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fe'.Jf $£$f| f? 'ft® 1 6f* Ai .ife* I t, w'» 4 1%. U% %i 3. »~-iJ •Jf li if $• 7 Ik' till LOCAL ««d NATKMIAL TOPICS DISCUSSED by tk EDtTOR WATIQWAL FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 1913 at the portoffice in Brack. Golden Valley North Dakota, Mcond clan mail matter. J. W. BRINTON. Editor •iptton piice 1.50 pet Fear in adjanee. ,Ad ,ri tater. One to tfn mchM. ZSc per inch Mb* thirty inches 20c per inch: iO inchea aad op, P||»I inch. Special rates on atandin* advetttae- I and yaarly contracu. .»* "Some men succeed if en Couraged, but me for the man who will in pite of hell. SIDEWALKS BADLY NEED ED. Again the crying need of side walks in Beach is being impress ed upon our citizens. Why have sidewalks not been constructed in Beach? Ask your mayor, the president of your city council or your city attorney. Sidewalk ordinances were pass ed long, ago but no effort has been made to enforce them, and now many of our people are ask ing the question: Why? The Chronicle believes there is no other town of its size in North Dakota that Has poorer sidewalks than Beach. Does Beach need the commis sion form of government, under which its citizens could, by peti tion and vote, pass a sidewalk or dinance and see that it was en forced—or recall the officials who neglected to enforce it and put others in their place. For under the new law, cuy commissioners are subject to recall. But back to sidewalks. What are we going to do about it? The most prominent business block in Beach is not encircled with a sidewalk in spite of the fact that an ordinance was pass ed long ago calling for it. One of Beach's banks occupy ing a prominent corner in the city, in the main business block, has only a cheaply constructed narrow board walk. And the ordinance long ago said it should be of ce ment and of regulation width Surely a bank can afford to build sidewalks. Another prominent corner in thesame block, which the owner hold* at $5,000.00 or more is without a walk of any kind and our citizens must wade in mud up to-their ankles in passing this val uable corner located in the city's most prominent business section Surely the owner of this valuable property can afford to put in a cement sidewalk. She, for it is owned by a wealthy woman, should be forced to obey the sidewalk ordinance. She should have been forced to long ago. And these are not the only of fenders. Two other valuable corners, one opposite the Golden Valley State bank and the other opposite the First National bank are^ practically without sidewalks and- if you were to attempt to purchase either site you would be asked about $5,000.00. Surely the owners of these properties can afford to build sidewalks. They should have been forced to long ago*^ And this is not all. Our hand somer $35,000 school building is without sidewalks and instructors and children must wade in the mud to gain entrance to the building. Surely our school dis trict'can afford to build sidewalks. It should have been done long ago*. Tfxere is not a block in the en tirer city that is completely sur rounded with a sidewalk, while the.-residence portion is practically without walks of any kind. During the recent thaw the lack of-sidewalks practically keep the women at home for days and pre vented. them from coming down towwto do their usual shopping. But what are we going to do about it? Has not the citizen ship of our little city pride enough The Editorial Page (BoldCfl ANo MNtutt wwo oP-jviii Ko„7 *NO TH« N The Chronicle believes the com mission form of government would be a good thing in Beach and we shall have something to say in regard to it next week— and how Beach may adopt it. In the meantime let's hope our able city council will exert itself on the sidewalk proposition. THE FARMER AND THE BANK. In a recent address Asa E. Ram say of the First National bank of Muskogee, Oklahoma, made the following statement: "1 want to see the time that when a farmer applies for a loan, the banker will not have to bet on the ability of the farmer and the favor of the season to meet the obligation of his bank, I want to see the banker ask how many silos the farmer has how many head of good hogs, good cattle, and other livestock and what con dition they are in, and how much attention the farmer pays to dairy products and feed crops. The banks would rather lend money at 8 per cent, knowing you have the stuff to meet the obligation, than at present rates of interest charged. By simply changing agricultural methods and diver sifying crops, you can change your standing with the banks. Nothing in the