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VOL. XVIII. NO. 42.
NEGRO LYNCHED BY MONTANA MOB VICTIM MURDERED SHERIFF AND DEPUTY IN CAMP NEAR MON DAK LAST FRIDAY I apposed it is all over with me. I feel sorry for my wife and children. How is Sheriff Courtney? I hope he did not get killed. The above were the last words ut tered by Deputy Sheriff Richard Burg meister, of Sheridan county, Montana, two minutes before he died in a local hospital last Friday ni^ht as a result of the terrible wounds received at the hands of a colored man whom he had been assisting in capturing. Friday afternoon Sheriff Thomas Courtney, and Burgmeister went to the Union Bridge Co., three miles west of Mondak with a warrant for the arrest of J. C. Collins, a colored man charged with causing trouble in the vicinity. After reaching the con struction camp Deputy Wilson, of Mondak, who had been sworn in tem porarily, entered the office of the com-' pany and inquired if the negro was there. Hardly had he uttered the words when Collins sprang from be hind the door and disarmed the dep uty. Leavii Wilson in the office he hur ried into the open meeting the sher iff. He fired at Courtney twice, both shots tiking effect ami the sheriff dropped dead in his tracks. Then Col lins turned the weapon upon Burg meister, firing five shots into his body. The shots struck the deputy in the shoulder, through the stomach, arm and two through the knees. After the double shooting Collins took the weapons of both men and sought hiding in the brush. A posse of Mondak citizens armed themselves and started in pursuit, surrounding the place of hiding. Thus surrounded the negro was forced to give himseli up. When brought to Mondak, lynching was threatened, but cooler heads suc ceeded in getting the negro to jail. After news had reached Mondak about 9 o'clock that night that Dep uty Burgmeister had died in the hos pital at Williston- a mob of angry men broke into the jail and obtained pos session of the prisoner. Taking him to a telephone pole nearby they hang ed him, and then set fire to his cloth ing. The body was left hanging until early in the morning, when it was re moved and taken to the city jail. A short time afterward the body dis appeared, and no trace of it has been found. It is alleged that some of the persons taking part in the lynching made way with the remains to de stroy evidence by throwing the body in the river. All kinds of reports of the shooting were in circulation here Friday even ing and Saturday. One was to the effect that about 100 other negros in the camp had started for Mondak to protect the murder, and that the local militia was wanted there. Had this been the case the local company could have done nothing, as they could not go out of the state. Collins, who was about 34 years old, is reported to have been a bad man wanted in Kansas on a charge of murder. He had been causing trouble among the negros at the railway camp. He came to the camp of the construction company, which is erect ing a bridge over the Missouri for the Great Northern, about two months ago. The negro was staying with another colored man, who recently sold his shack to a third negro named Patterson. When Patterson came to the camp to claim his property, Col lins struck Patterson's wife with his fists. Patterson returned to Mondak and swore out a warant for Collins. Sheriff Courtney, who was killed outright, was just, recently elected sheriff of the new Sheridan county and had only been in office a few days. After Burmeister was severely wound ed, a special train was procured which brought him to Williston to the Hospital. An operation was imme diately performed but his wounds were so serious that he lived only a fe whours. He was not told that Sheriff Courtney had been killed out right. His remains were taken back home Saturday accompanied by Sher iff Erickson, of Williams County. ATTY. PALMER ILL Attorney E. A. Palmer has been se riously ill for the past several days. For a time it was thought that he had an attack of typhoid. He was able to take the first nourishment today that he had taken since last Friday. PT'\r ^T,~^ ma™" FINANCIAL STATEMENT City Auditor N. B. Ludowese has isseud a financial statement of the city in pamphlet form, covering in totals receipts and disbursements from July 1, 1904 to March 1, 1918. In transmitting the report to the council the auditor makes the follow ing introductory paragraphs:— "In submitting to you such state ment for March first, 1913, I beg to report that for the past several months I have been engaged in mak ing a detailed audit of the books, records and accounts of this office with a view to ascertaining the true financial condition of the various de partments of the city, more particu larly the water works and electric light systems. My financial state ment for March 1st, 1913, is there fore based upon said audit* a report of which is made a part of such state ment." The preparing of this report has meant a large amount of extra work on the part of Mr. Ludowese, which would have cost the city a neat sum if outside experts had prepared it. LAUNCH POWER BOAT MONTANA GUTHRIE & COMPANY GETTING READY TO TRANSPORT MA TERIAL DOWN RIVER The tug boat "Montana," built on the banks of the Missouri here by Guthrie & Company, railway can tractors, was launched Monday, and the shipping of railway material down the river into McKenzie county will begin soon. There area few finishing touches to be put on the boat in the way of completion of the power plant and iho