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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 100.
STORY O INDIAN LAND FRAUDS High Officials Charged With Having Tried to Fleece the Indians. AFFAIR IS TO BE CLOSELY INVESTIGATED. The Inquiry Will be Started at Once and Rapidly Pushed. The St. Paul Globe publishes a special dispatch from "Washing ton, which, if true, places Tains Bixby in a very bad position. Fol lowing is the dispatch: Washington, D. C, Aug. 17. Disclosures made through special agents who have gone to the In dian territory and Oklahoma in dicate that the scandals in of ficial life there will be more ex tensive in proportion to the num ber of persons involved than those in the postoffice depart ment. Special reports on file in dicate that the leading officials of the interior department and de partment of justice have become interested in various companies for the purpose of buying Indian lands at ridiculously -low figures and selling them at their actual value. Members of the Dawes commission are said to be impli cated in the alleged efforts to fleece the Indians, as also are several district attorneys of the department of justice. The value of the land in ques tion is several hundred million dollars. In the Creek nation alone the 20,000 Indians hare 160 acres each, while the Choctaw and Chickasaw country the In dian allotments are for 450 acres each. Most of this land is agri cultural and much of it is easily worth $25 to $40 an acre. Calls Them "Trust" Companies. Mr. Brosius, a special agent of the interior department, has sub mitted a report to Secretary Hitchcock reviewing in an ex haustive way the organization of the various "trust"' companies formed to gobble the Indian lands, and mentions the names of all the United States officials who have stock in them. Guy P. Cobb, who was internal revenue inspector for Indian territory, is the largest stockholder in the Tribal Development company, of Tishomingo. In this same com pany is E. Pliny Soper, United States district attorney for the northern district of Indian terri tory. Soper is the vice president of the company. The govern ment pays Soper $5,000 a year to represent it, and he is one of the men who has always been con sulted in Indian affairs. It is known that several months ago. when the rumors about irregu larities in Indian territory were first mentioned in the newspa pers, Attorney General Knox telegraphed for Soper to come to Washington. At that time it was stated that Soper*s resignation would not be accepted and that he must confront any charges which might be brought against him. Associated Press Corroborates. Washington, D. C, Aug. ITS At the request of the secretary of the interior the department of justice has undertaken to in vestigate the charges of land! frauds in Indian Territory, espe-1 dally the question as to the, propriety of government officials holding positions in connection with land companies operating in' REAL ESTATE The Market is Passing Through its Annual Midsum- mer Lull. The real estate market is pass ing through its annual midsum mer lull, during which there are comparatively few deals closed, although there is usually more or less inquiry for bargains in city and country property. This summer has not been different in this respect, thus far, from others and dealers report a large number of prospective buyers who are looking for jn'operty as a safe investment. If anything, dealers state, there are more prospective buyers than is usual in the summer months. In terest still keeps up in Bel trami county lands and Bemidji lots and some sales are being made right along. the territory. During his tour of the territory, two or three months ago, the secretary of the interior was informed that sever al officers of the government hold such positions and he im mediately ordered an investiga tion. The result has been to confirm the report. The inquiry will now be proceeded with. The department also will continue its investigation into the allegation of fraudulent practices in the matter of the disposal of the lands of Indians. WAS DISCHARGED Jack Oringer was Given a Hear ing at Cass Lake and Discharged. Jack Oringer, a Nebisli saloon keeper, appeared before United States Commissioner McDonald at Cass Lake, charged with sell ing liquor to Indians. Messrs. Shaffner, Smith, Anderson and Benner were witnesses for the defendant, and County Attorney Loud was his attorney. There were no witnesses appeared against