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The reputation of Dr. Geo.
Gilbert Bancroft, the great
psychic expert, as a speaker,
lost nothing by his visit to this
city last Saturday night. He en
tranced his audience to such an
extent that they sat in a room
that was uncomfortably cold and
listened to his wonderful talk for
two hours and fifteen minutes
without being satisfied. What
greater praise can be given a
speaker. The audience was
much smaller than it would have
been if the weather had been
more pleasant, some even who
had bought tickets remaining
at home. However, those who
had the courage to go express
themselves as more than repaid.
Interesting Talker
Dr. Bancroft Pleases Two Audiences on
Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday evening Dr. Ban
croft spoke to a good sized audi
ence of men only at the New
Grand, on the subject of "Man's
Hell." He handled his subject
without gloves and drove home
some truths that are well to be
seriously considered.
There was no special music on
this occasion, but the men joined
in heartily in singing several
well known hymns, Wm. Walsh
acting as piano accompanist.
Like all other outside speakers,
Mr. Bancroft spoke in high
praise of the Men's Association
•for the splendid work that is
being done through their efforts.
Among the speakers of the
future is Rev. Fr. Cleary, the
silver tongued priest of Minne
apolis. Father Cleary is known
far and wide as a man of great
intellect and heart, and that he
will fill any auditorium in Sisse
ton to overflowing, goes without
Next Sunday evening Rev. P.A.
"Field of this city will be the
speaker. His subject is, "How
Readest Thou?" Mr. Field is a
young man of ability and an ex
cellent speaker. All will be well
repaid by going to hear him.
The Standard has not yet been
furnished with a complete pro
gram, but it will contain two vo
cal numbers by Mrs. Field, who
is said to be an excellent singer.
Zenith Club Prophecies
The following was one of the
toasts at the banquet last week:
Out of the witches' cauldron
came prophecies bearing temp
tation to Macbeth, temptation in
the guise of ambition, the sub
tlest form in which it can ap
proach high souls. Two charac
ters, noble alike in potentiality
and fruition, were overcome by
that mysterious and inexplicable
temptation. Two strong human
matures—strong else we should
have had pathos not tragedy—
battled with and were overthrown
by destiny.
Out of the witches' cauldron
came the great drama studied
today by our Zenith club, and
out of the study of this drama
have come many conflicting
ideas, developing in the members
such marvelous powers of argu
mentation and such wonderful
tenacity In clinging to opinions
that these tendencies may, if
they are not curbed, transform
the domestic peace which just
now reigns over all households.
For when a woman once aquires
an ambition and a power to argue
logically, may she not become" a
modern Lady
can tell how
plodding, contented husbands
have been lashed into up-to-date
Macbeths by the cutting tongue
of the wife, ambitious for wealth
and social position?
As I was meditating sagely,
albeit somewhat sleepily, on
these questions after returning
home from the Boston Tea-Party
given by the delinquents of the
Zenith club, I heard thequearest
voices saying:
"Double, double, toil and trouble
Hive burn and cauldron bubble."-
I glanced around and saw
three of the strangest figures
stirring a huge cauldron which
stood in the center of the room
over a bed of glowing coals.
Each weird, grotesque witch
seemed to be anxious to bring
up something out of the great
kettle which would suit her par
ticular fancy for though great
numbers of dried bones floated
to the top with each repetition
of the strange enchantment and
sweep of the broomhandles, yet
no one was satisfied and the
bones were thrown to the floor.
I arose from my chair and
curiously stood nearer, when one
of the witches suddenly seized a
bone, glanced at it and eagerly
devoured it, but not before I
saw stamped on it "All hail! hail
to thee future county superin
tendent!" The witch seemed to
be overcome by the mouthful
but as she dizzily faded into the
gloom, I discerned, as one some
times gets a fleeting yet impres
sive glimpse of words on a burn
ing letter, the unmistakable
features of Mrs. Andrews. In
tensely interested I snatched up
a wishbone from the floor which
bore these two inscriptions
'Thou wouldst be great, art not
without ambition like Lady
Macbeth of old, Mrs. Rickert,
thou shalt give thy husband no
rest until he shall become pres
ident and make thee the first
lady in the land."—And—
'Wouldst thou have that which
thou esteemst the ornament of
life9' Thou shalt have thy desire,
Mrs. Warring, and become the
next president of the Zenith
club." Perceiving that out of
the witches' cauldron had come
prophecies of the futures of my
sister club members I anxiously
investigated every bone in the
heap on the floor. One curiously
shaped bone read "'Is this a
dagger which I see before me, the
handle toward my hand?' Nay,
na.v, Mrs. Axness, 'tis a gavel.
