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From early in January, 1914, until some time in October the same year— over nine months—R. C. Kittel, now held for the grand jury on a charge of wrecking the First .National bank of Casselton, was illegally in posses sion of $10,000 of the bank's funds, according to a report of the national bank examiner at the time. Directors of the bank knew of this at least a year ago, and knew the bank examiners had reported Kittel made fictitious entries on the books which concealed the true condition. Yet Mr. Kittel was al^^ed to re main president of the b^B^intil No vember 29, 1915, nearly two years after the first fictitious entry re ported was made in connection with this transaction. Gag Poticy Observed. A week after the directors removed Mr. Kittel as president of the insti tution the bank was closed and the comptroller of the currency placed in charge, the discovery of new and extensive irregularities by Mr. Kittel making this necessary, the directors stated. Details of Mr. Kittel's former ir regularities as given in the bank ex aminer's report are presented to the pjublic herewith for the first time. No newspauer described them at the time they were discovered no news paper has printed them since the bank closed. So far a3 the news papers have let the public know, the Kittel who was indicted in May, 1915, on four counts for irregularities dating back to January, 1914, has no connection with the Kittel now held to the grand jury for later irregu larities that caused the bank to be closed on December 6, 1915. Directors of the bank have let it be understood th&t they first knew of KitteFs irregularities a few days before" the bank closed. The Leader has unearthed facts which indicate it was known by the directors at least a year fcsfore the bank closed that Mr. Kittel was illegally manipu lating the bank's, funds. The details of Kittel's maniupla* tions of the bank's funds, ih 191:4, as found by the examiner, form a chap ter in "high" finance in the north west that is astounding, the more so because Kittel admitted making the false entries which concealed for a time the transactions, but made ex cuses and explanations which seemed, to satisfy the directors and influenced them to let him remain at the head of the institution a year- longer, dur ing which time he- •. completed the wrecking -of the bank, according: to the'new. charges now filed. The ex aminers reported the following facts: Early irt January, 1914, Kittel cred ited R. C. Kittel & Co. with $12,t)00 on the, bank's .books. R. C. Kittel.. & Co. were one of the numerous com panies Mr. Kittel ran in. addition to performing the duties of bank presi dent. The $12,000 was credited to the checking account of this Kittel corporation. False Entries Stand To balance this credit to the Kittel checking account Mr. Kittel charged On the bank's books against the First National bank of Fargo the sum of General News Berlin reports that Germany has ample food for a long war and at a price much below that of her ene mies. The alleged strained relations be tween the United States and Aus tria over the sinking of the Ancona have been relieved. Henry Ford, a wireless message from the liner Bergensford says, will arrive in New York City Satur day. He is reporte3*to be well.- A letter from Theodore Roosevelt, read before the American Sociologi cal Society at Washington, denounces THE NONPARTISAN LEADER Bank Case Exposes Deals In "High" Finance $12,000. He sent his note to the Fargo bank for $12,000 for deposit and credit to the Casselton bank. The note was never accepted as a deposit of $12,000 by the Fargo bank and no credit of $12,000 was made in the Fargo bank in favor of the Cassel ton bank. Mr. Kittel's note was promptly returned., to him. As the transaction now stood R. C. Kittel & Co. was credited in the Cas :elton bank with $12,000, but there was no real charge against the Fargo bank to balance it, although the entry of a fictitious charge against the Fargo bank was allowed to remain in the Casselton bank. Thus the books remained until early in May, 1914, R. C. Kittel remaining in pos session of the $12,000 till then, and the fictitious entry balancing the transaction standing untouched after the return of the note which was supposed to be the basis for the entry. Head of Wrecked Casselton Institution Found By Exam iners To Have Manipulated Funds as far Back as 19(4 Allowed by Directors To Hold Job Till Transactions Dissipate People's