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SEN. HAMER WRITES
Elucidates Points in Workman's Com-
pensation Law Operative in
State of Minnesota.
Draws Comparison Between This Law
and That of North Dakota to
Milaca, Mkin., Dec. 11,1919.
To the Editor of the Union:
Since we wrote the last communica
tion relating to the workman's compen
sation bill, and which appeared in the
Milaca Tribune, it has been observed
that nothing was said about the good
points of the bill. What was therefore
lacking, we will now furnish in the
language of one of its friends, viz.,
C. J. Buell.
In "The Minnesota Legislature of
1919" he says on page 14: "Organized
labor in the cities worked in co-opera
tion with the farmers and placed in
nomination candidates pledged to sup
port a difinite labor program, the most
important feature of which was a de
mand for state administration of the
workman's compensation law, with
the object of securing greater benefits
for the injured workman at less cost
to the employers. A claim was made
that these results had been accom
plished in Ohio, and about twenty other
states, where state administration had
been tried." See also page 69-70 for
"This bill created a state board to
receive and administer the.money paid
by employers for the benefit of injured
workmen, and was regarded as one of
the most important of all measures be
^rerthe legislature. It was based on
Ohio law which the workmen claim
been administered at a cost of
bujt Z% per cent, while in Minnesota
[here the risks have been carried by
v,ne casualty companies, the expense
has heretofore been nearly 40 per cent,
It simply puts the state in the place
now occupied by the casualty compa
nies. The employers for the present
^will pay the same premiums as they
now do. It is contended that the state
i can save most of the expense that now
fgoes to solicitors, general agents, for
^maintenance of thirty or forty expen
sive offices and thus give the injured
'workmen much more of the benefits."
He says that Mr. Howard made the
telling for the bill and
quotes him as saying "It (the state)
now to so administer the law
tha the employers will pay less and
the injured workmen get more. Or if
^the employers continue to pay the
same then the workmen will get very
much more." So much for the bill
BefoTe taking for granted all that
is thus claimed, let the following facts
First. The bill would not raise the
rate of compensation, which is now
fixed at 66 2-3 per cent, so the conten
tion that the workmen would get very
much more is wholly gratuitous.
Second. The bill would not neces
sarily reduce expenses for the .work
man in securing compensation. The
department of labor and indrstries in
Minnesota was created some 30 vears
ago. Among its duties is that of pro
tecting the health, lives, limbs and
rights of employes.
In bulletin No. 16 of the department,
under "Department of Labor Func
tions," we read: We are pleased to
record that since the publication of
the last bulletin there has been an in
creasing resort on the part of em
ployers and insurance companies on
the good offices of the department in
bringing about an informal adjust
ment of compensation claims. There
is still, however, much opportunity
for the further extension of this ser
vice on the part of the department.
We are especially desirous of ren
dering assistance in all fatal cases,
particularly in those where there is
no point of dispute. Because of the
considerable amount of money in
volved, it is natural that widows should
wish to be certain that all the legal
oapers in the settlement are correct.
There have, therefore, been many in
stances where attorneys are engaged
for this work, and are paid considera
ble amounts of money.
The intent of the law is that com
pensation should reach the dependents
substantially in the amounts fixed by
the statute. The department of labor
is fully equipped to counsel dependents
as well as injured employes and it
is unnecessary that any amount should
"C be paid out for legal services from
S^frhe relatively small amounts allowed
for compensation. We therefore again
urge all persons interested in the
welfare of labor to give a wider pub
licity to the work which the depart
ment of labor is prepared to do for
We feel it will be well to repeat in
this bulletin the analysis of the du
ties laid upon the department by the
compensation act, which are:
First. To advise an employer or an
employe or his dependent of his or her
I rights under the act.
Second. To assist in adjusting dif
ferences between the employe or his
dependent and the employer..
