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The Bemidji Pioneer.
KAISER & GREELEY, Publishers
Entered In the postoflice at Bemidji a
second-class matter.
Official County and City Paper.
SEVERAL months the
public has been wondering
just what field the Bemidji Sen
tinel was trying to fill in a com
munity already covered by two
newspapers. Some imagined it
was merely a memorial to Ed
ward D. Neill, who wrote an early
history of Minnesota. But at
last the mission of the now "what
is it?" has been revealed. The
lurking sgerpent in the shrubbery
has poked forth its head and the
forked tongue and glittering
beady eyes are plain targets for
the "seed of woman."
Last week the Sentinel came
out openly as an opponent to W.
F. Street, and intimates that its
mission on earth is to sting his
ambitions to death, should he
run for county attorney or state
senator, or any other office. A
lew years ago the News came
into existence for the same pur
pose, but while its poison was
most virulent, Mr. Street car
ried a charm which made him
proof against the savage fangs of
the en?my But the Sentinel is
young and its fangs are not
dulled with age, so it hopes to
make a success of what the News
made a failure.
We are really sorry to see the
new paper crouching to the com
mand of a few fool friends. Had
it pursued an independent ca
reer, fair to all men, and waited
for a footing before it began to
dictate the affairs of the county,
it might have made a more favor
able impression Under such
a career it was sailing while D.
K. McPherson, its founder, was
at the helm. But a piratical pol-1
icy boarded the ship and Capt.
McPherson jumped overboard!
and swam ashore, escaping with
life and honor. Now it has i
placed itself forward as a polit
ical sheet to boom the private
fortunes of a small faction and to
cut the throats of public men
who have gained and will hold
the confidence of the people.
When its mission is known, the
Sentinel will cut few throats and
little ice. So far, the Sentinel
has had excellent backing, in
fact it was the only paper in
town to got paid for its editorial
opinion on a certain bond propo
sition. But an infant should
learn to walk upon its own feet
before it attempts to run a
The Posston Thirteen Towns
started out last week on its
nineteenth volume, and the ninth
year under its presentpublisher,
A. W. Poss. Historically the
time is short, but in the eyes of
pioneers the time is long. Then
Fosston was iu the very limit of
civilization with the roughness
of the frontier in evidence on all
sides. But the primeval forests
to the east was brushed aside by
hardy woodsmen and the prair
ies to the west sprang into
farms beneath the gentle magic
of the plow and harrow. So that
now Posston is a prosperous
little city with refinement and
comforts to the highest degree
everywhere visible. And in this
change, the Thirteen Towns has
lent a willing hand and is entitled
to a seat to the right whenever
the pioneers of the New North
hold a jublication banquet
closing court last
week McClenahan is
credited with advising Bemidji
to start housecleaning in its af
fairs or he would invoke the ser
vices of the grand jury with its
mop and broom. The criticism
was just and no doubt meant for
the welfare of the town and coun
ty. The long criminal calendar
to which Bemidji generously
contributed is certainly humili
ating to every honest citizen. It
gives the whole town a black eye,
whether we deserve it or not.
The need of an iron hand has
long been felt in" the supression
of vice here,-but it was lacking.
It is no use to bewail the follies
of the past, but it is wise to re
member the past in studying
the needs of the present. In the
past vice has made a kite of state
laws and village ordinances. The
worst criminals of the north have
been permitted to call Bemidji
their home. Resorts where
knock-out drops spouted were
given fatherly protection. These
are facts upon which Judge Mc
Clenahan probably based his
Already the village president
and council have shown a com
mendable zeal in reforming these
abuses. Just how far they will
carry this work depends, we
suppose, upon the encourage
ment they receive from the pub
lic. Public officials are but ser
vants of the people, and we can
not expect officials to travel
faster than public sentiment. If
the public favor a "wide-open"
or "close-shut" policy they can
usually get it by making their
wants known.
We understand that a move
ment is on foot among private
citizens to close up the gambling
dens. But we fail to see much
public sentiment back of it. As
long as public sentiment is not
strong enough to keep high of
ficials and prominent citizens
from being regular customers of
such resorts, it is folly to war
against the shops themselves.
