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R. F. HcClellan Writes Entertainingly
of the New Placer Gold Fields
in Far Off Alaska.
Rich StrikesProvisions Very High
The Best Way to Get to the
Fields is Via McCarthy.
A letter of the date given below,
postmarked at McCarthy, Alaska,
October 20, was received from Mr.
R. F. McClellan by the publisher of
the Union on the 6th inst. It will
be perceived that it took seven or
eight days for the letter to get from
Chathenda (the gold camp) to Mc
Carthy. The letter is quite inter
esting, and will prove doubly so to
Mac's many friends in this vicinity.
Mr. McClellan expects to reach his
home at Sawtelle, Cal., about
Chathenda, Oct. 12, 1913The first
newspaper arrived in camp today,
at least the first one I have been
able to get my hands on, and it
seems good to get a little news from
the outside world.
I see by the press that there is a
vast difference of opinion as to the
true conditions of this camp and its
possibilities. You may be interested
to know what I think of it.
I have studied the situation from
the investor's and prospector's stand
point, and I believe it is a good
country for both, and I look to see a
big camp in this part of Alaska.
About the first of July a report
reached Cordova of a rich strike of
placei gold on a small creek in the
White river district. A few days
later the report was verified and the
stampede was on from every point of
the compass. Horses that had been
selling for $100 weie in demand at
quadruple that price. Many men
started on a three hundred mile
walk with their bed and board on
I arrived here August 8 and made
a visit to Little Eldorado, where the
rich strike had been reported, and
found it had not been exaggerated.
Four or five men were working on
discovery claims and were cleaning
up from eight to one hundred
ounces every two days with a thirty
foot run of sluice boxes. This creek
is about two miles long and is ap
parently very rich.
Bonanza Creek, the next one that
promises well, is about seven miles
in length and shows good pay on the
most of it.
Number Three below Discovery was
worked in a small way and showed
up very rich: no trouble to get a
six dollar pan.
Canyon Creek, which is a tributary
of Bonanza, shows good pay.
These four creeks are the only ones
that we know to be good. But there
are several other creeks that pros
pect well and no doubt some of them
will show up good.
Very little development work has
been done this season owing to the
lack of supplies Men rushed in here
from all points with just grub
enough to reach the diggings, drove
a few stakes and then skipped out
again. This has left a large part
of the countrj located but no one to
do any development work.
Many landed here without one
pound of grub. Had it not been for
the abundance of wild game not a
few would have starved to death.
I have not been out of fresh meat
since I arrived here. If you were
here tonight with me for supper I
could give you your choice of five
different kinds of meat: Mountain
sheep, caribou, moose, ptarmigan
and spruce hen.
Foodstuffs are very costly here and
very little to be had at any price.
Occasionally a discouraged prospector
will sell what little he has left and
get out. The average price is $1.25
per pound for bacon, flour, rice,
sugar and beans. Baking powder,
tea and coffee command fancy prices.
Winter is now closing down and
development work will be at a stand
still until the winter trails are
opened and supplies and machinery
can be freighted in. A great many
of the locations are above the timber
line and the ground is frozen, render
ing it necessary to use boilers and
steam points to thaw the soil.
,There are about 150 men preparing
to winter hera and they have started
a town which they call Chathenda,
the Indian name for the creek we
are camped near, and 150 cabins are
in different stages of construction.
Four different routes have been
traversed in reaching here this
summer: From Dawson, up the
White river, about 400 miles from
Fairbanks, up the Tonana river, 350
miles from Chittena, up the Copper
river, about 250 miles from Mc
Carthy on the Kennecott, 90 miles.
The last mentioned route is the only
one to take in coming here. To be
sure there are some glaciers to be
crossed on this route, but they are
not at all dangerous if one uses a
little horse sense.
I expect to reach my home about
Thanksgiving if all goes well.
With best wishes to all old Prince
E. F. McClellan.
Village Commission Meets.
The water, light and building com
mission met in regular monthly ses
sion on Thursday of last week and
disposed of the following business:
Upon motion the secretary was in
structed to procure an employes' lia
bility bond to cover the power plant,
said bond to be based upon a payroll
of $3,660 per year.
The following minimum motor rate
was adopted: One dollar per horse
power per month for motors of one
to five horse power 75 cents per
horse power per month for motors of
five to ten horse power 50 cents per
horse power per month for motors of
ten horse power or over. This rate
to take effect from November 1,
It was decided that Frank Gould
ing be charged $25 per year for heat
ing his office by steam from the
power plant and that John W. Gould
ing be charged $40 per year for heat
ing his residence.
