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By J. T. Wilson, Special Writer for
the Williston Graphic
Morris, Illinois, May 12—You have
heard about "feudal estates,' and
lord who ruled over the people.
Grundy and Livingston counties in
Illinois are American, counties, but
they have a lord who rules over them.
Rules them form his castle across the
Atlantic. And rules them with a rod
of iron.
He is Lord William Scully.
He rules because he owns most of
these two counties. He owns whole
townships of valuable land. He's the
biggest farm owner in this country.
He rents his lands.
Just now his tenants in Grundy
county are up in arms. They are pro
testing against an increase in rent.
Lord Scully has told them they
must pay $10 an acre instead of $6
each year.
And he has the whip hand over them
"The state legislature may help
them. A bill is being prepared to
do that. Governor Lowden has in
dicated that he will sign it if it pass
And here are 70 free-born Ameri
can farmers,., as honest and hard
working men as you ever saw any
place. They are married and have
families. Nearly every farmer has at
least one son in the service of the
United States. Most of the boys are
""over there" and in camps here. They
have been patriotic to the core.
But these 70 American farm fami
lies are "subjects" of Lord Scully.
And this is how it came about.
Lord Scully Bought Land at $3 Acre
Seventy years ago Lord Scully
came to the United States. He had
acquired much wealth as a land own
er in England and Ireland.
With $300,000 Lord Scully bought
100,000 acres of fine Illinois land.
That was $3 an acre. Remember the
Lord Scully didn't not do anything
to the land. Never built a barn.
Never put up a fence.' Never planted
a tree or cut one down. Just bought
the land and sailed back to, his Euro
pean castle. But he rented the land.
At first he got but a few cents an
acre as rent. He agreed with his
owner ot
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Grand Forks, N. D. May 6—Taxes
in North Dakota this year will not go
up any higher than in other states
and much less than in some states. In
spite of the improvement program,
and the appropriation for soldiers,
the tax increase here will be at least
13 per cent less than in Minnesota.
This is the authorative opinion of
Prftf. W. G. Roylance, who has made
a. life study of taxation problems.
Prof. Roylance, Nonpartisan league
American tenants that he would per
mit them to. sell improvements they
made to the new tenants if they ever
gave up the farms.
So they built houses, barns, sheds,
fences. They drained the land.
Planted orchards. Graded roads.
And they paid taxes on their im
provements. They paid more in tax­1can't
es than Lord Scully did on the land.
Now there are 70 Lord Scully farms
in this county alone.
"The first Lord Scully was all
right," William Halpin, one of the 70,
said. "He kept falsing the rent on us
but not much at a time, usually about
25 cents an acre. We got along
pretty well."
Then the old Lord Scully died, and
the young Lord Scully, known le
gally in Illinois as William Scully,
took charge of the estate, which in
cludes also 200,000 acres in Nebraska
Kansas and the south. He owns
nearly a third of a million American
acres. And lives in the grand Scully
Young Scully Lacks Sense Justice
This young Lord Scully got the
idea that, his American subjects were
not paying him enough tribute. So
he raised the rents on them quicker
than his dad had done. Last summer
they had got to $6 an acre. That's
twice the old Lord had paid for the
Then young Lord Scully came over
last winter to see his American farm
subjects. He found them prosperous,
living in fairly good homes, and most
of them road to town in small auto
But he was disappointed.
Nary a one of his American sub
jects took off his hat to the lord.
Why, they acted like they thought
they were as good as a lord. Treat
ed him like he was a fellow man.
"He had expected to find poor,
cringing peasants of the type who
starved in Ireland in the infamous
days of the 'rack rent' system," said
Editor Sackett of the Morris Herald.
"Instead he found sturdy, upstand
ing, independent Americans, satisfied
with their lot, owning the buildings
on their land.
"They didn't cringe before this
gilded nobleman.
"So he undertook what he regarded
as the job of putting these 'American
peasants in their place,' of teaching
them the respect due a member of the
British autocracy."
Edict Is "Pay or Get Out"
Lord Scully raised, the rent from
$6 to $1(9 an acre.
The farmers said they couldn't pay
that. Said it would bankrupt them.
Lord Scully said, "pay or get out."
He said he knew lots of peasants in
Europe he could bring over here to
work his land.