Thou shalt be the first woman
speaker of the House of Repre
sentatives, and as a shrewd
politician thou shalt be second to
none nay, verily, not even to
Uncle Joe Cannon." A second
read 'Present fears are less
than horrible imaginings You
have no need for fear, Mrs.
Croal and Mrs. Spackman, for
very soon shall you both learn to
tantro as easily and gracefully as
you desire."
Just then the second witch
flung back her streaming hair
and triumphantly snatched a
morsel from the cauldron. The
light of the glowing embers un
der the kettle revealed the feat
ures of Mrs. Dan Knight and at
the same time the prophetic
words on her portion. "Hail to
thee! all hail the future play
wright of great note! Great will
Macbeth? Who
many erstwhile
Pastor Resigns
A meeting of the Presbyterian
church and congregation was
held last Thursday night to act
upon the resignation of Rev. J.
W. Christiansen to take effect
about May first, Mr. Christian
son believing that the time had
come when it would be for the
best interests of both pastor and
people that a change be made.
The resignation was accepted in
the same spirit in which it was
made and J. O. Andrews. W. L.
Palmer, W. J. Guthrie, Mrs.
Turner and Mrs. Knapp were
made a committee to secure a
new pastor.
The matter of building a new
church, building an addition, or
repairing the present building
came up and was turned over to
the following committee: H. L.
Spackman, J. W. Barrington, W.
F. Carlberg, C. A. Swenson,
Mesdames O. P. Rask, C. H.
Babcock, A. A. Peterson.
Fined Fifty Dollars
The case of the state vs. Ben
Schmidt, who lives in Roberts
county, north of Big Stone, on a
charge of driving a motor vehicle
in a careless and imprudent
manner came up in Justice Bles
er's court on Friday and a jury
consisting of Wm. Damerow,
George Mitchell, Edgar Kelley,
S. R. Taylor, J. W. Liggett and
F. J. Paddock was empanelled to
pass upon the case. R. C. Herr,
of Big Stone, was the complain
ing witness and testified that
while going into Big Stone on
January 15, driving a team, that
he met Schmidt driving an auto
at great speed tjiat he turned
his team as far to the side of the
road as he could and that Schmidt
did not turn out until within a
very short distance of his team,
frightening them so that they
jumped sideways into a wire
fence and one of the horses was
badly cut up. Schmidt first
claimed on the stand that he
turned out about 80 rods before
meeting the team and later cut
this down to ten rods. A num
ber of other persons testified to
having seen Schmidt handling
his machine in a careless manner
and driving at a high speed on
that day. The jury returned
a verdict of guilty.
Justice Bleser imposed a fine
of $50 and a notice of appeal to
the circuit court was given.
Schmidt was released on a $100
bond pending appeal.—Milbank
be the esteem in which thy fellow
club members shall regard thee!
for thou shalt rewrite Macbeth
to suit them and Lady Macbeth
shall plainly be the guilty party.'"
The third witch was still
mumbling incantations and stir
ring away, so I again turned my
attention to the heap of bones on
the floor and picking up the one
nearest me I read, 'There's a
divinity that shapes our ends,
rough hew them how we will."
Mrs. Opheim, Mrs- Thompson
and Mrs. Swenston will soon de
cide that quiet home life hides
their talents from the world and
they will stage Shakespeare's
great tragedy, Hamlet, in all the
large cities of Roberts county,
during the coming summer.
Mrs. Opheim and Mrs. Swenston
will play the leading roles and
Mrs. Thompson will act as gen
eral manager." The next bone
read 'Signs of nobleness, like
stars, shall shine on all deserv
ers,' and great shall be thy re
compense, Mrs. McKeever. In
the wilds of Montana shalt thou
put out thy shingle as a real
estate agent and thy gains
(Continued on 4th Page)
Weeklg Kwndard
quite suddenly Saturday evening
at the home of his daughter,
Mrsj Andrew L. Stavig, where
he made his home most of the
time. He was troubled with
heart disease, but was as well as
usual up to Saturday morning.
