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IMPORTANCE Court Finds Commissioners Did Right In Allowing Crawford's Bill. DISALLOWED UNDER MISUNDER STANDING. THEN ALLOWED. County Attorney Loud Claims the Bill Should Not Have Been Paid. Judge Spooner has handed down his decision in the case of E. F. Crawford vs. the board of county commissioners of Bel trami county. As a conclusion of law, the court finds: "That the allowance of said claim by said board of county commissioners should be affirmed and that the claimant and plaintiff recover judgment against the said de fendants and appellants in the sum of ten dollars." Attorney E. P. Crawford appeared on his own behalf and County Attorney H. J. Loud appeared for the appellants. The memorandum with the findings of the case have been filed with the clerk of court because of the evident import ance attached by the counsel to the question involved. The action is the result of an appeal taken from the action of the,1 county board in allowing a byfcj! $10 attorney fees on Feb. 1'., id03. The bill was first dis allowed. The bill was for services ren dered Dec. 31st last. County Attorney Street was absent from tlie county. An insane pa tient requiring immediate ex amination on account of his con dition was brought before the judge of probate. Because of the county attorney's absence, Mr. Crawford was called to rep resent the patient, first being as sured that the county auditor would present the matter of the attorney's employment to the board of county commissioners at their next meeting, and rec ommend that he be paid for such services. The bill for these ser vices, as filed with the auditor, was $10, "a reasonable and just value of such services," accord ing to the findings of the court. The bill was presented at the i regular meeting of the board on Jan. 6. The commissioners, purely and solely by mistake of fact believing the bill to be pre sented in connection with an other matter, in form disallowed the bill, but in fact not passing upon the merits of the bill. On .Feb. 17, the date of the next meeting, of the county board, the bill was again presented and the commissioners, being advised of the nature of the claim and bill, and the facts out of which the same arose, ratified the act of the county auditor in employing Mr. Crawford to perform the services referred to and allowed the bill and claim for the full amount, S10. It was from this action on the part of the board that County Attorney Loud took an appeal. TTietwo points argued by Mr. Loud, are: "Ciiat the action of the board of county commissioners on the J[.6th day of January, 1903, was "final, and that its authority be came exhausted when the eniry of that date had made disallow ing said claim. "That the board of county commissioners had no power or authority to bind the county in A STOCK RAISING COUNTRY Leading Cattle Expert Says This Is a Good Cattle Country. AND THAT RED POLLS COULD BE RAISED WITH PROFIT. Grasses Grow Luxuriantly and Stock Would Soon Become Acclimated. J. W. Martin of Richland City, Wis., looking over the northern section of Minnesota with an eye to its agricultural and stock rais ing possibilities, says that stock of the right breed could be raised with profit in the region tribut ary to Bemidji. Mr. Martin has, for a number of years past, been in the bus iness of raising and importing red polled cattle, and now has one of the largest and finest herds of this variety in the ooun try. He is a leading cattle authority. The red poll has but recently been introduced into this country, the first animals being imported from the eastern coast of Eng land, where they have been known to exist for centuries. The thoroughbred red poll has no horns, and is of a deep red color, without any markings whatever. "This breed of cattle would thrive on the land in this coun- try," said Mr. Martin yesterday, in reply to an inquiry as to the possibility of introducing the breed to the farming lands of northern Minnesota. "The breed soon becomes ac climated to almost any climate. They are very hardy and are valuable both for milking pur poses and for beef. The land in certain sections of northern Minnesota, especially that in this vicinity, is destined to be one of the greatest grass districts in the country. Your season may be a little short for corn and some crops, but for grass, root crops of all kinds of grain, it is unexcelled. "The red polls would thrive just as well on tnis land as they would anywhere in the country, and perhaps a little better. The pasturage is luxuriant." Subscribe for The Pioneer. any event, either by employing the claimant in the absence of the county attorney, or by ratify ing such employment, by the county auditor under the circum stances as set forth in the find ings of fact." In