDAY
Retail Houses Will Suspend Business
From 1 Until 5 on Last
Day of Fair.
$a DEMONSTRATE ROADJWQgJL
At a meeting of the Business Men's
association Tuesday afternoon it was
decided to close the retail stores
from 1 to 5 o'clock Friday, Bemidji
day at the Fair. C. F. Schroeder
lias named this "Everybody's Day"
and all school children will be ad
Commissioner A. E. Rako appear
ed before the merchants meeting
to ascertain where they wish the
road demonstration work to be con
ducted during the week of the con
vention of Charities and Correction
and State county commissioners
which will be held in Bemidji Sep
tember 26, 27, 28 and 29. It was
decided to leave this matter in Mr.
Rako's hands with the suggestion
that the grading be done on one
continuous stretch of road.
HUFFMAN NAMED CAPTAIN
Former High School Star to. Lead
Athletic Club Eleven
By practically unanimous choice
Hallan L. Huffman was last evening
named captain of the Bemidji
Athletic club football eleven. The
naming of Huffman was not unex
pected for his football experience is
equal to that of any man on the
squad. His playing in 1908, while
a member of the championship high
school aggregation is remembered
by Bemidji football enthusiasts and
under his leadership the Athletics
should have a successful season.
According* to a German scientist
linoleum on a floor ffuickly kills bac
teria which- may be brought into a
house on shoes because of the lin
seed oil it contains.
Three thousand French women
have asked to enroll as soldiers.
Read the Want Ads.
WILL REBUILD DITCH SIX
Judicial Brain in Chilgren and Zipple
Townships to Be Completed Soon,
According to Stipulation.
MEANS BELIEF FOB SETTLERS
Through a stipulation which has
just been completed between Graham
M. Torrance* county attorney, and
E. E. McDonald, attorney for the
Northwestern Drainage company,
work on the completion of Judicial
Ditch No. 6, will begin soon after
the first of October.
The contract price of the drain,
which runs north' from Williams in
the townships of Zipple and Chilgren,
being ten miles in length, amounted
to $18,540, of which all but $5,063
had been,paid. Several months ago
the county commissioners ordered
that the balance, less $1,000 to be
used for completing and repairing
the ditch, be paid.
Such action brought forth objec
tions from settlers in the county af
fected by the drain and a petition to
the county attorney caused him to
appeal from the plan of the commis
sioners. The case was to have come
up at this term of court. It appears
that the ditch was poorly constructed
in places and that it was never prop
According to the stipulation the
drainage company will start work on
October 5 and is to have it completed
on not later than November 15. All
work is to be done under the super
vision of Ernie, Bourgeois, and when
completed will be inspected by Ditch
Referee Dent before the balance of
the contract will" be paid. It
also provides that should the drain
age company fail to start work on
the day named, that the county may
do so and at the expense of the com
pany, and that if the ditch is not
completed by the middle of Novem
ber, that the county may finish the
Coming as it does, the stipulation
means much to the settlers of the
district in which the completion of
the ditch is valuable. If the matter
that it would have remained unset
time the ditch would remain in, its
The ditch road will be repaired
and made passable.
KEEFE LEAVES BEMIDJI.
Attorney Mjoves to Fosston Where He
Will Engage in Land Business.
Thos. Keefe, formerly a practicing
lawyer of Bagley, and four years ago
a candidate for the district judge
ship, who has been a resident of Be
midji during the past few months,
has decided to locate in Fosston
where he will engage in the-real es
tate business. Mr. Keefe was in Be
midji today, having matters before
Judge Stanton in district court, and
said that one of the reasons for his
change in residence was the fact that
he was unable to secure a residence
for the winter. In connection with
Mr. Keefe's going to Fosston, the
Fosston Thirteen Towns says: Thos.
