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A SMOOT GRAF SUCCESSFU Number of Bemidji Ladies Have Husbands' Pictures Done in Crayon Pastel. BIG DISTURBANCE RESULTS IN BOSO OF SEVERAL FAMILIES Boat of Domestic Felicity Rocks Badlyand is Storm Tossed Since Deliveries Were Made. Pleasant surprises which a number of Bemidji housewives planned for their husbaads six months ago and have been keep ing the most careful secret have just developed into unpleasant surprises and are causing no end of domestic trouble and chagrin, since the details of a very smooth confidence game which was suc cessfully operated on quite a large scale has just come to light. The boat of domestic felicity is rocking badly in several families and a man was the cause of it all. Some six months ago a young of pleasing add ress gentleman made a careful city, representing himself to be the agent of a Chicago house who enlarge protrait's in crayon pastel. Most men regard crayon pastel life size portraits of them selves as the most hideous sort of a thing, but deep down in the heart of every true woman it is said there is a weakness for them and the usual plan is to have them executed and spruDg as a pleasant surprise on the unsus pecting husband. However, the young man in question was a born agent, and altogether a very sociable young fellow. Under his arm he carried a box with a number of sealed envelopes. Each envelope contained a num ber and he assured all the ladies that whether they bought any thing from him or not they ail had a chance to have a handsome crayon pastel portrait of any member of their family made free if they were successful in drawing the lucky number. This was more than the feminine heart could resist. In nearly every case the women drew a number. The agent opened the envelope and his face expressed disappointment and chagrin when he assured the lady that she had drawn the lucky num ber. It was all very smooth and it went well everywhere. He then secured the portrait the lady would have enlarged, assur ing her first that this action on the part of the house which he represented was purely for ad vertising1 purposes and asking her to tell her friends of the good fortune that had been hers. Then he produced some papers which he assured her pertained to the contest which she had just been successful in winning and se cured her signature. It now transpires that there were a large number of lucky ladies and at least twenty drew the prize. It was different with the paper they signed, however. It has turned up in the shape of a contract and among other pro visions binds them by an iron clad agreement to pay an exorbitant price for the pictures they have had enlarged. The prices differ and range according to the sub ject. A man with a wart on his neck, curly headed men, mra with Van Dyke beards and Gol ways come higher than the [or- dinary smooth shaven man and in some.cases it is found that the ladies have agreed to give $20 for the portraits of their husbands. The price appears to have been fixed by the young man with reference more to the promi nence of the families chan any thing else and in each case it is all that it is believed they will stand. The deliveries began this week and thereisnoend of trouble as a result. In the foregoing there is one very plain lesson and in the heart to heart talks that have been had in several families since the re cent developments it is much dwelt upon. It is to the effect that if it is necessary to have pic tures enlarged at all there are several local photographers who are competent to do the work and who are not noted for charg ing exorbitant prices. V'_J.L-LLA _' 1 jrf fcA^^tiirtoatfeiJIi: ]of canvass ot the THIS IS A SHAM E Jennie McLane, Colored, Would Recover $1,200 From a Com mon Law Husband. Jennie McLane, a colored woman, who formerly resided in Bemidji and at one time con ducted a laundry here and also a dairy business has begun a suit against her common law husband for the recovery of $1,200, which she claims to be due her for labor performed, while living with him in this city. The man's name is Harris and the McLane woman bore his name while in this city. The case is on at the term of the Itasca county district court at present convened at Grand Rap ids. Mrs. McLane yesterday testified that she "had worked her fingernails off for that coon, and now he tries to throw me down." Her testimony was of a very amusing nature and the court retained its staid gravity with the greatest effort. No de cision had been rendered at last accounts. A Good Ouesser. the winners in a puzzle contest Th bright Johnny McDonald, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. McDouald, who