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State 10 11. 12
Heavy Increase In Village of Princeton
Taxation While That of Milaca
Village is Reduced.
Rate in Towns, Villages and School
Districts, Also Valuation by
Towns and Villages.
Auditor Whitney's abstract of thehas
tax books for the county of Mille Lacs
(as equalized by the state board of
equalization) for the year 1908 shows
the total valuation of the real and
personal property to be $2,249,562.
The valuation last year was $2,034,105,
or $215,359 less than this year. The
total valuation of Princeton village in
1907 was $334,146, and in 190S it is
$349,779, an increase of $5,633. The
total valuation of Milaca village for
1907 was $127,718, and this year it is
$133,800, an increase of $6,082.
In Milaca village the total rate for
1907 was 85.80 mills and this year
it is 72.70 mills, a decrease of 13.10
mills. The rate in Princeton village
for 1907 was 45.80 mills, while this
year it is 52.60 mills, an increase of
6.80 mills. This increase is due wholly
to the increased amount voted by theand
common council of the village of
Princeton for corporation purposes.
Last year $1,000 was voted and this
year $4,000. The rate for school pur
poses in Milaca is 35 mills, and for
state, county and village purposes
37.70 mills. In Princeton village the
rate for schools is 25.20 mills and for
all other purposes 27.40. Foreston
village has no village tax.
Last year the state rate was 3.48
mills, this year it is 3.33 mills, a de
crease of 15-100 mills. The county
rate last year was 10.12 mills, while
this year it is 10.87. an increase of 75-
To ascertain the total rate of tax
ation in any school district add the
state, county and township or village
rates to the school district rate and
the total will be the rate of taxation
in the district. For instance: In dis
trict No. 1 (Princeton village) the
state rate is 3.33, county 10.87, vil
lage 13.2, school 25.2total 52.60.
THE RATE IN DETAIL. Mills
Bogus Brook 10.0
East Side 8.7
Isle Harbor 4.4
School District No.-
8.5 8.3 7 8
13.3 16 5
VALUATION OF TOWNS AND VILLAGES.
East Side 53.440
Greenbush 157 115
Isle Harbor 157263
Princeton 417 613
South Harbor 95.423
Foreston Village. 19,008
Milaca Village 133.800
Princeton Village 349.779
End of a Lone-Drawn "Contest.
It is some fourteen years since
iRobert C. Dunn and Jacob F. Jacob
-son began their fight to increase, the
gross earnings tax on railroads from
three to four per cent. The end of
that contest, so far as this state in its
lawmaking and judicial powers is
concerned, came last week in the de
cision of the supreme court.
In the legislature the opposition
was based wholly upon the constitu
tionality of the proposed change.
Many good lawyers held that the con
stitutional provision for a three per
-cent tax formed a contract with the
railroads which the state could no*
violate. The railroad representatives
irx the ltSgislature eagerly seized upon
this excuse and succeeded in fooling
some honest men. But few, if any,
pretended the increase was not just.
The railroads themselves showed
how insincere was their plea for ex
emption by accepting the increase save
as to two lines that portion of
Great Northern known as the St. Paul
& Pacific and the first line of the Great
Western, both constructed under ter
ritorial charter. These still claimed
the state had no power to thus alter a
charter granted by the territory in the
days before statehood.
The Ramsey county district court
held with them, but the supreme court
reversed this and holds that the
state had the right to alter this terri
torial charter, just as it had to change
its own. There may be an appeal to
the federal supreme court, but proba
bly not. It is the better guess that this
ends this long drawn-out contest and
that once more the right is found to
be also the law.News-Tribune.
A APPALJLING CALAMITY.
Southern Part of Italy Laid Waste by
Earthquake and Tidal Wave.
Southern Italy and the island of
Sicily was on Monday visited by an
appalling calamity the extent of which
cannot as yet be ascertained. An
earthquake wrecked city after city
and obliterated smaller towns and vil
lages in great number. Then a tidal
wave swept along the strait of Messina
added to the horror, drowning the
people in their helplessness and panic.
Fire came to complete the work of de
struction. Flames broke out in the
devastated cities, and countless num
bers of wounded men, women and chil
dren were burned to death.
