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Meeting Was Well Attended
—Fine Program.
One of the most enthusiastic
teachers' and officers' meetings
ever held in Roberts county was
was held in Sisseton on Maieh 10.
The crowd in the afternoon almost
exceeder, the capacity of the opera
house, there being over live hun
dred people in attendance.
The morning train brought large
delegations of teachers and officers
from the south towns and town
ships in the county and the speak
ers of the-day also came on that
train. The people from the north
part of the county were in
town by noon and at one o'clock
when the meeting began the crowd
was in the opera house and ready
to listen to the program.
The county superintendent was
fortunate in securing two of the
most prominent men in the state
for the meeting. 1'10lessor XX'. M.
Mair of the State College at Brook
ings was one of the speakers and
Prof. H. C. Woodluirn of the De
partment of Education in the
Northern Normal and Industrial
School at Aberdeen was the second
speaker. Mr. Mair is Superin
tendent of the Boys' and Girls'
Clubs in the state and his address
was along the line of Industrial
1'kUicntion more especially showing
the relation of the boys' and girls'
club work to, ^general luxation.
He preaches the doctrine of equal
chance for the Ivjy and girl in the
tuial cotnmtmtties with the boy
and girl in the town and city. He
took occassion to criticize the
spirit of selfishness so often mani
fest in the acts of some our school
boards. He also criticized the
self satisfied teacher who sees 110
need for improvement of her edu
cational standing. .Mr. air's
talk proved very popular and he
kept his audience ill ail attentive
mood for more than an hour.
The second speaker, Pro lessor
XVoodburn took for Iiis subject,
"Psychology as Applied to Edu
cation." He made his talk very
understandable although the sub
ject and the material presented was
of an unusual character for the
kind of audience he addressed.
That the address was well received
•was manifested in the many words
of appreciation heard from teach
ers and officers after the meeting.
Mr. Wood burn has a very pleasant
manner on the platform and his
voice is well fitted for public speak
ing. In the
course of his remarks
he warned the officers that there
were many tilings to be taken into
consideration in selecting a teach
er but chief among these was the
character of a teacher. He point
ed out that the teacher will be imi
tated whether her character be
good or bad and therefore it is es
sential that her character be of the
highest type that the pupils who
imitate her may be imitating onlv
the good things. He also spoke of
tilings that should be autoniitized
that it learned without any thought
011 the part of the pupil, simply be
coming automatic. Among such
things should be, combinations of
numbers in addition and multipli
cation correct s|H?lling of words,
correct speech and manners and
acts of courtesy. He used many
apt illustrations to make clear his
thoughts and there is little doubt
but that he did much good through
his address. These men made
many friends while here and they
will be well received should they
see fit to come among us again in
the future. They spoke very
highly of the attentiveness of the
Cotne to the Opera House and
Ilea the Sisseton Band Weil nes
day evening, March 22nd. The
price of admission will be:
Adults Mk- each, school children
2iic each and children under six
years of age free- bring them
with you.
Most every town or city main
tains a band anil many take the
money necessa ry therefore out.
of the public treasury because
they feel that a band is not only
an organization from which its
citizens derive pleasure and en
joyment but that it is one of the
best advertising mediums a
town can have. Sioux Falls
maintains two public park's and
hires a band to give concerts
therein during the summer for
the recreation and amusement
of its citizens and visitors, and
takes the money necessary to
pay therefore out of the public
treasury. Many other cities
and towns do the same thing
People from the surrounding
country and neighboring towns
take their automobiles and spend
their vacations there, and thus
they not only become acquainted
with the business men, but get
a friendly feeling for the town in
Now if Sisseton is to maintain
its place as the County Seat and
and the largest city in the coun
ty it ought to do something of
this kind. If we cannot main
tain any public parks we ought
to at least maintain a good band,
one that we may lie well proud
of. The Sisseton Band, as re
oi*ga.*i!/ ed, tiutv has a number ol
new members who are excellent
musicians, and the boys are will
ing to give it their time and make
it one of the best organizations
of that kind in this part of the
State. This, however, cannot
be done 011 an empty treasury,
as it takes money to hire an in
structor, and for music and in
struments etc.. but when the
boys are willing to give it their
time we ought to at least, be will
ing to take care of the financial
part especially when all we are
1 asked for is to pay "ill cents for a
ticket to a concert that probably
will be better than what we often
pay a higher price lor to outside ,.
concerns with a high sounding
Get your tickets for the Band
Concert! Boost for the Band
and a bigger and better Sisse
ton! The money derived from
this concert will not be divided
up among the band boys, but
will be put in the treasury to
defray the necessary running
expenses of the organization.