The heating of the new armory
was considered and the price for such
heating placed at $350 from Novem
ber 1, 1913, to November 1, 1914.
For electrically lighting said armory
a rate of eight cents per kilowatt
was decided upon.
Sunday School Union Work.
Rev. and Mrs. C. Larson returned
last Saturday from the conference of
the American Sunday School union,
which convened at Duluth. Mr.
Larson contributes the following for
'We have now 700 Sunday schools
in the northern district, which con
sists of three states, North Dakota,
Montana and Minnesota. It is the
aim of this society to evangelize
neighborhoods not reached by our
churches, to build up Christ's king
dom as preparatory to all other
work, to combine ah" christians in
union work, to leave the choice of
denomination to each community
and to help all churches of Christ
by its pioneer and foundation work.
Its methods are house to house
visitations, organizing Sunday
schools, distributing bibles and
christian literature, holding evan
gelistic services and aiding estab
lished Sunday schools. Our motto is
'Every child in a Sunday school a
bible in every home.'
Ole Vista Injured.
Word was received here on Satur
day from Hudson, Wis., that Ole
Vista had fallen from a roof upon
which he was working and was badly
injured. At one time Mr. Vista,
who is a tinner, worked for the
Evens Hardware Co. Mrs. Vista's
mother, Mrs. McCue, left for Hud
son on Monday.
Yestprday the Union received a
letter from Mrs. Vista saying that
her husband on Friday fell from a
ladder, which slipped and threw
him 30 feet while he was ascending
to the roof to repair a chimney. He
was picked up unconscious and re
mained so until Saturday noon. The
greatest injury was to his left side,
which is apparently paralyzed, but
hopes are entertained that he will
pull through all right.
No Bill of Particulars Forthcoming.
In reply to our question as to
where it proposed to begin economiz
ing, the Duluth Herald sends us a
marked copy explaining. It would
lop off a number of superfluous
boards. This is only -a drop in the
bucket and deals only with the polit
ical end of it as most of the boards
were made to provide places for
political heelers. And by the way
many of them were created to make
roonok for hungry democrats during
the Johnsoir regime. The real test
of economy comes in lopping off a
few millions in the other expenses
of the state. We trust the Herald
and the candidates will not speak
out so loud all at once that we can
not distinguish what they say on
this important point.Slayton Ga
Same Here, Mac.
Our contemporary accused us of
not mentioning a certain $17,425
breach of promise suit, a salacious
scandal, seduction, etc. We do not
make a specialty of such cases, nor
of celibacy-purity marriages.St.
R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms 81.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, KILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, NOYEfflBER 13, 1913.
Alfred Nelson and Hiss Jennie Whit
ney Wedded at Home of the
Bride's Parents Friday.
Emil Anderson and Mary Bergerson
and Adolph Minks and Anna
Olson Also riarrled.
A very pretty wedding, and one of
unusual interest, took place at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Whitney
in this village on Friday morning at
8:30, when their daughter, Jennie,
was united in marriage to Alfred
E. Nelson of Walnut Grove, Minn.
Rev. Emerson Service of the M. E.
church performed the ceremony.
The bride was beautifully gowned
in white net over white silk. She
wore a veil and carried a shower
bouquet of cream roses. Miss Ada
King was bridesmaid and wore a
dress of cream-colored shadow lace
over pale pink silk and carried a
large arm bouquet of pale pink car
nations. Franz Nelson, brother of
the groom, was the best man. Be
fore the ceremony Miss Mabel
Wright of Hamline sang "I Love
Thee," and Miss Helen Wright
played Lohengrin's wedding march,
and during the ceremony she played
softly "To a Wild Rose." The ring
ceremony was used.
A sumptuous wedding breakfast
was served in the large dining room,
after which Mr. and Mrs. Nelson de
parted on the morning train for their
future home at Walnut Grove. They
were accompanied as far as the
station by a host of their young
friends, who did not forget the
usual rice, red hearts, white
streamers, etc. The bride wore a
going-away gown of mahogany chif
fon broadcloth with black velvet
Among the guests were the ma"
ternal grandfather and grandmother
of the bride, Mx. and Mrs. Robert
M. Neely, also the paternal grand
mother of the bride, Mrs. B. F.
Wnitney. Other guests were Mrs.
C. S. Neumann and daughter^ Ger
trude, Mrs. William Neely and
daughter, Eunice, Mr. and Mrs.