Keefe, a prominent resident of Bag
ley for a number of years past, has
moved to this place to take up his
permanent residence. He secured
the Movold dwelling on Harrison
avenue and Wednesday afternoon
Mrs. Keefe and family arrived here
and they have already begun house
keeping in their new home. We un
derstand that Mr. Keefe will engage
in the real estate business, at pres
ent having a quantity of land to sell
in this section of Polk county, and
will undoubtedly enlarge his field of
activity in this line. Mr. Keefe and
family will be welcomed to the com
Eugene Berman, a member of the
Bemidji Real Estate and Insurance
company, returned to Bemidji today
from the twin cities where he has
spent several days on business. While Mrs. Jack Krueger of Carlton, Min
in the cities Mr. Berman was a state nesota, is the guest of Mrs. Fred
fair visitor. JBaumgardner for a week.
Street Commissioner Carter Has Plan
For Facilitating Travel.
Street Superintendent A. A. Carter
has issued the following street-rules
for cars running to |nd from "the
fair grounds during -|he fair. Ow
ing to thepavihg now^n progress on
Beltrami avenue cars] going to the
fair grounds from the, city will run
out on Bemidji avenuefj^d return to
the city on Minnesota $venue turn
ing west on Fourteenth street.
"If all drivers will hied these rules
it will facilitate, to 3rj?reat extent*,"
it will .facilitate trafi)p,a great'ex-
tent," said Mr. Carter*'
Farmers Bring Attractive Exhibits
and Exposition to Be Most Success^
ful Ever Held ii* County.
CLUBS ARRANGE FINE BOOTHS
Large Number Enter- Produce and
Big Agricultural H&ll is Filled
Judging Begins Tomorrow.
Farmer after farmer drove
the grounds of the Beltrami County
Agricultural association from early
this morning- usL~thi$ afternoon,
their summer's produce and confident
that after the judges Save completed
their work of tomorrow and Friday,
that one or more premiums will
have been awarded them^
Large Hall Filled.
Early in the forenoon it became
evident that the large new Agricul
tural hall would be well filled when
all exhibits had been arranged. Sev
eral of the Farmers' clubs, the Port
Hope, Better Farming club and Sum
mitt, have provided Attractive dis-
/ateo^iEivgn. space and^ill prove at-^
tractive to fair visitors*-.
Judging Begins Tomorrow.-:
The first judging of the fair will
take place tomorrow morning when
the poultry will be inspected. The
livestock and exhibits will be judged
During the day there will be sen
sational acrobatic aCts by the mar
velous Savage troupe, and Luman S.
Matthews, the marvelous revolving
globe artist will perform.
Other Athletic Features.
In the afternoon there will be an
old man's race, a fat man's race, free
for all race, Farmers' horse running
race, and a pony race. A merry-go
round has also been established at
the fair grounds.
Office at Fair Grounds.
Charles Schroeder, secretary of
the fair association, has an office in
the Agricultural building and with
a competent force of assistants is
caring for the heavy work of entry
day in an efficient manner.
Stock Exhibit Good.
Beltrami county never had a
larger or more complete livestock ex
hibit than this year. One of the
features of this department is the
herd of eight registered Holstein
cows which A. E. Witting has
brought down from his farm near
Dr. Smith Returns.
Dr. E. H. Smith and family re
turned to Bemidji last evening from
Minneapolis where they have been
Tisiting several weeks. The trip was
made by automobile. While in the
city the doctor's car was stolen by
joy-riders and was damaged to the
extent of $70 when the occupants
jumped from it in escaping arrest.
The car struck a tree.
bringing with them the choicest ofDonald and Thomas Keefe for the de
It is probable that the term will
be concluded this week or the early
part of next.
ASSAULT CASE ON TRIAL
State Opens Its Case Against John
Hoffman, Charged With Attempt
to Shoot Paul Peterson.
CAMPBELL JURY IS STILL OUT
Charged with assault with intent
to kill, John Hoffman was today
placed on trial before Judge C. W.
Stanton in district court.
Hoffman, so the indictment reads,
is accused of attempting to kill
Paul Peterson several weeks ago in
the Nicolett hotel of this city, when
he fired one shot of a revolver at the
latter, the bullet missing its mark
by just ,& few inches.
