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MBS. R. C. DUNN, Publisher
SEWS SUMMARY
OF THE_CAPITAL
Manufacturers' Committee Votes at
Unemployment Conference to
Reduce Freight Rates.
BIG BOOTLEG RING FOUND
Senator Kenyon of Iowa Introduces
Measure to Curb Profiteering
of Coal Operators.
The nationwide demand for reduc
tion in freight rates as a first essential
to the leturn of prosperity has made
itself felt in Washington. The manu
facturers' committee of President
Harding's unemployment conference
voted to recommend reduction in
freight rates as a part of its perma
nent program to relieve unemploy
ment. With this it coupled steps to
insure a decrease in railroad" operat
ing expenses. Howard Elliott of the
Northern Pacific, Robert H. Lovett of
the Union Pacific. C. M. Markham of
the Illinois Central and other rail ex
ecutives were in conference with ad
ministration officials and members of
congress looking for a way to slash
operating expenses so that freight
rates may be reduced. Representative
Dowell of Iowa introduced a resolution
in the house directing the interstate
commerce commission to reduce
freight rates on grain, grain products,
livestock, coal, hay and cotton by 25
per cent within 30 days, with the stip
ulation that there shall be no increase
in the future without the consent of
congress.
One of the "most successful and ef
ficiently managed bootleg gangs in the
country, which has been operating al
most under the eaves of the nation's
capitol, was run to earth when an
army of internal revenue officers and
Washington police made 31 raids in
the city and its environs, making near
ly 40 arrests, confiscating many gal
lons of liquor and obtaining posses
sion of valuable papers disclosing the
intricate workings of a systematic
bootlegging organization with its ten
tacles extending to Philadelphia, Atlan
tic City, New York and other eastern
cities.
Two far-reaching bills hitting the
coal industry were introduced in the
senate by Senator W. S. Kenyon, Iowa,
chairman of the committee on educa
tion and labor, which has been inves
tigating conditions in the West Vir
ginia coal fields. One of the Kenyon
measures imposes heavy penalties for
profiteering in co&L The other is a
revision of the original Calder bill
giving broad powers to the president,
the federal trade commission, the geo
logical survey and interstate commerce
commission. The Calder bill, as re
vised by Mr. Kenyon, provides that
whenever the federal trade commis
sion shall determine that an emer
gency condition exists "which seems
likely to produce a shortage Or bring
about unusual, unwarranted or un
reasonable coal prices and be detri
mental to the public health," the pres
ident shall be empowered to fix maxi
mum coal prices and dealers' commis
sions and margins. The president also
is authorized under such circumstances
to deal in coal and to control its pro
duction and distribution. The presi
dent may go so far as to take over the
operation of coal mines. A heavy
penalty attaches for violation.
John H. Kirby, president of the Na
tional Lu/nber Manufacturers' asso
ciation and a member of President
Harding's unemployment conference,
declares that any attempt of the fed
eral government to regulate labor and
employment conditions would be a vio
lation of the constitution and a menace
to the liberty of the citizen.
Opposition to proposed liberaliza
tion amendments to the tax bill, pro
posed by Senator Medill McCormick,
I. L.. Lenroot, Arthur Capper and a
group of their colleagues, developed
so strongly in the senate finance com
mittee that approval was deferred.
Republican sponsors of the amend
ments believe, however, that the
amendments will eventually be ap
proved by the committee.
President Harding has failed to per
suade union miners' officials to prom
ise not to strike next spring. Four
hours argument failed to move the of
ficials from their stand that they were
powerless to bind the United States
Mine Workers to any such agreement.
It is pointed out that this is no indica
tion that the miners would strike when
their wage agreement expires next
March.
Early approval by the house ways
and means committee of the adminis
tration bill giving the treasury au
thority to refund foreign loans ap
peared probable following the appear
ance before the committee of Secre
tary of the Treasury A. W. Mellon.
Attorney General H. M. Daugherty
has placed his influence and that of the
department of justice behind any state
governments that may be hesitating
to institute prosecutions for crimes
and atrocities laid at the door of the
Ku Klux Klan. Congress was asked
to investigate the Masons, Knights of
Columbus and all other secret orders
in a sensational resolution introduced
in the house by Representative W. D.