world will keep you from paying high prices for foodstuffs unless you cultivate the soil. "Bankers are always looking for safe places to invest money. In North Dakota, especially in the western part of the state and in other of the newer sections, in terest rates on farm loans are high. Why? Because as this Oklahoma banker has pointed out, the investment is not abso lutely safe. It is a bet, a specu lation. If the crop turns out well, there is a big return—but if there is a poor crop, the bank stands to lose. "Itisbecauseofthis fact that the bankers are among the most ar- BEACH OPERA HOUSE C. F. SMITH, Prop, and Mgr. Saturday, April 5th A Correct Reproduction of the World's Greatest Poem THAT DIVINE COMEDY ANTE'S INFERNO THE STORY OF HELL Showing the Punishment Sinners May Expect to Receive should they ever reach the infernal regions 5 Reels—5000 Ft.—100 Scenes AU Hand Colored. Greatest Set of Films Ever Made First Show 7:30 Secend 9:00 Prices: 15c and 25c 7 Be A PuC op to assert itself and demand side walks? Is our boasted city council asleep at the switch? Is the pres ident of our city council too busy with his duties as president of the city's official newspaper to attend to the city's needs? Is the city attorney too busy editing the said newspaper to enforce the city or dinances? We put these questions square ly up to the citizens of Beach. Must Beach demand a change in the city government in order to get what it needs? Must the city change to a commission form of government? It can easily be done by petition. An election can be forced, the commission form of city government adopt ed and then any official can be re-called who neglects to enforce the city laws. V'-V rVTW *o» OUST •*"*«/Tt dent supporters of the diversity farming movement in North Da kota- They are backing up corn contests with liberal cash prizes, to get farmers interested in these things, purely from a business basis. They know that when the farmers are thoroughly awake to the possibilities of diversified farming that the North Dakota farm will be a safer place in which to invest money. "There have been criticisms from some farmers about the bu siness man trying to tell the farmer how to run his business. If the business man does offer the farmer advice, it is because he has learned from hard, cold ex perience that the farmer is mak ing a mistake, and because of that mistake the entire community is the loser." WORRYING SOME. Who's going to be the next postmaster at Beach seems to be worrying some of the prominent democrats in and about this city. Some say the fight is all over and the lucky man is as good as named while others contend that the scrap has just started and will be fought out to a finish. The pres ent postmaster, being a republi can and not in on the Democratic pie cutting, is looking on in amuse ment, knowing that his salary of $1 75-00 per, will continue as long as the scrap lasts- It took 18 months to make the appointment four years ago—but that was some fight, in which blackmail of the worst sort was indulged in reely by certain parties in the hopes of preventing the appoint ment of the present holder of the office. Whoever gets the appoint ment and whatever the outcome may be the Chronicle hopes that the opposing candidates will use only honorable methods in the fight. Those who resort to dirty tactics are generally bested—as vas proven four years ago. Give each other a square deal boys, 'et the fight go on and in the meantime we will accept the $ 1 75 per month and act as referee. SHOW US. The Mandan News criticizes Governor Hanna for vetoing the tax commission appropriation of $40,000, but it fails to state what benefit the taxpayers of North Dakota would receive if Mr. Hanna allowed the expenditure Of course we know that cer tain "Progressive" friends of the Mandan News editor was inter ested in that tax commission ap propriation to the extent of a good fat salary and then some. When Governor Hanna vetoed that tax commission appropria tion he was looking after the in terests of the taxpayers and not the politicians. When Editor Con rad can show us or anybody else what benefit the farmers of North Dakota would receive by expend ing $40,000 on a tax commission we might have a different opin ion on the matter. For the pres ent however, we will continue to believe that the expenditure of that amount on three politicians, parading as tax commissioners, would be useless extravagance. We are of the same opinion as the Marmarth farmer who wrote an open letter to the governor in last week's Chronicle in which he said: "It is true that commissions make places for