HenTy Avery and children, Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Whitney, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Burrell, Robert Neely, jr., Mrs.
M. McKinnon, Miss Anna Conroy,
Ralph Whitney, Misses Laura and
Ada King, Mabel and Helen Wright,
Bennie and Madge Whitney.
A large number of friends in and
around Princeton unite in wishing
these worthy young people a long
and happy wedded life, and the
Union extends its heartiest congrat
Emil Anderson of Princeton and
Mary Bergerson of Big Lake were
married in the Swedish Lutheran
church, Minneapolis, by Rev. Rus
wold on Thursday, November 6.
The witnesses to the ceremony were
Melvin Bergerson and Edna Ander
son. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson are
now located in Mrs. Mary Johnson's
house in Princeton. The Union ex
tends its congratulations.
Adolph Minks, jr., and Anna M.
Olson, both of Bogus Brook, were
married on Monday afternoon by
Rev. C. Larson, the witnesses to the
ceremony being John Norman and
Rose Olson. The young people will
reside at Brickton. May their lives
William G. Truax and Minnie
Gabrielson were married at the
bride's home in Livonia on Novem
ber 5 by Rev. John LeVine of the
Princeton Swedish Lutheran church.
The witnesses were Gertie Broberg
and Ida Cohoes. Each of the con
tracting parties own a farm adjoin
ing one another and will make their
home on the combined domain.
Two Old Soldiers Go to Sanitarium.
Martin Leach and Charles Ander
son, two old soldiers who lived in
Princeton for many a year, have
gone to the United States sanitarium
at Battle Mountain, Hot Springs, S.
D., to be treated for rheumatism
and other ailments.
The Battle Mountain sanitarium
is a hospital for the treatment of
disabled vountee soldiers who are
suffering from diseases which may
be relieved by the use of the hot
mineral waters and the climatic con
ditions prevailing at the springs.
Medical treatment, board, room,
clothing and washing are furnished
free by the governmentnot a cent
of the veterans' pension money is
taken for the services rendered, and
they are virtually given all the lib-
erty they desire. The sanitarium is
in every respect a splendid institu
Martin Leach enlisted in Wisconsin
in 1862 in Company of the Six
teenth Wisconsin, and in 1863 trans
ferred to Company N of the Thirty
second Wisconsin. He was actively
engaged in numerous battles, in
cluding Mission Ridge, Lookout
Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain and
Jonesboro, and was with Sherman
in his famous march to the sea.
Mr. Leach was fortunate throughout
his army career, the only injury
sustained by him being the fracture
of three ribs through the explosion
of a shell, pieces of which struck
him while he was crossing a river
near Beutonville. He was honorably
discharged on July 4, 1865. Martin
Leach is 79 years of age and came to
Princeton with his father, who was
also a veteran of the civil war, in
the sixties, shortly after the cessa
tion of hostilities. He first lived on
the West Branch above town and
later moved into the village, where
he followed the mason business until
less than* a year ago, when rheu
matism compelled him to relinquish
Charles Anderson, who is also 79
years of age, lived at what is now
Dayton, Anoka county, at the time
of his enlistment. He tramped to
Minneapolis in May, 1861, and there
joined Company of the First Min
nesota regimentthe regiment which
has now become famous in history
for its bravery and its brilliant work
in the field. The late Charles H.
Rines and George W. Patten served
n the same company as Mr. Ander
son. Charles Anderson was actively
engaged in all the great battles in
which the First Minnesota partici
pated and through all he received
scarcely a scratch. He remained
with the regiment until it was
mustered out in May, 1864, when he
received an honorable discharge.
He came to Princeton in 1866, prac
tically making his home here since
that time, although he was in Du
luth and other places engaged in the
land and lumber business on and off
for many years. He is now suffering
from rheumatism and other ailments
'for which he lias gone to the govern
ment sanitarium to be treated.
3?he Union hopes the old boys may
find relief and enjoy their sojourn at
the Hot Springs. No braver soldiers
ever lived, as the army records will
show, than Martin Leach and Char
George Chalmers, another old
soldier living in Princeton, expects
to go to Hot Springs this month.
Robert Clark Resigns.
In consequence of the illness of his
wife Robert Clark has resigned his
position as janitor at the court house
and has been succeeded by William
For more than 15 years Mr. Clark
performed his duties at the county
building faithfully and well, and his
many friends will miss his presence
in the corridors and around town.
