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EDWARD KAISER, Publisher Entered in the posto'fflce at Bemldji. Minn., as second class matter. PUBLISHED EVERY AFTERNOON. Official County and City Paper. NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS Copy for changes of advertisements in The DailyI Pioneer must reach this ofi"ce by io o'clock a. m. in-order to Insure their appearance in the issue of same day. THE MAFIA. The American people today are facing a very serious proposition in the shape ot a secret order known as the Mafia. This order is one of the uncanniest and red handed organizations in existence today. It was originally a cit izen's union to protect the people of Sicily from brigands and high waymen, but has become a mur derous band of cut-throats, kill ing all who come in its way. The threat of the Mafia in some of the eastern states today is enough to make the strongest quail. The essential idea of the Mafia is opposition to governmental authority. The Matia itself has no recognized head no one to give orders or pass judgment, and the large majority for entire secrecy they rely upon each member's hatred for established law and fear of vengeance. The Italians now parvade nearly every section of the country. They are the most dangerous ele ment that bequeaths to our po terity. They contribute very little to the nation's bone and sinew. They prefer to remain in ignorance and oppose the consti tution. America is such a vast country that a foreign organization of this kind does not seem of overflow ing importance but when that society is being constantly rein forced by immigration, and in a large number of cases shielded by our own political leaders, might not its existence be made a subject of governmental atten tion. I MAY be unjust to lay it to Editor Bernard, but whoever wrote the fish story in the Cass Lake Voice is either gifted with an imagination that is a wonder, or told it in a laudable effort to maintain a supremacy of Cass Lake above that of .Bemidji as a resort to be patronized by the sportsman, in ^which case it would not be considered by the average public citizen as a pre varication that was in any degree reprehensible. The story de scribes the success of a fishing party that had tired of catching pike and proceeded to troll for a muskallonge. It wasn't long be fore the hook apparently caught on the bottom of the lake, and the surface of the earth at once seemed to come to life. Three men and their wives composed the party, and they managed to tow the fish to shore where an Indian killed it with a paddle, and it 0was NOTHING found to weigh 47 pounds. The fact that the "muskie" is to be taxidermized and placed on exhibition gives the story some standing outside of that it attains by publication in so reliable a sheet as the Cass Lake Voice.Crookston Journal. adds more to the beauty of the home than well kept shade trees. All the money in Christendom could be piled into a gorgeous mansion, and it would look like a barren, stranded ark without trees and shrubbery surrounding it.Fargo Call. Australian Rabbits. A few year* ago the rabbit was the plague and v-read of the whole pastoral class in Australia. Australians are learning now to turn the rabbit itself into a commercial asset. Twenty mil lions of Au .tralian rabbit skins were sold in London last year, while nearly 3,000,000 rabbits frozen in their furs were sent to the London market from Victoria alone. The Australian rabbit is thus supplying the tables of the United Kingdom with food and the wardrobes of the civilized world with ornaments. FORTUNE IN THE MISTLETOE. Georgian Has Madu Money In Provid ing Wreaths ot Holly. In Georgia there is a farm devoted to mistletoe and holly growing. It is owned by the Cartledge family, con sisting of mother and two daughters, but the daughters do the farming. It all began through the failure of the el der sister to make an immediate tri umph in art, to study which she went to New York. She realized in the great city, as she never could have in her rural Southern homo, that talent for art is too general to leave much hope for special distinction, and wisely concluded to turn to something that would bring more speedy results. Be ing an observant young woman, Mlaa Cartledge noticed that holly and mitt tletoe brought extremely high prices and bethought her that on the 500 acres at home in Georgia both grew in wild abundance. She returned home and she and her sister began to pre pare for making the neglected luxuri ance of marketable value. In the months of January and February fol lowing they set out 10 acres of young holly trees with their own hands. The colored farm nands would not plant a holly tree for worlds, as they believe that if they did they would die as soon as the tree became tall enough to cast a shadow the measure of their graves. Last Christmas the sisters found the trees so grown that they required thin ning out and the trees that were re moved were sent North for Christmas trees and brought high prices, as they were symmetrical and covered with large, rich berries. They plant the mistletoe berries under the bark of the old oak trees in a crack or hole, where they can get a hold as they germinate. LEADS FIVE MILLION WOMEN. Mrs. Sewall Has Largest Following or Any Member ot Her Sex. Mrs. May Wright Sewall, president of the International Council of Wo men, can lay claim to having the largest voluntary following of any woman in the world. The organiza tion numbers 5,000,000 members, in sixteen countries. This council has three great purposes or reasons for existenceto