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San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 20th '09.
Editor Pioneer:—
We left Corpus Christi one week
ago and went to Houston getting a
good view of the country for the two
hundred and seventy-five miles (for
this is a country of magnificent dis
tances) between Corpus Christi and
Houston and one would think that
there is unoccupied land enough in
Texas to support all the people of the
U. S., but there is great activity
around the station of Taft. They are
preparing five thousand acres for cot
ton this coming season. This land
is owned by Mr. Chas. Taft, brother
of our President elect, and it would be
pretty hard to find a finer body of land
than this which I believe is about
80,000 acres. It*is just about as level
as a floor and of almost unlimited fer
tility. We stopped at Yocum, a div
ision point of the Aransas Pass R. R.
and found a wide-a-wake little city
of about 6000 people. North from
there we passed thru rolling, pret
ty nice looking country for a hun
dred miles then we struck the level
rice land and for about fifty miles we
passed over country as smooth as you
could find anywhere. .Then we struck
the valley of the BrazVs River where
the soil is twenty feet deep and about
as red as a red brick. We arrived in
old Houston at 7:30 o'clock in the ev
ening. We went direct to the Rice
Hotel, a fine and well managed hostel
ry, which was built by that old man
Rice who was murdered for his money
in New York and over which they have
had such a long, drawn-out trial. The
next day we started out early to see
Houston. We found a city of about
80,000 people and of an energetic dis
position, something of the northern
type and I noticed a number of new
concrete and steel buildings under
construction and of the ten storey
type. Sam Huston Park is a beauti
ful place and a number of others which
I didn't learn their names. Houston
has been renamed the city of roses, as
they bloom all the winter and in great
profusion. The city is working for
a deep water channel from the gulf
and there is a probability of their get
ting it and if they do the city of Hus
ton is going to be a great city for they
have already sixteen railroads center
ing there. We left Houston at 12:25
Sunday night via. the Southern Pa
cific making the run at night, there
fore we didn't see much of the country.
We arrived in San Antonio at 7:30
Monday morning. We went direct to
our hotel,had breakfast then we start
ed out to learn something about an
other city founded by the Spanish
over 200 years ago, as it so happened
our hotel fronts on Alamo Plaza and
on one corner of which stands the
old historic Alamo, called by the peo
ple of Texas the cradle of Texas' lib
erty. You, of course, all remember
the account of the great battle of the
Alamo fought in 1836 between the Tex
ans and Mexicans. The old Alamo is
owned by the state and opens for vis
itors every day except Sunday. We
went out to the army post, just out
side of the city where 2000 soldiers are
now. Wte saw all their quarters, their
commissary and many other interest
ing things.
We then went from there to one of
the parks and then to the hot wells
These hot wells are something of a
wonder. At a depth of 2000 feet they
struck a flow of nice water, clear as
crystal, but. very strong of sulphur
and hot, 104 degrees, or just right for
bathing. They have a large sanitar
ium and bath house, swimming pools
and which all seem to be paying well.
The grounds are very beautiful and a
very sightly place and of course as
usual, on the car coming back from
the wells I met three men from N.
I have never gone anywhere, yet, with
out meeting people from N. Dak., they
seem to be everywhere. That convinc
es me that they must make some mon
ey in old N. D. or they couldn't be
forever traveling over the earth.
This city is a hustling place of about
one hundred thousand inhabitants and
is destined to become a center of trade
and a large city. There is one $75,000
Hotel now nearly completed and an
other under construction to cost
million they are great sjteel structures
and 1 noticed one or two other steel
buildings under way that will be ten
storeys high. There are some natural
curiosities here. One is the source of
the San Pedro river about a mile from
the city limits which is an enormous
spring of clear, pure water coming out
of a ledge of rock and the volume of
water is nearly if not as great as our
own Sheyenne.
Uncle Sam has another military res
ervation 21 miles northwest of the city
of a few thousand acres where they
keep as many as three or four thous
and soldiers and where they go for
target practice.
Uvalde, Tex., Jan. 21, '09.
Owing to the fact that I was inter
rupted and not being able to finish
this letter last evening and as we had
to catch the train this morning for the
west and as we wished to stop here I
will finish this my little story and tell
you what 1 saw here and between here
and San Antonio. There is only one
town between here and San Antonio
that amounts to anything and that is
Sabanal, pronou need, Sab-an-al.