His relinquishment of the job, how
ever, is compulsory from the fact
that his wife is now a confirmed in
valid and that it is impossible for
him to give her the attention neces
sarj. Hence Mrs. Clark has been
conveyed to the home of her daugh
ter, Mrs. F. C. Wesloh, in Green
bush, where she will be well cared
for and where Mr. Clark will be with
her and probably pass the remaining
years of his life.
William Marsh, who succeeded Mr.
Clark, is a good man for the posi
tion as he has had considerable ex
perience in the kind of work re
quired of him.
The Potato Situation.
The cold snap caused a slack-up of
the movement of potatoes from the
farms to the warehouses btft on Fri
day and Saturday of last wjeek many
wagons were in evidence at the re
ceiving stationsthe buyers were
Shortage of refrigerator cars still
prevails and, as a consequence, ship
ments for the past seven days have
been light, aggregating about 40
Prices have remained steady with
but slight variation from those pre
vailing last week.
The crop reporting board the
United States agricultural depart
ment has issued its preliminary esti
mate and here is what it says about
potatoes: Total production 328,500,-
000 bushels, compared with 420,647,-
000 bushels last year. Yield per acre,
89.2 bushels, compared with 113.4
bushels last year and 96 bushels the
10-year average yield. Average farm
price 69.6 cents per bushel, com
pared with 45.5 cents last year.
Quality 9S.3 per cent,.compared with
the 10-year average.
Princeton is Defeated in Football Con
test at Isanti's Capital by a
Score of 20 to Nothing.
While Playing Quarter on an Open
End David Umbehocker Sus
tains a Fractured Leg.
The Princeton high school football
team came to grief last Saturday
when they journeyed across country
to lock horns with the blue and
white athletes of the Cambridge
high. The roads were in a deplor
able condition owing to the midweek
rains and cold weather, and on
Saturday morning the game was
called off because the livery men re
fused to put their cars over the
rough and frozen roads. But the
sun came out so warm and bright
that by 11 o'clock it looked as if the
trip across country could be made
with reasonable safety, so the game
was called on again and the local
athletes embarked for the .enemy's
country about 1 o'clock p. m. They
did not all arrive at their destina
tion until 4 o'clock and the last load
of Princeton players were compelled
to pile out of their car and right
into their football armor without
even the formality of a warm-up.
In this chilled and half-frozen con
dition they were no match for their
heavier, stall-fed and steam-warmed
opponents and the first half was all
Cambridge. During these first two
periods of play the blue and white
romped away from the locals and
succeeded in making three touch
downs, two of which were converted
The first touchdown came directly
from a forward pass, the ball sailing
over the Princeton goal line and into
the waiting arms of one of the Cam
bridge ends. The latter was over
anxious and fumbled the ball, allow
ing it to touch the ground and then
recovering it. The Cambridge of
ficials called it a touchdown and this
was all right and, according to
Hoyle, with the one exception that
the 1913 rules provide that if a for
ward pass touches the ground the
play is illegal and the ball goes back
to the place where the play started.
However, this little technicality
didn't worry the Cambridge officials
as they seemed about as interested
as the Cambridge players and crowd
in winning the game. And, inci
dentally, the crowd did its share, for
it was right out on the field of
play repeatedly, attempting to in
timidate the Princeton boys and
take a hand in helping their team
win this farce of a gamefarce in
the sense that the home crowd and
officials were doing most of the play
ing for the blue and white and were
determined to lick the Princetomans
by hook or by crook.
Presuming that the least said
about an unsportsmanlike perform
ance of this kind the better, let
it suffice that the final score was
20 to 0 and that in the last half the
climax came when David Umbe
hocker, playing quarter tor Prince
ton, sustained a broken leg and the
game was stopped.
In justice to the Cambridge play
ers let it be said that this injury to
"Hocker" is not charged up to any
dirty playing on their part, as the
accident happened on an open end
run and might have occurred in any
football game where the most com
petent officials were working and
when the crowd was fenced out of
the field of play. The Princeton
players have no grievance against
the opposing players, but they would
have liked to have played eleven
football players, as the rules call
for, and not a whoje biased com
munity, two of whomrwej"e attempt
ing to act as referee and umpire. 1
The game was called when Umbe
hocker got hurt and fie was hurried
down town to the .doctor's office,
where it was discovered that his leg
was broken above the ankle. The
broken memberwas set and, refus
ing to leave their Injured mate in
the enemy's country, they loaded
him into one of the cars -and aft
pulled out for home, lowing to the
skillful driving of Jay Smith,
"Hocker" reached home in good
shape and is now doing as nicely as
can be expected under the circum
stances. This was the last game on
the locals' schedule, and this injury
throws a cloud over an otherwise
successful season for the locals.
