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The Sisseton weekly standard. (Sisseton, Roberts County, S.D.) 1892-1929, April 17, 1914, Image 1

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Hon. John F. Cunneen, a prom
inent Catholic labor leader of
Chicago, and a man who has ad
dressed audiences in nearly all
the large cities of the United
States, gave one of the most in
tensely interesting talks ever
given in Sisseton at the New
Grand last Sunday evening, when
he spoke before the Men's
Christian and Civic Association
on the subject "America, the
Greatest Nation on Earth." Mr.
Cunneen's talk was spiced with
many witty stories bearing on
the points he was discussing and
the address received a most
hearty applause. So large a
crowd gathered that some had
to be turned away.
A quartet composed of Mes
dames W. J. Thomas, and P. H.
Brown and Messrs.J. W. Christ
son and J. C. Knapp sang an
Easter anthem and Mrs. P. H.
Brown gave a beautiful Easter
offertory solo.
people in this country, said
Mr. Cunneen, are always willing
to learn what is for the best in
terest of all in the line of ad
vancement and progress, and it
is well to be informed on all
questions pertaining to this
great country of ours. America
leads all the civilized nations on
earth in almost all respects.
Her manufacturesare" greatet,,
her mines more productive, her
railroads exceed all other rail
way systems, her farmers are
far better off than those of other
countries, and her working peo
ple are the best clothed, the best
paid and the best fed of all other
working men on earth.
America has also made more
progress along religious and
moral lines than her neighbors
have done. Her church work,
her observance of the Sabbath,
her attainments for morality ex
cite admiration the world over.
There is one thing in which
America does not lead other na-,
tions however, and that is in the
•consumption of alcohol, and it is
interesting to note how the wage
system and the number by wo
men employed in the United
States compare with that in
other countries where more li.
quor is consumed than there is
in this. The report given out by
the Board of Trade of Great
Britain for 1911 show the follow
ing figures: In regard to wages
paid to working men U. S. ranks
first. England second, Germany'
third. France fourth. The Lon
don, England, Globe says that
the. U. S. employs 18 women to
every 100 men, England 24 wo
men to every 100 men, Germany
30, and France 34 to every 100
The President of the Amerisan
Federation of Labor relates some
very interesting facts about
Chicago Labor Leader Proves to Be a
Whirlwind Sunday Night.
en labor in foreign countries
and among other things has told
that in one city are 20,000 women
hod carriers who work hard,
barefooted with crippled and
bruised feet for the sum of 30 or
40 cents a day. In some cities
women are to be seen hitched to
a cart with a dog, in other cities
there are women street cleaners,
and some countries have women
working in mines.
Regarding the liquor evil in the
foremost countries of the earth
the speaker gave the following
statistics: The U. S. Census
(Continued on page 4)
The local ladicsiof the W. C. T. U. are solely
responsible for whatever appears under this
Dear Voters: We, the mem
bers of the W. C. T. U., and wo
men who love our homes, appeal
to you, our husbands, fathers,
brothers and sons, representing
both yourselves and us at the
election next Tuesday, to cast
the ballot for the honor and pur
ity of our homes and city. We
implore you to free us from this
evil and to remove us from this
temptation from our weak ones,
whom some of us love and wish
to see protected. We pray you
to act fully and conscientiously
your part on election day.
Last week eleven hundred sa
loons were voted out in Illinois,
and prohibition territory has
been materially enlarged this year
in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In
Michigan, two more counties
have been added to the "dry" col
lumn, making the whole number
thirdy four. One of these is In
gram County containing Lansing,
the capital of Michigan.
License To Steal Horses.
The Potter Enterprise in its
last issue had the most novel
paid advertisement ever seer) in
northern Pennsylvania. It was
three eolumns wide and twelve
inches long and set forth the
No. 87, March Term, 11
In Re Petition of G. I. Love
gold for License to Steal Horses.
Hon. John Fairmind, judge of
court of quarter sessions of Al
mostany county, state of Penn
I hereby make application for
a special license to steal horses.
I am willing to pay liberally for
the privilege. I am emboldened
to make this application by rea
son of other special privileges
petitioned for about this time of
year by other citizens of good
moral character. The business
for which they are asking a li
cense produced at least three
fourths of all the crime commit
ted in the county the last year.
It has filled our borough lockups
and the county jails. It has
made our criminal court the
most expensive in the history of
the county.
The business for which I ask a
license I deem less injurious to
the community than the business
of selling intoxicating liquors
either at wholesale or retail.
1- I pledge myself not to take
away the senses of any man nor
rob his purse.
2. I obligate myself not to
cause men to beat their wives,
damn their children into the
world, commit murder or raise
hell in the community. I
want to steal their horses.
3. And if -a man has a
which most men consent
promise to do nothing to destroy
this germ of immortality, but
leave it to its own moral course.
I only want to steal horses.
4. I, furthermore solemnly
promise that if the license is
granted I will not stfeal horses
on Sunday, nor on election day,
nor on legal holidays, nor after
10 o'clock at night. I also so
lemnly promise not to steal colts
nor horses that have no sense or
(Continued on page 8)
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Ttzr Kissewn Meekly Standard
Interment at Old Home
L. Wm. Foss Buried at Wilmot,
Home of Young Manhood.