But 70 American farmers had put
Farmers Protest Against 'Rack Rents*
'•***»£irmers of Oruudy county. Illinois, met at the courthouse. In Morris, III., to protest
frni -ti
tog home their hoys who went "over there" to fight tor-world democracy
research expert, has been in Grand
Forks this week studying the pro
blem of how best to finance the
schools and public roads.
"The new tax laws will increase the
taxes this year slightly," he said.
"The increase cannot be much, for the
reason that the new tax laws set a
limit of twenty per cent increase a
bove which the taxes cannot go.
These taxes will be so distributed
under the re-classification that the
burden will fall more evenly on those
who are more able to pay it, and
many will not experience any per
ceptible increase.
"State taxes have gone up every
where and in most cases the increase
has been greater than in North Da
kota where an extraordinary program
of public improvement has been plan
ned,"he continued. "The total in
crease will not average 20 per cent
unless the local taxes are raised by
the local authorities as. along with
the state tax. Many states that
improvements on his land, under
their leases. They couldn't sell their
improvements at their actual value if
the rents were suddenly raised to $10.
The rent raise cut their values.
Young Lord Scully said he would
let them move their houses off his
land, if they wanted to. But you
move a house, barn,fences, silo
and orchard around like you would
Young Lord Scully thought he had
them where he wanted 'em.
He insisted that they pay or get
He's still insisting.
The lord of many millions went
back to his castle and left orders
with his agents in America to collect
the high rent.
Illinois After Bill to Stop Scully
The farmers protested. They held
meetings. They went down to the
state capital to see the governor
about it. A bill is being framed to
get young Lord Scully. It will be in
troduced this month. It is proposed
to make farm improvements put on
by a farm tenant a lien on the place
and compel the owner of the land to
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Autrocatic Grab in State of Illinois
pay the actual value of the improve
ments to the tenant before he can be
That would hold young Lord Scully
He would have to pay these Ameri
can farmers for what they have done
for his land, buildings, fences, etc.
That's all these farmers want—simple
That's what they asked for in a
meeting at the court house here dur
ing the winter. In this same court
house yard the people of Grundy
county have erected a big"Welcome
Home"sign. It is directed to "Grundy
County Boys" in our army and nayy.
The boys are coming home now.
Their fathers and mothers are do
ing their best to make the welcome
warm. Lord Scully welcomed them
by raising the rents to a bankruptcy
There's an "Over There" and "Over
Here" Angle, Too
And while this young Lord Scully
was coming over here to raise the
I rents these Grundy county boys were
going "over there" to aid Lord Scul
ly's own country in the great war for
freedom. Lord Scully didn't fight.
Now he's willing to fight the farmers
to get $10 an acre a year for his Am
erican farm land.
Looks like he'd get his fight, all
If the state legislature doesn't help
these Grundy county farmers, I
wouldn't be surprised to see many of
them tear down every stick they put
on the farms they rent, and haul it
off rather than try to pay the $10 an
Scully, foreign landlord, to Increase the annual
1J»ir«all this Increase "rack-rent." and'declare It means bank.
courthouse yard the people of Grundy county have erected fc large sin welcom-
have no special program of improve
ment have raised taxes this year 20
per cent and more. The increase in
Minnesota is 33 1-3 per cent, although
no provisions were made for the re
turning soldiers in that state and the
only extra expense undertaken was
appropriations for fire damages and
services which should have been much
more than they were. Minnesota's
taxes this year will amount to $32,
Cut from 43 to 17 Mills
"Taxes have gone up necessarily
all over the United States on account
of the increased cost of government
growing out of the increased cost of
living. In spite of the great public
undertaking authorized by the last
legislative, North Dakota provided
more liberally for its soldiers than
any other state. The new enterprises
will not.be paid for by taxpayers but
by themselves out of their own profits
after they have been established by
the sale of bonds.
"In the new classification the pro
perty valuation will be much higher
but the rate of assessment will be
much lower. For instnace, the Bur
leigh county tax rate will be reduced
from 44 mills last year to 19 mills
this year and the Grand Forks coun
ty rate from 43 mills last year to 17
mills this year.