There is a nice valley around the town
that is good, but most of the country
between here and San Antonio is
rough and--gravelly- This is a beauti
ful place of about three thousand peo
ple. The land is level and good for
several miles around the town and one
nice thing here, they have excellent
water. They find water here of a fine
quality at a reasonable depth.
It looks peculiar here to see three or
four hundred bee 'stands sitting right
out in the edge of the woods most any
where. There were three million
pounds of honey shipped out of this
county last year.
I meet northern people down here
every day who come down to recuper
ate and they invariably get fat and all
right—of course, I mean people that
have vitality enough left to regain
their health— I don't mean people who
are already for the grave. I can say
for myself that the climate here' has
increased my appetite wonderfully.
A northern man can come down here
most anywhere and stay all winter
and be benefitted by it. Now as we
leave here on the 12:30 train tomorrow
I will have to bring my little song to
a close.
I believe I told you in my last letter
that you wouldn't hear from me until
I got to Deming, New Mexico, titit, of
course, I changed my mind. Now I
will bid you good by, promising you
hat you will hear from me again.
Oh! Boys, the sunshine here is fine
and the roads are like boulevards
Remaining respectfully,
Because his wife refused to come
and sleep with him after he had abused
her in a fit of jealous anger, Henry
Bentley cut her throat and then his
own with a razor on Sunday night
and both are dead.
Bentley and his wife and four children
have been living on a claim in the Tur
tle mountains, about twenty miles from
St. Johns, which is at the end of the
Rolla branch, and it is said that there
had been bad feeling between the pair
for some time and that the only rea
son that the woman was living with
Bentley was so that they would be able
to retain their rights to the claim.
On Sunday some neighbors came in
and played cards with the Bentleys
and Bentley got exceedingly jealous
of the man who was playing partner
with his wife. After the guests had
gone Bentley began to abuse his wife
and she finally refused to go to bed
with him making up abed for herself
on some chairs.
Bentley ordered her to come to
with him and she refused and he
his razor and told her that if she
not come he would cut her throat.
On her still refusing he slashed
across the throat severing the jugular
vein and she expired in a few minutes.
Bentley then gashed his own throat
and then running out he threw the
razor into a well.
Bentley died in about six hours.
The whole affair was witnessed by a
fifteen year old daughter who is the
oldest of the six children and she told
the story to Coroner LaFrance of
Rolla who went out to hold an inquest.
The coroner's jury brought in a ver
dict of "death at the hands of Henry
Bentley while in a fit of jealous anger.''
Gashier Jones Gone.
Mayor Andy Jones missing cashier
of the National Bank of Rugby has
established anew record for frenzied
finance in North Dakota. Disclosures
of the extent of his amazing exploits
have followed each other with such
rapidity that Rugby people are now
prepared for anything. Jones' victims
are numbered by the score, and they
are from Wall street as well as the
country districts. Late information
indicates that Jones decided to make
a grand cleanup, and it is estimated
that he took with him when he left
Rugby from $100,000 to $200,000.
Bankers, who are usually supposed
to be the shrewdest class of money
handlers, compose the largest share
of the victims of Jones. Jones brought
in his final shower of gold with a sheep
company which he incorporated. The
only sheep connected with the deal
were those who invested in the stock.
A St. Paul banker purchased $10,000
worth of this stock. Scores of others
invested smaller amounts. The extent
of his operations in this class of worth
less securities will only be know when
the victims report their losses.
Caught Even Wall Street.
A New York national bank, known
all over the country, has $22,000 worth
of Jones' promissory notes which he
negotiated by endorsing them as
cashier of the Rugby National. A
Wisconsin banker arrived in Rugby
yesterday with $16,250 of this class of
notes. This banker stated that he had
sold $20,000 worth of stock in Jones
sheep company which was to yield big
returns. Jones traded him a mill at
Campbell, Minn., which the banker
never saw, but he plans to look it over
on his return home.
A banker from a Minnesota town
arrived with $25,000 worth of Jones'
securities. In the bunch were notes
which had been signed by men who
had been employed in Jones' stables
and who could not go good for $50.
The notes ranged from $1,000 to
May Hold Bank for Notes.
There is a wide difference of opinion
among lawyers as to whether the notes
signed by Jones as an individual and
endorsed by him as cashier, but not of
record in the bank, will hold the Rugby
National. It is Understood that law
yers are preparing to attack this ruling
of Receiver Swords in the courts. If
the courts hold that the bankmust make
good the amount of the notes endorsed
and not of record the assets of the bank
will be more than wiped out. The
notes of this character will total hun
dreds of thousands of dollars. One of
the bitterest legal fights in the history
of the state is predicted.
