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WHILE paying a tribute that Is
deserved to the postal depart
ment there is one trouble in
that it works so well that
persons do not stop to examine
into the complicated machinery by
which it is run. The average per
son writes a letter, drops it into a box,
and then takes out his watch to see
what time it will arrive at its destina
tion. It is usually easy to foretell just
what time the letter will reach its des
tination, for "delayed mail" is some
thing that has come to be a contin
gency much to be shunned.
In these days of flying .mail trains
with the well drilled corps of postal
clerks, both in the offices and on the
trains, it is not often that a letter goes
wrong. ' Some of the best trains, the
fastest and the safest, are those which
carry the United States mails. This
system is not the work of a day. but is,
indeed, the work of only a half cen
tury. Even this is a short time, con
sidering the marvelously' complicated
system that is necessary to carry on the
work. It is one of the best hall marks
of American genius. But it has worked
so well in a generation that the public:
has come to regard it as an. infallible
machine —one that never goes wrong
and always reaches the destination on
time. It would be beyond the power "off
man to estimate the value of goods car
ried by the mails in a year by this com
plicated but almost perfect system.'
While willingly acknowledging all of
the good that there is in the postal de
partment, granting that it usually
reaches its destination in a fair degree
of promptness ana that goods sent by
mail are almost perfectly safe, still it
must be confessed that, like all the
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Heads of "Nlxle" Department Working on Damaged Mail
works of human hands, it does some
times go wrong.
But if the postal department has been
unable to entirely free itself of the ills
of human fallibility.the government has
done the next best thing: it has pro
vided the best medical attention for
weak and delayed and misdirected mail
matter. When things go wrong there
is a balm in Gilead, and the physician
Is ready to do his part.
The "Nixie" Department
The physician that stands ready to
administer to the needs of such mail
matter as. has met with an. accident is
known in the service as the inquiry di
vision. Among the profession it is
known as the "nixie" department.
"Nixie" probably means the same as the
slang term "nothing doing," but it ls
the duty of the "nixie" department to
start something, within the least pos
sible time, and to effect a cure as
quickly as possible. -r:
St. Paul is headquarters for a large
portion of country in the postal service.
When the present plans of the depart
ment are materialized there will be
more work for the division here. The
department has announced that the pol
icy will be to distribute the growing
business more among the division head
quarters and leave less routine for the
central office at Washington. Conse
quently the duties and authority of the
St. Paul office in general and the "nixie"
department in particular will be en
larged. At present the "nixie" depart
ment here looks after practically all
of the misdirected, the lost or dam
aged mail matter in the northwest.
Ryan and Sullivan Do It
The "nixie" department of the St.
Paul division of the postofflce is under
the direction of Walter S. Ryan,-who
has been with the department for many
years. He is supposed to administer
to all of the mall that goes wrong.
Michael Sullivan is assistant superin
tendent and he has also been in the
wcrk for a number of years.
The work of the department might
be said to be roughly divided in three
parts. One might be classed as the
lost and found division: another is the
work of figuring out addresses that are
so poorly written or have been mis
directed, or where the writer has ne
glected to place any address on the
letter, and then comes the damaged
$ '%'y'yy.
Six Others Hurt in Automobile
BUTTE, Mont., April Seven
persons have been injured in a colli
sion between a motor car belonging to
F. Augustus Heinze, the mining mag
nate of this city, and the runabout con
taining Thomas Roe, a liveryman, and
Miss Lillie Lacombe. In the motor
were Mr. Heinze, A. L. Frank, a mining
engineer; T. C. Bach and M. L. Gunn
of Helena and A. E. Hook, the chauf
feur. All were painfully injured, but
none will die. While going about
thirty miles an hour the automobile
crashed into the vehicle driven by Roe,
hurling the occupants a distance of
nearly twenty feet. The motor car
turned complexly over, but the per
sons riding in the car were thrown
clear of the wrecks. Heinze and other
members of the party escaped with
slight bruises and scalp wounds.