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Upshaw, "Georgia. Declaring that a
special investigation of the Ku Klux
Klan would be unjust, Upshaw de
mands congress turnMhe spotlight on
the oaths and rituals and other secret
organizations existing in the United
States.
An improvement in employment con
ditions is indicated in the monthly re
port of the United States employ
ment service made public yesterday.
The question of parole or pardon for
Eugene V. Debs has been laid aside for
awhile by the department of justice,
according to Attorney General Daugh
erty, who said that such recommenda
tion as he had prepared would be
changed in phraseology before going
to the president.
Of the 1,464 steel hulls under con
trol of the United States shipping
board 956 now are actually tied up
and 63 additional vessels will be laid
up as soon as they can reach port and
discharge their cargoes, bringing the
total to 1,019 ships.
Colonel Charles E. Forbes, director
of the veterans' bureau, in a report to
President Harding, charges that 30,-
000 crippled heroes of the world war
are being exploited in "mushroom" vo
cational training institutions and
farmed out to "sweatshops" by the
government. In Chicago he found
conditions particularly unsatisfactory.
Senate leaders have been given to
understand by President Harding that
he expects the legislative program to
be carried out without consideration
of an adjournment date.
COUNTY RALLY
For Red Cross and Public Health As
sociation in Princeton on Fri
day, October 21.
On Friday, October 21, there will be
held in Princeton a county rally for
the Red Cross and Public Health as
sociation. These two organizations
belong to the people of the county.
Everyone the county has a right to
know how the business of both is be
ing conducted and this rally offers an
opportunity to get this information.
The meting will be an all-day affair.
The morning session will convene at
10:30 at the Strand theater. A fea
ture of this session will be the shew
ing of a very amusing animated car
toon entitled "Jinks."
All attending are requested to bring
lunches and join in a picnic dinner in
the domestic science room of the high
school. The Civic Betterment club
will serve hot coffee.
The afternoon session will be called
in the high school auditorium, at
which time the election of officers will
be held. Speakers are to be procured
for the occasion smd, altogether, it
will be an affair worth while.
The Public Health association is the
organization which holds the free
clinics throughout the county. It is
financed by the proceeds of the Christ
mas seal sale.
The Red Cross, through the money
procured by the Red Cross member
ship drive, provides the money to pay
for the home service department and
for the county nurse.
The home service department looks
after our sick and disabled soldiers,
sees that they pro ure their rights and
that they are properly cared for.
The county nurse looks after the
health of our children.
Only counties which are behind the
times are neglecting public heajth af
fairs. Let us keep Mille Lacs county
from falling into that class. Attend
the rally and thereby show your in
terest.
ONE LOSES LIFE.
Seven Others Injured When Big Auto
mobile Skids Into Ditch and
Turns Turtle.
An automobile accident, in which
Ralph Diegnau of Minneapolis was
killed, occurred two miles east of An
oka on the Jefferson highway Sunday
morning. In addition to Diegnau the
car was occupied by six members of
his family and a man named Ver
deross, all seven of whom were more
or less injured. Skidding of the car
on the wet pavement was the cause
of the accident, the machine toppling
over an embankment, pinning Dieg
nau beneath and instantly crushing
out his life. After receiving medical
treatment in Anoka the injured were
conveyed to their home in Minneap
olis. The greatest precaution should
be taken in driving machines over
wet, slippery pavements and a ldw rate
of speed maintained.
Another wreck occurred east of Elk
River on Sunday night when an auto
mobile was demolished by a west
bound Northern Pacific coast limited
passenger train. The accident hap
pened at a sharp turn in the Jefferson
highway, and the car which was
wrecked hadbeen driven down the
center of the tracks, facing east. It
bore license plate No. B10660. A
hasty search of the right of way by
members of the train crew failed to
find any trace of the occupants of the
ear. The jolt of the collision was felt
by passengers in the Pullman cars
and the tram was delayed an hour for
repairs. Part of the wrecked ma
chine was carried into Elk River on
the pilot of the engine. Records show
that the license on 4he machine be
longs to W. R. Hammond, Minneapolis.