The boys ought to be encouraged
and commended for taking this
course of raising a little money.
instead of circulating the ever
present subscription list and
asking us to put our names down
for a five or te.11 spot.
Swan Okeson brought a stalk
of Alfalfa to the office Monday
and also had it on exhibition at
the Institute. The stalk was l',?
inches high. Mr. Okeson has
about 40 acres of a fa IIa on his
farm, but of course it wasn't all
this high.
Tuesday was township meet
ing of Enterprise. The follow
ing officers were elected. Ed
Laing, Supervisor: W. H. X'arland
Clerk, Mr. Ray field, Assessor. A
vote was taken and it was decid
ed to buy an elevator road grad
audience/- »»"',•
The occassion was enlivened very
much with music furnished by the
Unique orchestra, a male quartette
and Prof. Krebs of the Sisseton
Was Released Friday After
Serving Eleven Years,
Att.v. Thomas Mani returned
from Sioux Falls last Saturday
where he successfully represent-!
ed Sack Flute in his application
for a XX'rit of Habeas Corpus in
the state circuit court for Min
nehaha County, the same being
made to .1 ndge .lones of said
con t.
The history of Zack Flute's
case is so well known in this
part of the state that no at
tempt. will be made to set forth
the facts in detail. However we
wish to state briefly as follows:
On August 1(1, 14)05, M. E.
Colby ami Edward Peterson
came to the home of Flute in
Good Will Township, near the
town of Peever, in this county
for the purpose of making a
collection upon a note secured
by a chattel mortgage upon
some horses, due C. L. Folke
stad, then a merchant of this
city. These men were white
men and pretended to be officers
of the law, having stars pinned
011 their coats. They told Flute
that they had come there to get
the money or the horses. XX'hen
Flute told them that he could
not pay them any money on that
day, they proceeded to take the
horses. They attempted to take
a pony belonging to Flute's boy
but the boy refused to give up
the pony and hung onto its neck
crying. However, the men per
sisted to carry out their plans!
and one of them struck the boy
and knocked him down to inseiv
and the bullet •struck and knock-
eil olT the hat worn by Flute.'
After this Flute says he lost
control of himself completely and
shot one mail, Colby, dead at
erson tor about one quarter ol a
mile and killed him ,n the field.
for Roberts County for killing
Peterson and sentenced for life
in the State Penitentiary. He
had been imprisoned nearly
eleven years when he was re
During the winter of 11)14,
Governor Hyrne became much
interested in Flute's case and
caused a petition for pardon to
be circulated by Mr. Alfred Nel
son of Peever. Mr. Nelson did
not have any difficulty in secur
inga large number of signatures
but a great deal of opposition
was made to the granting of the 1
and hence same being an Indian
Reservation and an "Indian
Country." the circuit court lot
Roberts County was without
jurisdiction to try Piute for the
crime of murder and hence the
trial, conviction and all process
of the said Roberts Counr.v court
was null and void. This conten
tion was held to be well taken by
1.1 ndge .lones of the circuit court
for Minnehaha County and an
order for the release of the pris
oner was made oil March 10,
Zack Flute made a fine record
in the Penitentiary. His record
was perfect, according to the
warden of the penitentiary and
he made a host of friends at the
institution who were glad to see
him released. In fact, his re
cord was such that for the past
year or two he was a trusty and
permitted to work outside and
had charge of the prison garden
which is located just outside of
the prison walls. This privilege
was in itself a recommendation
which had never been accorded
to a life prisoner.
Flute being released ui»on a
technicality, there is nothing that
can prevent the Federal author
ities from again prosecuting him
for the crime of murder. How
ever, so far federal authorities
have refused to rearrest him in
view of the fact that Flute had
been detained and mprisoncd
lor nearly eleven years and had
suffered su liiciently for his
Flute arrived from Sioux Falls
at Peever 011 Saturday evening
where he was met by a large
number of his frien-Ss who were
glad to see him return. Zack
Flute is a good Indian and is now
(i(i years of age and grief and re
morse stricken for the trouble
which lie had here. He
sibilit.v. After this Flute mo
ioned to the men to leave the
place but they did not obey the
command but instead Colby
pulled out Iiis revolver. Flute!
then lied into his teepee but be
fore lie reached there Colby shot
Drainage Prospects (iimd.
While in Washington City last
week. S. K. Oscarson and I'. C.