prevent war, to spread peace throughout the earth, to find and publish to the world the laws af fecting the domestic relations of wo men in all the countries represented and to collect and distribute accurate information concerning the status, ac tivities, Industries and labors of wo men in the different nations. Mrs. Sewall framed the petition for peace, which was the only one offici ally commended by the peace com mission at The Hague. She is the leading club woman in the world and is the projector of one of the first women's clubhouses in the country. Her sympathy with the latest methods of education is manifest in her writ ings, her lectures and in the classical school in Indianapolis, to which she devotes her morning hours for three quarters of the year. Here she holds a weekly salon, famed alike for its hostess and its guests. This strong serene, white-haired woman is a great power for good in the progress of the world. Where Horses Outnumber Men. Attention has been called to the im mense number of horses which are being sent constantly from this and other countries to South Africa. Yet the great "expenditure" of horses caused by the Boer war will not ma terially affect the world's visible sup ply. In the Argentine Republic there are more horses than there are human beings, the proportion being 112 horses to every 100 of population. In Central Siberia there are 85 horses to every 100 inhabitants, and in this country the proportion is said to be 22 to every 100. In the Argentine Republic you can buy an ordinary peasant's horse for about $7. The horses used there for carrying the mail, which are pos sessed of great speed and endurance, can be bought for $15, and the finest sort of a horse, which would be worth $300 in New York, can be had in the Argentine Republic for $35.New York Press. Men's M| Now nnd Then. After a man has worn a moustache for ten, twenty, thirty or more years and shaved it off, his upper lip looks like a piece of dried pigskin. It is as expressionless as an army saddle. It gives to a weak mouth a rigid and de termined look. Compare the shaven lips of to-day with those of 100 years ago, when it was a crime against so ciety to wenr a mustache. The men's lips of Washington's time were like Cupid's bow. a term which could be applied to-day only to the lips of lovely women. Take any of the old prints. Look at any of the oil portraits of the period between 1770 and 1830. The sternest men in public life had the Cu pid's bow to perfection. Their lips were as soft as velvet. They must have had a "big drag with the girls." New York Press. Dipping the Dip Dipping the dip, it is said, will be the fad at Eastern shore resorts next season. The dipper of the dip seats himself in the cockpit of a long me tallic boat Some one cuts a string and the boat plunges down into a tank and becomes entirely submerged. Pres ently it leaps out of the water at the other end of the tank and the pas sengers get out quite dry as to their outward persons and profoundly im pressed. The theory of the inventor ?3 that the boat will travel so fa?* chat the law of gravitation will be tak en by surprise, and will be unable to act in time to drench the, occupant* of the cockpit* PARIS BANTING IN NEW WAY. To Eat Cold Food Only the Latest Plan of Reducing One's Weight. The new Parisian cure for too much flesh is to take all food, or nearly all, cold. The early breakfast of toast and eggs is eaten cold, and the food is washed down with cold coffee or milk. At luncheon there is nothing but cold meatu and cold puddings, with bread, cheese and salads. At night the meal consists of only mayonnaise of fish, cold entrees and entremets no hot vegetables, but perhaps, as a bonne bouche, a hot cutlet, lean, of cours Many people in Paris who are In clined to be stout, especially among "the women, are assiduously following the new cure, and most of those who tried it assert that they have ob tained satisfactory resi.'ts. LABOR TROUBLES ENDED. St. Louis Will Now Enjoy a Season of Peacv, Perhaps. .St. Louis, May 27.The settlement of the strike of porters, packers and freight handlers of the wholesale grocery firms in the Cupples station dif-trict, that went into effect yester day, carries with it the assurance of the winding up of the strike of the railroad freight handlers and the pre vention of a general strike of the teamsters of the International organ ization who were on the point of going out. "Robbery," a New Magazine. A magazine has been started In Belgium to chronicle the doings of the criminal world. It is called "Rob- bery," and will appear quarterly. It will contain accounts of famous thefts in days gone by side by side with descriptions of the most up to date methods employed by thieves, burglars, etc., though it is not to be, so far as known aa organ of the trade. Space will be also devoted to illustrating the various tools and in siriv '"i? used by the craft on noc turnal excursions in town and coun try. Dogma. In a public school in Sandusky one of the teachers in the primary grade gave the word "dogma" to her class as a basis for a sentence-building exercis*. As the class looked puz zled, the teacher repeated the wcrd, putting the accent. rather prominent ly on the second syllable. But the term seemed beyond the mental grasp of the children. None of them could produce anything. Time was called, and a wide-awake little girl snapped her fingers and read: "Our dog mo has three little puppies.'Selected. .PfllinllflG' Decorating Floor Finishing. Granite Floor Finish WALL PAPER and PAINTS W. G. JOKES TELEPHONE 20 Office Opp. City