Mr. Peterson was born in
Norway 7l years ago. In 188:2
he came to this country, spent
four years in Minnesota and then
came to Sisseton, where he has
since lived, highly respected by
all who knew him. Besides Mrs.
Stavig he leaves two other
daughters, Misses Lena and
Sophia Peterson of this city, and
two sons, Herman and Christ.
He has a brother, Michael Peter
son of Paynesville, Minn., and a
sister in Norway.
The funeral was held on Tues
day afternoon, Rev. K. N. Rudie
Important Investment
C. A. Swenson Buys the Golden
Rule Corner.
Tiring of paying rent, C. A.
Swenson has bought the building
where he has been doing busi
ness the past five years from
"Link" Gotwerth.
Mr. Swenson has under con
templation a number of changes
in his business which he will
make as soon as tl:e room now
used by Mr. Peterson for his
clothing department becomes
available, which will be just as
soon as the latter can secure
more commodius quarters, he
»tau being cramped for room and
having had a change under con
sideration for some time.
Fair dealing has earned for
Mr. Swenson an enviable reputa
tion as a merchant, and by ex
panding his business he hopes to
serve the public more than ever.
A Pleasant Social.
The C. E. Society of the Pres
byterian church gave a very
pleas-ant social at the home of
Mrs. P. H. Brown last Friday
evening. The first part of the
evening was enlivened by games
and guessing contests of various
sorts and was followed by a
1 program which opened with a
|fine piano duet by Mrs. Wm.
Glasier and her pupil, Miss
Dorothy Brown. This was fol
lowed by a piano monologue by
Mrs. Paul Rickert, accompanist
Mrs- Ivor Stadstad, a solo by
Mrs. P. H. Brown, reading by
Mrs. C. Williams entitled "Aunty
Doleful," a readiner from Riley
by J. W. Featherston, a piano
solo by Miss Dorethy Brown,
duet by Beatrice Monson and
Martha Koepke, a selection from
"Lovey Mary" by Miss Laura
Dietert and the program closed
with another duct by Mrs.
Glasier and Dorothy Brown, all
of the numbevs receiving hearty
encores. The musical talent
displayed by little Miss Brown
is truly remarkable and shows a
skill in execution and a love for
music far beyond that of other
children of her age.
After the program the guests
were provided with needles and
thread and a square of black
cambric on which each was to
sew the picture of the animal
assigned to him. Much amuse
ment was furnished when the
results were compared. Excel
lent refreshments were then
served, following which most of
the company departed for home.
remained enjoyed
music for another
Those who
games and
hour or so.
•Voartnient of Historrf
•SLS-JfS Talks on Dairying
A meeting of great importance
to the farmers who are in any
way interested in dairying will
beheld in this city next Satur
day, March 7. The chief speak
ers will be A. P. Rygen, state
dairy expert, and Prof. C. Lar
son of the State Agricultural
College, both of whom are said
to be away up on the subjects,
upon which they are to talk.
As the future prosperity of
Roberts county depends largely
upon dairying, it should need
little encouraging to induce pro
gressive farmers to come in and
avail themselves of the benefits
Experts to Visit Sisseton Saturday and
Interest Farming Community.
to be derived from this meeting, SPECIAL, ASSISTANTS FOR ATTOR
The meeting will consist of' NEY GENERAL'S OFFICE FROM
two sessions, the first at 10 a.
in., and the second at 2 p. m.
Boird Not Implicated
A rumor which has gained
considerable prestiage among
local people was proven without
grounds the fore part of the
week when Chief Police Sut
cliffe received word from the
chief of police at Missoula, Mont.,
concerning the report incrimi
nating Percy Baird in the com
mission of a crime in that city.
Some'.', ago a Jap, living in
was held up by un­
it wn parties and robbed of his
money. In the tussel the yellow
man was struck over the head
with a loaded club and killed
The men threw the body into his
home and set fire to the building.
