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K,*/"^ i -f 5 W fr fv_ M' r" l:? 'j^v -**&** The Pioneer is the only daily -within 100 mijos' Of Bemidji and has the largest circulation in Northern Minnesota. VOLUME XVIII. NO. 259 Permanent Organization Form ed Subject to Completion of Fund Required CHARLES CARTER IS CHOSEN *& PRESIDENV &&& Executive Board of Seven Is Elected and Will Meet Once a Months, A. permanent organization of the Beltrami County Land Clearing as sociation was effected in Bemidji Saturday, subject to completion of "the finances, when Charles Carter was chosen president William Len npn of Kelliher, vice president, and A. A. Warfield of Bemiaji secretary treasurer. -.l ,l. It was a most enthusiastic meet ing and the best 6if harmony and good-fellowship prevailed throughout. Farmers and business men- from ev ery section of the county were pres ent and expressed themselves as be ing heartily in favor of some definite program of land clearing. The executive board 'Elected is comprised of the following members: A. A. Warfield, Charles Carter, Wil liam Lennon, E. E. Schulhe, Charles Olson, Thomas Porte and B. E. Twee ten. This board will meet once a month in this city, the first date be ing March at 2 p. m. "F. R. Duxbury "kicked" a bit of .enthusiasm into the convention when he announced that Bemidji would guarantee up to $4,000 of the $5,000 necessary to raise. Blackduck, Kelli her, Tenstrike, Solway and fiines and other centers quickly followed with the'assurance that each of their re spective communities would go the limit. Harry Funston of the Soo railway was the fir^st to address the meeting. He outlined the progress made in the past and urged that toe work speed up. M. J. Thompson of the Duluth ex perimental,,station pointed out the, justifica6j&n''6f clearing land ^in this section and showed where it paid to do it. He compared the crops raised here with those in other sections, and by these comparisons proved that 10,000 acres cleared would increase the value one million dollars. A. J. Swantes showed how the work was started and how it pro gressed^ in Wisconsin. He pointed out that a definite program was neo essary and.that farmers agree on signed blanks to clear a certain num ber of acres. In Wisconsin the slo gan is to clear at least five acres on (every farm. jtif r- *?w S. B. Clelahd, also of the univer sity extension department, gave an interesting talk and declared that the time is now here for this county to act, because requests from a number of the other counties were in asking for help from the university. We can push the work in only one. county to begin with and inasmuch as the pro position has been begun here, we are anxious to go through with it. R0CKWO0D TOWNSHIP BOY DIES AT ST. ANTHONY'S Donald E. Spangler, the seven year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Spangler of -Rockwbod township, died yesterday afternoon at St. Anthony's hospital following an attack of ap pendicitis. The funeral will be held from the M. E. Ibertson undertaking parlors Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Dr. G. H. Zentz officiating. Interment will be made in Green wood cemetery. TWO ASHED MEN MAKE OFF WITH THEATER LOOT (By. United Press) Minneapolis, Feb. 21Two armed men early today smashed a safe in the Shubert theater office and took |2,111 in currency and silver. A night watchman discovered them. They dropped 1.1,150 and jumped into an automobile stolen in St. Paul and escaped. XING BIMBO EXPECTED AT MINNEAPOLIS TODAY (By United Press) Minneapolis, Feb. 21 King Bim bo, ruler of Romany, was due here today to say whether or not* Gypsy Princess Annie, 18, shall be the duti ful wife of Stephen Allen. It is said he paid 13,500 for the princess. An nie and Queen Mary, her mother, are in jail here. B. A. K0LBE IS NAMED AS PEOPLE'S STORE MANAGES At a meeting of the board of dir rectors and stockholders of thq People's Co-operative store Saturday. B. A. Kolbe was named to serve as manager of the local store, succeed ing Ed VanAntwerp, who resigned Satur/ay. Mr. Kolbe has taken over the management of t&e store today. RED WING MAN HELD ON BANK ROBBERY CHARGES Confesses to Robbery of Bank at Stockholm and Is Held for Austin Theft (By United Press) St. Paul, Feb. 21.T. J. Beltz of Red Wing may have been responsible for several lone-bandit escapades in this section during the past few months. Belte, who was arrested at Red Wing Saturday and confessed he had robbed the state bank at Stockholm, Wis., is in the Washing ton county jai^jtoday on a charge of robbing the state bank at Austin, Minn., on January 24. Cashier Harry A. Swanson partial ly identified Beltz as the man who locked him and a stenographer in the bank vault and escaped with $3,200. The Washington county sheriff toob Beltz from Red Wing to Stillwater on a warrant. SENATOR WELTYSCORES APPOINTMENT Of LANDIS Charges that Baseball Mag nates Appointed Him to Stop their Suits (By United Press) Washington, Feb. 21. (by Herbert Walker.)Direct charges that the baseball magnates