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W J,' i /Vi.'SW1-,-?'"'' P((^^Ki^ *W ,i %'h i $25*0DAMAGE TOKOOR S BROS. PLANT OCCUR S EARLYSUNDAY Fire of Unknown Origin Starts In Stock Room Below Bake Ovens BOOKS AND RECORDS CARRIED TO SAFETY Creamery and Butter Depart- ment Intact Temporary Quarters for Business The big plant of Koojs Bros, com pany, located near the tracks on !&>ut Minnesota avenue, was practi gutted by 6re Sunday morning, entailing a low estimated by Presi dent Prattk -Koors at $25,000. J'The, origin 6f the blaze is a mys tery, starting- aft it did in the stock thorn below the oVens. It was first no ticed by the bikers who were on duty early and it was about 8 o'clotfk when the early copiers, to the big whole sale hous^ smelled the smoke and gave the alarm. At the outset it j/viasVthought pos sible that the Mai* Wipuld do dam age not oVer: J0 but the flames spread to inside the partitions and sweeping to the gravel roof rendered the work of the Are department a tough proposition to reach the creep ing flames with much effect, and the flames swept the ihterior into a charred mass, a mute spector of its former scene, of,' activity and pro gress. All Records Saved. The records, and books of|$he busi ness department wer$ savel and so was much of the candy stock, some fixtures anfl Other equipment. The baking department was badly crlp- ,v jjpfrifcafe th tt^mer ajad bntterdev partjaaent, being Joctrted in a nearby Miidinei were untouched. A tem p^jrary Ijakery and ice dream depart ment will be immediately started and will be in operation In about a week, and the jobbing department will be also in effect at the same time. Flans For Enlargement. For some time, plans had been un Her contemplation for an enlargement of departments, owing to large in crease of business, and with the re construction of the interior it will be the intention to greatly increase facilities in the manufacturing end of the plant. The waJLlft, are. standing, practically untouch#l,o*ndi when the insurance is adjust^jtbejiwork on re storing the building. iwiU be com menced. Officials of the company did heroic work in getting out,effects from the building and a large amount of the candy stock was saved. Several of .Ijhe spectators made the most of the 'f'tket by "helping themselves," and flroors? Bros, confectionary depart ntjffeceived a lot,of good adver- ringVjis a result. MaJs, *"fi"-)*.T.S-V" 'i l.i &dk Growiwr Bapidly. ,._ The* company^s business, since .itsj formation and erection? oj its Splen did plant, has-grown cotiamal!y and' its business covered a wide territory, even extending to shipment of but ter in caMoad lots to New York. With its recovery from the blow Sunday it will emerge a much better concern with iiiWieased facilities, for the care of its growing business. FEDERAL FARM LOAN ASSOCIATION ELECTS The directors of the Federal Farm Loan association held at meeting at the Security State bank, Saturday af ternoon, and elected the following of ficers: Secretary-treasurer, W. Z. Robinson, to succeed H. C. Baer, re signed. Hans Nelson was appointed on the appraising committee. The di rectors are H. A. Fladhammer, -Harry Arnold, Mr. Worth, Hans Nelson, Gust Berg and Mrs. Marie K. Schroe der. WHITE FEATHEB ALSO WORKING ON WOMEN (By United Press.) .MsMCtxestert-England. (By* Mail.) \LiDemobiOiBe'd ^soldiers are getting even with'yoiinlg women who in the early "Says of the "war would write them anonymous letters containing wfeite feathers. Numerous young women employed oA tram-cars, in factories and shop pftig stores are receiving white feathers for taking over men's jobs and-refusing to give theft* .P? te% oC tne women have taken tbVbrifft and given UP" their JobvV BEMIDJI v. & V^:.j..,ayj., o^fe,: i VOLtfMEXVII. NO. 200 BEMIDJI, MINN., MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 25, 1919 Hf'jH] tVVW' PRIVATE SLETTEN HOME FROM BLOODY FIELDS WHICH DECIDED WAR Fought In the Last Desperate Battles of Defeat for the Enemy Sever Sletten, member of Co. K. 58th infantry, Fourth division, known as the Ivy divisional, who served twenty-three months in the military service, fifteen of which were spent in France, has arrived in Bemidji, havingbeen mustered out at Camp Dodge. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sletten of Nymore. The young soldier served on six different battle fronts, and went over the top five times, his division en gaging the enemy for S3 days, losing 13,000 men and taking a large num ber of the enemy. He fought in the fierce battles of the Marne sector, in which the river was crossed in the face of barbed wire stretched in the river and in the face of a heavy ar tillery fire. The soldiers waded breast deep, owing to the bridges having been demolished. Later, bridgls were built under the eyes of the enemy and the Americans dug their way along the Rheims-Soissons road a mile beyond the Vesle river. After twentyy-seyen days of march ing and fighting^ the Fourth was re lieved and re^perated, then ordered to head towatfl&henfamous St. Mihiel salient. On Se^ten\ber 26 they formed one of the nine'American divisions ordered to push the enemy out of France from Flanders to Lorraine in some of the bloodiest battles in which American soldiers ever took part. The Ivy division took up its position in the vicinity of Hill 304 against the flower of the Hindenburg line and after three hours of artillery shelling went into action in a hurri cane of suells, and with a yell on their lips. Cuisy was captured and a road built in the swamp under Are. The Septsarges Wood was a hid eous inferno, for the Americans en countered a cyclone of shell fire and wavered slightly, but an officer quickly went to the outposts and the Yanks stuck it out. After this bloody battle the second phase opened when the Forty-seventh tafaritry stormed the Boche strong hold in the Bois de Fays, two miles north of Nantillois, -and it was a tough proposition to storm and hold the ground gained in the face of tan gled under brush rockwqoded foot ing, into which was pouring mustarr in*. On October 19 the divisibn had beep in the line for twenty-four days, helped gain the first objective and lost 6,000 nien, penetrated eight miles of supposedly impregnible de fenses and captured 2,731 from eight crack German divisions, including the kaiser's favorites. After the divisions withdrawal from the Meuse-Argonne front it marched from the Rhine province from the Meusecmf cmf mff fwy wy and was comfortable after the armis tice was signed. In all this gruelling experience, Private Sletten was escaped un scathed. NOBTH DAKOTA LAWS HIT. Washington, Aug. 25.Constitu- tionality of seven acts recently placed into effect in North Dakota following a statewide referendum, including the state banking and bond, mill and elevator association and home building laws, is to be de termined by the. Supreme court de crees sustaining their validity were filed. The proceedings were instituted by John W. Scott William H. Howe and about 35 others. SCHR0EDER PLEASED WITH FAIR EXHIBIT Charles F. Schroeder is highly pleased with the incoming produce from Beltrami county, that will go to make up the state fajlr. exhibit from Beltrami's farm producers,) and he is busily engaged in putting- to- gether specimens of farm" .crops for the exhibit. Mr. Schroeder "is presi dent of the Beltrami County Fair association and the exhibits are be ing I rough to 205 Beltrami avenue, opposi 2 the Markham hotel. "Corn, vegetables and fruits are good this year and all the crop ex hibits brought in are good stuff," said Mr. Schroeder this morning. "iForage is specially good. I look for a splendid display for the state fair and hope entries will be plentiful." INFANTS FUNERAL. Funeral services will be conducted over the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Burns at Nymore tomorrow afternoon at the house at 3 o'clock. Captain Orchard of the Salvation Army will conduct the service. HT. VESUVIUS BEGINS ANOTHER ERUPTION Rome, Aug. 25.After a loud un derground rumbling, Mt. Vesuvius began an eruption today. Two streams,of ljya,. are ..flowing toward thfrym^y^0o farj'-tire eruption has nDJt,,been so heavy as to threaten vil lages on th* base o* the mountain. lyhy .