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r*Y ,i 'V- "l 1 "V *, t. *r VOL. XIX. NO. 2. TWO HUNDRED ATTEND PICNIC MANY FRIENDS OF THE GRA PHIC GATHER FOR DAYS OUTING AT GROVE Two hundred strong. And of course it rained. The next time we need rain we will know what to do. There were plenty of eats—and then some. The First Annual Picnic can be put down as a success. Plana are already on foot for. a big ger and better time next year. The cold threatening day caused some disappointment in keeping some of those away who would have helped to entertain us. Correspondent H. C. Blankenship, of Missouri Ridge brewed the lemon ade—nigh on to a barrel full. The former resident of the mountain state of West Virginia sure knows how. We won't tell the name of the young lady who got stuck' in the mud-—she has been joked enough about it al ready. The way the youngsters—and big ger ones too—went after those big freezers of ice cream was a satisfac tion. The cream was really splendid. Mr. Hall's talk on better farming was listened to with much interest. He spoke for more than a half hour and afterward mixed with the crowd answering questions and giving gen eral information. One of the enjoyable features of the day was the splendid vocal duet by the Lucas sisters. They were heartily ap plauded following their song. We want them on the program the next time. Where was W. 0.? He premised to be there also and make us some post cards souvenirs. Ye city Ed. still had a bum finger. Reason—ball game. There's a fore man in the shop too, who is just able to be around. Same reason. When the people of that section get ready to build that permanent pavilion at the grove the Graphic will help. It will be a splendid scheme, don't you think? There was a whole bunch of Palm ers there. One freezer of that ice cream was made from the product of the Palmer dairy farm. It was the clear stuff all right. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are from the same "diggings" down east as ye City Ed. and every time we get together there is some visit'about things down in the Ohio Pennsylvania-West Virginia terri tory. C. O. Westcott, our Nesson corres (Continued on page 4) WEATHER REPORT MONTH OF JUNE INTERESTING FACTS FROM THE RECORDS OF WEATHER OB SERVER CRAIG The record at the Williston weather station shows that we are ahead of June of last year for rainfall. The total rainfall for the month of June last year was 1.44. This year the month just closed shows 2.08. The greatest amount of rainfall in 24 hours occured on the 27-28th, when the guage showed 1.00. According to the records this is the heaviest precipitation in the month of June for a period of three years. June in 1909 recorded 4.02. We had 8 clear, 16 partly cloudy and 6 cloudy days dur ing the month. The total wind move •v xnent was 6906 miles, with a maxi 'i mum volocity of 64 njiles per hour for a period of 5 minutes on the l^jth. The highest temperature was 94, on the 23rd. PECULIAR FREAK OF LIGHTNING TEARS SIDE OUT OF CHICKEN HOUSE- BUT DOES NOT KILL CHICKENS Last Friday night during the elec tric storm the lightning struck a chicken house on the farm of Jens Casper, who lives about three miles west of Bonetrail, and performed some peculiar stunts. One side of the building was torn completely out and on the other side the boards werte shattered into splinters. There were several chickens in the shed and not one of them was .killed or injured. The building, which was struck, stood about 40 feet from the house, and was until recently used as a place to live until the owner built -a new house, when he turned the shack into a chick en house. The bolt struck the build ing about 11 o'clock at night There was no trace of fire left as a result of the lightning. The Orchestra Comique is novel, unique and delightful. Miss Ran dolph is a charming lady and I heart ily commend both. J. C. Westervelt, Pres. Shelbyville, 111., Chatauqua. At the Library Hall Wednesday, July 9. Adir. NEW ORDER FOR GOV. PROJECTS SEC. LANE ISSUES ORDER REL ATIVE TO SETTLERS ON GOVT. PROJECTS In view of the representations made at the recent conference of the Water Users' Association in Washington, and recognizing that the low prices for farm products in 1912 have rendered it difficult for many settlers to meet their obligations to the Government, Secretary of the Interior Lane has just issued an important public no tice to all settlers on National irriga tion projects. By this order the building charge for the last installment which became payable is reduced to one-third of the amount due, but not to less than 50 percent per acre the payment of the balance is to be deferred and added to the last installment on the water right application. For those who have already paid the charges due a cor responding credit is to be given on the next annual 'installment or they may have the credit applied to the operation and maintenance charges now due. No person is to receive the benefit of this concession on Dec. 1st next for operation and maintenance and who has not paid all the amounts due of the irrigable area of