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THE PRINCETON UNION
By GRACE A. DUNN
Official Paper of MUle Lacs County
Subscription Price $2.00
G. I. STAPLES, Business Manager
GRACE A. DUNN, Editor
Foreign Advertising Representative
AMERICAN PRESS ASSOCOATION
THE NEW YEAR.
The new year is almost here. We
are about to open a new chapter in the
book and think what that means, 365
new days, 365 days to make more or
less perfect, or 365 days to hopelessly
mar. When we stop to think of those
365 days and of the scores and hun
dreds of people with which each one
of us will come in contact in a brief
space of time, we realize this is a
most interestng game we are playing.
At the end of the year some of us will
stack chips of one color and some of
another, but he who will have had
most fun out of the game will be the
man who has not played too cau
In connection with the proposed
highway legislative program the ques
tion of speed laws and fines is again
being discussed. It has been said that
cars are allowed to travel at the rate
of 30 miles an hour on University
avenue between St. Paul and Minne
apolis, while tourists are fined for ex
ceeding a 25-mile per hour rate on the
streets in some of the villages of the
University avenue is a wide street
where the greater part of the day
there are two continuous streams of
traffic. It may be reasonjbly safe for
cars to travel on that avenue at the
rate of 30 miles per hour at certain
intervals of the day, but it is neither
safe nor desirable for them to pass
through our villages at such a speed.
No motorist who is not racing to
bring relief to those who are seriously
ill, or who is not a fugitive from jus
tice, is in such a wild hurry that he
cannot slow down to a rate of 20 or
15 miles an hour in a vill ge. If he
must travel at from 30 to 65 miles an
hour, let him charter a race track and
speed to his heart's content.
Why all this talk about the tourists
being so persecuted by officers who
are enforcing unreasonable speed
laws? Do not these tourists come to
Minnesota to see the beauties of our
fair state? Then why race along at
such a rate that neither they nor the
unfortunate motorists behind them
enveloped in a cloud of dust have any
opportunity to see the landscape?
There is reason in all things, and
it is to be hoped that the members of
the legislature, especially those from
the rural districts will not vote for
any measure that will turn lose the
speed demons. Thirty miles an hour
on the streets in our villages is al
together too fast. We do not want a
law making such a provision.
The Washington Post, in reporting
the confirmation of Pierce Butler's
nomination as an associate justice of
the supreme court, states that the Ku
Klux Klan launched a last-minute
drive against the distinguished Min
nesota attorney. This organization
evidently brought sufficient pressure
to bear on a few of the southern sena
tors to influence them to vote against
the appointment. The appointment,
however, was confirmed by a vote of
61 to 8. No mention was made of the
opposition of Senator-Elect Shipstead.
Why this omission? Didn't Henrik
make sufficient noise to foe heard?
"Good roads save gasoline" is the
purest bunk in the world and every
autoist knows it. Good roads are won
derful improvements, but they don't
save no gasoline they spend it.Lake
That depends on whether you are
traveling for business or for pleasure.
There are very little grounds for
argument on the question of the ad
visability of enforcing stringent speed
laws. The casuality list published
every Monday during the motoring
season is indisputable proof that there
is too much fast driving. Accidents
do happen of course when cars are
moving slowly, but they are rare.
Just at the time when some of our
Twin City papers were carrying on
such a vigorous campaign last sum
mer in behalf of the persecuted tour
ists, one of these selfsame tourists,
traveling at a rate some of our friends
consider exceedingly reasonable, 35
miles an hour, struck a small boy
on the Scenic highway and killed
him. The boy, who was only about
10 years of age, was walking at the
extreme right side of the road when
struck. The accident occurred be
cause the driver made the mistake of
going too fast in loose gravel. Her
car skidded and she lost control of it.
Experienced drivers who travel the
Scenic highway hundreds of times
during the summer know there is al
ways danger of skidding in the loose
gravel when traveling at 35 miles per
hour or faster. They have seen it
occur scores and scores of times. On
many Sundays during the motoring
season there are four or five wrecked
cars on the highway between Onamia
and Princeton, in a stretch of a little
more than 40 miles. The chief
cause for these accidents is too much
speed. That small boy, who was
killed near Milaca last summer would
today have undoubtedly been playing
at his home happy and well if one of
these tourists had used a little more
discretion, and that driver would to
day probably give everything she has
if she could undo the accident. A lit
tle precaution is worth more than all
the vain regrets of a lifetime.