his findings the court states that if the rule laid down in "True vs. County Commission ers, supra, is correct, then the employment of Mr. Crawford by the board of county commission ers, or the ratification by them of his employment by the auditor was legal and proper, whether the view be taken that it was done under the implied power of the board in the absence of a statute limiting its rights, or whether the act of 1&95 be con strued to be broad enough to in clude such a case. Chester Snow left today for a trip to the Pacific coast. He will be gone about two months and will visit Spokane, Seattle, Ta coma, Portland and other west ern cities. The trip out will be over the Northern Pacific and re turning he will come over the Great Northern. ASSOCIATION IS REORGANIZED Old Northwestern Firemen's Association Again Revived. ORGANIZATION HELD MEETING AT CR00KST0X. Hallock Named as the Next Place for Holding a Tournament. At the meeting of the Northern Minnesota Firemen's Tourna ment association held at Crooks ton, the association was reor ganized with the counties of Marshall, Kittson, Roseau, Red Lake, Beltrami, Clearwater, Nor man and Polk as members. Hallock was selected as the next meeting place of the tourna ment. The regular meeting place of the executive committee will be Crookston. Its next meeting will be held on Feb. 9, 1904. The split in the old association was caused by the tendency to pull the tournaments off to the eastern part of the district. It is claimed that the small towns of the range country cannot afford to put up the right kind of a tournament, and the expenses of going to them is very great, as they are so far away from the valley counties. A. A. Goodman and Earl Geil were the delegates present from Bemidji. The following officers were elected for the new association: C. Duer, Hallock, president L. F. Parker, Blackduck, vice presi dent Ralph Blithen, Hallock, sec retary T. A. Johnson, Crookston, treasurer. The executive com mittee named is as follows: R. B. Johnson, Hallock L. B. Lin quist, Argyle E. B.'Nelson, War ren E. French, Blackduck T. R. Johnson, Crookston W. E. Black, Fosston Frank Jeffries, Red Lake Falls C. Fellmen, St. Hi laire B. V. Murray, East Grand Forks Earl Geil, Bemidji C. Weidenhofer, Fisher Dan Mc Millen, Stephen. It was decided to make the office of secretary salaried, and the amount of the salary to be fixed by the executive committee. GOT DUCKING Rev. McLeod Fell Into the Lake Yesterday While on a Picnic. E. L.-Naylor and family,- Rev. McLeod, wife and sister, Miss McLeod, the Misses Nellie and Alice Shaw and Miss Haldeman held a picnic at Stony Point yes terday. The party had a pleas ant time. There was but one thing to mar the pleasures of the day, and that was the ducking sustained by Rev. McLeod. In getting a pail of water he walked out on a dead tree leaning out into the lake. In stooping over to fill the pail the dry limb which he had grasped to support him self suddenly broke, letting him fall into the water. There is a deep hole at this spot and Mr. McLeod was thoroughly soaked. There were no serious results, however. P. A. Law, representing the Springer Cigar company, left for Grand Forks today for a visit with his family. THE DAILY PIONEER. vOLUME 1. NUMBER 93. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, SATURDAY. AUGUST 8, 1903. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. 'V^V^^V^^W^^^^^V^^VS^^VS^^iV^VW^^* S'HOL EJS ALE A N R..E A IiL Affidavits In a Land Case Are Found to Be of a Spurious Nature. A case of alleged perjury and fraud in connection with an at tempt to enter certain lands in Northern Minnesota has come to the notice of the officials of the Duluth land office. Several years ago Odin T. Wick, an assignee of Mathew Reed, made application to scrip certain lands in section 2s, town ship 54-1:2 with soldiers' ad ditional scrip. Certain sus picious circumstances in connec tion with the case caused the special lands agents to investi gate it. It was discovered, it was claim ed, that the affidavits which had been filed to certify that Reed had a right to the scrip, being an old soldier, were false. At the hearing of the case, the testimony in which was taken before the United States commissioner at Little Rock, Ark., and forwarded to the Duluth office, William Stout, of Little Rock, testified that he himself had forged the affidavits. He is now serving time in the state penitentiary in Arkansas for the act. After an examination of the testimony, the Duluth officials decided to cancel the entry. While it was not proved that Reed had no right to the scrip, but merely that the affidavits certifying to that effect were forged, the Duluth officials be lieved that there was a strong probability that Reed had come by the scrip in some nnlawful