was for some time one of the Pioneer,s most efficient carrier boys, has jnst re ceived word from a New York publishing house that he is one puzzl was in the form of a picture and the answers were names of presi dents of the United States. The conditions also stipulated that the successful contestant name an important event in the life of each. The prize is a fine gold watch and John and his parents are naturally pleased. Severely Beaten. Another affair is reported from the belligerent township of Buena Vista thatisnotaltogether to their credit up that way. James Han cock, who was one of the witnes ses in the deer stealing case from that town was severely beaten in a rough and tumble tight. The fact that he gave out some in formation he had in his posses sion regarding the theft of the venison is said to have started the trouble. Strike It Rich. Chester Snow this morning re ceived word from the secretary of the "Rainbow Mining company at Copper Mountain, Washington, that a big strike of ore has just been made. The shaft is down to a depth of 290 feet and the an nouncement is made that the prospect is literally lost in the richest gold, silver and copper ore. There are a number of stockholders in Bemidji. Breaking Road. A large force of men and teams was started in this week from Gibson's place north of North ome to break across the big swamp to the Big Pork country. The work will require some time but when completed it will afford a much easier and better way of getting to the Kainy River coun try than it is possible to have at present. Organizing New Lodge. Ed. Emerson of Chippewa Palls, Wis., was in the city or ganizing a local lodge of the In dependent Scandinavian Work ingmen's Association of America. The association is a fraternal beneficiary organization and a large number of members have already been secured for the. lo cal lodge which will be instituted Sunday. Ben Hur at Duluth. Klaw & Erlanger's big produc tion of "Ben Hur" will be the at traction at the Lyceum in Duluth tiring Christmas week, pick ets for this superb attraction which requires 350 people in:pre sentation will be handled by W. T. Sherman and will be offered for sale at the Barker drug store. The prices are from $2.50 to 75c. New School House. Bids for the construction of the new school house at Nymore will be opened at the store of Willis Nye this evening. The specifications were for a two story frame building with a stone foundation. The new district was bonded for $2,000 for its construction and the money is in the hands of the treasurer. The Best in the World Dr. J. W. Hamilton, of San Fran cisco, Cal., says "I have sold War ner's White Wine of Tar Syrup for years. It is the best cough medicine in the world, and has no equal for asthma." BEMIDJ I SHOUL MAK E A BI As Long as Carnegie Libra Are Being Passed Bemidji Should Try. nes NEW YOR MILLIONAIRE HAS GIVEN TO SMALLER CITIES Public Library Is Something City Needs and Could Easily Support. "As long as Andrew Carnegie, the New York millionaire is pass ing public libraries around with the lavish hand as at present" said a well known local gentle man yesterday, "there is no real reason why he should not be approached upon the subject by Bemidii. The town is up to all the stipulations made by Mr. Carnegie in distributing his gen erosity and it seems to me there is no reason why Bemidji should hesitate in approaching him. "Mr. Carnegie magnanimity in the matter of donating public li braries has gained for him a world wide reputation and he must be respected for his liber ality and generosity. He has taken a novel way of preserving his name to posterity and during the past few years has given li braries to more than 500 cities. There are more than a dozen in Minnesota at present and he has just agreed to give one to Crook ston. Among the smaller cities of the state that have been made the recipient of his generosity during the past few months is Willmar, where a handsome library has just been completed. Willmar is a much smaller town than Bemidji and its most san guine partisans do not claim for it the future that is in sischt at present for this city. He has limited his gifts to cities of 10,000 or over for the most part but there are a number of in stances where he has given them to smaller towns. His plan is to give a certain amount of money never less than |5,000 for the construction of a public library, after he is assured that the instir tution will be supported and maintained as it should. "The time is coming in Bemid ji and it is not far distant at its present rate of growth when the public library question will be agitated. Every city should have a free public library and