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Lon Drake Probably
Killed on Battleilv.W
The fear, than Lon Drake, sen of
A. A. Drake of Garfield township nie
his death in action in Franco on the
19th of last July is now entertained
ly the war department, according to
a communication received from Mar
ine headquarter» the first of the week,
though the department has steadfast
ly maintained until now that Lon was
with his company and in good health
never having received a report from
field headquarters to the contrary.
Now, however, '.h? evi.lence the
.have received sa :im conc'tisive, aril
they are taking steps to close hit
records, on the presumption that he
died on July 19, 1918—the second
day of the great allied offensive,
which lead to ultimate victory.
The letter follows:
Headquarters Marine Corps, Wash
ington, D. C., July 23,1919. My dear
Mr. Drake: am directed by the
Major General Commandant to in
form you that your son Private Alon
zo Drake, Marine Corps, who was re
ported as wounded in action and miss
ing July 19th.- 1918, is now report
ed as presumed to have died thai
date, and is so carried on the records
of the Marine Corps Headquarters. A
certificate of presumptive death has
this date been lsfued the B'.reau uf
War Risk Insurance and othe le
partments in Oi'.ler that a settlon ent
of his accounts and insura?.c. may tc
Every effort has been exerted to ok
tain information regarding your son
•and still no information is available as
to his existence, therefore the only
reasonable presumption is that he is
The Major General Commandant
also directs m:s to extend to you Iiis
heartfelt sympathy in your loss it one
who so nobly gave his life in tho ser
vice of his country.
Very respect fully,
C. II. Ketcham,
Captain, Airt. Adj. & InT-ector.
It was definitely known that Lor:
"was severely gassed in the June of
fensive In which Henry Vrei.n a'ird
Cfcas.-Babb were wounded, and when
Alfred Vreim was tak?n prisoner,
and that he reported bark to his com-,
puny some time later, though the war
department did not say when. Now
i" re information comes through one
of I. T. Dahl sons, wao saw hin:
an,1 spent three days wUh htm back
of the line about the fourth of July,
last year. At that time Lon was con
valescent and expected to report back
to his company in a few days. This lie
probably did—and what the 6th regi
ment U. S. M. C., of which he was ,i
member, did to the Germans in the
offensive beginning the 18th of July
is now a matter of history. Thousands
c? American boys lost their lives in
the days foilowng, many of whom are
unaccounted for, and it seems alto
gether probable that Lonnie Drake
made the supreme sacrifice at that
Naturally Mr. Drake receives the
report with optimism. He believes
there is still a chance that his son is
alive and possibly well in the service
"over there" But his friends have
given up hope some time since. There
have been circumstances, it is true
that gave him good reasons for his
optimism, but the preponderance now
seems against him.
Until otherwise notfied his friends
will mourn him as dead and hope with
his father that his failure to com
municate with home people is but
circumstantial. Such things have
happened before.
It is estimated that 750,000 head
of cattle, besides the beef steers, will
have to be moved out of Montana tc
winter elsewhere on account of nc
grass on the ranges. An organiza
tion is being elected in the twin
cities to figure the moving and return
of these cattle, and it is planned tc
winter them in northern Minnesota
and elsewhere where there is plenty
of h'ay. Some of 'these will be winter
ed in Marshal, Roberts and Day coun
ties no doubt.—Big Stone Headlight.
Smart Looldng Young Man With
Collapsible Cabinet and Collopstiblv
Cup, Served Drink«—Workhouse
90 Days—Prisoner CoUopees.
John Lytle, Sisseton, 8. D„ was the
lone person in municipal court today
to explain hie condition to Judge C.
L. Smith.
"It was this way, Judge.
"I landed At the Great Northern
"I was thinking how a good drink
of liquor would taste.
"Just as I reached the street I wa
rnet by a well dressed young fellow.
He said, "Would you like a drink?"
"I told him I would.
'Come with roe' said the strangi-r.
He led me up a«i alley. He was carrv
ing a cabinet. When 'we got up tlu
alley, against a brick wall, h3 took a
collapsible cup from his pocket. Then
he opened the collapsible cabinet, dis
playing bottles of bourbon and rye.
"He poured several drinks at 5-"1
cents a drink. Then he wiped the col
lapsible cup, closed the collapsible
cabinet and went away. He wa
smart looking young man.
The court .sentenced Lytic to PC
days in the worknouse.
