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VOLUME 12, NO. 207.
(American Press)
London, Dec. 2-8.North of the
Vistula river, in Russian Poland, the
Germans have retaken Mlawa, but
south of the river they still stand on
their old ground. In southern Po
land, where the German right joins
the Austrian left, there has been
fierce fighting with slight gains for
the Austro-German allies.
London, Dec. 28.Christmas has
come and gone without a truce on the
part of any of the warring nations of
Europe. While there has been no
marked cessation of military activity,
no decisive action has occurred along
either of the great battle fronts. A
spectacular element was supplied by
an aerial duel between a German air
craft and two English biplanes over
the Thames. This was witnessed by
several thousand persons. The Ger
mans escaped.
From Petrograd comes the news
that the Russians have resumed the
offensive at several points Poland
and that they have captured 11,000
prisoners. Berlin, however, reports
inactivity along the Polish front. An
Austrian army still is making a cour
ageous effort to strike down the val
ley of the Nida in the direction of
Tarnow, but British observers are of
the opinion this movement will be too
late if it is a fact that the Austro
German center really has received its
reported check.
Germans Holding Bulldog Grip.
General von Hindenburg, the Ger
man commander in the east, still
keeps his bulldog grip on the Vistula
and seems to be making his present
movement toward Warsaw from
Thron, which is northwest of the Pol
ish capital in the province of West
Prussia. The latest Austrian state
ment tells of stubborn fighting on the
Dunajec river, Galicia, where the bat
tle line is unchanged, and chronicles
progress in the Carpathians.
The French official statement, refer
ring to the situation in the eastern
theater of war, says the Germans who
succeeded in forcing their way across
the Bzuro river to the south of So
chaczew were driven back after hav
ing suffered considerable losses and
that all German attacks on Bolimow
resulted jn failure.
The French statement says in the
region of Inowlodz, on the Pilica riv
er, and to the south of this locality
stubborn fighting..continues. Along
the enTp?e,vcohfse'
of the Nida river
and to the south of the Upper Vistula
river, the French statement says, the
fighting Is going on under conditions
favorable to the Russians.
Fog Covers Flanders.
On the western battle line Paris re
ports that fog in the north has inter
fered with the operations in Flanders
that counter attacks on the part of
the Germans have been repulsed at
Noulettes, to the west of Lens, at
BoisBelle, northeast of Albert, and at
Lihons, to the west of Chaulnes,
where a trench captured from the
Germans was lost and then recaptured
after a spirited engagement.
Between the Olse and the Atsne
rivers a strong German attack was
reputed at Chivy, northeast of Soupir.
In the region of Perthes the French
artillery silenced German batteries
which were bombarding trenches re
cently occupied by French troops.
Two German counter attacks there
were repulsed.
The French statement reports quiet
between the Mouse and Moselle rivers
and in the Argonne region, and as
serts there was perceptible progress
Jn front of Cernay, Lorraine. The
French troops, according to the state
ment, have reached the outskirts of
the forest on the hills to the west of
the town and also have occupied the
outskirts of Aspach, the valley and
the heights which dominate Aspach on
the west.
Austria Reports Unusually Severe
Vienna. Dec. 28.Extremely heavy
attacks by the Russians are reported
.in the -'official statement.
The Austrian front is declared to be
unchanged in Galicia, however, and
repealed attacks* in Poland were re
"Fighting continued along a greater
part of our front." the statement as
"Our forces beat back Russian
attacks near Magyag, in the Lotourca
region, with heavy losses. The Rus
sians were driven back toward Lisko.
"Between Wislo and Biala they at
tacked throughout the whole of Christ
mas eve and Christmas day with great
intensity. On the Dunajec our front
is unchanged."
Moscow, Dec. 28.The mem
bers of the Russian imperial
"faintly, who have been here for
several days, have departed,
le emperor setting out for the
(jlle front and the Empress
Alexandra leaving for Tsarskoe
& Selo with their son and two
4 ^daughters.