his land or not who has cultivated less than one-half less than 5 acres for each full irriga tion season sinie water was first available for the land. It is provided further in the case of those who are now delinquent and subject to cancellation that if they make payment of the operation and maintenance charges for irrigating their land, no steps will be taken to ward cancellation until December 1, 1913. Secretary Lane announces further that he will urge upon Congress the passage of some act giving' a fur ther extension of time for the pay ment of the building charges under proper limitations and conditions. Under date of June 23, Sec. Lane further says with reference to the reclamation service:—"The man wh makes a farm and irrigates is. the man I am primarily in terested in, not the "speculator," said Secretary Lane today. "We have been making money for land specula tors, not homes for farmers on some of our projects. I find that we have under our irrigation projects 1,200,000 acres of irrigable land, land upon which we aje prepared to deliver water, but we are irrigating only 650, 000 acres. Over 95 per cent of the remaining 550,000 acres—all irrigable but unirrigated—is land in private ownership. The man who irrigates his land should have the easiest terms from the Government because-he is the one who is giving the public the benefit of that land. The people of the United States have invested $75, 000,000 in building irrigation works to irrigate farms: not to raise the values of lands held out from use. The man who chooses to hold his land from use has a right to speculate up on his own resources, but not upon the advance loan of the Government. 1 think that conditions fully justify special consideration being given to those farmers who have gone upon these reclaimed lands and done their best to cultivate them. The notice given today is an act of leniency to ward a debtor who is in difficulties. It should be said in justice to the water users that at the recent hearing not one of them even suggested a desire that the Government should waive its debt all said that they were prepared to meet their obligations to the Gov ernment if terms somewhat more fa vorable were given. Less than one half of the water users have paid the building charges which were due De cember 1, 1913, and which will be de linquent December 1', 1913. At_ this time it becomes necessary to insist upon payment of operation and main tenance charges which should have been paid last spring- and were de ferred owine to the pendency of the Swigart vs Baker case in the courts in which the right of the Government to collect such charges has now been upheld. In view of all of these con ditions it seems a wise and just thing £o reduce all present building pay ments giving credit to those who have paid." MANY APPLICANTS A large number of applcations have been received by the commissioner of lights and water for the position of superintendent of that department, which position C. C. Mackenroth re cently resigned. Most of the appli cants are from Minneapolis or St. Paul. No action has been taken to ward the filling of the position, or the formal acceptance of Mr. Macken roth's resignation. FINE CORN AND SPUDS Chas. Mansfield believes he has the finest specimens of corn and potatoes in his garden of anyone in the city. The corn and spuds certainly are fine and he expects to have new potatoes about 60 days from the time they were planted, which will be about the middle of July. Plenty of water via the garden hose has been rsponsible for the splendid growth. BANK IMPORTS BLOODED STOCK LOCAL BANK TAKES ACTIVE PART IN BRINGING IN STOCK —GOOD MOVE The Williams County State Bank, of this city, has just shipped in five head of Registered Guernsey Bulls that they are placiifg with the farm ers in different localities to Williston. This is without doubt the finest bunch of stock ever shipped into Wil liston and were purchased at a very large cost. A fair estimate value of this breed of cattle can in a measure be determined by the results of a sale held by a Guernsey breeders associa tion in eastern Wisconsin where a bunch of 90 odd head sold at an aver age of over $385.00 around.,—some of which were only about 4 months old. These blooded sires are not for sale and in putting them out the officers of the Williams County State bank do not expect any profit which is evi dent when no service charges will be made. Their sole object is to encour age the dairy industry,—which they believe will be of special benefit to the farmers and is the next move towards the real progress of Williams County farmers. In taking this initiative step the officers of the Williams County bank expect to go further.' They are not in the stock business and do not ex pect to ship in cattle for sale. They look forward to the time, however, when the farmers will club together and send one or two representatives east to buy a bunch of dairy cows and they will then arrange to finance the investment,—making it possible for them to buy for cash and buying a fairly large bunch so that the best possible