Whereupon the prisoner collapsed
in his chair.—* pis. Journal.
22800 Acres Ruined By Flood
The board of viewers recently ap
pointed by the directors o. :iio Flood
Control District to appraise benefits
and damages as a result of the pro
posed improvements to Big Stone lake
the Minnesota, Little Minnesota and
Whitestone rivers have now about
completed their field work and are
at work compiling figures prepara
tory to making their report to a joint
conference of the Dakota and Minne
sota boards to be held in this city
next week.
The report to be presented by tin
viewers will show that 22,800 acres of
land wis inundated during the recent
flood and all vegetation destroyed. Of
this amount more than 6,000 acre?
was in crop and the crop was com
pletely destroyed. The balance way
mostly hay and pasture land, which
will all be available for cultivation
when provisions are made for caring
for the flood waters. This land ail
lays along the bottom between here'
and the head of Lacqui Park lak*?.
At the meeting of the directors
next week final arrangements will be
made and plan. adopted.Final hear
ings will then oe held and it is ox-)
pected that -.he contracts wis! be
awarded so thr-t fome of thv work
may be commenced this fall—Ort oli
vine Journal.
That Million Dollar Hay Crop
Almost every year since the coun
try was settled ?, large acreage of hay
land in the hiUs has remained uncut
and the hay has rotted or prairie
fires have destroyed it. This year
promises to be an exception, Hay in
crews are at wirk on almost every
section and it is probable very little
if any good or fair grass will reman
uncut. As a matter of fact hay prom
ises to be a more remunerative croi
than small grain for every ton thai
can be cut can be contracted for it
present at $15 ner ton, and it is like
ly to be $20 before spring. The
drought in Montana and Wyoming
has made it necessary for stockmen
there to buy hiy wherever they can
get it and alroady men from these
slates have bee a in Summit trying tc
buy hay. Perhaps only in a few pas
years has the growth of grass been nc
luxuriant. Local farmers have hither
to neglected this hardy source of in
come which will add a great many
thousands of dollars to the income of
the county. One thing should not b,
overlooked and hat is to protect the
hay,against prairie fires after it is in
tue stack. The fall may be dry and
it would be a crime to have thousand1:
of tons of valuable hay destroyed for
the want of proper precaution. This
year extra precaution should be tak
en.—Summit Independent.
Halvor Oien returned Pri lay last
from his Montana ranch. The only
thing he likes about Montana is the
trout fishing, which he c'.a]ins is ex
ceptionally good just -w on account
of the intelligence .[ the trout. The
mountain strecms are all going dry
according to Halvor whose veracjty
none can doubt, and the wise trout
realize what a predicament they will
be in when this happens, and are will
jng to be caught on shares for the
privilege of a ride to permanent wat
Farmers back their grain tanks into
the stream, and the poor fish climb in
themselves and are hauled to deep
water on shares, the farmer takjng
what he wants for dumping the rsst
into water that will stand the drought.
Rather tough on the fish, in fact Hal
vor says an agent for a rubber com:
pany would stand just as good a show
in hell as a fish does jn Montana.—
New Effington Record.
For Sale—Aultman Taylor 42-61
Separator, practically new. Will sell
on terms or trade.—Herbert ihfe.d
Browns Valley, M'nn^
A person ha* community spirit
when he realizes Sow his own success
and welfare arvl enjoyment depend:
upon the prosperity and well being
of his whole community, and he must
be willing to take hold with his neigh
bors in joint efforts for the bene
fit of the whole community.
People used to devote nearly the.»
entire attention to working for their
own success. By a constant hustle they
might be able to get ahead of le-'S
energetic neighbors, and get a little
more than their share of the genern
But when a r. rises to th point
of community spirit he sees that if he
merely tries to outstrip ais competi
tors, he is not going to get very far.
They are going to be stirred up tc
outstrip him, and business will be a
dog eat dog" "tind of life.
When a grour of men get communi
ty spirit, and begin to work not mere
ly to get business away from each
other, but to get more business foi
the whole group and for the whole
town, then the good returns begin tc
flow in. They gain benefits they could
never have attained by working indi
vidually, amply compensating them
for all time put into community en
Community spirit frequently begins
by a general agreement to work co
operatively for business enterprise,
but if it is the real thing it never ends
there. It works for all good toxv.i
causes, and is never satisfied until the
town is equipped with all the faciltiet
which a place of the size can expect.
