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The First National Bank
OF VIRGINIA, MINN.
Pet Cent Interest Paid a
ON TIME DEPOSITS
PENTECOST MITCHELL. Pres. S. R. KIRBY. Vice Pres.
:. B. LENONT .Vice Pres. B. F. BRITTS. Cashier.
A. E. SHIPLEY. Asst. Cashier.
PENTECOST MITCHELL. General Manager Oliver Iron Mining Co.
DAVIDSON, Banker O. D. KINNEY. Capitalist.
C. B. LENONT, Physician and Surgeon.
R. BAILEY. Secretary and Treasurer Bailey Lumber Co.
KIRBY, Pres. First Nat'l Bank. Hibbing. B. F. BRITTS. Cashier.
Staple and Fancy.
W.B.PRATT & CO.
Virginia Foundry & Machine Co.,
FOUNDERS and MACHINISTS.
Smoke Stacks. Iron and Brass Castings. Heavy
Forgings. New Dipper Teeth. Dipper Teeth
Re-Steeled. Prompt attention to all repairs. Car
Wheels and Axels in Pairs or Setts.
TELEPHONE NO. 43. INN. A
W. S. POLLOCK.
The Plumbing- Going Into
will be of the best if we put it in.
Everything we use in fitting up
a bath room, piping the house
for water, steam or furnace heat
is up to the highest standard,
and our vtork is always expert
J. S. CHERNE, Mgr.
& Heating Co.
'PHONE 119. Next to Fire Hall.
Enterprise Ads. Reach the Readers. J*
CITY BUYS ROAD ROLLER
Takes a Big Step in the Direction of
Permanent Improvement of High
way System Tuesday Eveoinq.
The council at its last meeting
decided upon the purchase of a
steam road roller, and authorized
the clerk and mayor to enter into
written contract for a ten-ton Iro
quois, for immediate delivery.
This is a big step forward in the
matter of permanent improvement
of the city's highway system, on
which a mint of money has been
expended in the oaat without desir
ed and lasting resultsy and with the
installation of the new machine we
trust the city may proceed to build
all roads of crushed stone, making
same substantial, that Virginia may
in future have streets the populace
may swear by instead of swear at.
The improvement of the new Gil
bert road was also brought a notch
nearer an actuality by the decision
the council to order a grade
crossing established for the present
across the Missabe tracks at the
south end of Mesaba avenue. This
crossing will be near the south end
of the Virginia yards, and it is
hoped thateventually arrangements
may be made for a viaduct crossing
at this point, as the new road will
doubtless be a much used thorough
The plans of the proposed changes
to the city hall building, for the ac
commodation of the new range
court and for needed expansion of
city office quarters, as submitted by
Radcliffe & Price, were inspected
and several minor changes recom
mended, and same will be in readi
ness for inspection and acceptance
at the next regular meeting. In con
nection with this improvement it
would seem no definite arrange
ment had as yet been made with the
county commissioners regarding
the rental or use of the building for
court purposes, and we should deem
it wise, perhaps, for the city to take
this question up with the county
board at their session the coming
week and enter into a contract for a
specified term of years, that the city
may know definitely as to its pro
tection before assuming the neces
sary obligations attendant upon the
A resolution was passed authoriz
ing the issuance of warrants for the
payment of the lands included in
the new park site, on the basis of
valuation submitted by the board
of condemnation, the report of
which was accepted at a previous
meeting and given publication.
The council also, acting upon the
suggestion of the Commercial Club,
took up the matter of the placing
of waste paper receptacles
nut street and the general cleanli
ness of that thoroughfare, and dis
posed of the subject very properly
by instructing the clerk to order a
half dozen paper receptacles and
three garbage scrapers, with the
idea of putting on a "white wing"
brigade to care for the street in
William Rooney appeared before
the council in opposition to the es
tablishment ot a merry-go-round
on the £lks lota adjoining his prop
erty, contending that such an in
novation would be a nuisance to
his family, and the truth of his
argument sank deeply into the
minds of the members with the re
suit that the license ordered issued
for the enterprise was ordered re
Thomas Fitzgerald made applica
tion for appointment on the fire de
partment, submitting a telling line
of recommendations which should
secure him the coveted position. It
was referred to the proper commit
Several applications for sidewalk
extensions and for the use of por
tions of various streets for the pur
pose of excavating for building im
provements were submitted and
Chop Sueys Were Meat for Fay Bunch.
A ball game on Sunday afternoon
last between the Hotel Fay and
European "steadies" was called at
the close of the fifth on account of
rain, but was not called soon enough
to satisfy the boys from the Euro
pean, who suffered defeat by a score
of 8 to 1, the defeated candidates for
diamond honors winning their only
mark of distinction in the first in
It is given out that inducements
will be put forth to crowd the Euro
pean with a semi-protessional
bunch of sluggers before the close
of the season, when another attempt
will be made to draggle the scalp
of the Fay boarders.
Whit-Sunday at St. Paul's.