placing of some capstans. This done the boat will be ready to handle the big barges, built and launched during the past months. The "Montar a'' is to be equipped with a gasoline engine developing 100 horse power. A smaller tug, which was also built here, has been launched and will be put in commission soon. There are hundreds of tons of material in the railway yards waiting transportation to the scene of the G. N. operations through McKenzie. The boats will run between Williston and the mouth of Wild Cow Creek. The foreman states that the boats will be able to make the round trip in one day. FATHER DIES IN DENVER Saturday Chas. Mansfield, of this city, received the sad news of the sudden death of his father, William Mansfield, which occurred at the home of his son in Denver, Col. The de ceased was seventy-six years old, and has been ill for some little time but his sudden death was not expected. G. N. SETTING GOOD EXAMPLE RAILWAY HAS HAD MEN BUSY CLE &NINCT UP REFUSE IN IN YARDS The Great Northern Railway Com pany has been setting a good example for the city of Williston in house clean ing. During the past few days they have had several men at work clean ing up the winter collection of cinders and jui lr in the local yards, dumping one or two days more thai, fifty men it into cars and hauling it away. On were ongaged in this work and several carload of cinders and filth were taken up and hauled away. The yards pr*» sent a \ery different appearance. The operations were not. confined solely to the vicinity of the passenger station, but the yards generally were given attention. THIRD BAND CONCERT The largest crowd that has yet been present at one of the Sunday free con certs by the Williston band, gathered at the Star Theatre Sunday afternoon to hear the excellent program. Aside from the usual numbers' by the band there was something special in the form of a piano duet by Miss Wheeier and Miss Hougen. The excellent new Baldwin piano, furnished especially for this number, afforded a splendid medium for the interpretation of a very difficult piece of music, artisti cally executed, as only these two splendid musicians can play. The per son who could not appreciate the ar tistic manner in which this number was given- is indeed far removed from the enjoyment or really splendid music. The county commissioners are in session this week. IVUPUS \\r-J fcW-T«1W ^T»«|J ANEW HARD LUCK STORY BEGGERS ABROAD IN LAND WHO CLAIM TO HAVE LOST THEIR ALL IN OMAHA TORNADO As a perfectly natural consequence of the Omaha tornado, there are the usual beggers who are going around with a brand new hard luck story to inveigle unsuspecting citizens to "com inveigle unsuspecting citizens to "come across" with their hard earn ed simoleons for the sole and only purpose of buying red liquor. It is understood that there was a man in town last night, who was plaintively telling a story about how he was a photographer in Omaha when the tornado swept the city, and that his studio was entirely demolished. Of course he had the usual number of children, a mother-in-law or two and perhaps a wife who was depending upon him for support, and now that his studio was gone he was forced td beg for a living. And furthermore, it was ascertained that when the man had caused a quarter to drop into his outstretched palm, he im mediately proceeded to be a "sport," according to the old saying "spend your money for booze and sleep in the gutter." It has been prognosticated that next week there will be people begging on the strength of the Ohio valley flood, and that on the week after that would be victims of possible storms in Okla homa will be using such possible dis aster as a subterfuge to spirit away the "needful" and that it is not at all unlikey that in a short time some one will be begging because he was deprived of house and home on ac count of the Mexican revolution. Williston Graphic WILLISTON, WILUAMS COUNTY, THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 1913. A NEW SPECIAL SERVICE The Graphic announces a new special service which should prove most interesting and helpful to the people of Williston and Williams County. Arrangements have been made with the North Dakota Federation of Commercial Clubs, for a series of articles up on the work of Commercial Clubs, which will include practical suggestions as to the activi ties that are best suited to North Dakota Clubs. Plans that have been tried out in the state wfll be given. Suggestions made as to needed activities and helpful information will be given along city and town develop ment lines. In addition to these, the Federa tion, through the Graphic, will assist in plan ning new organizations in towns where none are now in existance, telling how and what steps are necessary to organize a club, sug gest by-laws etc. You should not fail to read this new department. A BIG BLAZE AT CULBERTSON EVANS HOTEL AND SEVERAL STORES DESTROYED—WHOLE TOWN THREATENED A fire, starting about 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, for several hours threatened to wipe Culbertson, Mon tana, off the map, and before it was broug •x under control damage which amounted to about 875,000 had been done. The tire started in the basement of the Huxol drug store, in the Evans •block. A defective furnace is sup posed to have started the blaze. The flames quickly spread to the Evans hotel, Eagle saloon, post office, Ed mon's store and the Standard Pub lishing Company, all occupying the same block. All of these business buildings were destroyed and with the exception of the Emond's store the stocks were also consumed by the flames. The larger portion of the clothing stock in the Emond's estab lishment was carried out and saved. First reports received at Williston were to the effect that the fire was at Mondai:. Later the reports were cor rected. A light wind was blowing and for a time a number of other buildings were threatened, among them being the bank building. The fire wall between ^.'