We cannot account for the
malignant glee which the Crook
aton -papers take in throwing
mud at Bemidji. The Journal
gravely backs up Shevlin in the
assertion that our recent large
vote was cast by non-residents,
and the Times digs the following
mudball out of its editorial cess
Bemidji can now have a seat in
the baldheaded row. In the
matter of knockout drops, long
bladed knives and porcupine
boots, no other town in northern
Minnesota will care to spar for
What ails you, brothers? Is
your Bemidji subscription list
becoming baldheadedi'
The St. Cloud Journal Press is
positive Van Sant is the strong
est candidate the republicans
can run for governor. If that is
true, the party of this state
ought to rent a gymnasium and
"muscle up."
For Tiger.
No use to hunt tigers with
bird-shot. It doesn't hurt the
tiger any and it's awfully risky
for you.
Consumption is a tiger
among diseases. It is stealthy
but once started it rapidly
eats up the flesh and destroys
the life. No use to go hunting
it with ordinary food and med
icine. That's only bird-shot.
It still advances. Good heavy
charges of Scott's Emulsion
will stop the advance. The
disease feels that.
Scott's Emulsion makes the
body strong to resist It
soothes and toughens the lungs
and sustains the strength until
the disease wears itself out.
Send for free sample.
SCOTT & BOWNE. Chemists. 4 Pearl St., N. Y.
50c and $1.00 all druggist*.
C. W. Scrutchin, a colored at
torney of Bemidji, was admitted
to practice in the Federal court
at Fergus Falls on the 9th inst.
It is encouraging to see an occas
ional representative of that race
get engaged in some other work
outside of a barber shop or shoe
shining establishment. Brains,
not blood, tells the story, and if a
colored man is in possession of
them he can mount to the top. It
is a long way from slavery to the
position of practicing attorney
before a federal court, but Mr.
Scrutchin seems to have arrived.
Bertha Headlight.
fathered the Street boom, and
appears to be proud of the fact,
does not see in Watson's can
didacy a serious impediment to
the success of the Beltrami
boomer. However, the PIONEER
is too much imbued with the idea
that Street is infallible. Editor
Greeley should learn the folly of
wearing magnifying glasses in
his spectacles.
In writing the above, the Red
Lake Falls Courier must have
confused the PIONEER with the
Bemidji Sentinel. Editor Gree
ley wears no spectacleshis
eyes see clearly, but the Sentinel
editor who is assisting the demo
crat Courier to defeat a Beltrami
man, wears two pairs of glasses.
I Sketches... Y
"Fell off the Bridge."
With a sudden rise at Bagger's
bridge, high banks slope away on
either side. From the edge of the creek
to the top of the banks tall elm and
birch grew closely together. Their
high heads beat aloft the sun's rays
and hold back the strongest winds.
The shadows of twilight play upon the
bridge at midday, and the outer still
ness makes the hysterical babbling of
the brook beneath sound like breakers
on the seashore.
In this lonesome glen a woman
stands, a heavy shawl thrown over
her shoulders. Her eyes are fixed
upon the road that approaches the
bridge, by a winding route. A neigh
bor returning from the distant county
seat, finds her here, and rests hia
heavy packsack upon the railing ot
the bridge. He is Supervisor Bagger
who built the bridge which, bears his
'.'Hulloai Mrs. Kemp, are you out
taking the air?"
She nods her head, but her eyes do
not leave the road beyond.
"S'pose you heard of how the trial
came out?"
Again she nods.
"Hank is loose again, but I tell
you he was mighty shaky whea the
jury was out. I don't know what
ailed them that they didn't string 'im
"Juries are blind and justice is
dead," says the woman in a mournful,
listless tone, her eyes staring at the
opposite road.
"And I s'pose Hank will be trotting
back to this settlement as big as life,
and painted up as a saint. Maybe
we ought to get up a blowput in honor
of his coming back. Would you turn
out to welcome him, Mrs. Kemp?"
The smouldering fire in her dark
eyes blazes up for an instant. The
clang of a saber is in her voice as she
says earnestly:
"I will be there to meet him."
"Hank" in the eyes of the neighbor
hood is the slayer of Mrs. Kemp's
husband, who was shot a year ago.
Probably he was "mistaken for a
deer," but the guilt of his old enemy
Hank was conclusive to the neighbors.
Bagger looks back as he climbs the
hill and shakes his head sadly. It is
sunset now, but the widow keeps her
seeming vigil at the bridgo,
"Yes, boys," says Supervisor Bag
ger, who is conducting the inquest,
"that hole in his chest iooks like he
was shot, but the rocks are mighty
peaked down there where he fell, so I
guess it is all straight."