Asked By Business Men
"The re-classification has affected
a new distribution of burdens and is
different than anything we have had
before. One of the objections often
est urged against the new classifica
tion is the fact that business build
ings are taxed on a hundred per cent
of their value. The business interests
of North Dakota are principally to
blame for this classification. They
made strong representations against
any reductions on business buildings
on the ground that it would cause a
depreciation in the values of their
Hits Big Land Speculators
A certain well equipped farm of
160 acres in the county, the taxes on
which was $48.79 last year, will pay
$2,65 more than this sum this year.
Another farm not so well equipped
will pay an increase of $5 this year.
Four absentee landlord companies,
whose combined holdings are 125000
acres will pay an increase of $10,000
this year. These companies are the
Patterson Land company of St. Paul,
the Boynton Land company of St.
Paul, the Hackney Land company of
St Paul, the estate of Mr. Hoerr of
Mankota, Minn.
City lots will show an increase
where there are no improvements
and a decrease where there are resi
dences. Five lots owned by the In
ternational Harvester campany on
which are warehouses show an in
crease in taxes of $300 to 30 per cent
higher than last year.
She Kept Her Locks Dark and
Glossy, with Sage Tea
and Sulphur.
you darken your
Tea and Sulphur, no one
with Sa
cause it's done so naturally, so even"
Preparing thi9 mixture, though, at hoi
mussy and troublesome. For 50 con.
you can buy at any drug store the read
to-use preparation, improved by the adli
tion of other ingredients, called "Wyeth'.
Sage and Sulpliur Compound." You jus
dampen a sponge or soft brush with
draw this through your hair, taki
one small strand at a time. By morni^
all gray hair disappears, and, after av
other application or two, your hair
comes beautifully darkened, glossy am
Gray, faded hair, though no disgra.
is a sign of old age, and as we all
sire a youthful and attractive appea
ance, get busy at once with Wyetli's Sa
and Sulphur Compound and look ve
younger. This ready-to-use preparat-'
ia a delightful toilet requisite and nor
medicine. It is not intended for the cm
mitigation or prevention oi disease.
WHEREAS, Default has been made
in the terms and conditions of the
mortgage hereinafter described by
which the power of sale therein con
tained has become operative, and
action or proceeding having
been In­no
stituted to recover the debt secured
by said mortgage or any part thereof,
and upon such default the mortgagee
having elected and hereby declared the
entire mortgage indebtedness due and
payable as authorized by the said
mortgage, now therefore,
the certain mortgage, made, executed
and delivered by Joseph Evans and
Nancy C. Evans, his wife. Mortgagors
to T. L. Beiseker, Mortgagee, dated
the 20th day of December 1913 and fil
ed for record in the office of the Re
gister of Deeds of the County of Wil
liams and State of North Dakota on
the 4th day of March 1914 at 2:15 o'
clock P.M. and there recorded in Boek
"98" of Mortgages at Page "487" will
be foreclosed by a sale of the premises
in such mortgage and hereinafter de
cribed, at the front door of the Court
House, at Williston, in the County of
Williams, in the State of North Dakota
at the hour of Ten o'clock in the fore
nodn, on the 11th day of June A. D.,
1919, to satisfy the amount due upon
such mortgage on day of sale.
The premises described in such mort
gage and which will be sold to satis
fy the same are situated in the County
of Williams and State of North Dakota
and are described as follows, viz: Lots
Three (3) and Four (4) and the East
Half of Southwest Quarter (E1-2SW
1-4) of Section Nirteteen (19), Town
ship One Hundred Fifty Three (i-53)
North, Range One Hundred Three 103)
West of the Fifth Princiaal i'.leredian,
containing 160 acres more or less ac
cording to the Government Survey
There will be due on such mortgage
at the date of sale including a prior
first mortgage of $1,000.00 due Jan
uary 1 ,1919, and recorded in said
County and State in Book "113" of
Mortgages at Page "472". also two de
linquent interest coupons on said first
mortgage each for the sum of $60.00
and dup January 1st, 1918 and 1919,
respectively, and interest on said mort
gage and copons, also including the
real estate taxes on the said premises
for the years 1916 and 1917 in the
sum of $73.34, and interest thereon,
which mortgage, interest coupons and
taxes the mortgagee herein has been
required to. pay and has paid in order
to protect his interests in the mortgage
under foreclosure, the sum of One
Thousand Five Hundred Twenty-one
and 17-100 ($1521.17) Dollars, exclus
ive of costs, disbursements and attor
ney's fees allowed by law.