Some trouble was encountered this
morning in the selection of a. jury
and it was found necessary to issue
a call for a special venire of twelve.
With'- this number to selects from,
eleven jurors were secured and an
additional venire of three was call
ed. The jury was completed early
this afternoon, and Graham M. Tor
rance, county attorney, opened the
case for the state. Carl Heffron is
defending Hoffman. It is expected
that the case will take but a short
time for trial.
Although the jury in the case of
Emma J. P. Campbell against Martin
Aarstad and Lauritz Ask was
charged before six o'clock last even
ing, no verdict had been arrived at
early this afternoon. Mrs. Camp
bell seeks $6,000 in damages for al
leged assault. Montreville J. Brown
and G. M. Torrance appeared for the
plaintiff in this case, and E. E. Mc-
ARRANGING STRONG SCHEDULE
Manager Simons of High School
Eleven After Number of Games.
It is doubtful if the members of
the Bemidji high' school football
eleven could have selected a much
person from 4heit num
.Tjejf'iop footba^aumagerthJEfi Edwinr
Simohs, son of' Jurge H\ A. Simons,
and a member of the 1915
graduating^ class. Since his elec
tion of several days ago, Simons has
practically completed arrangements
for several games and the schedule
of the students this year will be
much more interesting than in sev
eral seasons. The team has very en
couraging prespects this year and
will be seen in action for the first
time this season on Friday afternoon
when the Athletics will be encoun
tered. Fred Graham, a star half of
1913, was today named captain.
DR. DUBOIS TO TALK HERE
Will Address Those in Attendance at
Fair Grounds Friday Afternoon
Is Lindbergh's Opponent.
POLITICS NOT TO ENTER SPEECH
Although politics is not to enter
into his speech, Dr. J. A. DuBois, of
Sauk Centre, democratic nominee for
congressman from this, the Sixth
district, will talk at the fair grounds
Friday afternoon, the last day of the
Beltrami county fair.
Dr. DuBois has been resident of
north central Minnesota for many
years and is well qualified to talk on
its developments and needs, the
topic on which he will speak.
He is often referred to as the
"greatest single handed camgaign
er" in Minnesota. Dr. DuBois is a
picturesque figure in Minnesota poli
tics, for his personality is, bigger
than the Sixth district and has over
flowed into state affairs before this.
The Sixth district is a big one, and
includes Sherburne, Stearns, Ben
ton, Todd, Morrison, Crow Wing,
Wadena, Hubbard, Cass, Aitkin and
A iBrand New Army In The War By "HOP'*
.Noted Suffragette Busy
With War Relief Work.
London, Sept. 16.Sylvia Pank
hurst's East End suffragettes, have
completely ceased campaigns for votes
and turned their energies and money
instead toward establishing war relief
depots at their headquarters and all
their branch establishments.
SCHOOL AID MAY CHANGE
State Educational Commission to
Offer Suggestions and Recommen
dations to Next Legislature.
C0N8ffiER: TEAjCHERS' SALARIES
Sweeping changes in the basis of
apportioning gtate aid to Minnesota
schools will be recommended to the
next legislature by, the State Educa
tional commission, according to in
formation which has reached Be
The committee has accepted the
plan of the Efficiency, and Economy
commission for the reorganization
of the department of education, ex
cept-that it wishes the board of re
gents iind the baard of education to
be composed' of seven members each
instead of nine.
Under the proposed scheme of ap
portioning state aid the school will
receive it on a basis of both attend
ance and teachers' salaries. The plan
in effect places the minimum wage
for teachers in Minnesota at $400 a
year. No school that employs teach
ers at less than $400 a year will be
given the state aid. The levy for
state aid under the proposed scheme
will be for two mills. This will re
turn about $2,500,000 to the state,
to be used in support of rural con
solidated, grade and high schools.
One-half, of the tax levy will be
distributed on the attendance basis.
The aggregate number of days all
pupils attend school will help de
termine the amount of state aid. Un
der this plan in general, the school
having the best attendance will re
ceive the largest amount of aid. The
other half of the tax levy will be ap
portioned upon the teachers' salary
basis. At present state aid is dis
tributed on an attendance basis
Played With Band at Fair.