Mr. Hammond's car was stolen some
time ago but later recovered. How
ever, when found, the license plate was
missing.
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POTATO CROP IS
BELOW DRMAL
Bureau of Markets Estimates Total
Potato Crop in United States
at 346,000,000 Bushels.
LOCAL SHIPMENTS LIGHT
Heavy Movement From Fields to
Warehouses for Both Sale and
Storage in Progress.
The crop report of the United States
bureau of markets and estimates, has
just been received. It is this October
report that really tells the important
stoiy for the potato producers in the
northern states, since a fairly accurate
crop estimate for that section of the
country can be made at this time. The
potato crop estimated for the whole
country on September 1 of this year
was 323,000,000 bushels. The esti
mate just made on October 1, is 346,
000,000 bushels, giving an increase of
23,000,000 Vvcr last month's figures.
This increase is of course due to the
fact that good growing weather con
tinued ^throughout September and
there were no early, heavy frosts.
This last government report indi
cates that the potato crop in the Unit
ed States is 54,000,000 bushels below
the normal yield which is estimated to
be approximately 400,000,000 bushels.
The October report generally comes
comparatively close to the actual yield.
Last year the crop estimate on Octo
ber 1 was 428,000,000 bushels, indicat
ing an overproduction of 28,000,000
bushels. The final estimate on Decem
ber 1 was 431,000,000 bushels which
it will be noted was quite close to the
October report.
The statisticans place the normal
consumption of potatoes in this coun
try at 3.8 bushels per capita and it is
estimated that it is short crop which
will reduce this figure to 3.4. The
October estimates this year will give
only 3.26 bushels per capita. Even
making allowances for the fact that
money is scarce and that a large num
ber of men are out of employment, it
seems "probable that there will this
year not be enough potatoes to meet
the demand. That ought to mean just
one thingthat the potato producer
will receive a good price for his crop.
It should also be added that the po
tato shipments up to date are #e
heaviest that have^ever beek recorded
for this/seasonVthe year. It/'fsre-
ported that 92,020 cars of potatoes
have already been shipped in the Unit
ed States. Last year only 73,812 cars
had been shipped by October 1. The
heavy shipments, even with the rela
tively light yield, are probably due to
the fact that there has been a com
plete failure of the potato crop in cer
tain sections of the country.
The total crop for Minnesota in 1920
was 28,000,000 bushels. The estimate
October 1 of this year is 23,000,000.
A he|*y movement of potatoes is in
progress from the farms to the Prince
ton warehousesstrings of wagons
are now in evidence every day await
ing their turn to be unloaded. There
are now 15 buyers in Princeton. Many
growers are still busy in the fields
digging their potatoes while others
have completed this work. There are
still many carloads undug. Large
quantities of potatoes are being sold
outright to the warehousemen and
many loads are being brought in for
storage. As to quality the white stock
is the best, being equally as good as
that produced in the most favorable
potato years. Red stock, however, is
below the standard in this respect.
Ohios are fast arriving from the
Red River Valley for storage and ap
proximately 50 carloads will be dis
tributed among Princeton warehousees
for this purpose. These potatoes are
of fine quality. W. H. Ferrell & Co.
have received four cars of big Russets
from the state of Washington for
storage.
While the shipment of potatoes has
not exceeded 15 carloads during the
week, the heaviest movement in the
United States has been reported dur
ing that period10,000 cars having
gone from producers to market. In
this northern Minnesota and North
Dakota have led all other potato-pro
ducing sections in the country in
quantity shipped. The biggest move
ment recorded for a like period of
time in the United States was 6,000
bushels.
The market today is a trifle weaker,
which is naturally due to heavy ship
ments to the large central markets,
which virtually glutted them. At this
time of the year there is invariably a
congestion at the heavy receiving
points, but the market will find its
equilibrium after the rush is over, and
then higher prices may confidently be
expected.
See today's market quotations else
where in this number of the Union.
A Farewell Party.
Last Wednesday evening a large
company of friends gathered at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Lowell
to bid farewell to the family before
their departure. A happy time was
spent together in song and prayer.
Several talks also were given, Mr.
Thorwall concluding with a helpful
PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1921 TE N PAGES
talk and prayer.'
