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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 94.
HE CLAIMS SELF DEFENSE W. E. Coddington the Self confessed Murderer of Henry Kehring SAYS THAT IT WAS A CASE OF KILL OR BE KILLED. He is now a Prisoner in Coun ty Jail at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. W. E. Coddington, the self-, confessed murderer of Henry Kehring, the Big Fork settler, last week, says that the shooting was done in self defense. Al though he had plenty time to escape he did not attempt to do .so, but waited until the officers arrived and then gave himself up. The killing took place last Tuesday afternoon about 1 o'clock, thirty miles from the nearest railway station, Bena. There were no witnesses to the tragedy. Coddington is now in the Grand Rapids jail. He will have a hearing today or tomor row. The man claims that he can produce at least five witnes ses who will testify that Kehring had on the day before threatened to kill him. In substance the prisoner's story is as follows: Last Mon day Kehring came to the claim of W. G. Parsons where Codding ton and four other companions were working on a house. He threatened to kill Coddington if the latter did not produce $10 which he claimed was due him, and at the same time produced a revolver. After repeated.threats he finally left the place. That night as Coddington was driving home past Kehring's place in company with Prank Wassmeke the old man rushed out of the house brandishing a revolver and threatened to kill Coddington. Wassmeke whipped up the team and they escaped unharmed. Tuesday afternoon about 1 o'clock he was again driving by Kehrings place, this time alone, when Kehring rushed out at him, gun in hand, swearing and threatening to shoot. The horses became frightened, started to run, threw Coddington out of the wagon and also his rifle, which he seized and began to fire in the direction of his antagonist. Three balls took effect, two hit ting Kehring fairly in the breast, passing completely through the body, the other ball entering the left side and passing out on the right side. DISMISSED Frank Schauls Given Hearing Be fore Judge Achenbach This Morning. Frank Schauls, a Bemidji sa loon man, arrested last week charged with having refnsed to return a man's watch left with him for drinks when the neces sary cash was produced, had a hearing before Judge Achenbach this morning and was dismissed, as nothing could be proven against him. It is alleged that a customer took 40 cents' worth of drinks, leaving a valuable watch with Schauls as security, and that when he returned later and produced the 40 cents the bartender ref used to give up the timepiece. Subscribe for The Pioneer. CAR SHORTAGE Railroads are Taking Steps to Avert One This Fall. Operating officials of all lines are taking energetic steps to avert a car shortage when the wheat crop from Minnesota and the Dakotas begins to move, and although it is believed the lines will be better prepared for the rush than last year, there is a general belief that during its height the Head of the Lakes elevators and yards will again be congested and the lines will be short of cars. Eastern lines are already pre paring for the fall rush and many of the important systems have issued orders directing a strict enforcement of the demurrage rules and the prompt movement of loaded cars. Lines out of St. Paul have been insisting for two months on an observance of the rules governing cars received by consignees and are keeping their their equipment well in hand. J. H. Hamre Dead. J. H. Hamre, about 28 years of age, a well-known Bemidji musi cian, died of consumption at 10 o'clock yesterday morning. The body was shipped this morning to Preston, Fillmore county, where his father, who is county treasurer, resides. Mr. Hamre has lived in Bemidji for nearly three years and has a large circle of friends in the city. As a musician he displayed a con siderable degree of talent, and was often engaged to play for local dances. The deceased was a young man of exemplary habits and his loss will be a sad one to the community. A want ad in the Daily Pioneer is a winner. Try one. The best advertising medium Bemidji is the Daily Pioneer everybody reads it. R. H. Pendergast,' general agent for the Rose Hill Nursery of Minneapolis, is in town look ing up business. POISON IN THE AIR. Kittens and Cattle Ole Mysteriously In South Dakota. Oaooma, S. D., Aug. 9. The past