A Hypnotist.

Out at Minot the people are greatly amused over the experience of a hypnotist from a neighboring village and one of his local subjects. The subject, who is a clerk, obeyed all the instructions of the "professor" at the first evening's entertainment—went to sleep, went fishing, barked like a dog, picked strawberries from the floor and did the other things that a well-regulated hypnotic subject is supposed to do. At the command of the hypnotist he found the prettiest girl in the hall and kissed her, and was awakened, to his intense confusion, as he was repeating the performance. On the next evening he again acted as a subject, and was even more satisfactory than before. An osculatory number was on the program this time and the subject well performed his part, but he failed to obey the command to quit and wake up. On the contrary, he gave evidence of an intention to continue this part of the program until the supply of pretty girls was exhausted, and the professor had to restrain him by force. The subject was not violent, but failed utterly to respond to any further commands by the entertainer.

At length, with visions of the gallows before him, the unfortunate hypnotist announced that he could do nothing more and that from the condition of the patient he feared that the services of a physician would be necessary at once, and he did not know that even a physician could do anything. A messenger was about to be dispatched for the nearest doctor when the patient, having no inclination for drugs, remarked that he would prefer cigars, and the agony of the professor was over. When he next essays a public entertainment he will demand a bond that the subject will not play possum.

Cooperstown Courier, 3/5/1903

A man was severely frozen near Highmore last week, and died from the effects next day. He was intoxicated at the time, and the widow has begun suit against the liquor seller, John Zwight, for damages to the amount of $4,000.

The Bad Lands Cow Boy, 4/17/1884


H. W. Hoffman of That City Forced to Give Up All He Had.

Fargo, N. D. Feb. 27.—With two revolvers pointed at his head H. W. Hoffman was compelled to lie down beside the sidewalk on Fifth avenue between Ninth and Tenth street south while he was robbed of his money and watch.

Mr. Hoffman, who lately moved into the city from the country, was returning from the city to his home at 517 Tenth street south on the evening named when he noticed two men standing on the sidewalk. He thought nothing of this at the time, but just as he came up to them one man stepped to one side of the walk and the other took the other side and he saw that they wore masks. He was told he would be killed if he made an outcry and they brandished the guns they had in their hands.

At the word of command Mr. Hoffman laid down beside the walk and then the two men went through him. All the money he had in his pocket was $1.25 and this they took together with his watch.

They did not attempt to abuse him in any way, but before leaving informed him that they would be watching him and that he had better go on his way home without making any outcry until they were out of sight.

He cannot give a very good description of the two men.

Grand Forks Evening Times, 2/27/1913

A man named Hunter went to his father's house at Grand Forks in an intoxicated condition a few days ago and getting into a dispute attacked the old man and pummeled him severely. He also struck his mother and sister, felling them to the floor. He was choking the old man when a younger son struck him with a club. He was arrested and lodged in jail.

The Bad Lands Cow Boy, 4/1/1886


The children of Joseph Lundy of Bottineau were playing with an ax and a little boy chopped off a finger of his five-year-old sister, besides crushing and gashing the back of the hand.

Wahpeton Times, 4/18/1907


Portal, N. D., Sept. 30.—Sheriff Warren Health was in this office this morning and informed us that seven toughs held up some laborers at one of the dago shacks near Bowbells last night. These fellows made their victims disrobe and stabbed one of them in the back. The sheriff gave chase, catching one of the gang, but the others are still at large.

Ward County Intependent, 9/30/1915


John Hoff Successful in Quest—Van Houten Case Dismissed.

Mandan, N. D., Feb. 8.—Two divorce cases were brought before Judge S. L. Nuchols of the district court during the week. The action brought by Emily Van Houten vs. Jogn Van Houten, was dismissed for lack of prosecution, neither party being present in court.

A divorce was granted to John Hoff of Elgin from his wife, Catherine Hoff. Attorney H. R. Berndt of Elgin was the counsel for the former. The decree was granted on the grounds of desertion. Mrs. Hoff is at present in Canada.

Grand Forks Evening Times, 2/8/1913

Edward Hughes, manager of the electric light plant of Bismarck narrowly escaped assassination. Just before day-light, while he was alone at the works, he was startled by the sudden breaking in of a door. Thinking it was a tramp trying to gain admittance, he started to walk across the room, when some unseen person fired two shots at him. The bullets from the revolver whistled close to his head and were buried in the timber. One ball struck an insulator, and the flying glass injured Hughes' face, but otherwise he was not hurt. He called the police, but the would-be assassin could not be found.

Wahpeton Times, 4/23/1891

A brakeman at Turtle Lake, who had made slanderous remarks about a young woman, was given a terrible horse whipping by the girl. The business men gave the brakie 24 hours in which to leave town.

Ward County Independent, 4/13/1911