Still Busy on Books.
Receyier Swords and an expert are
still busy checking up the accounts of
the Rugby National and Bank Ex
aminer Enudson and Deputy Doehny
have not succeeded in getting the books
of the Barton bank checked up.
Sensational developments are prom
ises as a result of the state having
loaned the Barton and Rugby banks
a total of $29,000. It is ascertained
that certain formalities were not com
plied with.—Devile Lake Journal.
Our Goal Fields
Don't think this is a patent medicine advertisement in connection with a manure spreader picture, because if you do it will be a mis
take. If a man is sick and calls in a doctor the doctor tells him he can do him good—gives him a stimulant—patches him up for a little while,
but if he wants to regain his health and become perfectly strong he must remove the cause of the trouble.
When the Litchfield Mfg. Co. went into the spreader business a number of years ago, the machines then on the market were what
might be called an aggregation of cripples, as they were nearly always laid up for repairs and were also very heavy of draft. The Litchfield
Mfg. Co. began to investigate the reaon for this heavy draft aqd breakage and found that it was caused by excessive strain placed on the dis
tributing machinery, on account of the manure packing and wedging as it reached the distributing cylinder. The load moving toward the beat
er wheel and this beater wheel pushing it back caused the load to expand and press against the side of the box.
At last, it seems, something is going
to be done about it. Uncle" Sam has
long been getting bulletins from the
School of Mines, University of North
Dakota, telling about the States wealth
in coal, clay, and gas, especially clay.
And at least Uncle Sam sits up and
takes notice. Last week Prof. E. J.
Babcock, head of the School of Mines,
received a communication from the
United States Fuel Testing Depart
ment, asking him at once to arrange
for the shipment of ten carloads of lig
nite coal from various sections of the
State. The lignite is to be shipp°d
direct to headquarters for the purpose
of testing for briquetting in the Gov
ernment's newl.v installed plant. This
plant has been imported from Bel
gium, the home of briquetting, and it
comes as a very pleasing recognition
of North Dakota and of Prof. Babcock
to have the test made of our own lig
nite among the very first. If the test
proves successful, as many believe it
will be, who can predict what great
things it means for this State!
The Litchfield Mfg. Co. soon discovered that the excessive strain on the machinery and the excessive draft required to move the
load towards the beater wheel, and the power required to dig this load out after it had become packed and pounded into a solid mass by the
two contending forces, made heavy draft and caused breakage and repairs generally. They remembered what the doctor said about "removing
the cause" and by forming a chamber, widening the box just ahead of the beater wheel where on other machines, the packing and wedging takes
place, one of the most important spreader ills was immediately removed. This chamber permits the load to loosen up and enables the beater
wheel to easily handle the loosened material.
It can readily be understood how much easier it is to draw the load back with the conveyor when the load is not packed and wedg
ed and packed against the sides, and also how much easier it is for the cylinder to disr the material out and distribute it when it is loose, than
when it is packed and wedged as it is with the old-fashioned form of construction.
Shake in a Bottle.
By actual tests it has been proven repeatedly that this simple invention in connection with other modern features, has out 20 per
cent of the draft from the horses and consequently fully this amount of wear and tear and repair troubles from the machine itself. It was the
lastsstraw,that broke the camel's back, and it is this extra strain multiplied many times on other machines with straight boxes, that makes
those other spreaders more or less of a failure in heavy work. Our NO-UHOKE spreader box leads all other spreaders. To see this machine
is to believe what we are saying. More next week.
The Major Implement Company,
Now is the time when the doctor gets
busy and the patent medicine manu
facturers reap the harvest, unless great
care is taken to dress warmly and keep
the feet dry. This is the advice of an
old eminent authority who says that
Rheumatism and Kidney trouble
weather is here, and also tells what to
do in case of an attack.
Get from any good prescription
pharmacy one-half ounce Fluid Ex
tract Dandelion, one ounce Compound
Kargon, three ounces Compound
Syrup Sarsaparilla. Mix by shaking
in a bottle and take a teaspoonful
after meals and at bedtime.
Just try this simple homemade mix
ture at the first sign of Rheumatism,
or if vour back aches or vou feel that
the kidneys are not acting just right.
