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4 ^y*vriff^ C^1 ^h VOL. XXI. OFFICIAL DIRECTORY. triTi orncni. 0. S. Representative, B. F. gpjldtag. 8cn»tor»,H.C.Hwisbrough.P. McCumber ffrStefStejK sasastfSSa- Stat* Auditor, A. W.C«rtelwn. ?XK»!KSyS!:S^T»'«. ftJS W«flin, J.M. BartholoBMW. Railroad Coramigiioneri. John SlmonB, .upVCd^KviwiolJ™™"". J Commluloiirof lwmM*^ W.Eirrt* Commissioner ot Agriculture and Labor, H.U.Thoma^^ assasiasiiSSBKssaa MPBK8KNTATIVM. Klrst District, W. J. Watt, Hydq. Park, J. D. Wallace, Drayton. Second Dtotrlot, B. H. Restemayer, Cava* lier. Sohn Thordaraon, Hensel. Jad«e of the District Court, Seventh Ju dicial District, O. K. sauter. Grafton. Clerk ot District Court, A. L. Airtn. COUNTY OFFICERS. States Attorney, W. J. Burke. Sheriff. F. J. Ajrow. Auditor, Paul Williams Treasurer, Robert McBriae. Register of Deedti, 3 M. Chieholm. Coujity Judge, V. Qaackcnbush Superintendent of fechoois, C. h. JRCkson* Surveyor, S. O. McGuin. Joroner, Dr. u. F. firskine. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. First District, F. C. Myrick, Pembina. Second District, S. 1. Sigfusson, Mountain Third District, Geo. Taylor, Bathgate. Fourth District, J. P. Hicks, Neche. Fifth District, H. P. Ottom, St. Thomas. COUNTY JUSTICES. C. Murphy Neche. J. It. Joy. Glasston. E. U. Bergman. Gardar. £. Li. Buck, Crystal. COUNTY CONSTABLE?. Thos. McFadden, Neche. C. E. Flora, Walhalla. Marshall Jackeou, Neche. A. B. Follin8, Crystal.' OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY. TSIiMB, SJ32.00 FES d&JtT2g"C72«£ A. Wardwell. Gr G. Thompson, WABDVSLL THOMPSON. The PIONEKB EXPBXSS is sent only on the di rect order of subscribers, and is continued until ordered stopped and all arrearages paid. The rate of subscription is alike to all, 12.00 per year. Subscribers paying in advance have .the choice of several premium papers in addi tion. "Sample" or "marked copies" are sent as com plimentary only, and while we desire them to be •considered as invitations to subscribe, they will not be continued except upon request. The PIONKKB EXPKKSS is the best advertising medium in the county, having a more general •circulation than any other paper, •sent on application. Card of rates Entered at the jwstofflce at Pembina as second •class mail matter. The Pioneer Express. BRITISH VA BOERS. As lighters, the opposing forces in .Africa have proved themselves as equal in bravery and to some extent in ability, How the Boers would fight on an opon a plain in line ot battle is yet to be proven, but among their own hills, and in their own way, so iar, they have been more than a match for the British. On the other hand for about two months, Ma feking, Kimberly and Ladysmith have been besieged by the Boers and still the garrisons, none too great in numbers, have held out, which shows when the Englishman is on the defensive the Boers are no more successful as agres sors than their foe. We have as yet no authentic accounts of the losses on the Boer side in the battles fougnt. It is not probable that they have faced the English without loss and while it is not probable that their losses have been equal to that of the English, certainly at least in the number of prisoners, yet they cannot spare men auwell as the English. It seems to be very evident that the British authorities underestimated the number if not the abilities of the Boers, and that only by a very large surplus of numbers will they be able to crush their foes. Apparently this is what the Eng lish are now preparing to do. In the meantime the successes of the Boers are bringing them accession ot numbers be cause of the disaffection of large num bers ot Boers ot Cape Colony and Natal who are thus encouraged to cast their lot with their blood relations. Only one thing seems now certain, that the strug gle will be long and bloody. A MISRAKE. The telegraphic news this week states that our forces had found and captured a steamer, all coaled, and ready for depart ure, which is supposed to be the vessel that Aguinaldo hadready for himself to escape. We think that it was a mistake to take •this steamer. Let Aggy have any and every means to skip. The sooner, the •quicker. Those of us who for four years sang "We'll hang Jeff Davis on a sour •4|jple tree" still h^ve a vivid recollection that when captured, there wasn't any such apple tree grew in this country. And we don't think that there are any of that kind growing even yet. Aggy as •a self-exiled runaway would soon drop into "innoctuous desuetude." 