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Pages 1-8 Personal Mention Mis. H. G. Meyer went to Litch field Monday for a few days' visit. Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Geer went to Minneapolis Monday for a brief VMt with friends. Miss Bella Greenfield is spending the week with her sister, Mrs, G. C. Haug, at Pennock. Mi-. Wm Chase is enjoying an extended viait from her sister, Miss Luetta Bornby, of Fairmont. 0 uld Knutson went to Milaca e-teiday to spend some time look ins over offeiings in the real estate line. Mrs G. Stephens went to Min neapolis Satin day to spend a week \i-iting her sister, Mrs. E. Dahl beig Miss Tomine Thorson went to Evansule Monday to care for her aunt, Mis Bakken, who is very fcick Mic C. L. Johnson returned to Ma nie Monday after a week's visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnson. Roy Strong, a brother of Mrs. J. Smith, left on Monday for Wist, S. D., to go to work on Otto Les lie'bfarm. Mis-s Hilma Sundberg returned to Kerkhoven Monday after a visit at the home of her brother, Anton Sundberg. Mrs. Eva Norman arrived hdme Thur-day from a month's visit with her daughter, Mrs. Fred Engstrom, at pie Plain. Pi of. G. 0. Lillegaard of the Seminary leaves next Saturday for Rude, where he will spend Christ mas at his home. Otto Leslie visited at his home in this ciW the past few days, re turning to his farm home near Wist, S. D., on Monday. Mi-s Sophie Johnson arrviel here the hrbt ot the week from Valley Citv, N. for a visit at her home until after the holidays. George Lundquist returned home the firfat of the week from Litch field, where he has been working for ome time as operator. Mi'fa Tina Hough was the guest of her bitter Mis. J. F. Millard, Monday while on her way home to Arctander from Minneapolis. Mrs Whitmus and daught eis Edna and Edith went to Spicer Saturday tor a brief visit with Mrs. Whitmus parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Parsons. Dan Lantry, one of Willmar's old timeri,, and at present engineer on the Supenor-Cass Lake run, vis ited with friends here for a while on Thursday. Misses Leah and Mary Stewart \iaited with WHmar friends be tween trains Friday, while on their way home to Litchfield from Han cock and Herman. Oswald Grangaard an1 Russell Peterson are in Appleton assisting Selmer Berg during the Christmas rush at the bianch of the Gilbert 0. Sand Clothing Co. Mr and Mrs. Martin Jacobson returned to Stony Run Thursday af ter a vibit here with Mr. and Mrs. Peter Berg Mrs. Jaeobson and Mrs. Berg are sifters. Mrs. Howard Townsend and son Elmo visited with Willmar friends Monday on their way home to Ha wick from Barry, where they had spent a week with Mrs. Townsend's lister, Mrs. H. T. Larson. J. Emil Nelson and Maitin E. Tew returned home Sunday evening from a business trip to Superior, Wis. On Monday Mr. Nelson left for an extended trip to Chicago on matters pertaining to the Copper Creek and Minnesota-Arizona Min ing companies. Mr and Mrs. Gust Swanson passed thru here Saturday on their way to Pennock from the cities. They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Ole Rogstad and Miss Annie Swanson, of Rice Lake, Wis., who will visit in this neighborhood un til a'ter the holidays. E Thomson of Hayfield visited with Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Thorpe, and with Mr. and Mrs Joseph Es trem of New London, a few days last week. On Friday he went to Pennock to be the guest of Mr. and Mr=. Lawrence Thorpe, before leav ing for Minot, N. D. Mis 0. V. Armstrong and sister, Miss Lucy Knapp, are visiting with fi lends and relatives in Wadena. During Miss Knapp's absence, Miss Inga Johnson is acting as book keeper and stenographer at the office of the Singer Sewing Machine company. Miss Sarah Rollefson arrived here last Wednesday and will be the guest"of her sister, Mrs. J. R. Pe terson, until after the holidays. Miss Rollefson will also spend a week at her home in Montevideo before returning to Oberlin, Ohio, to resume her studies at the Ober lin College. W1LLMA TAX RATE IS RE DUCED 8 MILLS Stale, County, City and School Tax Rates Are All Lower Than Last Year The auditor's force is thru with figuring rates and have commenced extending taxes. Some of the rates are as follows, with a comparison for last year: 1908—state revenue, 2.10 mills state school, 1.23 