Afterward several of the women
mysteriously disappeared," but ,soon
came in loaded with baskets of sand
wiches, cake and coffee. While these
were being served a social time was
enjoyed. Altogether it was an even
ing of happy christian fellowship
which will be followed by pleasant
memories.
Community Scale Inspected.
Wednesday morning the. state depu
ty inspector of the'-department of
weights and measures 6 H. Staples,
tested the community scale. He found
that the scale was giving absolutely
correct weights and had made no ad
justments whatever. Mr Staples stat
ed that he had Jexpected to
find it correctly adjusted because the
Howe company has too much pride in
their products to- leave a newly in
stalled scale in anything but first-class
condition. Mr. Staples said he was
very much pleased to learn that a'
community scale had been installed
here, and judging from his experi
ence in other towns, he thought it
would give complete satisfaction to
both bayers and sellers.
IN BOWLING MEMORIAL.
Dormitory for Crippled Children Pro
posed to be Erected by Pub
lic Subscription.
To keep alive the memory of
Michael J. Dowling plans are now
being made fox the raising of funds to
build a hospital for crippled children
The Minnesota Editorial association
is sponsor for the movement to raise
$100,000. A campaign will be con
ducted throughout the stete, in every
coynty, town and^cityi Starting Oc
tober 17 and lasting ~until October 31.
The Minnesota Bankers' association
has taken the lead in pledging $25,000
to the fund. That leaves just $75,000
to be raised for tfhe memorial.
Wtiile definite arrangements have
not been maderihe- present plans call
for the erection of Michael J. Dowling
memorial dormitory atfhe state school
for crippled children*. "''There are now
many little ones, crippled and unfortu
nate, awaiting the chance to get treat
ment at the state hospital. It is to
care for some of these that the dormi
tory is planned. Committees are be
ing named in every county by directors
selected from the ipwaous congres
sional districts. The "committee in
charge as named by Philip Leisch,
president of the Minnesota Editorial
"association, is as fallows? First dis
trict, E, K. Wh^g^J^nna sec
ond, A: M^Welfe8?:#*r**wig4oifc thiTd.j profitable to do so
OHver J. Quane St. Peter*, fourth,
Harbison Fuller, St. PauU fifth George
E. Ackefson, Minneapolis sixti*, Asa
M. Wallace, Sauk Center seventh,
Ludwig I. Roe, Montevideo eighth, R.
W. Hitchcock, Hibbing ninth, H. M.
Wheelock, Fergus Falls tenth, Henry
Rines, Mora. J. R. Landy of Olivia,
long time friend of Michael-Dawhng,
is chairman of the general committee
H. C. Hotaling is acting as executive
secretary Miss H. S. Bordewich of
the Olivia State bank, the Dowling
bank, is treasurer Julius Schmahl of
St. Peter, former secretary of state, is
committeeman-at-large.
Apportionments for the various
counties have been made and the com
mittees in charge will be asked to
raise the definite amount desired as
quickly as possible after October 17.
The story of the life of Michael J.
Dowling is one of courage and grit
against tremendous odds. It is a story
which has inspired thousands and will
continue to be a living inspiration.
It is to perpetuate the memory of this
wonderful man that the campaign to
raise funds for a memorial has been
planned.
It is considered particularly sig
nificant that the plans call for a hos
pital building for crippled children.
Himself a cripple, Mike Dowling knew
the heartaches of the little ones who
had been maimed. No greater monu
ment could be built to him than one
which has for its purpose the easing
of life's burdens for the unfortunate
ones. All his life Mike Dowling was
interested in cripples. He cheered
them on their way and gave them new
courage and hope. The Minnesota
editors and the bankers-'of the state
believe that the people themselves will
want to have some part in building
this memorial.
Child Welfare Board.
The state board of control has ap
pointed the following persons to serve
as members of the Mille Lacs county
child welfare board:- Mrs. G. R.
Caley, Princeton Mrs. C. E. Gilbert,
Foreston Mrs. F. H. Gravel, Onamia
Olof Wasenius (ex-officio), Milaca.