If we can promote that sprit here in
Sisseton, we shall accomplish result:
that once would have seemed vision
The officers and directors of the
Twin Lakes Baseball League met here
Monday evening to consider the mat
ter of 'the two games protested by
Clinton, these being the games whicii
Wheaton won trcm Clinton and the
game lost by Clinton to Graceville, in.
w^4ch the Clinton management alleg
ed illegal methods were employed by
the Wheaton and Graceville teams
All the teams were represented by
their directors except Wheaton, wh:
had no represetnation at the meeting
After considering the protested games
the directors, by an unanimous vot-3
found them unsubstantial in fact
and they were therefore disallowed
and the games stand as played and
Clinton appears in a rather peculiar
light as the plaintiff in these cases
being the one team in the league
against whom the most general criti
cism has been directed as a persistent
violator of the niayer limit rule up
on which they are the first and only
team to base a "ormal protest. From
the very first Clinton has been gener
ally charged with the systematic eva
sion of this rule and therefore the dp
cision against them, in the present
cases, is in no wise surprising. It i?
a maxim bf equity that "He whe
ccmes into equity must come with
clean hands."—Graceville Enterprise
No, James Mcn'j Clothes
Will not Drop
An increase of 100 per cent in the
cost of men's do hing is predicted to\
next summer. -i. ,****-
Some slight compensation however
i3 to be granted as coats will be longer
shoulders broader and chests higherx
In addition to this, gaudy things of
Alice blue, orange and similar bril
liant hues will be in vogue, while vests
will be cut lowev to permit a greater
display of dazzling shirts. No depar
ture in the prejvnt style of trousers
would be noticed.
'Jazzstyles" so called because of
their freakish cuts, will contiue popu
lar with the young "flappers." Pick
pocket proof pockets will be a fea
ture. This is like a patch pocket ex
cept that it is served all around with a
slit showng at the center.
Beautifying, the Roadside
The owners of many country places
aje absolutely indifferent to the ap
pearances of their roadsides. "I don't
want to sell, why should I bother,
they say. Yet if they could give some
attention to the roadsides, it would
increase the reputation of the proper
ty, and encourage neighbors to keep
up the appearance of the community.
Use of the mower and scythe on the
roadsides now and then keeps ugly
growth down, encourages grass to
grow,and gives a neat frame work to
the entire property. A tumble down
fence or wall is a suggestion of thrift
less methods to svery passer by.
Deputy ^Sheriff Jackson and States
Attorney ilcKenna got a tip Saturday
that there was a strange car ia the
possession of a couple of men near
Wi-lmot,'i Sunday afternoon they lo
cated the fellows at the Charley
Thompson farm west of Wilmot,
where they were Stopping. One was
Marion Bassett, well known through
out the northwest as a 'real bad man".
Warrants' for his arrest are in the
hands of-inearly every sheriff in thi
Dakotas and Montana. The Bassett
family formerly lived on a farm be
tween Wilmot and Peever, but a few
years ago moved to Minneapolis.
Bassett ^as in the house at the
Thompson place and when the men
were about to enter he covered
Kenna and opened fire, missing him.
"Mac" beat it around the corner fol
lowed by two more shots, none taking
effect. Bassett then located Dave
Stevens~by the way, Dave went
along tor a pleasure trip—and open
ed fire him. Dave ducked behind
a car andi escaped. Jackson opened
fire on tljffe bandit and one bullet hit
him in th| shoulder.
The oflgcers had anticipated troub'e
and engaged Ludvig Rustand and h's
Ford to give the alarm in case of any
shooting,,, Rustand was to keep his
engine running, but he killed it and
was cranking the car when the shoot
ing started. He took refuge behind
the caf. Bassett saw his chance and
made Rustand get into the car and
drive for him and he made his es
cape. The other member of the gang
was one "Shorty Forbes" well known
in the police circles of the twin cities.
During the excitement he made his
escape with the stolen car. Both cars
went west and Jackson and McKenna
followed within a few minutes. Sev
eral miles west of the Thompson
place the stolen car broke down and
was abandoned. All then got into
Rustand's car and came east into the
Big Dakota Gulch, seven miles west
of Wilmot. This gulch is about a mile
wide and fou miles long, making an
excellent hiding place.
