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Under the provisions of thy primary
law, the Richards law, voted in by thy
people of the state at the last, election
•the next campaign, or rather the pre
liminaries of the campaign, must
soon be gotten under way. The first
step to be taken under the new law
is an election on the second Tuesday
of November. This election is for the
•purpose of electing on county central
committeeman for each party, and
three precinct proposalmen (or dele
gates) for each party from each pre
The polls for this election open at
11:00 a. m. and close at 1:00 p. m,
in the usual voting places, but the
judges may extend the time if neces
sary. Ballots for this election are sup
plied by the county auditor, along
with the necessary blanks and record
books at county cost. The returns
from each precinct must be certified
to the county auditor by the judges
of the percinct elections, and the clerk
in writing and are then recorded by
the county auditor in "a political
record book."
On the Tuesday following( thr
third Tuesday in November, the coun
ty conventions are held at the county
seat of each county, the exact place
to be determined by the "chairman
of the party county central committee
The meetings open at 11:00 a. m. At
this county convention each party is
to elect three proposal men or dele
gates to the state proposal meeting
or convention.
The next step under the new law
is the state convention in Pierre on
the first Tuesday in December, when
the proposal men or delegates elected
by the different .parties in each county
meet to determine a "paramount
issue" for the party platform, and to
"propose candidates for the several
presidential, congressional and state
offices and party representatives."
At this meeting each state proposal
man shall vote one third of the num
ber of votes cast in his county, at the
last general election for his party's
eaiididate lor governor. -Wiw,
The party principles (paramount
issue) and the state candidates must
receive a "majority of all the votes
entitled to representation in the meet
ing." Five or more propolsalmen
may protest this state meeting and
file a minority proposal. Proposalmen
to the state meeting receive five cents
per mile each way, for attending the
state meeting, except in case of fail
ure to file party principles and can
didates, in which case no expense
money can be collected.
The state proposal meeting over
there is nothing further to do until the
fourth Tuesday in December, when
the party precinct proposalmen of
each county again meet, first to re
view and select a "paramount issue''
as the choice for party platform and
second to propose candidates for
county, legislative and district offices.
The results must be certified to the
county auditor by the chairman and
secretary of the meeting, or by five
or more protesting proposal commit
teemen. The candidates must also
sign a declaration of the principles
decided upon whicn they pledge them
selves to support or resign which
shall also be filed with the county
Proposal petitions for thedomina
tion of individual candidates for pres
idential, congressional, state judicial
district or district offices, or party
representatives, in the independent
column on the party ballot must have
attached the "signatures of not less
than one per cent (nor more thar
two per cent) of the electors of the
party in which candidate is proposed
for nomination, cast for governor at
the last general election. The samt
shall be filed wita the secretary of
the state.
Petitions for the nomination of in
dependent candidates for county
fices, and legislative or cimmissioner
district offices, must be signed by not
less than 20 nor more than 40 elec
tors. The same must be filed with the
county auditor.
Nothing much is. then to
until after the primary election on the
fourth Tuesday in March of next year.
One of the pecliar features of the
law is the provision requiring candi
dates for president and for gover
nor to. hold debates on the ''para
mount issues" between the first Tues
day in January and the fourth Tues
day in March, one presidential debate
16 gubernatirial debates, and
any candidate refusing
so to do for
feits his legal right to have his namr
printed on the party ballot.
The law also provides for the print
'v AW
ing and circulating of a publicity
pamphlet, gotten out by the secretarj
of state, and containing a 200 word
biography of each candidate for which
the candidate must pay $50, and an
other $50 for a cut of himself, it lie
wishes one run in the pamphlet. -A
little study of the matter makes it
plain that the expense connected with
the operation of this law will be mud
heavier than under the old law. Oiy
extra election is held, and in addi
tion each party is to send three dele
gates to Pierre, and at an expense of
five cents per mile each way. In
Grant county for example, the reprris
licans, democrats, nonpartisan league
socialist and prohibition parties may
all send delegates, which would mean
fifteen men at five cents per mile each
way, or a snug expense bill in itself.
There are several peculiar features
in connection with this law which we
have neither time nor space to go in
to at this time, among them the pro
vision requiring presidential can
didates to come to the state and hold
debates. Just how Mr. Richards ir
going to compel compliance with this
provision is not clear. The national
convention to nominate presidential
canditates, if our memory serves us
correctly, are not held until June and
July. The working out of the new
law will be interesting, if bewilder
ing and expensive, as seems likely.
