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VOLUME 5. NUMBER 35*
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MAJOR MURPHY TESTIFIES
The Ward County Politician on
the Stand all Day Saturday,
Going Over the Details of
The first week of the taking of
testimony in Ithe Murphy trial
closed at Fargo Saturday after
noon and the progress made by
both sides thus far in the trial of
the case indicates that it will re
quire about half the time it took
at the former trial.
Major Murphy was on the
stand all day Saturday. He took
the witness chair shortly after 3
o'clock Friday afternoon and up
till late Saturday afternoon he
was still being subjected to di
rect examination by one of his
attorney's, Judge Lauder.
No loophole is being left open
by the defense in its examination
of the chief witness. An ex
haustive review is being made
of all the transactions that Major
Murphy had with road overseers
in Wara county and his methods
of doing business with them re
lating to the settlement of road
taxes for-the Great Northern
and Soo railroads.
The testimony of each witness
for the state who testified against
Major Murphy is being taken up
separately ana the several trans
actions are being gone over in
Most of the testimony given
by Major Murphy during the
many hours he was on the stand
was similar to that already giv
There were few if any new
phases brought out that were
not presented in the former trial
when Major Murphy was on the
stand for seven days.
J. E. Smith, clerk of court of
Ward county, was the first wit
ness to be called by the defense
Friday afternoon. He testified
as to certain records kept in his
office which pertain to the trans
actions of Major Murphy and the
road overseers in Ithe different
townships of the county.
A. J. DeLance was the next
witness called and A. J. Lewis,
county auditor of Cass county,
was the last witness to be called
before Major Murphy took the
Mai. J. S. Murphy was on the
stand again today in the dis
trict court, being subjected to
cross-examination by Attorney
Townsend. The cross-examina
tion during the greater part of
the day was upon the letters
written by Major Murphy to
road overseers at the time that
the investigation of the road
taxes was started in Ward coun
In these letters he instructed
the road overseers, so the letters
which were introduced in the
evidence purport, that they
should give out no information
regarding the dealings they had
with him, as it was strictly an
affair between the road over
seers and the railroad companies.
Attorney Townsend worked
on this part of the evidence for
several nours and tried his best
to exact from the witness evi
dence which would be damaging
to himself and his repeated in
quiries as to why he instructed
the road overseers to keep infor
mation from the county officials
at times exasperated the witness
so that he answered the ques
tions put to him in other than a
most courteous way. It is not
likely that the state will finish
its cross-examination of the wit
ness before tomorrow when a re
direct examination will be con
This examination will be fol
lowed by expert testimony on
handwriting and testing differ
ent qualities of paper after which
the state expects to use several
witnesses in rebuttal.
It is now estimated that the
argunfents will not be presented
to the jury before next Monday
SOLID GOLD AND
DIAMOND SET JEWELRY
PRETTY JEWISH WEDDIN6
L. Haskell Takes to Himself Miss
Hattie Feldman for His Wife.
Fifty Jewish People Attend
Ceremonies, Many From out
One of the prettiest Jewish
weddings ever seen in Minot oc
curred Sunday evening when L.
Haskell took Miss Hattie Feld
man to be his bride. The cere
mony was performed at the home
of Feldman Bros, by Rabbi
Hirsch. Fifty people were pres
ent and witnessed the pretty
ceremony as the Jewish blessing
was given. Mr. and Mrs. H. L.
Glazer and Mr. and Mrs. M.
Banks accompanied the couple
to the Rabbi. After the cere
mony the guests spent the even
ing in a pleasant social manner
and an elegant wedding feast
was enjoyed. The following is a
partial list of the out of town
A. Yoffey, Fargo, N. D., N.
Leventhal, Minneapolis, Mr.
Haskell, father of the groom
Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. W.
