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THE PRINCETON UNION
BY R. O. DUNN.
PmbliaHod Cvmy Thursday.
r*M8-S1.o PER YEAR IN ADVANOE.
I.XSlF NOT PAID IN ADVANOE.
*PIOBl FIRST 8 EAST OF
4. I. STAPLEST
BatlneM Manager.
TH05-OOURTHOUSB. H. PROWSB
Editor.
Tammany gained bub little by the
election of Gaynor.
The wise man keepeth away from
cloves when he goeth out between acts
at the theaterhe useth peanuts for
a breath destroyer.
Minneapolis has begun a crusade
against smoke. With a clearer atmos
phere probably less criminals will
get away from the police.
The action of the National Geogra
phic society in giving Peary a medal
for reaching the north pole is no
proof that he accomplished the feat.
At the present time Joe Cannon is
getting more free advertising than the
mail order houses, but whether he is
thankful therefor is another question.
When a husky-voice fellow tells you
that he at one time sang first tenor in
a church you can depend upon it that
he either drowned that voice or is a
prevaricator.
The government department of agri
culture has proved itself an institu
tion of great value to the country,
but its crop estimates scarcely ever
approach within a long distance of
accuracy.
"Aeronauts are passing over Ten
nessee," reads the headlines of a
newspaper article. They were prob
ably aware that Tennessee is "dry
and therefore forged ahead to a more
congenial clime.
Conserving 'the natural resources
of the state for the benefit of future
generations is commendable, but the
speedy development of the natural re
sources of the state would prove more
beneficial to the present generation.
There are thousands of merchants
in the country who snap their fingers
at catalogue-house competitionthey
are the merchants who run a con
tinuous line of advertising and quote
prices. Catalogue-house competition
does not affect them one iota.
Our neighboring town of Foley may
have a candidate for state treasurer
on the republican ticket in the person
of Mr. George E. Hanscom, cashier
of the State bank at that place. Mr.
Hanscom is highly spoken of by those
who have the pleasure of his acquain
tance.
Richard K. Campbell, chief of the
United States naturalization bureau,
contends that Syrians are not eligible
under the law to become citizens of
the United States. There is one thing
certainwe can get along very nicely
without people of this nationality in
our midst. They arp classed among
the undesirables.
Anohert instance of the defiance of
the laws prohibiting the formation of
combinations for the purpose of re
straining trade is that of the big rub
ber merger, wherein the Interconti
nental and Continental companies
have consolidated with a capital of
$40,000,000. The Sherman anti-trust
law has no terrors for the great com
mercial intereststhey violate it with
frequency and impunity.
New York dispatches say that
Charley Murphy, Tammany's big
boss, will probably resign the leader
ship. The reason for such a step is
obvious. With the loss of the board
of estimate Tammany will have no
say in the disposition of the enor
mous finances of New York's munic
ipal treasury and consequently Mr.
Murphy's opportunities for feeding
at the trough will be cut off.
Till, the notorious quack, has re
turned from Europe to his seat of
operation in Wisconsin. If people
are fools enough to believe that by
the application of a plaster made of
kerosene, capsicum or other ingredi
ents they, can be cured of every
disease to which flesh is heir they de
serve to be humbugged. At the same
time it is a,pity that individuals of the
Till stripe should be permitted to ply
their calling.
Secretary of Agriculture Wilson
says that some day the steady in
crease of population in the United
States is bound to overtax the ability
of the farmer to provide* for its sus
tenance but that the day is very re
mote. Not so remote as Mr. Wilson
anticipates unless a more intensive
system of farming is resorted to.' Mr.
Wilson should read the prediction of
James J. Hill, who is an authority on
this subject. He would doubtless
profit thereby.
The articles appearing in the daily
papers chronicling the doings of
President Taft as he goes about the
country are becoming exceedingly
tiresome, many of them approaching
the nauseating point. In one paper
we read that "Mr. Taft saw a jack
rabbit near the golf links but didn't
have his gun," and in another that
he "is using menthol for a cold in
the head." Some of these days the
country will probably be startled by
the announcement, under a scare
head, that Mr. Taft saw a snake.
Another movement to purify Chica
go is on foot. A lady reformer of
that sinful city has called for ten
thousand volunteers to visit the objec
tionable section and turn things up
side down. This method is altogether
wrongit will bring forth no good
results. Were a number of christian
women to engage in missionary work
among the inmates of the disreputable
houses a percentage might possibly
be reformed. But it is questionable
whether Chicago could be purified by
any other means than the application
of fire.