H. E. Anderson, the .Bemidji clar
inetist, has returned from Minnea
polis where he played with the Thief
River band during the state fair.
He says that the band made a very
favorable impression among fair vis
itors and was a great advertisement
for the Pennington county seat.
GERMAN S CHECK:
PROGRES S OF
Berlin, via the Hague, Sept. 16.
An official statement issued today em
phasized the fact that the Germans
have now succeeded in checking the
entire offensive movement of the al
lies in Prance. It was stated that
the German army is entrenched in a
new, strong position and that at a
number of' points the Germans have
succeeded in driving the allies' lines
back on their supports.
London, Sept. 16.In" an official
statement issued in Paris this after
noon, it stated that the German army
is fighting a defensive battle along
its entire front from Noyon, a town
on the Giise river, fourteen miles
northwest of Campeigne, to a point
north of Verdum. This would indi
cate that the battle front is approxi
mately one hundred and ten miles
almost due east and west, with ex
treme west at a point fifty-five miles
northeast of Paris.
Paris, Sept. 16.Analysis of all
information available today shows
that while severe fighting is in prog
ress at many points, it is all in a
nature of rear guard action. Guns
lost have been replaced and there is
avidence at every point that the Ger
nans are contemplating a renewal
attack and a probable renewal of
fense at some new point.
London, Sept. 16.The correspond
ent of the Central News at Lieppe
transmits a report that the German
army under General von Kluck has
been forced to surrender. The corre
"A report has reached Dieppe that
the extreme left of the allies, after
making an encircling movement by
way of Roye and Ham and joining a
force from the Boulogne district, has
compelled General von Kluck to sur
render with, according to one state
ment, 14,000 men, and according to
another statement 23^90 men and a^7
quantity of |juns ahd7*ar mateiaa^^^^^s^
Up to a lare hour this report has
not been confirmed, but if it is true it
is believed to mark the beginning of
the end of the war in Europe. Ber
lin reports heavy fighting on the
right, but no decisive battles.
General von Kluck has been op
erating in the German right wing and
consequently has been opposed by the
left wing of the allies. His army has
been retiring before the allies for
several days. Roye and Ham, men
tioned in advices telling of the re
ported surrender, are to the south
east of Amiens and were occupied
by the Germans two days ago. Re
cent reports show that these towns
are now in possession of the allies.
Admits Reverses for Wing.
Berlin admits that the weakened
right wing of the German army has
been turned back, but discounts the
reverses by maintaining that it will
have no effect on the general for
ward movement to be initiated when
The Berlin view seems to coincide
with that of military experts on the
other side, both agreeing that the out
come of the campaign in the western
theater of war depends on the results
of the operations of the crown
prince's army before erdun, but on
the question of accomplished facts
the divergence of opinion is as wide
CLUB TO MEET TOMORROW.
Incorporation of Athletic Association
to Be Discussed.
Lack of a quorum at previous
meetings of the Athletic club has
made action in connection with the
incorporating of the organization
impossible, but at a meeting which
has been called for tomorrow even
ing, it is hoped the matter can be
settled. It is very discouraging to
the club officers to have poor attend
ances at these meetings, especially
when matters of such importance as
incorporating are to be brought up.
It is hoped that every member who
cannot attend the meeting tomorrow
night will be represented by proxy.
TO GIVE BLACKDUCK RECITAL
Miss Rnhie Henrionnet of Bemidji to
Entertain There Tomorrow Night
Miss Rubie Henrionnet, daughter
of Mrs. A. P. Henrionnet of this city,
who scored a brilliant success here" T*
several weeks ago when she appeared
in a recital for the benefit of the^ rj
Methodist church, will go to Blacks
duck tomorrow evening where she".
will entertain the residents of tnat^
vilalge. The recital wil be givenJyjQs
under the auspices of the Ladies Aid*-^
of the Presbyterian church and Missr.j
Henrionnet will be assisted by1"
Blackduck musical talent.
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