broken-down pol iticians, but these do not help us poor farmers." APRIL FOOL. Who can count up the gener ations of youngsters that on this ancient festival have travelled far in search of strap oil or have bit ten into wool doughnuts? Some people say the custom goes back as far as Noah, commemorating the blunder he made in sending out the dove before the waters were dried up from the face of the earth. Youth acquires some valuable information on April I and gets it very cheap. The time that is spent in going to |he neighbor for th& round square is not very cost' »*V» "i* i- rmrnrmwrnh At the time of the San Francis co fire, in hundreds of towns in the distant East business men gave up Work to go from house to house begging for silver coins. Many .families who gave were not ones Square meal ahead of the daily game. In loss of life these floods are a much more tragic happening, and the generous of fering so sorely needed will not be. lacking. Probably., people have little conception gf what generous gifts are being made all the time to single cases of misfortune that never get ifito the newspapers. The people who are giving to Dayton and Omaho are no doubt giving all the time to suffering as claims attention in their own neighborhoods. Real misfortune still finds the helping hand. Los Angeles for' a long time was the only city in America to have a municipal newspaper, but Beach now shares that honor with the big California city. The presi I'M GOING OUT TO WRITE A FEW, ABOUT THE SPRIHGTIME AHD THE DEVI. AT U5T THE SUN 15 SHINING BRIGHT, I'LL HKVE MY VERSES DONE BY NISHT fdi 2 bit at I Rl MOKE IT SUR rV/SN,OWING« I 1-fSy Chronicle MR. HENRY PECK AND HIS FAMILY AFFAIRS Gross ^HAT nf vo -pj V»,TH THAT CROWD To j*eoN& (,OVi I&NC ly. But the fruitless trip was well worth while if it stamped the fact clearly on the boy's mind that there are a great many jokers in the world. Many people do not cease be ing April fools when they attain the stature of manhood. They are ready to pick up bricks done up in neat packages 365 days in the year. During their life time they acquire an interesting and ex tensive collection of left-handed screw drivers, for which they have paid down large amounts of money. HUMAN SYMPATHY AND THE FLOOD SUFFERERS. It is a common feeling that the hum&h heart is a pretty well dried up and desiccated affair nowa days- The quick response offer ed to the flood and tornado suf fers suggests that there is more kindliness abroad than one re alizes. O okaa •V a •y \wOi niniiuiij dent of the city council in Beach is also president of the corpora tion which operates the opposi tion newspaper and the city at torney is also a large stockholder and is said to be the editor. Other city officials are heavy stockhold ers in Beach's second paper which boasts of being the "of ficial city paper of Beach." Like the Los Angeles municipal en terprise, it is owned, operated and controlled by city and county of ficials. But municipal newspapers as a rule are not paying proposi tions and the one in Beach is no exception to the rule. The Mandan News is not satis fied with Burke's appointment as U. S. treasurer. It thinks Burke should have been on the cabinet. To quote in part: "To the News it seems that if the Wilson administration can be criticised it can in the case of the Burke appointment. There is not one out of 50 who knows "off hand" who was the treasurer be fore Burke. To think that admir ers of our favorite son, who is presidential timber, can be satis fied with a mere subordinate job is absurd. Burke is drawing $8, 000 a year and that is all there is to it—except that politically he is nil." The supreme court in North Dakota held that the state or county could purchase its print ing within or without the state, wherever it could get the best price. Notwithstanding this de cision, the Montana supreme court has just held reversely, holding that county commissioners must purchase their supplies within the state. One out of every 47 who vot ed for Wilson is a candidate for office. Under existing circum stances, it looks like Mr. Wilson stood to lose about a forty-sev enth of his vote at the next elec tion. TTKE ©QOTILlir IN -A 4 m— -1 UMBREU^ CHMtCE GETTING WET, Did someone ask who are the candidates for postmaster at Beach? We would like to publish their names, but, like the kitchen utensils at an auction sale, they are too numerous to mention. When the pot has boiled down a little and a few have passed off in thin vapor we will mention the few that stick for the big show. The Dickinson Post-Recorder is promoting a railroad from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada via Dickinson. Rather a large un dertaking but all great things have a small beginning. The government's attitude on the flood question is about like the man who never mended his roof, becaues when it leaked it was too rainy, and when it didn't rain, the roof didn't need it* It is announced that the public building bill for the new congress will amount to" $870,769,520, 673,579,729.43, but it is not sup posed that the members will con sent to so moderate an outlay. The Dickinson Press hasn't much faith in locally promoted railroads—especially those pro moted by C. F. Merry, that fam ous railroad financier. The Bulgarian colors are very popular among the women this spring. It gives you some idea of why the Turks have run so fast. An appropriate present to a friend living in the Ohio valley is a pair of rubber boots with legs reaching as high as the head. Fjowers for your friends just won't look nearly so beautiful as ham sandwiches to the flood suf ferers. The Ohio valley isn't looking so much for a Moses as for a Noah. Humor and Comment ILL THE Itt I'M EVJflATj" VEXED YOU NEVER KNOW VIHKTS COMING NEKT That MOtif & :'Vk A:, •, 4*" .......... ......................... PRESS COMMENT KRAABEL'S EXPLANATION. Every man is entitled to his day in court and The Forum is glad to make public, Lieutenant Governor Kraabel's explanation of his reason for deciding that tie vote on the initiative and refer endum clincher motion as he did. Mr. Kraabel has been criticised severely by the state papers and the statement that appears in this issue of The Forum under his signature, is the first public state ment that has been made by Mr. Kraabel. The explanation is somewhat lengthy but the meat of it is that, first, he believed that as presiding officer he should consider any mo tion that does not carry, as lost second, that he believed that the Ployhar-Blakemore bill would have let down the bars to the liquor business and allowed local option. Mr. Kraabel also .contends that the bill was weak in providing only the maximum number of vot ers required to sign petitions un der its provisions, but this would have undoubtedly been regulated by legislation before the bill be came operative. Mr. Kraabel's vital criticism, and undoubtedly the one which had the most weight with him, is regarding that clause which he quotes. He says: "This bill also extends the pow er® of the initiative and referen dum, to the electors of each mun icipality and district, 'as to all lo cal, special, and municipal legis lation of every character. Now supposing that some municipality or district would vote to grant license for the selling of intoxi cating liquors, what would pre vent them from doing so?" The people of the state do not Wan*. ®ny*hing 'slipped over on them' in the way of a nulification of the prohibition clause of the constitution. If Mr. Kraabel's contention is right and this clause would have opened the state to local option, it would have proved a very harmful measure.—Fargo Forum. Governor Hanna has come ?n for considerable criticism over the pruning or cutting down of the appropriation bills for the sever al state institutions and other measures which required money. The howl, almost invariably, however, comes from the towns in which the institutions benefited are located, the general taxpayers not uttering a single word of pro test. It is plainly evident that if all the appropriations as recom mended by the legislature were allowed in full that the state treas ury would te in a woefully de picted condition—hence the ac tion of Governor Hanna. He may be criticised by a few, but the taxpayer at large sides in with the action of the executive.—Mil ion Globe. The Rhame Review gives Hu mane Officer Blake credit for cleaning up a bad nest of law breakers in that vicinity and states that the results accomplished by Mr. Blake aire satisfactory to the community. Then in another par agraph, he roasts the same man for being under the influence of liquor and gives the people to un derstand that he should be re moved from office. It may be so, or possibly it would be a good idea to find out what brand Mr. Blake uses and try a few doses on some of our sheriffs and states attorneys.—New England Her- Pat Burn, late secretary to Governor Burke, has been called to Washington to help count the money that must be turned over to the new United States treas urer- It must be that Governor Burke overlooked Bickford.— Minot Democrat. These tall plumes on the wom en's Hats are compared to exel*" mation points. The principal e* dam^tion comes when the bill is presented to Hubby.