Auditor Chance of the postoffice de
partment announces a deficiency of
$17,479,770, an increase of $569,491
over last year. A large percentage
of this deficiency will of course be at
tributed to the maintenance of the free
rural delivery service, but the enor
mous sum paid to the railroad com
panies for the transportation of mail
is also another reason for this big
shortage. In this last respect the
government permits itself to be im
posed uponit pays the railroad
companies three times more than the
service is worth.
Two suffragettes were committed in
London for trial at the Old Bailey
assizes for throwing corrosive acid in
polling places and causing grievous
bodily harm to election officers. The
offense is a serious one and the
punishment, it is safe to say, will be
adequate, for the English courts show
no sympathy even where the prisoners
are of the gentler-^-heaven save the
mark in this instancesex. It is
doubtful, however, whether the
penalty imposed will effect any good
purpose, as the British suffragettes
are viragoes of the most radical class,
impregnated with venom.
Iu case State Treasurer Dinehart
should conclude to seek the republican
nomination for congress in the Second
district there will be several candi
dates for the republican nomination
for state treasurer. Among those
suggested are Hon. G. H. Mattson of
Roseau, George E. Hanscom of Foley,
Henry Hanke of Minneapolis, and
Hon. Peter J. Schwarg of Dodge
county. They are all good men. But
the Eberhart managers are taking
good care to suppress all mention of
Mr. Mattson's name. That gentle
man, however, is liable to have a fol
lowing in the state convention that
will surprise the slate-makers.
The big telephone companies of the
country have organized with a capi
talization of $50,000,000 for the pur
pose of installing a telegraph system
in conjunction with their other busi
ness. The system will extend through
out the United States and, v^hen com
pleted, a person will be able to either
telephone or telegraph from any office
of the company. This will supply a
convenience which has for a long time
been neededit will obviate the neces
sity in small towns of journeying to
the railway station, which is usually
a considerable distance from the busi
ness section, in order to send a tele
gram. Then again, telegrams may be
sent at night, which cannot now be
done in townsand they are numerous
where the railroads employ only
day operators. The new system will
be welcomed.
oyernor Defies Threat, Introduc
ing Miss Booth" is the catch line of
a "scare head" in Monday evening's
Minneapolis Tribune.' Miss Booth is
the commander or the Salvation
Army, and Governor Eberhart intro
duced her to a Minneapolis audience
Sunday evening. The governor al
leged that some one had written hfm
a letter warning him nob to introduce
Miss Booth under penalty of losing
votes in that city, but our gallant
chief executive disregarded the
brutum fulmen and introduced the
lady to the audience. Our governor
is a brave man and is entitled to a
Carnegie medal.
In closing a debate on the finance
bill in the English house of commons
Premier Asquith said it was incum
bent upon those who objected to* thegrants
government's taxes to provide some
alternative scheme for meeting the
nation's necessities. Here's an al
ternative scheme that would meet the
requirements: Instead of granting
every brat that isJborn to royalty a
big incomewhich is now done even
unto the fourteenth generationmake
their parents provide for them until
they are old enough to earn their'own
living, and then compel them to earn
it. Millions of dollars are extorted
from the taxpayers of England every
year for the maintenance of the scions
of so-called royalty.
J. A. O. Presus of Ada, one of
Senator Knute Nelson's proteges, has
been appointed chief executive clerk
to succeed Corporal Harvey Grimmer.
Mr. George F. Authier, the political
writer for the Minneapolis Tribune,
who is very close to Senator Ed.
Smith, the premier of the present
Kitchen Cabinet, knew what he was
talking about when he said a few
days before: "In the meantime the
followers of Senator Knute Nelson
are being placated and the appoint
ment of executive clerk in the office
of the new governor will probably go
to a Norwegian-American." The ap
pointment of Mr. Presus was one of
Ed. Smith's political master strokes.
Knute Nelson's friends are placated
and the Norwegian vote is corralled!
There is no valid reason why state
lands should not be taxed the same
as other lands. In many counties in
northern Minnesota where the state
owns immense quantities of land the
entire burden of opening roads and
maintaining schools falls upon the
struggling, scattered settlers who
are attempting to make homes for
themselves and families. Every mile
of 'oa opened and every school
house built adds to the value of the
state's holdings, and why should not
the state contribute its proportionate
share towards those public improve
ments that add to the value of its
lands? The question of taxing state
lands should be presented to the next
legislature in such a forceful and con
vincing manner as to secure favor
able action on the proposition.
