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The Pioneer ia the only daily within 100 miles of Bemidji and has the largest circulation im Northern Minnesota. VOLUME XX. NO. 30 Fines Imposed and Numerous Prosecutions Pending in Tax-Dodger Campaign FIRST REPORT ON WORK BY HIGHWAY OFFICIALS Scores Are Fast Learning That Prompt Compliance With Law Saves Trouble Nearly $100,000 additional taxes and penalties paid, fines imposed on more than 50 convictions and more than 100 cars listed for further prosecutions are partial results for the first three days of Minnesota auto tax enforcement reported to the state highway department. The cases were listed by three special inspectors, making daily reports and big increases in totals were predicted on first weekly returns from 143 additional inspectors, engineers, sup erintendents-and other regular em ployes of the state highway depart ment over the state. Bemidji and vicinity, like all'other, localities in Minnesota, officials as sert, are included for round-ups of unlicensed cars by inspectors with instructions to take offenders direct ly into court. Regular department employees are to continue searches in connection with' their ordinary duties until the last unlicensed car is rounded up. Charles M. Babcock, state high way commissioner, who undertook the drive on solicitations from other state officials and "in fairness to more than 300,000 motor vehicle owners who have complied with the law,' acknowledged hearty co-oper ation from sheriffs and police officers in many sections. Prosecutions are being brought in all cases where cars and trucks are operated in Minnesota without both front and rear tags and in the case of foreign cars without visitors per mits. Scores are fast learning that prompt' -compliance with the law saves trouble and costs, inspectors report, and that the auto tax must be paid^ The inspectors are concerned on ly with violations of the law against unlicensed machines and tax appli cations and payments are being left entirely to the owners and the state registrar, Mike Holm, secretary of state. LEGION INVITED TO TAKE PART IN MEMORIAL SERVICE An invitation has been extended to the Ralph Gracie post of the American Legion by the R. H. Carr post of the G. A. R. to participate in all the services pertaining to Me morial Day, and the members of the Legion post are requested to report at the City building on Sunday, May 28, at 10:45 a. m, to attend divine services, also on Memorial Day, May 30. The invitation is extended by William Schroeder, commander of the G. A..R. post and George Cheney, adjutant.. RED RIVER BASEBALL LEAGUE OPENS SEASON Gonvick, Minn.r'Majr 24.(Special to Pioneer)The newly formed Red River VaUey baseball league inaugu rated its 1922 season Sunday in a holiday atmosphere in the eight cities where games were played. Gonvick, smallest city in the league, opened very auspiciously, pulling off a monster parade, exer cises characteristic of the big league cities, and then went out and de feated Ada by a score of 8 to 2. It was a splendid exhibition despite the one-sided score, being marked by fast fielding and all-around good playing oil both sides. Up to the fifth inning the teams were tied, and until the eighth, the winners led by only one score. At this point the Gonvick players staged a batting rally and stowed away the game. Batteries: Gonvick, Harrison and Bourman Ada, Breda and^Yourish. .One of the* largest crowds which ever 'gathered''to hear the Bemidji Juvenflfe band enjoyed the concert given in Library Park', Tuesday even ing, the second concert of the season. Altnough the concert was staged on Tuesday evening in place of Thurs day evening, the usual concert night, on account of the senior class play Thursday night, it was apparent that the concert had been anticipated by a large gathering. The program which was the same as that given last Thursday night proved very enjoyable. The excep tional rendition of the program caused considerable favorable com ment even among the people of Be midji, who have heard this band on nearly every occasion on which it has played. Concerts are to be continued throughout the summer and will be staged in other places than Library park, as the music committee may direct from time to time.] i'i^rxi.'-t jf ..-^v t- NEW JUDGE OF PROBATE TO BEAN DUTIES SOON Baudette Attorney Has Filed as Candidate to Succeed Himself More Expected S. M. Koefod, the new Judge of Probate for Beltrami county, left this morning for Baudette, where he will close up his business matters and return to Bemidji the first of next week to assume his new duties. Mr. Koefod is an attorney, having practiced in Baudette since 1907. He is a graduate of the Minnesota law school with the class of 1906 and practiced law with a Minneapolis law firm for one year previous to his coming to Baudette.. "This is my first experience in pol- itics,*' said the new judge, "and I am finding Bemidji folks and others a most friendly lot. I have often de clared that I would not enter politics, but this opportunity came so sudden ly that I find myself