him, so Mr. Oringer was discharged and the case thrown out of court. Gentleman And Judge. Cass Lake Voice: Judge Spoon er of Bemidji when he becomes tired of knotty legal problems betakes himself to the calmness and coolness of Cass Lake, and there while surrounded by some of the grandest scenery in Minne sota, solves perplexing subjects to the satisfaction of himself and with justice to the litigants. The judge made one of those trips last Saturday and while on his way to the lake stopped and con versed in the office on various subjects. Please come again. It is a pleasure to meet a gentle man, who is such an excellent judge. Good for Bemidji. Judging from a paragraph in the Groton, S. D.. Independent, E. J. "Willits believes in speaking a eood word for his town at everv opportunity. Following is the clipping: 'Elam Willits and family left for their home at Bemidji, Minn.. Sunday evening. Elam thinks that Bemidjia five-year-old town with about 4,000 peopleis the best town he ever lived in. The town certainly made a mar velous growth, and its location promises to make it one*3 largest cities Minnesota. of the Subscribe for the Pioneer. Advertise in the Pioneer MA BE LOCATED NEAR LAKE W. H. Bracker Thinks Water Plant Might Be Better There Than Elsewhere. GOO LOCATION NEAR ST. AN- THONY HOSPITAL. Plant Will Be Placed Where Best Water Can Be Obtained. V\". H. Bracken, chairman of the state board of health, who was in the city last week, re turned to St. Paul Saturday. Il will pav another visit to B'e- mitljiinthe near future, how ever, in the interests of the pro posed sewer system anil new water plant. On the state board of health will depend to a con siderable extent where the new water plant is placed, and along what plans the sewer is laid, for the state board must pass favor ably upon projects of this kind before anything can be done on the part of the village or city where the improvements are to be made. Mr. Bracken recom mended that the plans lor the proposed sewer be forwarded to the state board of health and his recommendations were carried out. He was of the opinion that the best place for the water plant to be established would be within eighty or one hundred feet of the lake shore somewhere in the vicinity of the St. Anthony hos rital, probably to the north of the building. He thought that pui water could thus be obtained, fit? the water from the lake would be thoroughly filtered by the time it reached the pump points and would be more apt to be pure than would be the case if it was taken from some spot farther from the lake and more centrally located as regards the business and residence section. Tests from all likely spots will be taken and the plant will be located, in all probability, where the purest water is found, even though the expense to the city be greater, for it is figured that in the long run this action would be cheaper. It is believed that the people want the best water at any cost. W. iS. Brannon is in town from Northome on business. James Brennan is down from Northome. GARDEN THIEVES Several Garden Plots Were Stripped of all Growing Vegetables. Garden truck thieves are get* ting in their work in Bemidji. Last week several garden plots aboutto wn were entirely stripped of all growing vegetables in the night time. The robbers did their work well, for, scarcely any thing except weeds was left when their work was don*-. The heaviest losers were Messrs Harris, Focauit, Wallace and Decaire, all of whom live in the same vicinity. Each of these had gardens sufficient to supply the needs of their families and just as the vegetables were get ting fit for use they were taken. It is not known who the thieves were. THE DAILY PIONEER. W 11 0 E S A E A N I) E A I ^JViA*'VVV^*/v**'%^A*^*v^vv HORRIBLE DISASTER. Gas ii a Sulphur Mine in Sicily Be comes Ignited. Rome. Aug. ICA horrible disaster has occurred in the sulphur mine near Caltahissetta, Sicily Gas in the 1111110 became ignited and obstructed the exit of a hundred minors The mine boss directed all the employes to save them selves if they rmyyl. while he, with five others, bravely remained on the spot in order to try to extinguish the hie. Three of the minors have died and many others, although they succeeded in reaching the open air. are horribly burned and n\aimed The mine, boss and his rive companions found an un used exit and escaped, but their con dition is desperate. FARMERS IN DESPAIR. Much of New York State Harvest Is Lost for Want of Help. Hoosick Falls. N. Y., AUK. 10. A large farmer near here says that farm ers are losing much of their harvest owing to their inability to get suffi cient help. The farmers arc in des pair. Several talk of sidling their cat tle to help solve the difficulty. Terribly Hurt. Belle Pfalrie, Minn., Aug 10.