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THE WARD COUNTY INDEPENDENT Published Every Thursday e. F. TaUAX, Publisher 8. D. COtCORD, Edittf Bntsred Jane 18,1902, ns SecoDd-olaai Matter, at Postoffloe Minot, N. I). Aot of congress of March 3, 1879 LABEL ft![NOT, NORTH DAKOTA, FEB. 17, 1910 E I O I A O E N CONFEDERATE NIGHTMARE. Senator Heyburn of Idaho, appears to be the spe cial representative of that small class of persons who rejoice to be known as South-haters. He had previously established his reputation In the matter mentioned by making a violent wordy protest against the statue of the great Southern soldier, Robert E. Lee, that stands in the historic ha',1 of the National capitol at Washington. A marble Washington and a bronze Lee stand side by side in that ha^., and the latter has ste*ily re fused to retreat before the denunciations of the Idaho senator. It always required something more serious than loud talk and billingsgate to force him to retreat. Not having been able to drive the bronze hero out of Statutory hall, the Idaho senator yesterday denounced and opposed a bill in the United States senato to lend to the State of Alabama some tents for its Confederate veteran encampment, but the bill passed with only one dissenting vote, which was that of the Idaho senator. Mr. Heyburn, if he would only Tead a law framed by Republican Senator of Ohio, regulating the mil ita, he might bo able to understand that the militia of Alabama and of every state in the Union are virtually a part of the United States army, and In case of war would be the first reserve called out. The Confederate veterans would gladly take serv ice for the Union under the o'.d flag, but they are too old. Their hearts are there, however, and the fact that they ma^ sleep in army tents next spring should not disturb the Idaho senator's slumbers with nightmare. They are harmless.—New Orleans Picayune. The number of North Dakotans visiting other states who succumb to the gentle presuasions of the confidence sharp .seems to be increasing at an alarming rate. It is rather amusing to note how easily those poor innocents can be prevailed upon to part with their wads. The sharp sizes up his prospective victim as soon as he sees him, de cides upon a method of procedure which best suits the case in harid and puts it in operation. Some times he poses as an official inspector of the coin of the realm again he condescends to tip bis new-found friend to a "sure-thing'* in a fake bet ting game or permits a confederate te walk away with his pile in a game of poker. And, in the case of bankers, he se'lls them gold bricks. It Is high time that citizens of North Dakota, who visit other states for business or pleasure, opened their eyes to the fact that the stranger, no matter how gen tlemanly he may appear, who tries to force bis friendship upon one, is., a dangerous Individual. It not pleasant to have eur citizens oommented upon as rubes who breed sparrows Jn their whis kers.—Seuris Messenger. A writer from Mountrail county recently informed.' the Independent readers that the taxes in Mountrail county were lower this year than last. If they are, then one of the publishers of the Independent, who owns a farm in Mountrail county has a Just kick coming. Last year the taxes on this farm were something like $14, but this year they had increased to nearly double. We do not believe that the taxes are excessive, and they will be cheerfully paid upon the farm in question, yet it would not be at all sur prising if there was a slight increase in taxe3, when one considers the improvements to be made and the increased cost that was made necessary by the division of the county. There are three judges of the supreme- court to be elected at the next general election in November. North Dakota needs supreme judges with liberal minds, who are not sticklers on technicalities. One judge with old-fashioned ideas may be all right on the bench, but when all of them are willing to send cases back for retrial because i's'were not dotted nor all of the t's crossed, it .is time to make a change. We refer to the Noah case,, where our worthy judges were willing to put Ward county to an expense of several hundred dollars for a new trial, just because the clerk failed to name the crime, of which Noah had entered a plea of guilty, and who instead, plainly stated that he had pleaded guilty to the charge filed. in. the complaint. Ninety-six young womyi. .are learning to-prac tice economy at the Kansas State 'Agricultural col lege at Manhattan. TJiey are divided' ihfo 'gfoups of four each, and each group is allowed $4 00* by the faculty,with, which the cook is^expected. to„fiir nish five meals each for four persons,-or at the'rate of 20 cents a meal. This is aometimes done well -for |3:15 each, and. from it the cost of laundering the table linen, decorating the tables, etc., is in cluded." This is a most.