a servant of the people before I realized it^' The new judge is p* ^-wegian extraction and a so He was born in Glenwood about fort has a wife and four Ruth, David and Jame arrangements can be mV a home in Bemidji, Miv bring his family here. v ^"fc He has already filed iot\ Vft and will make the second ruv *gs ceed himself at the next gene\. tion. It is possible that otheV A file for this office and in case^nere are more than two file, he will be compelled to fight it out at the pri maries for nomination. T&% lesota. SOLDIER BONUSBILL TO BE REPORTED SOON (By UniteG Press) Washington, May 24The soldier bonus bill will be reported to the sen ate by the end of the week if it is possible for the finance committee to maintain the strength to batter down the objections of its opponents. Bonus leaders are unwilling to wait longer for President Harding's guid ance on the matter. "Senator Mc Cumber while declining to commit himself to a definite production, said he would try to bring the measure again to the senate. MOOSEHEART LEGION TO HOLD MEETING TONIGHT The Women of the Mooseheart Legion will hold their regular meet ing this evening at 8 o'clock at the Moose hall. A social hour will fol low and a 15-cent lunch will be served, to which the Junior Moose and the Loyal Order of Moose are invited. It is urged that there be a large attendance. PHILADELPHIA PROPHET EXPLAINS CHILL SPRING Tells How Volcanic Action Has Caused Chill Weather of Present Spring (By United Press) From Philadelphia Bureau Philadelphia, May 24Persons who have been puzzling their heads over the chill weather or the present spring, are furnished with an explan ation by Dr. Milton Albert Nobles, of this city. Dr. Nobles is an earthquake and volcao prophet. He is besides, a prophet most of whose prophecies come true. The recent heavy rainfall and floods in the Mississippi Valley were predicted thirty years before they occurred by the doctor, who is a graduate of Syracuse University. As the result of fifty years study of winds and their temperatures, he told of unusual volcanic activity in the vicinity of the Gulf of Mexico, that should produce the floods that later occurred. The latest eruption of Vesuvius was proceeded by a statement from the doctor that such activity should be expected in that quarter of the globe. He also predicted that the time is approaching when such ac tivities will commence over most of Europe and parts of Asia.. They will bring, be said, the end of the old, outworn section of the world within a hundred years at the most. The recent earthquake at Tokjo did not surprise him in the least. "I think it means old Bill Wil liams," said the venerable white haired physician cryptically, when he was asked about it. "Bill Williams?" he was asked. "Yes," he smiled. "Bill is an old volcano on the western' border of travels. That old mountain has not erupted for three hurfdred years, and no one has spotted it for a volcano. But the wind' drifts of the ast few weeks show me there is some volcanic activity brewing in those parts, at least in Bill's vicinity, and I expect an eruption any day." "What has that to do with the weather?" he was asked. "Well," he replied, "when there is a center of more than usual heat, it draws the air toward it in a way that jis plainly noticed on the hydro graphic Charts. These charts show a heated area, due no doubt to im pending volcanic activity, in the re gion of Arizona. This has in turn tended to draw the winds back from over the states in the east." Senator Wats on of Indiana Addresses Republican State Convention BEVERIDGE ANNOUNCES SENATORIAL PLATFORM Watson Intimates Republicans Will Conduct Aggressive Campaign on Merits (By United Press) Indianapolis, May 24Wages of railroad workers must come down a long with lower freight rates, James Watson, United States senator de clared today in addressing the Re publican state convention here. 1 Albert J. Beveridge, Republican nominee for the senate seat now icupied by Harry S. New, in his ec before the convention announ wd a platform which showed little change from the planks on which he stood in the primaries. Beveridge declared Indiana Repub licans were, under-shadowed by fac tionalism.! "Beveridge said he would support the President. Predictions that a soldier bonus bill will be enacted at this session of congress that railroad rates soon will be reduced and that the tax burden will be lessened next year were made today by Senator Watson in an expression generally accepted as a keynote of the Republican con gressional campaigns this fall. Watson's speech was before the Republican state convention of In diana. National significance was attached to it becuse the senator is understood to have discussed it last week with President Harding in Washington. The senator made it clear that the Republicans will conduct an agress iv.e campaign declaring the admin istration will stand on jts record. He asserted that the administration does not need an apologist, but onlysome one to tell of its activities/'" Watson directed an attack on the last ad ministration making a