The clans are gathering in St. Paul
and soon those of us who had doubts
concerning the real complexion of
some of the legislative candidates
elected will be able to clearly
recognize their color. It will not take
long to separate the sheep from the
Many a married woman will give
herself the luxury of a satisfied smile
when she reads the declarations of
Roy L. Shafer, assistant commissioner
of education for New Jersey, that
married women are proving to be
more efficient school teachers than
single ones, because they have a bet
ter understanding of children. He
says: "The rule that was in existence
until the time of the World war that
prevented married women from teach
ing in public schools was one that was
very costly to the state. An average
of $640 was spent by the state on each
girl's course in normal school and af
ter one or two years of teaching a
large percentage would marry. Un
der the existing law they were pre
vented from remaining In the profes
fession, and the state, of course, was
If there is anything in the idea that
one learns from experience, teachers
should gain an understanding of the
child's needs that would be most use
ful in school. For many reasons no
wholesale invasion of the teachers'
ranks by married women is to be ex
pected. It is the exceptional woman
who is able to manage successfully a
household and career at the same time.
Nevertheless, these exceptional wo
men have sometimes been prevented
in the past from undertaking school
work for which they are admirably
fitted by education and training, plus
the broadened understanding that
they might have gained from study of
their own children and their problems.
Commissioner Shafer apparently takes
the view that this ripened wis
dom and experience might profita
bly be made available for the schools
and in support of that opinion he can
command much forceful argument.
Farmers and Shipping.
Certain misguided groups of farm
ers seem to be permitting their op
position to the ship subsidy bill to
carry them against their own inter
ests. That the administration's ship
ping measure would work substantial
benefits to American agriculture is as
plain 9s the fact that Its prosperity is
dependent on foreign markets. Ex
perience has proved that the farmers
in this country must bo in position to
avail themselves of foreign trade in
the disposition of s\irplu products if
they are to reap the profits offered by
world markets. Experience has also
proved that such trade is not attaina
ble under present conditions and will
not be attainable so long as American
farmers are dependent on foreign in
terests. Only by maintanance of an
American merchant marine can agri
cultural interests be furnished foreign
transportation adequate to their needs.
The farmers have learned the value
of good roads and land transportation.
By the same token they should realize
the value of sea transportation. The
administration's merchant marine pro
gram aims simply at extending the na
tion's lines of transportation overseas,
to the end that American agriculture
may obtain an outlet and a fair share
of profits in foreign markets Wash
A Sermon on Life.
"I would rather have faith in every
one and be buncoed once a week than
to hold distrust toward all men. A
man can make his own opportunities
if he has certain fundamentals of suc
cess. These fundamentals may be
termed ideas, faith and work." This is
strange doctrine and not at all in ac
cord with the spirit of the times. The
popular belief now is that everyone
is crooked except yourself, and that no
man has any chance in the world be
cause all the good opportunities have
been grabbed up by a few monsters
having their headquarters along a
narrow strip of real estate on Manhat
tan Island known as Wall street. The
first belief is pleasing because it gives
a sense of righteous superiority over
"that bunch of crooks." The second is
a soothing article in the creed because
it furnishes an excuse for failure by
those who lack ideas, know not the
meaning of faith, and dislike work.
It is flabby philosophy but it has its
horde of followers. Perhaps this has
always been the case. And in the
meantime the clear-eyed, open-minded
individual, seeing the opportunities
that now exist and always have, uses
them to his purpose as the resourceful
architects of his own fortunes.Mon
A Real Want Ad.
I want a man to work on my farm.
I don't give dancing lessons, I have
no piano, I can't serve planked steak
three times a day. I do give three
square meals, a real bed, fair wages.
If any man who knows a cow from a
talking-machine, can hear an alarm
clock, get up at 5 o'clock, wants the
job, I will agree not to treat him like
one of the family, but a darn sight
better.A Want Ad.The Farmer.
I held it truth, with him who
To one clear harp in divers
That men may rise on step
Of their dead selves to higher
The examination of speed demons to
determine their sanity, to which cer
tain courts of the middle west are re
sorting in administering justice, is ap
parently warranted by the inexplica
ble ruthlessness of many who drive
through the streets at a rate perilous
to others. It is difficult to believe
that all of those who violate speed
laws are so cruelly regardless of pub
lic safety as their misconduct would
indicate. Doubtless some of them, not
otherwise mentally defincient, are ob
sessed with speed mania that im
perils others. As to the first class,
the remedy lies in license regulation.
As to the latter, it lies in the imposi
tion of penaltiesfor this would un
questionably tend to restore reason.
Speed mania is a malady that comes
from over-indulgence, and is curable.
