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Published Every Thursday.
By TRLAX COLCORD
MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA.
Three of the publishers of North
Dakota are included in the select cir
cle of the legislators who will meet at
Bismarck early in January for their
regular session. Senator Albert Nel
son, of Rolette, publisher of the Ro
lette Examiner, is the only newspaper
man in the Senate. He was in the
Senate two years ago and made
rather brilliant record.
S. Th. Westdal, who publishes a
breezy little weekly out at Charlson
in McKenzie county, has just been
elected to the lower house and Luther
H. Bratton, editor and publisher of the
Rugby Optimist, is another member
of the lower house, who will serve his
second term. Mr. Bratton distinguish
ed himself during the last session of
the legislature and is certain to give a
good account of himself during the
coming session. He publishes one of
the best weekly newspapers in the
state, his editorials being widely pub
lished over the state.
The program for the winter press
meeting, which will be held at the
magnificent new $92,000 Auditorium
at Fargo Jan. 8 and 9, appears else
where in this paper. The meeting
promises to be largely attended and
those who take the trouble to go will
not only be well repaid by the excel
lent papers and addresses at the busi
ness sessions, but the entertainment
which Fargo has provided will delight
all. There is to be a banquet, a ball,
theatre parties and luncheons for the
ladies and other forms of entertain
ment Fargo as an entertainer cannot
The total value of the state's crop
for 1914, according to the United
States Department of Agriculture, is
$144,197,510, or an increase of about
40 per cent of the total value a year
ago. To be more exact, the crop this
year was worth $38,830,660-over the
aggregate value of the 1913 crop. This
was due not only to an increase in
crop acreage and yields, but to the
advance in prices, owing to the Euro
pean war. The per capita increased
wealth based on wheat, corn, oats, bar
ley, flax, rye, potatoes and hay is over
$250. This is a record that will make
the world take notice. North Dakota
is surely a wealthy state.
The editor of a paper in this vicin
ity was recently married and has sized
up the matrimonial situation some
thing after this fashion: "Editor and
wife disagree with one another. She
sets things to rights, and he writes
things to set she reads what others
write, and he writes what others read
she keeps the devil out of the house as
much as possible, while he retains him
and couldn't go to press without him
she knows more than she writes, and
he writes more than he knows." It
seems as though he had the situation
sized up just about "write."
There are some things a levelhead
ed human being should never do.
Among these is to kindle the fire with
kerosone oil, to walk on the railroad
track or attempt to get on a moving
train, to point a gun or revolver at
another, to put his name on another
man's note, to keep his savings in a
stocking under the bed, to play a game
of Chance with a prepossessing strang
er to run for office when he has a
paying position in private life, to call
a bigger man than himself a liar.
It appears that it, is almost impos
sible for American newspapers to get
into the hands of the European read
ers during these war times. Altho
Norway is neutral, American papers
are placed under the ban of the cen
sors and opened before being turned
over to the readers. We learn that
the bundle of Independents sent to
Norway weekly has been tampered
with in this manner. One of our read
ers returns the wrapper he received,
minus the paper, upon which has been
stamped, "Received without contents."
Where is the man who predicted
that we were going to have a mild
winter? The husks were thin on the
corn, the color of the goose bone, the
fact that bears were late in hibernat
ing, muskrats made little provision
for their winter abodes, and the
flickertails were in no hurry to hunt
their holes, all indicated an open win
ter, but the prognostications were all
The Germans to date have lost two
and a half million soldiers in killed,
riZ bounded and prisoners taken, accord-
(luffing to fairly authentic sources. Still jthrp Gri
the Kaiser's army numbers several
millions and more are training. The
Allies may have lost nearly as many.
England has placed two million men
in the field and will have half a million
more ready for the spring campaign.