A. Garrison, Williston, Mrs. M.
L. Friman, Petoskey, Mich., J.
Frankle, St. Paul, Mr. Jackman,
Minneapolis, and Rozen Bros.,
of Velva. During the course of
the ceremonies, thirty-five tele
grams were received from anx
ious friends in various parts of
Mr. Haskell holds a responsi
ble position as clerk in the Bos
ton store and is considered a fine
fellow. The bride recently came
from Chicago. She is a beauti
ful young woman and has made
Believe Murphy will be Acquitted
City Auditor Morrow returned
from Fargo Saturday where he
spent a week at the Murphy trial
He was used Friday as a witness
showing certain city records.
Mr. Morrow savs that the wit
nesses are not allowed to attend
the trial prior to testifying.
The people of Fargo believe gen
erally that the Moior will be ac
quitted. Mr. Morrow came
home by Devils Lake Saturday
night and like a lot of other
good Democrats, attended the
We use special care in the
•election of our line with the
result that our stock contains
only the best and newest.
Col. McGill who is spending
the winter on his claim at Rac
is down. He says his son has
been very ill of typhoid fever.
We can take care of your
special orders, for anything in
jewelry, diamond mounting, etc.
W. H. REIOHART
The Minot Jeweler
WATCH INSPECTOR Q. N. RAILWAY
Thi Indiprndtnt's circulation l« larger than all other Minot papers combined. Subscription books open for inspection—4600 Copies Weekly
THE WARD COUNTY INDEPENDENT.
MARSHALL McCLURE SR.
GONE TO GREAT BEYOND
Veteran Newspaper Man Passes Away From
Heart Trouble at St. Joseph's Hospital
St. Paul—Had a Varied and
Marshall McClure Sr., the
"dean" of newspaper men, one of
the oldest and
pushers of the state of North
Dakota, died at St. Joseph's
hospital in St. Paul. Friday
morning. He had been suffering
from a heart difficulty for more
than six weeks, and altho his
many friends realized that
condition was dangerous,
news of his death was on
lips of every man in Minot
"Mac" with all his faults
universally liked. The remains
arrived in Minot Sunday.
About two weeks ago Mr. Mc
Clure expressed a desire to go to
St. Paul where he believed the
change of scenes and climate
would prove beneficial to him.
Accordingly arrangements were
made at once and he was sent to
Marshall McClure was born in
Hillsdale, Mich., 54 years ago.
When a boy he went to school
until he was 14 years of age,
then like thousands of other
boys, went out into the the wide
world and made his own way.
He entered a printing office as a
devil and spent most of his time
playing tricks on the editor and
tiring an old boiler. He learned
to set type and he often said that
his main education was acquired
while following this business.
Mac came west when a young
man. He stopped in Wisconsin
and met his first wife, Miss Ella
Powell, the beautiful daughter
of a wealthy lumber man. To
this union two children were born
Gwendelynthelittle(girl who died
at Jamestown when but two
years of app. mid who now would
have been ii-5
of age, and
Marshall McClure Jr., whoiscon
nected with the Bowbells Trib
une. Mr. McClure was married
a second time about four years
ago to Mrs. Alice Fen wick and
his wife and son survivehim.
The life of Marshall McClure
was a varied one and interesting.
He started more papers perhaps
than any other man iii the
United States. He was a born
newspaper man, a forcible writer
who possessed a bright mind.
His first venture in the newspap
er field was launching the James
town Alert. After running that
paper a while, he came to Minot
in 1887 when this place was a
little cow boy village and started
the Minot Rustlerin a little shack
at the corner of Main and Fourth
streets where Mrs. Dwver's resi
dence now stands. The Rustler
had a brilliant but brief career.
Mac had the western fever and
went to Sprague, Wash., where
^Uie started the Advertiser. He
J^vent to Colorado a little later
and started the first paper ever
printed in the Cripple Creek dis
trict. the illet te Foru 111. There
he filed on a gold claim which
has proved to Be a good thing,
but which has never been very
well developed. The mine is lo
cated on Tryite mountain along
Beaver Creek and an assay of
the ore shows that while it is not
high grade, it will prove very
valuable when proper machinery
is installed. Tnis has been the
dream of Marshall McClure for
the past fifteen years, when his
mine would be placed on a pay
ing basis, and when he would be
in a position to repay his friends
for the favors shown him. His
dream never came true.