The remains of L. William
Foss, an account of whose death
was given in the Standard last
week, were brought buck to
Wilmot last week from New
Mexico and laid to rest in the
Norwegian Lutheran cemetery,
Revs. Hylland anil Christiansen,
officiating. Old friends, to the
number of nearly 100, went
down from this city to pay their
last respects to the departed
and at the time of the funeral the
business places here were closed.
Mr. Foss was square in his deal
ings with men and was a man of
truth and uprightness. Mrs.
Foss and children have suffered
great grief and have the heart
felt sympathy of a large circle of
friends. They are still with Wil
mot relatives.
The following biographical
sketch is taken from the Repub
lican of that place:
L. Wm. Foss was born in Dodge
County, Minnnsota thirty-five years
ago last July, and was the eldest son of
Mr. and Mrs. Anton Foss. He moved
to Roberts County two years later with
his parents and has made his home here
continually since. After finishing
school he engaged in the mercantile
business at Summit. In 1901 he as
sumed charge of his father's real estate
business in Wilmot, which he conducted
successfully. In November 1901 he
was married to Miss Angie Tenney of
Spring Valley, Minnesota, and to the
union two children were born. He en
gaged in the abstract business early in
1902 at Sisseton, and in the fall of that
year was elected Clerk of Courts of this
county, to which office he was elected
Farmers Who Trade Here Petition
for a Dry Town.
We, the undersigned farmers, htT.ehy peti
tion the voters of Sisseton to use your influence
and votes to again put Sisseton in the dry class:
Iver N. Hägen O. li. Paulson
Louis Larson i. H. Tai vi
J. G. Foell Adolf Iiinas
Aug. Nelson Edwin Lobbin
Si vert Both inn Henry E. Lobbin
Nels Peterson A. E. Skogen
Ole CamelIOUS Archie Griffiths
Hcmy BuiTuni Dennis Dempsey
11. N. Schmidt Noels Hägen
Edwin Hägen .Julm A. Nordstrom
Henry Benson Marshall Okeson
A. O. Torviek M. O. Rolstad
S. P. Liestun Andrew Thurston
X. K. Hi ml* Iver A. 1 verson
O. S. Rest a ('. E. Lecknoss
.1. L. Yig M. Mickelson
John A. .Jerde Albert erde
Andrew li. .Jerde E. Irvine Jerde
.lohan P. Vinge Bernhard Forbord
N. B. Korbord Edwin Eide
Ole 0. Eide Ole Benson
Andrew Overby John P. Johnstad
E. K. Lyseng John Ho via nd
Hans (). Hanson Soren Sorenson
N. K. Lyseng Thomas Ho viand
Andrew Eide 11. E. H. Svalstad
Peder Floan Andrew Lyseng
13. F. Oppem Theo. Floan
Oscar Sjoberg Beter Johnson
Ole 11. Lee IL Ii. Hanson
S. Larson Jul E. Sundheim
Ole I. Hangen Martin L. Simonson
C. E. Swanson Frank Schmous Jr.
John Esenge Knute J. Egholmen
Gust'Thurston Albert Dahl in
Tobias Herinstad Knute Throndson
Christian A Sorenson K. R. Tystad
C. Ii. Stilwell A. Olson
Nels N ich el
so S. G. Severinsen
for three successive terms and conduc
ted it in a most efficient manner. Af
ter retiring from the office of Clerk of
Courts he has given his whole attention
to the abstract business, and took an
active interest in all matters concern
ing the city and county. He was a
progressive in ideas and action, and
will be greatly missed in all circles
where he moved. He was Keeper of
Records for the state organization of*
the Iiedmen lodge for a number of
years and would probably served in
that capacity indefinitely but for his
ling health.
bout five years ago he submitted
to a minor operation, complications set
in and he became a sufferer of an ail
ment his doctors were unable to diag
nose, and spent considerable time in
seeking relief. It was only last fall
that he learned the truth about his ail
ment and immediately commenced
planning a trip to a milder climate, but
the truth met him too late. The long
trip had a telling effect on his weak
ened condition and he hovered between
life and death all winter. Alternately,
encouraging and then discouraging re
ports were received by relatives here.
About ten days ago his brother, Levi,
was called to his bedside by a telegram
stating he was very low, but he rallied
and hopes were renewed that his con
dition was changing for the better, but
it was hoping against hope. He was
too enfeebled by years of suffering to
yield to the advanced treatment for his
Besides the hundreds of friends
throughout this part of the state, Will
Foss leaves to morn his untimely death,
his' wife and two children, age six and
nine mother and father three brothers
Levi, Herbert and Elmer six sisters,
Mrs. Chas. Peterson of Milbank, Mrs.
John Standford of Spokane, Mrs. Niles
Davis of Shipshewana, Indiana, Mrs.
Julius Tostenson, and the Misses Cora
and Esther, of this place.
