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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 82. BOARD FINISHES ITS WOR T0WN BOARDS. Members Say that Lax Methods Were Used In Passing on Assessments. No Time to Lose. An eminent surgeon used to remark to his assistants when everything was laid out ready for an operation: "Don't be in a hurry, gentlemen, for we have no time to lose." One can accom plish so much by keeping steadily at it and doing one thing at a time, but Americans seem to want to do everything at once. If we realize that restlessness and nervousness are the most serious faults of our race we should see the necessity for using golden grain belt beer to overcome the difficulty. It rests the nerves completely and puts one in perfect condition, mentally and physically. You will enjoy a case at home. Order of your nearest dealer or be supplied by John F. Essler, Bemidji. Loud Thunder. A thunder clap, startling in its been no damage done. Beyond a lisrht shower there was no rain. New Laundry. The new laundry, known as the Peerless, is now in full opera tion at 309 America avenue. It has only been running a few days, but business is reported good and rapidly on the increase. Subscribe for The Pioneer, The Board of Equalization cursions Tomorrow Has Worked Hard for Four Days. It is expected that the two Great Northern excursion trains CRITICISES WORK OF SOME OF torn()riw from Grand Forks and St. Cloud will brim? in the neigh borhood of 2,000 people to Be midji. The great attraction will be the ball game- to be played be tween the Grand Forks league team and St. Cloud. If the weather is favorable the atten dance at the game will propably be as large as when Crookston played oGrandlocal The county board of equaliza tion has finished its work for this though Forks is the year. It has worked hard for four days fixing up the assess ment rolls, and the members feel that they are now prepared to enjoy a well earned rest. Valuations tnroughout the en tire county show a general in crease over those, of last year. Criticism has been offered on the methods used by some of the as sessors in carrying out their work. In Bemidji, for example, all the horses in the town were assessed the same, 30, regard less of their, comparative values. The average is supposed to be about that amount, but this does not mean that every horse should be assessed the same. In other towns all the cows have been assessed in a similar man ner. According to members of the county board of equalization, town boards, many of them neg lect a good deal of their wTork. They are supposed to look care fully into the individual assess ments and equalize them where necessary, but this year the ma jority of them seem to have sim ply signed their names to the assessment rolls and left the work to the county board, whose business it is to compare the town assessments, not the indi vidual and raise or lower them as found necessary. loudness, frightened the timid in things. Only in a tew instances have Bemidii last night shortly before the inspecting officers of the army i i A mi. found a guard organization that over- midmght. The accompanying bolt of lightning put most of the matter of discipline, ando any attention electric light wires and many of to drill necessary in a first-class miii- i. 4. i. tary organization. thentelephones townto raril,y ou,7of business. Farther this therabout seems have iD-i People of tempo- A BI CROW Expected That 2,000 People Will Come In on the Two Ex- the groundsi. Al- league it is claimed that the St Cloud plryers can put up just as fast a gajnejhejiej^ on each team is about even. Special from Blackduck. Besides the two excursion trains to run into Bemidji tomor row from Grand Forks and St. Cloud there will be one over the M. & I. from Blackduck and in termediate points. Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Winter and son LaMonte, arrived from St. Paul on Tuesday. Miss Blanche Narveson of- Du- lttth, cousin of Arthur Narveson, is visiting in town. A marriage license was issued yesterday to Miss Alice C. Ever ett and Wm. Jensen. Mrs. Kate Smith of Verndale, Minn., is a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Helmer. Three drunks were up before Judge Reynolds this morning. One was sentenced to serve ten days in the county jail and the others were fined S each and costs. MONEY ASKED UNDER THREATS. Kidnapping of Children Promised Unless Widow Pays $2,000. Rock Falls, 111., July 25 The police and postal authorities are on the track of the blackmailers who have been terrorizing the farmers north of the city, and it is daily expected arrests will be made. The latest victim of the unknown blackmailers 1B Mrs. Henry Barber of Polo., a widow. Yesterday morning she received through the mail a letter demanding $2,000. The letter directed where and how the money should be left. For failure to comply with the demands meant the kidnapping of Mrs. Barber's two little children. It is believed the letter was written by those who sent one to James Grehling demanding $600 under penalty of burning his house. Mr. Grehling paid no attention, and a week later, while he was away from Home, his house was destroyed by fire. Will iam Tryce and James Brown each have received letters of the same nature through the n.ails. Of Tryce the black mailers wanted $500 and from Brown $700. NO BOUQUETS FOR MILITIA. Government Learns That It Is Sadly Deficient. Washington. July 25.Reports now being receive at.the war department indicate thai, there is room for great improvement in.the national guard of 'the United States. As a whole the militia is in a deplorable condition and there is little evidence that any effort was made after the Spanish war to bring about an improved order of shadowe th grea majrit Sti.t ,n the FEAR AN ERUPTION. Vincent Fright Actlv htened by of a volcano. :ly Kingston. Jul 25 The Soufriere volcano has been slightly agitated since July 19. emitting puffs intermit tently, which cauF- petrified clouds and "low rumbliiv.