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Tonnage Tax Measure Will be Pushed
Session Laws and Amend-
ments in Pamphlet Form.
Bill to Permit Bible-Reading in Public
Schools Introduced in Senate,
But it Won't Get Far.
St. Paul, Jan. 24, 1917.
Another fad measure has gone glim
mering. I refer to the budget law.
Two years ago editorial after editorial
appeared in all the big city dailies ex
tolling the benefits that would ac
crue to the state from the enact
ment of a budget law. Well, a budget
law was enacted, and only $13,000,000
more is asked for in that budget for
the ensuing two years, commencing on
the first of August, than was appr
opriated for the two years ending on
i ^vthat date. If the legislature were to
I appropriate all that was asked for in
I the budget it would mean an increase
fin the state tax levy of about four
mills. But the legislature will not
grant the appropriations requested. I
do not know what the house appro
priations committee will do,it didn't
do much two years agobut I do
know the senate finance committee,
Tinder the courageous leadership of
Chairman Rockne, will wield the finan
cial prunning hook vigorously, and the
appropriations will be kept within
reasonable bounds. There may be a
slight increase over the totals of two
years ago, and that is to be expected,
but, take my word for it, there will be
no great increase.
The city papers last Saturday
learned that an important tonnage
tax measure was in course of prepar
ation and would be introduced in the
house Monday. The Union told of
this bill and its import three days be
fore. The authors of the billMessrs.
Bjorge, Warner, Davis and Bendixen,
are going to push the bill, and they
will push it hard. They are not going
to permit it to slumber in committee,
nor will they stand for many public
Of course', the friends of the ton
nage tax bill know that the measure
has a rocky road to travel before it
reaches the governor. It is expected
that the house organization will fight
it, and even if it should pass the house
it will meet with determined opposi
tion in the senate it is also hinted
that \he bulk of the "drys" in both
branches will combine forces with the
steel trust crowd to defeat it. Never
theless I am of the opinion that the
bill will become a law at this session.
Representative George W. Dealand
of Worthington will shortly introduce
a bill to provide for the publication of
-the session laws and constitutional
amendments in pamphlet form, and
the booklet will also eontain the at
torney general's explanation of the
amendments together with the copy
of the constitutional amendment bal
lot. Mr. Dealand claims that a great
saving can be accomplished, and that
the laws and constitutional amend
ments in pamphlet form will be pre
served and read by the voters. He
asserts, with a good deal of reason,
too, that very few people preserve the
newspaper supplements containing the
laws. Under Mr. Dealand's scheme
the laws would be distributed through
the county auditors.
While Mr. Dealand's proposed bill is
certain to meet with opposition from
many of the newspapers, and may not
pass, yet it must be confessed that
there is much that can be said in its
favor. Aside from the saving to the
state, which would not be less than
$50,000 every two years, the present
method of getting the laws and amend
ments before the people is far from
satisfactory. Undoubtedly if the laws
and amendments were distributed in
pamphlet form, they would be pre
served, read and studied more care
fully. It is very evident that that is
not done at present.
A bill to provide for the reading of
the bible in public schools has been
introduced in the senate. I hardly
think the measure will get very far.
Certainly it ought not. The divorce
between church and state should be
complete and eternal. If bible-reading
is made compulsory, what version will
be used? King James' or Douay? If
such a bill should become a law, which
to me is unthinkable, for it would be
contrary to the spirit and letter of
both our state and national constitu
tions, the next thing in order would
be to start a movement for the division
of the public school funds among the
.several religious denominationsthat
is what the Catholics would like to see
brought aboutthen good-by to our
splendid public school system. Hands
off our public schools, ye narrow
minded religious zealotsProtestant
and Catholic! Read your bibles and
prayer books in your homes and
churches, but not in our public schools!
No North Dakota blue laws are want
ed in Minnesota!
*1* "1* *1*
Mary D. McFadden writes from Chi
cago that she is going to Ireland this
spring to espouse the cause of the
misguided Sein Feiners. Mary is a
bright girl, but too emotional. My
advice to her would be to keep away
from the Green Isle this year. The
British government is not in a mood
to tolerate foolishness.