Dahl called at the army and navy I
it the office of,
the Geological survey and took up!
the matter of relief for the flooded
districts of the Traverse basin. All
officials with whom they talked I
promised their co-operation in any
liu lllu
im wll ich |,e
Mute was arrested, prosecuted ^euatoi nomas
and oonvicted in the ci rcuitcou tj
deemed feas­
ible. Senator Thomas Sterling
le n,,
Congressman Royal C. Johnson
were in hearty accord with the
movement and Capt. XVebber Chief
of the Army and Navy Engineers
together with the other officials
agreed that it was a project of such
proportions that the government
should take hold of it. Steps will
l»e taken at once by lie people in
terested in this section to secure an
appropriation from congress to
provide for a preliminary survev to
the end that legislation may be ob
tained for this undertaking.—
White Rock I011r11.il
Pioneer 96 Ycsirs Old Dies.
pardon and the Hoard ol Pardons Milbank—lohn Hear, who ceie- I *wer'did not come until in July
finally denied the petition I 1 rat ed his 96th birthday on Kebru and then it was 11 the for 111 of a
pardon in the fall of arv 25th with a big himilv reunion
111 .l.inu.tl) 1 IIb, I1 lute I otiiiii- 1ms just dioil here from the aITi nil- that the bui Idiug could not be Corn
ell Atty. Mani and began the ities of his advancing years. He P'etcd that summer decided to
pioteedings 1
oI his lelease upon was among the earliest pioneers in wait and make an early start iu
a XV 1 it of Habeas Corpus. rhe this section coming herein 1NH2 1914. 1 his thev id but they
attorney General Caldwell inter-!
)r(),„ im
veiled but ha\ing investigated nine miles north ol here iu Roberts
the facts he withdrew from the
case and no opposition was made ter of a
to the granting of the petition.
Flute's counsel contended that
the crime for which Flute was
convicted and imprisoned hav- j„ jn 1355,
ing been committed upon and He is survived
within the boundaries of his own
allotment, same being an Indian
allotment, the title to which was
held by the government of the
United States at the lime of the
alleged commission of the crime,
county, moving to Milbank
centtirv alio.
Fine, New Plave Open
for the starting ol a Public Li
brary. It was decided that com­
mittees should be appointed to in
terview the people and see if
enough money could lie raised on
monthly subscript oils to make a
Library a success.
The public made a generous
response, and it was decided that
the object should be undertaken.
The Zeinth Club came with
their generous help—thev took
turns as Librarians thereby saving
that expense. They appointed as
a controlling board the following:
M. L. Sateren, Pres., j. XV. Myers
Vice Pres., R. K. Sonstegaard,
Secv., Miss Nora Freeman. Treas.,
Mesdaines Turner, Andrews, Ax
ness. Lelliugwell, Ingersoll, Bobb,
Norby, Croal, Miss Mary Morris,
and Cottiugham. Of these R. !•'.
Sonstegard and Mrs. K. J. Turner
are still 011 the board.
After necessa rv arrangements
the Library was opened to the
public in the Bollenbeck building
011 March 9th. During 190( the
legislature passed a law allowing
municipalities to vote a one mill
tax for support of libraries: the
I librarv board to be appointed by
jtlie Board of Education. This tile
people did in the spring of 19(17.
This however put the library board
on poor financial footing as the
people were not prone to continue
voted a
mill tax was
not sufficient for niniiiiigexpeuses.
their support when the\
made a la wive number of I riend s. I
'tax: besides the one
Vhen conies tlie legislature of
1909 and passes a law allowing the
municipal it ies to vote a I A mill
I tax. This put the library linancies
in a better shape and by the wise
and economical management of
I the board permitted a gradual sav*
ing that now makes possible the
new library.
There were now 110 changes un
til 191 when the legislature pas
sed another law making the library
i)oard appointed by the city couti-
illste l(1 of iy the
i)0!11(| ,,f ,i
cation and changing the number
(from five to three members and
I making the city treasurer the
treasurer of the library boards.
The only chance the legislature
has had to change that law was
during the session of 1915, and all
they did then was to change the
number from three to five members.
All this time the board had a Car
nagie Librarv in mind and 111 May
1913, Mr. Sonstegard. the secre
tary started to correspond with
Mr. L'arnagie. addressing him at
New York, but tile gentleman was
ill Scotland at the time and an ail-
list of questions, and realizing
\\'i- ..and settling found that dealing with th- Car-
nagie Corporation anil the cit
a ipiar- council took more time than thev
I figured. An appropriation for a
He was born iu Germany, com- ISl'MHil) librarv was made. This
ing here in 1846 and locating in the corporation did not approve of
lirie, Pa., later moving to XX'iscon-1 promised a S75(X) if the city
council would pass an ordinance
his widow guaranteeing at least $750 for its
who is 86 years of age, and 12 of
the ^children born to the union.
annual support. At an election in
connection with the vote on the
sewer question the people voted to
Mrs. Varland returned Satur-|'accept Cartiagie's proposition. The
day from a week's visit with her city council passed the ordinance
sister at Minneapolis. and a little latter appointed the ex-
sisting library board, namely Mrs
E. J. Turner, R. I1'. Sonstegaard,
and O. S. Opheini as a building
committing, casting in them full
power to select site, secure bids,
let contract and superintend con
the Public this week.