Boat House.J Livery Stable A. M.JBAGLEY SUCCESSOR TCT'J. J. JiXKIXSON New Carriages and Good Horses New and Second Hand Carriages For Sale BEMIDJI MINN. ^^*^^A/*VV*A 'v*^A/^ Jay L. Reynolds Attorney-at-Law. Office: Over Lumbermens Bank Pioneer Shoe Shop Rudolph Bohm. Prop. Repairing Neatly and Promptly Done 80ME ONE-LINE AUTHORS. Writers Whose Fame Rests Upon a Single Book or Quotation. It is one of the many odd experi ences of life that, while some men in pursuit of fame write a library of books and die and are forgotten, other men, under some happy inspiration, write a single line, poem or volume, and are forever ranked with the im mortals. In some cases immortality goes a-begging from the modest shrinking of an author to claim his offspring, as in the case of the oracle who penned the eloquent word "Don't" in answer to Punch's request for advice to those about to marry. Very few read Congreve nowadays, and fewer still could quote half i dozen lines from any of his* poems and dramas and yet. to many who have never even heard his name there are few lines more familiar.than the oft-quoted and misquoted, "Music \ath charms to soothe the savage oreast." Charles Wolfe, the Irish divine and poet, wrote many poems of excellence, but only one redeems him and all his works from obscurity, and of this few could get beyond the first line, "We buried him darkly at dead of night." Thomas Gray has left one legacy only from all his writings, but that is an imperishable onehis "Elegy Writ ten in a Country Churchyard," the most widely quoted poem in our lan guage. Yet those who can recite every word of it could probably not even give the name of a single other poem by the same writer. Lady Anne Barnard would have no place at all in the public memory if she had not written "Auld Robin Gray." A SYMPATHY IN COLORS. College President Rings Changes on Good Old Lady's Name. A certain college president employed a housekeeper named Green. One day when the president's wife had com pany Mrs. Green entered the room and was introduced to a caller. When the guest was about to de part she found herself unable to recall the housekeeper's name, but knew it signified a color, and concluded it must be Drown so she politely said, "Good-bye, Mrs. Brown I am very glad to have met you." At the supper table the incident was related to the president as a good joke on Mrs. Green. "She called you Mrs. Brown, did she?" said the president. "Well, that was Bauch better than to have been called Mrs Gray or Mrs. Red, Mrs. Yellow or Mrs. Black, wasn't it?" "I suppose that is the way to look at it," replied the housekeeper, "but I declare I never felt so green in my life." "Oh, well! It was of no consequence. I wouldn't feel blue about it," sooth ingly advised Mr. President. He Misled Them. "What has become of that Mr. Jol liem who used to be so fond of your little Percival?" we ask of the proud mamma. "Oh," she says, "don't mention that detestable person to me again!" "But why? He seemed thoroughly enraptured with the child. He was always dandling it on his knees and getting it to tulle for him" "That just it. He would take lit tle Percital en his lap and stuff the child with candy, and encourage him in every way to try to talk, and then and then" "And then what? He didn't try to kidnap the infant?" "Worse than that!" she lamented. "We learned that he was the manager of a biscuit factory, and his only pur pose in fawning over our darling was to get him to say something that could he converted into a name for a new brand of goods." Estate Easily Settled. An attorney from Houston, Tex., tells this story of Judge Roy Bean, justice of the peace in the Lone Star state, who is known better as "The Law West of the Pecos River": He held a- coroner's inquest on a Mexican who had been found dead near the Pecos river. The jury brought in a verdict of accidental death. The crowd was dispersing when the judge called them back. "There is another matter to attend to," he said. "On this man's body was found $50 and a six-shooter. It is contrary to the laws of Texas and to the peace and dignity of the state to carry concealed weapons. Therefore I confiscate the revolver and fine the deceased $1. The costs in the case are $49, which just settles his estate." One of Bismarck's Cousins. At Niederlheme in Germany lives a strange man. He is a first cousin of the late Prince Bismark, but he claims a higher lineage than this, for he tells everyone that he is the Mes siah. He spends all of his time in the forest and will have nothing to do with civilization. Recently a peas ant asked hira what he thought of death, and he replied: "The time is approaching when I will be the only person on earth, for I am the Messiah, and the kingdom that is promised to me will soon be established. Then champagne will flow freely and all will be happy?" To Protect Czar and Emperor. It is said that when the czar of Rus sia and the German emperor visit Rome they will be guarded by 1,200 detectives, who will masquerade as pilgrims, peasants, priests, nuns and other characters abounding in Rome and will lodge in all sorts of hotels, high-priced and low inns, in cloisters, private rooms and even houses of ill repute. Beltrami Avenue. LJAL & I Peterson & Hoff, Painters and Decorators. House Painting, Paper Hanging, Graining, Decorating, Etc., Etc. MODERATE PRICES. PAINTS, OILS AND WALL PAPER. First Class Sample Room. Choicest Brands. MACS MINT iGeo. McTaggart, Prop. Choice Wines, Liquors and Cigars, Buy a Lot LOCATE O N MALLARD LAKE, BELTRAMI CO. F. 0. 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