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A PLOT JSCLOSED
Senator Richard Hamer Lays Bare the
Tactics of Sholin, Asher How-
ard and Kay Todd.
A Deeply Laid Plan, Which Was Frus-
trated, to Secure Club to Hold
Over Hamer's Head.
Milaca, Minn., Jan. 3, 1920.
To the Editor of The Union:
Ouch (grouch). That hurts. What
The irony of fate. The irony of
facts, whereby the malicious charges
of the Milaca Times, failing to stick,
returned back home to roost. Instead
of Hamer being "coached" and manip
ulated by certain unnamed bankers of
Milaca, it is the banker member of the
Times Publishing company who was
implicated in a plot to entangle the
senator, and the publication of this
-i fact two weeks ago elicited a long
reply the Times of last week. We
are glad that it has attempted so much
discussion and put it in cold type. This
discussion has several interesting ea
tures, one of which is the quality of
In this communication, however, we
can consider only one of these fea
tures, viz, the connection of Mr. Shohn
with the plot referred to above. As he
takes exception to my account of it I
will relate the following particulars
which will place the matter in a clear
Shortly before the so-called work
man's compensation bill was consid
ered in the senate, April 2 last, the
writer was approached by Representa
tive Asher Howard of Minneapolis in
advocacy of the bill. I was not too
^'favorably impressed with the bill, but
would not commit myself to any par
ticular attitude until further study.
So he left, but said he would see me
On the night of April 2, after ar
ranging with me for a private inter
I view in my room, and after learning
i the number of the room and that there
was a telephone in the room, he came
I somewhat later, bringing a Mr. K.
i Todd, Who, on being mdroduced, said
l he was attorney for the Farmer's Ter
minal Packing Co. Without asking
my permission they were going to have
me talk with someone in Milaca. Their
action roused my anger somewhat and
I denounced their scheme as a trap.
They were taken aback and neither one
had the courage to say that I had mis
On the following day, April 3, the
I bill was acted on and lost, but, on
Monday, April 7, it was, on motion,
voted to reconsider that action on Fri
day, April 11. On Thursday night I
met Mr. Shohn at the hotel, and he
immediately began to tell me how dis
appointed everybody in Milaca felt, but
I had in my possession positive evi
dence that a number of Milaca people
^were opposed to the bill, and Mr. Sho
ill lin was the only one in this legislative
district who had expressed himself as
he did. Mr. Sholin admitted that he
had not read the bill and did not know
its contents. He also admitted that he
had a long distance call on the night of
April 2, about *the time that I was in
Now in view of the facts as here
narrated, what are the findings
FirstAfter making such arrange
ments for that interview ,as he did,
i it was very poor observance of the
rules of etiquette for Mr. Haword to
bring in another map. SecondThat
the visit and its purpose was in ac
cordance with a prearranged plan by
the three persons involved, and that
when Mr. Howard had arranged with
i me, he went to secure the other actors
in the affair and came back when
everything was ready. ThirdThat
Jl the purpose was not wholly to secure
|)my support of that bill: The method
approach indicated some ulterior
aim. There 'was no attempt to discuss
or argue until after the failure to use
the telephone- and the man at the
other end was, according to his own
confession, incompetent to discuss the
bill at that time. FourthIf they had
succeeded in carrying out their pro
i gram it would have placed me in such
condition where they could report any
thing they wished regarding my state
ments, promises, etc., and support it
their concurrent testimony, while
could make only a bare uncorroberat
ff ed statement. FifthThis condition
.would place in their hands a club which
$hey could wield over me with power
of lif and death politically. Sixth
1 When an act or acts are planned
it is a reasonable inference that the
effects or conditions most likely* to re
salt therefrom-are also planned, which
to this caae become the ulterior aim
above referred to.
This construction is based on the
facts in the case, and is submitted in
the belief that it is sound, and that it
was the design to make Hamer the
victim of such disreputable conspiracy.
Who is most to blame? I do not
know. I can say, however, that I do
not know of any motive- for Howard
and Todd so acting, except as they
may have been induced to do so. On
the other hand there is reason to be
lieve that it would be very gratifying
to the Times, with wliich Mr. Sholin is
so intimately associated, to have the
senator so handicapped and at their
It seems that the Times cannot get
over its concern over the relationship
of other bankers to the senator. The
following incident will represent that
relationship generally. This is given
without "coaching" or consultation.
