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Santa Clans at Peterson's.
"We mix paints toorder. Jones
P. H. McGarry is in town from
Frank Bush was up from
Walker last night.
C. M. Erskine, the Cloquet
lumberman, was in the city on
business last night.
Hark ye to the peasant strain.
People are often saved by taking
Mark's Lung Balsam.
Mrs. G. Walcott leaves tomor
row to spend the winter with her
parents at her old home in
For coughs, colds or any lurg
trouble do you know Mark's
Lung Balsam is the best? Try a
bottle. Ask your druggist.
A social dance was given at the
town hall at Grant Valley last
night and several sleigh loads of
young people from Bemidji went
out to attend it.
A. L. McLean returned this
morning from a week's trip to
the tie camps of Martin Bros, on
the north line of the M. & I. Mr.
McLean states that work at
the camps is progressing very
nicely. The Northern Pacific in
spectors were up this week and
placed their official O. K. on 50,-
000 choice cedar ties.
with every purchase of-a1
you are entitled to a hand
some Dish, a Sugar Bowl, a
Cake Plate, a Vegetable Dish,
a Cup and Saucer, or Milk
The dish alone is worth
the price asked for the coffee.
THROUGHOUT THE STORE, BEGINNING
I will place on sale my entire line of Walking Skirts, in all the new designs in
make and material, also a new line of Black Dress Skirts in silk and the newest fabrics.
My l'ne of "V^aists, which is unequaled in the Northwest and famous for its style and beauty
15 to 20 per cent off
from its original low price. I have just received a line of the latest novelties in Neckwear,
Silk Scarfs, Fancy Table Linens, Lace Bed Sets with Battenburg Lace and Muslins. Kid
Glovesthe largest selection in town in all the new shades. Also black and white Dress
Goods at a large discount. In our line of Millinery you will find an elegant selection in
the advanced styles at the closing out prices. Our Cloak Sale is still on. In all those lines
you can not be at a loss to select your Christmas presents.
The Berman Emporium, Bemidj i
A. L. Hatcher, the Park Rap
ids lumberman, was in the city
U. S. Commissioner Sheire, of
Northome, is in the city on busi
Special exhibition of mechan
ical toys in operation this evening
Words are weak as water when
it comes to telling of the wonder
ful cures of Mark's Lung Balsam.
The Misses Hazel Olson and
Hazel Wood go to Tenstrike to
night to spend Sunday with rel
Call on A. E. Winter the lead
ing jeweler for up-to-date goods.
Next door to First National
Please step in and at least look
at the elegant toy display while
assortment is complete and
oblige J. Peterson, Jr.
A. J. Morrissey, the Crookston
plumber, who has been working
on the heating plant at the school
house, returned to his home last
Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Jackson
are down from Northome. Mr.
Jackson is manager of the Tuller
Mercantile Co.'s store at that
The semi-monthly dancing
party of the Hiawatha club held
at Peterson's hall last night was
quite the enjoyable event it al
Mrs. C. E. Dagget, who hasto
been visiting: her mother, ,Mrs.
Thos. Mageau, leaves tomorrow
for her home at Little Rock.
The thermometers registered
the lowest temperature of the
present month at sunrise this
morning, twenty-four degrees
below the zero mark.
Police Officer Brose, who has
been off duty for some time past
with a broken arm, expects to
assume his duties on the force
some time next week.
The committees for the fire
men's dance are making all ar
rangements for a big time and it
will no doubt be one of the big
gest events of the winter.
The Bemidji Employment office
yesterday shipped men to the
Hatcher camps at Lakeport and
Guthrie and also some to the
Rogers camps near Bena.
Joseph Primeau, who has been
employed by the Jerrard Plumb
ing Company for some time past,
leaves today for his home at
Montreal where he will spend
S. D. Works, of Mankato, who
has extensive reality interests in
this vicinity, and who has spent
the past month in Bemidji, left
this morniag fcr his homo to re
main until after the holidays.
Mrs. J. F. Miller has returned
from Ashland, Wis., where she
went some time ago to receive
medical treatment from a special
ist, accompanied by her little
Not a game of blind man's buff.
We don't ask you to go blindly in
to the purchase of a single bottle
of Mark's Lung Balsam. It's a
sure cure for cough, throat and
IT* 1 in All Lines at the
J. D. Hughes was in the city
from Wilton today.
E. A. Schneider is back from
his business trip Duluth.
C. P. Rogers, the Wilton store
keeper, has boon in the city to
The little son of Mr. and Mrs.contest
Dumont, of Nymore, is ill of
The only complete line of toys
and Christmas tree trimmings in
Mrs. James Duff, of Turtle
River, wis the guest of Mrs. J.
L. Reynolds yesterday.
Fred Trone, of Fargo, N. D., is
in the city looking for a location
for a restaurant business.
