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impressive Ceremonies Are Held Here
in Honor of Our Soldiers Who
Have Passed Beyond.
E. L. ricMillan Delivers Principal Ad-
dress at the Fair Grounds to a
Vast Number of People.
Memorial day was observed in
Princeton with all the solemnity which
is its dueit was in actuality a day
of mourning for and of tribute to our
soldier dead. More religiously than
the Sabbath was the day observed
everyone seemingly realizing its great
significance. The day opened with
cloudy skies and during the morning
showers fell, but the weather cleared
at noon and the remainder of the day
was bright and beautifulit seemed to
have been especially prepared by that
Great Commander above who watches
over the destinies of the battle-scarred
A great multitude of people gath
ered to do honor to the dayit was
the largest crowd that ever turned out
to do honor to the soldier dead either
in Princeton or Mille Lacs county.
From the surrounding country there
came a great host of men, women and
children and there was a small con
tingent of old soldiers from Milaca
and the lake country. The represen
tation showed that greater interest is
being manifested in the nation's day
of mourning as the years roll past
and the ranks of the veterans are be
ing thinned. All business places were
closed during the afternoon and the
memorial services, held this year at
the fair grounds, were attended by a
throng of people.
The old soldiers assembled in Wal
lace T. Rines Post hall, at T. H.
Caley's residence, and the Citizens'
brass band: R. E. Jones' drum corps,
lead by Wm. Lovell of Zimmerman
Company G, M. N. G., under Captain
Sellhorn: over a hundred school chil
dren carrying flags and flowers, and
the Women's Relief corps, formed a
column, the'old soldiers fell into line,
and the imposing procession, to the
music of the band, commenced its
march to the fair grounds. Lieut.
Bullis was the marshal of the day
and headed the procession. The
veterans were given the preference of
riding to the fair grounds in automo
biles if they so desired, but only a few
of the old boys availed themselves of
the opportunity. The music possessed
a fascination for them which they
could not easily resistthey desired
to go upon at least one more march.
Altogether 42 veterans attended the
exercises29 on foot and 13 in auto
mobiles. It was a long, hard tramp
for some of those who walked, but
none of them complained.
On the march to the fair grounds
patriotic muse was discoursed by the
drum corps and Citizens' band alter
nately, and shortly after the grand
stand was reached and the people
seated, the exercises commenced.
And they were exercises imbued with
patriotism and highly impressive.
The first number was an orchestral
selection by Herbert Fisher, Donald
Marshall and Charles Umbehocker,
with Miss Lola Scheen organist.
Then came a song by the chorus choir
under the direction of Mrs. C. A.
Caley with Mrs. Ewing organist, and
this was followed by an invocation
offered by Rev. Fisher. A selection
by a male quartet consisting of
Messrs. Ewing, Fredricks, Radeke
and Briggs, came next and Attorney
E. L. McMillan then delivered the
address of the day, an excellent dis
course which is given hereunder. Mr.
History is but a dream of the past.
Across the vision of that dream there
flits the nations of the earth. They,
like individuals, are born, mature,
and serve their part in the vast eter
nal scheme. And mayhap,' some,
when touched by the acid test of time,
are found but dross, and cast aside.
The gorgeous and ancient splendors
of the mysterious East are spread be
fore us. The grace of Greece "and the
power that was Rome, drift by. The
dark ages and the revival are but
passing phases of that dream and the
awakening comes not.
For the great purpose, whatsoever
it be, the known world seemed to have
been tried,in vain, when there came
the discovery of a new. And we
Hear the tread of pioneers,
Of nations yet to be
The first low wash of wave, where
Shall roll a human sea."
Through all the long procession of
the nations the dream is tinged with
red and gloomed with black. Nation
ever makes war upon nation, and
man enslaves his fellow "man. 'The
MiunoBola Historical Society
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great new world, lying fallow through
countless ages, seemed reserved,
under Providence, for a new advance.
It was to be peopled by the sturdiest,
strongest and best of the old. The
magnificent wilderness of the West in
vited no weakling to sail the unknown
seas. Only the fittest might survive.
It was a time when civil and religious
freedom were asserting their demands.