A chisel slipped with Judge
Prindiville a few days ago and
cut his left hand quite badly-
made a
Department oI Hietorg
The last of series of interest
ing teachers' meetings was held
at the court house Saturday,
April J], by the county superin
tendent, Miss Bonnie Andrews,
and a large crowd attended.
The morning session opened
with several selections from the
Victor owned by the local high
school, and was followed by the
current event roll call. All the
teachers responded with an in
teresting item of news, and sev
eral of the current topics
brought out considerable discus
For Better Schools
Teachers Exchange Ideas and Brighten
Up at Last District Meeting.
The only subject discussed at
the morning session was "Plans
for the Last day of School" by
Miss Marjorie Holmes of Good
will. In talking on the subject
of the closing day program
in the rural school Miss
Holmes presented many valu
able suggestions to the rural
teachers, and said that
the teachers ought to be
preparing for the last day of
school all the year so that the
patrons of the school may have
a chance to see some of the best
everyday work. Stiff, formal
prose or poetical recitations
should be avoided as well as se
lections from cheap literature.
If the pupils dramatize several
stories as a part of the regular
school work, the best of these
may be''reproduced in the clos
ing day exercises, and it will be
found that these dramatizations
prove very interesting to the
parents and a labor saving de
vice to the teacher. The speaker
suggested that stories of rural
life would be of especial interest
to the patrons of the school, and
said that splendid stories of
country life could be secured
from "Farm Life Readers,"
Books IV and V, and from the
"Nature and Industry" reader
In all progressive
today, dramatization is
part of the reading and
language work, and the rural
teacher who makes use of this
feature will be keeping up a
work recommended by all edu
In the Spreyer school of New
York city a play was written by
pupils of the seventh grade as
an exercise in English. It was
printed on the school press by
the pupils of that grade the
costumes were designed and
made as part of the class work
in industrial arts, and the play
was produced by pupils taken
from all grades. The idea worked
out in the play was symbolic,
typifying the life of the grains.
If a rural teacher could produce
something of this sort as a clos
ing day program, it would in
deed be a triumph.
Miss Holmes suggested that
the school ought to learn some
selections from good authors,
such at "The Barefoot Boy" by
"Whittier, and that such topics as
"H-.w We Cleaned the School
Yard," or "How We Raised
Money for Our Library," be dis
cussed by the pupils and given
as parts of the program on the
last day. She urged that every
teacher give a live, interesting
program at the close of the term,
for both pupils and parents en
joy these events and look for
ward to them with much inter
est and enthusiasm.
The afternoon session opened
with some fine selections on the
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the Victor which were followed
by a series of songs excellently
rendered by a chorus from the
Fourth grade of the public
schools, under the direction of
Miss Jeffery. James Oliver of
Lien township then discussed in
an interesting way the chapter
on "The Will" in "The Training
oi Children." Mr. Oliver gave
the three phases of the mind as
thought, feeling and willing, and
showed how every act of phys
ical or mental activity is wholly
or partially controlled by the
will. The minor activities, or all
acts which are physical rather
than mental, were then dis
cussed and were classified as re»
flex, instinctive, impulsive and
deliberative actions. It is the
duty of the teacher to root out,
change or cultivate these actions
as she finds' them useless, harm
ful or valuable. The value of re
flex action, that is, of perform
many actions as possible
without having to devote the at
tention of the mind to them, was I
excellently brought out. The
more mechanical actions an in
dividual can perform accu
rately, speedily and well, with-1
out having to hold the mind on
the work, the more labor and I
time is saved. The teacher must
look out for the good instincts
and .cultivate them and weed out
the disagreeable* "ones for "Our
todays and yesterdays are the
blocks with which we build."
A most excellent discussion of
the subjebt "Literature in the
Public Schools" was given by
Miss Chamberlain, instructor in
English in the Sisseton high
school. Miss Chamberlain said
that the subject of reading is
surely a broad one and the three
phases most neglected and yet
the most fundamantal are
thought,- imagination and appre
ciation., Expression follows these
three phases naturally. Too
often a teacher attempts to get
expression without first seeing
that the pupil has the thought
clearly pictured and appreciated.
She tells Johnnie he must read
the sentence a certain way, and
as children are born imitators,
Johnnie reads it as his teacher
desires, but the next day and
the next the teacher finds she
must still tell Johnnie how
read because she has failed
teach him how to get the thought
and to image it vividly. At least
nine-tenths of the reading done is
silent reading which has but
little connection with expression.
A thought is the relation between
ideas, a word is the symbol of
an idea. Pupils come into the
high school with a deplorable
lack of knowledge of words, and
some one is to blame. Teachers
must begin early in the grades
to see that the child conquers
every new word, and every pupil
above the fourth grade ought to
be taught to use the dictionary.
The dictionary cannot do every
thing for the pupil however. A
boy looks up the word "lobster"
and finds it defined as "an edible,
marin» crustaceon." How
lightening! Hence it is well
begin every reading period with
a discussion of the words in the
lesson. One of the most difficult
tasks of the teacher is making
abstract terms concrete, and the
speaker illustrated how to teach
the meaning of the word per
(Continued on 8th Page)

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