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ATTEMPT TO ROB
STORE AT POINT
OF A REVOLVER
Confectionery Store of George Abra
hamson Entered and Propri
etor Shot At.
MEN RUN AFTER
FIRING ONE SHOT
Nothing is Taken No Clues Are
Found Police Making Thorough
Two unmasked men made a bold
attempt to rob the confectionery
story of George Abrahamson on Third
street, Christmas night. They en
tered the store, according to Mr. Ab
rahamson, pointed a revolver at him,
ordered him to hold up his hands and
upon his refusal to do so shot at him
and ran. No trace of the men has
been found as Mr. Abrahamson has
been unable to give a description of
It was shortly after 9:30 p. m.
when two men who were commonly
dressed entered the store and pur
chased a hot lemonade. They return
ed several minutes later and secured
a bottle of pop. They re-entered the
store fifteen minutes later and one
man borrowed enough money from
the other to purchase a 75-cent ring.
When the men reappeared the
fourth time they wore heavy mack
inaws with collars turned up. They
walked to the counter drew a revol
ver and ordered Mr. Abrahamson to
hold up his hands. Mr. Abraham
son called for his brother, Nassar,
who was in the next room and the
intended hold-up men evidently be
lieving him to say "No, sir," shot,
the bullet striking the wall back
of where Mr. Abrahamson was stand
ing. The men then turned and ran.
Nassar Abrahamson pursued the
robbers in his bare feet as far as the
The men did not appear to be lum
The police were notified about 30
minutes after the shooting but no
definite clues have been found.
Several arrests were made yester
day but urnfe of ttlem~aT^r^elie^e'aM't5"
have been the men. The suspects
WILL MEET TOMORROW
The Bemidji Merchants' association
will hold a meeting tomorrow after
noon at the Commercial club rooms.
There are many important matters to
be discussed and every member is
urged to be present.
FINED TWO DOLLARS
ON DRUNK CHARGE
Andrew Rust became intoxicated
Christmas and in the municipal court
this morning pleaded guilty to a
charge of drunkenness and was fined
CARGO OF SUGAR IS
DESTROYED BY FIRE
New York, Dec. 27.Fire in the
hold of the British steamship Inch
moor, damaged a sugar cargo yester
day. The total loss is estimated at
$100,000. It is believed that the
sugar was mixed with some white
chemical which started the fire.
SIX STATES WILL GO
Chicago, 111., Dec. 27.Six west
ern states today bought liquor in
Chicago at high speed. The states
are the ones that will go dry Jan. 1.
They are Colorado, Iowa, Washington,
Oregon, Idaho and Arkansas.
LINER RUNS ASHORE
London, Dec. 27.The Hoiland
American liner Nieuwamsterdam from
New York ran ashore off the Good
win Sands in a heavy gale yesterday,
but was floated this morning. It was
delayed five hours.
LONDON PRESS ATTACKS
GOVERNMENT FOR WAR
London, Dec. 27.Breaking the
truce between the political parties
which has been observed* since the be
ginning of the war, the newspapers
today began a campaign attacking
the government for uncalculating,
unforeseeing methods of conducting
Miss Edna Schmidt returned Satur
day morning from Thief River Falls
accompanied by Miss Florence Rob
becke, to spend Christmas with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H.
Schmidt. They returned to Thief
River Falls today where they are at
tending high school.
Near Bemidji in Beltrami
county, is a family that is in
want of a German Bible with
large print. The family is in
poor circumstances and is un
able to buy a Bible. A second
hand Bible is desired. Any
one wishing to donate such a
Bible to this family can find
out the name by applying at
the Pioneer office.
Frank Thompson Victim of Heart
Disease Came to This City With
Wife in 1895.
Frank Thompson, a pioneer resi
dent of Bemidji, d,ied suddenly
Christmas morning at his home, 404
Minnesota avenue. His death was
caused by heart failure.