It is a craving for more. The drunk
ard is subject to it, and the drug fiend,
and the glutton and the miser. Like
the desire to take one more drink,
get another "shot," to swallow one
more morsel of food, to get one more
dollar, the desire to go one mile faster
shades into mania that recognizes no
limit, if left unchecked. But it re
sponds to punitive treatment.Wash
May Re-Adjust Judicial Districts.
There is a probability that the com
ing session of the legislature will re
arrange the boundaries of the judicial
districts of the state. The judges are
very unevenly distributed under the
present arrangement. For instance,
Judge Parsons of this city, Judge Nye
of Moorehead and Judge Roeser of St.
Cloud are the three judges of the
Seventh Judicial district, with a popu
lation of 261,000. In other words,
there is one judge in this district for
every 87,000 people, while in the Sixth
Judicial district, there is one judge for
every 43,934 people. The Seventh dis
trict is an irregular strip of territory
extending across the state. It is com
posed of the counties of Otter Tail,
Mille Lacs, Benton, Stearns, Morrison,
Todd, Wadena, Douglas, Becker and
Clay.Fergus Falls Journal.
More of the Disgraceful Affair.
The farmers of Williamson and
counties, Illinois, are reported to have
formed an organization for the pro
tection of witnesses testifying in the
Herrin massacre trials. There have
been threats that any witness giving
evidence against the men now on trial
for the most dastardly and cowardly
killing in the history of America,
would be assassinated. As most of
the testimony is given by farmers the
edict has gone out that for every
farmer witness killed, the farmers
will take a toll of ten lives from the
radicals. This is a most unlawful and
drastic propositionbut it will un
doubtedly have the effect of bringing
the murderers to justiceand it may
be necessary in Herrin.St. Cloud
PROVERBS WHICH ONE QUOTES
People Naturally Are Apt to Use Those
Which Relate to Their
Did you ever notice how provincial
and self-centered the world is? Why,
we can't hold an ordinary conversation
without some hint of our petty business
affairs entering in. The very proverbs
which we affect, the very bromides of
speech to which A\ are subject, are all
directly traceable to our particular
Having always suspected this to be
true, I one day set about to prove it.
In my daily search for Judgelets, I
made the rounds of all my friends, en
gaging them in pleasant colloquy
Here's the" result:
"I'm pleased to meet you," smiled
"Suit yourself," said, the tailor.
"That's right," agreed the traffic cop.
"And so forth," said the dressmaker.
"That's a dirty shame," observed the
"Every little bit helps," philosophized
"That's the long and short of it," re
torted the rural telegraph operator.
"Try to keep a stiff upper lip," ad
monished the barber.
"Yes, I need it," protested the baker.
"I'm not very well posted on that,"
faltered the bookkeeper.
"These words shall be my last,"
averred the cobbler.Alfa Eugene Bye,
OBJECTS TO TERM 'MASSACRE'
Author Insists That Custer's Last
Fight Must Properly Be De
scribed as a Battle.
Cyrus Townsend Brady, LL.D., in
the preface of a volume on "Indian
Fights and Fighters,*' makes a marked
distinction between the terms "mas
sacre" and "battle." He says that
every time a body of troops engaged
In a fight with Indians and the troops
wero outnumbered or caught at a dis
advantage, and the battle was con
tinued until the troops were slaugh
tered, such an affair was popularly
called a "massacre," as, for instance,
"The Custer Massacre."
Mr. Brady believes this to be an un
warranted use of the term. Custer,
the author i.-oints out, attacked the In
dians and fought desperately until he
and his men were all killed. He calls
it a "battle" and not a "massacre."
When an Indian war party Taided a
settlement or overwhelmed a train, or
murdered women and children, that,
he thinks, was a "massacre." The au
"I would like to ask if anyone ever
heard of the 'Massacre of Thermopy-
lae?' The Greeks fought there until
all save one were killed. The results
there were exactly the same as those
of the battle of the Little Big Horn,
but I have yet to read in history that
the Persians 'massacred* the Greeks In
that famous pass."
THE PRINCETON UNION: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28,1922
1922, by Western Newspaper Union.)
Bruce had promised his friend that
when he passed through the quaintly
beautiful town of Lynden, he would
call on his aunt.
"Aunt Caroline is a queer old bird,"
the friend disrespectfully informed
him. "She has money to give away,
t^ut she never does give It away In
fact, I have not heard- from the dear
old lady, since when at college, I
touched her for a ten. However, that
is in the dim and dusty past. But
It might be to your advantage to meet
Aunt Caroline, as you are obliged to
stop over in the deadly restful villa."