week was the warmest in the bietory of the country. On Friday a heavy rain fell, thoroughly soaking the ground. Preceding the rain wag a period of de pression In the atmosphere that was, phenomenal. During the day almost every kitten less than six months o'd inthe vicinity of Oacoma died, whole litters being found lying dead together, apparently from the effects of some gaseous matter In the air. A bunch of eighteen head of cattle in one drove was seen coming down the flats when eight of them fell to the ground. A farmer living near by found six of the eight dead. The Iwo others Jumped up and ran frantically away. John Morris, a stockman living on White river, reports the loss of six head the same day. No losses have occurred since and none prior to that time, and it is generally believed that the copi ous rains which have fallen since have neutralised whatever of poison to ani mal life may have been In the air. MOUSE STEALS MONEY. Slsseton Merchant at Last Discovers Where His Cash Goes. Sioux Pails, 8. D., Aug. 9.For some time Gustav Lundblood, a Slsseton merchant, has been the victim of a mysterious robber, who seemed to have a decided preference for green backs, and abstracted them from his money drawer from time to time. A close ich was maintained for sev eral weeks, but although the money continued to disappear, no else could be secured as to the Identity of the thief. The myBtery surrounding ta disappear :e of the bills has new been solve*., and in an unexpected manner. While clearing out some goods from beneath a counter th* merchant discovered a mouse's neat which had been constructed with the missing greenbacks, which aggre gated about $25 in value. AN ELECTION OF OFFICERS Organization of the Board of Education Perfected Sat urday Night. J. J. JIXKIXS0X WAS ELECTED AS PRESIDENT. D. C. Smyth Re-elected Secretary and \Y. A. Casler Made Secre tary for Coming Year. Saturday evening the board of education, with its two new mem bers, held a meeting at the schoolhouse and perfected its organization, electing the follow ing officers for the ensuing year: J. J. Jinkinson, president D. C. Smyth, secretary: W. A. Cas ler, treasurer. Mr. Jinkinson as president takes the place of Com missioner Carson, a retiring member of the board, and W. A. Casler steps into the position oc cupied by John Graham, the other retiring member. The bids for the new four room addition to the schoolhouse, and for the constructing of a heating plant were opened, but no action concerning them was taken. The meeting was ad journed to 2 o'clock this after noon, when the contracts will be let. SWAMP LANDS Will be no More Contests in the Duluth Land Office. No more contests against the state's claim to swamp acreage will be heard in the Duluth land office, according to an order which reached that office from Commissioner J. H. Gimple of the United States land depart ment. All must be appealed to Washington for settlement, says the News Tribune. The change is brought about because in the future all such contests are to be settled on the authority of the field notes of the United States surveyors. Oral testimony -will be rejected. As all the records and data gathered by the engin eers are kept in the national capital it will be much more con venient to have the cases con ducted there. It will be necessary for the contestants to enter their com plaints at the Duluth office, how ever. They will be rejected and then those who bring the con tests will be privileged to file an appeal, having them carried be fore the higher authorities of the department. A number of these contests were recived at the Duluth office before the order went into effect. They will be heard and decision rendered according to the former system NEW MANAGER Fred Smyth Now Head of the Bemidji Mercantile Company. Fred C. Smyth has resigned his position as manager of the Blackduck Mercantile company to become manager of the Be midji Mercantile company of which he is the president. Mr. Smyth has been financially inter ested in the latter concern since its incorporation. His many Be midji friends are pleased to learn that he is to reside in this city henceforth. THE DAILY PIONEER. BEM1DJI, MINNESOTA, MONDAY. AUGUST 10, 1903, W 0 E S A E A N RETAIL MILES STEPS OUT RETIRES FROM SERVICE AS COM- MANDER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY. GEN. S. B. M. YOUNG SlCCEtDS HIM WILL ASSUME DUTIES UNTIL GENERAL STAFF LAW GOES INTO EFFECT. MILES