Next Sunday is the festival of
Whitsunday, otherwise known as
Pentecost, as well as Memorial Day.
At St. Paul's Church there will be
celebration of the Holy Communion
at 8:00 a. m., and evening prayer will
be said aad. the rector will preach
at 7:30 p. m., on theevents commem
morated and on Memorial Day, All
are cordially welcomed*
VIRGINIA, ST. LOUIS COUNTY. MINNESOTA. FRIDAY, MAY 28, 1909
Home Rule Charter.
At the present time if any change,
no matter how trivial, is desired in
the charter of this city, it is neces
sary to secure the passage of a law
by the legislature. This would be
rather difficult b&capse there are
some cities in other parts of the
state, governed by the same charter
as Virginia now is, and those cities
might object to the amendment de
sired by this city. Our experieuce
in getting laws enacted the past
winter gives some idea ot the diffi
culty encountered. Under the pro
posed charter a citizen or the char
ter commission can propose an
amendment to be voted upon at any
city election. Soiyie two or three
dozen large and small Minnesota
cities have already taken advantage
of the opportunity and have adopt
ed home rule charters and are well
satisfied. Eight or ten more cities
are to vote on such charters this
The principal changes which will
result if the proposed new charter
is adopted are as follows: The city
will be divided into six wards in
place of four as at present, with one
alderman from each ward and some
from the city at laige, as at present.
One new board, known as the "po
lice and fire commission" is provid
ed for, similar to the one which is
giving satisfaction in St. Paul. This
takes the police and fire depart
ments out of politics and makes it
probable that an employe who is
worthy will be retained for a long
term. The commissioners are re
sponsible for the enforcement of
laws and ordinances, and are ac
countable. for neglect just the same
as any other city officer.
The city charter provides that at
city elections a ballot shall be pre
pared which shall contain the name
of no, political party, so the city
will be governed by local issues
and not by national or state issues.
The proposed charter provides
that abutting property may be as
sessed tor 40 per cent of the cost ot
the most important local improve
ments and for the entire cost of
some others. Am advised that in
Hibbing almost all improvements
are paid for by the city at large and
the pity is growing rapidly, and no
objections are raised by the mine
The city engineer'will have direct,
charge of and beresponsible for all
street improveme^ris and the street
commissioner and his men will
work under the instructions of the
city engineer, quite similar to the
manner in which the health officer
and his assistant now operate.
Copies of the charter can be seen
at the Public Library, Fire Hall,
Fay Hotel, European Hotel, Tower
Hotel and in almost every store in
town, where they were placed some
weeks ago. Anyone wishing a copy
of the charter can secure same by
calling at the office of City Clerk
Bickford or attorney for Charter
I, as a citizen and tax-pajer of
Virginia, earnestly hope that every
voter will cast his ballot in favor of
Home Rule for Virginia.
Louis M. OSBORN.
Will Compel Trial of Cases in Ouluth.
A decision by Judge Cant in a
number of damage cases against
range mining companies will, if it
stands, compel a trial of these
causes in Duluth despite the fact
that the plaintiffs and defendants
in the actions are range residents
and would be put to hundreds of
dollars of additional expense, Judge
Cant ruling that the principal offices
of the companies were in Duluth
and that the cases could be heard
there to better advantage.
The ruling was made on petitions
filed in the cases of John Latfti
against the Mohawk Mining Co.,
Albert Halicky against the Hobart
Iron Co., and Carl Sundquist against
the Malta Iron Co., for personal in
While this ruling may, in the
opinion ot Judge Cant, be in keep
ing with the letter of the law estab
lishing the new range court with
headquarters at Virginia, none can
say that the contention is in keep
ing with the spirit of the measure.
The action is one tended to bring
the high standing of the Judge into
question, as it can scarce be justi
fied on any score aside from the
prevailing spirit at the head of the
lakes, "Duluth for Duluth, first, last
and all the time."
Obtain Cuyuna Range Options.
Among late options taken on the
Cuyuna range by Mesaba residents
is one by J. Mesberg, M. Shanedling
and H. O. Johnson, of this city, the
latter being^a member of the drill
ing firm of fp^terberg & Johnson.
The option Rovers a well located
tract in thelibwn of Daggett Brook
in section 45 30, and will be ex
ize their er
to get in
residents, who real
fin waiting too long
t" on this range, are
among thenumber who seek invest
ment and leases on the new range.
Negligee shirts, a
sortment at I&ratze's.
KILLED BY FALLING TREE
Mrs. Lena Swen Has SkuH Crushed
While Assisting in Gearing Land
Undertaker Hnbbard was called
to the district northwest of Mt. Iron
Tuesday morning to take charge of
the remains of Mrs. Lena Swen, wife
of Samuel Swen, a homesteader re*
siding some seven miles from the
Mountain, who was killed at about
six o'clock the previous evening
through being caught beneath a
falling tree, her skull being crush
ed by the blow and death being in
It seems that in 'company with
her husband she was assisting in
burning brush and clearing land,
and in the gale that was blowing at
the time a large tree which had been
partially burned in two was blown
down, striking her without warning.