Lewis Vogel, of Casselton,-N.
D., is in the city today for a visit
with Chris Olson of the Nicollet
Irwin & O'Brien expect to
open another logging camp in
the vicinity of Blackduck some
time next week.
J. B. Hughes has sold his farm
near this city to J. C. McGhee
and expects soon to remove to
his old home in Canada.
Fourteen members of the
charter commission had qualified,
this morning and all the quali
fications were expected to be
The Bemidji Employment office
ships men to the Lemmers camps
near Northome tonight and also
the camps in the vicinity of
Chris Burns, the Farley lum
berman, was in the cifcy last
night. This morning he took out
some road making apparatus and
a number of horses.
A woodsman named Wittes
was received at St. Anthony's
hospital this morning from the
camps near Blackduck to be
treated for a fractured jaw.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cassler
returned this morning from
Blackduck, where Mr. Cassler
has been for some time past buy
ing logs for the Crookston
R. E. White was in the city
this morning returning from a
trip up the line of the M. & I.
Mr. White went to Fosston this
afternoon. He is soon to open
some new camps in the Red Lake
Mrs. G. M. Torrence and little
daughter, Dorothy, are expected
to arrive tomorrow from St.
Paul to make their future home
in Bemidji. The family will oc
cupy the Snow residence on Be
C. W. Baumbach, of the Lum
bermen's bank, has been at Min
neapolis for the past two weeks.
Mr. Baumbach underwent a sur
gical operation for the relief of
some throat tro'^Ho nnd is not
yet able to resin, his bush
While driving t-
f.V lance at
Grant Valley !ast hh a sieigh
load of Bemidji young people got
lost in the tall timber and had
quite an adventure. They were
finally compelled to get out and
walk, but they had no end of fun
out of the incident nevertheless.
WARM S UP
Every Evidence That There
Will Be a Long List of Can
didates Very Soon.
INTEREST IN THE PRODUCTION
OF BEN HI IS VERY GREAT.
The Pioneer Will Open Contest to
Points Outside of Bemidji, Mak
ing Two Separate Contests.
The vote today:
May Villemam 471
Ethel McTaggart 156
Florence Grirnoldby L5
The Pioneer has boon urged to
extend its offer to points outside
of Bemidji and has decided to do
so, The most popular young
ladv outside of Bemidji will bo
allowed to those one companion
and both will bo furnished with
free transportation, theatre tiok
ets, hotel expenses, etc. The
will be entirely separate
from the Bemidji contest, how
That the people of Bemidji are
greatly interested inlthe Pioneer's
plan to send the most popular
young lady of the city and a
party of her friends to Duluth to
see the great production of Ben
Hur to be given in that city
Christmas week is evidenced by
the number of votes which have
already been turned into the
The chance is one of a lifetime.
So. great is the interest in the
production that the Lyceum
theatre, where the play will bo
given in Duluth, has been forced
to make arrangements for two
extra performances. Eight per
formances in all will now be given
in Duluth. There are three hun
dred and fifty people in the cast
and the entire production is one
of the most spectacular ever
given in this country. The op
portunity to see it is a rare one
and there will undoubtedly be a
warm contest to decide who
shall go from Bemidji at the ex
pense of the Pioneer.
Remember that 312 votes will
be given with every year's sub
scription to the daily Pioneer,
whether in advance or for back
subscriptions, 156 votes for six
months, 26 for one month, etc.
Sixty-five votes will be given for
one year's subscription to the
Bring in your votes at once
and give your candidate a good
send off. There is a great ad
vantage in securing the lead and
maintaining it from the start.
RESOLUTION OF INQUIRY.
Right of Panama to Establish Repub
Washington, Dee. 12.At the be
ginning of the day's session of the
senate Mr. Culberson introduced a
resolution Instructing the committoo
on judiciary to inquire into the ques
tion of the right of the department of
Panama to establish an independent
Mr. Culberson asked for present
consideration of the resolution, but
Mr. Cullo* suggested that it should
go to the committee on foreign rela
tions. To this Mr. Culberson object
ed, saying that tha necessity for the
determination of the point as to the
character of Panama as an independ
ent nation prior to the consideration
of the treaty with that power for the
construction of the proposed canal
Mr. Aldrich asked that the resolu
tion lie orer for a day, to which Mr.
The Cuban reciprocity bill was then
laid before the senate and Mr. Bard
ltep. Cal.) addressed the senate in
opposition to the measure. He said
that he stood alone on his side of the
chamber and, while he regretted his
isolated position, he did not believe it
would long continue.
OUTPOSTS ARE CHANGED.
Moved in Accordance With Findings
of Alaskan Commission.