II ILL IT BE GOOD
The Sentinel has no disposition to
meddle in republican politics but we
would suggest in the interests of
party harmony that the right and
logical thing to do is to give Gov.
Adolph E. Eberhart a nomination by
acclamation.Fairmont Sentinel, Mr.
Frank Day's organ.
If the republicans do nominate Mr.1
Eberhart we hope Mr. Day will sum
marily squelch that absurd story with
reference to an alleged conversation
between the late Gov. Johnson and
Mr. Eberhart on a Northwestern train
a few days prior to election last fall.
The too frequent repetition of that
silly story might lead some of Mr. J.
F. Jacobson's friends to credit it, and
that would spell trouble for Mr. Eber
hart.
"Old Put" Boasts a Galoot.
The galoot who runs the Appleton
Press must have a swollen head, and
sane ideas evacuated it long ago.*
He arrives at conclusions very readi-t
ly, but he alone understands the im
port of them, or the way they would
work out if adopted by the peopled
He seems to be a democrat but that is
not certain for he rambles off when he
attempts to elucidate what would
happen if the tariff was reduced on
specific articles, and assumes that his
inferences are above discussion. We
have never seen tfie boy but are told
he is harmless and sways about as
much influence as a pig-sticker at a
wake. His opinion of'others is so in
finitely small that the naked eye fails
to discern the entity.Granite Falls
Tribune. -A.
WELT. CASED JFOJJ OW THE WHOLE.
"What might have been," had the
state of Minnesota refrained from dis
posing of any of the lands it received
from the United States save by leasing
the same is the caption of an interest
ing article in the Duluth News
Tribune. If our foresight was equally
as good as our hindsight how few
mistakes we would make. Compared
with other states Minnesota's lands
have been admirably cared for and
utilized as is evidenced by our large
school, university and state insti
tutions permanent funds. The big*
gest mistake the state made was
in giving to railroads millions of
acres of swamp lands that ought to
have been devoted to internal im
provements as contemplated in the
granting act. That swamp land
may have expedited the build
ing of railroads in some instances is
probably true, but sooner or later
those railroads would have been built
in any event.
We are not aware that the state
has lost any mineral lands, save
the valuable Mountain Iron prop
erty. The royalty that the state
exacted prior to 1907, 25 cents per
ton, may have been too low, but at
the time the law" was enacted and
until quite recently the royalty was
considered high enough. When a new
mineral lease law is enacted a much
higher graduated royalty, based on
the value of the ore, should and un
doubtedly will be provided for.
Any attempt to fix a higher mini
mum value on state agricultural lands
than five dollars per acre should not
be favorably regarded. The best
agricultural lands, in the southern
and central parts of the state and in
the Red River valley, have already
been disposed of, and it would be
grossly unfair to northern Minnesota,
where the great bulk of the undisposed
state lands are located, to increase
the minimum price of the same or
place any undue restrictions on their
sale.
While mistakes have been made, on
the whole the state of Minnesota has
put to good use the lands granted it
by the United States for school, uni
versity and other purposes.
MORE REPREHENSIBLE.
As a general thing, republicans
(and we believe there is still a
respectable number of them here
abouts)will not be slow in sizing
up the real calibre and the true mo
tives of those newspaper editors who,
while themselves pretending to be re
publicans are exerting every possible
means to bring the present republican
administration into disrepute and
obloquy. When the columns of an
alleged republican newspaper are
daily devoted to the reproduction of
articles clipped from notoriously
rank and radical democratic sheets
published for the avowed purpose of
misrepresenting President Taft and
bringing all his efforts into ridicule,
then we believe it is time to challenge
the right of such men to either call
themselves republicans or to label
their slanderous sheets with the name
of the grand old party.Albert Lea
Times-Enterprise.
How about the demagogic members
of congress, of whom we have several
in this state, who devote the major
share of their time to denouncing Taft
and the republican majority in con
gress? Is not the conduct of these
hired office-brokers more repre
hensible, from a party standpoint,
than that of the cuckoo editors so
justly and so scathingly denounced
by the Times-Enterprise?
MAKE A.XT EFFECTIVE PROTEST.
If President Taft and the republican
majority in congress have violated
solemn pledges given in the national
platform and deceived the country, as
several of our state congressional
delegation would have us believe,
then the proper and the logical thing
for the voters of Minnesota to do next
year is to send an unbroken demo
cratic congressional delegation, in
cluding a United States senator, to"
Washington. A handful of noisy,
mugwump insurgents can accom
plish little or nothing in congress.