Returns From Trip.
George Stein, city clerk, returned
to Bemidji this morning from Duluth
where he had spent Christmas as the
guest of friends.
Will Difc ^tionV Defenses
Before Con.
on Jan. 2.
Photo by American Pre33 Association.
Agitation in congress of the ques
tion of preparedness of the United
States for war has gone over until
after the holidays. The house mili
tary affairs committee originally had
planned to have Representative Gard
ner of Massachusetts testify on the
subject before it, but the hearing has
been postponed until Jan. 2.
Villa and Carranza Forces Meet in
Battle and Indications Are That
Former Will Win.
Washington, Dec. 28.The real bat
tle for contra! of the port of Vera
Cruz is believed to be in progress.
Advices to the state department say
that fighting between Carranzaista
and Villa forces is in progress ten
miles west of Vera Cruz. The attack
ing columns were reported driving the
Carranzaistas back, en their main
lines of defense. Severe lighting also
is reported in the state of Tlaxcala
and at Bbena, near Tampico.
This series of conflicts, A^&^tfvW-MW
ed here, will eventually end in suc
cess for the convention forces, who
outnumber the Carranza sympathiz
Meanwhile Provisional President
Gutierrez is completing his cabinet,
the only vacant places left being the
ministers of justice and the interior.
In his appointments Gutierrez has
been impartial between the followers
of Zapata' and Villa, so that what
might have proven a potent source of
friction seemingly has been avoided.
Hopes to Secure Recognition.
It is believed here to be the inten
tion of the leaders, when the conven
tion reconvenes on Jan. 10, to attempt
to frame a comprehensive land law,
which congress will be asked to en
With such a law in force the dis
banding of the army would be sim
plified and all factions are anxious
that a strong civil government be es
tablished without delay so that an
appeal may be made to the United
States and the ABC powers for rec
Money is badly needed for the af
fairs of government, but every source
of internal supply has been exhausted
and a foreign loan is out of the ques
tion unless foreign recognition Is
It is because they realize this that
the convention forces are anxious
either to compromise with or com
pletely crush Carranza before Jan. 10.
Herrel to Reside Here
Mr. and Mrs. Herrel, of Interna
tional Falls, arrived in Bemidji yes
terday and will make their future
home in this city. Mr. Herrel is one
of the engineers in charge of the the
Koochiching and Beltrami counties
ditch projects and his work is such
that he can better attend to his duties
by making his headquarters here.
Sheeran Visits Bemidji
James A. Sheernan, of Duluth,
traveling agent of the Soo Line, is in
Bemidji today on business.
Contestants in Hoffman & O'Leary
Contest Show intense Enthusiasm
and Leaders May Lose Places.
As a result of added enthusiasm in
the free piano contest which is be
ing conducted by Huffman & O'Leary
furniture company, contestants who
have easily led in the race since it
began are likely to lose their
Although No. 92 gained sufficient
ly to maintain first position, the re
markable advance of No., 8, who in
one week jumped to 307,000, may re
sult in more surprising changes dur
ing the next few days. The lead of
No. 92 is now only 350 votes, her to
tal being 307,350.
