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1 j* 'y,* a. /•. T, •. vi 4 Jf u. All Home Print 71 I Opinion Secured By J. M. JBaer At Request of Prominent Burkey Farmer Who Has Been Active in Promotion of Project. At the request of a prominent Bur key farmer, J. M. Baer i*e«red the fol lowing legal opinion on the contract* or aubacription papers printed by the Advance and circulated throughout the eouth country by the Cook-iCox-Her bert-Hyde combination. We present 'the opinion to our readers without comment: LAWRENCE & MURPHY. Lawyers Fargo, North Dakota Mr. J.M. Beach, N. Dak. Dear Sir: J»n- 30, J914. This document is about as ambigous and uncertain in its terms and obliga tions as any I have ever seen, for that very reason alone is something that no business man should enter into. If the proposition is a valid one, the terms of the subscription and the obligations up on the part of those who are about to build this road, could readily be made -so simple and easy to understand that there should be no difficulty in com paring a document that would need no interpretation. Upon the face of this instrument irom a business standpoint there seems to be the following objections: I. The parties singing this so called subscription are dealing with no one. The promises therein made are not made to any one. One is wholly in the dark as to whether this is a subscrip tion to the capital stock of some cor poration about to be formed, or a pure ^donation, or an association of certain subscribers to furnish the money to construct the road in question. No -agreement or contract is of any value «ven from a business standpoint unless -it deals with some known party, and unless there is such a known party, «uch an instrument is always a danger ous one. II. There is no obligation upon the part of any one to do anything in favor of or for the benefit of these subscribers. It is true that the subscription is sup. posed to be for a donation towards the "building of an electric road but there is no party against whom such an agreement could be enforced, nor is -there anyone who could be compelled to go ahead with such construction. Suppose that the notes of the var ious signers were executed and deposit «d in the bank and collected and a por tion of the proceeds paid out and the -work should then be stopped. There is no one who could be compelled to proceed with the work or expend the balance of the monies or complete the -construction, and the result would be loss of what had been put into it. HI. The agreement is most general in its terms as to what this money is to be used for. To say that it is for the con struction of an electric railroad gives no one information as to the kind or capacity of such electric railroad, or manner of its operation or that it will be such an electric railroad of such size or capacity as will be of any benefit whatever to the various subscribers. IV. There is no promise or obligation upon the part of any one to operate any such electric road, even should the same be constructed. The whole amount subscribed might be expended in the construction of the road and tfie mythical parties who are supposed to come into existence sometime might not be able to or care to operate the samel'' In other words there is no as* surance of any kind that .even if such a road were constructed it would be operated or operated in a manner so as to benefit these people who are donat (Continued on page two column two) LEGAL OPINION OF FARGO ATTORNEYS ON ELECTRIC LINE PROPOSITION SECURED I I am in receipt of yours of the 29th inst., in re so called donation subscrip tion for the proposed electric road for the Golden Valley and am immediately replying as understand you wish im mediate information. In view of the fact that you desire such immediate re ply there may be defects and objec tions in this matter which would re quire more careful consideration to de tect but some of the objections both from a business and a legal standpoint are so plain that I can readily call your attention to them. A. BOQUET. Editor Brinton of the Beach Chronicle had one of the best addresses at the recent meeting of the Press Association at Bis marck. His subject, "The News paper in Politics," was skillfully handled. He told the editors something worth while and something they could take home with them to use to advantage. We would like more of that kind of stuff on the program. The hotel lobby is the place for reminiscence.—New England Herald. 