Milbank Review
Here Al'ter Long Journey
Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Smith and two
children from Dumaguete, Negros,
Phillippine Islands, arrived in Wilmot
Saturday, and will spend a year in
the states visiting relatives here and
elsewhere and renewing acquain
tances. Rev. Smith spent a great
many years in this locality and is a
son of Mrs. Geo. Smith of Lake town
ship, though he has been a Presby
terian missionary in the Philippines
nearly eight years, having left the
states eight years ago in December.
Rev. and Mrs. Smith have long
contemplated this trip, but unforseen
circumstances have prevented the
vislt until now, and it will no. dbubt
W appreciated by thenr a#"d'"relativlfs
here whom they came to visit.
The Smith family lives on the island
Negros, at Dumaguete, in the pro
vince Negros Orientales, where Rev.
Smith is at the head of Salliman
College, an institute devoted to the
educational as well as spiritual inter
ests of the inhabitants. He also has
supervision over all the Presbyterian
churches in the Province where he
They were about six weeks com
ing, visiting many places of interest
enroute. The trip overseas requires
about twenty-two days.—Wilmot En
Given Farewell Reception
About forty lady friends of Mrs.
John Negaard tendered her a pleas-,
ant farewell surprise at her home on
Tuesday atfernoon, presenting her
with several beautiful pieces of cut
glass and silverware as a token of
remembrance. The ladies also brought
along an enormous supply of eatables
and spent a very pleasant social time.
In the evening about eighty young
folks of the neighborhood pleasantly
surprised the Misses Jeanette and
Clarice Nergaard. They took the
young lades to the Helgeson lionie
where everything was in readiness for
a big reception. Dancing was the
feature of the evening, and the fine
large barn at the pice was used for
this purpose. Miss Jeanette was pre
sented with a beautiful manicure se'
and Miss Clarice with a fine pear!
Mr. and Mrs. Nergaard have been
residents of this section for twenty
six years coming here when the coun
try was at its wildest, from Lisbon, N.
D.. It goes without saying that hund
reds of Roberts County people sin
cerely regret the removal of the Ner
gaard .family. They will leave next
week for Long Beach, California
where they expect to-make their
home. Mr. Nergaard's health hat
been very poorly for the past few
years and the .change of climate will
undoubtedly be of great benefit to
Mr. and Mrs. Nergaard wish us to
express their thanks to all their neigh
bors and friends and to bid them
goodbye thru the columns of thr
Standard, as'they will be unable to do
so personally before they leave and to
assure all that they will be remember
cd and that no matter where they go
Roberts County will always be called
For Sale—Met* runabout In good
running order. Cheap if taken at once.
Inquire at Smith's harness »bop.
tri-state Conference of the North
era Division American Red Cross
took place Sept. 22 and 23rd'at Min
neapolis. More than 500 delegates
from Minnesota, North Dakota an|
South Dakota registered for the con
ference. Here these veterans of Red
Cross Service overseas or of service
with the Home Army of Mercy learn-,
ed that their Red Cross, "the great-#
est mother in the world", is standing
ready now at the threshold of peace
to offer her infinite sympathy, sält
sacrifice and service above all ser
vice, and they realized that their Red
Cross was never more alive, not even
during the world war days than now}
Various national and divisional offi
cials explained the great Peace time
program of the Red Cross, which is
chiefly a war to Wage against disease.
Dr. Farrand, chief executive of the
American Red Cross gave two very
definite suggestions as to the future
work of the Red Cross. One was to
urge that "health centers" be estab
lished in every community of America.
The "health centers" varying ac*
cording to the needs of the com
munity, might be a simple room or
an entire building, where all the vari
ous health organizations of the com
munity would be centralized under
the co-tordinatlng influence of the
Red Cross. The other plan outlined by
Judge Wilson of Stillwater was that
Red Cross canteens should be estab
lished in every community as rest
rooms, where the weary, from country
and from towns, will find hospitality
He «aid "there the- same spirit that
did so much for the.boys in the war
will do the same for our girls in
peace. Make the Red Cross canteen
do in home life what it did in war
life. This world is torn today by dis
sensions in groups. There is need oS
community service on the part of
every citizen. The thing you and I as
Red Cross members must never for
get is that the object of our service is
not to preserve the Red Cross but to
make our communities better—to be
of use." The best way for the Red
in times of peace is to
build up the health of the nation, the
delegates were told. One speaker said
•the lil-health of the nation can be
cured if people will "acre something
about it, find out something about it,
and to do something about it. Many
other plans along the same line of
Public Health service were set forth,
and those presnt at the conference
cam home with a renewed enthusiasm
to be of use to humanity.