On the day of the Wilcox contest in
the senate last January, J. A. Allen
was at the capitol and conversed
with me a little while before the case
came on. With all the tension that
prevailed at the time, and however
anxious or inquisitive "he might
felt as to how I would vote, he gave
me no hint, nor asked any questions
and I did not tell him how I expected
to vote. Those "bankers" have not
tried to manipulate the representative
in the senate.
Yours very truly,
The 1920 Federal Census.
If the census enumerator has not yet
called upon you he will soon do so, and
among the questions you will be asked
to answer are these:
Sex color or race age at last birth
day whether single, married, widowed
or divorced birthplace of person enu
merated and the birthplaces of father
and mother, giving names of both
country and province if foreign born
occupation, specifying trade or profes
sion, also industry in which employed
whether attending school whether
able to read whether able to write
whether able to speak English wheth
er home is owned or rented, and if
owned whether home is free of encum
brance or is mortgaged yeai of immi
gration to the United States whether
naturalized, and if so the year of
naturalization mother tongue or na
Enumerators will also call at every
farm to secure the information neces
sary to fill out the questions contained
on the agricultural schedule. Each
farmer will be asked questions con
cerning the acreage and value of his
farm whether he owns, rents or part
ly owns and partly rents the land he
farms the value of the buildings, ma
chinery and implements belonging to
his farm the quantity of crops raised
on his farm during the year 1919. and
many other questions which cover all
possible farm operations.
Legion Wins First Game.
Last Thursday the Princeton legion
basketball team met and defeated the
Milaca town team. The auditorium
was filled with basketball fans wbo
turned out to see the first game. The
contest was an exciting one from be
ginning to end. The play started by
Milaca taking the offensive and car
rying the ball about three quarters of
the way down the floor only to have
it broken up by the Princeton defense
and advanced for a shot at the basket.
Milaca obtained the ball from the re
bound and by good team work ad
vanced it for a basket. The next play
Milaca advanced the ball rignt from
the tip off to the basket and made its
second basket. About this time our
guards rtalized that" they Tiad their
work to do and went at it with a will.
Mijaca would carry the ball just so
far and lose it. At last G. Maggart
broke the ice and shot a basket from
the center of the floor., Princeton
needed only this encouragement and
the first half ended with a spectacular
shot by Smith. The score was 11 to
10 in Princeton's favor.
During the second half the play
continued very much the same way,
both the Princeton offense and defense
working perfectly. Milaca's offense
weakened a little but on the whole was
very good. The final score was 23 to
On New Year's eve, at the home of
H. L. Zimmerman in Minneapolis, Miss
Minnje S. Swanson was married to
Ferdinand Ericson. On January 3
the bride and groom left* for Minot, N.
D., where Mr. Ericson, who travels in
that state for a Minneapolis hardware
concern, has his headquarters. ^C,
Miss Swanson is known to ^nffiny
Princeton people as she was at one
time bookkeeper at the ^Evens' hard-
Highway Department Announces Big
Steps Toward Realization of |M
Babcock System. w4 ,*|&
Seventy Counties of State Prepare
Programs to Improve Two 1
Thousand Miles of Road.
Setting a record in Minnesota and
constituting a big step toward the
realization of the Babcock system of
highways, more than -2,000 miles of
state roads will be improved during
1920, according to an announcement by
the state highway department.
The program for 1920 calls for the
paving of 192 miles of state roads, the
grading of 1,805 miles and the gravel
ing of 1,530 miles, making fully 2,000
miles of roads to be improved during
Plans on the majority of'these jobs
now are being prepared, and the work
will be advertised and contracts
awarded during January, February,
March and April. In May the istate
will start upon the biggest road build
ing program in its history.
To meet the rapidly growing move
ment for good roads new gravel pits
and quarries are being opened this
winter, and dozens of new contractors
are looking toward the new field jof
construction. The road building ma
chinery of the state was taxed to the
limit by the sudden growth of the
good roads movement last year as a
result of the Dunn law, which gave an
impetus to road building in this state,
and many counties had difficulty in
obtaining either material or construc
To overcome this difficulty the state
highway department has encouraged
the opening of new gravel pits and
quarries during the winter and has
sought to attract additional contrac
tors to the field. Already twenty-five
new contractors have signified their in
tention of entering the field, which
eventually is to result in the improve
ment of approximately 7,000 miles of
state highway under the Babcock
The construction and improvement
of the 2,000 miles of road on the pro
gram has been undertaken by counties
individually in anticipation that the
Babcock amendment will carry, and in
this case they Would be reimbursed.
In our mind there is no doubt as to the
adoption of this amendment, which
would mean, as above slated, the im
provement of 7,000 miles of highway.