Some changes in the road laws of
the state are contemplated. I am in*-
clined to believe that one paid com
missioner will take the place of the
present board of highway commission
ers, he to give his entire time and at
tention to the duties of the position.
Some pro\ision must be made for the
maintenance of important state roads
where county commissioners fail to
act. But whatever changes are made
in the law will be made by the friends
and not the enemies of our present
state roads laws. R. C. D.
Princeton Town Fire.
Mrs. Henriette Rick, an aged resi
dent of Princeton town, being 86 years
old, sustained severe burns in a fire
that wiped out her residence and the
contents thereof Friday evening. The
origin of the fire is unknown, but in
asmuch as she had a habit of lighting
a match when she desired to ascertain
the time of day in the evening, it is
presumed that in some way she inad
vertentently started the blaze.
The fire was discoved at about 7
o'clock by the family of Carl Rick, who
lives a house located within 20 feet
of the residence destroyed. Mrs. Carl
Rick and her daughter rescued the old
lady, who was then standing near the
door. Her clothing had been afire and
she was badly burned. He right arm
and face were scorched, and she had
evidently inhaled some of the fire, as
the interior of her mouth was also
Neighbors were soon on the scene
and the Carl Rick residence was saved,
as a result of the timely work of a
No insurance was carried on the
house or its contents, and the loss is
estimated at $400, including about $80
in money. Thirty dollars in silver were
found, melted together, and this will
be redeemed, in part at least, by the
government. About $50 in paper mon
ey was reduced to ashes also.
Mrs. Rick, senior, is now being cared
for at the home of her son, Carl
Here From Alaska.
Chas. Sinclair arrived here from
Iditirod, Alaska, Monday evening to
visit his mother, Mrs. S. M. Sinclair,
and other friends. It is his first visit
here in 15 years, and of course he
notes numerous changes in our village.
Mr. Sinclair has been in Alaska 17
years, having been engaged in mining,
milling and prospecting. He likes the
north country first-rate, although at
times the thermometer goes down to
64 below zero, and he expects to re
turn about March 1. Mr. Sinclair
has been in all parts of Alaska, but
his present location is in the interior
about 580 miles from the coast. He
made the trip to the coast with his
dog team in 13 days of actual travel
ing time, just before sailing for the
Keen interest is manifested in dog
racing there, he says, and men, women
and children will wager their last
penny on their favorites. Perhaps it
would be more appropriate to say last
"two-bit" piece in this connection,
however, as Mr. Sinclair says that
last fall he saw a nickel for the first
time in 12 years. A quarter was the
smallest piece of change used prior
to that time.
Mr. Sinclair met Charley Howard,
another former Princeton boy, on the
boat at Valdez. Mr. Howard was
leaving for Seward, and expected to
secure a position in that vicinity.
Troop Two Organized.
Another troop of boy scouts has been
organized here with Dr. N. A. Stacey
as scoutmaster and Jay Winsor as
assistant scoutmaster. Preliminary
arrangements will be completed this
evening and a charter applied for.
Hereunder appears a list of the mem
bers: Ben Whitney, Allen Henschel,
Morris Davis, Rodney Young, Ben
Soule, Harold Wetter, Mflton Nygren,
Ralph Bradford, John Goodbau, Har
old Sausser, Warren Ellingwood, Fred
Steeves, Marion Mark, Paul Wesling,
Theron Nelson, George Bates, Harvey
Wiley and Roe Sanford.
R. a DUNN, Publisher. Terms, $1.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 1917 VOLUME IXL NO.
Local Basket Ball Tossers Win Open
ing Game of Conference Season.
The Princeton high school basket
ball team started its march to the
Max Kruschke, manager of the responded by treating the tuneful-
Crystal theater, is married? The happy! nine.
event took place in Minneapolis last The groom has been connected with
Thursday, when Rev. Trabert of the Princeton "movies" the past three
English Lutheran church spoke the years, and prior to that successfully
words that made Mr. Kruschke and operated a Mille Lacs county farm.
Miss Clara Schwieder man and The bride came to Princeton a year
wife. ago last fall from Utica, this state,
The blissful young couple returned |to accept the position of chief operator
to Princeton Saturday evening, and are of the local Tri-State exchange,
occupying apartments in the Brand's That Mr. and Mrs. Kruschke will en-
block. Of course a serenade party joy a future throned on highest bliss
greeted them on their return with notes (is
by distance made more sweet, and Max friends.