'If we should hang him he would become a majtyr, if we take him prisoner it would only be a short time before he and Petti *grew would be running the fusion party. It is related that once a politician who 1 ssss if fC urn '1 £*V/ T-rtfV yp ^i# had a national reputation as a kicker, died and applied for admittance in the lower regions. But he found the door barred, and, he knocked in vain. Look ins round he saw on the ground a small package. He picked it up, unwrapped it, found a bunch of matches and a note which read, "Take these and go and tnakcx a hot place of your own. You would make too much trouble here." Let us shut the door and throw Aggy some matches. GENERAL LAWTON DEAD. The news of the death of General Law ton in Wednesday's papers sent a wave of sorrow all over this land. He was as usual in lead of his men, and was shot in the breast, dying almost at once. He had been warned of his danger but treated it lightly, and immediately after exclaimed "I am shot" and fell in the arms of his staff. He had left Manila the night before and gone with two regi ments to capture San Mateo where there were about 300 insurgents. Almost coin ciden with-his death the Americans took the city with but few other casualties on our side. General Lavvton was a product of the war of the rebellion, who spent the afttr years in the west until the Indian troubles were over and then did splendid service in Cuba going from there to the Philip pines. Perhaps no other officer had done more personal military work and seen more active service than General Lawton. Certainly no other officer was more popular. He was the beau ideal of an American soldier, and his loss will be keenly felt, particularly by the older officers of the army with whom he had been so long and so intimately associated Commissioners Proceedings. Pembina, N. D., Dec. 11th, 1899. Board met pursuant to adjournment, present Commissioners Myrick, Taylor, Ottem and Hicks. Jonathan Howell appeared before the board and asked that action be taken to have a certain tax deed cancelled, same being issued on lot 6 in sec 6-163-54 in 1882, Mr. Howell claimed to have paid the money for redemption to county treasurer in 1881. Resolved that the same be referred to states attorney. Resolved that county auditor be in structed not to extend subsequent taxes on tax sale record until' the land upon which said certificates were issued are advertisied for sale. Board adjourned until Dec. 12 9 a. m. Board met pursuant to adjournment, present Commissioners Myrick, Taylor, Ottem, Hicks and Sigfusson. Resolved that county auditor accept the original amount of sales for the taxes levied on the hf sw qr and se qr nw qr sec 33-163-56 for the years 1894, 1895 and 1896. Board proceeded to examine and check auditor and treasurer's books. Board adjourned until 2 p. m. Dec. 12. Board met as per adjournment, present full board. Board continued checking auditor and treasurer's books. Mr. S. Livingston of Crystal city ap peared before the board and asked that the amount of 8378 be stricken off his personal property assessment in the city of Crystal for the year 1899, representing that the same was irregular and illegal. After investigating the matter it was re solved that the county auditor be and is hereby authorized to strike off said amount of 8378 the board taking the grgund that the representation of Mr. Livingston is correct Board adjourned until 9 a. m. Dec. 13. Board met pursuant to adjournment, present full board. Board continued checking auditor and treasurer's books. Resolved that the county auditor and county treasurer accept the original ainpunt of tax sales on lets 20, 21 and 22 block 5, city of Crystal. Checking continued. Board adjourned until 2 p. ni. Board met pursuant lo adjournment, present full board. Board continued checking auditor and treasurer's books. Board adjouined until Dec 14th, 9 a. m. 1899. Board met pursuant to adjournment, present full board. Continued checking auditor and treas urer's books. Board adjourned until 2 p. m. Board met pursuant to adjournment, present full board. Resolved that county auditor and county treasurer accept original amount of tax sales against lots 19 to 24 inclusive block 38 in HamiltoA village. .. Resolved that the county auditor be 1 I "v& .fT'-v 1W-io*i PEMBINA, 1ST. D., FRIDAY, DECEMBER and is hereby authorized to isiiue.a tax deed to A. C. Grant upon payment of amount of tax sales against lots 19 and 20 in block 24, cit/ of St. Thomas. Resolved that the county auditor be and is hereby