appointed Judge Landis of Chicago as arbnter of the organization to defeat suits against them, were made by Sena-tor Welty of Ohio today. Wjelty was before the house judi ciary committee which is hearing the impeachment charges made against Landis by the congressman. "His ap pointment was a plain attempt to block justice," Welty charged, "Organizers of baseball named him him in hopes this action would stop the* prosecution of the White Sox players indicted for throwing the 1919 series at Cleveland! for ?240,- 000. Several members of the commit tee indicated that they have found no grounds for Welty's charges. Chair man Volstead and Welty clashed sev eral times, each claiming they were being insulted by the otherr Vol stead told Welty to stop making a speech and give them a chance. MBS. J. F. CARTER PASSES AWAT AT LOCAL HOSPITAL Mrs. .15. Carter, fifty-five years of age, died yesterday afternoon at St. Anthony's Hospital having been brought there Tuesday suffering from, stomach and bowel trouble. Mrs. Carter's home is south of Bagley and the funeral will be held from Bagley _on Wednesday after noon. She is" survived by her hus band and four children.' GREAT BRITAIN SENDS TROOPS INTO SILESIA i (By United Press) London, Feb. 21 (By Ed. L. Keen) Great Britain is sending four bat talions of troops to supervise the Up per Silesian plebiscite, it was an nounced today at the close of the ses sion of the allied supreme council. Other nations had agreed previously to send detachments. French, Ital ian, Belgian and Japanese represen tatives attended the^foreman session in Downing street drafting schedules for a series of meetings, fne first of which will be held at 4 p. m. at St. James place. TELEPHONECOMPANY NOW TAKES CASE TO COURTS "In an order dated February 9, 1921, the Minnesota Railroad and Warehouse commission denied our application for increased rates," says W. B. T. Belt, president of the North western Bell company, in a state ment issued today. "We regret very much that an appeal to the court is necessary in order to protect the interests of the telephone users, the telephone em ployees, and the telephone investors. However, it is essential that we must have additional revenue if we hre to nieet the1 requirements of the public for service, and court action is the Only channel now open to us. "In denying an increase in rates, the commission made no finding as to whether or not this company is re ceiving sufficient revenue to meet the requirements of the public for service and provide a fair return to investors in the business. The com mission's action was taken in spite of the fact that it had information, veri fied by its own experts, which show ed conclusively that this company's revenues fall far short of its needs. "During the year 1920 the ex penses of this company in Minnesota exceeded its revenues by more than $300,000. The stockholders were compelled to stand this loss in addi tion to the fact that nothing was earned to -pay them a return on their investment. Furthermore, operating expenses now are higher than a year ago and will result in a much greater loss in 1921 if present rates are con tinued. "Pursuant to the order of the com mission on its own motion to investi gate our telephone rates, charges and practices," says President Belt, "the Northwestern company has spent during the last three years approxi mately $500,000 in taking inventory and appraisal of its property in Min nesota and in submitting complete returns of all operations, earnings and expenses and justification of its various rules and regulations now in effect." GIBSON RETURNS FROM OKLAHOMA OIL FIELDS A., E. Gibson returned yesterday morning from Creek county, Okla homa, whefe he and several of hia asttociates from Waterloo, la., are drilling a -deep test oil well. They are now down 1,056 feet and expect to bring the well in about April iirst. At 690 feet they had a 4 million foot gaser but cased up and went on down. They expect to strike oil in the shallow san4 at 2,100 feet but they are going right on down to the deep sand which is found about 3.- 200 feet. Mr. Gibson advises that the Carter dll Co., a subsidiary or" the Standard Oil Co., brought in a big well about 10 days ago, 790 feet from this well He also says their well should he a better one as it is higher up en the structure. The location of this well is between the Cushing and Beggs pool in what is known as the Slick pool. COUNTY CORONER WILL HOLD INftUEST ON BABY FOUND DEAD A newly-born baby was found in a room in the old Kaplan building .Saturday afternoon, the mother of which is now in St. Anthony's hos pital, having been taken there Satur day night. The babe was dead when found, no medical attendance hav ing *been present, according to re ports, when the baby was born. The mother of the baby, Josephine Jordan, had come from Minneapolis and had taken the room for the day. It is understood her home is in Red Lake. On account of the circum stances surrounding the case an in quest will be held by Coroner McKee. ^^,MeJ."