Just how long the war will last is a
problem. Such writers as Cobb and
Frederick Palmer, who are at the
front, predict that it will last for three
years from the time it started. The
Saturday Evening Post, in an editor
ial, goes on record as believing that it
will not last a year, for the reason that
all sides will become so disgusted at
the senseless struggle and loss of life
at that time as to lay down their arms.
So many miserable divorce cases in
Chicago and the courts everywhere
that we are alarmed about the inno
cent girls who get into these troubles.
We say girls because most of the time
the men are to blame. Any girl who
can teach, clerk or make her living,
should be very careful about tying
herself to a stick, and lead a dog's
life. Be your own master, and turn
away from the smiles of these smooth
guys. A hundred years ago, Punch
gave this advice: "To Girls About
If you are complaining of cold
weather in North Dakota just stop and
think of what the weather man is
handing to the people in the east. At
Barre, Vt., the government thermome
ter registered 52 degrees below zero
Saturday morning. Records thruout
the east have been broken and the
frigid wave extends south to Florida.
The coldest day of the winter in North
Dakota was Christmas day when at
Minot the thermometer registered 42
below, the coldest day in six years.
Colonel Bloom is tearing his hair in
wild frenzy and he cannot see for the
life of him why men of the stamp of
Hanna and Gronna can be so success
ful. Never mind, Colonel. Don't lose
any sleep on this account. Just con
sider that a big majority of the voters
proved that you were wrong in the
stand you have taken, so why not turn
over a new leaf the first of the year
and resolve to take your medicine
without making such a face about it?
Now we have it. Now we know
what makes a good husband. A Meth
odist minister in Detroit wrote to 100
wives in his church to give their ideas
of the qualities necessary for a right
.husband and from their answers, he
made out five requisites for the ideal
man. 1. He must love his home. 2.
Must help in the house. 3. Must be
pure in habits. 4. Must treat wife
like a lady. 5. Must be temperate.
Now girls, cut this out, and make
your beau sign it on a Bible.
Do not be selfish. After Christmas
children and even grown folks are
asking, What did you get? Not right
We are always expecting something.
The word ought to be, What did you
give To the Albanians, the Belgians,
the suffering at home, the church, or
phans, oh, so many worthy objects?
To give better than to receive. Make
the world better and brighter for
your living in it. Here only once, and
then passing on.
Here's a delightful trip if you have
the money. A steamer will leave New
York, Jan. 21, 1915, and will visit
Cuba, Panama, Canal, Peru, Brazil,
Argentine, Straits of Magellan, in
short, sail around the whole of South
America, returning in 82 days, for
only $450.00. Buenos Ayres and some
of those cities beat Chicago or New
York for beauty. Then a sail for
three months in summer weather. Let
us form a party. Inquire at this office.
Do not worry about expensive pres
ents. If you cannot spend $5.00, or
even one, send a card to a friend, here
or away. A card with a pretty senti
ment about the season. Too late for
Christmas, but New Year's will do as
well. Make your friends happy. We
all like to be remembered. Kind
wishes cost nothing. A five cent card
may give much joy. Try this: "A
good year and many of them!"
Many of our older people remember
when about sixty years ago, the first
stoves were used. Prior to that time
fire places were used not only for
cooking but to heat the house. People
looked with suspicion on the first
stoves and many of the early buyers
first set the stoves up out in the yards,
kindling afire in them to see how the
"critters" would act.
Prof. Ladd says that there is one
thing that the North Dakotan can be
assured of and that is if he is a drink
er, he is certain to get pure whiskey
in this state. This may be all right
We admit that we area mighty poor
judge of whiskey, but from what we
can leam, there's a lot of the "forty
rod" brand that is floating around up
in these parts.
Grand Forks has succeeded in mak
ing the Great Northern see that it was
not good business to run the trains
over the Fargo-Surrey cut-off, conse
quently that company is routing the
trains by the older and longer way,
W I W 1
DEATHLIKE STILLNESS IN EAST.