The new world offered a home to the
oppressed of the old. And here,
again, it was not the weak, the ser
vile or the spiritless to whom the ap
peal was made. It was the strong,
aggressive, unconquerable, with un
bending back and knee, who heard
and answered this call to the wild.
Strong men and women were our par
entage. We were planted here by the
truly great, in body, mind and char
acter. Here was to be the birthplace
of that great new nation, conceived in
liberty and dedicated to the equality
How passing strange that such a
people, the heirs of all the ages,
blessed with such a birthright,
should wage the fiercest war of his
tory! How strange the cause of such
a war! Congress resolved, in effect,
that the war was waged to preserve
the union as it was, with the dignity,
equality and rights of the states un
impaired. But mere resolutions, at
such a time, are vain they are as
tinkling cymbals and as sounding
brass. It soon became apparent that
such purpose could not be main
tained for slavery could not be kept
out of the contest it was, at bottom,
the cause of it. Had there been no
slavery, the differences, ever widen
ing, strengthening and increasing in
bitterness, would not have arisen
there would probably have been no
secession and no war.
The birth, growth and development
of our nation are among the marvels
of history. The dream proceeds with
feverish rapidity. The period seems
a veritable awakening of the world.
The lamp of intelligence burns high.
It is a time of great discovery and in
vention. Iron and steel are put to
new and ever increasing uses. Me
chanical devices, the machines and
engines of industry, seem almost en
dowed with human thought and brain.
They are driven by natural forces
hitherto unknown. Material prosper
ity advances by leaps and bounds.
Such growth and development and
prosperity present many new and
perplexing problems. The labor
problem, like the poor, we have al
ways with us. From the beginning,
one of the most serious problems of
the colonists was the lack of labor.
There was an enormous amount of
work to be done and the laborers were
few. Almost at once there grew up a
system of enforced white labor.
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Lecture on Kindness" is Delivered
by Rev. J. Lawrence O'Connor
at Brands' Opera House.
Discourse, Filled With Excellent Ad-
vice, Holds Audience in Rapt
Rev. J. Lawrence O'Connor of Chi
cago delivered a lecture on "Kind
ness" at Brands' opera house on
Sunday evening and those who at
tended were well rewarded for so
doing. The manner in which the
learned divine handled his subject
showed that he had given much time
and study to its preparationhe was
perfectly familiar with its various
phases. Rev. O'Connor is a fluent
talker and there is logic in every word
he utters. Many people would
imagine "Kindness" to be a dry sub
ject, but as expounded by Father
O'Connor it was interesting to a high
degree. And not alone thatthe
sound advice which the lecture con
tained was of incalculable value.
Those who fail to heed those words of
wisdom are, as an old friend of ours
would say, "tunkleheads."
The Union would very much like
to publish the lecturewhich is copy
rightedin full, but at this time it
finds it impossible. However, we give
a few quotations from the discourse
which will no doubt prove of interest:
"Kindness is a virtue which is ab
solutely necessary to the happiness of
the human family and yet it is little
practiced in the world today.
"What is kindness? Kindness may
be defined in general as a certain
disposition of the soul inclining us to
think, speak and do good to others in
order that they may be happy.
"Kindness and charity are one and
the same virtue. Since, then, charity
and kindness are one, it is the most
excellent of virtues.
"And now as to the practice of
kindness. We may think the kind
word, and we should. Let us think
the kind thought always, but let us go
further and say the kind word. The
human heart longs for sympathy and,
be a man a king or a peasant, the
day has never passed when there was
not a longing in his heart for the
sympathy of his fellow man. And it
is so easy to say, so easy to give it
is so prolific of good, such a power
The lecturer urged every one to be
kindhusbands, wives, fathers,
mothers, and childrenthat the world
may be better.
Previous to the lecture Miss Lola
Scheen played a very pretty overture
on the piano.
PRINCETON, MULE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 1911
GRADUATING CLASS OF '1 1
Princeton High School Students who will Receive Diplomas at the Opera House Tomorrow Night
BIG MONEY FOR REDS
Court of Claims Awards Chippewa In-
dians $764,210 for Mille Lacs
Former Assistant Attorney General
Edgerton of St. Paul Was Chief
Counsel for Indians.