The board will act as a local admini
strative unit for the county in the en
forcement of all laws relating to the
protection of defective, delinquent, de
pendent and neglected children. It is
an official body acting throughout the
county and in behalf of the state for
the protection of children who are in
need of the state's care and guardian
ship.
Last Thursday evening Miss Erma
Kuether was-given a surprise party by
a number of her friends. It was Miss
Kuether's birthday and the event was
properly celebrated with dancing and
games. A delicious supper was
served.*
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TOWNSHIP UNffS4
HOLD MEtji s-
Greenbush Unit Devotes Greater Part
of Afternoon to a Discussion of
Local Potato Market*
SESSIONS WELL ATTENDED
Crop Report on Potatoes and Com-
munity Scale Topics of Discus-
sion in Princeton Unit.
The Greenbush farm bureau unit
met Tuesday afternoon at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sager. Approxi
mately 80 members and visitors were
"present but the spacious Sager resi
dence comfortably accommodated all
the guests. It was one of the largest
meetings the Greenbush unit has held
for some time.
The chief topic of discussion at the*'
meeting was the potato market. Coun
ty Agent Hammcrgren reported that
he had received inquiries from the
southern counties in the state concern
ing the prospects of securing approxi
mately 100 cars of potatoes from Mille
Lacs county. The members of the
Greenbush unit agreed to ship two
carloads and the secretary, Will Walk
er, was authorized to m?,ke arrange
ments for the transaction.
The potato meeting held at the arm
ory last Friday evening and the com
munity scale were discussed. It was
the general sentiment of the unit that
farmers have the co-operation of the
majority of business men in Prince
ton in the scale enterprise and there
was no reason why it can not be made
a success. The members present
agreed that it would not he fair to
have a certain per cent of dockage
fixed for all loads as some would con
tain much more dirt than others since
the amount necessarily varies con
siderably with the character of the
soil on which the potatoes have been
grown. Three per cent dockage was
held altogether too high for most
loads. There was some discussion as
to the advisability of organizing a po
tato shipping association in Prince
ton.
Will Gebert, director of the Prince
ton unit, who was present spoke on
the present potato market situation
and his experience in the past in hand
ling this crop. He urged the men to
watch the government crop reports
and stated just why he had found it
Mr. Hammargren, in giving a brief
review of the accomplishments of the
farm bureau in this county, stated that
the picric acid project had been a
marked success. He reported that 45,-
000 pounds of picric acid have been
distributed to the farmers in this
county and only about one fifth of this
amount went to farm bureau members.
Mr. Hammargren estimates that the
distribution of this explosive has ef
fected a saving of $6,500 for the far
mers.
The business session was followed
by community singing and the usual
good supper. The next meeting of the
unit will be held at the residence of
Harry Mortimer on November 8.
The monthly meeting of the Prince
ton farm bureau unit was held last
evening at the home of Mrs. Peter
Mattson. There was an exceptionally
large attendance at this gathering
but, as in Greenbush, fortunately a
roomy house had been selected as the
place of meeting.
Will Gebert just yesterday morning
received the October- report of the
bureau of markets and estimates and
the discussion of the evening centered
around this report. He explained how
the bureau of markets obtained its in
formation and compiled its records. It
would seem that the reports issued
must be fairly accurate. Mr. Gebert
stated many farmers were marketing
some of their potatoes this fall to ob
tain some much needed ready money
and the market was therefore much
crowded at the present time and un
der such conditions the farmer need
not look for particularly high prices"
even though the crop is short.
Many potatoes in the vicinity of
Princeton have been sold this fall
directly from the field to parties who
come up from St. Paul and Minneap
olis with trucks.
The community scale was much dis
cussed and the sentiment here, as at
the Greenbush meeting, was that ev
ery farmer should weigh every load
on that scale. Mr. Gebert, who has
marketed potatoes in Princeton for
years, stated that he thought he had
nearly always received fair weights at
the warehouses but he had always
made it a practice to weigh his loads.
The members of the unit were opposed
to any certain per cent of dockage be
ing fixed for all loads.
The corn crop was discussed and it
was agreed that it was better to hold
the corn than sell it too cheaply.
The business session adjourned at
a late hour and lunch was served. The
next meeting will be held on the even
ing of November 9 at the home of
Harry Wehrend. The refreshment
committee appointed consists of Mrs.