Spreckels Has to Pay Doctor '
VIENNA, April 15.—The Eger court
has delivered a judgment in the suit
mail, which must be sorted over and an
endeavor made to send it to the owner
or back to the sender.
The lost and found department has
a book Wherein are recorded all of the
articles of this class. The date, the
article, an-? the name of the person
finding the article are recorded in
this book. Sometimes it is a purse
containing a large t sum of money,
sometimes it is any article of general
use, or it may be a single piece of
money. To show the thorough work
of the department it may be mention
ed that-Sot a few entries of 1 cent ap
pear in^^is book; and in some cases
the penny has been sent to the right
ful owner. The mail clerks and the
postal employes in general find these
articles and send them In. Then the
I department works, sleuthlike, to find
! the owner. '
* It is naturally to be supposed that
j one who takes enough trouble to
| write a letter would be careful that
I the address is so plain that a wayfar
! ing postal clerk might ' not err, but
I such is not always the case. ; The
I clerk who works on this class of mail
j must not only have a natural adapta
i tion for it, but must have long ex
j perience In dealing with all kinds and
j manners of writing. This, at first
i glance, does not seem to offer a wide
j field of endeavor, but the observer
: would be surprised to inspect a pile
of letters on the clerk's desk and see
what manner of contortions different .
people can have when they take a
pen in hand.
Reading the Addresses
In the first place there are many
different styles of writing. -There is
the scrawl of the child, and the-heavy,
ponderous scribe of the business man,
or the hand grown clumsy with hard
labor; then there is the "backhand,"
j the "vertical" hand, the "Spencerian,"
I and the "old style," in vogue in the
schools forty years ago. All of these
allow that the writer is to the manor
born, and knows nothing but the Eng
lish language, but especially in the
northwest account must be made for
the large contingent that try to write
English after having 1 been raised to
the German or Scandinavian, or
French or Italian or Hebrew style of
writipg. Allowing that the writer
knows exactly what should be put.on
the envelope, and places it all there,
still these Is room for some clever
guessing as to what he succeeds ln
making really stands for.
It is the foreigners that cause much
trouble in letters that are illegibly
addressed. The German script in par
ticular is responsible for much puck
ering of lips and many wrinkles in the
foreheads of the clerk. An address
partly in German or Scandinavian,
and partly in English, written poorly
at that, offers a wide field of en
deavor. 7 7-, -'.■:
Guide books, city directories, pos
tal and railroad guides are a valuable
ally in the work. If the clerk can get
an address or a name down to some
semblance of a proper name, he takes
the city directory, the street directory
and the postal guide, and endeavors
to find out where he "is at." In other
words, he tries to find what the writer
might have meant, and reasons in a
deductive style to arrive at a proper
The Damaged Mail
A third division of the "nixie" de
partment takes care of mall that has
been damaged by going through a
wreck of any kind. A great pile of
damaged mall ls eloquent witness to
the fact that mall does not always
reach its destination, and that railroad
wrecks still abound.
In this class comes damaged, let
ters and papers, and damaged mer
chandise. The "nixie" department
tries to find who the owner is. or,
failing in that, tries to find the sender,
and return the property to him.
The ordinary citizen has but little
idea of the queer articles that get past
the postofflce and get into the mails.
Doubtless the mail order system that
has grown up in the last few years
is largely responsible for this. In a
consignment of five sacks of damaged
mail that struck the "nixie" depart-
brought by Dr. Edgar Gans-of Carls
bad against Rudolph Spreckels of Cal
ifornia for fees in connection with
services rendered when Mr. Spreckels
was suffering from appendicitis. Dr.
Gans is awarded $1,600 and full costs,
which amount to a considerable sum.
The case originally excited considera
ble notice, Mr. Spreckels having re
fused to meet the doctor's demand for
$2,000 as compensation for his serv
ices, -y-.-y-
Mrs. Stewart Is Sentenced
CHICAGO, April 15.—Mrs. Louisa
Stewart, divorced wife of a Wisconsin
physician, was today sentenced here to
six months in the house of correction.
While on trial recently Mrs. Sted-art
denied any knowledge of the thefts al
leged to have 6een perpetrated by her
self and a man known as "Raffles"
Walsh, with whom she was arrested.