1-? Third. To act as representative in
court of one of the parties to a com
Fourth. To observe in detail the
operation of the act throughout the
The Minnesota law provides for and
anticipates the settlement of compen
sation between the parties, with the
assistance of the commissioner of
labor, the settlement to be substan
tially in accordance with the provisions
of the law^ But in case of failure to
agree #iey may submit it to the dis
trict court. It is, however, claimed
sota that out of mere than 100,000 ^still at war.
cases of industrial accidents since the
enactment of the law in 1913 there
have not been more than 150 such
cases in court (less than one-sixth of
one per cent). That's not a bad rec
That the proposed measure would be
"in the interest of the employer" would
be very doubtful. Recently we had the
loan of a typewritten copy of the rates
promulgated by the workmen's com
pensation bureau of North Dakota and
have rrfade some comparisons with
rates in Minnesota. The Milaca Live
Stock and Produce Co., when it last in
sured under this law paid premiums as
For clerical employes 8 cents.
North Dakota rate for same 12 cents.
Live stock shipping $1.12.
North Daxota rate $2.90.
For hardware clerks 25 cents.
North Dakota rate 55 cents.
I am assured by one of the assis
tants in the office of the attorney gen
eral of North Dakota that at least 90
per cent of the classifications (rates)
are absolutely valuelessthey are so
unreasonably high. Under such con
ditions the employers would be bled
and the employes would not fare any
better than they do now in the state
of Minnesota, probably not as well.
Taking all relevant things into con
sideration, we are of the opinion that
it is a good thing that that measure
did not pass last winter.
Yours very truly,
J. H. Mullen Honored.
J. H. Mullen, chief engineer of the
state highway department, was elected
at Louisville, Ky., on December 11 to
the treasurership of the American
Association of State Highway officials.
The association voted to recommend
to congress that that body decline to
pass the Townsend-bill providing for
a system of highways constructed and
maintained by the federal government.
In place of the proposed measure,
the association asked that congress
appropriate $100,000,000 for the next
four years to finish the system now
being constructed by state govern
ments receiving federal aid.
Various states have been construct
ing a national system of highways for
the past three years, according to Mr.
Mullen, with federal aid. If the
Townsend bill passes it will mean
that another system will have to be
established to carry on this work, and Sewer
in the meantime construction will be
at a standstill.
It also was recommended that the
states be placed on a better basis of
A committee on standards was ap
pointed to see that all work in states
constructing national highways work
along similar lines in road construc
tion, that the highways may be as
nearly uniform as ppsible.
Another committee was appointed
to take steps for-the turning over of
all surplus war machinery allotted for
road building work to the department
of agriculture by the war department.
Refuses to Resubmit Treaty.
An offcial bulletin issued from the
white house in Washington on Mon
day said that the president does not
intend to resubmit the peace treaty
with its league of nations covenant to
the senate, that he has no compromise
or concession to offer, and that the un
divided responsibility for the failure
to ratify the document and for the
present condition of the world rests
with the republicans.
Republican leaders immediately re
sponded that the president is to blame
for the fate of the treaty'and the
plight of the world because of his re
fusal to accept reservations designed
to Americanize the league of nations
covenant. They asserted they^ would
not yield in their insistence upon the
adoption of such reservations, even
though the treaty should, remain
buried, and that for such an outcome
the president and his democratic sup
porters must bear the responsibility.
Soldiers' Grave Directory.
Minnesotans whose soldier relatives
are buried overseas will shortly be
given an opportunity to obtain from
the armv recruiting* station, Central
bank building,-Sixth and Jackson Sts.,
St. Paul, information regarding the
graves of such relatives.
Brigadier General W. D. Conner,
commanding the American forces in
France, who, with his command, ex
pects to embark for the United States
about December 31, has with him all
the grave registration cards.
An information bureau to assist rel
atives who visit France in search of
graves will be maintained^by the Unit
ed States army at 12 Rue Boissy
d'Anglais, Paris. Colonel T. Bentley
Mott, retired, who is military attache
at Paris, will be in charge of this bu
Statement Showing a Distribution of|
Taxes to State, County, Towns
and School Districts.
Total Settlement for November Aggre-
gates $96,330.10 at Against
$153,730.40 in June.
Hereunder is the apportionment of
taxes for the November settlement for
Mille Lacs county. This apportion
ment aggregates $96,330.10, of which
$5,331.57 goes to the state, $26,98.8.19
to the county, $8,419.97 to the villages,.