Anyhow, if, as asserted by members
of our own virtuous and patriotic
delegation, the republican majority
in congress is owned and controlled
by the trusts and corporations it is
high time that there was a change.
A solid democratic delegation from
this state would be an effective protest
against the policies of the republican
party. If we are going to be insur
gents let us be real downright, dead
in-earnest insurgents.
OPINIONS OF
EDITORS!I
That's What Has.
The man with a northern Minnesota
farm free from debt has a valuable
asset.Brainerd Tribune.
J. A. $
Bat Their Support Will Be Expected.
Now that Frank Day has quit the
capitol the country newspaper boys
will not stand much of a show in that
marble palace.Roseau Region.
Collared and Collarless.
Belden, of the Austin Transcript,
talks about a postoffice collar. The
only trouble with Belden is that he is
mad because he isn't wearing one
himself.Janesville Argus.
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Government Lotteries Unprofitable
In most instances the money spent
in drawing a government farm could
be more profitably invested in a few
acres of desirable land in northern
Minnesota, where values are real and
crops sure.Brainerd Tribune.
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Show Signs of Restlessness
Some so-called big state politicians
on the republican side of the fence,
who are supposed to be standing up
with Governor Eberhart, are begin
ning to shift from one foot to another
and yawning horribly of late.
Walker Pilot.
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Frank the Sacrificial Lamb
Frank A. Day is the logical can
didate for governor on the democratic
ticket next year. This is rendered
more apparent on account of the fact
that both Hammond and Lind have
turned down the proffered honor.
Janesville Argus.
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Ed. Smith's Brand of Harmony
The harmony so vociferously
promulgated by the state senatorial
combine has symptoms of being
harmony with a string attached to it.
Harmony is good if your candidate
wins, but if the other fellow wins, to
the deuce with harmony.Elk River
Star-News.
Mlnnesotans Refuse to Swallow His Gush
The gentleman who came to Min
nesota from the sunny south, Chas.
Grasty, to teach the Gopher state how
to run daily newspapers, has tired of
his job in a few short months. Like a
good many other lesser lights Mr.
Grasty's long suit was gush, and it
didn't go down with Minnesotans.,
Winnebago City Press News.
Public Confidence Better Thau Boodle.
We trust that Bro. Geo. Thompson,
now that he has the St. Paul Dispatch
and the Pioneer Press under his con
trol, will take the active management
into his own hands, and give us two
good newspapers free from corpora
tion dictation. The confidence of the
public is a better asset than the
boodle of the big interests.Journal
Press.
Billy Still Controls It
The Fairmont Sentinel says that
Minnesota voters have abolished
party lines, and will hereafter vote
for men who vote for the interests of
the people. Won't the Sentinel please
state when the democrats of the state
abolished party lines? The republi
cans voted for Johnson drawn by his
personality, but Billy Hamm and the
interests control that party just the
same as they have in the past.
Albert Lea Times-Enterprise,
j. .$. .3.
Scott Might Disarrange the Mate.
Hugh Scott, auditor of Hennepin
county for ten consecutive years, is
being urged by his friends to go after
the republican nomination for state
auditor next year. We can see where
so popular a man as Mr. Scott would
put a crimp into the designs of the
Hennepin senatorial combine, as he
would be quite apt to control the
delegation from the big county to the
state convention, and that is hardly
in line with the slate mapped out.
Elk River Star-News.
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Minnesota's Greatest Need
Minnesota needs good roads more
than mangificent capitol approaches,
and impracticable waterways which
will be frozen up at least six months
in the year. We agree with the
Princeton Union when it says that the
question of good roads is the para
mount issue in Minnesota today, and
the riext legislature should submit to
the voters of this state an amend
ment to the constitution that would
make a one mill tax levy for the road
and bridge fund constitutional.*
Foley Independent.
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Parents and the Schools.
Schools cost a great deal of money
and their efficiency for the purpose of
educating our youth can be enhanced
greatly if the parents will take an in
telligent interest in school work.
They should keep close tab on the
school work of their children, confer
with the teachers about them, see that
the children are always punctual and
that they come home promptly after
the close of school each day. Instead
of finding fault with the teacher who
reports delinquencies, and side in
with the children against the teacher,
they should be very careful to get the
facts in the case.Litchfield Inde
dendent.