Any adequate estimate of the total
casualties is as yet impossible to ar
rive at. but the Rome Tribuna places
the number at between 125,000 and
150,000. Mount Etna is showing con
siderable activity, and the detona
tions, which can b9 plainly heard in
Rome, together with the volume of
smoke rolling oufe^of the crater, has
added to the panic of the people. Ac
cording to the director of the local
observatory, this activity is directly
connected with the earthquake but a
great eruption is not expected. Such
phenomena seldom accompany vio
lent seismic disturbances.
The pope has been notified that the
entire religious communities of Mes
sina and Reggio, including bishops,
priests, monks and nuns, have been
wiped out by the earthquake and fire.
His holiness- will inaugurate the es
tablishment of an international com
mittee of Roman Catholics the world
over to assist the survivors of the
catastrophe and he heads the subscrip
tion list with $200,000. It is under
stood that King Emanuel will give
440,000 for the relief of the vic
tims. The king and queen of Italy
have gone to the"scene of the disaster.
The School I Politics.
The people of Minnesota, and more
particularly uf St. Paul, are long
suffering and will stand for a lot from
the political bosses, buti*. is expecting
too much to imagine they will not
resent having their educational insti
tutions made apart of a political ma
chine. The voters of the state expect
the oil inspectors, the boiler inspect
ors, the janitors at the capitol to be
politici~ns and that hundreds of places
within the gift of the administration
will be doled out to those who are
a position to do the democratic
machine some good. But they were
not prepared to see the state univer
sity, the school of agriculture and the
office of superintendent of public in
struction used as pawns in the game
the administration politicians are
No more did the people of St. Paul
expect to see its public schools
dragged into politics. The Capital
City voters are accustomed to seeing
street sweepers, police' ^n, firemen
and others put on the city pay roll at
the dictation of the bosses, to see these
departments used to entrench time
servers, but they can not get ac
customed to seeing the schools ia
politics. Isn't it about time for the
democrats of the city and state to
recognize the fact that our educational
institutions, like our religious institu
tions, have no place in party politics?
The first consideration should be the
best interests of the cause of education
and not the needs of "any political
machine.Evening Pioneer Press.
iThis tiny standard lof weight, al
though not one person in -a million
ever makes practical use of it, pos
sesses great prestige because of its
connection with diamonds and other
precious stones. Because of its purity
and wholesome qualities, golden grain
belt beer goes into the homes almost
exclusively. A glass of golden grain
Jbelt beer at meal time and before retir
ing builds up overworked nerve tis
sues and insures renewed health to
body and brain. Order from your
nearest dealer or be supplied by Sjo
'bolm Bros., Princeton.
B. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1908.
of Masonic and Eastern Star
Orders for Year 1909 Installed
Last Monday Evening.
Charles L. Sawyer Installs Masonic
Officers and Mrs. Mary C.
Taylor Eastern Star.
A joint installation of the Masonic
and Eastern Star officers for the year
1909 was held on Monday evening and
many guests were present to witness
the ceremonies and partake of
Past Master Chas. L. Sawyer of
Minneapolis was the installing officer
for the Masons and he conducted the
ceremonies in an excellent manner.
The names of the officers installed fol
ElectiveGeorge E. Rice, worship
ful master Martin Belsem, senior
warden Abraham Orr, junior warden:
Ira G. Stanley, secretary J. C. Herd
liska, treasurer. AppointiveC. A.
Caley, senior deacon L. E. Fox,
junior deacon: Robert O'Brien, senior
Stewart P. J. Wikeen. junior Stewart
Geo. A. Swertfager, chaplain B. D.praise.
Grant, marshal L. M. Steadman,
Directly after the Masonic ceremon
ies Mrs. Mary C. Taylor, state grand
secretary, installed the officers of the
Eastern Star lodge in the following
ElectiveMrs. H. C. Cooney, worthy
matron Mrs. F. M. Campbell, as
sociate matron Mrs. L. E. Fox,
secretary: Mrs. E. K. Evans, treasurer:
Mrs. B. D. Grant, conductress Mrs.
C. A. Jack, associate conductress.
AppointiveMiss Anna Sadley,
Adah Mrs. Wm. Bigelow, Ruth:
Mrs. S. S. Petterson. Esther: Mrs. E.