She claimed she was engaged to marry
Walsh. The jury acquitted her, but
when she was arraigned on another in
dictment Mrs. Stewart caused sur
prise by pleading guilty. Her motive
apparently was to save Walsh, but the
change was unavailing. -
Russian Finance Explained
financial statement regarding the bud
get for 1904 shows that the total of the
ordinary revenue collected was $1,008,
--500,000, being $18,600,000 over the estt
ment last week there was a good ex
ample of what goes through the malls.
The train, had gone off a trestle and
the mail car buried partly in the river.
After that fire broke out, and the mail
was in bad condition. As is usual in
such cases, the sacks were gathered
up and sent to St. Paul to be worked
over. :*SV:
In three sacks was the merchandise.
Here was a straw hat that had been
soaked and crushed beyond recognition:
a yair of yellow leggins thatlcpst 19.
cents at a department store ml been
robbed of their newness by fire and
water. A package of onion sets per
fumed the whole package withilts odor
and made the clerk think of making a
garden. Some woman had ordered a
bunch of herbs, and they had been
sent along to their destination by the
common carrierthe mail.
/ A pair- of new trousers, also from a
mail order house, were soaked and
burned; a pair of lace curtains looked
like they had done service on windows
of a cheap rooming house. The list was
long. Crammed into the mall sacks,
they presented a very different appear
ance from what they evidently did
when, they started on their journey.
A skilled man was making fast work
of the pile. When the address had been
obliterated. it was sometimes possible
to find what mail orcjer house they had
come from, and they were bundled up
and sent back, with explanations.
Packages that could not be located at
all will be held until disposed of in the
regular channels, to be dumped in with
a lot of similar stuff and sold by the
government. -; _r^ •-.-.'7-
Walter S. Ryan was working care
fully at the letters. Here was where
the skilled work was necessary.
"Well I'll show you how we do it,"
he said, taking a package that had been
put up in a heavy envelope.
The letters had been partly burned.
As a rule the ends and edges, were
charred. This is unfortunate for th
reason that it is just-where the name
of the writer is sure to be obliterated.
The address on the envelope is usually
scorched or obliterated by dirt. The
"nixie" man works largely on the few
stray sentences he can piece together
out of what is left of the letter.
One letter may be taken, as an ex
ample. On the envelope all that was
visible was "Miss Clara W." Below
was the first letter of the address: it
was "P." The "nixie" man at once con
cluded that this was meant for Portland,
from the fact that the mail had come'
from the west. Both ends of the en
velope had been so charred that it was
Impossible to get the beginning or the'
end of any of the lines. Down in the
body*_of the letter was this sentence,
"start for Hennepin—." The "nixie"
man began to look up his records and
guides. e,He found several "Henneplns"
but none of them seemed to give enough
of a clew to connect with the letter.
Another letter had evidently been
written by a woman on the coast to a
friend who was coming to visit her. It
had five different sheets, and one of
them was Intended to be read each day
as a reminder of the sender. One was
marked "the first day" and_there was
one for each of the five . days of the
journey. On the one for the third day
all that could be deciphered was "you
will " now be crossing the Missouri
What bothered the "nixie" man in
this letter was a sentence on the sheet
for the first day's journey. "You will
see a great deal of barren country to
day" read the missive. If the visitor
was coming from the east the "nixie"
man .was not able to connect with "the
barren country" proposition. One sen
tence almost led to Identification. "I
hope you will have as nice a journey
as Ethel did when she came to "
was what It said. If that next word
hadn't been burned off the "nixie"
man would have been able to return
the letter to the town It started from.
It is a good plan to have the return
marked on the corner of the envelope.
In several cases this was plain enough
to enable the "nixie" man to send back
the letter. They will know why their
letter was not delivered and the "nixie"
man will be glad to be able to retun
the letter.
mates, $7,000,000 below the total of
1903 and $55,500,000 more than in 1902.
The ordinary expenditures was. $955,
--000,000, leaving a surplus of $53,500,000.