Bemidji ought to have one now. I believe that if the commercial club were to take the matter up or any in fluential citizen Mr. Carnegie could be persuaded to donate a liberal sum for a library here. His object in donating libraries is to place the best reading along all lines at the disposal of people who may be benefitted by it. With the large transient element there is in Bemidji and will be for years to come there are great possibilities in the way of bene fits to be derived from such an institution. There are libraries for the soldiers and sailors, for the miner and the workingman all over the country. Mr. Carne gie, Mr. Hearst and other great men have donated them, but up to date the 'lumberjack' has not been provided for. Every in fluence that is contaminating and makes for his dissipation and in tellectual ruin- is present but there is nothing easily accessible that will give him the opportuni ty for intellectual rdvancement that a free library would. These facts are worth presenting to Mr. Carnegie in my estimation and I should be pleased to have it done. Extension of Taxes. The force at the county audi tor's office who have been ex tending taxes for the past several weeks begin to see the end of their labor. The job is a very tiresome one and it is expected to be finished some time this week. Today Is Pay Day. Today is pay day for the Be midji school district and Treasur er Smith will pay out $922.19 in salaries and for other expenses necessary to conducting the schools of the city. We Do All Kinds of Tin and Iron Work Pump Steam and Water Pipe Repairing a Specialty CHIPPEWAS FEEL PINC O WAN Rich in Timber Lands and Broad Acres They Are Nev ertheless Improvident. ILL PREPARED TO WITHSTAND THE RIGORS OF WINTER. Probable That Goverment Aid Will Be Necessary to Tide Them Over Until Spring. The Chippewa Indians of the Mississippi reservations will feel the pinch of want long before the deep snow that now covers their domain has disappeared. They are rich in timber and broad in acres of land, but they are lacking in the necessaries of life and the ready means of procur ing them. Major George L. Scott, Indian agent at Walker, and who has 3,300 Indians in his jurisdiction, was asked if the re port were true that the bands stand in need of assistance to tide them over till spring. "It is true," said Major Scott, "that the Indians are not as well ALL LADIES' HATS AT FOR THIS WEEK OFF SEVERSON'S V HARDWARE J. A. LUDINGTON PHONE 2 5 0 If you want to know what smartly dressed men are wearing this season, ask to see 5teln-Bloch Clothes." Hxirvdreds of Wise Merv or better craftsmen are employed, and they know by actual experience that the results cannot be surpassed. in this town who know how to dress just right, now laugh at the custom tailors and their antiquated methods and high prices. They know that the scientific Stein- Bloch wholesale tailoring of smart clothes has reached and passed the standard heretofore believed attainable only by the high-priced custom tailors they know that the same quality and a greater variety of patterns in Woolens and Worsteds are used they know that as good Suits ar\d Overcoats, $10 Upward THE CLOTHIERS. NEXT DOOR TO FIRST NATIONAL BANK prepared for winter as they were a year ago. I think it will be necessary to do something for them and have taken the matter up with the commissioner of In dian affairs. "There are three or four things that have contributed to the dis tress. In the first place, there was an entire failure of the maple sugar crop last spring. The wild berry crop turned out poor ly last summer and fall, and the wild rice crop was an entire fail ure on account of high water. The annuities are small and the Indians have found their re sources slender in all directions this year. I am told that not one pound of rice was gathered this year where ample supplies are ordinarily obtained. I am in hopes that some provision will be made to prevent any suffering among the Indians." Major Scott says the Indians seem to be showing some im provement in the handling of funds, but that the growth of such knowledge is slow. He counts much on the force of ex ample which the Indians will have constantly and more gener ally by white people to educate them in the knowledge of the value of money, and how to spend it most advantageously. From an Ohio Minster. Rev. G. W. Hagants, of Clyde Ohio says: "I have used Dr. Warner's White Wine of Tar Syrup for sore throat, weak lungs, cough, cold, and any diseases of the kind it surpasses all other remedies. Many thanks to the doctor for his valuable remedy." We Make Everything in Hot and Cold Water Tanks Hot Water Boilers Chimney Jackets Sinks, Etc.