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t},£^ -t k-i/ CK yt V' i) V? Mhress by Pres. Nash Although the thermometer registered very low, and a strong wind was blowing, a large audi ience gathered at the New Grand Sunday evening to listen to an address by Pres. Nash of the Aberdeen Normal and Industrial school. Mr. Nash is a man of Strong and attractive personality, brilliant in intellect, fluent in speech, keen in reasoning and the possessor of a splendid, powerful physique. The Men's Christian and Civic Association feels proud of having been the means of securing for the citi zens of Sisseton the opportunity of listening to so inspiring a speaker. Aberdeen Educator Pleases Large Audience by Splendid Sunday Evening Talk. The subject of the talk was "The Trinity of Civic Virtues," and these virtues, said Mr. Nash are honesty, sobriety, and chastity. The American people have justly been proud through all the past years of this wonder ful country of ours with its boundless resources and its wealth of opportunity, and they point with pride to the strides of progress it has made. But great as is the American nation, we must improve conditions if we would maintain and increase our prosperity and progress, for our country cannot live of itself. In all ages it has been regarded as noble to die for one's country, but to live and live worthily is far better than to die. In these days there is a greater demand for honosty, well balanced with courage and com men sense, than there ever has been before. We need more honosty in the busi ness world. How often are we informed by the daily papers of a railroad accident caused by a defective steel rail. The people should demand that such honesty exist in the manufacture of steel rails that an accident cannot happen because of a dishonest rail. There is greater need for honesty in the manufacture of food products and of drugs, and so strongiy are the people insist ing upon this that much is being done to abolish adulterated foods and drugs. We must have more honesty in regard to dis charging our personal obliga tions. A young man was once informed that he was the heir to his father's estate. The lawyers jwe also told him that the estate was encumbered with a large debt from which they could free him since there was some flaws in the papers. "Did my father as sume these obligations?" said the young man. When he was told he had, he would meet every obligations and he went to work with a will, paid the debts, saved "Well, at home I am five, I am itake when I ride on the cars." Who taught this little lad to say he was six when at school that they might be rid of the responsibili ty of caring for him at home, and that he was four on the train so they would not have to pay railroad fare? The parents. how much better it would have been for them to have met their responsibilities than to have taught their child to be dishon est. When dishonesty and deceit at are taught and practiced at home, the very foundations of the nation are being undermined. That the second great civic virtue, sobriety, is of vast im portance is generally recognized. Factory owners and railroads demand it from their employees. Physiology and science teach the importance of the liquor evil. Richmond P. Hobson's extensive investigations show, 1st, that alcohol is a poison 2nd, it has no food value Brd, it is the cause of disease, not a cure. A single drink is disastrous to the white PRESIDENT NASH, corpuscles in the blood, for they cease to function under the use of alcohol. Hobson estimates that alcohol is ten thousand times more destructive than war. The report of the California Peace Society makes these com parisons. "In two hundred years, war has killed fourteen million people every year alcohol carries off three million live hundred thousand lives." That is, in four years, the victims of alcohol number the same as the victims of war in two hundred years making alcohol fifty times more destructive than war. The same report says that alcohol degenerates the red man, the black man and the noblest white. Uncle Sam recognizes the in jury it does the Indian and pro hibits its sale to them. The people of the South know the evil effects of liquor on the negro and are trying to prevent its sale to them. As for the effect of alcohol upon the white man, have only to consult the warden of the penitentiary at Sioux Palls to find out what a large percentage of crime it is responsible for. We have only to look around us to see how much pauperism can be laid at its door, and Dr. Mead of the replied that he hospital for the insane at Yank one of these !