-r]^ j,-- BEDROO MS AREPROCURED FOR STUDENTS OFTHENORMAL Woman's Community Organi- zation Meets Success In Its Undertaking PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS MUST BE CARED FOR Students in Rooms Must All Observe Regulation Dor mitory Rules Success has crowned the efforts of the Woman's Community and Civic club to provide a list of rooms, avail able for students who are to attend the fall session of the Bemidji Nor mal school, beginning in September, accommodations for 130 girls having been promised. Housewives, realizing the necessity of providing rooms until the new dormitory is ready for ""oc- cupancy, have cooperated in- a most encouraging manner with the com mittee. Teachers Need Booms. While the number of rooms avail able are probably sufficient to care for the students, another problem is presented by the need of accommoda tions for teachers of the public schools. This necessitates the com piling of an additional list or rooms and owners of rooms for rent should so notify one of the following: Mrs. Marshall A. Spooner, Mrs. R. A. Schu maker, Mrs. A. P. Ritchie or Miss Ella Parker. Must Observe Boles. The list of rooms has been turned over to President M. W. Deputy of the normal school, and assignments to quarters will be made by Miss Mable Bonsall, dean of women of the new educational institution. It is planned that even though the girls will be housed in various parts of the city during?" their first term qf the normal school they will be required to observe" dormitory rules, violations of which will be reported. FEDERAL AGENTS GET NEARLY 200.000 LBS. OF FISH IN DULUTH Second Big Coup In Efforts to Lower the High Cost of Living Duluth, Aug. 25.'Federal igents staged their second big coup in con nection with efforts to lower living costs here Saturday when they seized 189,440 pounds of frozen flsh held in local cold storage warehouses. The seizure was made by Deputy United States Marshal J. Scott Cash and Frank O. Pelto, department of justice agent, under authority of a monition issued by District Attorney Alfred Jaques. Stored March 1918. Most of the fish, it is believed, have been in cold storage since March, 1918, although a portion were stored in August, x18. The fol lowing quantities were taken from three firms: C. C. Robins, Chicago, 50,065 pounds. Johns Fish company, 66,218 pounds. Northern Fish company, 73,157 pounds. The fish taken from the Robins company were mostly cod, uaiibut and whiteflsh those from the Johns company were Alaskan herring, and those from the Northern Fish com pany, herring, pickerel, ciscos and miscellan JUS. They were in storage at the Northern Cold Storage com pany buildings. Hearings in September. Final disposition of the fish, as well as of the poultry seized on Thursday, will probably be deter mined at hearings to be held early next month, when the owners will be given an opportunity to present their side of the case. JUVENILE BEHEABSALS AWAIT BAND QUABTEBS COMPLETION Owing to there being no suitable room that is available, the juvenile band rehearsals will be. discontinued until theJbinjfooin in^po &ty. hall is completed. Over 100 boys are members of this organization. The band has a wonderful instru mentation, which includes more than twenty clarinets and over a dozen saxaphones. Bandmaster Riggs hopes to start the voung men.,playing together on Selections and more difficult exer cises seen after rehearsals are re rsuinetf MINNESOTA STATE FAIR PROMISES TO SURPASS ALL PREVIOUS RECORDS Daring Aero Feats Opening Day Auto Fashion Parade (By United Press.) St. Paul, Aug. 26.The Minnesota state fair, which opens Saturday morning, August 30, promises to eclipse all previous records for at tendance. The previous attendance record Was made last year when 450,- 000 persons passed the turnstiles, but an, attendance well in excess of 500,00 is anticipated. Improvements costing over $100,- 000 have been made on the fair grounds this year. The grandstand has been rewalled, a freight terminal costingJj#6,000 has been constructed to take care of growing exhibits. Moat of the buildings have been re paflrted and everythingopening.spick NEWEST AMERICAN GUN MOUNT A SUCCESS The newest gun mount cf the United States military forces was com- pleted just after the armistice was signed and has just passed its official test with flying colors. It is a railroad mount, designed by the navy department for the navy's 14-inch