coun ty revenue, 3.18 county road and bridge, .37 county poor, .43. city revenue, 9.11, street, 1.65 interest, .58 permanent improvement, 1.24 sinking fund, 1.66 library, .83 ditch, .92 school, 12. total rate of all taxes in Willmar, 35 3 mills. Same taxes for 1907 were—state revenue, 2.25 mills state school, 1.23 county revenue, 4.02 county road and bridge, .40 county poor, .67 city revenue, 11 street, 2.65 interest, 88 permanent improve ment, 1.33 sinking fund, 2.65 li brary, .97 ditch, .9^ school, 14.5 total, 43.5. Total reduction in rate this year over last year, 8.2 mills. The board of auditors of Kandi yohi county, consisting of the clerk of court, county auditor and chair man of the county board, got thru checking the county treasurer's vouchers, books and accounts last Tuesday. ANOTHER VICTIM OF "REGULATED" DRINK Yesterday's Litchfield Independ ent contains an account of the sui cide last Saturday of Anton Kohler, who lived on the Butterfield farm, about ten miles north of the city. Last Friday Kohler went to Wat kins, where he got drunk, and when he finally got home late in the even ing he threatened his wife and lit tle daughter with violence. Fear ing that he would carry out his threats, they left the farm, seeking refuge in a hay stack. Here they spent several hours, until the cold weather compelled them to move, and they were at last taken in and cared for by the family of a neigh bor. In the meantime after, hav ing inquired in vain for his wife and daughter among the neighbors, Kohler returned to his farm, where he set fire to the barn and shot himself in the breast with a shot gun. His dead body was found by a neighbor Saturday morning and was taken to Litchfield, where an autopsy revealed that the drink crazed man had made two attempts upon his life, the first one being unsuccessful. The Kohlers had oc cupied the Butterfield farm since last spring, and formerly lived near Watkins. Synod Church Societies. The Ladies Aid society of the Lu theran Synod church held its annual meeting in the church parlors Mon day evening. According to the treasurer's report, the society has taken in during the past year some over $400, ab iut $100 of which re mains at present in the treasury. Of the amount expended, $225 went towards general church expenses, while $160 was spent in the purchase of the altar peice. The election of officers for the coming year result ed as follows: Mrs. John Skool heim, president Mrs. R. Telstad, vice president Mrs. Peter Bonde, treasurer. The annual meeting of the Young People's society of the church was held the same evening. This or ganization is also in a prosperous condition, there being no less than $226 in the treasury. This money will be put into the pipe organ fund, the society having decided from now on to devote all its efforts towards securing a pipe organ for the church. The following were chosen as officers for the next year: Inga Grangaard, president Henry Sjolander, vice president Marie Botnen, secretary Alma Johnson, treasurer. Six new members were admitted, making the total mem bership of the society 89. In the Tolls. Isaac Emerson, who for a long time has been out of public print, got into the limelight again Mon day when he was arrested on the charge of selling intoxcating liq uors without license. He also was made defendant in a suit brought against him for illegal fishing. Both of these cases will be heard before Judge Muller in municipal court next Monday morning at ten o'clock. A third case which will be aired at that time is that of the city vs. John Gorwell Sr., for al leged sale of liquor. The com plaining witness in both the "pig ging" cases is Charles Dahlheim. If you want to make your boy or girl a valuable Xmas gift, give them a scholarship in the Little Falls Business College. VOLUME 14. WILLMAR, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1908. A Cicero quiz was given last Fri day. A chemistry quiz will be given next Thursday. I George Berg was absent from school Friday morning. Hazel Lien was absent from school a couple of days last week. There will be no literary pro gram next Friday at the High school. The High school boys gave a par ty at the Bonde Hall last Friday evening. The Juniors will have a candy pull next Friday instead of having a lesson in chemistry. The long looked for "gold bugs" have arrived and the