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ular bond houses, because it is quite
evident that they are not going to
buy these bonds,"• and he said to me:
Q. He said what'.'
A. From whom we got $50,000 of
A. About the time we were going
Q. Let's get this straight, Jim. He
said that he was going down to see
this man Podgenstecker from whom
•he had gotten $50,000?
A. That is what he told me.
Q. Did he ever tell you that he had
A. Yes, sir.
Q. What did he say about it?
A. Well, he said he was a wealthy
paper manufacturer, and then he w.ent
down there at the time the league was
practically broke and that he met with
1 bunch of these people at a dinner
and gave them a talk on the aims and
purposes of the Nonpartisan league,
and that they needed financing, and
he saitl at this dinner there were sev
eral that signified their willingness
'to give financial
JAMES WATERS, FORMER BANK
MANAGER, FAINTS AS HE CON
CLUDES TESTIMONY SENSATION
The most sensational testimony yet
heard in the legislative hearing waJ
given Saturday morning by James
Waters, former manager of the Bank
of North Dakota. Immediately after
concluding his two hours of testi
mony, Mr. Waters, who has until re
cently been in a hospital, fainted and
was carried out of the room.
Mr. Waters made the most sensa
tional and important disclosures by
far that have been made since the
hearing began. He alleges that J. J.
Hastings had informed him that Hast
ings had secured $f0,000.00 of Ger
man money for the Nonpartisan
league just about the time the United
States entered the war.
Waters alleges that Win. I.emke,
referring to the Scandinavian Ameri-
can Hank of Fargo, remarked, "By V1'1
God, we will keep that bank open if P|'"]K'.
it takes every dollar of public funds
in the state of North Dakota."
Waters also alleges that F. R. Pol
lard admitted graft in connection with
the purchase of supplies for the Home
Builders' Association. The legislative ]tol,i
committee passed a resolution re
questing the heads of firms with
which the Home Guilders Association
did business to come to Bismarck and
tell the committee if there had been
any graft. Waters' testimony is so
sensational and important the Inde
pendent publishes a portion of it as
Bismarck, Feb. 26.—J. R. Waters
testified under oath before the house
audit committee today that .1. J. Hast
ings told him he had secured $50,000
of German money for the Nonpartisan
League about the time the United
States entered the war.
The official transcript of Mr. Wat
ers' testimony on this point follows:
By Mr. Sullivan: Well, tell us what
the conversation was.
A. Well, Mr. Hastings and Mr.
Town ley were both here and talked to
nie about I will call him Jack
about Jack going to New York to sell
Q. Mr. Townley and Mr. Hastings?
A. Yes. sir.
Q. Now continue the conversation.
A. And I said to Mr. Hastings, I
have nothing to do with the sale of
bonds. Mr. Cathro handles the bonds
and any arrangements you made with
Mr. Podgenstecker told them to never
mind, that he would attend to that,
and the next day he came to Mr. Hast
ings' hotel and they completed the
arrangements, and that the money
was sent *o a bank in St. Paul, I be
lieve it was *he American Exchange
bank. Mr. Hastings toid me so much
about it that I can't remember it all
at this time.
Waters Fainted at End of Testimony
Ten minutes after having testified
on this point, Mr. Waters, who had re
cently come from a hospital, fainted
and had to be carried from the court
room. He had been on the witness
stand for two hours and had unfolded
the most sensational story of the af
fairs of the Bank of North Dakota
other banks of the state that has
given during the present
He told how, early in the winter of
1920 he warned William Lemke, now
attorney general, that the affairs of
the Scandinavian American bank of
Fargo, were in an awful shape, and
"if the bank blows up before
June 30, Langer will be the next gov
Save Itank If It Takes All State Mon
ey, Says Lemke
In reply, he said Lemke pounded the
table with his fist and shouted:
Godl, we will keep that bank
open if it takes every dollar of public
funds in the state of Nqrth Dakota!"
"Then I told him he had better hunt
up a new manager for the Bank of
North Dakota," said Waters.
Waters also declared that he had
warned Governor Frazier of the con
dition of the Scandinavian American
Bank. On this warning being un
heeded he had resigned as manager
of the Bank of North Dakota.
Tells of "Rake-Off" in Lumber Sale
Waters also swore to a conversa
tion at the West Hotel in Minneapolis
with F. R. Pollard, then purchasing
agent of the North Dakota Home
Building association. On this occasion,
he said, Pollard exhibited a large roll
of bills and said that that was "six
teen hundred dollars rake-off" he had
collected that day.