280 Farmers' Clubs in No. Dak. Winter Work of Better Farming Asso ciation Is Proving to Be As Benefical ag the Work in Summer. There are 280 live and active farm ers* clubs in the state of North Dako ta on Feb. I, according to Thos. Coop, er, secretary of the Better Farming section of the North Dakota Experi ment station. These clubs are doing splendid work. There were a number of clubs in the state last year, but this year they are getting together for systematic work, which has already shown gratifying results. One of the biggest factors in the op eration of these clubs is the short course schools for practical farmers, which are being established all over the state. Cavalier county has three or four of these schools. There is a large school at Edgely. Hettinger county has a number of them. Bottineau is getting busy along this line. Williams county- and Williston are in the fore front in the movement. These schools are conducted for short periods and meet in schoolhouses, or in other pub lic buildings which are convenient. Perhaps one of the best examples of what these schools can do and are do ing is that furnished by Williston. The Williams county farming short course opened there yesterday, with an attendance estimated at 500 farm er# The course is conducted under the joint management of the Williston Commercial Club and the Williams County Bettr Farming association. The dairy movement is particularly strong in the vicinity of Williston, and that subject was taken up for discus sion and study yesterday, and will be featured all through the course. These lessons will include demonstrations of judging, feeding and marketing. D. E. Willard of St. Paul, qne of the men who will instruct in the dairying branch, believes dairying in Williams county will revolutionize the farming business of that region. He spoke last night on the subject of Community Co- (Special to the Chronicle) Wibaux, Feb. 4.—That a special election may be called to* give the voters an opportunity of deciding whether Wibaux county shall be set off from Dawson county and placed up on the Montana map, petitions will be filed with the county commissioners of Dawson county by Wibaux people within the next ten days or two weeks. A delay has been caused by the heavy snow which has prevented the canvas sers from making their scheduled auto mobile trips into outlaying precincts. VA^^T -aw^' „W' 1 T' «J, .• •',* .r^V-l: .vi.pxv ^v- •3» r,« i-w A 4 ?*, i, V« tvV e^jf. Petitions Will Be Filed With Com missioners to Create Wibaux Co. The assessed valuation of the pro posed Wibaux county has been treated as a joke by many prominent citizens of Glendive, and the conclusion has been drawn from this that Wibaux will not get by with their county. How ever, the assessed valuation amounts to $3,700,000.00, over a half million more than is required by the Leighton bill, governing the creating of new counties. The Glendive Review said in a recent issue, that the proposed Wi. A Newspaper that Causes Comment operation^ and the importance of farm clubs. The discussion today was giv en to hog raising. It does not require a great stretch of the imagination to realize that these farmers' clubs are going to prove one of the biggest factors in the develop ment of the state which has ever aris en. They are practical, they impart in formation which can be immediately put into use, and the instruction is in the hands of* men who are experts on the lines which they teach. Many farmers, in fact most farmers, find it impopssible to go to an agricul tural college. These clubs with their short courses, bring the college to the farmer, and place at his disposal the best, most up to date information farming subjects which it is possible to obtain. Contest Will Close Feb. 15 Grafonola Contest Being Conducted by Popular Drug Firm Will Come to a Close Feb. 15th.—Much Rivalry Shown Among Contestants and Fin ish Will Be Interesting. The Grafonola contest being con ducted by Lee & Rice will close on Feb. I 5th at which time the prizes, as advertised, will be awarded to the win ners. A large number of ladies have entered the contest and almost every week a different one heads the lt'st. No. 64, 27, 105, 81. 186 and 14 seem to be the principal contestants at preseht but in a contest of this kind the low est now may come out the winner? The standing this week shows 27 and 64 almost together, with No. 64 ca .ting the largest number for the week and winning the silverware prize. Next week the last silverware prize will be given away and the following week everybody will be interested in the fin ish. The standing this week at the time of going to press is as follows: 27 Miss Alma Kruger 757,895 64 Mrs. Hugh Egan .754,865 105 Miss Clara Erickson .372,845 81 Miss Stella Wagner 36*3,05* 186 Mrs. J. J. Creiner 353,800 14 Miss Eileen Madison 320,415 3 Miss Rita Brault 285,235 I Miss Ruby Pinkham 255.225 4 Miss Angeline Waters... 245,140 95 Miss ICathanne Uetz 216 ISO 140 Miss Bess Bridges 210,480 123 Miss Josie Sifert 159.445 98 Miss Alma Buttiner .... 125,345 188, Mrs. F. E. Whitaker 119,495 40, Mrs. Ed Gilbert 104,845 BIRTHS. Mr. Mrs. Julius Kusske, Jan- and 23, a boy. Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Dilley, Jan. 30, a boy. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson, Jan. 24, a girl. Mr. and Mrs. Ceo. H. Thomas, Jan. 28, a girl. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Haberer, Feb. I, a boy. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Stefanowich, Feb. I, a girl. The Social Hour club will meet with Mrs. George McGregor next Tuesday. baux county will be the smallest in the state, but even so, it will then be larger that the state of Rhode Island. Clendive is quietly working to cut down the assessed valuation of Wi baux county and then get the western part of Dawson county to get out peti tions for a new county, which would leave old Dawson so little valuation that Wibaux would never be able to get away and at the same time leave an assessed valuation of five millions which the law requires. If the western part of Dawson, around Jordan fnd Circle, should ever get cut off, and .there seems to be a tendency in this direction, Wibaux would be forever down and out, as far as Wibaux coun ty is concerned. It is therefore the purpose of Wibaux county promoters to get in the field and get their county before such a move is started. Wibaux is the only organized city in the proposed county and if the pro posed county is created, it will be the seat of government. .•"ijr ysr A FARMERS' PAPER PUBLISHED FOR AND Lt IE FARMERS in a VOLUME 9 PUBLISHED AT BEACH, GOLDEN VALLEY COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 6, I914 NUMBER 3 11 TO OUR PAT.iONS. We, the owners and publish ers of the Chronicle, wish at this time to thank the public generally for the liberal pat ronage extended the Chrpnicle during the year 1913, which has made possible the splendid success of the paper during the past year. Not only do we wish to thank the public generally for the pat ronage received, but we partic. ulary wish to thank those busi ness firms of Beach who have so liberally contributed to our ad vertising columns, thus show ing a friendly spirit and a wiH ingness to co-opierate with en terprises in which the Golden Valley farmers are interested. To those firms who have not patronized the Chronicle dur ing the year, we only ask a re. consideration and a share of their 1914 business. We will endeavor to continue making the Chronicle worthy of support of all who believe in co-operation between business man and farmer, and who are working for the best interests of Beach and the Golden Val ley. CHRONICLE PRINTING CO. By J. W. Brinton H. W. Brinton Vince, Wicka J.'M. Still John Blomstrom George Oech Conrad Talker R. O. Tangen H. J. Vv'ojohn Frank I laigh Chas. Vi-'oodsend J. C. Westergaard C. G. Huffman lAnton Rising M. K. Bowen Geo. Schweigert Ed. R. Off ley I. J. Corliss P. C. Erickson Albert Schouboe H. W. I'eek John H. Haigh R. O. Zollinger James McGrath 5_, 'V.vis Louis Aaisler J. !?. Smith (estate) Owners and Publishers Beach Defeats Miles City City Basketball Team Goes to Miles City Last Friday and Wins From the Y. M. C. A. Team of That Place by a Score of 33 to 37. The city basket ball team played the fest Y. M. C. A. team at Miles City last Friday and were winners in a fast game by a score of 33 to 37 The Beach quintet were James Power. Jess Hougen. Maurice Gordon, Leslie Pire, Clyde Peterson, C. F. .Smith and Ber nard Heath, the last named acted in the capacity of umpire throughout the game to the entire satisfaction of both teams and the large crowd of basket ball fans. The Beach five, Gordon, Power, Pire, Peterson and Smith played throughout the entire game. The first half ended 25 to 12 in favor of the local team. They did not seem to get going in the second half and the Y. M. C. A. boys very near overtook them before the final whistle. The boys report good treatment and a pleasant time. The Sentinel Butte team is to be the first team the city boys meet at home, it being expected that they will play here about the 20th of the month. The two teams aer evenly matched and when they meet the game will prove an exceedingly interesting one. Ht" Large Attendance At Institute Fftrniori From All Oftr die Golden Valley Attend Settions of Institute Held This Week at School House. The farmers' institute, as advertised, opened at the school house Tuesday morning at nine clock and about 75 farmers attended the first day, about 100 the second and yesterday the at tendance dropped back to about 75, the weather being very severe, keeping many away. G. W. Randlett of the Agricultural College of Fargo, and W. R. Lanxon. superintendent of the experiment sta tion at Hettinger, assisted in the pro. gram. Tuesday morning the judging of dairy cattle was taken up by Mr. Lan xon and Mr. Randlett followed with a 4 Vn ,~ wt*- j, f-i „v*S Town that is Talked About ,f oront talk on corn culture in North Dakota. Tuesday afternoon the Holstein cow for dairy purposes was discussed and this was followed by a discussion on alfalfa by Prof. Brant. On Wednesday the judging of beef cattle, crop rotation, and feeding farm animals was discussed, John Odland of Sentinel Butte, leading in the crop rotation discussion and Albert Schou boe in feeding farm animals. Yesterday soil management was tak en up during the morning from 10 to 12 and in the afternoon a demonstra tion of unsoundness of horses from I to 2:30, 2:30 to 4 silage and silos, O. M. Olson, Dr. Fuller and Fred Powers being local men who lead in the dis cussions. The institute as a whole was very instructive and the only regret is that more farmers c«uld not have attend ed to receive and give information pre taining to diversified farming. The weather conditions were opposed to a larger attendance and'this'had much to do with keeping farmers away, the weather