PosÄi|irrom Wilmot and Sisseton
went there as soon as the alarm was
given and guarded the place all
night. Rustand made his escape about
midnight. No trace has yet been found
of the bandits at this writing .We
understand they had been in tlvs
suction for a eck and had a camp in
this gulch and were evidently pre
paring a place to run stolen cars into.
A sister of Bassett's who was also
visiting in that section was taken by
the sheriff as an accomplice and after
being put through a close examination
revealed some important information
that will be of interest to the authori
ties all over the country.
The above may be a little "misty"
description of the affair, for we have
had it told us in fifty-seven varieties,
but this is the official speel.
Dempster Bank Robbed
Three men held up the bank at
Dempster, this state, Saturday 3 0
o'clock and escaped with $3,000 in
cash and $6,000 in Liberty bonds, ac
cording to word received here. The
robbers gathered up all the money
and bonds in sight and escaped in an
automobile, driving west.
A. R. Cochran the cashier who war:
locked in the vault escaped by pick
ing the lock with a screw driver äiitf
gave the alarm before the robbers had
hardly cleared the town. The men
drove into town in a large roadster
automobile and walked into the bank
in an unconcerned manner. Sudden'y
one drew a gun on Cochran while tht
other two rifled the vault.
Police in several adjoining counties
are searching for the men who ai\
said to have been dressed in brown
overalls. One of the men was rather
heavily built while the other two are
described as "small" men.
It was stated later that the heaviei
man was about 35 years of age and
one of the others near 19. They were
said to be driving a Cadillac roadster
with a Minnesota license number and
had a new Goodrich tire on one of the
rear wheels. Tiny were reported seen
passing through Lake Preston going
west. .,
New Styles Are Awfully Cute
It is really true. They are going
without 'em. The whole story, thi
latest wrinkle—-or rather absence of
wrinkles—in the pedel toilette of the
really smart mademoiselle is now out,
says a press dispatch. Stockings are
not being worn this season at the
fashionable race tracks. When Ameri
ca first heard the report that Colonel
House was shocked to see the bare
logged women at the races, there was
an incredulous public. But now the
photographs have been sent out and
America must now know that the
colonel's shock was based on the
genuine article in bare legs.
Stockings have gone out. Made
moiselle has put them away in her
hope chest with her starched petti
coats, her Langtry hats and her cameo
brooches. No one is doing the stock
ing thing nowadays, that is no one
who belongs to tl smartest little set.
And when the stockings went out the
skirts went up. Just now they are at
a discreet distance below the bare,
chubby knees, out along the Rue de
la Paix modistey are shrugging then
shoulders and prophesying with many
an 'oo-la-las" that before the cold
weather comes the bare knees will he
out in force to shock the visiting dip
The above should be classed with
"interesting if .rue" news. Stocking
loss damsels will certainly be in the
swim and there is nothing to it but
that the crowds will go wild with ad
miration for the girls.
Speaking of fnphions, why not pat
tern after some old ideas, famiHr
to the early history of Bible times.
The men of old wore flowing robas
and sandals. Hore in Sisseton all men
are compelled by city ordinance tc
wear real pants and they wear hot,
tight shoes instead of sandals.
How much better and more comfor
table were the styles of Jericho and
Damascus. Who wants to be the first
to reinstate the old custom here?
A xness
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Johnson,
153 Western avenue, today announc
ed the marriage of their daughter,
Katherine, to Herbert Axness of Sisse
ton, S. D. The wedding took place on
Tuesday at St Paul's Church-on-the
Hill. Rev. John Wright, rector emer
itus of St. Paul's, performed the
Mr. and Mrs. Axness will live at Sis
Mrs. Axness is among the most at
tractive members of the younger set
and has be.en^tively identified in
social and philimthlropfc affairs. Mur
ing the war, Mrs. Axness was a prom
inent member of the local Women's,
Motor Aid corps.
Mrs. Axness, Sr., is a sister of Mr.
A. O. Eliason and Mrs.E. Mendels
sohn Jones of St. Paul.—St. Paul Dis
On July 30th at the M. E. parson
age occurred the marriage of Miss
Marie Croft of our city to Loyal B.