comparison between what he said was Demo cratic waste and Republican economy and efficiency since March 4, 1921. TOURING CAR PUSHES FORD INTO DITCH FORD DAMAGED While Mrs. Ed. Irish and daughter Lucille, and Mrs, L. Youngberg were en route ta Tenstrike Monday forenoon to attend the land clearing demonstration, making the trip in a Ford car, a large touring car came from a side road just the other side of Turtle River, bumping into the Ford and pushing it into the ditch at the side of the road, crippling the Ford and slightly injuring its pas sengers. The large car it is reported, paused to see if anyone was seriously injured and then continued on to ward Tenstrike. Fortunately an other car soon approached from the north and carried one of the passen gers back to Bemidji for repairs for the damaged car. Bernard Stone of International Falls was in Bemidji Tuesday en route to Grand Forks to transact business for a few days. BEMIDJI, MINN., WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 24, 1922 "THE BIG TOWN ROUND UP" TO BE STARTED THURSDAY "The Big Town Round Up," by William MacLeod Raine, will be published in The Daily Pio neei- as a serial tory, begin ning- with Thursday's issue. Everyone who has read tb** story says it is by fair the best novel Raine has ever written and will surely place him once and for all in the very front rank of writers about the West. In this new novel, a cowboy' find*,that New York affords as much excitement as Arizona. A street 12 miles long is the setting for this story. Readers are urg ed to follow this novel from the opening installment through to the very last line. It is one story which will hold interest from day to day. JUDGESTANTONFILES TO SUCCEED HIMSELF Is Highly Esteemed in This Judicial District and His Filing Is Welcomed Judge C. W. Stanton of Bemidji, who is now holding the May term of the district court in Brainerd, has filed for re-election as judge of the Fiftenth judicial district. He is very popular in the district and his election to another six-year term seems assured.i The Brainerd Dispatch has the fol lowing-to say regarding his filing for re-election: "Like Judge W. S. McClenehan of Brainerd, Judge Stanton does not hold himself aloof in cloistered seclu sion, but acquaints himself with his district, motors about, has a wide speaking acquaintance, knows the re sources, the development of northern Minnesota its problems, and has as pleasant a smile and hearty hand clasp for the pioneers as the new comers in this garden spot of Nor thern Minnesota. Judge Stanton in turn has been editor, lawyer and judge. Likf Judge McClenahan, who was asked to sit on the state supreme court bench and refused/ so oftentimes Judge Stanton, has been asked to accept a nomination for governor and has refused, for both judges love their residence and abode in this district, they like its people and they believe they can do the most good -to humanity by laboring in the stations they now occupy." Judge Stanton httlds the friend ship of all who know him. He is considered one of the best known jurists in the state, a student of human nature, broad minded and big hearted and in every way quali fied to sit upon the district court bench. This judicial district con siders itself fortunate in having such a man as Judge Stanton to elect this year. THURSDAY TO BE FINAL CLEANUP DAY FOR CITY Tomorow, May 25, is final clean up day for Bemidji. A committee will make an inspection Friday after noon and it is hoped that all residents and property owners will have their property in the best of shape at that time. With a little effort on the part of those who have not as yet cleaned up their premises it is believed that the city can be put in the best of condition it has ever enjoyed. Early inspection of the streets and avenues diclosed a very satisfactory condition, although all places wero not beyond criticism. It is now hoped and urged that every piece of property in Bemidji will be dressed up at once to be in first-class con dition for Memorial Day and the sum mer. ^r^rr ^-N r* ""JJ Chemical Experts Make This Statement After Making Extensive Tests MIGHTY BOMBS COULD WRECK ENTIRE CITIES Warn That Another World War Would Be Most Appal- ling Since Time Began By David L. Blumenfeld (United Press Staff Correspondent) London, May 24.Drugs and deadly gasses will win the next war. Chemical experts make this state ment after carrying to a conclusion experiments dating back into the closing hours of the World war. They warn the public that another world war would be the most appal ling holocaust since the beginning of time. The warning may have been made to back up the prediction of Premier Lloyd George, who told American newspapermen recently at Genoa that unless the great powers "got togeth er" such a holocaust may arrive "within" the present generation. It is admitted that experts have been experimenting with drugs, gasses, poisons, air, land and sea monsters. The next war, when it comes, will be so terrible, so sear ing to mind and body and soul, that after it has swept the world bare, few of the