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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 100.
STORY O INDIAN
High Officials Charged With
Having Tried to Fleece
AFFAIR IS TO BE CLOSELY
The Inquiry Will be Started at
Once and Rapidly
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
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'
The Market is Passing Through
its Annual Midsum-
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.
Jack Oringer was Given a Hear
ing at Cass Lake and
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
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
'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.
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MA BE LOCATED
W. H. Bracker Thinks Water
Plant Might Be Better There
GOO LOCATION NEAR ST. AN-
Plant Will Be Placed Where
Best Water Can Be
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
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
Several Garden Plots Were
Stripped of all Growing
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
THE DAILY PIONEER.
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Gas ii a Sulphur Mine in Sicily Be
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.
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
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
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
BEMIDJI. MINNESOTA, MONDAY. AUGUST 17. 1903, TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
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
2 1 5
I Terrible Destitution a Result
Hurricane in Jamaica.
SEVENTY PERSONS KILLED
And Five Hundred Injured in Hurri-
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
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
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
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.
marse. seven mile
barn by lightning
300 bushels oal
40 toiiH of hav Tb
oast lost his new
also f' :r horses,
0 pou'ri Is twine and
Gascline Brings Death.
Ottumwa, Iowa. Aug Mrs Clyde
Park, aged twenty, a bride of a few
months, died yesterday a
of suffering, the result
Hail Destroys Crops.
Sioux City. Iowa, AUK. 16.A severe
hail and wind storm destroyed crops
in a wide strip in Sac county yester-
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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.
GUILTY OF THE MURDER AT
GIVIN IMPRISIMHNT TOR LITE
ONE JUROR HANGS JURY FOR
TWENTY-FOUR HOURS ON
WIL AS rO A NfW TRIAL
CHARGES PREFERRED AGAINST
JUROR WHO ATTEMPTED O
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
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
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
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
for assaulting Mrs. Mathis, a whit*