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THE WABD COUNIY MDEPDDDfT
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY C. F. TRUAX. PUBLISHER G. D. COLCORD, EDITOR Entered June IS, 1902, as 2nd Clans Matter, a' Postoffice, Minot, ./V. March 3,1H79. UNION I). Act of Congress os MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA, MAY 2 1912 I I A O I I I S The voters should not expect a county official who a candidate for re-election, to give two or three months' time to his campaign. We elect men to office to do our work for us, not to travel about tbe county, button-holing the voters, urging them to re turn them to office. When you hire a man to do your work or the farm, you do not expect him *o spend half his time, visiting with one of your neigh bors, neither should you expect that the men you elect to office, should waste much of their good time campaigning. The voters are not asleep. They know what county officials are doing good work and we believe that the county official who aspires to re election, will be the most successful who continues to give the county his beet service. You probably will not see a great deal of Kniute Hagen, candidate lor clerk of court, in this campaign. Knute can al ways be found at hie office. Be is there day in and day out the year long. We hare never heard one complaint in the way he has done his wont. He's been a good faithful hired man for you taxpay ers, and there should be no reason why he should not be returned. Don't let anyone work the sympathy racket on you. You don't hire a hand because you happen to sympathize with him. You select the best men you can get, the fellow® who can deliver the goods. If Knute has delivered the gods to your satisfaction, hire him again. A friend of Henry Hurd called at the Independent office the other day and said: "Don't you think you have kept your flght up on Henry Hurd quite long enough? Henry is a candidate' for re-nominatlon, and this is likely to hurt his chances. This won't get you anything. Why don't you quit?" To which we replied: "We are not fighting Mr. Hurd per sonally. We have made our fight on Henry Hurd, the county commissioner. If we believed that his record as an official was such that he'd make good, we would not hesitate in recommending him to the voters, even though we might have differed from him personally. We are looking for absolutely nothing, except to get the right kind of men into office, men who will give us an economical admin istration, men who will make an effort to reduce the taxes of the tax payer® of Ward county, men who can be depended upon to give us their best work in the leaist possible time, not men who let tbe work drag along the year round. The Independent isn't looking for any political pap. We could have had our share of it, had we desired to close our eyes, lay aside our pen and be good. That's all there is to it." The Independent believes that it is time that a change be made in the office of the county auditor. The present incumbent has held the office for many years and it if- no more than just to the taxpayers themselves to make an occasional change when there good timber at hand. L. J. Thompson, who as pires to this position, is a man who has every cap ability for this important position. For the past four years he has held the office of city auditor of Minot and his record is perfect. Under his administration, the city books have been revised so that one may see at a glance the amount oif money there is in each fund, Prior to this time. Mr, Thompson was employ ed in office of the county auditor where he became thoroughly familiar with the duties of this office. Its high time to change the personnel of our board of county commissioners and while we are doing it, let's do a good job anrl choose a new auditor. Let's get our taxes down where they belong. What say you? Property owneite and other iMlnot residents ougiht to take enough pride in cleaning up their yards and alleys without waiting to be told. Many have beautified their places of residence this spring /bjr cVaan^ng u,p, but there are a surprisng num ber who ha^e neglected this Important thins. •costs but a few dollars to clean up. Civic pride ought to compel one to do this, even tho It did not have its sanitary features. By all means clean up. Minot will have many conventions this year. Thousands of people pass through our city on the trains every day. Let's send forth the right kind of an impression. Paint your houses. Set onl tre*. Prepare beautiful lawns. Set out beautiful shrubbery, rose bushes and vines. You'n be tor prised to learn what a wonderful improvement yon can make with a few dollars. This district is Indeed fortunate in securing auch a candidate for the senate a® .Tames Johnson. Our eld friend "Jim," (and he's everybody's friend, for that matter), consented to become a candidate, only after numerous friend® urged him to do so. "Jim" Johnson comes from the plain people. He started out In life in Ward county In the early days as poor as anybody, and while he ha* been successful by dint of bard work, he has helped hundreds of poor mortals, with never any hope of reward. Hun dreds of homesteaders In this district can took back to the time when "Jim" was their friend in need and they'll surely remember him on the 26th of June. 