*U^3lJs^v^-'Bi iJHr n- BEMIDJI, MINN., MONDAY EVENING, FEB. 21, 1921 BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA ACCEPTSPRIVATE FUNDS Branch Banks Will Be Opened in Fifty-three Counties for Private Funds (Byf United Press) Bismarck? N. D., Feb. 21.As a measure of retaliation, the state own ed bank of North Dakota today be gan accepting private accounts in competition with all privately own ed banking institutions of the state. The move waft threatened at the" last ejection.- At the same time it was announced that branch banks will be opened in fifty-three counties of the state. In terest rfttes to be paid on deposits will compare favorably with the most liberal, it is announced. Heretof6re, the state owned bank accepted only public funds. AGRlCULTtfRAL MEASURES FACE APPARENT DELAYS (By United Press) Washington, Feb. 21. (By L. C. Martin.)Western and southern farm-sitate senators today were in a combat to decide whether the agri cultural measures or the railroads should have preference in their needs considered. By a vote of 35 ayes and 36 nays, the motion introduced by Senator Gronna of North Dakota to take up the agricultural bill was defeated. The Gronna motion to permlf consideration of the Winslow bill proVided for part time^ payments to railroads of sums due them from the government. KNUTE LAWRENCE IS TAKEN TO FERGUS FALLS An insanity hearing was held Sat urday night before Judge Jamieson of Walker in the absence of Judge 'Harris, on Khute Lawrence, 63 years of age, who hadi been brought from Big Falls last week to the St. An thony's hospital and who later be came unmanageable. The examina tion resulted in sending the patient to (Fergus Falls. He was taken there yesterday afternoon by Dep uties J. R. Dundas of Baudette and. William Duncalf of Bemidji. M'KINNON BOY INJURED WHEN THROWN FROM PONY Joe McKinnon, son of Ben McKin non of 215 Minnesota uvenue, was thrown off his pony \3unday and quite 'seriously injured. He was car ried to his home by his father. It Is reported that he wilt be confined to his bed for some time. RALPH GRACIE LEGION MEETS THURSDAY NIGHT Ralph Gracie post of the American Legion meets Thursday night at the rooms of the Bemidji Civic and Com merce association beginning at 8 o'clock and several matters nf im portance are to be taken up. Conse quently a large attendance is spe cially urgefl. Newly-elected Com mander John M. Culver will preside. Among the matters to be disposed of is the election of an adjutant to take the place of Thayer Bailey, who lias declined the office. An inaug ural address will be delivered by Mr. Culver and this part of the program promises to be very interesting. He will map out his plans for the post during the ensuing year. TESTIMONYOf i Details of Shooting Are Told By Younger of Miller Brothers on Trial CLAIMS THREE SHOTS WERE FIRED BY EACH Testimony of Siminovik Is Con flicting on Number of Shots Fired The larger part of Saturday after .jioon, in the cfise of the state vs. George Miller, was consumed in hear ing the testimony of George Miller. The testimony given by Miller was largely the same as other witnesses testified previously "in the trial that he had told them following the shoot ing. He "stated he and his brother Rob ert had gone to the Diedrich meadows to haul hay. Nick Siminovik had followed them about half an hour af ter they had arrived there, and they and Nick were engaged in loading their loads about 250 or 300 feet apart from separate hay stacks, when he saw a \man coming up the meadow about 500 or 600 feet from them. He noticed that the man was carrying a gun and was walking on skiis. A short time afterwards he looked again in the direction of the man after he had advanced to within about 400 feet of him, he stated, and he noticed the man on skiis leveling his gun at him. He jumped off the load and his brother Robeyt jumped off the stack at the same time. Both took refuge behind the hay load, George stated. A shot was fired by Fenton, so George stated, and short ly afterwards a second shot came from Fenton's direction. The wit ness stated he then shot two shots in the air from his rifle to warn the man on skiis that he, too, was,arm ed. A third shot from Fenton whistled through the1 hay*. Miller stated, and at this time George shot over the back of his xteam of horses jat the man whom he supposed was I Bowman. He stated he did not take aim, but shot quickly before he had brought the rifle to his shoulder. He saw the man fall and heard him ask distinctly, "What are you fellows .'