More than seventy counties already
have projected improvements of state
highways for the year. Sixty-four
counties will grade and gravel high
Now, take off your coats and boost
for the adoption of the Babcock amend
Dental Clinic January 16.
The teeth should be given a thorough
examination every 6 months, dental
experts tell us. A dental clinic where
everyone desiring it may have hib
mouth examined free of charge will be
held under the auspices of the Mille
Lacs County Public Health associa
tion at Dr. McRae's offic.e in Prince
ton oii Friday, January 16, from 9 a.
m. to 15 p. m.. The dentists who will
conduct the clinic are members of the
oral hygiene committee of the state
dental association. They will not fill
or otherwise repair any teeth, but will
examine such teeth and advise as to
treatment, referring them to local den
tists. Lantern slide lectures and dem
onstrations also will probably be
Many serious diseases of later life
and* much needless ill health are
caused by neglected or ulcerated teeth.
One dentist in charge of the dental
clinics such as the one to be held at
Princeton examined the mouths of 600
1918. In practically every case where
there were badly decayed teeth and
two or three abscesses the child suf
fered from headache, intestinal disor
der, nervous irritability and tonsilitis.
There were two under the age of
twelve who had carried five or six
abscesses for several weeks. Seventy
five per cent of delinquency in school
children is due directly to bad teeth.
There is little doubt that such ab
scesses are often the cause of heart
lesions which so suddenly and prema
turely clip the thread of life.
The late Theodore Roosevelt carried
a blind abscess twenty years and au
thorities claim that it was the cause
of his untimely death.
The Mille Lacs County Public Health
association cordially invite everyone,
and especially all school children to be
present and benefit by the examina
tion and advice of the dentists. i
school children during the summer of filled with strangers and prominent in
the amen corner would be seen such
1 ANNUM SESSION
County Commissioners Meet and Con
*sider Matters Which Com? Be-
fore Them for Disposal.
Princeton Union Designated the Of-
ficial County PaperCater is
Elected as Chairman.
The Mille Lacs county commission
ers convened at the court house on
Tuesday for their annual session with
all members of! the board in atten
dance. During the day, however, Com
missioner Sehlin was called to his
home at Opstead in consequence of the
illness of his wife.
F. C. Cater was elected chairman
for the ensuing year and John G.
Axell, .vice chairman.
The following standing committees
were elected: County home, Cater,
Levau and Axell court house, Cater
road and bridge, all members of the
board, Cater to act as chairman of this
committee board of health, Dr. L. E.
Odell, Peter Sehlin and F. C. Cater.
An appropriation of $300 was made
from the revenue fund to pay the in
cidental expenses of the county for
postage, express, etc., and $500 as a
cnunty attorney's contingent fund for
the ensuing year as provided by law.
F. Cater was appointed purchas
ing agent for the county home.
The report of the annual fees of the
following officials was examined by
the board, approved and ordered placed
on file: Otto Henschel, W. C. Doane,
Walter Peltier, W. V. Sanford, Olof
Wasenius, John F. Petterson, A. G.
Osterberg and H. A. Garrison.
The bid of the Princeton Union for
publishing the delinquent tax list,
financial statement, commissioners'
proceedings and other official county
matter was accepted at full legal
rates, six papers of the county to be
supplied with supplements.
On motion of Commissioner Sehlin,
seconded by Commissioner Levau, the
Princeton Union was declared to be
the official paper of Mille Lacs county
The bid of J. C. Borden to furnish
banks of the county with copies of
the 1919 real estate tax list for the
price of $150 was accepted by the
It was decided that during the year
1920 the board meet on the first Tues
day in each month except July, which
is fixed by law.
The board made an examination of
the books of the county treasurer,
counted the cash in the treasury and
found the same correct.
A resolution was passed that the
sum of $1,968.42, which is credited to
the special ditch fund, be transferred
to the general ditch fund.
An additional appropriation of $250
was made for the Scenic highway.
At the time of going to press the
board was still in session.
Potatoes Go Higher.
In the Princeton market potato
prices have made another upward
jump since our last week's quotations
there has been a heavy advance in
Dealers tell us that there is a heavy
demand from outside points but that
shortage of cars is a serious proposi
tionthe transportation of seed stock,
which should be in the hands of south
ern growers not later than two weeks
hence, cannot be moved to its destina
tion. It is high time that the railroad
administration made an effort to ren
der relief in this respect. Warehouses
are filled almost to their capacity and
difficulty is found storing potatoes
coming in from the growers, which are
now arriving daily in large quantities.