manner, and decided to render the decision cancelling the entry. FAIR~GR0UNDS Has Heen Decided to Hold Race Meeting Here This Fall. It has been decided to hold a fall race meeting in Bemidji, at the new fair grounds. Work has been started on stables for ten horses at the grounds and early next week work on grading the track will be started. A judge's stand will be built opposite the srrand stand and the track will be fenced in. Whether or not to hold a county fair here the coming fall is still an undecided question. It is very probable that one will be held, however. It would un doubtedly be a good thing for the town and county. O. Sanders of Grand Forks is visiting in the city. WERE FORGED SCHOOL BOARD FRED C. SMYTH, President TH0S. P. SMYTH, Sec.-Treas. D. C. SMYTH, Manager BEMIDJI MERCANTILE CO. Opposite the Old Court House Groceries, Flour, Hay and Grain Awarding of (he Contract for a New BuildingElec- tion of Officers. The new school board will hold a mooting tonight and perfect its organization. Officers will be elected for the coining year. An important mattei to come up at the meeting will Be tho lotting of tho contract for building the new four-room addition to the Bemidji school house. There are a num ber of bids in. It is desired to have the building completed at the earliest possible date, nm\ worlc will bo started immediately after the letting of tlie contract. Tho structure will be of brick and stone, finely finished Mail Delayed. Owing to the lateness of the Twin Cities train, which usually makes connections at (J rand Porks with the east bound pas senger arriving here at 12:26 p. in., the Twin City mail did not arrive in Bemidji today at the usual time. The two trains failed to make connections. Pleasant Party. Mrs. A. T. Wheelock gave a party Thursday night at the Wheelock home in honor of her son Roy, inviting a number of his friends. There were 22 young people present. Refresh ments were served and games were played. The evening passed off very pleasantly. Frank Bush of Walker- is stop ping in Bemidji. W. M. Fouley arrived from Fargo yesterday. John Gavin, St\, father of Mrs. E. K. Anderson, left for his home at Grand Forks yesterday, after an extended visit at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. M^' Gavin returned to look after the harvesting of his 300 acres of The Rage for Speed. The writer in the Horseless Age claims that.traveling at high speeds in motor cars breeds a form of disease or a mania for such recreation that is positively dangerous." This may be putting the facts too strongly, but there is certainly a limit beyond which it is unreasonable to go whether you are driving a horse or an automobile. Before the speed limit is reached there is wonder ful exhiliration from the large quantities of fresh air inhaled. Golden grain belt beer produces much the same effect, resting the nerves and refreshing the entire body. You should use it regularly in your home. Order of your nearest dealer or be sup plied by J. Essler, Bemidji. WAS INJURED IN RUNAWAY Palmer Erickson Sustained Serious Injuries at Sol way Yesterday. UPPER AND LOWER JAW BOTH FRACTURED. ARE Thrown From a Two-Wheeled (art, His Head Striking a Stump. Calmer Erickson, To years old, received serious injuries in a runaway four miles north of Sol way yesterday, and was brought to Bemidji and placed in St. An thony hospital under the care of Dr. Henderson. The man suf fered a compound fracture of the lower jaw, a fracture of the upper jaw, and received a cut on the back of his head, besides other bruises. It is thought that he will recover. Mr. Erickson and his sou Henry were returning to Solway from a trip in the country. They occupied a two-wheeled cart drawn by a single horse. Com ing to a hill, not very steep, the horse was allowed to go at a good speed. When half way down the hill the king bolt worked out, frightening the animal and caus ing it to run. At a sharp turn in the road the old gentleman was thrown from the rig, strik ing his head on a stump at the side of the road. His son escaped without injury. Mr. Erickson was picked up in an unconscious condition and brought to Be midji, his son accompanying him. Mrs. John Inglebertson of Grand Porks, daughter, and Henry Peterson of Shevlin, a son-in-law of the old man, arrived last night. COUNTY BOARD Holds a Special Meeting on Aug. 20 for the Purpose of Bonding County. The board of county commis sioners will hold a special meet ing Aug. 20 for the purpose of bonding the county to raise sufficient money to pay for the construction of ditches number one and two. The regular ad journed meeting of the board will not be until Sept. 8. Louis Deichert, who has been visiting at Grand Forks Bay for the past few days, returned to Grand Forks yesterday. His family remains in Bemidji.