Newspaper Page Text
THE BEniDJI DAILY PIONEER
PUBLISHED EVERY AFTERNOON EXCEPT SUNDAY
THE BEMIDJI PIONEER PUBUSHING CO.
Entered at the postofflce at Bemidji, Minn., as second-clan matter
ider act of Congress of March 3, 1879
No attention paid to anonymous contributions. Writer's name must
be known to the editor, but not necessarily for publication.
Communications for the Weekly Pioneer should reach this office not
later than Tuesday of each week to insure publication In the current Issue
You say, Mr. Merchant, that you don't have to advertise because you
have been in business so long that everybody knows you. Well, there is
a certain mail order concern in Chicago that has probably been in busi-
ness as long as you have, and we will bet a nickel to a ginger cake that
every person that reads these lines can call the name of that firm. And
we will bet, further, that over half of your customers have catalogues of
this firm in their homes right now. They see the value of advertising.
Just about the time an article of diet reaches a sufficiently high price
to be really toothsome and appetizing, along comes some meddlesome high-
brow and declares it fatal to one or more of the pet ailments of mankind.
Spuds are' now declared to have a special grudge against the little catarrh
devils and we are warned against eating them.
The lawyers tell us that ignorance of the law excuses no man. .And
then we are solemnly informed that the law making bodies of the country,
state and national, in the past five years have passed no less than 62,550
laws. We'll plead guilty to the charge, whatever it is.
American physicians who have been engaged in hospital work in Ger-
many contend that the food shortage has operated to improve the health
of the people. They could have learned that much-at home. American
newspaper men are noted for health and activity.
Things are beginning to happen on other parts of the old ball now,
and if your Uncle Carranza doesn't get a better press agent he will soon
he in total eclipse."
Russia.has demonstrated the fact that the guillotine is not the only
instrument that can remove a crowned bead.
"Buying a pig in a poke" has lost all element of risk. No chance
4o lose now.
European rules are beginning to wonder if ft is catching.
One year .$100
Six months 8.00
Three months... .i,. 1.00
Six months...... 2*80
Three months...,...... 1.25
One month: 4
THE WEEKLY PIONEER
Bight pages, containing a summary of the news of the week. Pnh-
every Thursday and sent postage paid to any address or, jn ad*
OFFICIAL PAPEB OF THE CITY OF BEMTDJI, MINNESOTA
The Dally Pioneer is a member ol the United Press Association, and
is represented for foreign advertising by the
general offices In New York and Chicago, branches la all principal Cities.
THE PUBLIC LIBBABY
A good pubUc library is almost a necessity in any community. IT
IB A NECESSITY if the community is to take rank with the progressive
thought of the day.
The public library supplies to the community at large that which
some homes do, but many do not, furnishthe means of developing the
higher and better side of humanity.
No town, village or rural community should ever consent to do with-
out a good public library,, any more than it would consent to be deprived
of a public school. For the library takes up and carries on the work
that is merely well started in the schoolsthe work of rounding out and
developing the people into men and women of parts.
We might think that with school libraries and private libraries there
would be no demand for a free public one, but there is.
First, it reaches and ministers to a large class that has no access to
the other librariesthat class which some writers are pleased to desig-
nate as the "submerged." In almost any community it is easy to find
young people who have received fairly good educations at school, but
whose home surroundings are practically devoid of all literary or educa-
tional facilities. These young people, given access to good books, can
easily be led onward and upward into lives of usefulness and honor, where-
as, if forced to depend upon their own resources for the means of acquir-
ing further knowledge, they would become weary and give up the struggle.
It is only of recent years that the conviction has taken possession
of the American mind that the child is the ward of the state, and that the
state, individually and collectively, is responsible for making of the child
an efficient and respected member of society. This being a factand it
is a factit becomes the obvious duty of the state to see that not a child
within her borders lacks the facilities for acquiring the necessary knowl-
edge to make of himself or herself an efficient man or woman.
Then again, the public library supplies an incentive that is lacking
in private libraries, but which is a source of much encouragement in the
schoolsnamely, companionship in the quest for knowledge. The boy or
girl, young man or young woman, who would become bored to death over
an hour's reading at home will go to the public library and pore by the
hour over the books there because they have the stimulus of the company
of others intent upon the same quest.
Even the busy man of affairs, the doctor, the lawyer, the merchant,
the mechanic, the farmer, has occasion frequently to consult the public
library. Law libraries may be complete, but they contain only law, and
their possessors frequently need information along other lines. The same
applies to medical and other libraries. And a public library, whether se-
lected with discrimination or not, is pretty sure to contain a variety of
information on almost any subject.
The statement can not be made too strong that the community that
has not a well Stocked and well selected public library is standing in its
own light in the matter of progress and development. Not only this, but
it is unjustly neglecting many persons in its midst to whom it owes a
sacred dutythe duty of furnishing them the means to satisfy their crav-
ing for knowledge.
"Educate, and educate, and keep educating," is the American slogan,
and one of the most potent aids to the universal education of the people
of any community is a good public library.
THE BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEEB
202 Third St,
silk waist and any price you wish between these figures,
HAVE spared no effort in order
to select the best goods of the
bestmakers for your EASTE WEAR
We start our suits at $12.50 and you will be surprised at the style
and quality we show in a suit at this price and then we show somebeauties
at $25.00, $35.00 and $40 and the Poiret models at $45.00 and $67.50.
All the new cloths are shown in our coats, lots of style and color,
notwithstanding all the cry about high prices, we positively sell ladies' coats at no advance in prices. See
the display this week at $10.00, $12.50, $13.50, $15,00, $16.50, $17.25, $20.00, $22.50, $25.00, $27.50, $35.00,
$40.00 and $65.00.
Dresses for all occasions, this week we show an exceptionally smart
assortment ofparty dresses ranging in price from $12.50 to $65.00. Late model ia black dresses reeeived
during the past week will be displayed.
For 98 cents you can buy a pretty white waist, for $7.50 a beautiful
We must admit that the price of stylish footwear is high, about all we can say is that we are show
ing the prettiest line it has ever been our privilege to show, the prices are from $6.00 to $13.50, but we
wish to state that those who desire quality rather than style can buy their footwear at very little advance
over former prices, we are showing very good shoes for women at $2.85, $3.00. $3.50 and $4.00.
Party Slippers $3.00 to $7.60 a pair.
Little things you will need for Easter Sunday. GLOVES, SILK HOSE, NECKWEAR, COLLARS,
RIBBONS, BAGS, SILK SHAWLS, CORSETS, UNDERWEAR.
Bemidji, Minn. Phone 87
MONDAY. APEEL 2. 1917-
^i*^ r\*f" T* i*N