$17,444.62 to the towns, $35,057.27 to
the schools, $895.82 to current school
and $192.66 to farm school. Details
State revenue $3,384.06
State school 1,855.37
Teachers' insurance and retirement
Re-assessment of money and credits 17.05
County revenue t. $7,577.71
County revenue, re-survey 257.54
County revenue, half of penalty and
County revenue, costs I 49.96
County road and bridge 5.657.
County state loan 2,382.48
County ditcli'State loan .50
County ditch, special 1.95
County poor 1,187.73
County poor farm 850.71
County federal aid project No. 3 7,377.08
County ditch No. 3
County ditch. No. 4
County ditch No. 5
County ditch No. 6
County ditch No. ,7
County ditch No. 8
Borgholm Dailey East Side
Governor Scores Officials.
Governor Burnquist yesterday sent! 15 ,5
a scathing rebuke to Dr. EA Withe-]40 ZZZZ 35U9 23.84 30.83 17.64
row, commander of William Robideauj
post, American legion, at International
Falls, and other public officials there
who joined in a telegram protesting
against the sending of national guards
men to preserve order during the
strike in that city.
The governor states that hostility
to the troops on the part of law
breakers must be expected, but that
law-abiding citizens need not fear the
guardsmen, and suggests that-the city
and county officers who signed the
protest should resign their offices in
stead of sending unwarranted' tele
grams based on falsehoods. -^T tfer
sr Wartime Prohibition Upheld.""
On Monday the United States su
preme court unanimously ruled that
wartime prohibition is constitutional
and mutt continue until peace is pro
claimed. The decision was based.on,
the grounds that the United States is
Isle Harbor 133.97 1137.62
Kathio 83.65 829.53
Milaca 170.28 1139.60
MOo 67.91 1142.56
Mudgett Onamia Page
Princeton South Harbor
20.14 14.04 17.59. 12.9 18.5 5
Revenue Road and bridge
Special road and bridge
Road and bridge
Bond and interest
Water and light
Revenue Road and bridge
Revenue State Loan
Bond and interest
Water and light
Revenue Special Side walk
1 65.0 5
Rev. R. & B.
St. L. Drg.
58.66 86.75 69.69
126.72 638.85 66.68
This includes special road and bridge levies
on towns as follows: Milaca, $392.97 Onamia,
$458.70 South Harbor, $3.39. Also special
in Dailey, $272.73 emergency in Dailey, $1.06
building in Greenbush, $1.38 delinquent road
in Isle Harbor, $1.34 bridge over Rum in
Milo, $712.34 cemetery in Milo, 7 cents poor
in Mudgett, $35.93 delinquent road in Onamia,
$2.40 building in Page, 50 cents delnquent
road in South Harbor, $2.75.
4 5 6 7 9
14 15 16 17 18
21 22 23
On Mill Special St. Loan Total
$225.39 $9506.20 $323.29 11833.31
21.27 26.75 19.28
30.91 64.91 66.80
22.95' 16.15 12.71
220.3T 242.25-~ 762.84'
302.21 225.99 144.07
503.75 197.95 109.88
876.02 417.77 125.27
360.06 109.06 164.80
298.29 124.33 148.75
209.45 106.70 i
222.70 378.40 152.08
255.47 381.55 842.82
142.6T 390.07 126.65 176.32
332.71 147.02 186.91
167.07 121.89 115.29
208.38 169.45 175.29
62.67 91.3T 60.58
249.97 247.96 772.36 "76.53
20.99/r 242.96 "fe
10.85^ -162.80 34.73
6-62-*s* 99.29 i -43.69
10.7L^164.50 13.55f 119.26 t^ 27.10
11.59. 50.98 tn
5.71Jg| 85.66 &J.,
2f &** *uiWiB
in district 11 of $42.65, in district 18 of $849.-
24 district of $188.94. districti47district of $19.85.
THE BOYS DID WELL
Financial Statement and Resume of
Local Baseball Team's Work
in Season of 1919.
Hundred and Twenty Dollars in.the
Treasury Guarantees Good
^i^^^^^^^^^S^VPOsition of a team cross-hauling
against itself, and the ultimate result
will be disaster, spelled with a big D.