A Minot man who has just returned
from Minneapolis, Bays that he never
realised until now what a good city
Minot is. "Why, everything is abso
lutely dead in the east," he said.
"When I stepped into one of the big
hotels, all was quiet. There was lord
ly a guest in the hotel. A friend of
mine who has been employing nine
people in his office, has discharged
them all and is doing what little work
there is to be done himself. One em
ployment agency has a list of 720
stenographers of Minneapolis who
'have been discharged and are now
looking for other jobs. There are hold
Here in Minot business is going
along nicely. There's something for
us all to do. Merchants have done a
very nice business and will do some
more. Grain men tell us that there
are no less than 200,000 bushels of
wheat in the country tributary to Mi
not to be marketed and at $1.15 a
bushel, this represents a big sum. Be
thankful that you live in one of God's
most favored spots.
CANADA HELPS HER FARMERS
Owing to the drought which affected
the greater part of the Canadian
northwest last summer, the Canadian
government has come to the rescue of
thousands of needy farmers and is
furnishing them with seed and feed.
The cost to the government will am
ount to over five million dollars. This
a gigantic undertaking, but the wise
thing to do, for without the govern
ment's assistance, those farmers
would be unable to put in a crop in
the spring. We learn this information
from a copy of the Assiniboia Times,
which a friend sent the Independent.
Surrey Grange Elect Officers.
At a meeting of the Mouse River
Loop Grange the following list of of
ficers were elected:
Master—C. T. Weed.
Overseer—A. L. Bouk.
Lecturer—Miss Mabel Burns.
Asst. Steward—Harry St. John.
Treasurer—J. W. Pearson.
Secretary—J. W. Smith.
Outside Gate-keeper—Eugene Mayo.
Pomona—Miss Hattie Perry.
Flora—Miss Hazel Peters.
Lady Asst. Steward—Miss Eldeva
Member of Executive Committee—
A meeting to install officers will be
called to order Saturday, Jan. 2, 1915
at 1:00 p. m.
The Mouse River Loop Grange, lo
cated at Surrey, is one of the strongest
Granges in the state and expect to
have one hundred members by the time
the local is a year old.
J. W. SMITH, Sec,
MINOT MAN PAINTS
PICTURE FOR EXPOSITION.
E. J. Isliefson has just completed a
painting from life which he will send
to San Francisco to be exhibited'at the
Panama Exposition. It is that of a
young Minot woman reading at a ta
ble, a beautiful vase of carnations be
ing shown, with a landscape scene on
the wall. This is undoubtedly one of
the best pieces of wprk that Mr. Islief
son has executed. It will be entered
in the contest, the first prize being
$10,000, while $5,000 is hung up for
the second. If he doesn't win the first
he will be quite well satisfied with the
George Can't Stand Minot's Noue.
Geo. Farries, publisher of the Wil
liston Herald, spent the early portion
of the week in Minot "I must get
out of this town, so that I can get a
little sleep do you know I have hard
ly slept for two nights?" and with
these remarks Mr. Farries started for
the train to take him back where all
is quiet and serene.
New Bovey-Shute Manager is Here.
F. A. Ganser, the new manager of
the Bovey-Shute Lumber Co., has ar
rived. Mr. Ganser is regarded as a
very able lumber man'and the Inde
pendent welcomes himself and family
to this city. Mr. Ganser for years was
in charge of one of the largest yards
at Owatonna, Minn., and spent some
time at Esmond, N. D., in the lumber
business. He is an affable gentleman
and will be a valuable asset to our
Card of Thanks.
We express our heartfelt thanks for
the sympathy shown us during the
sickness and death of our beloved
mother and grandmother, and also for
the many beautiful floral offerings.
—The Grossarth Family.
Knights Templar Observe Christmas.
The members of DeMolay Com
mandery observed Christmas at the
Masonic Temple Friday morning at
eleven o'clock with impressive ser
vices. E. S. Person, Eminent Com
I have moved my shoe re
shop to 142 East Central Ave., fast op
posite the Minot Grocery Co. Look
out for the red boot «ljw
12-10-t4 H.'S. HALLBY.