Carlton, Martha Mrs. Wm. Neely,
Electa Mrs. L. S. Libby, warden
W. P. Chase, sentinel Mrs. Fred
Keith, organist Geo. A. Swertfager,
chaplain, Miss Mary S. Huse,
At the conclusion of the ceremonials
Mrs. Taylor delivered an able address
for the good of the order, which was
followed by light refreshments served
by the ladies of the Eastern Star.
Characteristic of Hon. E Craig.
It will be surprising news to the
many friends of Hon. H. E. Craig Of
Orrock in this vicinity to learn that
he was severley injured at his home
by a bull on the 22nd of last month,
and that they had not heard of it.
Yesterday afternoon, the Union
called up Mr. Craig's home over the
phone to inquire as to his condition.
The brave old veteran himself re
sponded to the call. He said he didalarm
have a little misunderstanding with a
bull and was knocked around consid
erable, but made light of the affair
and said he had tried to keep the
matter quiet. It is characteristic of
the doughty old warrior to make light
of injuries that almost anyone else
would deem serious. He jokingly in
formed the scribe that he intended to
remain on earth for some time yet and
to visit his Princeton friends in
the near future. May our genial old
friend be alive and well a score of
Tax Ca se Decision.
Judge Myron D. Taylor has handed
down his decision in the personal
property tax proceedings instituted by
the state of Minnesota against Henry
Erickson and finds for the plaintiff.
The evidence was heard at the last
term of court held in Princeton and
the case taken under advisement.
J. A. Ross, county attorney, repre
sented the plaintiff.
Judge Taylor's decision, says Mr.
Ross, will save the county of Mille
Lacs about $200.
A NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL.
Erick Soline, of Tolin, who acgetting
cidentally opened the joint of his left
knee with a draw knife, was operated
upon by Dr. Cooney on Sunday morn
iog- The patient is on a fair way
Thos. Simonson of Glendorado
underwent a surgical operation on
Tuesday morningf'for an absces* of
Hie neck. He is progressing favorably.
Mrs. John Johnson of Minneapolis
is at the hospital for surgical treat
The next regular meeting of Wallace
T. Rines post 142, G. A. R. will be
held on Wednesday evening, January
13. At this time the installation of
offisers will take place and all mem
bers are requested to be present.
Chas. Judkins, Commander.
A. Z. Norton, Adjutant.
For St. Edward's Catholic Church is
Presented at Brands' Opera
House Tuesday Night.
fliss Prances Vincent, the Talented
ninneapolis Soprano, Sings a
Number of Selections.
The musical and literary entertain
ment at the opera house on Tuesday
evening for the benefit of St. Edward's
Catholic church proved a rare treat
the large audience which attended.
The singing of Miss Frances Vincent
of Minneapolis, a talented soprano
soloist, was virtually the leading fea
ture of the entertainment, although
every number on the program was
rendered in a very fine manner.
^Chas. Herbert Colson and Jack
Collins of the Lyceum Comedy com
pany assisted at the entertainment
with song specialties which were well
received. The piano solos of Miss
Lola Scheen and Dr. Lester were
finely executed, and the vocal solos of
Serenus Skahen, Hjordice Scheen and
Louise Lenertz are also worthy of
The recitation of "Uncle
Heinie" was especially good and the
farce, "Flirtation Cured," made a
very appropriate conclusion to the en
The ladies of the Catholic church
who arranged the program are to be
congratulated upon the success
The proceeds amounted to $92.15
and the management is well satisfied
Oscar Peterson and Mi6s Anna Haynes
Married Yesterday in Wisconsin.
Oscar Peterson of this village was
married yesterday at high noon in the
Methodist church, Montford, Wis., to
Miss Anna Haynes, daughter of Mrs.
Alice Haynes of that place. Miss
Agnes Peterson, sister of the groom,
was the bridesmaid, and Robert
Haynes, brother of the bride, was best
man. Mrs. Frank Peterson, mother
of the groom, was also in attendance
at the ceremony.
A reception was given at the home
of the bride's mother after the solem
nization of the marriage and Mr. and
Mrs. Peterson received many gifts.
The bride and groom will be at
home in the Fryhling house in this
village within a week or ten days.
Potato Warehouse Burns.