In conclusion you will note that
there is still a cash balance of 120 on
hand. Horrors! How did that ever
happen? Who remembers of a ball
team that ever had money left at the
end of the season? Either the board
of directors overlooked this neat little
balance or they left "it for bait for a
192 team. Well, well bite, sw)
17 *19M 88
w4 site to district 1 of
1.778.43, and sinking fond in district 4 of,
State H'.:...J: rJ_
yflUfflty 11 iii
Towns _i_ *"-N,
Start for Next Year.
the board of directors:
Total gate receipts $2,058.56
Improvements on grounds
Meals and lodging
Merchandise Auto hire
Expense getting games
Salaries and mileage for players
Cash on band
Following is a complete and sworn whole congregation will now arise and
statement of the finances of the join in singing Bill Roos' latest song
Princeton baseball team for 1919, as hit:
compiled by the/treasurer, W. C. Roos,: Cheer, cheer, we have money in plenty
examined, audited and approved by We'll have a real ball team in 1920.
Song copyrighted and all rights re
served by Bill Roos, watchdog of the
Princeton baseball treasury.
233.10 276.03 268.30 120.00
i F. W. MANKE,
j. A. D. EVANS, i
W. C. ROOS,
A. G. OSTERBERG.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 9th
day of December, 1919, at Princeton, Minn.
CLAUDE S. MORTON,
't Notary Public, Mille Lacs Co.
My commission Expires March 13th, 1924.
(Seal.) Reduced to figures the season's run
shows up totals that most of us never
even suspected. For instance, the
item of total*receipts. This amounted
to $2,248.56, practically all of which
was money taken in at the gate or
received from other teams when the
^locals were playing on"foreign fields,
except the special donation*of- $190
Which was so generously subscribed
by* the fans of this village to help the
j.team bring Anoka- back for one of the
^last games of the season. This proved
to be"one of the best and most excit
ing games ever played on the local
ball lot and which drew the biggest
crowd that ever assembled there. The
statement also shows an item of $224.-
85 for improvements of grounds. Con
siderable work was done on^the
grounds this last season and at.jthe
end of the playing Princeton had&*ne
of the best baseball plants injPthe
state. Also there was a whole^ot of
donated labor and team hire that does
!^ot show uplr the- item. Had all this
been charged up at full going rates it
would no doubt have swelled this to
tal up well over the $500 mark.
The item of $22.60 for advertising
looks exceptionally small when you
stop to ponder over the sdccessful
team and season, and amounts spent
for other necessities of baseball life.
However, this can be easily explained
by the? liberal policy of the Union in
giving the team and game plenty of
front page writeups of the games and
dopesomething that money couldn't
buyand which meant a whole lot to
the general success of the season. Ow
ing to the lack of Sunday railroad ser
vice it was necessary to, spend $117
for auto hire, and had all the patriotic
citizens who donated the use of their
cars for the benefit of'the ball team
during the summer charged full rates
this item would have been in the neigh
borhood of $500 also.
Uncle Sam was also with us and
you will note that he is $233.10 fur
ther along towards the payment of
his big war bill by the fact that we
had a team here last year. This 10
per cent tax counts up faster than you
would at first realize10 cents
of each dollar taken in going to our
big uncle. The other two big items
were to Cover the expenses of outside
talent that the board of directors
found necessarv to hire to put on the
class of baseball that the fans demand
ed and to put their team in the run
ning with such teams as Foley, Anoka
and Morasemi-pro teams in every
respect and good ones. There" was
considerable difference of opinion
among the fans and also among the
directors in regard to the wisdom of
this policy of hiring so many players,
and toward the end of the season
Princeton was paying out a whole lot
of money Tfor each game that it
The season of 1920 should either find
Princeton in a Sunday league of some
kind, with such teams as Anoka, Still
water, Brainerd, Foley, South St. Paul
and a few other teams of a like cali
ber, or a retrenching policy should be
adopted, more local players used and
not such strong teams met on the dia
mond. This is something that should
be carefully considered and investi
gated, and each and every fan will be
given a chance to air his opinion in
public at the big get-together meet
ing'that will no doubt be arranged for
them in due season this coming spring.
A definite policy should be adopted and
stuck to throughout the seasonsome
thing concrete, that we can_ all get
back of and push along to a legitimate
success, otherwise we will get into the
ditionally announce right now that we
are strong for a first-class ball team
for Princeton for the coming season,
whether they play in a league or out
of a league.