The deceased was about 35 years
of age, and the case is a particularly
sad one from the fact that she is
survived by a husband and five
small children. The family is re
ported in straightened circumstan
ces, and the loss of the mother and
wife will be a sad blow to the little
family which is trying through
thrift and industry to carve a fortune
from the wilderness.
Had a Longing for Artillery.
A cripple who give his name as
Lewis C. Sparkman found pleasure
in the eye of the court yesterday
afternoon, and was bound over to
the grand jury on a charge of break
ing into the store of the Virginia
Store Company on Monday night
and laying in a supply of artillery
which might brand him as the
private agent of some foreign war
Sparkman was about the city Mon
day, doing a noble stunt at begging
because of the crippled condition
of his hands, which were practic
ally fingerless and terribly deform
ed. But it became evident that his
deformities were not confined to.bis
physical self, as he was caught red
handed with the goods on upon his
escape from the store building,
where he had laid hold of no less
than a dozen guns and a plentiful
supply of ammunition.
Virginia has an overflow crop of
toughs this spring, aside from the
regular holders of "meal tickets"
whom we have always had with us
and whose moral status is always
questionable, at least. A good
scouring is needed, and our officers
are certainly starting the job right.
Taking Speedometer Lessons.
A number of the chaffeurs of the
city have been taking lessons in
speedometry during the past week,
Judge Carey of the MunicipaljCourt
acting as the regularly authorised
The lessons to date have been, for
the most part, of the kindergarten
grade, dealing merely with provis
ions of the city ordinance establish
ing a speed limit of eight miles per
hour, and calling the attention of
the class to the. fact that the more
advanced lessons would deal with
the penalties and costs attaching to
any who might have cause to take
the full course and graduate with
The fact that the
have profited by the lessons pro
mulgated by the court is evidenced
by the fact that the "devil-wagons"
now skm the pavement with a
steadied movement as though set
to the somber rhymth of a dirge.
Atlanta's Big "Tag Day."
From the Atlanta Constitution.
"Four thousand three hundred and
sixty two dollars and seventy-one
cents was collected in the name of
sweet charity on "Tag day" for the
Sheltering Arms. It was a great,
big, glorious success, and has given
Atlanta something to laugh over
and talk over for quite a while. It
was the second appearance of "Tag
day" in Atlanta, and as a result At
lanta knew what to expect and was
Tne Ladies of the Blue Side in
Virginia would be willing to leave
off the 71 cents in their contest Tag
Day, tomorrow. Wear a smile and
a tag on Saturday and help the
ladies on this, the last working day
of their contest.
Elect Officers far Ensuing Term.
At the meeting of Mesaba Lodge
No. 222,1. O. O. F., last evening the
following officers for the ensuing
term were duly elected:
N. G.—G. V. Trimble.
V. G.—A. C. Boyeson.
R. S.—R. L. Given.
Trustee, 18 months—Dr. Van Dom
The lodge has enjoyed a pleasing
growth during the past winter, the
membership roll being increased
by new applicants at each meeting.
Six room house with water, light,
some hardvjrood floors, and a good
barn. Two fine Iota. For sale-at
reasonable price. Enquire at 232
Spruce street. Apr. 2B*May 291
We Can Give Yoo a Poiate*
ing beauty and utility. There you can select a gift at a mod
erate cost that you can give with pride and that anyone will
be glad to receive.
Improved Facilities in our Repairing Department
£nables us to Give Prompt Service
Watch this Space for Rummage
jj Enterprise Blk. Virginia, 1 I
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A. IV. HUBBARD
Capital Stock $1,000,000
Par vafoe $1.00 foil paid and Non
Stock now selling at 20c per share cash, aad 22c
on five Monthly payments.
For further particulars call or write
MARTIN NELSON Local Agent.
SAMPLES ON EXHIBITION AT
F. B. ROSSO
Up to Date
Dealer in the Furniture and Hardware Line
for the Home and Business House.
GO0B GO0BS AT IaQV PRIGES.
Get My Prices Before Purchasing Elsewhere.
EKTRRPRI9B, ADYRRTI8ING PAYS
if yon are seeking gift
that will make the best
showing for the least
money. It will not be a
cheap gift, however, in any
respect except that of price.
You will find it in our beau
tiful collection of
Cut Glass and Stiver- I
There yon will find an ar
ray of glistening and shin
•^College graduate Embalmer
and Funeral Director.
Twenty five years careral
study and experience under
best skilled professors in the
We carry a full line of Fun
eral^ Supplies, Burial Robes,
Metalic Caskets and Steel
Bodies prepared for shipment
to foreign countries.
We challenge competition,
work, goods and prices. Day
and night calls promptly ans
wered,hearse andflower wagon
The old reliable.
COMPETENT LADY ASSISTANT
Pine County, Minn.