prices may be had. They will be willing to carry the farmers notes,—where loans are made for this purpose at a very reasonable rate of interest and will stand -ready to co operate with the farmers in every way possible. The move is no doubt a good one and all they ask is that the farmers use these animals at a direct benefit to themselves and lend co-operation in advancing the conditions in this com munity from which all will benefit alike. These bulls will be placed with cer tain farmers with the understanding that all their neighbors will have ac cess to them and no fees will be charg ed. Only two or three places of ser vice have been decided WILLISTON, WILLIAMS COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, JULY 3, 1913. upon to the pres ent time but a further announcement will be made in the next issue of this paper. USE ALL STAMPS FOR PARCEL POST UNDER ORDER OF BURLESON, IMPORTANT CHANGE IN HAN DLING STICKERS IS MADE Parcel post stamps will be valid on all classes of mail on and after July 1 and ordinary stamps will be good on parcel post packages, under an order issued Thursday aftertoon by Post master General Burleson. As a distinctive parcel post stamp could heretofore be used only on one class of mail matter a great deal of inconvenience was caused to the pub •lic. The special parcels post stamps was designed for use temporarily so as to determine the amount of revenue de rived from the parcel post. This has now been ascertained, the postmaster general said, and the officials of the department believe that the public should not be caused any more in convenience, as it is not necessary now. Parcel post matter may also be sent C. O. D. starting the first of this month. It is believed that this feature will greatly increase the immense amount of mail matter handled by the new department and will also be of great help to people wishing to-purchase supplies on such terms. Notice of this change was received recently by offi cials at the Williston postoffice. CELEBRATIONAT WILSON'S GROVE BAND ASSOCIATION WILL HAVE CHARGE OF PICNIC FRIDAY —AMUSEMENTS A big picnic at Wilson's grove near the city, under the auspices of the Williston Band Association, has been arranged for July 4th. Music for the occasion will be-fur nished by the band throughout the day. A program of amusements has been arranged for the all day gather ing. As we go to press the weather man advises that fajr weather will prevail for the day, and the band is assured of a big crowd at this pleas ant spot. The ladies of the Episcopal church will hold a food sale at the City Groc ery Saturday afternoon, July 5th. ANNUAL REPORT OF LIBRARY ANNUAL REPORT SHOWS SOME INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT INSTITUTION The annual report of the James Memorial Library, submitted this week to the Board of Directors, con tains some facts and figures that ought to b'e of interest to the public who support and make use of the li brary. The total circulation of books for the year July, 1912 to June, 1913 in clusive, is 13,687. Of these 7,932 books were taken out by adults and 5,755 by children. About 80 per cent of the circulation was fiction, but the use of the library as a source of in formation on all manner of .topics has nearly doubled this past year. 1,075 reference questions have been looked up in magazines and reference books that do not circulate, often times, so that the amount of non-fiction used does not appear in the circulation. The average daily circulation was 45 books, the largest single day being 100, and the lowest 12 on Dec. 24th. There are 1,205 borrowers on the registe^, 437 of whom are children. There are now 3,781 volumes in the library,, only 717 of which are juven ile, so it will be seen what good use the children are making of their part of it. Dividing the children's circula tion by the number of volumes con tained in the juvenile department gives an average circulation of eight times for each book, for th one year. They are far in advance of their eld ers, too, in the proportion of non fiction read. The next generation ought to be ready to make far better use of the library than the present one. Thirty-five of the leading periodi cals and five newspapers are on the reading tables. These magazines are largely indexed on the monthly mag azine index, so that the contents fur nish a valuable source of up-to-date information easily hunted up. A good magazine is fully as valuable as an expensive reference book, and costs much less. The reading room atten dance has grown considerably this year, the Sunday attendance alone amounting to 966. The total atten danceiA .5,374. ATTENDS RE-UNION W. C. Lynch, Secretary of the local lodge of Elks, leaves the last of the week for Rochester, N. Y., to attend the annual grand lodge re-union to be held in that city the week of July 7th. Denver is a strong contender for the convention next year. MADE LONG AUTO DRIVE PARTY FROM DAYTON OHIO REACHED JIERE SUNDAY— NO ACCIDENTS Paul Dustin, accompanied by Mr. Jones, driving a big Cadilac car be longing to Mrs. Hedderich, of this city, arrived