We note as the last item a collection
of $190,. This grew out of the third
Anoka game and was really the final
punch that saved the team from a
deficit. All those who so generously
helped in creating this benevolent
fund will now arise and accept the
heartfelt thanks of the board of direc
tors, manager and team. While a
somewhat belated "thank you" it is
better than no thanks at all. The
Clem J. Newton.
Clem James Newton, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Newton, following a month's
severe illness, during which time he
was confined to his bed, passed away
at about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
The immediate cause of death was
neuralgia of the heart, from which he
had been a sufferer since' he was 11
years of age. This was accelerated
by other complications.
Funeral services will be held from
the family residence at 2 o'clock on
Sunday afternoon and Rev. Mime will
Clem- James Newton was born in
Princeton on May 9, 1897, and attend
ed the public schools of this village.
In his second year of high school he
was compelled to withdraw in conse
quence of sickness. He is survived by
his father and mother one brother,
Lewis and one sister, Mildred.
The writer regrets very much that
Clem has passed away, for he was a
likable young man and our friend. He
was a loyal American who endeavored
several times during the late war to
join the United States forces and go
.overseas, but was unable to pass the
rigid physical examination necessary.
At the time of his" death he was deputy
state oil inspector for this locality and
he performed his duties well. Clem
leaves many friends _who will miss him
because he was at all times upright and
honesta young man whose word
could always be depended upon, and
these friends will revere his memory
as long as they live. Tis a pity that
*he was cut down in his young man
hood, but his parents have the conso
lation of knowirg that he was a young
man of irreproachable character who
had not- a known enemy. To his
parents, brother and sister we extend
our sympathy. i
An Encouraging Showing.
The Dorcas society of the Congrega
tional church held its final meeting
for 1919 at the' home of"Mrs. C. A
Jack on Wednesday, December 10.
The report of the secretary and
treasurer was most gratifying tothe
member^ as it showed that the aston
ishing sum of $1,450 had been raised
during the year. Three hundred of
this was paid in as the Dorcas' share
of the church budget, $22 had been
spent for incidentals, $1,000 was
turned in for the building fund for the
new church and $133 is left with which
to start the new year.
The pledge of $1,000 for the building
fund was only taken last March and
the society was given two years in
which to raise it, so the members are
much elated at their success and feel
most grateful to the many who are
not members of the society who so ably
assisted in raising this goodly sum.
Red Cross Meeting.
The executive committee of the
Princeton chapter* of Red Cross met
with Miss Swanson, representative
from northern division headquarters,
last Thursday evening, at which time
the peace program of Red Cross ac
tivities was discussed.
It was decided to carry out the pub
lie health nursing program, as this
chapter had already made application
for a Red Cross public health nurse
who will give her time to the entire
county. Expecting her here about the
first of the year, the co-operation of
all the branches of the Mille Lacs
county chapter is asked.
The report of the Red Cross mem
bership drive was read, showing a
membership of 302 subscribers in the
The financial report of the Prince
ton,chapter will appear in a later issue
of the"Union. & r*
That Grotesque Creel Bureau
The council of national defense
which has been investigating the af
fairs of George Creel's publicity bu
reau returns a report which contains
information that is nothing short of,
shocking, comments the Fort .Wayne
News. Not only dicLthis grotesque and
abominable appendage of the govern
ment cost the taxpayers of the coun
try $6,000,000 but its affairs have been
left in such a tangle that they can nev
er be straightened out. Hundreds of
thousands of dollars in unpaid' bills
stand against the bureau and Presi
dent Wilson's' personal advance of
more than $5,000,000, made from his
war fund after congress had refused
to sanction the Creel, outrage further,
fails to take care of the situation.
"Gun That Killed Ed Foley?
An automatic revolver, believed" to
belong to one of the bandits who mur
dered Ed. Foley, was recently found in
a barn, about two miles south of Zim
merman, near the Scenic highway. The
farmer who owned the barn was remay
moving,hay when his
hard substance arrf h* u~vd
300 PEOPLE ATTEND
Scheurrer Concert Company's Enter-
tainment is Appreciated by
People of Princeton.