combatants will be left. Gas, fumes, liquid poisons, naming fire liquids, asphyxiating vapors pour ed from a high altitude, will be the prime features when nations nexit start wiping each other from the face of the earth, these experts say. With the instrumentalities already possessed by the great powers, the Woolworth building, for instance(j could be made to collapse like a child's pack of cards on the crowds on Park Row and Broadway. One of these mighty bombs now being turned out in the United States would easily account for Woolworth'a little eight hundred-foot pile. Just as easily, with these new weapons of torture could thousands of men be frizzled to death under a hail of burning oil dropped from the skies like a summer rainstorm. Sim ilarly, thousands could be just as quickly and simply choked to death by a fog of poison gas blanketed on a town of the size of Detroit or Pittsburgh, in the space of one and a half minutes. There will be no declaration of war, army men believe, when the next Armageddon comes. The first (Continued on Page 8.) NORTHERN BAPTISTS OPEN CONVENTION HERE TONIGHT The sixty-second annual meeting of the Northern Baptist association opens this evening at the Baptist church with a song and devotion service led by H. E. Rice. Rev. G. W. Kehoe will deliver the address of welcome to which Rev. C. J. Greenwood of Detroit will re spond. The address of the evening will be made by Rev. E. R. Pope of Minneapolis. The program will be continued Thursday and Friday with the clos ing services Friday evening. FIVE DIE IN ATTEMPTS TO SAVE TWO WORKMEN Two Others Are Near Death as Result of Gas Pocket in Sewer Pipe Ditch (By United Press) Milwaukee, Wise, May 24While trying to save two workers who hadt been overcome in a gas pocket in a sewer pipe ditch today, five men are dead and two others near death. A call to a rescue squad of the fire department was received when three workmen went down the shaft and did not return. Gas masks were by the firemen gave them little pro tection and they made little headway. The first two workmen to ascend are believed to have met death al most instantly./ The formation of gas is attributed' to the failure of the pumps to function during the night. Other workmen then summoned the rescue squad of the fire department, who with gas masks went down the shaft. Two of the men did not re turn and more went down to thefr rescue. They finally succeded in bringing the bodies to the surface. They were taken to the hospital, but five were pronounced dead and two are not expected to live. DULUTH ORCHESTRA PLAYS FOR DANCE HERE SATURDAY The Zenith Novelty Orchestra of Duluth, highly recommended as a music for a public dance at the new Armory, Saturday evening, May 27., It is expected that there will be a large attendance. WALKER EASTERN STAR IS ENTERTAINED HERE A very enjoyable evening was spent yesterday at the Masonic hall, when the Bemidji Chapter No. 171 of Order of Eastern Star entertained a number of members from the Wal ker chapter, the Cass Lake chapter being invited but unable to attend. At the business meeting in the ear ly evening, three candidates were in itiated, Misses Helen Farr and Blanche Dodge and Mrs. Chauncey Easton after which a beautiful cut glass vase and, boquet of Hoosier roses were presented by the local chapter to Mrs. E. H. Smith, as Grand Warder of the Grand Chapter of Minnesota, to which office she was recently elected at the meeting of the Grand Chapter in Minneapolis. Gold O. E. S.| pins were also presented to Miss Alma Munson of the central school, and Mrs. George Row, who will leave Bemidji soon to reside elsewhere. A three-part program followed the busines meeting, which was of great interest to all, each number being greatly enjoyed and heartily applaud ed, every one of whom were com pelled to respond to encores.. Miss Vera Backus gave a reading, little (Continued on Page 8.) GRAIN MARKET RULES ISSUED BY COMMISSION Minnesota to Enforce State Law When Federal Law Is Held Unconstitutional (Farm Bureau News Service) St, Paul, May 24The United States supreme court has held the federal future trading act unconsti tutional, and as a result the Minneso ta railroad and warehouse commis sion is taking steps to begin enforce ment of the state Taw providing for public supervision of the grain ex changes. As the first step, it has issued rules directing the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Duluth Board of Trade and the St. Paul Grain Ex change to require all members to make a permunent record of every sale or purchase of wheat and other grains, including flax. The record must bo maintained regardless of whether the deals are spot sales of cash grain, sales of grain to arrive, or purchases or sales of grain for future delivery. The record must be in writing, and must show the date of purchase or sale, the quan tity, the name of purchaser and sel ler, their respective addresses, and the price and terms of the purchase or sale. Every exchange member is requir ed to open these records at any time to state inspectors.