Hemaa Gsci—. feraerly ef
Braa* aewef the Plyaeutk Clef Mug
Heuae, cartlalijr tavitea Us eldMm 1
to call Opera Henee Heel
Law Office of
Counselor at Law
Col. Vamae Delfralne
DAKOTA PABM LANOfl
AND MINOT SOB-
Manafaetuln* 8 it a.
Coal Acreages, City Lota,
and Bniinaa* Opportnni
Section* 2 miles from" Railroad
town, good soil. Ten year's time
at 6%. Exchange for Minot prop
Imriici ail Cillic
Win. J, Donaely,
FIRE TORNADO HAIL
It costs you no more to
insure your crop early
Orer Citisen's Bank
MINOT, NO. DAKOTA
Money t. Loan
on Ward County Farms
and Minot City Property
FARI lOIICME &
Optic Building. Minot,N D.
EDD»:o. HENJUM W. A. CLIFFORD
LEUND BMHHI SHOP
Everything new but the barbers
A first class sanitary place. We
will appreciate your patronage
and will try our best to please
Basement Leland Hotel
E. R. McKINNEY
SURREY, NORTH DAKOTA
.. Ihave held sate successfully for the part
y**rs in the Slate of Illinois and can do
the Mine for you. Wire or write for date* to
the Independent office, Minot, N. D.. at my
eaimue, or write meat address given above.
UVE STOCK and REAL ESTATE
Farm Sales a Specialty
H. J. HECHT
Auctioneer Minot. N. O.
Salt, Mad* Anywhere
Horse, Cattle and Hog sales a specialty.
Have wide acquaintance among the people.
Wire or phone me for datea'at
expense at Miaot, N. Dak.
Dates can be had at the independent of
Bee or at the Union National Bank.
_Alao breeder of pure bred Deroo Hon,
Hototfln Cattle and Rose Ooab Rhode
leland Bed Poultry.
Pn»ristsr«l PlMsaat HII Stack Para
FSI&HiWBWW 1 Eftio-.Tf- ri ,("'!( *,
The kind that rtiiei the Mtten
4806 Duroc Sows averaged 9.43 pigs per litter in 1912.
Will the same number of sows of ariy outer breed do this?
Why not get a sire of this breed and raise these big litters
I have three great big growthy April boar* of North Prairie
Queen 373584, the first prize gilt at Mid-winter Fair also
four long stretchy fallows of Royal Betty 373582.
Call and see them, or write
C. B. PHIFER
BURLINGTON, N. D.
We 'don't take the back seat when it
comes to quality. We have everything in the
line of coal, also good seasoned wood. All or
ders given prompt attention. Honest weight
Wallace & Bowker
Kodak Finishing, Enlargements
Send us your films and plates, work guaranteed
Twelve Hour Service
Write for prices
McGOY DRUG CO.
Leland Hotel Hinot, N. D.
Buy.a Home Grown Sire
Registered Poland-China Hogs
We are now taking orders
for spring pigs'at $15.00 each
transferred and recorded
... Ask your neighbor who got an hnimal of us how he
All of our young sows averaged better than seven
pigs eaeh litter.
There is no hog in the world does better than this!
Our yearling sows will weigh between five and six
COME AND SEE THEM
Tagus, N. D.
THE GREAT NORTHERN LUMBER CO. I
If you want a loan on
your farm at tha low
est going rate and
quick service, see
,.:J Minot, N. D.
The Independent for First Class Commercial Work
Minot, N. Dak.
MIJNOT. NORTH DAKOTA,
a complete line of all kinds of BUILDING
MATERIAL at prices that are right. Don't fail tw
i: to Ktt our figures before baying elsewhere.
The Independent Dealers
The Great Northern dibber Company.