'He stands today a# he has always stood, for the ^"masses and not the classes. He's progrealre la ''principle and not afraid to take a stand for the right t» A if A democratic friend from Devil? Lake says in regard to the "assessor" law: "1 have been a Dent* ocrat all my life, but I registered as a republican with the assessor. The democrats never have much of a fight on in the primaries, and I don't want to misis any of the fun, so 1 Just told the assessor I wa)j a republican. In the fall, I'll do as 1 durned please, probably vote a mixed ticket this year, un less I vote the good old democratic ticket straight.'' That's the way the new registration law is going to work this year. Its hard to make our primary election law perfect. You can work It out very nicely in theory, but when you get. down to the real practical thing, it has its imperfections. The Bismarck Times endeavors to excuse the board of pardons for commuting the life sentence of Jos. Remington, the murderer. Remington may have been drunk when he committed the atrocious urder, and he may have been nineteen years of age at the time, but that is no reason why he should be set. free. Notwithstanding he has been a model prisoner, there is no doubt something in the consti tutional makeup of the man that would prompt him to commit another murder under similar circum stances. The board of pardons owe it to society to keep just suck men as Remington isaife behind the bars. A man who has farmed all of his life said to us "I never realized before the importance of testing one's seed, I saved enough wheat last fall for seed. It wafc nice plump bright seed, and thought surely It would grow. I never thought of testing it, until I attended the Grain Growers' convention in Minot last winter, and listened to the advice of the ex perts. tested my seed recently and was surprised to learn that not a fourth of it would grow. I have sold the wheat at the elevator and have secured some first class seed. That farmers' institute was worth a good many hundred dollars to me." .It is more than likely that our sheriff, Ed Kelley. will be very sadly disappointed this year. Ed thor oughly enjoys a good campaign, but It seem* impos sible to flush any game out. from the'political brush There are enouigh fellows who'd like to have Kel lev's office, but inasmuch as the popular sheriff has had but one term, its a foregone conclusion that he will be elected again, and the chances are that he'll have no opposition. Like the old time race horse that is being tried out, Ed will go along some just the same, even though he may have the field to himself. "The Republican candidates are up against a hard proposition every .campaign," said one of the prom inent aspirants for office, to the Independent editor. "The Democrats never have much of a fight on dur ing the primaries, and they save their money and energy for the fall campaign. The Republicans have td fight bard through two campaigns. It would not surprise me to see the Democrats make Quite a showing this year." The park board has agreed to give the Minot band $600 a year. This will be money well spent. Miii£? was without a band one year recently and when we wanted special music, we were compelled to send cut'of town for it. There le no better, advertising for a city than a good band concert once a weelc. R. W. Halsey and his musicians will make good use of the money. New Jersey has just passed a law, providing for the segregation oif consumptives who refuse to obo.v the regulations laid dewn by the state board of health. Consumptives become a menace to those with whom they associate, and the New Jersey courts will be empowered to order their segregation, if necessary. This is advanced legislation which will be followed in other states. This i|& about the enly manner in which the terrible disease may be stamped out. A very small percentage of the land has been seeded to date, yet the farmers are working extra long hours, hoping to make up for a late season before the season becomes teo advanced. TTe are having ideal weather for farm work and the chan ces are that most of the land will be cropped. More summer tilling should be done. A farmer should not worry because he Is not alble to et every foot of his land into drop. This is a good year to start cleaning your land of foul weed*. Dudley L. Nash has been urged to go after Andy Miller's scalp, for attorney general Nash li a whale of a campaigner and in all probability could win, but he has"decided not to make the fight. Hit present term ae state's attorney for Ward county •will expire at the close of the year and he will devote his entire time to general practice. Nash Is conceded to be one of the 'best state's attorneys in North Dakota. Isn't It about time that Ward county had an auditor that will not refuse a taxpayer access to the records? Its time that the tax payers knew Just how their money was spent The Independent pro poses to throw some light on the subject if Lar son will only let Mr. Rode get at this information in the way he desires. We have no doubt that we can mandamus Auditor Larson and compel him to allow Mr. Rode access to the records containing the commissioners' pro ceedings, but we have waited hoping that the auditor would reconsider his decision. We feel cer tain that the taxpayers would feel better over It. The Independent hopes to see Judge Bruce re elected to the supreme bench. He's a scholarly gentleman and a first class lawyer. The people hav« taken kindly to the Idea of taking the Judiciary out of politics and jnst such men as Bruce are needed on the bench. LESS WHEAT SOWN MANY FARMERS THROUGHOUT THE STATE WILL DESERT THE BIG STAPLE. MAY PLANT OTHER GRAIN The General Acreage of Land Under Cultivation Will Exceed any Pre vious Year—Seed Corn Scarce. Fargo.