Mr. Thompson" was born at Wil
mot, N. H., March 10, 1845. When
he was nine years old his parents
moved to Kewaskum, Wis., and ten
years later the family moved to
Dodge county, in this state. Two
years previous to their moving to this
state Mr. Thompson was married to
Miss Anallaid Britt. He later
moved to Eagle Bend in this state
and started a merchandise store. In
1895 he moved with his wife to this
city and started a store on the pres
ent site of the rest room. He has
lived in this city with his family ever
Mr. Thompson is survived by his
wife and daughter, Mrs. M. Young,
of this city. There is also surviving
him a grand daughter, Miss Lucile
Young, of this city, and the brothers,
Edwin Thompson of Rochester, Minn.,
and Willis Thompson of Northfield,
The funeral will be held tomor
row afternoon from the M. E.'church.
Mr. Thompson was a member of the
Degree of Honor and the A. O. U. W.
Swedish Lutheran Church to Have
Christmas Tree Sunday School
The Swedish Lutheran church will
give a Christmas tree program at the
church Wednesday evening at 8:30
o'clock. The program will be as fol
Song by Sunday school opening
address by Rev. J. H. Randahl "Wel-
come," by Arthur Lund song by
choir recitation by Mildred Daniel
son, Ralph Moberg, Helen Rudhe and
Leonard Lund song by girls' chorus
recitation by Theodore Fenske, Albert
Moen, Esther Lund and Hildor Pet
erson song by Myrtle Moberg, Mil
dred Berglund, Gustav Bodeen and
Arthur Lund recitation- by Roy Mo
berg, Alex Lund, Elizabeth Ander
son, Henry Thorsen and Myrtle Mo
berg song, "The Beautiful Story,"
by Sunday school recitation by Nels
Layon, Clarence Thompson, George
Layon, Alden Anderson and Ernest
Peterson recitation by Mildred Berg
lund, Willard Lind and Lester Smith
stng by choir recitation by Hulda
Anderson, Julia and Edith Gordham
mer recitation by Gustav Bodeen,
Walter Fenske, Edna Benson and
Jennie Rudhe song by boys' chorus
recitation by Viola Berg, Willard
Berg, Roy Moen, Lloyd Lind, Henry
Benson, Clarence Larson and Leo
Fenske song by choir.
Miss Anna Klein, who has been
teaching school at Turtle River this
year, arrived in the city Friday night
to spend a week's vacation with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Klein.
Miss Florence Krause arrived in
the city this morning from Thief
River Falls to visit with her parents
for a few days.
PREVAILS IN ALL
Everyone in City Celebrates Whether
Living in Shack or Palace Many
NO FAMILY KNOWN TO
HAVE BEEN IN NEED
Associated Charities Gives 42 Baskets
of Necessaries to That Many
Everyone in Bemidji celebrated
In every home, whether shack or
palace, the Christmas spirit pre
There were no families, to the
knowledge of the Associated Chari
ties, who were in want on that day.
There were 42 baskets distributed by
the Charities to that many families.
All the city and county offices were
closed for the day. Many of the
business houses were closed for the
day and others were closed at noon
for a half day holiday.
Services were held by all churches
and Christmas programs were given.
Many of the Bemidji business
remembered their employes with
Christmas gifts. The Crookston
Lumber company, as is the annual
custom, gave each of its office em
ployed checks of various amounts.
The Bemidji postoffice promptly
distributed everything received and
the rush was practically cleaned up
by Christmas day. Today the mail
service is again normal. The Christ
mas mail rush this year was the big
gest that was ever experienced in this
city. In order to take care of the
extra amount of packages an addi
tional man was hired and the clerks
GREAT NORTHERN EAST
BOUND JUMPS TRACK
Great Northern train^o.^ east
bound, which is due in this city at
2:52 a. m. jumped the track at Crook
ston this morning and arrived in this
city shortly after 9:30 o'clock this
morning. AH cars with the exception
of the sleeper left the track in the
Crookston yards,, the accident being
caused by the spreading of rails.
Several Bemidji people were on the
train when the accident occurred. No
one was injured.
RECEIVE MANY GIFTS
If the telephone operator calls
"number" to you in a sweet tone to
day, it is because she was besieged
with candy, Christmas. Many Be
midji firms and people remembered
the operators Christmas with candy
and other gifts. In fact, so many
gifts were received that it is not pos
sible to thank each individually. So
the operators, through the columns
of the Pioneer, desire to thank the
many gift givers and extend to each
the greetings of the season.