this week being the most 3everc that we have experienced this winter. Man Arrested For Gun Play Trouble at the Elliott Ranch Results in Gun Play and the Arrest of E. M. Murphy for Assault With Intent to Do Bodily Harm. E. M. Murphy was arrested this week, on the complaint of Chas. (Cartes, for assault with intent to do bodily harm. The defendant was ar raigned in Judge Rosenberg's court and the hearing is set for tomorrow. The defendant informs the Chronicle man that he had been staying at the Elliott for ijme time ar\d that at the time of the trouble Chas. Kartes had been ordered from the house by Mrs. Elliott and upon his refusal to go, he (Murphy) ordered him out at the point of a gun which resulted in his arrest. It is claimed that Kartes was de putised and sent to the Elliot ranch to look after some property that had been attached by the sheriff and that while engaged in this duty he was ordered off the place by Murphy and upon his refusal to go, the gun was brought into play to enforce the order. The facts of the case, however will no doubt come out in the hearing tomorrow. BOWLING TOURNAMENT. A bowling tournament is being ar ranged between the married and single men, to commence tomorrow night at the Bailer alleys. The tournament is for the purpose of selecting a team to bowl outside teams, Dickinson having already challenged Beach at this sport. All bowlers who want to try for a position on the Beach team should re port at the Bailer bowling alley to. morrow and have their names entered in the list. The single and married men will line up against one another and a series of matches played. Follow ing this the men with the highest indi vidual average will be elected to rep resent the city in outside matches. This is a fine opportunity for some good sport and all bowlers should get them selves in trim. rlub "Big Feed" Enjoyed at Golden Valley Club Rooms Wednesday The members of the Golden Valley club gave a roast pig feed at the club rooms on Wednesday evening and it proved to be one of the most en joyable gatherings of farmers and busi ness men ever had in the city. A 60 pound pig was roasted, this with all the trimmings were served to about 75 members. After the inner man was satisfied and everyone was in a happy mood, the regular monthly meet ing was called by Chairman E. D. Logan and the business of the club since January 1st was read by Secre tary James Haigh. This report show ed a very healthy condition of affair* from financial standpoint, there be ing a balance on hand of ever $40 on Feb. I, after the club having paid off -all its obligations and running expens es. The report showed that nearly $100 had been turned over to the treasurer by the secretary during the month of January that the club had bought and paid for over $ 100 worth of furniture and fixtures and was re reiving a (rood revenue from a large number of dues-paying members. After j- -rr* f\. r*. 7^ t(** 5j ff "v -Y5- ANNUAL MEETING OF ST0C HOLDERS OF CHONICLE ING COMPANY HEL Hi9toncal flute l- .V .... ,. Fight to Retail County Seat Manning, N. D.. Feb. 4.—Will Man ning lose the county seat of Dunn county as the result of the recent fire which destroyed the courthouse) That appears to be the concensus of opin ion. With the arrival of the grade for the raiload into this county last fall and the certainty of the operation of the N. P. trains this spring, the new towns along the railroad had already begun to plan campaigns to secure the county seat. In one respect it is but natural that they should seek the head quarters of the county government and that many, settlers would prefer a county seat on a railroad to one in land, as th-y must go to the railroad point for so many other purposes. The county commissioners, realiz ing the fight that is inevitable, will merely secure temporary headquarters for the county officials and make no effort to provide for a new court house till the permanent location of the county seat is determined. This may be decided at the fall election, in which case there will be no courthouse until late in 1915. The residentsof Manning believe as the population is at present distribut ed they will be able to hold the county seat if the matter is put to an election this fall. They figure that there will be so much rivarly between the rail road towns that they will be unable to unite and the excitement of getting the road in this year will prevent as active a campaign as might otherwise result. They would favor having the matter submitted this fall and believe they could win. A vote this fall in Manning's favor would prevent a re moval for ten years, which would give Manning a long lease of life and the opportunity to secure a railorad by that time. U. S. Commissioner R. M. Andrews wishes to announce that he is again prepared to take final proof hearings and other matters that come before a U. S. Commissioner, he now being back permanently, after his long ab sence in the northern part of the state. the report was accepted by the meet ing it was decided to buy a billiard table and have it installed in the club room. The dues for members who reside outside the city limits was reduced to 50c per month, on account of the large farmer membership and to en. courage additional country member ship. The applications of 46 new mem bers. who had paid their initiation fees, was taken up and on motion the rules were suspended and the 46 ap plicants were elected by a unanimous vote. After the business was transacted the meeting was thrown open to dis cussion and the balance of the evening was spent around the pool, card and "roast pig" tables, everyone enjoying themselves, the spirit of good fellow ship being abroad. It was nearly two o'clock Thursday morning before the meeting broke up, and now the mem bers are all looking forward to the next "monthly meeting." ilf' Sc.