In the extraordinary budget the $320.
--500,000 assigned for war expenditure,
the $81,000,000 for railroad construc
tion and the loans to railroad compa
nies for extraordinary expenditure
were met by the above surplus and
$53,500,000 proceeds of the 5 per cent
treasury bonds realized in 1904. im
perial rente bonds totaling $215,500,000,
other extraordinary, revenue amounting
to $1,500,000 and the balances of former
years amounting to $190,500,000. This
left at the beginning of 1905 a "free"
balance of $59,500,000, in which the
proceeds of the 4% per cent loan were
not included. .. *? '-y.".'
Killed in Pitched Battle
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.. April 15.—
Three men have been killed ln a pitch
ed battle at Ten Mile creek, ten miles
west of here, resulting from a quarrel
over a' piece of - land.* The dead are
H. S. Adams, William Hoch and Riley
Henscn. The fight resulted from a
quarrel over a strip of land.
. It cannot be done. There is not a house
on earth in either of the Twin Cities that
will give you as much for your money
ami give you as long a time to pay. Just
take time to investigate.
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llwl] rated village on .the Fergus Palls
UWi and Brfickedridge branch of the
Northern Pacific railway,.' 18 mile.-*
from l'ornian, the seat of justice. Mil
nor is growing very 7 fast- and at pres
ent has a population of about 600 peo
ple. The town is^surrounded by some
of the finest'farms and farming land in
the state, of North Dakota. This land
is selling today from $15 to $35 per
acre and Is going up in price very fast.
The soil is a rich deep, black ' loam,
with clay subsoila splendid combi
nation for farming purposes. The cli
mate is bracing, equable and healthful.
The air of this wonderful state is In
vigorating, and its dryness prevents
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Public School, Milnor, North Dakota
the extremes of heat and cold being
felt as much as in some of the eastern
states. There is an abundance of pure
water to be had . at. a depth of from
twelve to twenty feet, and artesian
wells with a sure flow about 650 feet.
The crops of Sargent county are
abundant, and a crop failure is un
known. The county Is In the northern
limit of the corn belt. In the heart of
the wheat and flax belts. - Besides corn,
wheat and flax, this county grows a
sure crop of oats, barley, rye, millet
and all small grains, fruits and vegeta
bles. This county, is in direct commu
nication with the great markets of the
world —St. Paul, Minneapolis and Du
luth—making it easj- • for ; the farmers
to dispose of their 7. crops. Raising
stock is a great feature of this county,
and hogs are raised* In great numbers.
Hog cholera is unknown, and hog
raising Is very profitable.
To find and see the advantages' of
this county, and to gain an idea of
the beauty and wealth of this section
of North Dakota, you will • have to
join the throng this spring, buy a
Ucket over the Northern Paciflc rail--
way from St. Paul to Milnor, the chief
town of Sargent county, and take a
drive over this section of the county,
and you will never return to the east.
Good schools in every district for
your children, good churches, good
markets, creameries, good soils, plenty
of fuel, good pure water and the best
of society is what you will find In this
section of Sargent county. Milnor
pulls trade for twelve miles in all di
rections and is only eight miles from
the great Sheyenne river* and the same
distance from the Wild Rice river.
The town contains three churches, one
public school with about 250 pupils
enrolled, four teachers, and a solid
brick school building built at a cost
of about $12,000. all modern, four ele
vators, one 125 barrel flour mill, one
bank, six general stores, two hard
ware, stores, two -farm implement
dealers, one drug store, two furniture
stores, two meat markets, one hotel,
three liveries, three restaurants, two
very large lumber yards, two black
smith shops, three real estate agents,
one - bakery. three confectionery
stores, opera house seating 300 peo
ple, one barber shop, two* harness
shops, two lawyers, three physicians,
one weekly newspaper, the .Sargent
County Teller, published by R. V.