Hank is dead. He was found this
morning, lying on the rocks and roots
beneath Bagger's bridge. Partly in
the stream he lay where the passing
current shook in vain the lifeless
form: a look of terror was in his star
ing eyes Death's seal in blue and
white was smeared with blood.
The jury hastily agree that "de-
ceased came to his death by falling
off Baggers bridge," and their duty
is done.
"If the bridge don't tell, I will not,"
to himself whispers Supervisor Bag
ger as he signs the verdict. He is
thinking of a little womaii with eyes
fixed on the road.
(Continued From'First Pagro.)
The jury examined several witness
es whose testimony wove a tight net
around the two suspected murderers
Charles Brannock testifying to seeing
Ladue push overand rob McGlauchlin
early in the morning on America av
enue. After listening to the testi
mony, and examining the partial re
port of the state chemist and Drs.
Henderson and Morrison who conduc
ed the autopsy, the jury soon arrived
at the verdict as given above.
McGlauchlin died suddenly April 5,
under most suspicious circumstances,
and the arrest of LaDue and Berry
immediately followed. LaDue was
arrested here March 27 on a similiar
charge, but was not indited.
ijfcj*f A jftufc A
Not Worth
"Pick up a pin and you find luck"
We do not doubt a bit
But darn the pin we sometimes pick
By sitting down on it.
April has a hard job on its hands
closing up an open winter.
The Blackduck Times tells of a man
having his house framed. We hope
it is as pretty as a picture.
TheCrookston Times with its usual
whooper-er-up news policy says Dr.
Blakeslee "vaccinated" a trainload
of passengers.
The season of office-seeking' is at
hand and it is well to remember that
no politician is as black as he is paint
ed or as good as he is whitewashed.
Cass county is talking of bonding
for $65,000 to build a court house.
For plans and specifications for carry
ing the election, Walker should write
to Shevlin.
A grand-son of Robert Burns has
been located near Bridgie. A brother
of Senator Clapp lives near Bemidji,
so the Bridgie papers must prove that
Bridgie Moore was related to Tom
Moore, before they put on superior
airs over us.
This signature is on every box of the genuine
Laxative Bromo=Quinine Tawets
the remedy that cures a cold In one day
Bemidj i Townsit &
Improvemen Co
J. C. Moore, Sales Agent.
Office in
Boston Block, Bemidji, Minn.
$L The Stock Consisting of Groceries, Dry Goods, $
W Clothing, and Shoes formerly owned by James Mc- \jjf
W Nair is now in the hands of a Trustee and must be sold
Mackinaw Jackets, best all Wool
at 1-4 off
For Men, Youth and Boys, All
go at 1-4 off
We have a Good Line of all Wool
Kersey Pants at 1-4 off
Wool Underwear at All Kinds at
big reduction.
Cor. 3rd St. and Bemidji Ave.,
A Double Barrelled Offer Two excellent brands of
Flour are carried by us and we
want all good housekeepers and
other consumers of this im
portant article to become better
acquainted with their merits.
These goods are of fine flavor^
rich in nutritious elements and
go fartherest
Money saved is money earned. Now, money may be saved
by going to J. P. Young's for your Groceries and
Provisions, Flour, Feed and Hay. Remember
our special cut on Dishes and Glass
ware. It is a chance of a life
time to get a, set of
dishes at cost. I take all kinds
of farm produce at best possible prices
I have some fancy seed oats on sale which will not
last long. They are scarce. Come early and avoid the rush.
Ladies' Capes and
Call and see how cheap you can
buy them.
Shirts and Collars
We have a Big Line of Negligee!
and Laundryed Shirt and Collars.,.
One Lot with Collars and Cuffs,.,
well made, best Percales. Former
price $1, now .15c
Elegant Shirts worth $1.25, for^
sale at 98
You must see these goods to
know weat a good value we are'
In Groceries we are Selling at
Prices that Will Interest Yon I
I Keep Track of This Space
may know where
yoU cani lUdit yU 1U.HJ JVIJUVY VYIXCiC JU WW g^
J. F. JORDAN, Trustee
MWMW in wim mil i mm III i
JgAll persons knowing themselves indebted to James Me- W
'}h Nair will please call at the store where E. D. Gray
n\ can be found during business hours, the one that is fy
(f\ authorized by the Trustee to receive and receipt for (if
(f\ all monies due the estate of James McNair.
tfc i
geut mosv toi fo* you-r $
Bemidji, Ninn.

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