All contestants are urged to reg
ister their votes as soon as possible,
thus adding more interest to the con
test and rendering the counting less
The standing is as follows:
1, 301,000 2, 2,000 3,J7,000 4,
2,000 5, 2,000 6, 2,000 '7, 2,000
8, 307,000 9, 172,000 10, 192,000
11, out 12, 2,000 13, 207,000 14,
2,000 15, 2,000 16, 2,000 17, 2,-
000 18, 17,000 19, 227,000 20,
2,000 21, 2,000 22, 158,000 23,
239,000^ 24, 12,000 25, 239,000
26, 2,000 27, 2,000 28, 192,0fr0
29, 2,000 30, 2,000 31, 2,000 32,
2,000 33, 252,000 34, 219,000 35,
2.Q00 36, 277,325 37, 2,000 38, 2,-
000 39, 2,000 40, 300,425 41, 2,-
000 42, 2,000 43, 2,000 44, 2,-
000 45, 7,000 46, 2,000 47, 2,000
48, 227,645 49, 32,000 50, 2,000
51, 2,000 52, 2,000 53, 2,000 54,
2,000 55, 27,000 56, 2,000 57, 2,-
000 58, 2,000 59, 2,000 60, 2,000
CI, 2,000 62, 2,000 63, 19,000 64,
2,000 65, 2,000 66, 23,000 67,
164,345 68,, 2,000 69, 2,000 70,
2.000 71, 2,000 72, 27,000 73, 2,-
000 74, 194,435 75, 2,000 "76, 2,-
000 77, 2,000 78, 221,885 79, 2,-
000 80, 2,000 81, 2,000 82, 2,000
83, 2,000 84, 2,000 85, 2,000 86,
314,185 87, 2,000 88, 2,000 89,1
2,000 90, 298,000 91, 102,000 92,J
307,350 93, 2,000 94, 2,000 95, 2,-
000 9ft, 2,000 97, 187,000 98,
000 99, 2,000 100, 2,000 101, 2,-j
000 102, 2,000 103, 2,000 104, 2,
L. F. Murphy returned to his home
in Grand Forks this afternoon after
spending several days in Bemidji as bring this state back into the repub-
the guest of friends. lican column."
000 108, 2,000 109, 2,000 110, 2,-
000 111, 2,000" 112, 172,6857113,
2,000 114, 2,000 115, 169,965
116, 22,000 117, 243,000 118, 2,-
000 119, 2,000 120, 2,000 121.
2,000 122, 2,000 123, 102,415
124, 2,000 125, 240, 675 126, 2,-,
000 127, 2,000 128, 2,000 129, 2,-i
000 130, 285,660 131, 220,000
132, 2,000 133, 2,000 134, 2,000
135, 2,000 136, 32,000 137, 2,-
000 138, 2,000 139, 2,000
2,000 141, 2,000 142, 2,000
2,000 144, 2,000 14,5, 2,000
2,000 147, 2,000 148, 2,000
2,000 150, 21,000 151, 2,000 152,
2,000 153, 2,000 154, 2,000 155,
2,000 156, 127,845 157, 2,000 158,
2,000 159, 186,745.
140, 143, 146, 149,
Attempt Will Re Made to Revive
Party Organization in State.
It is expected that about 200 rep
resentative Republicans of the state
will be in attendance at a "get-to-
gether" conference, which isj to be
held in St. Paul tomorrow. W. E.
Verity, of Wadena, who was presi
dent of the State League of Repub
lican clubs when it went out of busi
ness, called the meeting, the
purpose of which will be to revive
the organization and form republican
clubs in every city. "That there is
a general feeling that it is the duty
of Minnesota republicans to get to
gether," says the letter of invita
tion, "and put up a fighting organi
zation which will be fairly represen
tative of the rank and file of the
party is doubtless as well known to
you as to anyone. A great national
campaign will soon be upon us, and
there is much to do if the party is
to be successful. Minnesota should
do its full share in the work of re
storing republican administration
throughout the nation, and there is
much need of some action which will
Alden Remfrey, (director of the
Bemidji band, announced today that
there will be a coi^cert in the Glty
hall tomorrow evening. Several spe
cial attractions wiUJbe Arranged for
the entertainment, %hich will be the
last played in the nghpitch. Imme
diately following/*{p*- -concert the
music pitch will beilihataged to low.
It is believed that this action, all pre
parations, having beefj completed, will
improve the music pf the organiza
tion and make the flaying less dif
ficult. A large attendance at the
concert would be appreciated by the
band boys. ^flst/
Cato Sells, Commissioner, Outlines
Work Accomplished^and Plant for
Future Hospita^t Bed Lake.