UNKNOWN MAN KILLED
AT SIOUX FALLS, S. D.
Sioux Falls, S. D., Dec. 27.The
police have been unable to identify
the man, aged about 45 years, who
was killed last night on the St. Paul
road. CHINESE BANDITS
Peking, Dec. 27.Chinese bandits
have surrounded the Scandinavian Al
liance Mission. Protection has been
ALBERT LEA BANKER DEAD
Albert Lea, Minn., Dec. 27.Cur-
tis B. Keller, 70, president of the
First National bank, is dead at his
PEACE PARTY TO
CLOSE UP RANKS
Endeavor to Prevent Further With
drawals Noted Suffrage Leader
Stockholm, Dec. 27.The new
management of the Ford peace party
is endeavoring to close the ranks and
to prevent further withdrawals on
account of the withdrawal of Gov
ernor Hanna of North Dakota and
Mrs. Inez Millholland Boissevain of
New York, it is probable that the
entire party will be asked to bury the
war hatchet while on the peace trail.
Mrs. Boissevain, suffragist leader,
who withdrew from the party today,
issued a statement flaying the lead-'
ers for their undemocracy. She stated
that the methods were purely private:
and as a result there was much ill
feeling and suspicion. The expedi
tion is doomed a failure, according
to Mrs. Boissevain..
Stockholm will be made headquar
ters of the party instead of The'
BROOKS NAVE UNIQUE 1
One of the most unique Christmas
celebration held in the city was that
of Mr. and Mrs. Quincy Brooks. The
guests at the party were received in
the drawing room where spruce trees
were so arranged that they formed a
charming winter scene. The chim
ney for St. Nick was placed in such
a way as to give an arctic appearance
and was most prettily reproduced so
that it was convenient for the old
saint to hand out many pretty gifts.
The dining room was decorated with
Alabama kinnquots, magnolia, holly
and other native Alabama plants,
furnished for the occasion by H. D.
Kenfield of Cass Lake who has a
winter home at Orange Beach, Ala.
There were fourteen relatives as
CHIMNEY FIRE AT
FRED GEORGE HOME]
-o*acsJ^r.-.^ 'JfSrvr-M a*-!.*.
The Are department was called to
the home of Mrs. Fred C. George, 610
America avenue, last night at ten
o'clock on account of a chimney fire.
The loss was very small.
KANSAS TO PAY LAST
DEBT ON NEW YEAR'S
Topeka, Kan.,- Dec. 27.Kansas
will be free from debt Jan. 1 1916,
and the one state in the union so
situated, Earl Akers, state treasurer,
As a result members of the state
executive council are planning a cele
bration to be held on New Year's
day in the rotunda of the statehouse.
On that day the 159,000 in bonds
outstanding against the state will be
It is planned that as part of the
celebration these shall be burned in a
"funeral pyre" for the state's indebt
edness. INDIAN FIGHTER
DIES AT GRAND FORKS
Grand Forks, N. D., Dec. 27.
Charles G. Williams, 86 years old,
who fought against Indians in the
Crow Wing uprising in Minnesota in
Pioneer days, and who operated a
stage coach in North Dakota long be
fore railroads came here, is dead at
the home of his daughter here.
THREE SHOT WHEN
THEY RESIST ARREST
Herrin, 111., Dec. 27.Policeman
John McDougal during a battle yes
terday shot and killed John, Mike and
William Wilkus, brothers, when they
SALARY TO AID CITY
Winnipeg, Dec. 27.The city comp
troller has reduced his own salary
ten per cent so as to save the city
Wnut Is A Bad Habit?
1916 MEETING OF
N. M.D.A. TO BE
JUNE 8 AND 9
Executive Committee Decides on
Dates of Hibbing Convention of
Amendment No. 1 Campaign Com
mittee to Meet Soon After First
of New Year.
The 1916 meetings of the Northern
Minnesota Development association
will be held at Hibbing June 8 and
9 and at Bemidji December 7 and 8,
the executive committee of the asso
ciation has decided.