The "airflows'Mother Dead.
Henry Dalchow received a telegram
on Tuesday from Lester Prairie that
his mother, Mrs. John Dalchow, was
dead at her home, Silver Lake, near
that place, and left yesterday morn
VOIUME XXXYII. NO. 47
ing to attend the funeral. She was
86 years old and leaves three sons
and two daughters, viz., John of
Bogus Brook, Henry of Princeton
town, Albert of Watertown, Amelia
of Maple Plain and Rose of Silver
Lake. The funeral will be held
"Hen." Latta Dead.
Henderson A. Latta died in St.
Paul on Friday last from the effects
of a stroke of paralysis. He was 57
years of age. The remains were con
veyed to Elk River on Monday morn
ing and the funeral was held from
the home of his brother, T. J. Latta,
upon the afternoon of the same day.
Rev. 3vans of Anoka conducted the
H. A. Latta was born in Morgan
county, Ohio, on November 6, 1856,
and came to Minnesota with his
parents, who settled at Spencer
Brook, in 1857, and lived there until
1866, when the family moved to Elk
River. About 25 years ago he went
to St. Paul to reside and has since
made that city his home. His wife
died in 1891. He is survived by three
brothers, T. J. Latta of Elk River,
and B. A. and R. G. Latta of Houl
tonville. La. and one sister, Mrs.
Mary E. White of Kellen, Pa.
For several years in the early
eighties Mr. Latta drove the stage
coach for Campbell & Libby between
Princeton and Elk River, and he was
so good natured and obliging that
he was a general favorite with all
who traveled over the road and with
the business men of this place.
Prior to that time he had driven
team in the Rum river pineries and
had worked on the river. The old
river-drivers in this vicinity all
kindly remember big, jolly Hen
How to Attain Old Age.
The chances of attaining old age
are much greater if we live much of
our life in fresh country air. Statis
tics go to show, according to Dr.
Dezso of Budapest, that the fourth
generation of the town dweller is
unknown but enough is currently
reported to make the conclusion in
evitable that the sine qua non of
longevity is a certain amount of
time spent in the country. The city
child is subject to a number of dis
turbing conditions other than mere
absence of creature comforts, which
undermine the constitution by
throwing too heavy a burden on the
sense organs, through which exhaus
tion of the central nervous system
follows among these conditions are
noises, a perpetual round of hurry,
and unending sequences of incidents
exhausting the attention, to which
are superadded the physical discom
forts of vitiated air and effluvia from
human beings and waste organic
products, besides offensive gases and
infection-laden dust. To attain old
age we have to relieve ourselves
from worry strains and anxieties,
withdraw periodically from the
whirl of effortful existence, modify
our diet, omit the use of stimulants
and narcotics, and spend reasonably
long periods of time under pleasant
conditions in practical retirement.
Above all, amusement should be
simplified and accepted rather than
sought after. Only vegetable and
semi-animal foods should be eaten.
Bulletin of American Medical As
Do You Intend Growing Alfalfa?
W. R. Mackenzie, secretary of the
Northern Minnesota Development
association, writes the Union that
he is negotiating with the state agri
cultural school at Crookston for the
supply of a quantity of Grimm's
Montana alfalfa seed at $12 per
bushel, and requests that farmers
who would like to secure some of
this seed write him at 39 South
Third street, Minneapolis, or corre
spond directly with C. G. Selvig,
state farm school, Crookston.
Twelve pounds of alfalfa seed is
sufficient for one acre.
Swept by Storm. 1
Nearly the whole country east olj^J*
the Mississippi river was on Sunday^j^,
and Monday swept by a terrific
storm, with snow, high winds arid a t"~
cold wave reaching from Florida to^ $"
the New England states. A number
of vessels went down on the greatS
lakes and many persons are reported
to have perished. The train service^
in Cleveland was crippled and a" footg
of snow fell in Virginia, northern
Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio.
Doc Dumas Paroled. W'
serving a year and twog^J||
months of an indeterminate sentence
for complicity in an arson plot at
Puposky, Dr. Delbert F. Dumas,
formerly of Minneapolis and later
mayor of Cass Lake, has been paroled
and returned to the latter place to 4
resume the practice of medicine."