gun, which was used so effectively on land mounts in France. The new mount permits the gun to be fired In any direction from any good railroad track, whereas the guns used in the war had to be mouDtec? In pit*. is in and span shapevfor the The big feature Of the opening pro gram, Saturday will be the appear ance of Lieut. Locklear, noted army aviator, who performs daring stunts atop a plane. He is scheduled to give exhibitions the first three days of the fair. Bidding for the opening day attrac tion honors will be an automobile fashion parade before the grandstand, in which women drivers will com pete. The winner will be proclaimed "The Champion Woman Auto driver pf .the Northwest," Two days of auto racing, Wednes day, September-8, and Saturday Sep tember 6, will bring the world's greatest drivers together in a strug gle for prizes aggregating $10,000. Horse racing will feature the La bor Day, Tuesday, Thursday and Fri day programs. The livestock show has attracted entries from all over the world. The total value of the "display will ap proximate $1,400,000. A record-breaking farm crops show is expected. The machinery show will cover over 80 acres, more than 100 tractors having been entered in the tractor section alone. CHASE AFTER BANDITS ENDS: TROOPS RETURN (By United Press.) El Paso, Texas, Aug. 25.The ban dit chase in Mexico by American cav alrymen and aviators is at an end and United States forces are back a' their camps on this side of the bor der today. The withdrawal was ex pected Sunday night when further search for the bandits seemed futile. BUMPEB PUMPKIN CBOP FOB THANKSGIVING DAY (By United Press.) St. Cloud, Aug. 25.Here's a little Thanksgiving cheera record "crop' of pumpkin pies should be available in the Northwest this fall. Reports to the state department of agricul ture indicate that a bumper crop of pumpkins will be gathered in Min nesota this season. Hubbard squashes also are reported to be plentiful throughout the Northwest. MILITARY REASONS FOR TROOP WITHDRAWAL (By United Press.) Washington, Aug. 25.Not diplo matic influence but military reasons were the cause of the orders to the recall of the army cavalry detach ment that went into Mexico in search of the bandits whtf captured the two army aviators and released them xipon payment ransom. Weather: Hotel Markham: No change next 48 hours. Historical Society INTERNED GERMAN SAILORS ESCAPE BY TUNNEL METHOD Make Getaway During Severe Electric Storm Are Recaptured (By United Press.) Cliillicothe, O., Aug. 25.Eighteen of the estimated twenty interned German sailors, who escaped from their barracks at Camp herman dur ing a severe electric storm last night, were recaptured, camp authorities said today. The sailors crawled through a tun nel from the barracks cellar to a company street, thirty feet away, of ficials said. The discovery of the wholesale escape followed "almost Im mediately. All were found in nearby towns. --r LEGION WILL NAME DELEGATES TO STATE CONVENTION TONIGHT Every Member Should Be Pres- ent and Have Voice In the Choice Bemidji members of the American Legion will name delegates to the state convention at a meeting to be held in the Elks temple this evening. It is urged by officers of the Ralph Gracie post that every member at tend the meeting that he may have a voice in selecting delegates. One of the most important things to come before the state convention of the legion will be the determina tion of its attitude with respect to proposed legislation, state and na tional. The convention provides a proper and powerful means of ex pressing a united sentiment on all matters relating to bonuses, pensions, soldier welfare, re-employment and the like. Every returned soldier, sailor or marine in Bemidji, who has not joined the Ralph Gracie post, is in vited to do so. An honorable dis charge is all that is necessary. Re turned service men are requested to be at the meeting tonight, even though they have not applied for membership in the legion. Applica* tions will be accepted tonight ahd the more enrolled the greater will be Be midji's representation at the St. Paul convention. WILSON TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO ROADS By Ralph Couch (United Press