How the report was brought to
this city is unknown but like all
rumors and scandals the story
followed the course of exaggera
tion until friends of the Baird
family became curious as to the
truth of the rumor and Chief
Sutclitfe wrote to the police de
partment of Missoula as to the
merits of the report. The Chief
of Police immediately replied
that the matter was being in
vestigated but that no evidence
incriminating Mr. Baird had
been found and that he was not
being held on any charge.—Mil
bank News.
Sure Thing
In a letter to the Argus Lead
er, S. M. Satre of Claire City, S.
D., a new town on the new line
between Fair mount, N. D., and
Vehlen, S. D., writes that though
Claire City is only four months
old, it is already an up-to-date
little burg with two general
stores, two lumber yards, four
grain elevators, two restaurants,
a hotel, a hardware store, a
bank, and two blacksmith shops.
Mr. Satre writes that the town
needs a doctor, a drug store, a
flouring mill, a harness shop, a
butcher shop and a few collateral
enterprises. Mentioning politics
he says: "'The political situation
is in fine shape from the anti
machine point of view. High
taxes are being talked every
where. I believe that Burke
will carry Roberts county fox
senator, and that McNulty will
carry it for congress."
The Thankful Spirit.
Cultivate the thankful spirit! It
will be to thee a perpetual feast.
There is, or ought to be, with us
no such thing as small mercies all
are great, because the least are un
deserved. Indeed, a really thank
ful heart will extract motive for
gratitude from everything, making
the most even of scanty blessing».
—J. R. Macduff.
NO. 37
Attorney General's Office Loose
ly Run.
Royal C. Johnson, who thinks
he is running for Congress
against Judge McNulty is al
lowed one thousand dollars a
year as salary. Anybody would
think that the Attorney General
would be very anxious to run
his office as economically as
possible so long as the taxpay
ers are footing the bills.
Since July 1st, 1913, he has
spent $2,150.27 for special assist
ants and here are the warrants
from the state records:
JULY 1,1913 TO FEB. 1,1914
11873 To L. T. Boucher $ 200 00
14314, To L. L. Fleager 50 00
14252, To M. Li. Cunningham 10 00
14969, To U. S. G. Cheery 100 00
15176, To L. T. Boucher 200 00
15786, To U. S. G. Cheery 100 09
16273, To U. S. Cheery 41 05
16274, To U. S. Cheery 94 25
16275, To U. S. Cheery 150 01
16750, To Byron S. Payne 150 00
16751, To B. S. Payne 37 56
16954, To L. T. Boucher 67 40
16885, To U. S. G. Cheery 400 00
17160, To L. T. Boucher 500 00
6580, Public Examiner 200 00
Making a total of $1760 00
Being attorney's fees of $1760.
and expense of $390.27.
The above amount represents
$1760.00 as attorney's fees, and
$390.27 for expenses. Now, in
addition to this enormous ex
pense for assistants, Harry
O'Brien is paid a salary of fif
teen hundred dollars a year as
Assistant Attorney General and
also Acts as States Attorney for
Hyde county. Pretty soft snap!
Peter Dougherty, the man who
moved into this district to run
for Railroad Commissioner
against O. S. Opheim, who has
long been a resident of Roberts
county, draws a salary of fifteen
hundred dollars a year. Mr. Al
rich is brief clerk and the man
who practically runs the attor
ney general's office, receives
Si 320.00 a year now.
No this does not include the
traveling expenses of the attor
ney general who is allowed by
the legislature five cents per
mile for each mile traveled and
by using mileage he only has to
use two cents per mile, and as he
does a great deal os traveling you
can surmise how large this bill
would be. It is no wonder the tax
es have increased 251 per cent(see
page 15, 1914, State Auditor's
Record rom 1909 to 1912 since
Crawford, Vessey and Byrne
were governors.
This certainly is an uncalled
for waste of the taxpayers money
throughout the state. Mr. voter
and taxpayer, how would like to
have this man, Royal C. John
son, with such a record, repre
sent this district in Congress?—
Summit Signal.
A. Henry Savage Landor dis
credits the existence of Atlantis,
the island continent, which is sup
posed to have occupied much of the
sea that now separates Europe from
America and to have been sub
merged in a great earthquake. The
first account of the existence of At
lantis comes from Plato, who gives
the story as a tradition existing in
his day. but there are still many
persons who cherish the belief.
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