PRINCETON DOWNS ANOKA. CHAS. A. DICKEY DEAD.
district championship at the Armory early this morning at 1 o'clock. De-
Friday evening, by administering a de- generation of the spinal cord was the
cisi\e defeat to the representatives of cause of death. Mr. Dickey had been
the Anoka high school. The final, afflicted with this disease more than
count was 40 to 15. This was the first 15 years, but it was not so noticeable
conference game of the season, and until four years ago, since which time
the showing of the locals was truly he has been forced to use crutches to
gratifying to Princeton enthusiasts, i get about. Mr. Dickey bore his mis-
The orange and black representatives' fortune bravely, and attended to his
excelled in every department of the
Princeton took the lead at the out
set, and during the first half tossed
seven field goals and two free throws
for a total of 16 points, while Anoka
managed to locate the net for seven
The superiority of the locals over
their opponents was even more marked
in the second half, and Princeton
marksmen located the net with a reg
ularity that was somewhat disconcert
ing to the Anoka representatives.
Eleven times field goals were nego
tiated by the locals, and two free
throws were also chalked up, making
a total of 24 points. The visitors
managed to get within range of the
net occasionally, and in this half
tossed three field goals and two fouls
for eight points.
The line-up appears hereunder:
Princeton Kaliher Grow
A Bright Student.
An item in the Minneapolis Tribune
of Monday evening to the effect that
Severt H. Petterson, son of Mr. and
Mrs. S. S. Petterson of this village,
had won a $100 prize for the best
entrance examination to Princeton uni
versity, is of special interest to local
friends of the young man, and highly
gratifying to them. Students eligible
to be considered in connection with the
prize, included all of those from the
great northwest, from Chicago to the
Pacific coast, who entered the well
known eastern institution of learning
as freshmen last fall. The Princeton
schools have turned out some bright
young men and young women, and one
of the brightest of them is Severt.
The match of long-ago. The Austin
Herald says we found an old-time
match safe today that had seven of
the old-time sulpher sticks in it. Sure
ly they were made for a period of
the world when people had time to
burn. These old matches belonged to
a time when there were no telephones,
no automobiles, no motorcycles and no
other means of rapid transaction of
business. You scratch one of them,
and while waiting for the sulphurous
fumes to clear, you can transact part
of a day's work. The smell is a min
iature demonstration of the poison
gases of the European war. The match
of today has a get-there action. It's
the epitome of the spirit of the twen
tieth century.Lake City Leader.
the sincere wish of numerous
Respected Princeton Resident Answers
Final Summons This Morning.
Chas. A. Dickey has gone the way
of all flesh. He departed this life
law TtJsa&ace^nd duties^ as -justice of'
the peace until Saturday afternoon.
While at his office that day, he suf
fered a severe stroke, and was taken to
his home in this village. No hopes
were entertained for his recovery, but
he was tenderly cared for by his wife
and children until death ended his
Funeral services will be conducted
at the family residence next Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Samuel
Johnson will deliver the funeral ser
mon, and the local Masonic lodge, of
which deceased was a member, will
have general charge.
Chas. A. Dickey was born in Free
mont, Iowa, June 20, 1861.' He grew
to manhood in that state, and was
there admitted to the bar. Thirty
years ago he came to Minnesota, and
located here. He taught one year in
the Princeton schools, and was then
admitted to the practice- of law in
this state. For a time he was asso
ciated with the late Jos. A. Ross. On
October 23, 1890, he was united in
marriage to Miss Belle Goulding, who
survives him. Five children blessed
the Union, all of whom are living, viz:
Vernon G., Williston, N. D. Marjorie,
Menno, S. D. Dorothy, Parkston, S. D.,
and Myra and Joe at home. His aged
mother, Mrs. N. C. Dickey, who lives
with her daughter, Mrs. A. Leonard,
at Jackson, Ky., also survive, as do
three brothersJoseph, El Paso, Tex
as George, Newport, R. I., and Ad
dison of New York city.