-John urtig, a farmer living al East Union, was caught in a threshing belt and 'is so badly hurt in the head that he is not expected to live. Police Chief Missing. Springfield, 111., Aug. 16 M. De laney, chief of police of Denver, who came here last Wednesday, has mys teriously disappeared. Delaney had considerable money and some valua ble diamonds in his possession HE STEALS HIS CHILD. Pittsburg Artist May Be Compelled to Face an Angry Judge in Illinois. Pittsburg, Aug, 16. Extradition papers from Gov. Yates are expected here to-day by Robert Sydney Smith, cartoonist of the Pittsburg Post. Smith and his first wife separated and were divorced and their child. Agnes, was given into the custody of Mr. Smith's parents in Sloomington, III., pending a decision of the courts an to who were entitled to keep her. Mrs. Smith married again and Bhe is living in Illinois. Smith has also married again and he is living at Ingram, near here. He was fearful the decision woul here. He was fearful the decision would be against him. so he stole the child from his parents at Bloomington. The court ordered his arrest, but he refused to go to Illinois without being extradited. Makes a Long Fast. New York, Aug 10.News has just reached Columbia university of a re markable fast of Wellington Putnam, formerly instructor in elocution in toe department of English. Putnam suc ceeded in going without food for forty days near Silver City, Nf. Mex. The fast was undergone to cure a kidney affection. Putnam believes that he has been entirely cured of his malady. Uncle Sam May Step In. Holyoke. Mass., Aug 16.It is said that steps are being taken by which tbe United States authorities may act i- there is any attempt to prevent .rk by intimidation or force at the jgerside mill, where government contracts are held. Tbe government is waiting for paper from this mill. A mass meeting of strikers last night voted to continue the strike. Schwa' Tailors' Trust. New-York lTbe latest thinx in trade cor- nations Is to be known as the "Unr 1 Tailors." Charles M. Schwab's millions are said t-o be be hind the scheme, which it is under stood will be launched in this city in a week. The projectors say that within thirty days their stores will be in ope ration in large cities all over the coun try BEMIDJI. MINNESOTA, MONDAY. AUGUST 17. 1903, TEN CENTS PER WEEK. 1 jA^^^S^^ftj*iWi^iM*^^^^A^^^^AAA^AA^^^*W^A^^^^VN^^*^^^^^VW*yVVVVMWV^VVVVV FRED C. SMYTH, President THUS. P. SMYTH. Sec.-Treas. lb (.SMYTH. Manager BEMIDJI MERCANTILE CO. Opposite the Old Court House Groceries, Flour, Hav and Grain Phon 2 1 5 HEARTRE,\Dh\G b^ZNES. I Terrible Destitution a Result Hurricane in Jamaica. could not 1 SEVENTY PERSONS KILLED And Five Hundred Injured in Hurri- YOUNG PASSENGERS. Twin Boys Come Into the World on an WOMAN WHO CAN SHOOT. I Tramp From Illinois Makes a Fatal Mistake in California. I Los AiiKeles. Cal., Aug. 16. A tramp who became offensive when he visited a ranch and found no men at home was shot and fatally wounded by Mrs. S. IJ. Davis wife of the owner of the ranch. The man gave ids name as John Stuck, and said his home was I at Peoria. Ill .v. explosion while cleaning Kingston, Jamaica, Aug 10. Tin re are heartrending scenes all over th JETT AND WHITE ARE FOUND eastern and northern portion.' of tb* 1 island of Jamaica. At Ton Antoriii thousands of beuneless and starving] JACKSON. I people have sought shelter ii tl i Id prison and the few other buildings i which survived the hurricaui Those whocowering thuse Qccomtnodatcd are inbe the 1 of ruined vva-'lst and dismantled piazzas. The railroad I sheds and waiting rooms are tilled I with women and children". The mer chants "of the place are feeding the hungry to the best of their ability but the majority are depending upon green bananas knocked down hy the storm. Similar conditions prevail at Aunotata Hay, Hurt Hay, Orange Hay. I Port Maria. Manchfonoal, Morant Hay. I Bowden and other smaller Beanorta. In the interior district distress is equally acute. Scarcely a peasant's home Is standing. Unless Immediate 1 shipments of foodstuffs cone' from America deaths by starvation aie in evitable. cane on Island of