An Aid To Education and Bad
ly Needed in South Dakota
An agitation is going on
throughout.the state in favor of
legislation for establishing free
libraries under state manage
ment. In mentioning this sub
ject to Supt. McDonald of the
city schools the information was
gained that the traveling library
has been in successful operation
in his home state of Iowa for
years. There the books are
owned by the state and may be
secured in desired numbers
by schools, clubs and other
organizations, and are great
blessing to all.
The Standard has been re
quested to publish the following
article on the subject:
City conveniences a few years
ago were confined to the
city. Country dwellers now
have telephones, rural delivery,
and sometimes waterworks.
Why should they not have as
good schools as the city?
A discussion of the subject at
the last educational meeting as
sociation brought fourth the fact
that more than twice as much
money is being spent for the
education of the town boys and
girls than for those in the coun
try and that this porportion
should be made more equal.
Education must be taken to the
country youth they must not be
forced to leave home for the city
for a high school education.
The proper place for the country
boy or girl of high school ege is
in his own home, therefore, the
present arrangement is mani
The step toward the improve
ment of the educational system
of the state was taken at Mitch
ell, November 25-26-27 when
teachers and librarians got to
gether to take account of stock.
It appears that almost every
town of size sufficient to support
a library had one, yet more than
half the counties in the state are
absolutely without libraries and
of course the country and small
village population in the remain
ing counties have no library
priviliges. The rural communi
ties must have good reading
matter if South Dakota is to
I keep pace with other states in
I general intelligence and progres
siveness. In a true democracy
every person must have an equal
chance for mental development.
To meet this condition and
give all a fair show a bill was
drafted to be presented to the
coming legislature to authorize a
commission to arrange for extend
ing library privileges to country
dwellers. The state already has
a state library at Pierre, books
from which might with advant
age be available for the use of
interested persons anywhere in
the state. The bill proposes to
unify all the library activities of
the state and to add to existing
activities the traveling library.
This means that it will be possi
ble for individuals or groups of
individuals to get the use cf
books singly or in collections for
several months and when one
collection has been exhausted to
be supplied with another. It: is
a sort of extension of rural free
delivery. It may benefit small
village libraries already estab
lished. The work may be ac
complished all from the capital
or by its establishment of local
centers from which the distribu
tion may be made.
Why tt Ford Costs Less
Buy a Ford not because it costs less, but because
it is worth more.
In the great Ford plant you will find the minds
of all the men meet upon the one great object,
They are not planning upon new models which
would separate their views and thereby hinder the motion
of action for quantity production. All work is in unison,
all are in tune with the one key,
-managers are watching the factory departments, the
branch houses and distributing points. The engineers
are feeling the pulse and taking the temperature of the
Ford Car while it is new and, after it has pafosed thru
the most trying conditions, then gradually strengthening
the parts that show weakness without changing the model
of the car. The machinery and men in the shops turn
out the same parts day after day and week after week.
Every man becomes an expert at his work, increasing
quantity production and doing his work more perfect.
By making the one perfect car the price is lowered to
where it makes it almost a necessity for everyone to own
a Ford Car to keep in pace with the world or be left behind.
Because of the one Model Ford all the dealers
can without a great deal of money invested carry a full
supply of repairs on hand. ^As a matter of fact they
are required to do so or their contract will be cancelled
by the factory. What other dealers have or are likely
to carry in stock a full supply of repairs?
A Ford Touring Car $600.00.
A Ford Roadster Car $626.00.
F. O. B. Detroit.
W. P. CARLBERG, Agent»
The fundamental underlying
principle is equal privileges to
all. The dwellers in the country
experience sufficient depriva
tions of a social nature, and it
is only bare justice that every
unnecessary inequality should be
rerQoved so that the men, wom
en,'and children remote from
town may not be without good
books to read- Interview your
representatives and senator and
see that these men know that
you want them to vote for books
Next Lyceum Number
The second number of the lo
cal lyceum course will be given
in the opera house, Wednesday,
January 15, at 8:15. Alvah
Green, impersonator and enter
tainer, make-up man, etc. The
bureau has allowed one open
day for connections so party will
be on deck for the number.
Beauchamp dite will be ar
T. E. McDonald
BOYS IN PARLIAMENT.
Famous Men Who Bagan Their Careers
In Their Teen».
It is contended that the British
house of commons is the most wide
ly representative body in the world,
since it includes not only all social
grades, from the miner and the ar
tisan to the scions of ducal houses,
but numbers among its members
men of all ages, from the youth in
his twenties to the veteran of
So long ago as the year 1613
there were forty legislators in the
commons who had not attained
their twentieth year, and, incredible
as it may seem, certain of them
were only sixteen years of age.