Savings. Now comes the second, series of fictitious entries, which kept the money he was not entitled to in Kit tel's hands for a few months longer. Makes More Entries Early in May Kittel wipfd out the fictitious -charge of $12,000 against the Fargo bank. He cancelled it with $2,000 cash and another false entry of $10,000, this time made as a charge of $10,000 in the Casselton bank against the National City bank of Chicago. The money which in January, 1914, Kittel put in his checking account without any secur ity or proper charge balancing it was now charged again :t the Chicago bank, instead of the Fargo bank, al though the charge was purely ficti tions, because no credit to the Cas selton bank existed, on the Chicago bank's books. This was the state of the books oil" June 30, 1914. The comptroller of the -currency asked Mr. Kittel for a statement of the condition of the Casselton bank as of that date. On July 7, 1914, Mr. Kittel reported to the comptroller of the currency in response to that call, and he reported the false charge against the Chicago bank. This report made it appear that the National City bank of Chi cago owed the Casselton bank $13, 178.12, when as a matter of fact the Chicago bank owed the Casselton bank only $3,178.12, the extra $10, 000 reported, as owing the Casselton bank being the fictitious entry made in .May above referred to. Stood Nine Months Mr. Kittel allowed the books to re main in the sharr2 reported to the comptroller until some time in Oc tobsr, 1914. Thus he was in posses sion of the large sum of money con cerned in the fictitious entries for over nine months. In October, 1914, cash was actually deposited in the Chicago bank to make a basis for the fictitious entries which had ex isted, since January, 1914. The deposit in the Chicago bank all pacifists as "slothful, soft and wicked." Latest reports have it that dne third of the Ford psace party will desert the expedition. The rest will go to the Hague. Warden Thomas Mott Osborne of Sing Sing prison, New York, has been indicted by the Winchester grand jury on charges of misman agement, including immorality and, purjury. The British cabinet is. in a critical condition, over the issue of conscrip tion. Those members favoring con scription promi:e to excuse married men. It is claimed there, are 650,000 eligible single men subject to forced. which finally wiped out the fictitious entries was made by a firm of brok ers there through which Kittel had disposed of an issue of bonds of an other ope of his companies, the Al falfa Valley Land company. Bonds of this company of $100,000 par value were sold, for $90,000 and the money deposited in the Chicago bank. Land Company Appears The Alfalfa Valley Land company owns land in McHenry county, N. D., as does the Northern Trading com pany, still another Kittel corporation. It was the dealings of Kittel through the Casselton bank in pappr of this last named company that finally caused, the bank to close, according to statements the directors have made. Two other Kittel firms or cor porations have been mentioned in various connections since the -bank closed. They are the Casseiton Realty company and R. C. Kittel & Bro., but R. C. Kittel & Co., the Alfalfa Valley Land company and the Northern Trading company are the only ones which have appeared, in connection with any of the "irregu larities charged against .Kittel. The story of Kittel's excuses and explanations of the false entries of 1914, which he admitted having made, and of his trial and acquittal by the fury of criminal liability and in tent in connection with them ma another interesting chapter. "Explains'' Entries Kittel's explanation was that. ito the first place the entry of the credifs to R. C. Kittel & Co. and the charged against the Fargo bank were made* in good faith, as he expected the note of $12,000 sent to the Fargo bank to be accepted and credited to the amount of $12,000 to the Cassel ton bank. After the- note was, promptly returned, ar»dt^i made at the Fargo bank tCi£Ce cuse for letting the entry of "tBe false charge stand was. that ft was an oversight—that he had forgotten or unintentionally neglected to make the necessary new entries at the Cas selton bank on the return of the un accepted note. The explanation of the May trans action, when the false charge was transferred from against the Fargo bank to against the Chicago bank, was that Kittel had instructed the brokerage firm in Chicago to. .make the $10,000 deposit in the Chicago bank and