.^srjwi w^v,p f^*^^ DISPLAY BOOTH PUT IN SHAPE ADVERTISING BOOTH AT STA TION GETS CLEANING AND RE-ARRANGEMENT "One Rood the Eagle saloon and the drug store did not serve to stop the flames and they leaped over this, continuing the destruction. All of the available fire fighting aparatus was brought into use but it was not sufficient to con trol the conflagration until it had in a measure burned itself out. The Graphic reporter found much other damage in the vicinity of the fire. Large plate windows in the buildings across the street were all broken, the intense heat causing them to break as though they had been hit with a hammer. Nearby buildings in the vicinity scorched, and a scent of general destruction was apparent in the vicinity of the fire. It is understood that the loss is jpretty well covered by insurance. WILL START OFFICE J. Arthur Cunningham, who for the past seven years has been with the E. J. Lander Company in charge of the local office of that company, has re signed and will enter the land and loan business on his own account. He will have his offices in the Rawson block. H. CT Lander, of the Minot office, is here temporarily looking after business matters in connection with the Williston office. Mr. Cun ningham's successor here has not yet been announced. That boxing bout at Minot, pulled off late at night some time ago, is be ing probed. *^"vT way to advertise a com munity is through the display booth3 at the lailway stations. I must say that some of these I have inspected in this state were anything but a good advertisement for the community. They were poorly kept and suggested anything but enterprise"—These were among the remarks made by Presi dent McVey, of the University, in his address before the Commercial Club here recently. TheS'j remarks may, or may not, have *ny bearing "on the fact that the sp!tndid display booth a\ the local station has been given a good clean ing. The windows have been washed and the displays, which had fallen down, have been re-adjusted and the interior thoroughly dusted and clean ed. Tlio display, although parts of it are a little old and need replacing, now looks one hundred percent better. The noxt move wil be to» renew some of the displays when the season ar rives when these can be obtained. There is little doubt but that the display booth is a great advertise ment. They make a great impression upon the people from the east. The writer never saw one of these booths till he tame to North Dakota, and re members distinctly of being interest ed, and made a thorough inspection of the display till the train pulled out. The county superintendents office has been a busy place during the past few days in the work of checking up final eight grade papers. fT^srtV •,1Z¥r\ W SACRED CONCERT The Sacred Concert held Sunday evenin at the Congregational church was well attended, every available seat being filled. The choir repeated the Easter music, interspersed with thems with better spirit and interpre special numbers, and gave the an tation than on the first presentation, inspired, perhaps by the larger au dience. The Sunday School Orchestra gave the opening number and in spite of the absence of the first violin did credit to Miss Hougan's faithful train ing. A liberal offering was received, part of which will buy new nusic for the choir. SPLENDID ENDORSEMENT The voters of the city of Fargo cer tainly gave the Commission plan of government a splendid endorsement when during the past week that form of government was adopted by a vote of 1300 to 199, or more than six to one. One of the Fargo papers re cently published verbatim the circular gotten out in Williston just before the election here. WILLISTON CO. IS INSPECTED LOCAL COMPANY TURNS OUT IN FULL CAMPAIGN EQUIPMENT FOR OFFICIAL INSPECTION Company E. First regiment, North Dakota N. G., of this city was in spected Saturday evening by Lieut. Col. T. H. Tarleson, of Bismarck. Col. Fraine was to have been here but illness prevented his coming. The inspection was held at the Gates Hall. Thirty-five men turned out for the inspection in their full service outfits, including khaki uni forms, tents and blanket rolls. A number of men who live across the river could not get here because of the high water. At the close of the in spection the inspecting officer ex pressed an opinion quite satisfactorily by saying that the company had pass ed the best inspection of any he had so far visited. General Orders just received by Captain Evans, of the local company, state that Sarg. John W. Rock, from Company H., Second U. S. Infantry, has been delegated to duty with the North Dakota guard companies. He started his tour to the various com pany posts on April 3. He will be in Williston on April 14th and will re main till the 20th, giving special mili tary instruction to the officers and men of the local company on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday even ings during the week. The officers of Company E are anxious to have all the enlisted men attend this school, and any others who may contemplate placing their names on the