ISSUES AN ADDRESS WORD OF FAREWELL TO ARMY HE HAS COMMANDED FOR EIGHT YEARS. Washington, Aug. 9. Lieut Gen. Mlso A. Miles, commanding the army, retired from active service at noon to-day, having reached the age limit of sixty-four years. The following order was issued at the war department: "Washington, Aug. S, 1903The re tirement from active s ice by the president Au* 8, 190? Lieut. Gen. Nelson A. Miles, U. S. by operation of law under the provl as of the act of congress approved JI... 30, 1382, is announced. Lieut. Gen. Miles will proceed to his home. The travel en joined is necessary for the public ser vice. By order of the secretary of war. H. C. Corbin, "Adjutant General, Major General, U. S. A." Several other orders resulting from the retirement of Gen. Miles have been issued, one promoting Maj. Gen. Young to be lieutenant general and as signing him to the command of the army until Aug. 15, when he will as sume the duties of chief of staff an other assigning Maj. Gen. Corbin as president of the soldiers' home board another assigning Brig. Gen. Gillespie as president of the board of ordnance and fortification, and still another as signing Lieut. Gen. Young as a mem ber of the Sherman statue comrau sion. Gen. Miles issued an address to the army on the occasion of his retirement in which he referred to the glorious history of the army. He saia that he had faith that under all circumstances the army would maintain its Mg*. char acter, and that its future would be as honorable and glorious as had been its past history. His earnest solicitude and best wishes would ever follow the fortunes of the army. FUNCTION AT OYSTER BAY. Hit German Ambassador Presents Credentials to the President. Oyster Bay, N. Y., Aug. 9 Saga more Hill. President Roosevelt'? coun try home, was the scene yesierday of an interesting ceremony. Baron von Sternberg, who has been minister plenipotentiary of Germany to the United States since Ambassador von Holleben returned to Eu-ope, and who recently, on the retirement of Mr. von Holleben, was elevated to the rank of ambassador, present*i to the presi dent his credentials as ambassador, and was received formally in hie new diplomatic rank by President Roose velt. GOT ALL BALLED UP. Nsflro Bit Off More Than He Could Cnew. New York, Aug. 9.George Johnson, a negro waiter at Fort Hamilton, is proud of his lart,e mouth, and for a small wager he put things into It to demonstrate its size. Two soldiers from the fort offered to bet flO he could not put two golf balls into nil mouth ^V^yV^VVVyyyy^yyyvyVVVVW^V^^^W^yW^W^W^W^W^^WWM^M^M^ FRED C. SMYTH, President TH0S. P. SMYTH, See.-Treas. D. C. SMYTH, Manager BEMIDJ I MERCANTIL E CO. Opposite the Old Court House Groceries, Flour, Hay and Grain Phone 2 I 5 #VVVMVS^VVVVS#yVVVVVVVVVVVVAA^VVWVVSAAAAAAAAAAAAAA^^^AAAAAA B. mp same time aim ose nis teeth. Johnson look the bet and won the money, but in doing so sustained a double dislocation of the lower jaw. DESERT FROM ARMY. Artillerymen Find Long March Too Much Like Work to Suit Them. Chicago. Aug. 9.Th rty-flve of the 240 artillery men ordered out two weeks ago ou a march of L60 miles, to Camp Douglas. Wis., have deserted, according to reports received at Fort Sheridan. The Eleventh and Twenty fourth, batteries were xent. and are expected to arrive at the camp to-day. Twelve other men went by train to join them. WOMAN BROKER BANKRUPT. She Goas to the Wall Following a Slump in Mining Stocks. New Haveu. Conn., Aug. 9. Miss Sarah S. Piatt, a young woman who has dealt in stocks for several years, has filed a petition in bankruptcy. She is said to bo the first woman In this state to take advantage of the law. Miss Piatt's liabilities are only about ^10,000. A slump in mining stocks is said to have caused the trouble. Fish Pirates at Work. Seattle, Wash., Aug, 9 Federal Judge Hanford has ordered the depu ties to protect the fisheries in the lower sound, in which fish pirates aro said to be working. They secured $2,000 worth of fish in one hold-up. Runkle Has Surrendered. New York, Aug. 9.Maurice Runkle, who was jointly Indicted In Washing ton with August W. Machen and Thomas W. McGregor, in the postofflce investigation, has surrendered and cave bond of JE5.P00-. WISCONSIN SHEFP RANCHES. Worthless Land May Yet Be Valuable as Pasture. Grand rapids, Wis., Aug. 9.