Juniors began their study£of them Monday morn ing. A lot of new apparatus for the laboratory has been sent for, and is expected here ready for use after Christmas. The "Merchant of Venice Up-to Dafe," which was first decided to be given before Christmas, has been postponed until the first week after Christmas. The Boys' basket ball team played against the Seminary team at the High school gymnasium last Satur day. The score was 26 to 13 in fa vor of the High school. The Seniors met last Wednesday and sent for sample class pins, which came the latter part of the week. They have had several meet ings to decide on which one to take, but have not as yet decided. b£#*' *%&. it'\ lO Friday morning all classes sang separtely to see which class could sing the best. The Seniors, Juni-' ors and Sophomores each sang a verse from "The Orange and the Black." The Freshtes sang one verse of "The Watch on the Rhine." All classes sang well, but the Freshies nearly raised the roof, and of course they won. They say there was a Caruso voice among the Sophomores, but it was hard to lo cate. RAILWAY 'PHONES ARE A SUCCESS According to the Great Northern officials, the road is planning a con siderable extension of its telephone system, and before long train orders along nearly 1400 miles of the sys tem will be given thru the tele phone transmitter instead of thru the telegraph key. Telephones are now being installed on the Minot division, which extends from Devils Lake to Williston, a distance of 239 miles, and from there it will be ex tended to Cutbank, Montana, over the Montana division, a distance of 437 miles, and also along the Butte division, which covers 507 miles. As the road is already dispatching the trains on this, the Willmar, di vision, covering 203 miles, by tele phone, this will give a grand total of 1386 miles. The officials say that the experi ment has proved that the telephone method ,of dispatching trains is quicker than the telegraph, because it is possible to talk much faster over the phone than the words can be spelled out under the Morse code. SVEASIFTlNGfr Svea, Dec. 14.—Mr. and Mrs. John Mattson were Kandiyohi visit ors Friday. P. N. Olson and family and Mrs. Otto Lindquist were Sunday visit ors at Oscar Linman's place. Next Sunday at 10:30 o'clock there will be services with Holy Communion at the Svea church. Miss Hilma Swenson returned home Friday after spending a few days with relatives at the county seat. Last Friday occurred the mar riage of Miss Myrtle Strandberg to Mr. Victor Norling. Congratula tions. Miss Ellen Swenson of Prinsburg visited over Sunday with relatives here and also attended the "ghost social." Misses Elvira Rasmuson and Au gusta Johnson visited at their re spective homes from Friday until Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John Swenson went to Lake Lillian last Sunday for a visit with thpir daughter, Mrs. J. E Johnson. If Dame Rumoi's reports are true, there will soon be some more wedding hells ringing southwest of the village. Miss Emma Eastlund returned to her home in Roseland Sunday, after a few days' visit with her brother Andrew and wife. The Rasmuson and Isaac Johnson young folks attended an oyster sup per at C. A. Bangtson's place last Wednesday evening. Mrs. Henry Bjelkengren and T*& %.'.« December Clearance! A SAVING TO BUYERS Of 20% On Every Suit and Overcoat Purchased. Reduction of Stock and Prices Necessitated by Unfavorable Weather Conditions Earlier in the Season. Smart Suits and Overcoats in New Styles and Colors Offered at a Fracion of their Actual Va'ues Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 16th, and continuing up to Dec. 25th, we are offering all our Mens* and Boys' Suits and Overcoats at uniform discount of 20 per cent, off on the Dollar for CASH ONLY. You know by experience or from that of friends, that our sales are real sales in the truest sense of the word. We set a certain volume of business to do every year, and buy accordingly, and when we find our selves in danger of falling off, because of unseasonable weather or other causes, then it is time to put aside all thought of profit, and make people talk and send others to participate in our bargains. Ak40 YUHVAW \A\W family left today for the twin cities, where they will visit with relatives and friends. The "ghost social" in Dist. 55 was well attended. Some over