President C. R. Middleton of Bau
dette has appointed the committee on
rural credits to continue the wirk
which the committee of which he as
the chairman began and reported up
on at the Bemidji meeting. L. B. Ar
nold of Duluth is the new Chairman
of the committee and A. G. Wedge of
tBemidji replaces Fred B. Myers of
uluth. Dr. E. Dana Durand of the
University of Minnesota continues as
a member of the committee.
President'Middleton has reappoint
ed the committee on agriculture, con
sisting of Otto I. Bergh, superintend
ent of the North Central Experiment
Station at Grand Rapids, chairman
D. B. Jewell of International Falls,
Mark J. Thompson of Duluth, B. M.
Gil of Bemidji, W. M. Dunton of
Bagley, W. P. Stapleton of Akeley
and A. J. Gafke of Brainerd.
Two pamphlets covering the work
of the association -for the last year
are now ready for distribution by
Secretary George D. McCarthy of Du
luth. One booklet contains the ad
dress of the president and the report
of the secretary submitted at Be
midji, together with the resolutions
adopted at the meeting. The other
contains the report of the committee
on rural credits, for which a consid"
erable demand has arisen.
The committee of the association
^charge oi the,CAmpaign.f or Amende
ment No. 1 will be called together
soon after January 1 when plans will
be made for the opening of the cam
paign. REPORTED IN DETROIT
THAT FORD IS DEAD
Detroit, Mich., Dec. 27.Officials
of the Ford Motor company are
swamped today with telephone calls
from persons seeking confirmation of
the report that Henry Ford died while
enroute home. Officials and Ford's
wife claim no confirmation.
CANADA TO HAVE
NEW BOND LOAN
Ottawa, Ont., Dec. 27.-Sir George
Foster in addressing the People's For
um intimated that another domestic
bond loan of $300,000 is proposed.
PERSIAN CABINET FALLS
VICTORY FOR THE ALLIES
London, Dec. 27.The Persian cab
inet has fallen. The Shab has ap
pointed Prince Firman Firma as the
new premier. It is considered a vic
tory for the Allies.
IS NEAR DEATH
New York, Dec. 27.Sarah Bern
hardt is sinking rapidly and physic
ians believe that she will not live
long, said a telegram received by the
Universal Film company from Paris
today. POSSE RESCUES SHERIFF
FROM WILD MOUNTAINEERS
Mountain Home, Ark., Dec. 27.
A sheriff's posse today rescued from
wild mountaineers Deputy Sheriff
Trim^e, who shot and killed How
ard Avery, a farmer, whom Trimble
says resisted arrest.
ON FRENCH FRONT
Arras, on French front,
Dec. 27.Shells burst, the
cannon roared and men and
women, in this city dodged
Friday. Then Friday night
the shelling was less fre
quent. The organ played in
the scepter-like* almost de
stroyed cathedral. Then came
an almost entire cessation of
the shells as night fell. It
was Christmas and the Yule
tide spirit predominated.
MRS. E. M. SATHRE
DIES AT HOSPITAL
Wife of Secretary of Merchants' Asso
ciation Dies Christmas
Mrs. E. M. Sathre. wife of E. M.
Sathre, secretary of the Merchants'
association and local abstracter, died
Christmas morning at St. Anthony's
hospital as a result of a complica
tion of diseases. She was 33 years
Surviving are the husband and
three children, Forrest, aged nine,
Curtis, aged six, and Doris, aged
three. Also surviving are the mother,
Mrs. O. B. Sonstrud, three sisters,
Carrie and Ava, both of this city, and
Ella of Hope, N. D., and a brother,
Ben, of Seattle, Wash.
Mrs. Sathre was born in Norway
in 1882 and at the age of seven years
moved with her parents to Reynolds,
N. D. Seven years later the family
moved to Warren, Minn. While
there she was married to Mr. Sathre
in 1903. From Warren Mr. and Mrs.
Sathre moved to Crookston. Several
years ago they moved to this city.
The funeral will be held tomorrow
afternoon at one o'clock from the
Norwegian Lutheran church.
NEW YORK IN 6RIP
OF WILDEST STURIllbania.