Lo, How Times Have Changed.
About this time in days gone by the
Merchants hotel in St. Paul would be
taking on color. Its lobbies would be
celebrities as Alec McKenzie, Senator
Hansborough, Jud LaMoure and others
prominent the political life of North
Dakota. It was slatemaking time and
Bismarck would be practically moved
intact into its spacious rooms and lob
bies. For a brief period the Merchants
hotel'would to all intents and purposes
be the capitol of the Flickertail state.
All this color is gone now, perhaps nev
er to return. Jud Lamoure is dead and
when big Aleck McKenzie last regis
tered at the old hostelry is not within
the memory of many^ He ha taken
to more honest and peaceful pursuits
and his haunts are elsewhere. As to
the others^the well worn tile floor of
the big lobby no longer echoes the
tread of their feet or its walls their
whispered deals. North Dakota's state
capitol is now a block distant and the
sign on the door reads "Nonpartisan
League, A. C. Townley, President." In
side the twenty or more offices which
constitute this new Bismarck many
typewriters click and the musical ring
of metal is heard. The employes are
numerous. It is the new order of
things. Alec and his followers begot
Townley, and the query now is, who
will Townley beget. Let us hope it
will be something better than either.
Second Annual Farm Bureau Meeting.
The second annual meeting of the
Mille Lacs County Farm Bureau asso
ciation will be held'in the high school
auditorium at Milaca on Saturday,
January 10, at 1 p. m. This will be
strictly a business meeting and mem
bers and non-members are requested
to be present to outline the farm bu
reau work for the coming year.
Mr. Cleland of the university farm
has been asked to speak on the Ameri
can Farm bureau federation. A vote
will then be taken to decide if this
county wishes to affiliate with the na
tional association. No other outside
speakers have been scheduled as it was
certain that no one would know the
local situation as well as our local
leaders. The executive committeemen
will give short talks on co-operative
shipping associations, creameries, far
mers' clubs*, live stock breeders' asso
ciations, public schools, county fair,
commercial clubs, etc. The county
agent will give a brief report of the
work of the past year and an outline
of work for the coming year. Elec
tion of officers and a general discus
sion of the farm bureau work will com
plete the program. Everyone is in
vited to attend the meeting to get bet
ter acquainted with the farm bureau
Mrs F. T. Kettelhodt.
Mrs. F. T. Kettelhodt died at the
Northwestern hospital, where she had
been for 10 days, on Monday at 7 a. m.
She was taken to the hospital after
being confined to bed for five weeks
at her home. Mrs. Kettelhodt had
been in poor health for eight years.
Funeral services will be held tomor
row (Friday) at 1:30 p. m., at Ross'
undertaking parlors and at the Prince
ton German Lutheran church at 2 p.
m. The interment will be at Oak
Mrs. Kettelhodt was born in Posen,
Germany, on September 22,1863, came
to the United States in 1874 and locat
ed at Crown, Isanti county. She was
married to T. Kettelhodt at Cam
bridge on September 17, 1882. With
her husband she then went to Young
America, Carver county, where she
lived about a year, from there going
to New York city. On March 1, 1903,
with her husband, she returned to Min
nesota, locating Princeton, and here
she lived continuously until called by
death. She is survived by her hus
band one son, W. F. Kettelhodt of
Livonia two daughters, Mrs. Gust
Knesel and Mrs. Theodore Kriesel of
Crown, besides seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Kettelhodt was a quiet, unas
suming, home-loving woman who was
loved and respected by everyone fa
vored with her acquaintance.
Heinrich T. Lambrecht.
Heinrich T. Lambrecht, son of Wil
liam Lambrecht, died in this village
yesterday morning following an ill
ness of nine months, during which time
he was a great sufferer.
He was born in Glencoe September
30, 1893, and is survived by his father,
six sisters and two brothers. He also
leaves a grandfather, five brothers-in
law and one sister-in-law.
Funeral services will be held from
the home of his father tomorrow at
1:30 p. m. _.
Henrich Lambrecht was an* indus
trious young man respected by all
who knew him.
t_ Johnsons in the Lead.
I note that the Johnsons are a pro
lific and patriotic people. Among the
American families on the war's mus
ter roll they take first place, having
supplied 53,200 Johnsons for the
American army, navy and marine
corps during the great conflict just
closed. The Smiths, who have usually
led in all directory compilations, were
able to muster only 51,950, thereby
winning second place. The Joneses,
who are usually strong in numbers and
close competitors with the Smiths,
could muster only 28,050, and had to
be content with fifth place, having
been outnumbered by the Browns and
Williams families.Boston Post.