Jamaica. London, Aug. Hi A dispatch to the Daily Express from Kingston, Jamaica, savs that seventy persons were killed e question of guilt and this time one and over 1500 injured bv the hurricane J'd hung the jury for twonty-fom that swept over the !ft_j_l on T, our on the ,,u,stion ol sentence day. I. is believed that the total num- I luring the afternoon Judge Osbora i her of dead will reach 200 The dam 'age to property approaches $12, new trial. The grounds set forth con- 000: Thousands of homeless people slstdf objections to evidence admitted are wandering about in a condition ol -mmomveult and rejected [extreme miViv for .1 edelense, me! aU.the ruling out of affidavits made by the defendants Baying thai a fair and impartial trial could not be had ryn account of the itf i nti. Bathgate. N marse. seven mile barn by lightning 300 bushels oal 40 toiiH of hav Tb A.._ oast lost his new also f' :r horses, 0 pou'ri Is twine and e.,sl $2,300. Gascline Brings Death. Ottumwa, Iowa. Aug Mrs Clyde Park, aged twenty, a bride of a few months, died yesterday a of suffering, the result i, it Hail Destroys Crops. Sioux City. Iowa, AUK. 16.A severe hail and wind storm destroyed crops in a wide strip in Sac county yester- is a winner. Try one. 1 1 3 i S 0 0 1) 0 A W ^VNAAAWVWWS^Wyvy *ANWW Held on Murder Charge. unexpected attack on a detachment Janesville Wis. Aug K,. Tom f Joves. chared v.,:, hav,,, caused the "^L^f T^Tll death of Herman Etamnrnnm May 24. pounded The sol,hers were forced to was held to the criminal court for trial withdraw from the neld leaving their yesterday and Earnest Bluhm was dead and wounded behind. A number held under bonds as chief witness. KILLED MARCliM GUILTY OF THE MURDER AT GIVIN IMPRISIMHNT TOR LITE ONE JUROR HANGS JURY FOR TWENTY-FOUR HOURS ON SENTENCE. WIL AS rO A NfW TRIAL CHARGES PREFERRED AGAINST JUROR WHO ATTEMPTED O HANG JURY. Cynthiana, ICy., Aug. 16. Curtis Jett and Thomas White were yester day found guilty of the murder of J. B. Marcum at Jackson May 4, and son tenced to imprisonment for life, At their trial held In Jackson last mouth one juror liting (he Jury to the laBt on heard the .notion of the detense tor a "3 Iron Mountain Train. Inflamed the Public Mind. St. I.ouis. Aug: Hi. -Among the pa The attorneys for the prosecution tients admitted to the city hospital .were in conspltallon during the alter- yesterday was Mrs Lucy Muny with noon and last night as to whether twin baby boys, who were born on iho 'they will oppose the motion for a new Iron Mountain train as it passed Pled- trial. As to Jett, they say It they can mont, Mo., early yesterday morning, get a new trial in this case, they will Mrs. Murry claims to have been sent have enough new evidence to convict, to St. I.ouis by the IJttle Rock author- I Prosecuting Attorney Byrd said nat (ties, who refused to admit her to the. hospital there because she had not re sided In that city six months. if they concluded to oppose the new trial, that at the next term of the Harbison circuit court before Judge Osborne, which begins three weeks from next Monday, bey will put for ward the case of the commonwealth against Curtis Jett. one of the de fendants, tor thr murder of Town Marshal Jim Cock'erill, to which mur der there are said to have been six eye-wltnesses, The features In tne case yesterday wre the charges that have been preferred against Juror Jasper King for attempting to hang the jury King lives in this city and was until two years au a deputy sher iff of the county, and a man who lias been highly esteemed. The prisoners are Still at the jiffl, guarded by soldiers In relays of tea. SIXTY KILLED IN BATTLE. Maya Indians Attack Mexican Troops and Drive Them From Field. Mexico City, Aug. Hi.The bloodiest battle of the Maya Indian rebellion has fayg just occurred in Yucatan, according to a gasoline dispatches received here. It is stated that a large body of Indians who were supposed to have been subdued made take a government troops. Sixty ot the of Mayas were killed. It is thought that the Mayas received their arms and ammunition "from British Hon duras traders.s Thes government ha3 strenuou step toward quelling W ]___"- ,hi day afternoon. In an about Lytton Mixed Lynching Bee. blind lugs were destroyed, but no one Albany, da., Aug. 16.A white man' reported hurt. named Thompson and King Wright manHartsfleld., a negro were lynchedfrom yesterda,rhere A want ad in the Daiiv Pioneer sixty miles for assaulting Mrs. Mathis, a whit* wonjaa