Old Resident Passed Away
Ole Paulson, an old resident oZ
Sisseton passed away at his hom
here Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock.
He was 78 years of age and has made
Sisseton his home for the past four
teen years. He had been ailing for
some years, part of the time' being
confined to his bed, and has been
tenderly cared for by his daughter
Mrs. Hans Stavig.
Mr. Paulson was well known and
liked in Sisseton. His death while
not unexpected, nevertheless will be
sincerely mourned. The funeral ser
vices will be held on Friday.
Red Cross Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the Roberts
County Red Cross will be held at the
Commercial Club rooms at Sisseton
Monday, Oct. 13tli at two o'clock.
Every branch in Roberts county is ex
pected to be represented and every
member in Roberts County is intitled
to a voice and a vote in this meeting.
A complete new set of officers are t*
be elected and two-thirds of the di
rectors as there was no. meeting last
year on account of the flu. A report
from Rev. Austin and Mrs. Crosby of
Sisseton, Mrs. Jones of Wilmot and
Mrs. Hendrickson of New Effingfen.
delegates to the Northern Division of
the Red Cross at Minneapolis recently
will present the outline of the Red
Cross work for the nfext year.
There are a number of things that
have not advanced in price and can
be had in any quantity as freely ae
ten years ago.
A smilev
A kind word.
A-good thought..
A boost for the town.
A correction of a false rumor.
The, privilege of thinking before
The right to make use of what
brains, one has been gifted with.
Use your imagination and extend
the list as far as you likek. Many
things—and good things, have not
gone up in price.
See "Lee Miserables", at the Uni
que, to-night (Friday.)
„T «.
A story of Unusual interest and one
with a happy ending is that of the
chase of an auto bandit across three
states and his final capture by Knute
Walstad and Deputy Sheriff Arthur
Jackson. It is of further interest from
the fact that it shows what determin
ation and grit may accomplish, even
though handicapped by lack of ex
perience in a given line of work.
About the latter part of August
car belonging to Knute Walstad, one
our prominent farmers living near
Claire City,, disappeared from the
streets of Sisseton where Mr. Wal
stad had left it only a few minutes
previous. Everything pointed to a
theft, but there was no clue as to the
possible thief. However, it is one o1
Knute Walstad's prominent traits of
character to not easily give up, and
the next day a man was found in Sis
seton who had met a couple of young
men in a Ford out Peever way, who
seemed unfamiliar with the vagaries
of the particular Ford they were driv
ing, and he happened to know tha'
one of them went by the name of Rol
lag Stogie. Stogie had worked foi
John H. MofV and other farmers dur
ing the past season and at one place
they found his grip which he had left
there. In the grip were letters and
his registration card which showed
that he had registered at Hudson, Wis
Mr. Walstad enlisted the willing ser
vices of Deputy Sheriff Jackson and
States Attorney McKenna who gave
him every help in their power. A
description1of the car which carried a
U. S. flag on the windshield, and had
only one license number tag, as well
as a full description of the suspects
were telegi$phed to every marshall
and sheriff,Hn South Dakota and Min
nesota, while Mr. Walstad and Jack
son left at once by car in the direction
of Minneapolis. Mr. Walstad's rathei
long mustasche was clipped close and
he wore hunter's clothes. From Stog
ie's registration card as well as let
ters from Us mother it was found thai
his real nfme was Rollag Haagen.
After iggptgjtng some time nMiri
neapolls without results, they went
to Hudson, where investigation show
ed that lie had not been in that vicini
ty lately. From there they went to his
home town and found that his mother
now had a different name having re
married. At the home they found only
the step father, the mother being up
town. They trailed her up town, and
finally located her at the depot. She
was told that her son was wanted foi
having failed to register, and that it
could be easily fixed up if he could be
located. She said that she knew her
son had registered at Hudson, and
that the day before he had written
her from Springfield, S. D.
The two sleuths left at once by
train for Sisseton, where the wise
ones told them that it was useless to
continue such a wild goose chase, for
their man would certainly be gone
when they reached Springfield. Knute
was determined however to bring the
fellow to justice and Art was game
so the search was continued. Upon
arrival at Springfield, they sighted
two fellows that answered the gen
eral description of the suspects, and
while Knute shadowed them. Art
canvassed the garages for the car.