Dated this 24th day of April 1919.
Attorney for the Mortgagee, Fessen
den, North Dakota.
Notice is hereby given that that cer
tain mortgage made executed and de
livered by Benjamin I. Slagle and
Florence A. Slagle, his wife, of Wil
liams County, N. D., to F. P. Berg
'man of Williston, N. D., dated Octo
ber 27, 1914, and Hied for record in
the office of the Register of Deeds in
the County of Williams, State of North
Dakota, on October 28, 1914, at 2:21
o'clock P. M., and there duly recorded
in Book 114 of Mortgages on pagf
167, will be foreclosed by a sale of the
premises in said Mortgage and here
inafter described, at the front door of
the Court House, at City of Williston,
Williams County, State of North Da
kota, on the 10th day of May, 1919 at
the hour of 2 o'clock In the afternoon.
The premises described In such
mortgage and which will be sold to
satisfy the same are in the County of
Williams and described as follows, to
wit: The East Half of the Northeast
Quarter of Section Eleven, and the
Northwest Quarter of Section Twelve
in Township One Hundred Fifty four
North of Range One Hundred West of
the 5th P. M.
There will be due on said Mortgage
on the date of sale $221.20.
(Signed) F. P. Bergman,
Claimant names as witnesses:
Andrew Desjerlalse, George Sander
son. Leroy Ott, Henry Renville, all of
Buford, N. D.
W. E. Byerly,
44-6t. Register.
In the mater of the estate of Mikal
O. Haugsvar, Deceased.
Notice is hereby given by the nuder
signed Northwestern Trust Company,
Administrator of the Estate of Mikal
O. Haugsvar, late of the Township of
Hebron in the County of Williams and
State of North Dakota, deceased, to the
creditors of, and all persons having
claims against, said deceased, to exhib
it them with the necessary vouchers,
within four months after the first pub
lication of this notice, to said Adminis
tor at Grand Forks, N. D., or to the
County Judge in the City of Williston,
in said Williams County.
Dated April 18th A. D. 1919.
Northwestern Trust Company,
First publication on the 24th day of
April A. D. 1919. 45-4t
•L,, .:,1:a..^S..
Usher L. Burdick and John J. Murphy,
Attorneys for Mortgagee,
Williston, N. Dak.
C. C. Mackenroth, Sheriff of Williams
County, N. D. 42-6t
Department of the Interior, U. S.
Land Office at Williston, N. D., April
14, 1919.
NOTICE is hereby given that John
Ira Brant, of Williston, N. D., who,
on Sept. 13, 1916, made Homestead
Entry, serial No. 021679 for Lot 4,
Sec. 29, and Lot 4, and SW 1-4 NE 1-4,
Section 30, Township 153 N., Range 102
W., 5th P. Meridian, has filed notice
of intention to make three year Proof,
to establish claim to the land above
described, before The Register & Re
ceiver, U. S. Land Office, at Williston,
N. D., on the 23rd day of May, 1919.
First-class work, by skilled workmen,
in Wall Cleaning, Painting, Papering,
Artistic .Kalsomining .and .General
Decorating is guaranteed, at reason
able prices, by
Phone 389 Williston
Thrift and Waste
Economists say that France
would grow rich, on what
America wastes.
German strength is based
on efficiency and efficiency
is thrift
Every other person in Japan
has an account in a savings
England, the richest of all
nations, produces the great
est amount of capital
through savings.
On thrift depends the na
tion's progress aa well as
your own.
growing account in a savings bank
insurance of independence.
One Dollar Starts an Account!
The Williston State Bpk
Simon Westby, President
S. M. Hydle, Cashier
Williston, North Dakota
Deposits guaranteed by the Bank Depositors Guarantee Fund
of the State of North Dakota.
Thursday, May IS, 1919
"Jacqueline of Golden River," a
serial story by Victor Rousseau, will
commence in an early issue.
Having purchased the Broadway Shoe
Shop from Mr. Lindquist I now have
the place open for business and am
able to handle any and all kinds of
shoe repairing.
Having had several years exper
ience in this line of business I can
guarantee you the best possible job
on all my work.
A. Shikany Prop.
West Broadway Williston, N. D.

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