Washington, May 29.The court of
claims today awarded the Chippewa
Indians of Minnesota the sum of
$764,210 in the case of the Mille Lacs
band of Chippewa Indians in Minne
sota against the United States, for
timber which was cut on the Mille
Lacs reservation from 1893 to about
While the case was brought and sus
tained by the Mille Lacs band, some
three or four hundred in number,
under the rulings of court the sum
awarded will be distributed among
about 10,000 Chippewa Indians in
The attorneys in the case are
Chauncey E. Richardson, formerly of
Duiuth and now of Washington, and
George B. Edgerton of St. Paui and
others, and was filed in May, 1909, the
suit was against the United States for
3,000,000 for the taking of the Mille
Lacs reservation and despoiling of its
The attorneys contended, and the
court of claims sustains this conten
tion, that the government allowed this
timber land to be stripped without
any authority of law, and it was not
until it had all been disposed of, with
the exception of 160 acres, that con
gress attempted to legalize the action
of the department of the interior.
This tract, an area of about 61,000
acres, was considered one of the finest
stands of pine ever known in the
United States. The decision was
based upon a legal right announced
by the court for the first time, which
attaches only to Indians, under which
the right of suffrance is held to be as
strong a title as a fee simple patent,
or deed, to a white man. The suf
france in this case referred to by the
coui& ?a that the Indians under a
treaty were to be allowed to remain
on the reservation so long as they did
not molest the whites.
The case will be appealed to the su
preme court by the government, but it
is altogether probable that the find
ings of the court of claims will be sus
Carelessness Causes Injuries.
While Dr. Cooney, accompanied by
a nurse, was on his way to answer an
emergency call early Tuesday morn
ing at F. C. Cater's residence, his
horse ran amuck -of a wagon which
had been carelessly left in the road
r^ Wetter, Eva Umbehocker, Waldemar Bersr, Zelpha Erstad. Second row: Harold Caley, Laurena Jesmer Herbert
near L. S. Briggs' residence. The
night was pitch dark and when the
horse struck the wagon its legs were
forced by the impact on top of the
vehicle and became so entangled that
it was found necessary to cut the har
ness to pieces in order to extricate
the animal from its situation. L. S.
Briggs and F. C. Cater assisted Dr.
Cooney in releasing the horse.
Dr. Cooney and the nurse were
both thrown out of the buggy by the
impact of the collision. The doctor
received a severe sprain of an ankle
and of the right hand and the nurse
was also injured, while the horse
sustained cuts and bruises.
Whosoever left that wagon in the
road without a light attached to it,
thereby imperiling life, should be held
responsible for the result.
The Coming: White Exhibition.
Mrs. Guy Ewing is glad to inform
her patrons, and the ladies of Prince
ton and vicinity that she has suc
ceeded in securing from Cleveland,
Ohio, the White Sewing Machine com
pany's display of fine art work
done on their celebrated machines.
This exhibition will be set up at Mrs.
Ewing's music store for the entire
week of June 12 and will be in charge
of the company's best expert opera
tor, Miss Gaffney, who is justly
counted the best in the country.
The exhibit is very valuable, com
prising as it does, samples of the
most difficult and most beautiful art
work that can be produced by any
machine or by hand, and it will be a
rich treat for all lovers of the beauti
ful and worth traveling many miles to
see. We hope to see this exhibition
Two Hamline Students Drown.
Two members of the freshman class
of Hamline university, Frederick
Kingsland whose mother is matron of
the ladies' hall at Hamline, and Louis
Kemmer of Long Prairie, were
drowned in the Minnesota river, near
Fort Snelling, on Monday evening.
The boys were canoeing on the river
when the canoe capsized. Neither
of them could swim. Young Kings
land was a grandson of a former pas
tor of the M.,E. church at this place.
High school graduation exercises
will be held at the opera house to
morrow evening and Rev. S. M. Rice
of Duiuth will deliver the address to
the class. Diplomas will be present
ed to the following: Elfreda E.