Waters swore that'Pollard then told
him that he (Pollard) got four dollars
"rake-off" on every one thousand feet
of lumber he purchased for the Home
It was at the
?,/'nf,?' iW'' 'e 1 Vtls*actol'-v Part of the testimony that Waters
with inc. out I said: "Jack, you f.,intP(i
•are not yoiny to he able to sell these I
bonds at this time through any of the ..."
regular channels or any of the I-J^h ON ONE
couclusion of this!)
FARM FOR 75 YEARS
-Mt. Zion, Iowa.—Seventy-live years
I rtont expect to sell these bonds ago Daniel Reneker brought Mary, his
through the regular channels," he bride of a few days, to Iowa from
said, am going down there and Ohio. Today they are still living on
place these bonds with this bunch of, the original homestead they estab
radicals that Governor Frazier has h'shed in the "wild west" in 1845.1
been down there talking to, and I Reneker was 09 years of age Feb. 24 I
have a very good friend down there,
a Mr. Podgenstecker, from whom we
got $50,000 of German money."
and his wife is !)7. Their marriage I
record and the number of years spent
on the same homestead probably can
be equalled by few couples.
The couple attribute their long I
years of life to the fact that they are
God-fearing and believe in simple]
Mr. and Mrs. Reneker's married I
life of 75 years, in the eyes of modern
day folk, contain few thrills. It has
been mostly hard work.
Reneker, when a young man, left
his home in Ohio to go west to see
the country. He returned in a short
time to get his Mary. Their honey
moon was spent floating down the
Ohio river to the Mississippi on a
small boat. On landing at the Mis
sissippi the couple headed north for
the cabin Reneker had previously I
erected in the forest wilderness of!
Iowa, near their present site of Mt.
Zion. There they went and there
they are today.
The early years were spent clearing
the 160 acres of timber Reneker had
purchased at $1 an acre. Supplies
assistance, but that were brought from a trading post 44
From the way the weatherman is handling the
situation that won't be long now.
When that time does come, however, lay your
plan—set your sights, so to speak, on building
that home this year. You deserve one and a
good one too.
Meanwhile speak to as about free drawings and
COX-EMMERSON LUMBER CO.
^Opposite Minot Flour Mill
miles away. Ground on their tract
was broken with the aid of oxen.
Five children were born to the Ren
ekers. Four of them still survive.
All are boys. The eldest is Jacob,
aged 72, and the youngest is Do.
George W. Reneker, aged 52. The
other two "boys" are Joshua and
Dallas Reneker. With the exception
of Dr. George, all of the sons remain
near the old homestead. Dr. George
Reneker left home at the age of 12.
Today he is resident of Falls City,
Neb., and is the state representative
200 Tons Blue Grass Nay
65 Head of Cattle
40 MILCH COWS
One team bay mares, 9 years old, wt. 1400 each.
One team bay geldings, 5 years old, wt. 1300 each.
One gray mare, 9 years old, wt. 1400.
One bay gelding, 5 years old, wt. 1300.
One sorrel driving mare, 9 years old, vtt. 1200.
One black mare colt, 2 years old.
One iron-gray colt, 3 years old.
Four yearling colts.
One well-bred Red Poll bull, coming 4 years old.
One blue roan cow, fresh soon, 6 years old.
One red and white cow, fresh soon, 6 years old.
Three sets of work harness.
5% discount for cash on sums over $10.00.
Col. H. J. Hecht, Auctioneer
I will sell at public audtion on the Fred J. Willman farm, one mile ea£
of Logan, on
Friday, March 11,1921
The following described property.
Free lunch at noon. Sale to begin immediately after
Terms of Sale ,--A" &££ r^at
from the first Nebraska district.
The present home of the Renekers
built in 1861 near the site of the orig
inal log cabin.
The couple have taken few trips
away from their home. They have
made several trips to Falls City, Neb.,
O S A E
Time ^Vill be Given Until Fall on Bankable Paper
io3«w A. J. BRUNNER
12 HEAVY HORSES
All Kinds of
Harness Saddles Sleds
Wagons Hay. Tools
Two 8-foot Deering binders, in running order.
One Keystone disc.
One 14-inch Moline gang plow.
One 18-inch Best Ever sulkey plow.
One 16 inch breaker bottom for sulkey.
One Keystone disc.
One John Deere disc.
Two Oliver engine disc plows.
One water tank.
Two iron truck wagon gears.
Two hay racks.
One 3% Deere & Weber running gear.
One steel lever 4-section harrow.
One harrow cart.
One Hero fanning mill.
One Maxwell touring car.
One dozen Partridge Wyandotte hens.
to visit their "boy," Dr. George, and
once went back to visit childhood
scenes in Ohio.
FOR SALE—One Samson tractor
and plow, nearly new. Price right
C. H. Withers & Co. 2/24-2t
ROOM 5 Lee Blk,
Minot, No. Dak.
Union National Bank, derii