muster roll. PRES. GRAY AND PARTY HERE NUMBER OF GREAT NORTHERN OFFICIALS SPENT FEW HOURS IN CITY THURSDAY President C. R. Gray, of the Great Northern Railway Company, and a party of other officials stopped here for a few hours Thursday on their spring tour of inspection, which cov ers the entire system to the coast. The special arrived here about ten o'clock. It was met by a number of business men, who took the officials in autos for a short drive about the city. In the party were Vice Presidents Gruber and Kenney Assistant Vice President, Byers General manager, Emerson Chief engineer, Budd Su perintendents, Bell, McCandless and Stewart. Traveling Freight Agent, Griffin. FALLING RAPIDLY After the big ice jam broke below the city last week the waters of the Missouri receeded rapidly and at present there is little more than a normal stage prevailing. Friday and Saturday the river was full of ice, which was moving out rapidly. Sun day morning the river was almost clear. Along about noon however the channel was again covered with ice coming from a gorge, which had broken far above us. By afternoon Monday the river had again cleared of ice, and reports from above indi cated that it had nearly all passed. A large amount of timber was carried along with the ice during the two or three days that it was running the ^heaviest. Some of this was lumber and bridge material being used at places west of here, which was carried away in the break-up. %l 1 W '1*! ,'fc :^f« -":l©il •i„j 'v '-\ty.'.. «t« *4 «/, 91.00 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE WHY NOT A FLY CRUSADE DISEASE CARRIERS SHOULD BK ATTACKED EARLY—A STRONG LINE OF BATTLE A few more warm days and the common fly will be with us. For a moment he will hang poised in the air and then, when you are not looking, drop meter—like into your coffe, your choisest prepared dinner or any place else where he can rid himself of a few thousand germs. He will continue this all summer and gradually get more adept at the performance as grim Inter again approaches. Why not a house fly campaign for Williston —now? The common house fly is born and bred in filth. Stable manure and all kinds of dirt and foul matter are hot beds for the fly. It requires from ten to fourteen days for the fly to pro duce a generation. A good way of expressing the vital human relation of flies would be by the use of the three "f's"—Filth—Flies—Food. During the Spanish-American war a great plague of fever broke out in the different camps of our army. It was noticable to all that flies were numerous, both at mess the tents and on the refuse of the camps. Flour was sprinkled on the refuse of the camp, and during mess, the same flour lad flies crawled over the soldier's food. Some germ cultures were placed on the ground and the flies al lowed to walk over them and from these cultures hosts of typhoid germs were developed. It was thus proved beyond question that the flies we.*e the carriers of the disease. The most practical way to prevent the spread of fly disease is to destroy all filtii, screen our houses and kill the flies directly whenever possible. Special buleltins are prepared on this subject by the Fly-Fighting Com mittee of the American Civic Associa tion, of Washington, D. C. Among the things the committee most desires to impress upon the minds of the American people are:— Don'ts Don't allow flies in your house. Don't permit them near your food, especially milk. Don't buy food stuff where flies are tolerated. Don't have feeding places where flies can load themselves with germs from typhoid or dysenteric patients. Don't allow your fruits and confec tions TO be exposed to swarms or flies. Don't let the flies crawl over the baby's mouth or upon the contact of the nursing bottle. How To Kill Flies To quickly clean the room where there pre flies, BURN PYRETHRUM POWDER in the room. This stupifles the flie3 and they may be swept up and burned. To cl jar room of flies CARBOLIC ACID i' ay be used as follows: Heat a shovel, or any similar article, and drop Thereon 20 drops of CARBOLIC ACID, and the vapor will kill the flies. A cheap and perfectly reliable FLY POISON, one which is not danger ous to human life, is BICHROMATE OF POTASH in solution. DISOLVE ONE DRAM, which can be bought at any drug store, in TWO OUNCES OF WATER, and add a little SUGAR. Put some of this solution in shallow dishes rnd distribute them throughout the house. The summary offered in the bul letin is as follows:—Clean up your premises inside and out and then, as much as you can, see that others do the same. Strike at the root of the evil. The house fly breeds in horse manure, kit chen offal and the like. Dispose of these materials in such away that the house fly cannot propagate. Screen all your windows and doors and insist that your grocer, butcher, baker and every one from whom you buy food stuffs does the same. There's more health in a well screened house and clean premises than in many a doctor's visit. NEW FOUNTAIN The Williston Drug Company are installing a new inovation soda foun tain in their store. The new thirst quenching apparatus is of the latest design and will ad materiall" to the appearance as well as the service of the store. The Northwestern Educational As sociation will meet in Minot April 18 and 19. Supt. Mrs. Martha P. Tatem, of Williams county will be in atten dance. Miss Bertha Palmer, of the Williston schools, is on the program for a paper on "Primary Reading." A scplendid program has been ar ranged for the two day session. A, 2