-e^ g. 1 .- ..$••• 4 •*•«», •, «V jfl\* L. E. Curl, Vince Wicka and J. W. Brinton Chosen as Directors—Ten Per Cent Dividend Is Declared ASK SKULL AND BONES ON LIQUOR LABELS. All beverages containing more than 2 per cent alcohol will be labeled with skull and cross bones and all other poison warnings, if a bill introduced in the legislature at the behest of the Anti.saloon league becomes a law. The plan is to have the skull and cross bones printed in red ink and under a warning that the preparation "contains alcohol, which is a habit-form ing irritant narcotic poison.*' The annual meeting of the stock* holders fthe Chronicle Printing com pany was held last week Friday eve ning at the Chronicle office. A ma jority of the stock was present, Vince Wicka. Anton Rising, Albert Schouboe, J. M. Still, Herman Wojohn, P. C. Erickson and J. W. Brinton be ing represented in person and H. W. Brinton and H. W. Peek by proxy. After going over the minutes of the last annual meeting of the stockholders and directors' meetings, the report of the business for the year 1913 was given by the secretary. The report showed a total business for the year of $9,508.98, divided into the following departments: Advertising $5,358.77 commercial work $1,862.70 legal publications $1,214.61 and subscrip tions $1,072.90. The total expenses for the year, including rent, paper stock used, salaries, etc., amounted to $6,453.38, making a net gain for the year of $3,050.60. The report was accepted and on mo tion, made and carried, a ten per cent dividend was declared on the paid up capital stock. The election of directors was then taken up and resulted in the selection of Vince Wicka, L. E. Curl and J. W. Brinton, who will meet and elect offi cers from their number. After a general discussion of the past year's business and other topics pretaining to the business, the meeting adjourned, all who attended feeling elated over the success of the "farm ers' paper" during its first year. Be fore adjourning it was moved and car rie-j to make the minutes of the -meet ing and the past year's business public through the columns of the Chronicle, for as one stockholder put it, we want the public to know that the Chronicle, as a farmers' paper, has been a suc cess and has made money for the men who have taken stock in it." ••"f COMMUNICATION. There has been much criticism of the Colden Valley Club of late by citizens who have never been in the clubroom or become members. The club was organized for the so cial and commercial development of the Colden Valley, despite that some we few. who have never joined and know noth ing of the workings of the club, say that it is purely social and then add socialistic." How could the average citizen know the inside workings of the new Commercial club. We might say that it was a political endorsing committee or we might say that it waa organized to move a court house on m. certain one of the numerous addition* might say numerous things, but we don know, so we are saying noth ing. Likewv.se it would be well for a few self appointed critics to either pay $2.50 and join the club and find out about it, or put up their hammer. It does not look well for a business man to be going around knocking club that is composed of fifty citizens and a hundred of the most substantial farmers in our community, but if they insist we shall assure them that "every knock is a boost" and the Golden Val 'ey Club is not going to be put out of business, but will grow even more rap idly than it has through their insinua tions and criticism. When they know that the club is mostly composed and controlled by the men who make the money that supports Beach, they ought to hesitatesbefore they knock. The club is not a political organiza tion and there has never been any pol itics brought into the club meetings. The individuals have a right to discusa it if they care too, but it has never been brought up before the club as a body and never will under the present by-laws. We are adding a new billiard table to the rooms and those who desire to spend a few hours of wholesome en joyment during the day or evening an4 lend a helping hand for the better ment of conditions by joining the Gold en Valley Club are welcome. A MEMBER. For Sale or Trade—For anything I can use, a section of cotnbinatim grazing and farming land, eight mile* from Elevator and R. R. Spring tnl natural water year around. Inqviis Chronicle.