Fraker of Litchfield, Minn., Rev. Hess
The bride is the second daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. George Croft. She grew
to womanhood here and by her pleas
ing personality and graceful ways has
won the esteem 'it all. The groom we
understand is a progressive farmer of
Litchfild and there the young folks
will make their home. Their friends
extend congratulation»
The A. W. Johnston home was the
scene of a pleasant gathering one
evening recently, when a host of their
neighbors and friends dropped in to
welcome their son Floyd E. Johnston
who has just returned from eleven
months service overseas. Those pre
Ont were Mr. iiiid Mrs. Sam Ellis and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Swan Oke'rson,
and son Clarence, Mr. and Mrs. Swar.
Nelson and fain!Iv, Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Benson and family. Mr. and Mrs. Chas
Schanbeck and family, Mr. and Mrs.
Julius Gronau and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Mike Barrett and family, Noel
Hägen and his three sisters and his
aunt from Minnneapolis, Victor and
Racie Hokenson, Miss Lotzer, Mis?
Lewis, Pete Lewis, Edwin Lobben
Adolph and Dan Denas. Pete Lewi?
and Noel Hägen furnished music and
all enjoyed a good time. A fine mid
night lunch was served.
Win. Swanson
Residents of North and South Da
kota will have opportunity to witness
a novel auto tour during August and
September. A m:le-long train of pneu
matic tired motor trucks will leave
Chicago, August 4th tir a 3,000 mile
tour of the northwest and' for nearly
four weeks their machines will be in
North and South Dakota. The route
as planned by the National Associa
tion of Motor Truck Manufacturer.!,
includes Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota,
North Dakota, Minnesota and Wiscon
The trucks are scheduled to arrive
a.: Sisseton on Sept. 15 and remain
over night and give demonstrations
on the 16th from 10 a. m. to 2. p. m.
The purpose of this tour 16 to dem
onstrate the practicability of the mo
tor truck, particularly for farm use.
In the train there will be trucks equip
ped with bodies for carrying grains,
livestock, loose hay,—in fact a truck
suitable for any kind of farm hauling.
To demonstrate how time may be sav
ed with trucks, loads of grain, live
stock, etc, will he carried to town for
farmers along the route. 5
Electric Clipper* Electric
Electri" Hair Dryers
First Class Work and Service Guaranteed
Bath Rooms In Connection
Basement 8wed ond Bldg SISSETON, g. D.
As will be noted In this schedule, it
is not the purpose of this tour to
break speed records. Plenty of time
will be used on the trip, the main idea
being to demonstrate along the way
what the trucks are capable of doing.
The schedule calls for only about
CO miles a day with stops of from one
"hour to two days at towns.
A feature will be the Jackie, band
which the Navy Department has as
signed to the tour. Those wh» hive
heard these naval bands know that
there will be no lack of good' mush.
Moving pictures will be taken along
the route and late' shown throughout
the United Stat-».
This is the first pilgrimage of Its
kind which has ever visited the north
west and certain'y will attract crowds.
wherever it goes. It will give us here
in Roberts county an opportunity to
learn a lot of thing» about motor
trucks-r-and we certainly want to be
on hand when tiw big |uto. train comes"
Chapter 116, session laws of 1919'
requiring payment of taxes before
auctions are heid.
An act entitled an act to requlro
persons holding suction sales of per
sonal property to secure certificates
of payment of tt.xes thereon.
Be it enacted by the legislature of
the state of South Dakota:
Section 1. Every person, firm o»
corporation wno holds or advertises
an auction sale of personal property
in this state, a owner, agent, mort
gagee, lien holder, or otherwise, shall
not less than five days before the day
of such sale maW or deliver to the
county treasurer of the county in
which such property was last assessed
a written or printed notice of suc*i
sale, which notice shall state the ttuia
and place (it which syle is to He held,
a general desorption of the property
to be sold, the name and address of
thfe owner thereof, and the name of
the auctioneer and clerk who will con
duct such sale. Upon receipt of sucli
notice as here-n provided for, thq
county treasurer shall forthwith mall
or deliver to th?/ ppyson giving such
notice WflUtiU acknowledgment of
the receipt thereof. Provided, how
ever, that the provisions of this sec
tion shall not apply it the owner or
agent can produce a certificate show
ing that all tatos assessed against
such property hnv6 been paid.
Section 2 Any person, firm or cor
poration violating any of the pro
visions of this act shall be guilty of a
Approved March 12th, 1919.
Sanitary Barber Shop
For Sale—Good young work team,
weight 1400 each Joe Hannasch.
Found—Auto Chains. Inqvire of
Andrew Gross.
NO. 8
Big Motor Truck Tour Planned
Ed Quaintance

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