Harry Wehrend, Mrs. Gordon Sanford
and Mrs. Ernest Byers
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$256,000 Added to Soldier Bonus Fund.
State Treasurer Henry ,Rnies hs
transferred f25,00 from "the ,stat*
revenue fund to the fund for the pay
ment of soldiers' bonuses, as there was
only $24,854.66 lef$ for the payment of
claims.
There now has been xlrawn from the
revenue fund $1,500,000 of the $2,000,-
000 made available by the 1921 legisla
ture for the payment of soldiers'
bonuses from this fund. The sale of
certificates of indebtednessthrough
the turning over of bonds of Massa
chusetts and other states held by the
state of Minnesotanetted $905,000
for bonus payments.
In all there has been made available
for the payment of bonus claims $20,-
905,000 through the sale of certifi
cates. Of the total $3,201,000 of the
bonus bonds have been redeemed and
there is in the treasury $870,597.41
held available for the payment of in
terest and to go into a fund for the
redemption of more soldiers' bonus
bonds.
Payment of bonus claims are being
continued by the state premium board
in late claims filed and in cases re
viewed by the state bonus board of
review. Mr. Rines says he believes
that with the $274,854.56 now availa
ble for bonus claims and the $500,000
more which can be turned over from
the revenue fund, there will be suffi
cient funds to complete the payments
of bonus claims which may become
due.
LYCEUM COURSE.
Five Excellent Numbers to be Present
ed in High School Auditorium
Beginning November 4.
On November 4 the first number of
the University lyceum course will be
put on at the high school auditorium.
Lest there should be any misunder
standing about this course the fol
lowing explanation is offered:
The excellent numbers of the course
are furnished by our university at
cost. That is actually the fact as at
tested to by our local committee, who
has each year investigated a number
of other lyceum courses. The object
of the university in furnishing lyceum
courses is to provide for the small
towns good entertainments not other
wise procurable except at considerable
cost.
The Civic Betterment club stands
sponsor for the course but is not put
ting it on to raise money for any pur
pose other than school purposes and
for securing a better course for next
year. This year's course of five num
bers cost more than the six" numbers
of last year. The committee spent
much-time and thought ii* the ^elec
tion of the dyfi numbers and they are
all very good. Although the course
each year costs more than the pre-,that
ceding year the club has kept the
price of the tickets the same.
An adult's season ticket is only
$1.50, a child's season ticket $1. Only
one person at a time can use these
tickets, but there are family tickets for
$2, which will admit any number up to
five at one entertainment.
This movement should have the
hearty support of the community.
The normal class of the high school
has the selling of the tickets so be
ready for them when they call.
BURNS PROVE FATAL.
Little Eileen Borchard Dies From Ef
fects of Burns Sustained While
Playing With Matches.
Little Eileen Borchard, aged 3 years,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
Borchard, who lives northeast of town,
sustained burns yesterday morning at
10:15 which resulted in her death. She
had been playing with matches and
her clothing became ignited.
Her mother was in the yard at the
time and, missing the child, went into
the house to look for her. As she as
cended the stairs she met the child,
enveloped in flame, coming down.
Mrs. Borchard hastily wrapped the
little one in a blanket, smothering the
fire, and called Dr. Caley, who ar
rived promptly and later conveyed the
sufferer to the Northwestern hospital.
It was found that her body and arms
were badly burned and that there was
little hope of saving her life. She
passed away at 7 o'clock last evening.
She is^urvived by her father, moth
er and two brothers, to whom the
heartfelt sympathy of the community
goes forth in their hour o'f great sor
row.
The funeral will probably be held
-from the home and the Methodist
church on Saturday afternoon.
Jay Berg Weds.
Jay N. Berg, formerly of Princeton,
was married on September 28 at In
ternational Falls to Miss Clara Red
ding, one of the prominent young la
dies of that city. Jay now holds a
good position in the office of the M. &
O. Paper Co. in International Falls.
His many Princeton friends wish him
and his bride happiness and prosperi
ty.
Rudd Lumber Co.'s New Offices.