Knute followed them to a deserted
barn in the outskirts of town, and
when he was joined by the deputy
which was after dark, they went into
tlje barn and in a regular fashion ord
ered them into the light.As soon as
Mr. Walstad had seen their faces lie
knew that they had the wrong men.
Questioning them however showed,
that one of them knew Stogie and
promise of $26.00 got the information
that he hud left town that very day
to Join a silo filling crew fourteen
miles in teh country. With their $25
prisoner for a guide, the fourteen
miles wan quickly covered in a hired
car, and they were informed that al?
the men employed on the job were
sleeping in the barn. The lights oi
the car were turned on the door of
the barn, and the third man ushered
out was recbgnized by Mr. Walstad
as Haagen or Stogie. He failed to
penetrate Mr. Walstad's disguise and
tried to bluff his way clear. After ful
ly comprehending the situation how
ever, he admitted his quilt, and ex
plained that they had sold the car tc
a garage man- in Canton, and that
shortly afterward his pal had stolen
the roll and disappeared. From othei
he,made however, It
became clear that they had divided
the $250.00. jrhlch they got for the
car, and that he had quickly spen'
his share
the booty.
Upon arriving at Canton with theii
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prisoner, they drove to the garag
indicated by Haagen and Mr. Walstad
went in to look tor his car. He saw
no trace of it, and also noticed that
there were no new Fords on the floor.
Then came the proprietor who in
quired what he could do for him, and
Mr. Walstad informed him that lie
was looking for a new Ford. Then in
was asked where he was from, and
upon being told that he was a hun
ter from Omaha who wished to get
Ford to drive around in, the garage
man said he had a good second hand
car that he would sell for $550 and
took Mr. Walstad to the second floor
and there in one corner was Knute':
little old tin Lizzie just as natural as
life, with the stars and stripes on the
wind shield, and one license tag mis
sing. Knute told him he had sold
something, but must first get his part
ner for a look at it. He returned in a
moment with Mr. Jackson and the
prisoner, who identified the car as tlu
one he had stolen from Mr. Walstad
and later sold to the garage man.
Upon being shown the papers, and
realizing that he was out $250 the
garage man turned the car over to its
rightful owner, even refusing pay for
a new tire and rear lamp which he
had added to the car's equipment
while in his possession. Mr. Walstad
thanked him for his generosity and
apoliglzed for the camaflague which
had been necessary in his statements
regarding his residence and occupa
tion, and once more behind the
wheel of his own car, hit the pike foi
There the prisoner was turend over
to the sheriff and the fellow was latei
tried and given three years in the
On the ride home from Canton the
car was driven through nearly a
dozen towns where the marshall had
been notified to watch for a Ford with
a flag on the wind shield and one tag
missing, and were not stopped oi
questioned. yfV
Mr. Walstad wishes to say In con
nection with this affair that word*
fail to experess his appreciation of the
manner in which he was helped by
States Attorney McKenna and Deputy
Sheriff Arthur Jackson,who*dtd
Wm. Oltzke and son finished up
threshing B. F. Stadler crop wi'h
their gasoline rig. They did some very
good threshing for Mr. Stadler.
John H. Nergaard sold his farm oi
280 acres to Harvey Varland last
week for $150 per acre and the per
sonal property for $6,000 to tlu
same party. Mr. Nergaard and familj
will'vacate the farm Oct. 20th.
T. J. Allen and wife who have
worked the Klement farm have mov
ed on to their own in Good Will.
Carl R. Johnson and wife who have
worked one of Stavig's farm will move
onto the Enright farm in Goodwill
township. S
Mrs. W. J. Nieland is very sick.
She has been ailing since an operation
last spring. S
Last Sunday, relatives, neighbors
and friends of the Nergaard familji
met at the Nergaard home for a fare
well visit as John had sold his farm
and the family expect to go to the
coast for a while. They were aston
ished to realize how many friends
they had. City and rural, some from
miles away, came to bid them God
speed. All had a joyous time talkin?
of happenings in the times of the
opening of the reservation, while en
joying the. music and singing of the
young folks. .' There were abou'
thirty grownups -present and all en
joyed the feast, ,which..was beyond
Special at the Unique
This week Thursday and Friday
Manager Miller of the Unique Is show
ing "Les Miserables" Victor Hugo's
great masterpiece in a nine reel speci
al starring William Farnum. Special
music is being furnished by the
Unique Orchestra. Show begins at 8
o'clock sharp each evening. Admis
sion 15 and 40 cents.
