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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 Investigation. 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 the men. 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 Nicollet hotel. The men did not appear to be lum berjacks i 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 were released. MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATION 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 two dollars. 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 DRY SATURDAY 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. HOLLAND-AMERICAN 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 the war. 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. WANTEDA BIBLE. 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. PIONEER RESIDENT DIES SUDDENLY 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 since. 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, Minn. 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. iJbk/SfifJUi.t'- PROGRAMWEDNESDAY Swedish Lutheran Church to Have Christmas Tree Sunday School to Participate. 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 lows: 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. SCOOP THE CUB REPORTER CHRISTMAS SPIRIT PREVAILS IN ALL HOMESINBEMIDJI Everyone in City Celebrates Whether Living in Shack or Palace Many Gifts Given. NO FAMILY KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN IN NEED Associated Charities Gives 42 Baskets of Necessaries to That Many Families. Everyone in Bemidji celebrated Christmas. In every home, whether shack or palace, the Christmas spirit pre vailed. 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 worked overtime. 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. TELEPHONE OPERATORS 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 SURROUND MISSION Peking, Dec. 27.Chinese bandits have surrounded the Scandinavian Al liance Mission. Protection has been asked for. ALBERT LEA BANKER DEAD Albert Lea, Minn., Dec. 27.Cur- tis B. Keller, 70, president of the First National bank, is dead at his home here. PEACE PARTY TO CLOSE UP RANKS Endeavor to Prevent Further With drawals Noted Suffrage Leader Leaves. 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' Hague. BROOKS NAVE UNIQUE 1 CHRISTMAS PARTY 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 guest. 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, announces. 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 redeemed. 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 resisted arrest. COMPTROLLER REDUCES 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 money. 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 Development Men. MIDDLETON NAMES NEW COMMITTEES 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. SARAH BERNHARDT 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. CHRISTMAS SPIRIT 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 Morning. 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 of age. 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. CHRISTMAS PR06RAM 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. By "HOP' triGLISH MINES $: BLOWXMASTREESI FROM TRENCHES No Truce at Lille on Christmas Eve Germans Fail to Have Celebration. 3,000 SOLDIERS ATTEND SERMON AT CATHEDRAL Serbian King Peter Givei Crown Prince Command of Army If Very HI. 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 mas eve. 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. 150,000 ALBANIANS 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 ITALIAN TROOPS 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 southern Albania. 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. ALARMING REPORTS KAISER IS ILL London, Dec. 27.Alarming reports are being circulated in Switzerland of the illness of the kaiser. GERMANS WASTE 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. HALF-MILLION-DOLLAR SECURITIES STOLEN 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 livery contract. LAD KILLS TWO V3 -3 "8 FOR GOSSIPING 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 shot.