Mac went to Mexico later and
was conductor on a passenger
train on the Mexican Central,
running between El Paso and
the City of Mexico. When he
gave up this job, he returned to
his first love-^-Minot, and in 1898
started the Weekly Optic, which
is still running. He started the
first daily paper here and showed
a great deal of enterprise, tho
the venture was not very paying.
About three years ago he sold
the Optic to Messrs Palmer and
Zimmerman, and went to Fargo
where he started a bright politic
al paper, the Politician. This
MINOT, WARD COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1906 SUBSCRIPTION $1.00 PER ANNUM
paper was conducted for a time
also in Minot. During the last
two political campaigns Mac ran
the Sunday Eagle, a bright po
litical weekly which had more or
less effect on politics in this part
of the state- The writings were
very clever and the paper was
One of Mac's old friends said,
."Marshall. McClure did more to
boom Minot than all of the rest
of us combined. Why in the
early days he boomed Minot
when no one else said a good
word for the town. Yes, sir,
Minot owes Marshall McClure a
It is true too. Mac was ever
ready to say a good word for his
town. He was ever ready to do
a friend a favor. He had his
faults and plenty of them like
the rest of us poor mortals, but
he had his good points. Back
in a little Michigan village, Cedar
Springs, an old lady past ninety
years old mourns today for her
son, for Marshall McClure's
mother still lives. She is a firm
believer in the faith of the Seventh
Day Adventist and brother son
up in this religion. Mac was a
great reader of the Bible and
knew as much about the word of
God as most preachers. His
father was a Methodist minister.
Mac was identified with state
politics more or less ever since
coming to the territory.
He reported the legislative
proceedings in a very capable
manner for many vears for a
number of the big eastern dailies.
His political views were excellent
and ni« judgment usually rig
As a reporter he faced any danger
to learn the news. Once when a
gang of politicians met at Yank
ton, S. D., in the early territorial
days, to form plans to remove
the capital from that city, Mac
secreted himself under the table
in the dining room of the old
hotel and lay there for hours
getting onto the secrets of the
unscrupulous politicians. When
he could lie still no longer, hegot
up in the midst of the startled
fellows and made his way out.
He scooped the rest of the re
Mac started the Devils Lake
Inter-Ocean years ago and fought
hard to get the Capital moved
from Bismarck^to Devils Lake.
In his earlier days he was a tele
graph operator Michigan,
then he was a news "batcher" on
one of the passenger trains.
The funeral of Marshall Mc
(•lure Sr. was held from the
opera house Tuesday afternoon
at 2 o'clock. Kev. Mr. Lawrence
pastor of the Presbyterian
church gave the address, a plain
talk to the living. The floral
contributions were elaborate.
The Presbyterian choir sang sev
eral selections. The Eagles, of
which order the decedent was a
member, had charge of the ser
vices at the grave and the ser
vices were 111085. impressive.
May Buy Fire Team for Minot
The city council met Monday
evening and a grist of bills were
allowed. The councilmen decid
ed that hereafter no bills would
be paid for any work done for
the city that was not authorized
by the city aldermen. This will
put a stop to Tom, Dick and
Harry's contracting bills for
various kinds of work.
Judge Murray reported $262
fines collected during the month
The aldermen are now wrest
ling with a proposition for the
city to buy a pair of good
young horses for the fire depart
ment. Some of the aldermen
believe that it would be fully as
well to hire a man and team for
the winter. Alex McDougall of
fers to furnish a team and look
after the work during the winter
months fQ^^85 a. jnQntb. .This
a number of aldermen favored,
but John Ehr made a motion to
give $75 a month for a man and
team, which after considerable
discussion was lost. It may be
that the matter will be ompro
mized by buying a team outright
and keeping them at. the city
hall continually, to be on hand
at a moment's notice in case of
fire. If the horses are young,
and the driver clever, it will be
but a few weeks before they
would be in excellent training
and would be worth a great deal
to the city.