Mrs. Rainey departed on Tuesday
for an extended visit at her old home
in Michigan, which she has not visit
ed for over forty years. She expects
to be gone for several months, visiting
at a number of places in Michigan and
adjoining states.
Mrs. Arthur McDowell sailed on
Peever friends last Friday.
J. H. Durrell arrived from Cuba
Tuesday to visit his wife and family,
who have been spending the summer
in Battle Lake. The Fergus Jotirnal
has the following to say regarding Mr.
Durrell's visit.
J. H. Durrell arrived from Cuba
Monday afternoon to visit his family
who have been spending the summer
at the lakes here. They will now
move into this city to spend the win
ter. Mr..Durrell Is superintendent of
a chain of banks in Cuba and is also
extensively interested in sugar plan
tations thet e. He was asked about
the sugar crop of the island and says
it is the largest crop ever raised. The
crop this year was approximately four
million tons and the United States
government took it over at 5 1-2 cents
a pound raw. This was the highest
price ever paid for any crop and with
the highest price for any crop on rec
ord, the sugar producers there are
rolling in wealth. Approximately
$6000,000,000 was paid for the crop
and there are about 2,500,000 people
on the island. Besides this, It Is only
one of several crops raised there. The
lowest price at which the crop has
been sold in any year was 1 3-4 cents
a pound raw. Mr. Durrell is looking
for a price of 7 1-2 cents a pound
raw next year.
"If the crop is so large, why are we
so short of sugar?" was asked.
'That Is a question I cannot an
swer. The sugar is there and I do
not know why it is not taken away.
Of course a large part of it has already
been shipped out but the ware houses
are still Jammed to the roofs. There
are, I think, at present about 1,500,00
tons left, Why it is not being ship
ped out faster, I do not know, per
haps it is due to the scarcity of
thing in their power to bring the
guilty to justice and get his car back
He truthfully remarks that they are
the kind of men we want in office.
New Effington Record.
Miss Gusta Pederson of Appleton,
Minn., commenced a term of school in
Dist. No. 3 Monday.
"Is much of the crop being shipped
to Europe?"
"I presume some of It Is but the
bulk of It comes to the United States.'
Cuba supplies the United States with
abput 65 iter cent of the sugar con
sumed in tiie country, the balance
coming from. the beets grown here
and from Hawaii and
the Philippines.
They are small producers compared
with Cuba, however."
"Why should the price be higher
next year?"
"With an open market such as we
look for next year, there is going tq
be a big demand from Europe as well
as from the United States. People
said Germany at the close of the war
would flood the market with sugar.
There was nothing to it. Germany
raised very little sugar this year. Rus
sia which was another big producer,
is off the market. Conditions are so
chaotic that we are not looking for
any competition from that source for
a long time to come. That is why the
Cuban planters expect still higher
prices next year."
Mr. Durrell is a citizen of Fergus
Falls While his business is in Cuba,
he has never given' up his American
citizenship and looks upon this city
as his home. He pays his income tax
in Minnesota, as the United States
government reaches out and taxes
American citizens in other countries.
Just what his income tax is is not
stated but with the present price of
raw sugar, It amounts to a very
handsome sum.
Parent- Teilchen*' Association:
A meeting of the Parent-Teacher
Association will be held at the school
house, Monday evening, Oct. 13, be
ginning at 8 o'clock.
The following program has been
Community Singing
Junior High School—Prof North
Discussion—led by Prof. TholleV
haug. I
Male Quartelte
Question Box
Social Hour
Why Some Pupils are Dull
Conditions in country towns make
it necessary for a great many pupils
to eat cold lunches at school. Doctors
and teachers say that poorly selected
food makes many under nourished
pupils appear dull. Where the child
has to carry a cold lunch to school,
his meal Is usually unsatisfactory.
It ought not to be a difficult mat
ter In any school where children have
to stay at noon, to prepare hot soup
or other nourishing, drink for these,,'
youngsters. Where this plan is tried,
it helps many children do better work^hv
It is not good policy to spend so muehv&s
money om schools, and then miss the "'")j
results because the (children lack tW%(
sustaining ppwer of a good mid day^-ti
luncheon. tvsc«-»»'

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