fifty dollars was realized on the sale of the ghosts, lunch, etc. Noah Nelson left last Wednesday for his home in the Windy City, af ter an extended stay with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Anson, and family. Mrs. Eric Moline has been visit ing with her parents in Willmar the past week. Miss Annie Heg strom assisted at the Moline home during her absence. Miss Julia Johnson, who is teach ing in town of Edwards, visited at home over Sunday. Miss Johnson will give an entertainment in her school next Friday evening. Don't forget to remember the an nual meeting of the Ladies society next Thursday. Services commence at 10:30 instead of at 10 o'clock, as was reported in this column last week. Creole Belle. Died This Morning. Harry Lindquist, son of Chas. Lindquist of Nest Lake, died in this city early this morning. The cause of death was appendicitis. Deceased was nineteen years of age. The funeral will be held from the Swedish Mission chuich of New London on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Albert Enblom of Minneapolis was in the city a couple of days last week on business connected with the NeKon Bros. Paving and Con struction company. Mr. Enblom holds the position of secretary with the company. •J. —, TRIBUNE FAREWELL OF BRO. CRAWFORD Prominent Citizen and Family Take Leave of Numerous Willmar Friends. There was a large attendance at the M. E. church services last Sun day evening. The service thruout was of a profitable nature. An up lifting sermon was preached by the pastor, Rev. Crawford Grays, on "Spiritual Loneliness,"from Matt. 8:20 an inspiring gospel duet was surg by Mrs. Cairns and Miss Ken nedy, and helpful devotional exer cises were conducted by Mrs. Grays. In calling upon Mr. Crawford to make a farewell address, Rev. Grays bore warm testimony to his labors, and stated that they were losing a loving friend, a loyal Methodist, and a good citizen. In response, Mr. Crawford said, in part: "I always knew it would be a painful task to bid you farewell, but I have not realized before now how closely I have become identified with the lives of Willmar people, both in their church as well as in their commercial life. I cannot express as I would the appreciation I feel for the kindness that has been shown me and my family by the people of this city. I am glad I have been of some service to the Mechodist cause, and believing that Methodism has a mission in this city, I have every confilence of its ultimate success.'' In concluding, he urged all who could to support and assist the new pastor and his wife in their ministry. On Monday evening a number of friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Leslie to bid Mr. and Mrs. Crawford farewell. Mr. Crawford was presented with a beautiful hand painted album con taining the names of all those who had enme to say goodbye. Early Tuesday morning Mr. and Mrs. Crawford lett for their new home accompanied by the well wishes of a large number of friends. A RUFFIAN TRIES TO STEAL POCKETBOOK While Agnes Brandt, a 14 year old girl from Sioux City, was wait ing at the depot for the evening Flyer last Saturday afternoon, a ruffian grabbed her pocketbook, which she had left in her seat for a minute, and started off over town on a run. Fortunately, Chief of Police Gilbertson happened to be close by, and as soon as he was notified he gave chase. The scoun drel had gone only about a block when he noticed that the police was after him, and realizing that he was up against it, he returned to the depot and handed the pocket book back to its owner. Just then he was nabbed by the chief and taken to the county jail. At first he refused to give any information in regard to himself, and he even protested that he had found the pocketbook, but after a little "sweating" he confessed. He said his name was Charles Kellog, and that his home is in St. Paul. As the girl was anxious to continue on her way to Kalispell, Montana, and for that reason would be unable to appear against the thief, he was escorted out of town about mid night. The pocketbook contained no cash, only a ticket and some bag gage checks, and that was probably one reason why he returned it so willingly and quickly. This immense Sale at "The Fair" store, Willmar, Minn., will con tinue to sell the big stock of mer chandise regardless of cost while it lasts. Come