This is said to be a splendid kidney
regulator, and almost certain remedy
for all forms of Rheumatism, which is
caused by uric acid in the blood which
the kidneys fail to filter. Any one can
easily prepare this at home and at
small cost.
Druggists in this town and vicinity,
when shown the prescription, stated
that they can either supply these in
gredients, or if our readers prefer,
they will compound the mixture for
Brighten up! Paints, Varnishes
and Alabastine in all tints and
colors at Wamberg's Drug Store.
Such chances as the C. P. R.
offer do not come every, day.
Fine land on ten years time.
Grand Success
The Old Settlers' Annual
Ball and Meeting the Larg
est Held in Years. Nearly
One Hundred Couples Pre
With each succeeding year the
Old Settlers' Annual Dance and
meeting becomes more and more
of interest to the pioneers and the
fifteenth annual meeting held at
the opera house last Friday even
ing surpassed any held in recent
years, in point of attendance and
royal good time. Something like
97 dance tickets were issued.
The dance, as is the custom on
these occasions, was conducted
in the old pioneer day style- and
all the old dances of the by-gone
days was the feature of the even
ing. The evening belonged to
the pioneers and the younger
crowd was compelled to take a
back seat and give away to the
older people. At promptly 9
o'clock the orchestra struck up
the grand march and from that
time until 4:30 o'clock the next
morning the dance continued,
without' the usual, now-a-days,
fifteen minutes intermission be
tween dances. The old quadrille
was much in evidence and was
greatly enjoyed by the dancers
and the way some of those old
pioneers buckled into the dance
carried one's mind back to the
early 80's, before Hope had its
present opera house, when all
the big dances were held in the
old Hope House,-when they used
to dance twelve and thirteen sets
and the people would come from
a radius of twenty miles and
when it was no uncommon occur
ance to have anywhere from one
hundred to one hundred and
twenty-five couples in attendance.
The supper was served by
Mrs. Stark in the dining room of
the Woodmen hall and from every
source comes complimentary re
marks as to the fine spread and
the able manner in which this
part of the affair was handled.
After supper took place the
annual business meeting and
election of officers for the ensu
ing year, which resulted in the
Scnd'us $1.50
for a year'ssubscrip
tion. Do it to-day
re-election of the old officers as
follows: A. M. McLaughlin,
Pres., L. A. Jacobson, Vice-Pres.
Chas. Chalmers, Secy, and Treas.
The Fifteenth Annual ball and
meeting of the Old Settlers of
Steele1 County will go down in
history as one of the most suc
cessful ever held and all present
were loud in their praise of the
able manner with which the affair
was handled. Long live the Old
Settlers' Association of Steele
The Normal profited by the presence
in Valley City, Saturday, of Prof.
A. M. Locker, general secretary of the
Minnesota Sunday School Assn., and
the Rev. Franklin Mcllfrish, newly
elected International Teacher Train
ing Superintendent.
spiring addresses to
They gave in
the students in
The one hundredth anniversary of
the birth of Edgar Allen Poe Jan. 19,
was commemorated by a special con
vocation program. Prof. Andrews,
head of the department of English,
gave an address on the life and work
The first basketball game with the
Agricultural College at Fargo resulted
in the victory of the Normal girls by a
seore of 12 to 11. and the defeat of the
boys, 36 to 20. Other j?ames with the
A. C. will be played here Feby. 20.
Dr. Russell H. Conwell, president
of Temple University, Philadelphia,
addressed the Normal School on the
morning of his visit to Valley City
inconnection with the lecture course.
His chaple talk and his lecture the
same evening were greatly enjoyed.
Prof. E. C. Hilborn, formerly super
intendent of schools at Enderlin, has
been engaged to teach several overflow
classes in the common branches. Prof.
Hilborn isjone of the Normal's star al
umni, and a teacher of unusual ability
The Y. M. C. A. held a remarkably
successful reception in the gymnasium
Monday evening. A large number of
young men, both of the student body
and of the faculty,"were present.
Kenneth McFarland a pupil of Dean
Carson'8 sang a beautiful baritone
solo in chapel Thursday.
President McFarland was in Bis
marck the first part of this week, look
ing after the interests of this institu
Bij^Yoeman dance Friday even
ing Febuary. 12th.
FOR SALE: My photo studio
and the stock of the Variety
Cash Store. Here is a good
chance for someone to get into a
good paying business.

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