Eighty-two Lynched in 1919. 1^
Eighty-two persons were lynched in
the United States during the year, an
increase of 18, over 1918, the depart
ment of records and research of Tuske
gee university announced in its annual
report. Seventy-five lynched were ne
groes and seven were whites. One ne
gro woman was includedjn the list.
Local Lodges of Odd Fellows and,
Rebekahs Install Officers for
the Ensuing Year.
Two Hundred and Fifty People At-
tend the Ceremonies, Banquet
The annual joint installation andr
banquet of the Odd Fellows and Re
bekah lodge were held in their hall on?
Monday evening and, as usual, it was?
an event of much interest. There werey
at least 250 persons present at they
ritualistic ceremonieswhich were
particularly impressiveand the goose
banquet and entertainment features?
Several long tables were necessary
to accommodate ihe army of banquet
ers, and the gathering was certainly at
happy one. On the previous Saturdays
the country was scoured for geese and
something like 20 big fellows were
procured for the feast, but that proved
none too many. On Tuesday moroingr
nothing but cleanly picked bones were*
The banquet was prepared andi'
served by members of the Odd Fel
lows lodge, with Clarence Hill as chef
and well did they perform their worfc.
Speeches by Wallace G. Nye and
Chas. H. Blake, past grand masters^
followed the banquet and Prof. Gar
rison's quartet rendered some excellent,
The installation, which preceded the
banquet, was conducted by the follow
ing officers: F. W. Manke, district
deputy grand master John Bishop,,
district deputy grand warden A.
Gramer, district deputy grand record
ing, secretary Adna Orton, district
deputy^ grand financial secres&aryj
Chas. Klatt, district deputy grand%
treasurer S. E^Vandcvanter, district
deputy grand marshal and Sam
Smith, district deputy grand chaplain,
Odd Fellows installed: Ernest By^
cry, noble grand Jas. Brown,, vice,
grand E. S. Erickson, recording sec3
retary Olof Wasenius, financial sec
retary A. Eaton, treasurer Sam.
Smith, right support to noble grand
Archie Jones, left support to noble
grand Jas. Johnson, right support fev
vice grand Fred Heath, left support
to vice grand Clair Smith, warden
Sam Sausser, conductor Wayne
Steadman, right scene supporter^
Earl Henschel, left scene supporter^
Jos Townsend, inside guardian. Ralphs
Jones, outside guardian Fred SchoIey,
Rebekahs installed i Mrs. A. R_
Gramer, noble grand Mrs. Swan Ol
son, vice grand Mrs. J. C. Herdlisk*,.
recording secretary Mrs. Josephine
Zimmerman, financial secretary Mrs.
Carl Ness, treasurer Mrs. Barton,,
right support to noble grand Miss:
Lou Starff, left support to noblo
grand Mrs. Win Davis, right support1
to vice grand Mrs. Wayne Steadman,
left support to vice grand Mrs. Calvira
Olson, warden inside guardian, Mrs!
John Bishop^ outside guardicn, Mrs~
Al. Harrington chaplain, Mrs, S. EU
Woodcock Post to Take Over Armory.
A special meeting of F. Fremont.'
Woodcock post, American legion, wasr,
held on Monday evening to decida onr"
the proposition of taking over *6e
management of the armory. The vote
to acquire the institution was virtually,
A committee of threeOdin Ode
gard, Bob Berg and William Walker
was appointed to confer with Manager
Claire Caley and the state armory
board in relation to the transfer.
Coffee, sandwiches, cigars and cigar
ettes were passed around to the boys
of the post by Legionaires Milt Coles
and Ed. Maggart, refreshment com
mittee, following the business meet
Pythians to Confer Ranks-.
Tonight (Thursday) at the Odd Fel
lows hall, Princeton lodge No. 9SU
Knights of Pythias, will celebrate its
reorganization by conferring the three
ranks on at least 20 candidates.*! A jjjLt
picked team from Minneapolis wiH pot
the boys through their facings. Bte/'^
freshments will be provided and tBewf^^j^^
will be plenty, of cigars. Members ana1
candidates for initiation are requested?
to be^at the hall at 8 o'clock sharp,
Prohibition Act Declared Valid! ^W^tf
The prohibition enforcement act^d*'- ^^jM
fining as intoxicating any beveragfe
containing one-half of one per'cent "Ilk
alcohol, was declared constitutional o'
Monday by the supreme court jot the
United States in an opinion on whicfei
the justices were divided5 to 4.