Education of Children Shows Marked
Gains and Vocational Training
Given Especial Stress.
Cato Sellsf commifc loner of Indian
Affairs, and the man Who directs the
work of Indian Agetip in their cam
paign of closing northern Minnesota
saloons because of
provisions, has isauej
a report on his first
head of the Depart!
what he hopes to ac
administration through 'the report
ambition to promot
activities of the In
In his reform work he has not .for
gotten education, health and moral
uplift. -^V
He says that he fonhd the Indian
Service disorganized dnd discouraged,
and that he has endeavored to place
it on a sound economic and efficient
business basis, worktffg in harmony,
and with enthusiasm ^with the view
of promoting the best interests of
the Indians. With a| thought of ob-
1855 treaty
to the public
ear's work as
enV outlining
eve during his
ere ^appears
lie controlling
the industrial
an population.
Gains in Education.
Concerning Indian education, he
says that the year has been especially
marked by the large increase in the
number of Indian pupils enrolled in
the public schools throughout the
country, which has been encouraged
because it affords training of the
greatest value and furnishes an op
portunity to begin the co-operation
of the government with the state in
the education of the Indian. Especial
stress is laid on the necessity for
the vocational training of Indian pu
With the purpose of increasing the
efficiency of teachers in the Indian
service there were held during the
year six institutes or summer schools
in different sections at the country
Oklahoma*, South Dakota, California,
Wisconsin, Oregon and New Mexico.
At these institutes courses of instruc
tions were outlined, emphasizing in
dustrial subjects.
New Hospitals Built.
With regard to health conditions,
the commissioner calls attention to
the fact that at the close of the fiscal
year 1913 there were fifty hospitals
with a combined capacity of 1,400 pa
tients and six new hospitals under
construction to care for a population
of 300,000 with a high percentage of
tuberculosis and trachoma. Out of
181,000 Indians on reservations,
there were examined last year 61,-
201, and it was learned that tuber-
tahring 8r clear compl^eastea-of tHe^nitai! purposes ^besidesdirectappro
viewpoint of the Indians, he has en
deavored, he says, by personal inter
views and examination of correspon
dence with Indians, to ascertain
clearly their, ideas with regard to
the efforts being made in their be
half, and to this end he has made it
a practice, in the case of every dele
gation and every individual Indian
visiting Washington, to understand
their wants and needs from their
point of view and has given them
his personal attention wherever pos
culosis was present in 8,000 cases and,?
You' still have opportunity to
purchase Red Cross stamps, and in
this manner be of assistance in bring
ing a Visiting Nurse to Bemidji for
a month's stay. ,J-.4|- I
Few realize the importance of such
a visit to Bemidji. The investiga
tions of a Visiting Nurse will usher
forth much information concerning
conditions in Bemidji which will
prove of great benefit in improving
social surroundings.
Mrs. Harvey Wilcox, who is in
charge of the stamp sales, announced
this morning that if the necessary
$100 is to be secured everyone must
assist, the amount now being far
short. The tamps will be on sale
at all places, as before Christmas, and
can be purchased until New Year's
Every community that has been ac
tive in selling the seals will see im
mediate results. The fund raised by
the seals will mean an extensive edu
cational campaign to teach people
how to live, and how to prevent and
cure tuberculosis. The first definite
step to be taken is the organization
of county health associations, made
up of men and women that have been
active in the Christmas seal cam
paign, and of others willing to work
for the advancement of public
health". Each Christmas seal cam
paign manager has submitted a dozen
names to the Minnesota Public
Health association as possible sup
porters of such an organization.