The Williams potato warehouse,
with its equipment and a large
quantity of potatoes, was destroyed
by fire, the origin of which is unother
known, early Sunday morning. An
was turned in at.3:30 a. m., but
when the fire department arrived,
shortly afterward, there was no pos
sibility of controlling the flames.
In the warehouse were stored about
4,000 bushels of potatoes which, with
the exception of something like three
hundred bushels belonging to Peter
Wikeen, were owned by S. W. Williams.
An insurance of 83,500 on the build
ing and $1,000 on the equipment was
carried in J. J. Skahen's agency,
while the potatoes were insured with
Guy Ewmg for $1,500.
OPINIONS OF EDITORS i
A Philosophical View.
This is a kind and thoughtful world
after all, and if the considerate folks
don't get all the way 'round with the
greetings just remember that they
made others happy if they didn't reach
youand rejoice in that.Mary Mc
Flrlne the Sycophants.
Gov. Johnson is using his decapitat
ing machine quite freely. The oafish
republicans that expected to get office
under the democratic governor are
it where the queen wears. her
beads. It serves them right.Evans
The Most Pernicious of Measures.
-No more important duty will con
front the legislature in its coming ses
sion than -that of abolishing that most
pernicious of measures, the primary
election law. The law has been given
a thorough trial and each biennial
test bas brought out more abuses and
demonstrated that it is unworthy of a
place on our statute books.Delano
A Few Other Approaches.
The new state capitol approaches
need a few thousand dollars' worth of
local treatment and the Minnesota
legislature will again be asked to "dig
up." There are also a few approaches
leading into several Minnesota towns
that could stand a treatment or two of
the same ointment. Which approaches
are the most important?Ogilvie
Disqualifi ed by Reason of Absence.
Gov. Johnson recently delivered his
lecture on "The Majesty of the Law"
before a Montclair (N. J.) audience.
By way of introduction he said: I
have come from a snowbound country
to this semi-tropic state that has
licensed all the Minnesota corpora
tions." If the governor would spend
a day or so at the capitol now and
then he would find that St. Paul is just
about as tropical as Montclair.Eve
ning Pioneer Press.
A Odious Comparison.
Now that they are looking for some
one to fill the place of President
Northrup of the university, what's the
matter with Frank Day? The gover
nor has been busy the last four years
appointing politicians to take different
departments of the state government
"out of politics." Frank could do as
well in that regard for the university
as Olsen has done as head of the edu
cational department, and would hard
ly be a bigger monstrosity for the
place.West St. Paul Times.
Good Roads Cover All.
A great deal has been said on theparts
matter of "state development" and
many schemes have been advanced to
direct the great stream of humanity
into this state that are seeking homes
elsewhere. Of all the different propo
sitions advanced we believe that the
most important one is good roads.
Until our law makers awaken to thethe
great importance of better roadways
the northern portion of this state is
doomed to remain uninhabited.Foley
A Impractical Law,
If the denunciation of the primary
election law continues it will soon be
come as difficult to find a friend for it
as it has been to find a member of the
legislature who had the courage to in
troduce a bill for its repeal, even after
it was generally conceded to be a
breeder of corruption, personal hatred
and a party disrupter. All that any
one will now say in favor of thepresents
present primary law is that it is right
in theorybut it is generally admitted
that the theory does not work out in
More Enduring Than Granite.
A Seattle minister wants to build a
monument to Jim Hill on the expo
sition grounds in his city. Mr. Hill
already has a monument more endur
ing than any granite column. No
one man has done more for thebring
upbuilding of the great northwest than
has the big railroad magnate, and
while it is true he has amassed per
sonally a colossal fortune it is also
true he has bettered very materially
the condition of thousands of his fel
low citizens by making it possible for
them to secure comfortable homes
along his railway lines.Winnebago
Leavett Must Go.
And so Mr. Leavett of the board of
control is to dance for the public.
The bank examiner has found, it is
said, many peculiar conditions in the
purchase of supplies. It is intimated
in some quarters that they are "politi
cal" conditions. Mr. L. has
mingled with the cabinet in the way
that popularizes. He has even as
serted himself, and for that sin he
may have to walk the plank. It is not
charged, so far as I know, that he
neglected his official duties to devote
the time to the furtherance of Gov.
John's election. Capt. Schaffer must
find other important data to make
good. The people must be shown.