authorized to issue tax deed to W. C. Green upon payment of all tax sales against lots 23 and 24 block 27, Hamilton village. Resolved that co auditor be and is hereby authorized' to accept amount of original sales on lot 12 block 1, Conlan's addition to Canton. Board continued checking auditor and treasurer's books. Board proceeded to examine and check books in clerk of court's office. Board adjourned until Dec. 15 9 a. m. Board met as per adjournment, present full board. Board resumed checking auditor and treasurer's books. The commissioners finished checking co treasurer, co auditor and co judge's accounts. The county treasurer and county au ditor's books were thoroughly examined both as to disbursements" and receipts and found correct. The examination extended back to January 1st, 1899. The.county judge's fee book examihed and the amount of fees collected and entered therein were found to have been duly receipted for by county treasurer. Partial examination of county clerk's books were made, but owing to the time the completion of examination was de ferred until the next meeting. Also the checking of the register of deeds' books was laid over until next meeting owing to the large amount of business going on in said office. Board adjourned until 2 p. m. Board met as per adjournment, pres ent full board. Resolved that a certain tax judgment against Frank Rossin, said judgment dearing date of Aug. 27th, 1892, filed Sept. 13th, 1892 at 2 p. m. docketed at same date, amount of judgment $23.70, and that 810 be accepted in full settle ment for said judgment for the reason that it appears by receipts in possession of said Frank Rossin that he has paid part of said amount and he further alleges that a further sum was paid on said judgment. Board proceeded to examine and allow the following bills: Dibley & Robison on account of bridge contract 81000 00 Thompson & Wing goods furnish ed Anna Bolain, co poor 8 3 00 Watt Bros supplies to co poor from July 8th to Oct 24th, Mrs Proudlove 20 00 Pink Paper publishing treasurer's notice to tax payers 3 weeks... 28 95 A McFadden cord wood Susie Grambois, co poor 2 50 Harry Vosper hauling lumber for Massacar bridge three days 10 00 McBride cash paid Sam Road house by order of chairman board co commissioners 20 00 Williams postage from Nov 15 to Dec 15 9 60 Shaw doz qts ink, Chisholm 10 50 AT Fife witness fees State vs Hughes 1 10 Shaw supplies to co officers. 25 35 Walters arrest Healy in sane 82, attending with prisoner before board of insanity 82.... 4 00 Walters arresting, boarding, washing prisoners etc 49 25 S O McGuin work on ditch No 4 8 50 Walters transporting Healy to Winnipeg and incidental ex penses as per bill on file 15 65 Reykjalau goods furnished Mrs. Bolan, co poor 10 00 Wni Fowler moving office furni ture for E Jackson 83 hauling* 10 cords wood to court house. 8 00 GS Hager pub commsrs pro ceedings 88.15 for Nov pub treas'rs notice 3 weeks 829.50.. 38 65 McBride cash paid for timber for bridge $16, cash paid fgr grading 815 as per vouchers at tached 31 00 Dunlap sheriff fees State vs Faucett 827.20 State vs Jones 811.50, total 38 70 Erickson repairing chimney at* courthouse 2 00 King & Co 10 crd white oak wood 56 50 Farrow delivering ballots and election supplies for co com'rs election 3rd dipt, 400 miles travel 840, express on stamps 35 40 35 James E Orr 180 lbs spikes 8 10 NecheChronotype 1000 blanks.. 5 00 W Swegart fixing room for co supt office 1 25 Goodman cutting and splitting wood 2 50 Resolved that the personal tax of Rosseau be cancelled for the j'ear 1887, same beng included in tax judgment and settled. AT Fife wo'fbounty........... .$ 1 00 V-lW'i Ml' »v»I ,w Shaw medicine co poor as per cbntract.'. 50 001 X-Rays publishing certificates of nomination Resolved that co auditor and co treas urer are hereby.authorized to accept the original tax sale's on lot 12 block 28, Bathgate village for the years 1894, 1895, 1897 and 1899. Resolved that the states attorney's attention be called to a certain judgment held by Pembina county against Thomas Stewart and he be requested to com mence action to recover the amount due Pembina county. Resolved that the amount of 8178.80 being the balance due on appropriation made on Oct. 9th, 1897 for labor per formed on ditch leading to Week's cou lee, Carlisle township same to be made payable to E. A. Taylor of St. Thomas. Resolved that all taxes levied and as sessed and now on tax lists or certifi cates having been issued on the hf se qr and the su' qr ne qr sec 