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I WEN O TH JURY TODA m. E Complicated Case in Which Local Men Are Interested Heard at Duluth. RIVAL CLAIMS TO PROPERTY OF ABSCONDIN JOGGER D. Stoner Interested to Extent of $4,500 as a Creditor of the Absconder. Deputy Sheriff John Bailey and M. D. Sterner returned this morning from Duluth where they have been during the past week on business before the term of the United States district court now in session. Sheriff Thos. Bailey and M. D. Stoner are the defendants in an action started by a Superior man named Lorttte, involving the title to the property of a lumberman named Crotdeau, who operated cedar camps in the vicinity of Black duck last winter and whose affairs finally arrived at such a condition that he was compelled to leave "Blackduek between two days. Crotdeau took a contract to get out some cedar near Blackduek last winter from M. D. Stoner. He spent most of his time in right tackles with the flowing bowl and early in the spring left Blackduek. He owed for labor and other incidentals $3,000, which Mr. Stoner was compelled to pay to clear himself in the matter. He then attached the logging out fit and the conveyance of the property was duly made under execution by Sheriff Bailey. Shortly after this Lefitte turned up at West Superior and claimed to be a creditor of Crotdeau. He presents a mortgage duly exe cuted covering all the property given in consideration of a loan of $2,500 advanced to Crotdeau. The mortgage bears a date prior to the claims of Mr. Sooner and the case he brings is to establish his right as a mortgagee Attorney E. E. McDonald rep resents Sheriff Bailey and Mr. Stoner in the matter. The tak ing of evidence required some time. The case went to the jury this morning and Mr. Stoner says it was ably handled though out by Mr. McDonald and he has every reason to believe that he ^ill be given the verdict. Where Did They Get It? The usual session of the police court this morning evolved a conumdrum. -There were two drunks up. Both testified that they had been broke for some time. Now Judge Skinvik says the question is where did they get it. Both had a load of poles that establishes a new record thrown in last had a tooth ache and was in the proper mood for effective grilling. Accord ingly the offenders were rilled roundly and ordered out of town to do acrobatic stunts in the tall timber. when they were night. The court Last Day of Grace. Street Commissioner Pogue is an even tempered man, but he says that unless the constant notice he has been compelled to give several property owners in the down town districts regard ing keeping their sidewalks free from snow is not heeded before Monday he will endeavor to see wh it can be done under the city ordinance to remedy the present state of affairs. Pardon Denied. McQaiM-. the Walker sal ii man coiivicted of selling Mq i to the Chippewa Indians and serving three years in the Hennepin county jail, has suffered a rebuff from president Roose velt who has denied him a par don. ^rtatyfims: NE W BOND S Public Examiner is After the County Officers of Clear water County. The tiling of the complaint with Governor Van Sant for the sus pension and removal of Sheriff Swan Torkelson, of Bagley, c-atiseti an investigation of the county officials' bonds of Clear water county, and the conse quence is that the sheriff, county auditor,county treasurer,coroner and register of deeds were noti fied by mail from the state ex aminer that their bonds were cancelled and they are required to furnish new ones, presumably for the reason that two of the principal bondsmen, John Hoi leque and Sam Olson, have sold all their property and have re moved to the state of Washing ton. Woodmen Officers. The local lodge M. W. A. has elected officers as follows: Venerable ConsulIra Foster. Worthy AdvisorJ. E.Wagner. EscortMr. East. ClerkM. E. Carson. BankerFrank Wagner. PhysicianDr. Ward. ManagerN. E. Pogue. The Woodmen installation will occur in January. On the night of the seventh it is planned to have a card party and social time which will be anticipated with pleasure by all who are privi leged to attend the functions given by the Woodmen. Compliment For Reed. G. H. Kecksmuller, represent ing the wholesale photographic supply house of O. H. Peck & Co., Minneapolis, was in the city yesterday to look over the new photograph gallery of R. W. Reed. Mr. Peck's house sold him most of the fixtures and sup plies. He says Mr. Reed has a studio that is better than any thing outside the Twin Cities and equal to the best there. He also states that Mr. Reed as a photo grapher has few equals in the country. Car Repairer Killed. A fatal accident happened at Cass Lake on Tuesday when a car repairer named Myers was in jured by an engine that backed on him while he was on duty in the yards at that point. The engine was of the 1300 type* one of the largest in use, and the man was so severely injured that he died yesterday. He was married and had a family at Cass Lake. Is Your Water Rent Paid? Street Commissioner announces that there are still quite a number of water rentals delinquent. The city has en deavored to be as lenient as pos sible in this matter but unless all bills for water rental are squared up in full the city water of de linquent patrons will be turned off the first of the year. Pogue The Bazaar Will Be a Bird. The Bazaar store is at present undergoing extensive improve ments and when all the work un der way at present is completed it will be one of the best stores in the city with complete depart ments. The store hopes to have a big opening some time before the holidays and work is being pushed as rapidly as possible at present with that end in view. Old Style Stacks. It is stated that the Northern Pacific company is equipping its freight engines with the old style diamond stacks, which are to replace the modern straight stacks. The change is being made to avoid, as much as possi ble, the danger of fire from sparks, the old style "stack being much safer in that regard. 