Edmund Waller, the poet and
courtier of Stuart days, was a
schoolboy of sixteen when he
qualified as a member of parlia
ment. He was, as Clarendon says,
"nursed in parliament," and prob
ably was the only man that ever
lived who could look back two
thirds of a century to his debut as
Charles James Fox was only nine
teen and still had a vivid and pain
ful memory of his floggings at Eton
when ho was "returned" to parlia
ment for the "pocket borough" of
Mid hurst. He was not many weeks
older when, he made one of the fin
est "maiden speeches" ever heard
at Westminster. "I hear it spoken
of by everybody as a most extraor
dinary thing," his delighted father
wrote to a friend, "and 1 am not a
little pleased with it."
Chesterfield was a legislator at
twenty, at which age he entered the
commons as a member for St. Ger
mans. Iiis first speech is said to
have electrified the house. His tri
umph was vitiated, however, by the
fact that, inasmuch as he was not
of age, he was liable to a heavy fine
for speaking in the house.
Still more precocious was Wil
liam Pitt. Although he had passed
his twenty-first birthday when Ap
pleby sent him to parliament he,
within a few weeks after taking his
seal, established himself as the
keenest debater and the finest
spo»kor iv. the commons. After his
maiden speech a member of the op
position is reported to have said to
Fox. "Pitt will be one of the first
men in parliament." "He is so al
ready," replied Fox.
Pitt, as everybody knows, scarce
ly had completed his twenty-third
year when he was made chancellor
of the exchequer. At twenty-four
he was prime minister.—New York
Cause of Her Joy.
Lord lloss in ore in his reminis
cences tells a little story that was
related by the late Consuelo, duch
ess of Manchester. He says:
"She was a pretty, amusing wo
man, who was rarely guilty of sav
ing a stupid thing. King Edward
was always greatly entertained with
hef talents as a racontcuse. re
member hearing her tell the story
of how a young American girl burst
into a hotel room one day waving
a letter in tremendous excitement,
and shouting: 'Hooray! Hooray!
Ain't it glorious
'What on earth's- the matter
asked everybody. 'What's glorious
I'm just real happy,' she cried,
doing a dance round the room.
'Here's poppa been bitten by a mad
dog, and we're off to Pasteur's ir
Paris in the morning. Ain't
In many English country dialects
the word "jag" is found. It origi
nally meant a small load of hay.
from which it came to mean a load
of drink so big as to overcome one.
"Jag" possesses an infinite number
of meanings. The original meaning,
"a load," has been extended to th
journey with the load, the saddle
bags which held it and the act ol
carrying it, while in certain districts
it signifies a blister, the head of
flower, calf loather and fatigue, in
addition to coinciding with "jog"
and figuring in ordinary English to
denote rough or "jigged" edges.
•Iwt Over Its Effects.
"Madam, 1 am Just out of the bos
Vital, and"— "Dost tell me any such
etery as that? You at* the same man
I gave a piece of pie to net two weeks
"YWm dat waa Just fore I
to de hospital."—Houston Post
a year and a half she was
ftl doubt as to whether ehe loved him
eeeegb to marry him or not"
"Aat hew did she eeceeed In finding
"Awe was another girl who got to
acttag as If she wanted him."
SSETON, ROBERT^ i'Ol'NT*. 8. 1).. FRIDAY, DKCKMBKK 27, 1912-8 Pages N« 27
THE SCARRED WRIST.
Queer Dream Story Connected With
the Beresford Family.
For three generations the Beres
ford family has handed down as
substantially true a remarkable
dream story which is connected with
a small pocket book and a piece of
black ribbon in possession of a mem
ber of the family. So well known
and so well authenticated the
storv that a member of the Beres
ford family printed for private cir
culation a short account of the facts,
of which, without impugning the
sincerity of his relatives, he endeav
ored to give a simple explanation.
The narrative is a love story as
well as a dream stoiy. The heroine
of it is Nicola Hamilton, the young
wife of Sir Tristram Beresford.
This young lady appeared at the
breakfast table one morning very
agitated and pale and with her let'1
wrist bound with a piece of blac'
ribbon. She replied to her hus
band's inquiries by entreating hin
to ask her no questions. She then
said that her brother, Lord Tyrone,
of whom she had been very fond,
had died on the preceding Thurs
day, which subsequently proved to
be the ease.
It seems that in the night Lady
Beresford had dreamed that her
brother sal by her bedside (although
she declared that he had indeed sat
therej and, after telling her whom
her child should marry and that her
husband would die before her, warn
ed her with the utmost vehemence
against marrying the second time.
"If you do remarry," her dream
visitor had said, "you will suffer
from your husband's ill treatment
until your death at forty-seven. lie
sist every temptation to a second
marriage." Requiring some proof
of her brother's reality, he had, at
her request, touched her wrist with
his hand, whereupon the sinews had
shrunk and the nerves withered.
SIle showed her .wrist, bound with
black ribbon, but declared that it
had been forbidden her to uncover it.
When Sir Tristram died Lady
Beresford, in spite of all remon
strances, immediately sought abso
hm solitude and retirement. But.
life without friends proving unbent-'
able, she consented to exchange vis
its with a single family of the neigh
borhood. In this family was a son
whom, after a time, she strove in
vain to regard with indifference.
Her love grew and overpowered her.