In the earlv part of 1900, a iiiun
Iter of the voting people from the
various churches met at Howard
Bahcock's office
and discussed plans
The building committee im
mcdiatelv started to consult archi
tects. librarians and members of
library I maids all over the state:
especially the field librarians ad
vice was followed.
With the change of the 1915 law
two more members were added to
the board iu August. These, Mis.! Kod health when he went to
the cities about a week ago to at
tend some business matters, but
was taken ill while returning,
and telegraphed Dr. Harris of
II S. Babcock, and Harvev Crosby
the building committee gladly ad
ded to their number. After duly
advertising, the contract for con
struction was let to Carlson & Has
leu of Ortonvillc for #6(4(, the
let to W. B. Cole of Red field for
$825. A small change was made
in the heating which reduced Cole's
contract to $S10. This leaves #44
for light and light fixtures. The
building is 25x50. one story, full
basement below ground all of con
crete, from ground level to first
floor Ortonvillc granite, and one
story is variatcd moled brick, a
Twin City Co. product.
There will be a formal opening
of the library Thursday, March
16, the same hours as advertised
last week and the public is cordial
ly invited lo come and see the new
We wish to call our
attention to the ad of the Swed
ltind Land and Loan Co., in this
issue. This Company was recent
ly formed to handle real estate
loan# and insurance and are already
enjoying a splendid business.
Swedhmd, the manager has his
offices now nicely furnished and
located in the Swedluud Building,
where he would be pleased to have
anvoue interested to call and talk
matters over with him.
Will. Peter returned last Thuis
day from Minneapolis where he
took his son a couple weeks ago
and placed him in a hospital for
treatment. The boy was kicked
in the face hv a horse, knocking
out six teeth. He was also kicked
in the chest, but was not internally
injured. It is expected that he
will have to remain about six weeks.
At last reports lie was getting along
No :iu
Passed Away at Wilmot Hos­
pital from Heart Failure.
Relatives and friends of Mr.
Charley Strand of Wilmot were
given a great shock when it was
learned that he had died from
heart failure Tuesday morning.
Mr. Strand was in his usual
Wilmot to meet him at the train
ami he was taken to the hospital
heating and plumbing was later at once where he died unexpect-
ed within a few minutes.
Charley Strand was burn at
Lansing, la., June 111, 1804 and
came to South Dakota, about 15
years ago For a number of
years past, he has been employ
ed with the Golden Rule Cloth
ing Co., of this city, and about a
year ago he took charge of the
Golden Rule Clothing Cos.,
business at Wilmot. He was a
man who commanded the high
est respects and confidence of
his fellowmen and was honest
and upright in all Iiis business
dealings. He will be greatly
missed by those who knew hint
best and prized his friendship
readers most.
The deceased is survived by
his father, T. O. Strand of this
city, two brothers, Halvov of
Sisseton and Theodore of Lxwlc
ont, Sask., Canada, and seven
sisters, Miss Lena Strand of this
city, Mrs. Miller of Colorado
Spring, Mrs. Rollog of Ijetl
bridge, Sash., Mrs. Leek
ness of
Aberdeen, Mrs. Marigold of
Armstrong, la., Mrs. Pond of
Marcus, la., and Mrs. Julius
Aasness of Sisseton.
The remains were brought to
Sisseton Wednesday for burial.
Funeral services will be held
in the M. E. Church Monday
altornoo.il at -o'clock.
The Board of Couiity Com
missioners will receive sealed
bills to furnish meals for the
prisoners, meals to be delivered
at the Court House jail, bids to
be opened April ?th. 1910.
). E. Lien, Co. Auditor
Why We Sell
We sell this world-famous watch
because we honestly believe
that the South Bend Watch re
presents more real dollars and
cents value, more service satis
faction. more everything that
you have a right to expect in a
time piece than any other watch
made or sold for the same price.
If you expect to use your watch a year or so, it's not so
important what kind you get. But if you want one that
will give you a lifetime of service—one that pou can al
wavs rely on—a model of accuracy—get a South Bend.
The Man Who Owns a South Bend Watch
never hesitates to tell you so. He is proud to carry it—
reason. For the South Bend knows no rival
reliability. It is an unfailingly accu
rate year in and year out. That's the
kind of watch you want, isn't it?
Quality Jeweler
Sisseton, S. Dakota

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