--George Taylor arrived yesterday morning *from Wyoming with 4,000 merino sheep which he will place on a 3,400- acre tract of land which he recently purchased near this city. Taylor fig ures that the stock could be shipped here about as cheaply as to Chicago, and, after being fattened, it would only be a short distance to market. W. F. Hogg & Co. of Chicago have also purchased 4,000 acres in the town of Saratoga which they are preparing to I convert i to a Hbeep ranch, if the ox periment prova a success Saratoga will be transformed into a mammoth sheep ranch and many thousands of acres or what .as once called worth less lands will thus be utilized. STABBED BY INDIANS. Two White Men Reported to Have Been Badly Hurt. Mora, Minn. Aug. 9. Otto Quick and Nfels Quick of this place are re ported ha been seriously stabbed in an at/ay with two drunken Indians on the Mllte Lacs reservation. Sun day afternoon the Quick boys made a purchase of liquor for the Indians, and soon a bunch of them were hilarious and brought knives into action. The Quicks attempted to take the knives from a brave named Oee-Kee and his son with the result that both were cut. MONEY CEASED TO COME. Then a Letter Tola" How a Soldier's Life Was Closed. Sioux City. Aurf. 9.Renso Cunning ham, an orphan formerly living at Ha warden, is reported drowned in the Philippines, where ue went a year ago as a soldier in the Tenth infantry. He had left an order with the paymaster that $10 a month be paid to the First National bank at Hawardea from his wagest. When the money ceased corning the bank wrote to Washington for an explanation. It ha just come, sayisg the young man was drowned. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. C0NTRACTN0TLET School Board Still In Session at the Time of Going to Press. At the time of pang to press, the school board has not let the contract for buiLcUng the addition to the school house. There are two bids in, ne from Frank Ma genu and the other from Olio Sieverson, both of Crookston. It is understood that the cost of the addition will bo about ^,500. This will include a full basement, which may bo used either as a gyinuasium or made into two more school rooms. Dragged to [ieath. Minnewar.Uan. N. D.. AUK. 9 James Duffy, a prominent runner living sir teen miles west of Minnewaukan, was found dead In a fields having fall on from the seat of a binder and being dragged to death BOAT NEARLY SINKS. Secret Kept From Passengers Until Vessel Is Beached. Ottawa, Out., Aug. 9.With the sev enty-five passengers on board in ig norance of their peril water rushed Into the hold of the steamer Enterprise yesterday until tha tires under the boilers were extin,'uiahed While the officers were engaged in keeping the passengers from knowing the sinking condition of the boat the captain changed his course to the nearest short The engineer by great efforts managed to keep enough steam in the boilers to keep the steamer under headway until shallow water was reached, and not until the lurch of the vessel told that Its bow had struck the beach did the passengers know that anything was wrong. When in formed of their escape- many of the women passengers became hysterical, but all were removed to the shore safely. GIRL TREES A FLIRT. 8et6 Dog to Watch Him While C-cwd Applauds. Carbondale. 111., Aug. 9. For two hours t.-.Lerda pretty Elsie Hoagler, with the aid of a bulldog, kept a flirt treed, while a largo crowd, attract! by the unusual spectacle, looked on, applauded the girl and "joshed" the victim. James Mauley, a lineman, was at work on a telegraph pole near the home of Miss Hoagler, when he espied her at the window. Humming Elsie of ChelKna, my sweet little girl." the lineman made desperate efforts at a conquest. Tiring of his persistence Miss Hoagler waited until he prepared to move toward the ground, then with ber bulldog she took a position near the foot of the pole. Tlge obeyed her command to "watch him," and for two hours Manley pleaded and begged pardon before he was forgiven. JUDGE STOPS LYNCHING. Promises That Grand Jury Will Act Quickly. Henderson. Tex., Aug. 9. Isom Strong, a negro. last night attempted to enter the bedroom of Mrs. Mollie Lacy, a widow. Mrs. Lacy gave the alarm and the negro was captured and taken to jail. The sheriff slipped the negro out of town, but a mob followed and took the prisoner from the offlcfers and brought him back. Preparations were made to lynch him but District Judge Levy promised the mob that the grand Jury would consider the negro's case at once. The mob then dispersed and the negro was taken back to jaiL