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 worldj and has no .equal ior. THE CHANC E fF A LIFETIME A Magnificent Christmas Present For Some Be midji Young Lady. TRIP TO DULUTH WITH PARTV OF FRIENDS Chance to See Spectacular Pre sentation of Ben Hur Free of Expense. The Pioneer has an announce ment to make today which will within two weeks confer a great deal of pleasure upon some Be midji young lady and her friends. Beginning Wednesday Decem ber 23 and continuing for the balance of the week Klaw & Er langer's stupendous spectacular production of General Lew Wal lace's great production of Ben Hur will be presented at the Lyceum Theatre at Duluth. Three hundred and fifty people are employed in the production which is one of the greatest and grandest ever attempted on the American stage. Since its first production in Chicago a few few months ago Ben Hur has drawn standing room only crowds wherever it has been given. The most popular young lady and three of her friends will have an opportunity to see this great production without a cent of ex pense. The conditions are these: The young lady of Bemidji who receives the greatest number of yotes will be presented with transportation, hotel expenses in Duluth and reserved seat tickets to Ben Hur for herself and three of her friends whom she may choose. A coupon will appear in each issue of the Pioneer, daily and weekly, and each coupon will be good for one vote. Votes will also be given for back subscrip tions paid up or for new cash subscribers. For each year's subscription to the daily 312 votes will be given, for six months subscription 156 votes, for one month 26 votes, etc. For one year's subscription to the weekly 65 votes will be given and a pro portionate number for a longer or shorter period. The trip to Duluth, with a chance to see 350 people enact tA.', the spectacular and wonderful story of Ben Hur, in company with a party of friends, is some thing to which anyone may look forward to with the liveliest feel ings of pleasure. When it mav be done at absolutely no expense the opportunity is one of a life ti me. The contest will begin at once and will close Tuesday noon, December 22. Cut out your coupons and bring in yjur sub scriptions and see that this good fortune falls to some friend. New Church Society. An effort is to be made in ther near future to add a new church society to those already repre sented in Bemidji. A number of prominent people who are of the Episcopalian faith will make an effort to have services held here occasionally. The society has about twenty members in the city at present. New Engines. The Minnesota and Interna tional Railway has recently add ed a number of new locomotives to its equipment. The first one to come up this way came in on the way freight from the south last night. It is much larger than the engines which the road has been using and has a greatly increased capacity for hauling over the old type of engines. I EBEgggSSSSBBBBBIii^gBESil IT We Do All Kinds I I) of Tin and Iron Work Pump Steam and Water Pipe Repairing a Specialty O ORGANIZ E Meeting at City Hall Monday Alight Will Reorganize Bemidji Band. A meeting of local musicians will be held at the city hall next Monday night for the purpose of reorganizing the Bemidji band. best bands in the state and won laurels for itself on several occa sions. The band should haye the most hearty encouragement of the people of the city generally. There are in the city at present some twenty musicians compos ing an aggregation of talent which includes many professional musicians. Look For Location. W. F. Harper and J. F. Le Claire, of West Superior, have been in the city several days this week. The former gentle man is in the real estate business at West Superior and looked Be midji over with a view to locating here. The latter contemplates some investments in this vicinity. Billiard Tournament. L. J. Matheny announces that he will conduct a billiard tourna ment at his billiard parlors dur- ALL LADIES' HATS AT HARDWARE J.i PHONE 2 5 0 Ifyou want to know what smartly dressed men are wearing this season, ask to see Steln-BIoch Clothes. Hundreds of Wise Men 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 and Overcoats, $10 Upward THE CLOTHIERS. -V.--^* Bemidji formerly had one of the i gram. Among other things that the club had intended to take up after its organization was the matter of securing a library for Bemidji. It had been planned to try and interest the Hon. Andrew Carnegie in giving Be midji a free library after the city had been incorporated. There is perhaps no influence that could better take the matter up with Mr. Carnegie than the Ladies' Reading club and they should be allowed to do it. The ladies have had the matter in mind for some time. A request would very properly come from them as it has from other ladies' clubs in many of the towns that have been made the recipients of Mr. Carnegie's,gener os ity. OFF SEVERSON'STA ATES CARNEGIE Ladies' Reading Club of Bemidji Will Petition the Steel King For a Library. The Ladies' Reading club is to meet at the home of Mrs. L. H. Bailey next Monday afternoon. There will be an interesting pro- ing Christmas week. There will be series of three-ball and four ball balk line billiards. Prizes will be given to the most success ful players. THIS WEEK NEXT DOOR TO FIRST NATIONAL BANK We Make Everything in Hot and Cold Water Tanks Hot Water Boilers Chimney Jackets Sinks, Etc.