Mr. Dickey held various positions of
public trust, having served as judge of
probate of Mille Lacs county, and vil
lage attorney of Princeton. For years
he was justice of the peace. His
death marks the passing of a good
citizen, and not a few will carry kind
ly recollections of him in the years to
The remains of Albert Solberg,
brief mention of whose death was
made in our last issue, arrived here
from Etna, California, last evening.
Funeral services were conducted this
morning at 11 o'clock from the Glen
dorado Lutheran church, and inter
ment was in the church cemetery.
Deceased was bprn in Greenbush
36 years ago, and grew to manhood
there. He was well known and well
liked in this vicinity. Seventeeen
years ago heNleft
for California, and
after his arrival there decided to try
mining. He acquired a half interest
in a placer mine, and was doing well.
About a month and a half ago he was
taken ill with grippe
grew worse and a doctor was called on urer.
the 8th inst. ^Five days later the end
came, general dropsy having set in
Deceased is survived by his aged
mother, four brothers and four sisters,
viz: Mrs. Annetta Solberg of this
village Charles, of Orchards, Wash.
Henry, of Minot, N. D. Louis, of
Princeton Andrew, of Minot, N.
D. Mrs. Annie Craft of Blue
Hill Mrs. Julia Gilbertson, of Minne
apolis Mrs. Hannah Sundby, of Taco
ma, Wash., and Mrs. Tillie Anderson
of Greenbush. All were here for the
final services with the exception of
Albert Solberg was an energetic and
industrious young man, possessed of a
likeable disposition, and it is indeed to
be regretted that he should be removed
in the prime of life.
Alfonso Esler, a respected resident
of Greenbush, passed over the great
divide last Sunday at 11:30 a. m. For
several years his health had been de
clining, but he was patient and con
siderate through it all. The best care
that a loving wife and children can
bestow was his.
Funeral services were conducted
from the family residence yesterday
afternoon by Rev. James A. Geer
of the Princeton M. E. church, who
took for his text: "Like as a father
pitieth his children so the Lord pitieth
them that fear Him. But the mercy
of the Lord is from everlasting upon
them that fear Him, and his righteous
ness unto children's children." In
terment was in Oak Knoll cemetery.
Alfonso Esler was born January 23,
1866 in Viroqua, Vernon county, Wis
consin. He came to this state at the
age of 18 years, and located at Jack
son. He was married at that place
and later moved to Mora, where he
resided until nine years ago, when he
came to Greenbush.
Besides the widow deceased is sur
vived by nine children, viz: Roy E., of
Princeton, and Ellen, Isabella, Ruby,
Scott, Ethel, Glenn, Frank and Ray
who live at home. Two brothersAp
pleton of Mora and Marion of Missouri
Mr. Esler was a good citizen, and he
died trusting in the Lord.
Boy Scouts Organize.
A troop of Boy Scouts was organ
ized here a couple of weeks ago, with
L. F. Wilkes as scoutmaster and Irl
Branchaud, assistant scoutmaster.
The following are members of the or
ganization: Milo George, Joe Besnah,
Willard Blocker, Alfred Thoma, Lloyd
Grow, Raymond Sausser, Earl Manary,
Clem Gramer, Albert Gramer, George
Nelson, Edward Gannon, Kenneth
Briggs, Llewellyn Smith, Raymond
Pierson and Leonard Bridge.
The first hike was made Sunday,
despite the blizzard, and under the
leadership of Scoutmaster Wilkes the
youngsters trudged out to the Byers
maple sugar grove, a distance of 2%
miles. A lean-to was built and a fire
started, and after the boys had ab
sorbed some of the warmth the return
trip was made. A healthy appetite
was developed, and a hungry lot of
boys concluded the hike-
Fats vs. Leans.
The feature game of the basket
ball season will be staged at the Arm
ory this evening, under the auspices
of the Married Men's Dancing club,
when the fats and leans will clash.
Pool halls and other places of busi
ness in the village will be closed during
the game, and a record attendance is
expected. The price of admission will
be only 10 cents.
The committee in charge is making
the proper arrangements to care for
the wounded, etc., and Red Cross
nurses and physicians galore will be
at the ringside. Four referees will be
be seen in action, and there will be
six time keepers.