| The exchanges also are ordered to keep a record of daily receipts of all grain, the daily opening high, low and closing prices of wheat and other futures including flax, and the total amount of wheat and other grains sold each day for future delivery. Each exchange is required to post in a conspicuous place a buljctin showing the number of cars of spot cash wheat or other grain, and the number of bushels or cars of wheat or other grain sold to arrive, that have been sold during the day on that exchange. The injunctions brought by the Minneapolis and Duluth ex changes to prevent enforcement of the state law have been dismissed. The state rules arc to go in effect June 1 state officials say they will be obeyed by the exchanges. The federal law for regulation of the grain trade was held constitu tional in that it sought to use the tax ing power of the government im properly. Farm bloc leaders plan to prepare another law 83 rapidly us possible. Minnesota probably Thursday some' warmer Thursday in south por-"* tion. 55 Cents Per Month Reductions Go- Into Effect July 1 Cut Present Rates by Ten Per Cent 1920 INCREASES ARE CUT NEARLY IN HALF Commission Declares that Cuts Would Not Decrease Returns Below 5 PerCent (By United Praia) Washington, May 24A sweeping reduction in freight rateB througout the country was ordered today by the interstate commerce commlsion. The reductions are to be effective July 1. The reductions prdered will cut the present rates 10 per cent, the commission states. The coniipission called on the car riers to notify it by May 31 whether the rate reductions will be carried into effect with a formal order by the commission. The commission also declared that railroad rates in the future would be based on a ra|e of 5% per cent of the aggregate value of the lines, which is more than that provided by the Esch-Cum mins law, which has now expired, giving the commission authority to fix the rate of returns. In making reductions the commis sion cut nearly in half freight rate increases authorized in August 25, 1920. In the Eastern district the 40 per cent of August 25, 1920 was cut to 2G per cent. In the Western dis trict the 35 tper cent increase was cut to 21 Mi per cent The announcement of the rate cut came -today as a surprise as it hud been supposed that the administration would continue its efforts to reach a voluntary agreement with the rail road executives by which greater rate reductions could be put into effect at once. The commission declared that the cuts would not decrease earnings of the railroad below the 5% per cent level agreed on by the commission. The commission said it was impos sible to make findings respecting electric roads as a whole, and there fore held that those rulings should apply to all roads other than elec tric lines in operating as the steel railroad system. The rate cuts do not apply to milk and cream. Tho 10 per cent reduc tion ordered today will not be placed on top of recent reductions of 10 to 15 per cent ordered in the so-called rate war on western grain, livestock and southern hardwood lumber. These previous reductions, however, will stand. A. F. A. MASONS PUT ON SECOND DEGREE TONIGHT Bemidji lodge No. 233, A. F. A. Masons, will meet in special commun ication at the Masonic hall at 8 o'clock this evening for the purpose of putting on work in the second degree. It is especially urged that there be a large attendanc. CITY TEAM WILL PLAY CASS LAKE THURSDAY Manager Caskey of the Bemidji base ball team is bearing down on on his players and now insists that they gel out to practice four nights a week.) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings have been selected as the evenings on which the league material is to gather and shake some of the "dog" out of their systems and try to get into the physical trim necessary to carry them through the season in winning form. Later on "skull" practice will be indulged in for the benefit of the players who need this form of exercise. The team will journey to Cass Lake Thursday of this week to play that team in a "twilight" game. Sunday they will meet the fast St. Hilaire team of the Red River Valley, and are working hard to go through the season with a clean slate. ELECTRIC EXTENSION NOW AWAITS REPLIES The extension of thu electric light, heat and power service from Be midji to Lavinia is now being held up by the fact that so far little re sponse has been made to the question aires being issued by the Minnesota Electric Light & Power Co., Elmer E. Swanson, manager announced to day "Just as soon as the residents and property owners of Lavinia let. tip know what is wanted in the line of electric current and service, we can proceed with the work," Mr. Swanson announces in a statement urging tns people of that community to send in their wants at once. Work will be started just as soon as these qUestionaires have been an swered and it is very necessary that the answers be made as promptly as possible in order that the work may proceed at once. The questipnalres may be found in the advertisement of the electric light company in, this:. issue. T.