Fyles; good fire department, two
chemical engines, one hook and lad
der company and. a good • artesian well
with a very heavy .force. The busi
ness men of Milnor all pull one way,
and that is for the town, and in doing
this they are building up their . town
and today it ranks - first in Sargent
county. They pay the highest market
price for all produce from the farmers
and by doing this they are pulling
trade away from other towns, and the
farmer of Sargent county knows he
can come to Milnor and set anything
he wants and large stocks of goods
to pick from. Keep your eye on Mil
nor and Sargent county.
Following are a few of the leading
firms of Milnor: ' "".-;
P. H. Peterson is proprietor of the
Headquarters hotel, the only first class
hotel of the town. This is a twenty
eight room house, and can house fifty
people. Good sample rooms for com
mercial men and first class livery in
connection. ■-, _ -■
Hansen; Newgard & Hanson are the
proprietors of a leading hardware, fur
niture, harness and implement business
and have been In business for eighteen
years, and will move into their new
building about April 1.
J. K. Taylor-has been manager for
the Milnor Lumber company here for
nine years. This yard was established
In 1883, and the company has yards at
winner and Stirum; also hardware
stores.at each town.
Jens Pedersen, one of the pioneers
of the town, is proprietor of a very
large department store. The building
Is 40x64 feet, and full of a fine line of
goods of all kinds. Mr. Pedersen bought
the first* lot in the town and helped to
organize the county. He came from
A. J. Flynn is manager for the North
Star Lumber company at this place,
and came from Fargo. This yard was
established in 1904, and the company
has branch yards throughout the state.
Henry B. Thompson is one of the
leading * lawyers of the county; also
sells Insurance. He graduated at
Grand Forks College of Law In 1904,
and was born in Otter Tall county.
Berger & Irvtelhouse are proprietors
of a very large general merchandise
storea genuine department store. The
building is 45x50 feet. The firm has
been In business for twenty-one years.
Mr. Berger came from Lanesboro,
August Nelson is the leading black
smith of the town. He has been In
business for fourteen years, and came
from Forman. He has been on the
school board for six years.
Christensen Bros, run the main drug
store of the town, and have been ln
business three years. They came from
Albert Lea. They .have the telephone
exchange and central; office at their
store. This firm will soon be in its
new building.
Jorgenson, Nelson & Austin are pro
prietors of a leading department store
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and have, been in business for two
years. The building is 50x70 feet, two
story and full of a fine stock of goods.
Mr. Jorgenson is president of the school
board and has been twenty years in
the mercantile business.
The Bank of Sargent County is the
main bank in this section of the coun
ty, organized in 1885 as a private bank
and incorporated in 1890 as a state
bank, capital $15,000. surplus $2,500,
and does a real estate, first mortgage
loan. insurance, collection and general
banking business. D. V. Vail, president;
D. V. Babeock, vice president, and F.
W. Vail, cashier.
The Milnor Hardware company is the
leading hardware firm of the town and
does a very large business, have been
in business since April 1, 1904. H. K.
Pennington, president and manager;
Ole A. Stockstad, secretary and treas
urer; G. K. Taylor and Andrew H. An
derson are the members of the firm. .
F. F. Harlow is the leading real es
tate and insurance agent of the town,
and has about 250,000 acres of im
proved and unimproved farm land for
sale in Sargent, Richland and Ransom
counties; also sale solicitor for Hack
ney-Boynton company lands. This land
runs in price from $6 to $35 per acre;
some of the best stock ranches in the
state. Mr. Harlow has been in the
land business for about thirty years.
For any further Information of this
county please write Mr. Harlow and
he will answer all correspondence and
send you advertising matter and sec
tional maps of the county.
Will an Extra Session Change Matters
The country has certainly indicated
that it is in hearty accord with the
president's policies. He is no oppor
tunist, but a practical reformer, and
If congress does not wish to be placed
in the attitude of obstructionism it will
cooperate with the president at the
earliest possible moment, especially in
regard to the railroad rate matter,
which Is of course what President
Roosevelt is just now most concerned
in, his tariff views being more or less
neutral. If there should be an extra
session it will probably develop the
same disposition on the part of the two
houses as heretoforethe senate dila
tory and hostile", but the house reflect
ing popular sympathies.—Pittsburg
Press. . yi

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