that he did not know the deposit had not been made. He tried to show- his good faith and the ab sence of -any crookedness by the fact that the deposit was actually made in October, nearly six months after the entry had been made and over nine months- since-Kittel started.to. get the use of the large sum.of money concerned. Indictments Returned.' The Kittel indictment by the grand jury on these transactions of 1914 was on four counts—two for making the false entries on the bank's books and service, if the rule is adopted. Congressman Frank Buckhanan, former Congressman H. Robert Fow* ler, Henry B. Martin and Herman Schulteis, New York, have been in dicted charged with violation of. the anti-trust act by interfering with foreign trade in munitions of war. An explosion wrecked four bulid in.gs in Los Angeles during the New Year's festivities. Joeph Rossina and his-wife, residing in the rear of of one of the structures are missing. The cause of the explosion has not been learned. A report of the Standard Oil com pany shows that its wealth has trebled in value since the dissolution of the combination by the federal two for reporting the entries to the comptroller a& "true and legitimate entries. The minimum penalty, if criminal intention was shown and proved to the jury, was five years. The jury either accepted Kittel's explanations as compiletely clearing up the matter, or, since nobody was injured ultimately by the transac tions, it hesitated to give a verdict which would, send Kittel to the peni tentiary for five years. Both these explanations were made after the trial. But the fact remains that the jury found him not guilty on the four counts, setting him free entire ly, and he returned to his active duties as president of the bank. The acquittal was on July 2, 1915, and on December 6, 1915, a few days over five months later, the bank was closed", Kittel being arrested, and charged with as dastardly a case of bank wrecking as has taken place in the northwest in recent years. The bank suspension has hit to a greater extent than in most cases of the kind the small depositor, least able to stand it. Practically every loser is a'farmer, a farm hand, a school teacher or clerk with all his or her savings of a life time in the bank. Grand Jury Called A special federal grand jury has been called to ..meet in Fargo Janu ary 11 and hear the charges against R. C. Kittel and his brother, W. F. Kittel, the latter formerly cashier of the closed, bank and charged jointly with R. C. Kittel with" bank wreck through embezzlement and falsi fying records. Both waived hearing before the United States commission er and their cases will go direct to the grand jury. Following indictment by the grand jury the'Kittels will be tried, likely at the January term of court. Both men are out on bonds, that, of R. C. Kittel being $10,000 and: thai of Ha ^brothwr $6,000. Personnel of Jury-' Personnel of the Him 'will Hear the, ea*e lows: tiewis Johnson, Barrie, Richland. K. H. Kane, Mohall, Renville. C. A. Johnstone, Ashley, _McIntosh F. H. Miller, Hurdsfield, Wells. William Dunnell, Minto, Ward. P. J. Meyer, Bismarck, Burleigh, j. B. &eed, Minot, Ward. '•'Charles'M. Page, Fargo, Cass. *. Eugene Van Horn, Minnewaiikan Benson. H. J. Fritz, Wilton, McLean. David, Kirk, Niagara, Grand Forks. Henry Chalmers, Balbon, Steele. Charles Gad, Flaxton, Burke. George Hager, Minot,-Ward. C. A. McKenney, Williston, Williams Lewis Allen, Jamestown, Stut men. P. S. Chaffee, Eqa-s}r-\ Mc-icr.-. E. Garvin, Grand Fo: Iw, ui.srvl Forks. H. L. Henkc, f'nr.11 —. !'or'. Fred Hildrctli, Y/Xi t.:-\ Wi." '~v. Edward Langton, Pcr..!j i, Pem bina. W. E. Stoddard, Mott, Hettinger. John Murphy, Page, Cass. Martin Jacobson, Mohall, Renville. Peter Berg, Englevale, Ransom. government. Rockefeller's share at the time of the dissolution was $167, 192,000. ft has increased, now to $421,000,000. The proposed rate increase on grain and grain products from Indiana, Illi nois and other middle western states, from certain points in Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Kentucky to At latic ports for export were found not justified by the Interstate Commerce Commission-.- Tm Judge Henry Hudson of the 24th judicial district, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, handed down a decision, last week, holding that all Osage Indians were full citizens of the United, States, and as such were, entitled to all the rights, privileges and immunities', "V There are 229 00 male Osages.