Anderson, Waldemar L. Berg, Claude
E. Briggs, Harold R. Caley, Arthur
C. Dahlberg, Oke A. Dahlberg, Mar
jorie Dickey, Zelpha Erstad, Herbert
J. Fisher, C. Duren Jack, Freda A.
Jaenicke, Laurena M. Jesmer, Clyde
J. Robideau, Alma A. Roos, Eva
Umbehocker, Lloyd I. Wallace and
Cora M. Wetter17 in all.
VOLUME XXXY. NO. 23
Rev. J. L. O'Connor Delivers an Able
and Patriotic Sermon to the
Veterans of I86I-'6S.
Memorial Services at the Catholic
Church Impressive and Musi-
cal Numbers Inspiring.
At St. Edward's Catholic church on
Sunday morning memorial services
were held in honor of our soldier
dead. The veterans in attendance
numbered 25 and the congregation
was a large one. A musical program
of rare excellence was rendered, and
the floral decorations, together with
the standard of the Grand Army of
the Republic and Old Glory, pro
duced a very pleasing effect. Rev. J.
Lawrence O'Connor of Chicago de
livered the address and it was a
masterpiece in oratory which held the
audience spellbound from beginning to
endit was an address which not
only appealed to the old soldiers but
to the entire congregation. It is sel
dom that the people of Princeton have
an opportunity of listening to so able
a speaker as Father O'Connor. In
substance the address was as follows:
Text: "The patient man is better
than the valiant, and he that ruleth
his spirit than he that taketh cities."
Proverbs 1, 6-32.
It is natural for the human heart to
appreciate and honor those who have
won for themselves distinction and
eminence in the various walks of life.
The world regards such men as
heroes. It looks up to them as men
and women blessed in an especial
manner by nature and set apart as
ideals, types and patterns to be kept
continually before the eye of man in
his progress towards racial better
ment. Hence, we see their names em
blazoned on the scrolls of history in
letters of gold and their memories
kept fresh in the minds of succeeding
If, however, the greatness of a hero
should be in proportion to the glory
of his victory and the reward of
victory according to the measure of
the struggle in which it was gained,
then these worldly heroes are not to
be compared with those men of God
whose victory was over self, who wres
tle, as St. Paul told the Ephesians,
"not against flesh and blood but
against principalities and powers,
against the rulers of this world of
darkness, against the spirits of
wickedness in the high places." For
the greatest of all victories is to over
come the passions of our own heart
in its spiritual combatman's con
tinual warfare upon earth. Speaking
of this victory the book of Proverbs,
16-32, tells us that it is greater than
any worldly victory. For the patient
man is better than the valiant, and he
that ruleth his spirit than he that
taketh cities, and of the reward at
taches to it we may say with wisdom:
"The glory thereof is immortal."
For in truth it lives not in time or on
tables of stone, but God and his an
gels remember it forevermore.
Since it is a strife in which we are
all engaged it will certainly not be
out of place to reflect a moment today
and see in what this victory over self
consists and how it is attained. And
first, in what does victory consist? It
consists in overcoming the evil in
clinations of your heart, whose
'imaginations and inclinations are
prone to evil from your youth." It
is not the struggle of the combatant
in the arena, nor the effort of the
student to master his thesis, nor the
mortal combat of a gallant army
fighting for home and country. Its
field of battle is the human heart, its
mighty foes are those evil passions
and inclinations and corrupt desires.
It is the struggle to conquer the
carnal man, the victory over self.
This is the nature of the contest,
and I say that the victory is the
greatest of all victories first, be
cause of the hard struggle. For, in
deed, this battle with our own heart is
an arduous struggle. Concupiscence
is a powerful enemy. St. Paul de
sired to die because of this evil incli
nation. I see," he says to the Ro
mans, "another law in my members
fighting against the law of my mind
and captivating me in the law of my
sin that is in my members. Unhappy
man that I am, who will deliver me
from the body of this death?"
How many of the heroes of this
world were slaves of their own vicious
inclinations? Alexander subjugated
the then known world of his day but,
together with his brave old warriors,
he went down to defeat before low and
brutal passion. And was it not con
cupiscence that humbled the great
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