.hooting at?" To this Robert re plied, "Who are you?". The wound ed man then shouted, "Come here quick." Robert again asked, "Who are you?" The reply from the man came again, "Come here." The man was then resting on his left arm and his body was in a half sitting posi tion, i After the shooting, George stated, his brother Robert called to Nick Siminovik to come, over to where the Miller brothers were. Siminovik ran over and asked Robert, "Who, Bob, Who?" To which Robert said, ac cording to George, "It's Bowman." Robert then told Nicb to get his team and go home. Asked as to why they did not go over to see the man who was shot, George replied he was afraid there would be others of the Bowmans around and he was afraid to go. After this the Millers drove home behind Siminovik. After reach ing their home they changed their hay rack for a wood rack, got Rob ert Miller's wife and family of three children, and drove on four miles fur ther to Crabtree's to get help for the wounded man and to report the shooting to Crabtree, who was the town constable. The most conflicting portions of the evidence given was the fact that Nick Siminovik, the only known eye witness of the shooting, testified that there were only three shots fired which he heard, that he saw the man on skiis after all three shots were fired and that he was carrying the rifle in his right hand when he first saw him and continued to carry it that way until he feVt forward on the snow after the third shot. All three shots, Siminovik testified, came from the direction of where the Millers were loading hay. George Miller testified there were six shots fired, three by the man whom they sup posed to be Bowman and three by him, the first two to warn the man that he was armed and the last one which he fired over the horse's back and after which he saw Fenton fall on the snow. The defense rested this morning and the prosecution and defense will deliver their pleas to the jury this afternoon. It is expected a session will be held this evening at which time Judge Stanton will charge the jury. LACK OF SNOW CAUSES POSTPONEMENT OF CARNIVAL (By United Press) Faribault, Feb.* 21While the East is struggling with a foot of snow, Faribault postponed a winter sports carnival today because there is no snow. &si& ^-'f:fc^i' i"^i'^i.of*-^ i &*&/. :*!#*,^lSfe^fe^ ^r W/WA/^( BEMIDJI BUSINESS MEN URGED TO COMPLETE FUND A Southern Beltrami County Land Clearing association was or ganized last Saturday afternoon. It will go through if those who have not yet contributed will do their part and help put over the financial part of the program. If it is not completed/ the cam paign will go to St. Louis c6unty, where the money is now tendered and those interested are anxious to double the amount of money asked. There are a number of large business interests in Bemidji in every line that have not contrib uted. Some of these lines of busi ness will reap the largest benefits, provided they have the banner. The banner will tell the farm ers who their real friends are in Bemidji. If you have a banner floating in your place of business it will not take long for your farmer friends to know about it. If it is not there they will learn of its absence as quickly. They are taking a real interest in the job and are going to do their part in the land clearing. This is the last call to be made through the papers. We have several subscriptions not yet re ported. Add yours to the list so we can finish tomorrow. Yours for "over the top." F. R. DUXBURY Chairman, Finance Committee HEAVY SNOW CRIPPLES NEW ENGLAND STATES New York Digging Out Today After Biggest Blizzard in Twenty Years (By United Press) Boston, Muss., Feb. 21.With seven deaths reported, train and trolley service at a'standstill, and shipping along the coast reported tied up, New England today is en deavoring to uncover from the heav iest snowfall since 1898. Four of the seven dead are\ fishermen. A four-masted schooner is in distress oft* the harbor. Coast guards have gone to its* assistance. (By United Press) New York, Feb. 21 New York was digging out after the biggest blizzard since 1900. The snow fall was twelve and one-half Inches and was accompanied by a thirty-flvc mile an hour wind. CITY TEAM WILL PLAY EXCELSIOR TOMORROW Fast Game Is Assured Here When Downstaters Meet Locals Tomorrow The CiU- basket ball team will play the f^st Kxcelsior City team at the armory tomorrow night and also Wednesday night in what promises to bo among the best games to bv. seen here this season. Tho visitors are in first class shape and have not met defeat this season. The Bemidji boys are anxious to try their sidll against the invaders und will give the Excelsior buuch a hard game. The local team is composed of My ron Phunmer, Frank Phi bus, for wards, Alec Cameron and George Graham, guards, and John Simons, center. Fred Graham will also be used in these games, the captain an nounces. In preparation for tomor row night's battle, the City team will go through a hard drubbing to night from six to seven o'clock against a pick-up team led by "Fuzz" Johnson, a former Bomidji star. Uc mldji basket ball fans are urged to support the hoime boys in this under taking to stage a first class game of basket ball on the local floor. Con siderable expense is Involved and support will be needed to help the boys win. RETAIL CLOTHIERS MEET TODAY AT MINNEAPOLIS (By United Press) Minneapolis, Feb. 21Retail clothiers of Minnesota launched a three day convention here today. Jabbers and manufacturers of the Twin Cities are furnishing enter tainment for