Seattle. Wash., Dec. 12.A special
dispatch from Dawson says:
Ma. Zachary Taylor Wood, who
has just returned to Dawson, an
nounces the first change of Canadian
outppsts in conformity with the find
ings of the international commission
3hich arbitrated the boundary disputo
between Canada and the United States.
Major Wood, who is the commander
of tho Northwest mounted police,
moved the police post at Wells, on the
rait.n trail, tn Pleasant Xiamn. JLt ia
possible that, the latter may ultimately
have to be changed also, but this will
depend on the international survey
which "will be made next spring
Major Wood is the man who became
famous as collector of customs at the
summit of White pass during the first
rush to the Klondike and is tho officer
who at that time fored the Canadian
line forward seventeen miles from
Lake Bennett to the summit by ad
vancing his detachment. Ho is a
nephew of General Taylor, former
president of the United States.
QUIET IN SAN DOMINGO.
8teamer Cherokee Reaches New York
From the Island.
New York, Dec. 12.The Clyde line
steamer Cherokee, which arrived dur
ing the day from San Dom'bftp re
ports that quiet prevailed in that coun
try.Order had boon, restored before
her arrival there and she experienced
no difficulty in discharging and load
ing e&rgo at all of the ports of. call.
Ttie Cherokee when she left New
York had no clearance papers for sev
eral of tho ports, then In the hands of
insurgents, for which she was bound,
and it was announced that tho Do
minican government navy would en
force the blockade on those porta
against her. The fall of the Wos
Gil government ended this situation.
MRS.-CULVER GRANTEB DIVORCE.
Daughter of Senator Clark Obtains De
cree In New York.
New York, Dec. 12.Mrs. Ewrett
Mallory Culver, daughter of Senator
William A. Clark of Montana, has been
granted a divorce from h"r husband,
Dr. E. M. Culver, by Justice Maddox
of the supreme court.
Tho justice, in rendering the de
cree, said that papers in the case
would be filed away under a rule of
[h". supreme court by which no one
except those directly interested ia
the case may have access to them.
DENIES THE CHARGE.
American Vice Consul at Amoy Ac
cused of Conspiracy.
Manila, Dec. 12.Carl Johnson, vice
consul at Amoy. charged with aiding
the conspiracy to smuggle coolies
from China *nto the Philippines dis
guised as merchants, denies that ho
aas received any fees except those
authorized by law to sign Chinese cer
tificates. He also declares that he re
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The Happiest Time of the Year
EVERYBODY LIKES TO
RECEIVE PRESENTS. AND
know they have the host value for their
money. We have a line we feel safe in
recommending to give entire satisfaction
The Biggest Variety in Bemidji
Chains, Lockets, Brooches
Scarf Pins, Rings, Cut Glass
Hand Decorated Chinat
aund Sovivenir China^
-v ^r T*'"
Orders for ENGRAVING should be
placed now to avoid disappointment
We will he pleased to lay aside
aSythi'fig you may select until Xnus
E. A. BARKER.
513 Third Street, Bemidji. Minn.
GOOD FOR ONE VOTE FOR
INVOLVES VAULABLE PROPERTY.
Merger of Independent Telephone
Chicago, Doc 12.Final arrange
ments wore made Thursday for the in
corporation of Hie interstate telephon
association into one company. Thh
means the amalgamation of over 4,000
independent telephone companies In
Illinois. Wisconsin, Kentucky, Missou
ri, Iowa. Indlnna, Nebraska, Minne
sota, Ohio and Michigan. Involving
property valued at more than $20
OOO.ftOO." This action was taken at
the closing: session here of the asso
ciation. A permanent committee was
appointed to work upon plans of a
tion for the new company.
"One of the first things to be doe
by the new company will bo to form
a connection with the Illinois Tele
phone and Telegraph company's lir.es
in-Chicago, bringing our company
direct competition with the Hoi! lines
in Chicago," said President Hull of
OIL TANK EXPLODES.
FIRE IN ROY
Queen Akxandra ai Ai
London, fee. 12.
ham palace nearly omi
jury to Queen Ale
Knollys, a royal atti i
The fire was (lis i i
Knollys in her cha
spread to the queen
The queen eccaj
gown just a momei
of her room caved i
King Edward wa shoo
but the place was "c i I
only the prompt eft tten 1-
ants saved a panic.
The ('.lmaee I**
Acci- Three Men Setiously Burned in
dent at Brooklyn.
New York, Doc. 12.Three persona
were seriously burned v. a i or
more narrowly escaped death in a
fire which started from an explosion
in the paint shop of William Sfaats,
in Brooklyn Thursday. Thirty work
men were at work in the -hop wh^n
a big tank containing oil exploded and
tore out a side of the building. Will
lam Staats, Jr., struck a match ro
light a gas jet. A second explo i
followed arid Staats, Harry F^mUri I
Fred Anderson were *erio
The property loss is con's