The plan is to have these men ami
women meet soon, elect officers and
arrange a public meeting, at which
an executive of the state association
will speak. The object of these coun
ty organizations will not be to raise
money, but primarily to do sociolog
ical work, and to have an associa
tion in each county that can be call
ed upon when needed. 1
tiachoma in 12,000 It is estimated
that' there are 25,000 suffering with
tuberculosis and 35,000 afflicted win
trachoma. From the $300,000 ap
propriated by the last congress there
wate made available $100,000 for hos-
priations for a sanatorium in- the
Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma, and one
at Red Lake, and on the Fond du
Lac Reservation, Minnesota, also on
the Rosebud, Pine Ridge and Chey
enne Reservations in South Dakota.
Plans have been prepared for the
building of seven small hospitals at
a cost of from 112,000 to $15,000
each, on the reservations where the
need of medical attention has been
most keenly felt. The work for the
eradication of trachoma hasten vig
orously pushed during the year. The
field has been divided into five dis
tricts and an expert assigned to each.
Liquor Indians Downfall.
At its last session, and through
the effort of Commissioner Sells, con
gress appropriated $725,000 for en
couraging industry and self-support
among the Indians, being the largest
appropriation ever obtained for this
purpose. A comprehensive plan has
been formulated by the commissioner
for the use of this money in such a
way as to obtain for the Indians the
maximum benefits.
On reservations where the lands
are more suitable for agricultural use
the commissioner has made special ef
fort to increase the interest in farm
ing and for this purpose employed
during i&e past year 450 farmers to
instruct tlie Indians.
One of the biggest resources of the
Indian lies in his forests. The com
missioner promises to wisely admin
ister this vast resource, the keynote
of which will toe the industrial de
velopment of the Isdian through the
judicious sale anil manufacture of
TOere are approximately eighty
isaw mills on Indian lands, the own
ership of which is divided equally be
tween tb.e government and private in
During the succeeding fiscal year
the commissioner proposes to give
special attention to the completion
of an accurate inventory of the In-
(Continued on last page.)
The Devil And The Deep Sea Byv'H QP
Photo by American Press Association.
The Duches of Manchester, daugh
ter of the late Eugene Zimmerman of
Cincinnati, has sailed from London
for the L'hited States. It is stated
that it is the determination of the
duchess- to claim the entire estate ot
her father for herself and children, in
dicating that other claimants are ex
pected. Estimates of the estate vary
as much as $7,000,000, on account of a
number of investments of doubtful
Brinkman Theater Management Will
Donate Percentage of Two Nights'
Proceeds for Christmas Benefit.
With plans made to accommodate
at least 200 poor children at the
Salvation Army Christmas tree and
program which is to be held in the
City hall, Wednesday evening, Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Brinkman, of the
Brinkman theater, and Harry St.
,Clair, manager of the stock company
how appearing at this" popular show
house, have asked permission to as
sist in financing the proposition.
The Army, which is assisted in
framing a program by the Associated
Charities, has had difficulty in se
curing sufficient funds with which
to make the affair as successful as
in past years, and the Brinkman
management has generously offered
to donate a portion of the receipts of
the tonight's and tomorrow evening's
The larger the.attendance at the
Brinkman on these two nights means
more assistance for the plan of
the Salvation Army workers.
Women in charge of the Bemidji
Aimy barracks will have charge of
the ticket sales on both evenings.
Poor children from Nymore, East
Bemidji, Mill Park and the city pro
per are to attend the exercises, and
it is expected that more than 200, the
number at last year's program, will
enjoy it. An excellent program is
being arranged.
Purchases Drinking Establishment
at VirginiaOld Resident Here.
Andy McNabb for thirteen years a
resident of Bemidji, coming here as
an expert filer in one of the lumber
mills, left yesterday for Virginia
where he has purchased the saloon
property of Matt Derosia, the con
sideration being S4,000. He will
take charge of his new business Wed
nesday, the council having granted
a transfer of the license last week.
During the past several years, and
until closed by the government a
month ago, because of the treaty,
McNabb has operated one of the best
conducted barrooms in Bemidji, and
was always well liked by all who
had business dealings with him. Mrs.
McNabb wil remain in Bemidji un
til spring, at which time she will go
to Virginia to join her husband.