The fats with characteristic pom
posity issued the challenge for the
game, and of course they are due for
a beautiful trimming. iTurn out and
see the leans turn the trick.
The annual meeting of the Farmers'
Co-operative Co- was held at the Arm
ory Saturday afternoon, and about 200
farmers were in attendance The man
ager's report showed that the c6m-
pany enjoyed a good business during
1916, and a 10 percent dividend was
declared. The following directors were
elected: Geo. Townsend, Louis Rust,
Louis Normandin, Henry Marpe, A. E.
Grow, A. H. Humphrey and Dave Wet
ter. The directors perfected an or
ganization by electing the following
officers: Louis Normandin, president'
A. E. Grow, vice-president Henry
His condition Marpe, secretary Dave Wetter, treas
FIRM A ACTIVE
Local Potato Market Rules Strong and
Receipts and Shipments Have
Been Very Heavy.
Considerable Interest Being Manifest-
ed in Seed StockPlanting
Season on in Florida.
Increased activity featured the local
potato market on Friday and Satur
day, and receipts were the heaviest
during any two days since last fall.
Buyers estimate that between 500 and
600 loads were marketed here those
Prices were high also and $1.90 was
paid for Triumphs, while eating stock
brought from $1.50 to $1.70.
Not a load of spuds was marketed
here Monday, due no doubt to the
drifted condition of the roads. But
on Tuesday operations were resumed,
and about 50 loads were hauled in by
farmers. Yesterday 40 loads were
Prices continue good, and a brisk
movement is expected to develop. Tri
umphs are worth $1.90, Russets, Round
Whites and Burbanks bring from $1.45
to $1.50, Rose are worth $1.60 and
Irish Cobblers have reached the $1.70
Shipments from here have been
heavy of late, and 58 cars of spuds
nave left the Princeton depot since
The Chicago potato market ruled
steady last week, with prices on the
same basis as those at the close of
the previous week- The movement was
greatly restricted because of the pre
vailing severe weather early in the
week, and the resumption of the
movement from the western states.
The severe weather also has had its
effect at loading stations as the grow
ers have hauled little and the bulk of
the movement has been out of ware
houses on track. Wisconsin has been
shipping more heavily than any of the
other states and a good proportion of
the arrivals on the New York market
have been from that state. The pro
duct coming out of Wisconsirr is re
ported to be superior to the offerings
that rolled from there earlier in the
season, probably due to the fact that
the movement has been mostly from
experienced operators who realize the
advantage of closely graded stock. As
a result of this Wisconsin offerings
have been selling on a par with Mich
igan and Minnesota stock, whereas po
tatoes from the latter states brought
at least 5c premium earlier in the sea
Shippers in all sections continue to
experience difficulty in getting a suffi
cient supply of cars to move stocks
ready to roll- Western loaders re
port the situation improved over that
experienced in the late fall but orders
for cars are only partially filled after
a considerable delay.
Considerable interest is manifested
in seed stock now, with Triumphs of
fered mostly around $2 a bushel load
ing stations. The holdings of this var
iety are short of normal and the mar
ket level may have considerable effect
upon the acreage planted in the South,
although some are of the opinion that
the growers who are in close touch
with the situation will plant a larger
acreage than usual, reasoning that
with the supply of old potatoes short
the market will be practically bare
when the new crop comes on.
The planting season has been on in
Florida the past two weeks, and will
continue until February 1. Growers
are anticipating a good market in the
spring, and expect to begin marketing
the crop about April 1.
In the New York yards potatoes
have reached $6 $6.25 per 180
pounds bulk, and the peculiar thing
about it is that the demand far exceeds
the supply at these prices. All the
railroad yards around New York, the
docks and the small market centers in
Jersey and up the river are short of
potatoes. The offerings were lighter
this week than they ever have been^
In other words, the situation is very
firm and the market was never in bet
ter condition. Buyers want the spuds
but they cannot get them.
Last week 65 books were loaned
The library now has 240 books as
compared with 140 on January 1.
Books kept more than two weeks
are subject to a fine of lc per day each
day of such detention. The usual rule
is 2c per day. All fines go to the sup
port of the library.
So many things have been donated
by numerous friends that the library
board finds it impossible to thank each.
one individually, and this means is
taken to thank them collectively.