^on' of the estate and stood before the ^is charge. Very soon South world, a free man. There is a Dakota must build another greater need for honesty among, hospital to care for these un children. A little boy when kortunates. How much better it asked his age made this reply, jwould assorts that alcohol is the cause a hirge part of the cases insanity in the hospital under be if six at school, but I am only four ^ie poison which is responsible PeoPle stePs South American Letter Closing Lines of the Interesting Series by Bessie Dunn Beck. At eight o'clock in the evening we had the religious ceremony of our marriage. They had decorated the rooms very beauti fully. There are a great many flowers and green things here so that they made the rooms into bowers of beauty. An orchestra had been engaged for the oc casion so that we had Lohen grin's wedding march. As our baggage did not come through with us, we had to be married in borrowed clothes, but that did not matter much. A number of invited guests as well as the boys were present. After the ceremony a wedding supper was served to the invited guests and teachers. We had a great big wedding cake and I wish I could have sent you all some. This seemed more like a weddimr than the civil marriage and we surely appraciated all they did for us. We have been here now a month and have been very busy all the time. I have been teach ing some English classes, play for the opening exercises, have charge of the singing in the Primary department, help with the cooking and management of the household and am trying to learn Spanish. It is expected that a girls' school is to be open ed soon, and as Prank and I are ts help take charge of it, it is necessary for me to learn a great deal of Spanish as well as house keeping. They have Primary, Intermediate, Secondary, and Commercial departments. There are over 200 pupils and fifty of them are "internes," that is they live at the school. One evening Frank and I entertained the Commercial boys and another evening the internes came to visit us. There is so much that could be said of the people and of the city but I shall have to save that for some other time. It is enough to say that we are happy here and believe we are doing good work. Results are slow in such work, but although the school has been going only two year's, one can see a great improvement and advance in our boys over other boys of the city. I am afraid I have tired you with such a long letter, but .you cannot get one from me very often, as I have not the time to write. If you have difficuly in reading this do not blame Prank for it, although he has done a large part of the typewriting. I have tried it in a few places and the results are obvious. Although I may not write to you for a long time, do not think that I have forgotten you, for the memory of my friends in the States is very dear to me. Al though 0,000 miles from home, I shall never forget you. With I am, wo,,ld to only Prevent the sale of for so much of this evil than to have fco spend money to increase the size of the penitentiaries, the number of the poor houses and the insane hospitals. Instead of housing the dependents let jjjg us put forth an effort to prevent making them. Alcohol defies nature and nature's God, it de stroys wealth, character, the freedom of man and reduces ef ficiency from twenty-five to forty (Continued on Page 4) very best wishes to all, I Most sincerely, BESSIE BECK. Forms Prepared for Assessors Use Pierre.—The state tax com mission has prepared a series of forms of returns for assessors to use with their assessment work. Apparently the law as it stands requires a separate form for re turns by different officers, and the attempt has been to get along with one form for all as sesment work. The new forms cover returns by county assess ors by deputy county assessors civil township assessors, city as sessors and assessors of incor porated towns, each of which is required to make a return under a different form, by the law governing assessments. SI.SSETON, ROBERTS COUNTY, S. I)., FRIDAY, JANUARY 1914 NO. 30 Ry. Official in Trouble Fairmount &Veblen R. R.Official Charged with Embezzlement. A Wahpeton special says: "A preliminary hearing in the case of the state vs. Frank Henderson, accused of embezzlement, was held here on Tuesday and Wed nesday of this week, before Rev. Wm. Edwards of Christine, just ice of the peace of Richland coun ty.' Henderson, who was auditor and superintendent of the Fair mount & Vehlen R. R. Co., was arrested in December, after an accountant had investigated his books, and he is charged with havincr embezzled about $4,000 of the company's money. The hearing was mostly taken up with arguments of the oppos ing lawyers in the case, and the case was adjourned to Jan. 6th. During the interval a careful ac counting will be made of the books, to determine if the charges made can be substantiated. It is said that Henderson will bring suit for $50,000 damages for malicious prosecution, but this is not established. The railroad of which Hender son was chief official was built last summer, being promoted by Julius Rosholt, formerly of May ville, and now of Minneapolis. He is president of the company. The road is forty-live miles long, and Henderson handled practic ally all its cash, as auditor and superintendent. Henderson was formerly of Jamestown." The Zenith Club One of the most pleasant and interesting meetings of the year was held at the home of Mrs. O. T. Axness, Thursday afternoon, January eight. The club mem bers must have made at least one good New Years' resolution for every member was present