NEWSPAPERDOM
'1rttrrt{TM
O. W. Swanson, who at one time
published the Royalton Banner, has
started a paper at Centro, California.
Mr. Swanson is a good newspaperman
and should be successful in his latest
venture.
Two new papersthe Grasston Ad
vance by J. W. Wilcox arid the Pil
lager Herald by Frank Petersonput
in an appearance at this office during
the week. The first named is a seven
column folio and the other a six
column folio. Both start with a good
advertising patronage.
The last number of the Wahkon En
terprise which reached us was printed
on paper of a rich emerald green hue
and Editor Sloan explains the reason
thus: "No, this isn't a belated St.
Patrick's day edition, nor are we en
vious of our neighbors. Our new sup
ply of white paper failed to arrive in
time for this issue."
Great Man is Frank
"The Blockhead" of the Le Sueur
Newt, has just discovered that Hon.
Frank A. Day is a great dicsoverer
and an eminent christian statesman
but a no-account poker player. But
we will let "The Blockhead," in
his own words, express his apprecia
tion of Frank:
"When I was down to hear Dr.
Cook lecture on the discovery of the
north pole another discoverer was
pointed out to me. Frank Day, he
who discovered, John A. Johnson, was
the man. Just now Frank is engaged
in revising and editing his notes on
'What I Know About Politicians,' and
it is said a lot of Minnesota citizens
are trembling. Frank is a success
and a yard wide. He was lieutenant
governor as a republican, a candidate
for congress in the second district as
a populist and private secretary to
Govs. Johnson and Eberhart as &
democrat. Frank says he never
changed his coat, nor wore a patch on
it. Frank is a man of large political
parts, kind of cosmopolitan like, but
his bump of religion is his largest
part and if Winfield Scott Hammond
favors Sunday baseball Frank will
not leave a visiting card at his door.
Frank says the devil has no place in
Minnesota and for that reason he
thinks the state safely democratic.
He don't like poker either. Cribbage
is good enough for him. Frank may
discover a regular successor to the
late John A. Johnson, and if he does
Fairmont will know him no more
forever."
Good Road Work.
The best road work that has come
under the observation of the writer
this fall has been done in the north
end of Princeton township under the
superintendency of Mr. J. A. Wetter.
The roads in that vicinity have been
graded up and rounded off in fine
shape and to a width of at least 16
feet. Another piece of good work has
been done on the road south of the
West Branch creamery by Mr. Charles
Olson, we believe. Considerable
good work has also been done on the
Germany roads. But there are num
erous sandy stretches in the vicinity
of the village where a coating of
straw or slough grass would prove
beneficial. There is a decided im
provement for the better in the condi
tion of the roads in the vicinity of
Princeton. Let the good work con
tinue.
School Report, District 3
For the school month ending No
vember 5 the pupils perfect in attend
ance at the Bogus Brook school dis
trict No. 3 were Hattie Miller, Hattie
Emme, Florence Wige, Julius Wige,
Olga Chalstrom, Clara Bonkowske.
Ida May Schmidt, Teacher.
School Report, District 37
Number enrolled, 24 average at
tendance, 22. Names of those neither
tardy or absent for the month ending
November 5: Mary Ellenbaum, Her
bert Jaenicke, Ella Jaenicke, Mary
Peterson, Robert Trabant, Elsie
Trabant, Allen Hurley, Frank Hurley,
Lawrence Hurley, Cecil Hurley,
August Eggert, Gertrude Eggert.
Eva T. Colburn, Teacher.
School Report
School report of district 16, town
ship of Spring Vale, Isanti county^
for the month ending November 5:
Enrollment, 51 number of days
taught, 20 average daily attendance,
22. Those perfect in attendance dur
ing the month were Delia Backman,
Christine Leaf, Arthur Moline, Ber
tha Reineccius and Alice Johnson.
Those who attended 19 days during
the month were Albin Findell, John
Leaf, Eric Lindquist and Dorothy
Westblad. Alice Hiller, Teacher.
Fine Portraits
When you want a genuine portrait
taken come to Shaker's studio and
be perfectly satisfied. My studio is
now fixed up in good shape and I
can, as I always did, guarantee you
the very best photographs.
G. G. Shaker.
A basket social will be given in the
Methodist church parlors on Friday
evening, November 19, for the benefit
of the Wide Awake club. Girls
should go with well filled baskets and
boys should go prepared to buy them.
A good time is in store for all and
everyone is invited.
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