Correspondent.) Washington, Aug. 25.President Wilson today cancelled all engage ments except one, to give the rail roads labor situation his entire at tention, which he will take up at 2 o'clock this afternoon at a confer ence with Director Hines and offi cials of the railroad shopmen's unions. An answer to the demand of 500,- 000 shopmen for a wage increase ofi 25 per.cent is-jexpected will be made at the,conference. BIG TEACHEBS INSTITUTE. (By United Press.) Mitchell, S. D., Aug. 25.Six hun dred teachers from ten counties of this, section of the state are register ing here today for the annual teach ers institute at Dakota Wesleyan univwBlty. 45c PER MONTH T0WNS1TEMUST PAY US TAXES LIKETHOSEWHO inEIR PART Judge McClenahan Does Not Allow Injunction to Pre* vent Tax Sale "FRAUD" CHARGE WASN'T PROVEN AS ALLEGED Delinquent Tax Property Can Be Sold With Others for Delinquent Taxes Judge W. S. McClenahan today filed his decision in the case brought by the Bemidji Townsite & Improve ment company against Beltrami county ,in which the Townsite com pany sought to obtain an injunction against the sale of their proporty in Bemidji for the taxes for the year 1912 and later years. The contention of the Townsite company was that in the year 1912 the board of equalization lowered the personal property taxes of the Crookston Lumber company ,abdut ten per cent, and to make up the"de ficiency in the total tax levy, tpat a ten per cent increase was a'ddej$ to all the real property in the city of Bemidji. Also that their taxes were excesJ.ve and unjust and that the Townsite company only recently dis covered the fraud that ha been per petrated upon them in the reduction of the Lumber company's taxes and the increase in its taxes. The Townsite company also ob jected to the notice of the forfeited tax sale, and raised i the objsction that the list of propdr.tyJsJwHd such sale had not beeii properly filed with the state auditor. Buline of Courte 'i a _...,,, The court Jield "that" th Townsite company knew, when their taxes were assessed, that they had a de fense if they could, show that their property was. assessed for more than Its actual value, that they failed to make application to the county board for a reduction, filled to put in an answer in the tax proceedings, and that they could not now be permitted to come into court, after such delay and neglect, and have their assess ments changed by the court, I "Discovsxy" lot Shown. The court afso haflrthafc*the Town site company, while claiming that they had only recently discovered the alleged fraud, had not shown or attempted to show, as an exouse for their delay in discovering it, how they made the discovery, and why they had not discovered it sooner. Orders Property Included. The court dismissed and proceed ings, refusing to make a re-assess ment of the property involved, and refused to restrain the auditor from including this property in the for feited tax sale. Graham M. Torrance, county at torney, represented Beltrami county in the action, and the firm of Kerr & Richardson, with Harris Richard son, of counsel, represented the Townsite company. GREAT TRANSPORTS ORDERED TO PACIFIC New York, Aug. 25.With the sailing of the army transport Great Northern for San Francisco, an nouncement was made that this big ship and her sister craft, the North ern Pacific, are to be used perman ently in the transport service on the Pacific. Their regular route will be from San Francisco to Honolulu, Manila, Vladivostok and thence to Nagasaki, Guam, Honolulu and San Francisco. When the American forces are brought out of Siberia they will come on these craft. The Great Northern and the Northern Pacific were purchased by the army from the Great Northern Railroad com pany at the outbreak of the war. They were among the largest ships on the Pacific and are oil burners. CALIFORNIA FLIERS /ARE STILL MISSING (By United Press.) *San Diego, Calif., Aug. 25.After another forty-eight hours of fruit less search for Lieut. Waterhouse and Lieut. Connolly, army fliers, missing since last Wednesday, the search was renewed/jtoda/ .with a de-: -tachment^of'^Wppeb^irqpiT F/prl Ro* sencranB aftf ihg' the .airplane" scouts which have been Woiiring the couh Itry east of here.