STATE OF NOBTH DAKOTA, LN District
fss- Court, Etehth
tounty of Ward. Judicial Dist rict
Lemuel A. Taute. Plaintiff,
First International BnkSherwood, I
North Dakota, a corporation, Her-1
man Kolbo. C. S. Bunnel, Security I
Company of Minneapolis, a corpor-1
ation, C. D. Griffith, Advance I
Thresher Co.. a corporation. The I
Stateof North Dakota, The County ["Summons,
of Ward. North Dakota. National
Bank of Wahpeton, P. H. Stoltz, I
Imperial Elevator Company, a
corporation, and all other persons I
unknown, claiming any interest in, I
or lien or encumbrance upon the I
property described in the com
a in an
State of North Dakota to the above named
You are hereby summoned to answer the
complaint in this action of the above named
plaintiff, which is filed in the
offlce of the Clerk
of the District Court, in his office, in the City
of Minot, within and for the County of Ward
and State of North Dakota and to serve a copy
of your answer upon the subscribers, at their
office in Minot, in said County and State, with
in thirty days after the serviceof this summons
upon you, exclusive of the day of such service
and in case of vour failure toappearcrauswer,
judgment will be taken against you by default
for the relief demanded in the complaint.
Dated at Minot, North Dakota, this 20th day
of November, lflOti.
PALDA & BURKE,
i, Attorneys for Plaintiff.
Postoflice and office:
Opera House Block,
Minot, North Dakota.
Notice to the above uamed Defendants:
\ou and each of you are notified that this ac
tion relates to the following described real es
state.situated and being in the County of Ward,
North Dakota, to-wit: The southwest quarter
(s.w. 54) of section one (1), township one hun
dred sixty-two (162), rant eighty-six (80), a
that no personal claim is made.
Palda & Burke.
11--2-U--7 Attorneys for Plaintiff.
Department of the Interior, United
States Land Office, Minot, N. D., Oct.
A sufficient contest affidavit having
been tiled in this office by KnutHustad,
contestant, against homestead entry No.
23301, made June 19,1903, for s*4 se%
Sec. 6, n% ne% Sec. 7, Twp. 153, Rge 84,
by Walter B. West, contestee, in which
it is alleged that said entryman has not
since the date of. filing thereon, had or
maintained his residence thereon that
he does not and h$s since that date re
sided elsewhere than on said land that
right.-date he has not cultivated
•SLa same &r any pn"t thereof nor made
any improvements thereon of any kind:
that he has wholly abandoned the same
for more than six months last past and
that said alleged absence from the said
land was not due to his employment in
the army navy or marine corps of the
United States as a private soldier, officer
seaman or marine during the war with
Spain or during any other war in which
the United States was or may be en
gaged, and said parties are hereby noti
fied to appear, respond and offer evi
dence touching said allegation at 10
o'clock a. m. on January 17,1907 before
the Register and Receiver at the United
States Land Office in Minot, N. D.
The said contestant having, in a prop
er affidavit, filed Nov. 19,1906, set forth
focts which show that after due dili
gence personal service of this notice can
not be made, it is hereby ordered and
directsd that such notice be given by
due and proper publication.
T. E. Fox, Receiver.
C. Aurland Atty., 11-22 12-27.
Minot, N. D.
Dick Steinhofer, formerly of
Minot, has been appointed
deput}' sheriff at Bowbells.
Albert Botz is the daddy of a
who will be
his sire in
bouncing baby bo\,
KILLED IN WRECK,
Passenger train No. 1, west
bound, was wrecked between
Bartlett and DoaDe, east of
Devils Lake at an early hour
this morning, and the engineer,.