The general offices of the Rudd
Lumber company have been moved to
Princeton from Milaca and are locat
ed in the First National bank building
in commodious quarters which have
been espically flitted up for that pur
pose. The Rudd Lumber company em
braces 18 yards.
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Farmers, Potato Buyers nd Other
Business Men Discuss Qirestioii ^4?|
of Weights and DockagW ij^gg
USE COMMUNITY SfclH^^^
Indications Are That Amount of Dock*
age Will be Settled Between
Each Buyer and Seller.
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Friday evening approximately" 60
farmers, a number of potato buyers
and a representative group of business
men met in the armory, to discuss the
matter of obtaining accurate weights
on potatoes marketed and the amount
of dockage to be allowed. The meeting
had been called by the community"
scale company and Louis Normandin,
who is president of that organization,
presided. Fred Newton, who was
called upon to make a few remarks,
suggested that the chair appoint a
committee of three farmers and three
potato buyers to confer upon the ques
tion of dockage while the matter was
being made the subject of general dis
cussion in the meeting. The commit
tee appointed consisted of W. L. Mark,
Albert Hoehn, Fred Foote, R. Manke,
Thomas Scheen and Will Miller,
Mr. Newton and several other busi
ness men, including C. H. Nelson, E.
K. Evens and Joe Armitage, stated
they realized it was to the
interest of the village of Princeton
and all the adjacent farming communi
ties to have the buyers and sellers
come to a satisfactory agreement in
regard to the method of handling the
potatoes. All those who spoke stated
that they wished every farmer would
weigh every load of potatoes he
brought into town on the community
scale. There could then be no ques
tion whatever in regard to every man
receiving accurate weights on his
loads.
Gust Berg stated he had been
in Cambridge that afternoon and had
made some inquiries concerning the
practice the buyers there follow in
regard to docking for dirt. It seems
that the potatoes in Cambridge are
handled as they are in Isanti. The
farmer weighs on the community scale,
the potatoes are taken to the ware
house ana" sorted. The culls and dirt
are then sacked and returned to the
farmer who weighs them with his
.wagon as tare. No dockage i, made
for the dirt that ^dhere^s to^ the poteP-^
toes. Of course all the farmers admits
in such cases the" buyer will not
be a6le to pay quite as high a pTice'
per cwt as when a" certain per cent
of dockage is allowed.
A discussion between Louis Roche
ford and R. Wood and Mrs. Oscar
Stark brought out the point that the
farmers might consent to dockage for
dirt but not for the shrinkage of the
potatoes in the warehouse after they
have become the property of the buyer.
It was almost unanimously agreed
that the buyer should stand such a
loss.
The committee, consisting of three
farmers and three potato buyers, re
ported it had decided that a three per
cent dockage would be fair to both
parties. Considerable discussion fol
lowed this report and the general
opinion of the farmers seemed to be
that this per cent was too high,
especially since it was not supposed to
cover the culls. Several rising votes
were taken and finally a vote by bal
lot was ordered. Only farmers voted
and many of them had left the meet
ing before this last ballot was taken,
but the results werethree votes for
three per cent dockage, 16 for two per
cent and 18 for no dockage. The only
conclusion to be drawn from the dis
cussion and balloting is that every
farmer will have to come to terms
with the buyer who takes his load in
regard to the matter of dockage.
It was suggested that the buyers
should congregate at the community
scale and establish a central market
there. They cannot of course be com
pelled to do so and it remains to be
seen what their attitude will be in re
gard to this matter.
The meeting was unquestionably
beneficial. It Jis always well for par
ties that do not seem to be working
in perfect harmony to come together
to discuss their difficulties. However,
it seems as though a little more co
operation from certain interested par
ties would have helped matters con
siderably Friday evening. When men
come together to discuss matters of
actual importance they should come
out in the open and state their opin
ions so that everyone will know where
they stand.
The one point that was brought out
clarly- in the meeting was that the
success of the community scale rests
entirely with the farmers. The scale
4s installed and it has beenvofficially
tested. The farmers have the pota
toes to sell and i is up to them to
weigh on that community scale. If
every farmer will weigh his load on
that scale every dealer will buy his
potatoes on that weight and on that
weight alone.
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