-important Course, and one -which every young woman who expects to ever be -distress in her own home, ought ,to atke. High arts are all right, but the woman who is worth the most in these days of increased cost of living, is she who can plan a good meal and cook it in the most economical manner. The Granville Herald 3n speaking of C. W. Hook ways candidacy for state senator, says: "He does not profess to be a wiseacre and know a remedy for every evil of the body politic, etc." We'd rather take our chances on such a fellow "than en the fellow whe knews how to nw every office from the president's Job dews. Tbe primary law is getting some rather severe Jolts in the northwest And in North Dakota. The theory of tbe law that it afforded all men equal opportunities to become candidates for ofllce seems to be pretty well exploded by the manipulations of political leaders. It appears to have succeeded in dividing parties into factions and diques, who select sets of men to run for office, and support them to the exclusion of other candidates. The Independent candidates who believe they have a chance of winning a nomination, it would seem, are doomed to disappointment. Whether or not an amendment of the present law' with reference to state candidates, having in view a system of nom inations by delegate representation, safeguarded as to choice, and with a possible referendum to the people in the event of a strong minority preference, would or would not be an improvement upon the present system 1b a question that is likely to be seriously considered by the next legislature. Con ventions make mistakes, and combinations do things that are distasteful and subject to criticism. But whether public life and the inclination to enter it is made easier and better by the state-wide primary is a question open to serious discussion.— Bismarck Tribune. The editor of the Bantry Advocate ought to be ashamed of himself. In referring to the possum which the editor of the Independent recently as sisted in eating, he intimates that the possum is accused of eating carrion. The Bantry editor knows that he is libeling Bill Possum as well as the editor of this paper, for we don't believe he call prove a word of it. The idea of creating a disfavor for this southern delicacy! Why couldn't he have allowed us to rest in peace? But you will find everywhere people who are never satisfied un 3" less they succeed in turning one's stomach or cre ating a bad taste in one's mouth. No one but a bloomin' Northerner would dare to intimate that an opossum ever ate anything but nuts and persim mons. This is nature faking proper. The wisest man we ever knew, knew nothing. He had a wise loo* and the only sense he bad was the sense of keeping his mouth shut. His wise look increased with age, and he came to b« an oracle without having oracled anything. For a quarter of a century he held his peace, but a dish at a dinner was his undoing. At a dinner the wise man sat in all the mystery If his solemn silence. There happened to be shrimps, and as that was mentioned his lace lighted up. There was a hush, as if the Great Moment had arrived when the wise man was going to speak. He did speak. sim ply said, "Them's me.' .It wag a sad baeak of an owl like silence, and it fixed the James J. Hill struck the nail on tbe bead when he said "Until land thieves are stopped, and land laws reformed, this country will not have taken even the preliminary step toward proper irrigation and drainage systems. Mr. Hill, believes .that the repeal of the desert-land act, the,timber and stone act and the stringent enforcement of the provisions of the homestead act, are necessary to honest dealing with, the land question. Speculators and land grabbers prevent this, while occasional con gressmen and senators are disgraced by partici pating in land frauus." Some interesting farmers' communications ap pear in this Issue of the Independent. This papeT welcomes these letters. We, of course, cannot agree with everything that appear in all of these letters, because they express a variety of views, nevertheless, we believe in a broad-minded policy, and gladly give them-space. We do not refer par ticularly to the letters in this issue. We are glad to see our farmer friends so wide awake. It shows that they are thinking independently, and noth ing but good can be the result. The citizens of northern Williams county are dis cussing county division and will probably divide ,tha.t county at the next election if thgy property organize. Williams county ought to be divided. Let a man in the "jiorthern part of the county, Am brose, for instance have a business transaction in' the county seat, and unless he goes across country, he -has .to go by rail to Flaxton, thence to Minot, and west 123 miles to Williston, traveling a dis tance of over 200 miles either way. Job Printing UP-TO-DATE Ri ght on Time Prices Just Right WARD COUNTY Independent feCoM In Before giving you the Formula and ex plaining its action, it is a sufficient guar antee of purity and goodness to know that it comes from the laboratory of Park, Davis of Detroit, Michigan, the largest manufacturing chemists in the world. E E I S E FORMULA CASCARIN (Bitter) GENTIAN GINGER IRON SULPHATE SULPHUR FENUGREEK SALTPETRE ROSIN FLAX SEED MEAL You-will notice that it is well supplied with tonics also that it insures a good action upon the kidneys, and it contains a large percentage of the most popular lax ative on the market to-day namely, Cascara Sagrade. Now is the time to begin feeding your stock in preparation for the Spring work. You will do well to avoid unknown stock powders and feed this scientific condition powder. We will quote prices oni quality orders. A DRUG STORE—THAT'S ALL. MINOT. N. D.