th* visitors. Andreas Burkhard, president of the national clothiers' association, is to address the convention. SINN FEINERS CAUSE DAMAGE AT MANCHESTER (By United Press 1 Manchester, Eng., Feb. 21.Sinn Felners, for the second time, caught the Manchester mill in an incendiary campaign, inflicting damages of al most $200,000 in ten fires over the week end. Severay factories were completely destroyed. All ten fires broke forth simultaneously. Indica tion are that all had been planned. All were started with hay dipped in kerosene. The firemen were un able to respond to all calls, y*" i sr-. Minnesota Weather: Probably KSt^dW' in north and rain In south^ tonight ana Tuesday, pooler rio'litem 1 PLAN WOULD TAKE OVER LAND AT FAIR VALUATION All Land Suitable for Timber Growth Would Be Used as Public Forests (By United Press) Chicago, Feb. 21 That the states of the Middle West take, over at a. fair valuation, and administer as part of a system of public forests, all land suitable for timber growth upon i which private owners refuse to prac tice forestry is one of the proposi tions for state forestry laws to be proposed to the North Central States Forestry conference at the Union League club's conference of gover nors on Thursday, February 24, u. Twelve items of a proposedhwata forest program to be suggested to the eight states represented at the con ference were made public today upon the arrival of Warren B. Bullock, secretary of the National Forestry committee to assist the Union League club in its preparation for the inter state conference, The state forest program proposed was originally adopted by the Ameri can Paper and Pulp association, the pnrenft organization of the paper manufacturing industry in the U. 8., and written by the association's-com ittee on forest conservation, of which R. S. Kellogg, chairman of the national program committee, is a member. The national committee was formed to help the U. S. Forest Ser vice enact legislation for a national forest policy, and includes the Am erican newspaper publishers as well as manufacturers and consumers of forest products. This policy, embodied in the Sueli hill, is now pending,,In congress. The program will be offered to the governors' conference as a basis of discussion, hut includes many feat ures already endorsed by the tri state conference of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio a year ago, and now pend ing in Wisconsin Tho program includes the follow- inR points: That all soil shall be made produc tive of the crop to which it is best adapted or for which there is the greatest public need. That while agriculture and fores try are based upon soil production, the methods necessary for forestry and the time Involved are so different from those of agriculture that fores try demands an entirely different form of administration. That state forest policies shall bo initiated and carried out in co-oper ation with the national government und with private owners wherever and to tho fullest extent possible. That state forest legislation shall establish general principles and pro cedure only and vest in a properly constituted and non-political body acting through technically quallfed representatives, the responsibility for the ilxing of regulations and enforc ing them. That the paramount and Immed iate consideration in any forest policy is tho creation and maintenance of effective means for the prevention and control of lire and all forest lands of whatever ownership and that every owner of forest land shall bo required to conduct operations thereon in such a manner a&, to avoid creating a lire menace to adjoining property. That forest surveys, land classifi cation, forest research and forest education shall be provided for. That there shall be such changes and adjustments In prevailing sys tems of taxation as .will enable all forest lands to be equitably taxed thereunder, yet will not discourage the holding of private forest land for future cropB withous impairing local revenues. The state upon request shall as sist the private owner of forest land to make them continuously produc tive through the preparation of working plans, supplying planting material and supervision of silva cultural operations free of charge or at cost. That the state shall be empowered to take over at a fair valuation and administer as part of the system of public forests any land which, after competent examination, is classified as suitable only for timber growth, in case the owner refuses to avail himself of the opportunity and as sistance provided by the public to encourage forestry upon private lands. That the acquisition of forest land by the state is essential to a sound forest policy. That all state owned forests shall be utilized for continuous production both for direct returns in forest pro ducts and indirect returns in soil (protection, game and recreation. H If --*--L ^Hitem^'portion Tuesday, 55c PER MONTH --V NORTH( MR AL Twelve Items of Proposed State Forest Program to Be Taken Up February 24 i "V it 3.v '3$ 'WiMiteki^'