right away, don't wait, or you will lose money by not attending this stupendous sale put on by the Minneapolis Salvage Com pany. Now is your time to buy Holiday Goods. CO Wlfii.FSOTA HISTORICAL] fCOIETY. —TWEtV€ W PRICE 5 CENTS. NUMBER 44. PACES LOCAL BREVITIES I Seventy-nine is the count today. Mrs. C. H. Sherwood entertained a number of young people Friday in honor of her daughter Winni fred's birthday. A. L. Nelson has engaged the services of Miss Cora Syse, and she will have charge of the Nelson Mu sic Store from now on. Mrs. J. H. Taylor of this city has received ihe sad news of the death of her sister at St. Johns, Oregon, yesterday. This is the third sister dying in the last two months. Aldrich Elmquist of Fahlun, a brother fo Martin Blomquist of the Palace Grocery, has been added to the force of salesmen at the Gilbert O. Sand company's store. There will be a card party this evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Barrett, 179 Becker ave nue. Refreshments will be served by Mesdames Fred Ackerman, J. J. Barrett and J. F. Barrett. The sale of articles at the Guild hall tomorrow commences at 5 o'clock. Besides the articles offered by the Ladies Guild, the St. Agnes Guild will hold a sale of Christmas candies. Supper served at 5:30 and onwards. The ladies of the Swedish Lu theran church will serve coffee, sandwiches, etc., Friday afternoon and evening of this week, in the church basement. All are invited to come and enjoy the occasion and help the ladies in the cause for which they are working. Willmar is again to have a bow ling alley. This time the enter prise will be managed by C. J. Jor genson, and the place where the al ley will be located is the old Hans corn building on Pacific avenue formerly occupied by the Mnneapo lis restaurant. The bowling alley will probably be ready for business some time next week. Mrs. Ezzel Nelton, wife of the night porter at the Merchants hotel and night cook at the Delmonico Cafe, found a valuable pearl in a small oyster Thursday night, At first she did not think it was woith much, but she finally decided to go to a jeweler and have him examine it. The jeweler offered her $32 for it, but she did not care to part with it. At the council meeting last Mon day evening, Alderman Dahlheim was appointed chairman of the street committee in place of James Sanderson, resigned. A communi cation was read from the Commer cial Club asking that a charter com mission be appointed to draft amendments to the present city charter. The matter was referred to the city attorney, who will peti tion the district court to have the commission appointed. Held Up Near Spokane. The east bound flyer which passed thru here Saturday morning was held up by three robbers at Hill yard, near Spokane, last Thursday morning, and the mail car was rifled. The plan was to rob the ex press car, but the fireman foiled the holdups. He was ordered, at the muzzle of a revolver, to un couple the mail and express cars, but he uncoupled only the first two, the mail and baggage car, leaving the express car, which contained a good deal of cash, untouched. The detached cars were run down the tracks several miles and looted. The passengers were not molested. The amount secured by the robbers is not definitely known, but is es timated at between $6000 and $8000. The Great Northern and the govern ment have both offered large re wards for the apprehension of the robbers. Miss Edith Todd of Minneapolis will be at the Merchants Hotel next Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, with a fine line of hand painted china. 1 Change of Location Elkjer's Studio is now located in the new Carlson & West berg block and ready for business. The arrangement of our new studio quarters is modern and complete. The ground ^lass light gives us the finest light that can be employed in photography. The private dressing rooms in connection with our reception room will be apprecia ted by the ladies. We have demonstrated our ability to produce the finest kind of photographs. This coupled with the finest photograph establishment in Central Minnesota, ought to bring every thoughtful man and woman to us for their photograph work. We appreciate your patronage and you will appreciate having your work done in the only modern and up-to-date studio in Willmar. Call and visit. Watch our display cases. ELKJER BROS.