Blue Earth Post.
Beautiful Bat Not Deterrent.
Our thrice elected governor is tell
ing the people of the east what he
knows about "The Majesty of the
Law." Among other things he tells
them that fear of the death penalty is
not a crime deterrent, and expresses
the beautiful sentiment that "th
greatest influence which could be
brought to bear-would be to impress
on the offenders the extent of the
punishment that is inflicted on inno
cent wives, 'mother* and relatives
through the conviction of criminals."
This does- more credit to the gover
nor's heart than his bead. The brutal
murderer has none of" these finer
sensibilities and his personal safety
is of much greater moment than the
sorrow and humiliation of relatives or
friends. If the fear of the death
penalty has no influence on the mur
derous instincts of the criminal then
it is doubtful if any other considera
tion will influence him very such.
VOLUME XXXIII. NO. 1
YDLETIDEEXERCISES Anniversary of the Birth of Christ Ap-
propriately Observed in Vari-
ous Places of Worship.
Entertainments and Christmas Trees
Among the Chief Attractions
of the Festal Season.
At the Methodist church on Christ
mas evening a very interesting enter
tainment was given by the primary
department of the Sunday school in
the nature of a play entitled. "An Old
Time Christmas Party," which was
interspersed with recitations and
songs. The church quartet also
rendered selections. Following the
play Jesse Angstman, as Santa Claus,
distributed gifts from a well-ladea
The Sunday school children of the
Congregational church also gave an
entertainment on Friday evening en
titled, "The Prince of Peace." which
was followed by a Christmas tree.
"Santa Claus" Stroeter distributed
These were two of the prettiest enter
tainments ever presented here and the
children in each play performed their
in an admirable manner. That
their efforts were fully appreciated
was demonstrated by the applause
At St. Edward's Catholic church on
Christmas morning the services were
of a very impressive nature and the
music of a high order of excellence,
solo parts being especially well
Services were held ia the German
Lutheran church on Christmas eve and
an entertainment by the Sunday
school children followed. A distribu
tion of gifts from a Christmas tree
concluded the program. The custom
ary services were held on Christmas
The German Methodist church held
its usual festival on Christmas eve
and the Sunday school children pre
sented an enertainment of recitations,
readings and songs. Following this
came the distribution of Christmas
from the tree.
At the Swedish Lutheran church
services were held in the form of early
mass on Christmas morning and a
yuletide Sunday school entertainment
was given last evening.
Worthy Versus Worthless Citizens.
A professor in the Andover Theo
logical seminary once met a man
going to the town meeting. Said the
professor: "What are they going to
up at the meeting today,
Brown?" Brown replied with a snarl:
I dunno what they're goin' to bring
up, but whatever it is, I'm goin' to
oppose it." The zeal of this particu
lar citizen was of questionable ad
vantage to his town. Some so-called
reformers have a spirit unfortunately
An Irish teamster in a certain New
England town hires a man to drive for
him whenever the license question is
put to vote. He takes the whole day
off. He votes no license himself. He
gets as many others as he can to vote
the same way. A gentleman asked him
one day why he took so much trouble.
He answered: "Me boy died of rum,
an' I do what I can to keep other
boys from dying the same way."
This ignorant teamster is a citizen of
the highest type.
A gentleman of high standing in the
same community boasted that he
never voted at local elections. He
said: "Why should I go through the
farce of casting my ballot? This town
is run by a lot of low and corrupt
politicians. My vote doesn't count.
I've no time for sentimental shams."
This scholarly gentleman is a citizen
of the lowest type. He is stupidly
selfish. Were he intelligently selfish,
he would protect bis interests as a
citizen just as he protects his profes
sional interests.Appleton's Maga
A Witty Reply.
Frederie R. Comee of the Sympbony
is a capital storyteller, and one of his
latest relates to a republican ralry he
attended hi the last campaign. The*
orator at the close of -an eloquent
peroration intended to eonver^ any
democrats present, exclaimed: **'If
ibere's a democrat present let- him
One man rose.
"And why sir," shouted the orator,
"are you a democrat?"
"My father and grandfather were
"And had your grandfather and
father been thieves, what would yon
be now, sir?" thundered the rhetori
"A republican!"Boston Record*