Beltrami county officials are view*
ing without worry the problems of
the increased cost of living because
of the new law requiring but one
election in every four years. Visions
of increased bank accounts because
of decreased election costs has ted. to
mutual congratulations among, the t*
county officials in anticipation of ,y'^~
their new terms which begin next 'v
Monday, January fourth. *v
But two changes in the roster ot
the court house family is made this
year, the result of the election of
Fred Hayes, who will represent the
Third district as a member of the
board of county commissioners, suc
ceeding Commissioner Myhre, and
the naming of Garfield Ackerberg,
as coroner.
Auditor to Remain.
In the auditor's chair will again
bo seated James L. George*, regarded
as one of the state's most efficient
officials. Mr. George was re-elected
in November by a flattering majority,
and has held the office since the first
day of January, 1911, having been
victorious at the polls in 1910. In
his deputy positions will be P. B.
Lamson and Henry W. Alsop, afyd as
assistants will be Ida DeRushia, ^ulia
Nielsen, W. C. Klein and A. H. Kaler,
a most excellent force,
Counting Them Tet.
Andrew Johnson, who was re-elect
ed sheriff this year, receiving a
larger vote than any other candidate
for county office, announces that he
will retain his two deputies, George
Denley and James Cahill, giving as
surance that the work of this ffi+^tfffw' $
portant office will be carried om^'f/f/^'v' ?,vf|
the same businesslike manner {s^ltt
the past several years. Johnson, .who
the returns prove to be the most jo*
pular man holdfartrtnce in the obft*-'
ty, has been connected with the-sHer-1
ill's office for many years, first serv
ing as a deputy In 1907, continuing
as such until 1910. He was first
elected in 1912.
Had No Opposition.
Roy Bliler, county surveyor, was
re-elected last month without oppo
sition. Mr. Bliler, who is a most
competent official, has held the office
since July, 1910, it being at that
time that he was appointed to fill out
the unexpired term of M. D. Stoner,
resigned. Bliler was elected fn 1910,
and re-elected in 1912 and 1914. His
deputy is C. C. Spencer.
A Deputy in 1903.
Eleven years ago, Charles Moon,
during the past two years register
of deeds, accepted a position as de
puty auditor of this county, which
position he kept almost continually
until 1912. It was at this time that
he won the office of register of deeds
over James O. Harris, a contest de
ciding the winner. He was re-elect
ed this year by a large vote. As his
deputies, Mr. Moon will retain J. J.
Conger, who for years has filled the
position so well, and Miss Elizabeth
Murphy, a most capable assistant.
As Long As He Wants It.
Fred Rhoda, clerk of court, is
greeted with a larger majority each
time he asks for re-election, and it
begins to look as though he may con
tinue in office as long as he desires.
But for this there is a reason. Fred
Rhoda is not only popular with all
who have business relations with,
him, but.he is recognized as being
a most competent and reliable offi
cial, being known as one of the
state's best clerks of court. With
Judge M. A. Clark, Rhoda shares the
distinction of holding Beltrami coun
ty office longer than any ether man,
first being elected in 1902, at a time
when he was deputy auditor. Pre*
vious to that he had been in the bank
ing business. He was renamed In
1206, 1910 and 191). As his/ de
puty will continue Miss Lucy LaFon
tisee, one of the county's most ac
commodating and able clerks.
::m. Geil Hold* Over.
In the treasurer's office, Earle Geil
will again preside. Mr. Oell baa
held office for two years, it being
then that he defeated George, H.
French. Previous to his election he
was in the hotel business here, and
had beep chief of the Bemidji Volun
teer fire department for twelve years*
at the time of his election being city
treasurer. He is -a very popular of
ficial. Mr. Geil announces that
Harry Ahlstrand will continue arhis
deputy and Fletcher Orimoldby as
his assistant.
Elected in 1909* tm^-
1 _'
M. A. Clark, judge of probate, is

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