Next Number of Series a Lecture on
the Gyroscope by Prof. New-
kirk of University.
In spite of the inclement weather of
last Friday evening an audience of
over 300 was present in the higb school
auditorium to hear the concert given
by the Scheurrer Concert company, and
those who braved the stormy sub-zero
weather felt fully repaid, for the like
of Mr. Scheurrer's violin playing had
never been heard in Princeton. Mr.
Olmstead, the head of the lyceum de
partment at the university, speaks
truly when he says that it is most un
usual'for a musician like Mr. Scheur
rer to be on any lyceum circuit.
Princeton's appreciation of classical
music was evidenced by the close at
tention paid to the rendition of every
number played by Mr. Scheurrer and
also by the hearty applause accorded
The pianist, Miss Alezander, from
the McPhail school of music in Minne
apolis, proved herself a splendid ac
companist, upon whom depends so
much of the success' of a concert. She
also exhibited remarkable technique
in her execution of a polonaise by
Miss Ruth Thompson, the soprano
soloist, has a wonderfully flexible
voice. Her selections were evidently
chosen with due regard to this quali
ty and were very pleasing.
Miss Hazel Bartlett's readings
harmonized well with the rest of the
program and at the same time furn
ished just the needed relaxation. She
and Miss Alezander did some good
team work in the pianologues, which
were well received by the audience.
This concert was the third number
on the lyceum course furnished u& by
our university of Minnesota and put
on,here under the auspices of the
Civic Betterment club.
There are still three more numbers
the next one of which will be a lecture
on the gyroscope g|ven by Prof. New
kirk of the university on Monday,
January 5. This lecture is very in--
teresting as well as instructive.
Aldrich Retracts and Apologizes.
In consequence of the many in
quiries at the Union office anent a
public retraction by A. Lee Aldrich of
false statements made by him at Mor
ris, the Union reproduces the follow
ing affidavit which appeared in both
the Morris Sun and Tribune:
"I, A. Lee Aldrich, voluntarily and
of my own accord make this state
"The statement I made at a public
meeting Saturday, Nov. 29, in this
city, from which the audience took
the inference that a young ladF
working in the present mayor's, office
had been operated on in a criminal
operation and died, was absolutely
false that my only defense is that
I heard it from someone else and
thereupon used this idle gossip to
point a moral that I have carefully
investigated from the doctors who
performed the operation and learned
that it was one solely for appendi
"My utterance which led to a false
impression worked a cruel wrong up
on innocent people and I take ad
vantage of this opportunity to re
tract and express regret at having
made the utterance.
"A. Xee Aldrich.
"Dated at Morris, Minn., this 5th
day of December, 1919.
Harry Phinney, 'J
C. W. Halbert."
Fremont Woodcock Post Notes.
A meeting of Fremont Woodcock
post, American legion, will be held in
the armory on Monday night. Decern-
ber 29, when an election of officers
will be held.
Practice for the selection of a bas
ketball quint started last Monday
night, and while many were on the
floor, there is room for more. Those
anxious to join are requested to be
at the high school auditorium on prac
tice nights and take a tryout. *_ ,_.'*
At the next post meeting you are-1
asked to take 85 cents with you, which
will pay your dues to January 1,1920.
It is the post's determination that,
to the best of its ability, it will assist
imdriving anarchists. I. W. W., bolshe
vists and other radicals out of the^'
country, and it .insists that the gov-jL^^p^
ernment Itake measures to deportl^ ^*%f
them. y, J^AS?
The boys of the post, many of wBonr" 7%^
were overseas last Christmas, and are^^jS^lJif
now in civics and reinstated their ^f3p?^
old positions, take occasion to pay-
*3'?t* tribute to their comrades who rest ia$%'
the gun-silenced fields of France be-jjl
neath the fleur-de-lis, those who re-^ttJf?
pose in the daisy-covered cemeteries I
of England and those lying beneath the
frozen surface of far-off' Siberia. All
honor to their memory.
-f Why Not in America?
-""A Paris News Dispatch says
are offered' to
Parisians in the sale of American ar
my stocks which the French govern
ment is now conducting. In the sec
ond hand section fur-lined overcoats
be had for sixty cents and high
rubber boots for Hfty cents.? ^s