Henry Comfort was instantly
killed. The fireman, Rice, waw
so badly injured that it is feared'
he will die. The rails are thot
to have spread causing: the train'
to go into the ditch. Just how
many cars were thrown from the
track is not known, and whether
any passengers were killed or
not, is not known, tho it is be
lieved that some were injured
All of the Devil Lake doctors
were ordered out and left on a
special at once for the scene of
Comfort was one of the oldest
engineers on the road, and ran
into Minot for many years. His
home was in Grand Forks, where
he leaves a wife. He was a quiet
unassuming fellow and only a
few of the old timers and rail
road men were acquainted with
him here. When found he was
pinioned to the ground, the
dome of the engine resting on
An east, bound freight train
left the track near Lone Tree,
about fifteen miles west of Minot
on the (J. N. this morning about
8 o'clock. No one was killed.
The cars are badly demolished.
STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA In District
}-ss Court. Eighth
County of Ward Judicial District
Trustee Loan Company, a corpo
John Ludtke, Hedwig Ludtke,
Gustave Ludtke, Minneapolis
Brewing Company, a corporation
(foreign), Max A. Faukland. Au
gusta Faukland, Max Fankhanel,
Augusta Pankhanel and all other
persons, unknown heirs, devises,
legatees, or persons representing
claim through, or under them.
claiming any estate or interest in
or lien or encumbrance upon the
pr .perty described in the com
State of North Dakota to the above named
You are hereby summoned and required to
answer the complaint of the plaintiff in the
above entitled action, a copy of which is now
on file in the office of the Clerk of the District
Court of Ward County, in the City of Minot,
North Dakota, and to serve a copy of your
answer to said complaint on the subscriber*,
at their offlce in the city of Minot, Ward Coun
ty, North Dakota, within thirty days after the
service of this summons upon you. exclusive of
the day of such services: and ca«*, of your
failure to appear or answer, judgmuat will be
taken against you by default for the relief de
manded in the complaint.
Dated at Minot. North Dakota, this 10th dav
of November. IMG.
PALDA & BURKE,
Attorneys for Plainsitfs.
Onice and Postoflftce.
Opera House Block.
Minot, North Dakota.
To all Parties Defendants:
Notice is hereby given that the complaint in
the above entitled action is at the present time
filed in the offlce of the Clerk of the District
Court of Ward County and that the property
in in is it at on it of is
sought to be quieted is described as fellows:
The E^st. Half of the Northwest Quarter (E1?
M\ H) of Sec. 23 and the Southeast Quarter of
the Southwest quarter (SE*4 and the
Southwest quarter of the Southeast quarter
(SWHi SEii of Sec. 14, Township One Hundred
rifty Six (15t) North of Range Eighty Three
(bvfy West of Fifth Principal Meridian.
ou will further please take notice lhat
no personal claim is made against any of the
PALDA «& BURKE,
Attorneys for Plaintiff.
Office and Pcstofflce,
Opera House Block.
Minot, North Dakota. 11-22--12127
NOTICE FOH PUBLICATION
Department of the Interior, Land Office at Mi
Minot N. D.. Nov. 15. 190t5.
Notice is hereby Riven that the followine
named re*tier has nled notice of his intention
to maKf- final proof in supiKrt of his claim, and
that ?aid proof will be made before Register
and Receiver at Minot. N. I)., on Jan. Si. 1907,
viz: Miner A. Hart well. H. K. No. 37082. for the
eH swX. lots 3 and J, Sec. 7. Twp. 153. R. S3.
He names the following witnesses to prove
his continuous residence upon and cultivation
of said land, viz: Herman H. Kuchenbecker.
Herman 0. Kuchonbecker. Mark Nelson, Wil
liam Wherley. all of Minot, N. D.
ll-2'J-K'--7 L. D. McGahan. Petrister.
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