When the young man declared his
passion she consented to a private
union. All turned out as the dream
had foretold. In a year or so her
husband's conduct was so bad that
she had to separate from him. At
forty-seven she died. After her
death her wrist was examined and
found to be as she described it.
The most remarkable of the facts
connected with this strange story—
the scarred wrist—is explained bv
the writer of the pamphlet referred
to above as follows: He considers
that Lady Beresford, who knew that
her brother, Lord Tyrone, was ill,
dreamed that he was dead anil in
conscquence became so violently ex
cited as to injure her wrist. In the
morning she bound it up so tightly
that in course of time the sinews
shrank and withered.
The First Armored Ship.
According to the best authorities
on curiosities of the navy and war
fare in general, the first armored
vessel was launched in 1530. It
was one of the fleet manned by
the Knights .of St. John and was
entirely covered with sheets of
lead. The accounts of the times
leave us in darkness as to the thick
ness of this lead armor, but they
are very positive in the statement
that they were of sufficient strength
to "successfully resist all the shots
of that day." At the siege of Gibral
tar in 1783 the French and Span
iards used war vessels which were
armored with "light iron boom
proofing over their decks and to the
water's edge." The very first prac
tical use of wrought iron plates as a
defense for the sides of vessels was
by the French in the Crimean war
•lice—What would you do If you
were a man? Marie—I'd pcopoee to
"Mary," complained the husband,
"why do you suppose it is that peo
ple all say I have such a large
"I don't know, I'm sure, John,"
•aid his wile consolingly, "but nev
er mind there's nothing it.*—
Burned With Gasoline Court Adjourned
Howard Babcork Has Warmer
Experience Than He Cares
Monday morning the gasoline
in the stove at the home of
Howard Babcock was not work
ing right and enough soon accum
ulated so that it blazed as high
as the tank. Mr. Babcock feared
that an explosion would soon be
the result, so he grabbed up a
rug, and with its assistance as
a protector to his hands, the
tank was carried out of the
house, but not before his left
hand was badly burned. In the
meantime the the wood work in
the kitchen had taken fire, but
this was soon extinguished. Mr.
Babcock feels that he was lucky
in not being burned worse than,
he was, for had the tank explod
ed, his life would surely have
been in danger.
A good many people of this
city will be pleasantly surprised
when they learn that Miss
Gertrude Swenumson, accompan
ied by her mother, took the
Friday evening train for Seattle,
Wash., there to be married the
day before1. Christmas to Rev.
Lawrence Later en. Miss Swen
unson had kept her secret well
and few were aware of the fact
that she had no intention of
teaching the year out.
The bride is a lovejy girl and
is the daughter of J. O.
Swenumson, register or deeds
elect of Roberts county. She
grew up from childhood in this
vicinity and was justly popular
with all who knew her. The
groom iß a son of County Com
missioner Sateren and is as well
and favorably known here as is
his bride. He attended the Sis=
seton school and afterwards re
ceived a college education else
where. He is now president of
Bethania College at Everett,
Wash., and it is there that the
newly wedded couple will begin
the journey of life together.
That it will be a happy one is the
wish of their many 'Sisseton
The Standard for News/
Department of IJtVtöry
Since it has been my ioy to find
At every turning of the road
The strong arm of a comrade kind
To help me onward with my load
And since I have no gold to give
And love alone can make amends
My only prayer is while I live
God make me worthy of my
,4b—Frank Demster Sherman
Judge McNulty discharged the
jury on Monday and adjourned
court until sometime next month,
when it is expected that Judge
Clay Carpenter will occupy the
bench and dispose of the un-.
In the case of Frank Hicks vs
Frank Whipple, being tried
when the Standard went to press
last week, the jury found for the
defendant, which put the cost of
trial oyto Hicks.
While the case of Gustav W.
Rehfeld vs the Milwaukee rail
road was being tried, Otto John
son, one of the jurors, was taken
sick and the case was ordered
up for retrial next term of court!
The court has taken the mat
ter of Nelson vs Lindquist under
The case of Mike Mead vs
Philip LaBatte was dismissed.
After having pleaded not guil
ty to the charge of embezzle
ment, John Hart, on advice of
his attorney, Howard Babcock,
changed his plea to guilty and
was given a prison sentence of
Ride in Special Car"
Five Sisseton young ladies had
the honor of being about the
only passengers brought up from
Milbank on Sunday in a pas
senger coach. They are, Misses
Hannah Rask, Martha Morris,
Venette Babcock, Hilda and
Cora Humphner. They were
ejjroute home Saturday from
different eastern points, and
their train was about an hour
Knowing this, they wired
to Milbank to hold the Sisseton
train, which is usually done- at
such a time "but for sottie reason
no attention was paid to the, teilet
gram. At Milbank the girls let
the home folks know of the pre
dicament,xand one of the fathers
got busy with the powers that
be on this division of the Mil
waukee, with the result that the
girls were given a special car on
the Sunday freight train.
If you w^nt the highest cash
price for mink, skunk, weasel an
muskrat, sell them to Schindler
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