here Sunday coming from Day ton, Ohio. The trip was made without an accident of any kind, not even a puncture. The distance covered was nearly 1600 miles. No record time was made, due to the fact that much mud and rain was encountered after strik ing LaCrosse, Wis., and also just be fore reaching Williston. WAS AT BISMARCK Geo. F. Forster, Superintendent of the Williston schools returned Sat urday evening from Bismarck, where he spent a week looking over their school buildings. While at Bismarck Mr. Forster visited the state peniten tiary and was very much impressed with the manner in which that insti tution is being conducted. He says there is little evidence of the armed guards we hear so much about in oth er state institutions of this character, and that all of the prisoners are busy at something, particularly so at this time in the twine plant. CONGRESSMAN IN WILLISTON CONGRESSMAN P. D. NORTON HERE FOR A DAY THE FIRST OF THE WEEK P. D. Norton, former secretary of state of North Dakota, and now con gressman from this state, was in Wil liston l'cr a day the first of the week. Mr. Norton left for his home Tues day morning, where he will spend the fourth, following which he will re turn immediately to Washington. While in Williston Congressman Norton was in conference with a num ber of persons interested in the ir rigation project here and also those interested in river improvement. A wag wiggled into this office the othr day and waggishly wobbled:— "I've seen the Catskill mountains and likewise seen the cats kill rata." MAY STICK TO THE OLD RATE COMMISSIONERS MAY REVOKE RECOMMENDATION FOR LOW ER ELECTRIC RATE The city commissioners were in ses sion for nearly three hours Monday night. The regular monthly budgett of bills took up the largest part of the time. Commissioner Carney was absent. The bond of the city scavanger, in the sum of $1000 with E. Jaynes.and V. R. Asbury as sureties, was approv ed. The trasurers and. auditors re ports for the month of June were read, approved and ordered filed. The treasurers report showed a balance in all funds of $24,291.05 ending the month. An important matter to the pople of Williston was touched upon when the subject of making the city audit was again brought up. Mr. Bruegger stated that he would like to see this audit made at once to ascertain how the earnings of the electric plant com pared with Mr. Stors' theory of what the electric rates should be, which were designated by resolution by the old council to go into effect July 1. Mr. Bruegger said that he was of the opinion it would be well to pass a counter resolution rejecting the pro posed new rate and let the rates re main the same as they have been. The matter was dropped Without further discussion at this point. The auditor was directed to wire Mr. Wilson, at Bottineau, to come at once and make the city^ audit. This was decided upon after it was ascer tained that it would be impossible to pet a man from the state department immediately. The audit is to be made from February 28, 1911 up to the present date. The last audit w®s made up to 1911 bv the Marvin-Mit chell Company. Mr. Wilson was di rected to come at once. It will take two or three weeks to make a detail ed report and audit. S. H. Dorothy again appeared be fore the council relative to the sign ordinance. Mr. Dorothy had a peti tion signed my more than a hundred business men who say that they desire an eight foot sign ordinance passed. The present ordinance is three feet from the buildings. The president of the commission informed Mr. Doro thy that the proper method would be to have one of the members of the commission introduce^ the ordinance, when it could be considered, and that it could not be discussed or consider ed until it had been introduced. None of the commissioners cared to intro duce it at that meeting, or at least until they had a little more time to look it over. The petition and pro posed ordinance was withdrawn by Mr. Dorothy, who said that he would take it up with the individual mem bers of the commission with a view of having it introduced later. The purchase of a new smokestack for the boilers at the pumping plant was authorized. This will cost about $200.00. The old one is in bad condi tion. The report of the poundmaster showed that 12 homeless dogs had met their Waterloo at his hands dur ing the month of June. As proof that they were sent to the happy hunting grounds the city auditor certified "that the ears of the aforesaid had been duly exhibited in his office," and the payment of the account was rec ommended, and authorized by the council. There was some discussion when the council was asked to pay a bill for drugs used in fumigating a house, where they thought the owner of the house was able to pay. The bill was a small one but was ordered paid One of the commissioners said that in the future in cases where the people re fused to pay, who are able, they should be kept in quarantine until they do pay for their own fumigat ing material. Jacob A. Schaetzel appeared and asked why his salary bill for the month of May had been cut $23.00. There appeared to be some misun derstandine when this account was cut down last month. Mr. Schaetzel was directed to present a bill for the balance, which was considered and allowed. R. O. Lunkie and K. O. Slette, rep resenting1 the town of Culbertson ap peared before the council and asked how much the city wanted for their old hook and ladder outfit. Commis sioner Wegley, who has the superin tending of that department, said that he felt the city should have $300.00 for the wagon. It cost the city $456 and has been in use since the summer of 1905, up until the team and big outfit were purchased. Mr. Lunkie said that they could not talk business if the council wanted $300, as they would prefer to purchase a new one. He said they would recommend to the Culbertson council and then make the city of Williston an offer on the rig. DO YOU BELIEVE IT? The city editor is in receipt of a letter from a friend in the lake reg ion in Minnesota, which says that the fishing in the lakes is great. The fish are Mtinsr so fast that it is necessary to hide behind a tree while baiting the hook. Next. °t)r. 'V "flj Sr,f .•?. %js. $1.00 PER YEAR IN ADVANCK CRIMINAL CASES IN DIST. COURT FLAX STEALING CASE HARD FOUGHT—VERDICT OF GUIL TY RETURNED In the case of the state against Mary Heathrington on a charge of grand larceny, tried in district fcourt during the past week, a verdict of" guilty was brought in by the jury. Following the verdict of the jury Judge Fisk passed sentence on thfr woman, sentencing her to one year in the states prison, and also assessing" a fine and costs. Carl Johnson, a young man charged* with forgery, was found guilty and' was sentenced to the reform school at Mandan until he is of age, whicb* will be on January 7, 1915. Perhaps one of the hardest fought* criminal cases before the district court for a long time was the flax, stealing case transferred here fronr McKenzie county, in which Harry Cray was charged with stealing lOO1 bushels of flax from a farmer, which was taken over into Montana and sold. The defendant was was found guilty by the jury soon after the case was given to them. Sentence has not yet been passed on Cray. States Attor ney, Converse, of McKenzie county, assisted by F. P. Leeper, conducted^ the prosecution. A. J. Bessie.and Wm~ G. Owens represented the defendants Many witnesses were examined and the defense contested every point ina the case. In the case of the state vs. Gordon, charged with keeping a gamblings house, the defendant was found no£ guilty. Other criminal cases are1 pending and it will take some little time to clear up the criminal calendar, when, the civil cases will be taken up. WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Rev. and Mrs. E. S. Shaw are cele brating their twenty fourth wedding anniversary today July 3rd. They were married at Oberlin, O., by Pres ident James H. Fairchild of Oberlin College while Mr. Shaw was taking his Theological studies. Mrs. Shaw had been studying in Oberlin two* years previous to her marriage. They spent one year in Oberlin after the wedding five years in Missionary work in Northern Michigan and have been west 18 years—sixteen in N. D. and two at Crookston, Minn. Mr. Shaw has been pastdr of five church es Field Secretary of two Colleger Editor of the Michigan Congrega tionalist and assistant superintendent of Missions in N. D. They have six children—four boys and two girls. BOND ISSUE IS SANCTIONED SMALL VOTE CAST BUT GOOD EXPRESSION SHOWN—BIDS. OPENED THE 18TH The special school bond elction held last Thursday, June 26th, on the ques tion of issuing bonds to erect an addi tion to the present High School build ing carried by a vote of '69 to 3. Although the total vote cast was' only 73 the expression in favor of theJ issue was nevertheless very pro—• -nounced. As a result of this election bids will be called to be opened on July 18th, at which time, if the bids are satisfac tory, the school board will award the contract. As soon as the contract is awarded work will be started so that, the exterior of the building will be completed before cold weather sets in. It is the intention to have the addition ready for use early in the month of December.- THE OVERLAND LIMITED BUSY BORSTAD OUTFIT HAULING OUT BIG LOADS OF MACHINERY TO BONETRAIL Saturday the "Borstad Overland Limited" left town with a train of wagons nearly a block long, bound for Bonetrail. There were seven wagons and a tank wagon attached to the big tractor. Many people watched the big outfit crawl slowly but surely out of the city. In th®-* train were four grain tank wagons loaded with knocked-down wagons and other farm machinery, one other wagon loaded with machinery and two wagon running gears trailing. The "Limited" has been making reg ular trips this spring bringing in grain and taking out merchandise of all kinds. SHINE EM 'UP William Coleman has purchased air up-to-date shoe shine stand and has Dlaced it in commission. William says that he "done shined so many shoes $ on the old stand that he wore it clear out, and that he reckons this new one, will hold him for a while."