—Tliere Is considerable spec ulation in this state as to the acreage of the different grains to be sown this season. From all reports It Is quite probable the wheat acreage in the northwestern part of the state will be less than usual. One report from a reliable source in Bottineau county is to the effect that the acreage as esti mated today will be 25 per cent less than last year, and if the season doas not prove favorable it may fall short 40 per cent. The general acreage will exceed former years but it will .shift to other grains. It is thought that in the most instances there will be an increased acreage in flax, barley and rye, and in the northwest quarter it is possible there will be a consider able increase in corn, as the' corn which was quite successfully raised in the northwest part of the state last year was the means of many farmers pulling through the winter without selling their horses and cattle at a sacrifice, owing to the failure of other crops. But this rule will not work in the Red river valley where there was a great deal of corn last year In fact, many farmers found themselves wltfh a superabundance of that feed, and many are expressing the Intention of raising less this year. There Is also one feature about the corn question which will have a tend ency to reduce the corn acreage in •any localities, and that is the fact that there is a great scarcity of good seed, and a very large percentage of this cereal will not germinate. Be sides this the price is almost prohibi tive, seed corn Belling as high as $• and |10 a bushel. One farmer In Burks county reports having paid 92 for a single peck and he waB con fined to one peck, the seller refusing to sell any more to any one parts'* S00 JOIN GARDEN OLUB Mandan Women's Civic League Inter ests Children in Gardening. Mandan.—Three hundred Mandan public school children will take an active interest in flower and vegetable gardening this summer through the work of the Mandan Women's ClTlc league, which has adopted that ptan as a part of its year's program. The league has secured grounds for a children's garden, and around the entire plot a border of flowers, twenty feet wide, will be planted. In side of the border of flowers will be the vegetable gardens. In order to stimulate interest, the league will con duct the gardening work under the contest plan, with suitable rewards for the young gardeners showing good results. Mandan women, in addition to this gardening campaign, are showing an active interest In the general beautlfi cation of the city. The establishment of a garbage collection system, the in stitution of a general spring "clean up" day, and several other similar lines of endeavor, all promoted with a view to making Mandan a cleaner and better city in which to live, are among the plans being worked out. Mrs. G. A. Stark is president of the organization and Mrs. C. F. Bills Is secretary.- in addition to the central organization, there also are ward or gjflpi/atinna whi-^ ap-gperate with the elty association. MONEY MEN MEET. Bankers of Northwestern North Da kota Meet IN Ml net. i—Bankers of northwestern Dakota held a district conven ts Iflnot on April 17, for the of dlscnMlng many qusstlons sflntersst to the bankers. This was flto annual meeting of thd Eighth dls- North Dakota Bankers' Ike hankers met at 10 o'clock la flte mors tag at the Commercial club Mi sessions wsre held during the aft—ssu and evening. In addition lis the bankers of the northwestern ••rt ef the stats, President Karl Far* ay st Park River of the state associa tion, sad Secretary W. 0. McFaddsn ef Targe attended the convention. An Interesting program of addresses was yrsparsd and every phase of in North Dakota was thu disease ed. Similar district are being held in the Tast es* sections of Iks state. The mmt lngs ^variably result in mA ftod ipllshsd. Relle Pioneers Mr. and Mrs. John J. MlMts ef this elty reoenly celebrated the ••Men anniversary ef their wedding. Ibey were asarrled In the ooaty of Cornwall, Bngland, In 1M2. In 1868 they moved to the vicinity of Inger •eO, Ont, where they oontlnued to reside until 1884, when Mr. Jolllfle easie to North Dakota and tiled on a homestead in Mount Pleasant town Alp, Rolette county, the family follow ing in 1M5. They have eight child tea, six st whom are residents of RoOs township. is $10.00 CASH E DIVIDED INTO 3 PRIZES $5." $3.- $2. For School Children Only To the pupil bringing us a list of the most words made out of the sentence: WEBSTER'S ROLLING CREAM We will give $5.00, to the next $3.00, and the third prize is $3.00 We do not ask you to buy anything to enter. Just call or write for a WEBSTER BOOK, and you are entitled to enter. The Contest CUses June 15th, 1912 Public Drug Co. Golden Rule Building Where Prescriptions are Pilled Accurately with Pure Drugs at Low Prices The Master Time Piece watch, the master ume piece, South Bend. H. Wi. 00 .ivy,-) Jiift," AJiiH t» Mintt, N. Dak. Bend is the watch for the modern m,,n• time niece is the N.° watch IS w? tne *11 8«vea quite such p|easing.atiafactiona.theSouthBtnd T.. a fact the South Bend make. u. Neat in aize, attractive in more friend* than does any other appearance, unfailing in watch. Drop in the store some day its accuracy, the South and *«e the South Bend line. Leland Block MINOT, N. D. BRUSH-McWILLIAMS COMPANY No. 10 Scofleld Block MINOT, N. D. J. HALVORSON, Vice Pres't. & CO ATTENTION FARMERS! See oar llat of rood larai land* In thl* (action, which we have for rent, Bafore maklag your arrangenaata for 1912 Stall Upon or Writ* E. $1,000,000.00 to loan on farm land* The Independent^ 1.00 a Year A. LONG, Sec'.