New York, Dec. 27.The wildest
storm in years, with rain, hail and
snow is visiting this section of the
country. The wind yesterday blew
a 90-mile an hour gale. In the
midst of the storm, which came from
the Northwest and which was the
after-math of a Christmas fog, there
was lightning and thunder. Seven
people are dead in this city as a re
sult of the storm. Rail traffic is
very badly crippled. Much property
has been damaged. Cable lines are
wrecked. WM. NASH TO
WED MISS EVANS
A wedding license was issued at
the office of the clerk of court to
William Robert Nash of Minneapolis
and Cora Elzo Evans of this city.
AT NYMORE TONIGHT
Christmas exercises will be held
this evening in the Norwegian Luth
eran church of Nymore. An excel
lent program has been arranged and
in addition a Christmas
tree, Santa and bags of candy will
be among the attractions. The pro
gram will be given by the Sunday
school, with the aid of the regular
church choir. Rev. George Larson
is pastor of the church.
NATIONAL GUARD CALLED
OUT TO AVERT LYNCHING
Muskogee, Okla., Dec. 27.The
Oklahoma national guard was called
out late yesterday to avert a mob from
lynching two negroes held for the
murder of Patrolman Sam Near. The
negroes were spirited away.
triGLISH MINES $:
No Truce at Lille on Christmas Eve
Germans Fail to Have
3,000 SOLDIERS ATTEND
SERMON AT CATHEDRAL
Serbian King Peter Givei Crown
Prince Command of Army If
Lille, Dec. 27.English mines blew
the small Christmas trees out of the
German trenches Christmas day and
sent the German soldiers running for
shelter. There was no truce Christ
About 3,000 soldiers heard a peace
sermon in a cathedral near here.
Paris, Dec. 27.Dispatches from
Rome state that King Peter of Serbia
has arrived there. He was carried
from the boat in an arm chair and
left immediately for the Royal Villa
at Caserta which King Emanuel has
given to him. King Peter has given
the crown prince the command of the
army. TURKISH TROOPS
HAVE BIG LOSSES
London, Dec. 27.The official
statement this afternoon states that
the Turks were defeated with heavy
losses and were driven back when
they attacked the British Mesopotam
ian base at Kutelamara, Saturday.
STARVED TO DEATH
Rome, Dec. 27.Over 150,000 Al
banians starved to death last year and
a similar fate is awaiting an equal
number unless they are relieved next
year, said W. W. Howard, owner of
the American relief schooner Alba
nia, today. Howard reached Rome
after distributing 200 tons of flour
to the starving Albanians. All the
crops in Albania have failed. Over
200,000 Serbians have joined the nor
mal population of a million in Al-
BERLIN PAPERS SAY
ASaUITH WILL LEAVE
London, Dec. 27.Berlin papers
are today printing an article stating
that the British cabinet is on the
eve of resignation. The article say*
that Asquith and Grey wiR withdraw
soon and that Lord Kitchener will
soon leave the war office for Bgyptr. 41
BEACH GREEK FRONT
London, Dec. 27.Italian troops
have landed at Avolbna. They have
crossed the Albanian mountains and
have reached the Greek frontier in
ITALIAN LINER PORT
SAID IS SUBMARINED
Paris, Dec. 27.Six passengers and
one member of the crew perished
when the Italian liner Port Said, 6,-
300 tons, was sunk in the Mediter
ranean by an Austrian submarine.
Other passengers and crew, which
totaled about 150, were rescued by
an Italian destroyer.
KAISER IS ILL
London, Dec. 27.Alarming reports
are being circulated in Switzerland
of the illness of the kaiser.
MEN IN YPRES
Paris, Dec. 27.A newspaper dis
patch on Dec. 21 stated that the.Ger
mans in the Tpres district wasted 8,-
000 men without gaining.
Wilmington, Del., Dec. 27.Se-
curities said to be worth more than
$225,000 are still missing and others
valued at 1225,000 have been recov
ered by secret service agents, follow
ing the rifling of a mail bag, which
was being taken to the railroad from
the postoffice. Two suspects have
been arrested. They were employed
by the contractor having the mail de
LAD KILLS TWO
Jamestown, N. D., Dec. 27.John
Mueller, 19, was arrested today for
the shooting of Frederick Hens, his
wife and son, Fred. Mr. and Mrs.
Hens will die. Mueller says Hens
gossiped about him. He went to
their home and asked them to deny
the gossip. They quarreled and he