and on time. After the usual business meeting and critics' re port, Mrs. J. O. Andrews con ducted the first half of the meet ing, the subject under discussion being "Historical Criticism of Macbeth." The topic was con sidered under three heads: (a) History and Source of the play, (b) Determination of Date of Composition and Publication. Cc) Study of Social and Literary Background. The questions which Mrs. Andrews had pre pared brought out interesting sidelights on the difference be tween the true history of Mac beth and Shakespeare's version of it, and on the social life in the court circle and among the play rights of the Elizabethan period. After the usual intermission in which refreshments were served by the hostess, Mrs. D. P. Stevens conducted the last lesson on the program, "Walter Scott's I Life and Favorite Works." The topics given out by Mrs. brought out all the interestingj and sad features of the life of this greatly beloved author, an estimate of his work as a poet of and prose writer, the names of the novels founded on Scotch, English and Continental history, and those classed as personal." The interesting reviews of Scott's works were "Ivanhoe" by Mrs. Paul Ricltert, "Kenil worth" by Mrs. O. T. Axness, "Waverly" by Mrs. Dan Knight, "The Lady of the Lake" by Mrs. P. H. Brown, "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" by Mrs. E. J. Turner and "Marmion" by Mrs. Swenston. W. J. Thomas has been spend ing the week in the cities. $20,000 Peever suffered a serious fire last Friday morning, all of the buildings in one block being de stroyed. The wind was blowing very hard and for a time a much larger portion of the town was threatened. As it was, the loss will foot up about $20,000. Among the buildings burned was one that was built of oak lumber, which gave out a greater amount of heat than any of the others, so much so that buildings across the street would surely have taken fire but for the bravery of Ben Faribault, an Indian. He climbed a telephone pole where he could throw water onto the front of the buildings most ex posed, and remained there, not withstanding that his face was blistered by the fierce heat, pouring on the pails of water that was handed him, until all danger was over. Chief Police McDonald of this city was there, and speaks in the highest praise of Faribault. Greeting Stevens Whole Block Destroyed Including Business Places and Residences. Although the loss is a heavy one, our hustling neighbors will doubtless rebuild in a much more substantial manner than before. The most lamentable feature of the affair is the fact that some of the heaviest losers had no insurance, while the loss of others is only partially cover ed. The fire is said to have started in a place where some men had been having a jolly night of it. One of the people most hard hit was Mrs. Geo. McCormick, formally of this city. She had just got nicely started in the hotel business and was burned out of house and home. Some of her furniture was saved and she will try and find a new location to start in again. The following is tuken from Music Chorus, The Swing Song, Musii Music- Vocal Solo, Selected Address Music Question Box Iii., i3. £, Department of iiistorjf the Peeve Pilot, printed immedi* ately after the fire. At 4:30 this morning fire was discovered in the rear of the Woodman hall, occupied by M. O. Sjoberg. George Harris gave the alarm and practically every able bodied man in town turned out to fight the flames. By the time enough had arrived to have any effect, the fire had made such headway that the block was doomed and it looked as if the whole town would go. The men went to work at once at what seemed a hopeless task, that of holding the. fire in the one block. Part of the crowd devoted their attention to the east side of the street and others concentrated their efforts to the south side and after an almost superhuman effort, succeeded in preventing the fire spreading be yond the one block although the buildings across the street were several times ignited. In view of the fact that the water from all the nearby wells was used up quickly, it seems marvelous that more damage was not done. Milbanlc was wired for assist ance and a relief train with two tanks of water was hurried to the rescue, but the fire was un der control when they arrived. The buildings destroyed were the Central hotel, W. H. Hines' hardware and furniture store, the Arcade bowling alley, an empty building belonging toH. M. Knight, the Woodman hall, M. O. Sjoberg's harness shop and the residences of Mrs. M. Opitz and R. H. Aney. The buildings across the street were all damaged more or less, O. R. Aney & Co. probably sustaining the heaviest loss. ANNUAL MEI:TINI OK School (Dflkrra anh Teachers OF ROBERTS COUNTY Sisseton Opera House, Jan. 16, 1914 The Program 10:30 A. M. Unique Orchestra County Superintendent Sisseton High School Glee Club Address—The School as a Community Center, 1:15 P. M. Supt. J. W. Guthrie Unique Orchestra Unique Orchestra Miss Harriet Clark State Supt. C. G. Lawrence Unique Orchestra Conducted by County Supt. Bonnie Andrews, County Supt.