-- A severe earth quake shock v. felt at 1:40 a. m. Tuesday. accompanied by a subterran ean sound of cracking, which shook the bViildings here and threw the pop ulace intc a state of consternation. They feared that a disastrous phenom enon would follow this earthquake, similar to that of July 17. 1902, which preceded the eruption of Sept. 3. 1002. TRIED O COMMIT SUICIDE Mrs. Forbes Hung Herself With Pieces From Her Skirt. FOUN BEFORE PURPOSE WAS ACCOMPLISHED. Was In the City Jail at the Time In a State of Intox- ieation. A startling incident which oc curred during the encampment, kept quiet by the police until the visitors left town, was tile at tempted suicide in jail a couple of nights ago of Mrs. Neva Forbes, a woman from one of the sporting houses. Mrs. Forbes was arrested for being drunk and disorderly. This was early in the evening, when she was placed in the city jail and left alone. Shortly after this a man passing by the struc ture heard the sound of someone struggling in one of the colls and upon investigation found that the woman was hanging from the top of her cell, a rope made of the ruffles torn from her dress tied about her neck. The cell was locked, but the officers with the keys were soon summoned and the body taken down. With considerable difficulty she was revived and taken to her board ing house to be cared for. She had tied the cloth rope to the top of her cell and then, with a noose in the end about her neck, had jumped from a projection at the side of the cell. The morning after her experi ence she said that she remem bered nothing whatever of the occurrence, but complained of having a very sore neck. She could not remember of having had any desire to commit su icide. ___!_ NOTICE. Sealed proposals will be re ceived at the Bemidji, Minn., postoihee until Auj,'. 10, 190IJ- for leasing premises for a postoflico at Bemidji, Minn., for a term of live years. Blank proposals may be obtained at the postoflico where form of lease may be seen. Dated July 24, 1903. C. L. MORRIS, 8 -}-84-H7 Postofitice Inspector. BULLION IS STOLEN. It Is Doubted If the Robbers Can Get Away WIH The*- Lo~y Phillipsburg, Mont., July 25More than 500 pounds or bullion, worth $100,000, was stolen from the retort room rn the Bimetallis mill at an early hour yesterday morning. The thief or thieves left no clew as to their identi ty or as to the manner in Which the bullion was taken away. The loss was discovered shortly after the day shift went to work and was immediate ly reported. The officials of the com pany at once im'ormed the authorities of tbe theft and officers are at work on the case. It is thought that it will be impossible for the guilty persons to get out of the country with their booty. They could not have traveled far with it before the loss was discovered, and the authorities in every section of the country have been notified and will be on the lookout for the crim inals. HELD FOR TRIAL. Circumstantial Evidence Is Against Young McLaughlin. Winona. Minn.. July 25.James L. McLaughlin, who was brought to this city from Wabasha county, chargec with havin? enrered the post office at Hammond, in that county last r,,e~..inber. THE DAILY PIONEER. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY. JULY 25, 1903, V**A*V^ and stealing money order funds, was jriwn a hearing be fore United States Court Commission er C. A. Morey. and was bound over to the next term of the United States court and his bail fixed at $1,000, which it is believed his brother in Wabasha will furnish. The evidence was largely circumstantial, but it wa's considered sufficient to hold him. Wholesale and Retail APPROPRIATIONS The County Board Provides for the Construction of Sev eral Co. Roads. The county board adjourned yesterday to September 8th. Lit tle business besides making ap propriations lor town and county roads ^vas transacted yesterday. The following appropriations for roads were made: Town of Sol- way,$150 town of Turtle River, $200, to be expended on a road between sections 5 and ti town of Port Hope, 20j for a road to run north and south on section 32, betwocrr sections 2!) and 82 and between sections 2* and 32 east and west. John McDougaid, was instructed to advertise for bids for the con struction of two roads running out of Blackduck, one to Langor and the other to Battle River. MONUMENTS FOR TROOPS. Pennsy' 'anians Will Dedicate Three of Them in Succession. HarriRL.arg, Pa., July 2 The three commissions created to arrange for the dedication of monuments to Pennsylvania soldiers in the South, have fixed upon th'1 following dates: Andersoiiville prison, Nov. 10 sw enty-thini Pennsylvania regiment, ChaTtanootui, Nov. 11. Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania regiment, Shiloh, Nov. Gov. Pi'imy packer and staff and state oiliciaJs leave hen- on a special car for Audorsqnyiile on Nov. 'J. JESS- GRANT GETS MILLIONS. He and Col. A. K. Owen Obtain Mexi can Concessions. New York, July 25. Jesse Grant, son of former President (Irant, is ex pected in Baldwinaviile on Saturday to confer with Col. A. K. Owen con- cernlnR property in Mexico. Mr. Grant assisted Mr. Owen^lu getting concessions from Mexico which, under a recent court decision, property was awarded him valued at $50,000,000 He Is heavily interested with Col. Owen in a railroad and other property at Tepo lohampe. RELIANCE BEATS COLUMBIA. Gives Old Defender Worst Beating She Ever Sustained. Newport, R. 1., Ju/y 25. In a race for a special cup yesterday the Reli ance gave the Columbia the worst beating she has ever sustained in a contest sailed in a good whole-sail breeze. 9a.ling over a course thirty eight miles in length, nearly twenty of which were dead to windward, the new cup yacht finished 18 minutes and 4f* seconds ahead of the old cham pion. HAD SEVEN CENTS, And With That Capital Two Boys Were Bound for Europe. Chicago, July 25.Europe was the goal sought by Hugh McGee and Frank Kelly, two thirteen year-old youths of South Omaha. Neb., whose combined capital was 7 centri, but the projected tour of foreign lands ended at Evans-ton. The two boys were ar retted at the railway station, where they were taken off a fast mail train found for Chicago from Madison. Win. Two Men Badly Scalded. Detour. Mich.. July 2f *A tube in i the boiler of tbe steamer Turret Court blew out when that steamer was abreast of here yesterday. Two men were badly scalded. FRED C. SMYTH, President TH0S. P. SMYTH. Sec.-Treas. I C. SMYTH, Manager BEMIDJI MERCANTILE CO. Opposite the Old Court House Groceries, Flour, Ha and Grain Phon 2 1 5 Aolan Miller of Duluth is visit ing his brother, l'\ Miller. Tile iiiy i'iotuvr want eel Ulnns arc good result sellers. Try them, m.ouiMtKS ARE GONE. Sweetheart of One Man Is Believed to Have Aided the Escape, Waulcegafi, Wis.. July 25.- Aided by his Chicago sweetheart. Charles Den nis, one of the most notorious safe blowers in the country, made his es cape from th-' jail here. With him lied Frank Lattimore, a cracksman equally well known to the police in every city. The woman, supposed to be Bertha McGuire wis waiting for them Just outside Itl. a buggy drawn by a Meet horse. Into this vehicle the two men sprang. The lash was freely used and the trio began a long drive to Chicago, The Chicago police have fieeu warned. MORE TIME FOR RONK. His Case Is Put Off for Argument for New Trial Until August. Blue Earth. Minn., July 25. District court convened here yesterdav. In the case of Berl Ronk, Attorney Henry Morgan of Albert Lea asked a further stay of proceedings Judge Quinn was at first unwilling to grant stay of more than one day, but finally contin ued the case until Aug. IK. At that time a motion for a new trial will be made. A motion was made to admit Ronk to bail, but this was denied. Ronk is under sentence of twenty years for tbe killing of Charles Eberleln. THE NE W TOW N 01-' KELLIHER bituated ah it is, at the head Bullhead I.ako. and at the terminus of the Bullhead hruneh of the M. & I. railway, and being in the heart of the timber dis trict where logging will be carried on extensively for the next fifteen years, is bound to be a thriving town in a very short time. The SDTl in thlfl vicinity is loam with ejay subsoil, Bhowing excellent pros pects in regard to agricultural purposes- TJbe O'Kelliher Mercantile Co. of Blackduck will build a Farge general -tore, to supply loggers and farmers. "THK young town- in Northern Minnesota are fam- ous for their rapid growth, and everything goes to .-how that KELLIHER will be one of the busiest logging centers in this district. For information regarding prices of lots, or other general information, write or call at the Crookston Lumber Company LOGGING DEPARTMENT BEMIDJI MINN. TEX CENTS PER WEEK. We Sell Large Quantities and Our Goods Are Always Fresh HEAVY RAIN The Country West of hVmidii as Far as (irand Forks Gets a (ioori Soaking. Grand Tories and vicinity was visited last night by one of the heaviest rains ol' the season. Grafton -and Minto report heavy rains. In M*iuto the rain,fall fur fifteen minutes was the heaviest ever experienced in that section. Emerado was Hooded, and at Fisher, Crookston and other por tion's of the Valley the storoa was heavy, but ho serious damage is reported. Crops Not Improving. St. James, Minn, July 25. Crop prospects In this county are growing poorer with every rain Tuesday night a hail storm passed over the south eastern part of the county, but, as there was little wind, the damage was not great. Barleiy harvesting is In full blast. A strip of country five miles wide and fourteen miles long just north Of Ormslev. was visited by a heavy wind storm this week, and not a stalk of grain remains standing. The crops are a total loss.