20 and nw qr ne qr sec 29-163-55 be cancelled and cer tificates called in if there be any issued for reason that said land was government land up to Nov. 1899 and therefore not taxable and erroneously assessed. Resolved that county auditor and co treasurer accept amount of original sales against all town lots in the former village ot Old Bowesmont in Lincoln township. Board adjourned until 9 a. m. Dec. 16. Board met pursuant to adjournment, present full board. Resolved that co auditor is hereby directed to call in all tax certificates wherein the county has a prior right, same to be paid by refund order. Commissioner HicKS reported the sale of o'.d bridge refuse between sections 19 and 20, Neche township for the sum of 84 and paid the same over to the county treasurer and took receipt for the same. Resolved that the co auditor be and is hereby authorized to issue a tax deed to P. C. Donovan on nw qr nw qr ne qr 4-163-54 upon payment of original sales together with all interest and penalties as per law. Resolved that co auditor be authorized to cancel the 1899 sale for 1898 tax on the ne qr se qr of 34-161-55 same being government laud. The following bills were .'audited and allowed: Pink Paper publishing tax list .. .8101 87 bt Joseph Hospital subsistance and care Ed Kane, co poor.... 41 90 John O'Keele medicine co poor Hanneson 12 50 Wm Russell electric lights for November 17 50 Minder pub proceedings etc. 29 00 Henry Bere building bridge and filling in 21 00 E A Taylor balance grant on Week's coulee 178 80 S Sigfusson services as commis sioner and mileage 34 60 Mrs S A Rushton boarding Mr and Mrs Dickson one month... 20 00 Alex Hart work on 3 bridges 31 00 Myrick services as comm'sr and mi.'eage 47 30 Hicks services comm'sr and mileage visiting co poor and viewing bridges 45 05 Ottem services co comm'sr and mileage 39 30 Geo Taylor drawing bridge ma terial 86 and services as county commissioner 826.85 32 85 Smith Premier Co typewriter.... 100 00 Louis LeDoux for tax paid by error on sec 6 Pembina twp t.. 31 00 Diblie & Robinson balance on bridge contract 1400 00 Resolved that co auditor be authorized to accept original sales on pt nw qr nw qr 9-163 51. Minutes ribad and approved. Board adjourned until regularmeeting in January, 1899. Attest: approved: P. WILLIAMS, F. C. MYRICK, County Auditor. Chairman. fc*"J*/ ^5^ V, i. M. •n& UK-/"" 22, 1899. 30 Days. 1900. 75 W Briden 50 lbs nails 2 50 Mrs Gerardin part of contract on account co poor 150 00 Erlendson boarding and caring for Josu.i co poor 3 months.. 45 00 Henry Fitzimmons wolf bounty.. 1 00 The application ot Jonathan Howell made Dec. 11, 1899 to have certain tax deed set aside, the board having advised with the states attorney find they have no authority to act in the matter. v\ v* vn^ r. 'I'V."^ are None Better. KING & GO'S SLEDS. I We have just received A CAR LOAD OF BOB SLEDS, that we bought ft early in the summer, that were made to order, and are especially adapted to lieavv work and rough roads such as are found in the Roseau courtry. By getting a ear Lx load we have saved in the cost from $2 to $4 per sled and can sell them that much |g cheaper than last year. *rr: Present Present Giving. Jewelry has ever been a suggestive word in gift mak ing. It is as much so in the present present-giving time as ever. We have made extensive pieparations for lhe Holi day season of '99. A stock you will admire, with prices you will regard with favor. Jewelry is something you sohuld buy of one in whom you not only have confidence, but of one who has the necessary knowledge to tell the good from bad. Years of experience give us knowledge. You are invited Biscuit ^rW V/f •t- itKliSiiMHiilllli 20 Days Chaistmas. M. H. MILLER, Jeweler. single or en suite, or anything else in our line, it will pay you to come to the Big Double Store at St. Vincent, GREEN & RUSSELL. Uneeda Biscuit Nutritious—healthful—satisfying. Uneeds are sold only Uneeda Biscuit- 3^ W&T to cross the river to see the largest, best selected and cheap est stock of furniture around the "Four Cor ners." If you want a Chair, Table, Bed, Bureau, Daily Problem Sobftd xt's discouraging work to fill the lunch bag day after day. It's uninviting to open the lunch bag and find the eternal bread, bread, bread. Bread is good, but it's monotonous—it lacks novelty. Break the monotony with the new delicacy— in anew and novel 5 cent package which keeps them air tight and moisture proo£ Never sold in bulk. Ask your grocer about T* 41 $1 •a •v, ill ^0 *.1 rm t\ 3.