Bruce, walking about the lonely vil
lage streets at twilight, decided to
follow his friend's suggestion. But first,
he asked directions of the voluble
"You askin' for Miss Latimer," tnat
man exclaimed, "why she's been dead
more than two months. The house
is closed up, until Susanah, Miss La
timer's maid, gets back from the citj
with \he help she went after to clean
it. They have to pack things up for
"Who," asked Bruce in the interest
of his friend, "did Miss Latimer will
her rroperty to?"
The man grinned. "To missions,"
he said, "though no one knew she had
any missionary spirit, while she lived
beyond adopting Susanah from the
orphanage, but then Sue worked her
own way, if ever a girl did. Miss La
timer kept her going. An' she hasn't
left hei a cent. Some think what made
Miss Latimer so queer, was dwelling
on the haunt. Sort of got on her
mind, it did, that old story of the
haunt woman of Latimer garden."
Bruce smiled amusedly, "Tell me
about it," he said.
The hotel keeper lighted his pipe
"The haunt woman," he explained,
"was a Latimer way back before even
Miss Caroline's time. Got disappointed
in love the way girls used to, before
bobbed hair and athletics an' all that
come in. And ever since, she's been
haunting the big gates, waiting for the
man who never came back. Some
negroes who saw her one night, says
she wears a long white lace dress,
and has black hair, piled up the waj
they used to do, with a white rose
in it. She has a white face that looks
tragic with its big black eyes, and
she is certainly mighty pretty."
"Sounds interesting," Bruce re
marked, "I will take a look at Miss
Latimer's deserted home."
The gardens were very still in the
moonlight. He admitted an eerie
feeling, as he sank to a seat on an
old stone bench. Then he saw the
vision. She came, a wraithlike figure,
around the old stone wall, to the
gates, and stood there, her face turned
toward the road. At Bruce's low ejacu
lation, she turned, her dark eyes re
garding him. In the clear moonlight
he could almost see their expression of
Then with a soft little rush she
came toward him, "Who are you?"
"Pardon me," he spoke mechanical
ly. "I had thought the place deserted."
"It is deserted," her voice low and
soft, answered him. "I only come
back to haunt the home I have known.
Who," the question came wonderingly,
Briefly he told her of his promised
errand and its disappointment.
"Yes, Caroline Latimer is gone,"
the low voice trailed off dreamily,
"and she may not extend to you the
hospitality she loved to give. Per-
hapsI may do it for her would you
like to come tomorrow evening? It is
then that I am hereand I will call
for you her favorite birds from the
treesand show to you, the family
pictures in the gallery. Now" she
turned from him quickly, "I must go
back to the gatesto watch."
She lingered there, as he went per
plexed yet interested as he never had
been interested down the road.
Bruce hurried back upon the next
evening. The vision was seated be
fore an old piano in the great living
room. But her fingers did not touch
the keys. His own steps echoed as
he crossed the polished floor. She arose
to receive him, her smile warmed his
heart. Before the old painting she
paused, and a girl of an olden time
gazed smilingly down on her living
"I found this dress in Miss Caro
line's old trunk in the attic" the
vision girl was saying, "and the whim
seized me to masquerade. The wom
en have been packing the things up-
How Is Your
For sale at
stairs, was waiting for them to ar
rive last evening. It will be hard
to leave the only home I have known.
I guess it was intended that I never
should have a real home." Wistful
eyed, she looked up at Bruce.
"Who," he spoke abruptly, "are
"Why, I thought you knew, I am
Susanah, I have been Miss Latimer's
maid. Sometimes she would call me
her adopted daughter." Bruce was
astonished to hear his own words.
"I shall buy this old place," he
said, "my mother has been wanting
to live in the country. And will you
stay with her here to keep her com
pany while I must be away? II
should like to see you there, whenI
came back, waiting at the gate."
Little Sue smiled. "Of course this is
all a dream," she said. To Bruce It
seemed like a dream indeed, as he
walked back down the moonlit road
but he held a ^vhite rose in his hand.
Donald B. MacMlllan has returned
from his year's exploration of Baflln
bay In the Bowdoln with the news that
the western coast of Baflln land has
been Incorrectly mapped and Its
waters misleadlngly charted. There
are many who will say, "Interesting,
but what of it?"
But there is this about MacMIllan's
discovery. It is not at all Impossible
that it will have a very real and
practical value. The economic poten
tialities of the Arctic we know very
little about. Explorers have, as a rule,
been little concerned with the econom
ic features of the northern wastes,
but there may come a day when the
world will be much concerned about
them. Oil has been found far north,
and some day there may be oil wells
ux Baffin land. The charting of the
waters of Baffin bay will then assume
a new Importance.New York Herald.
There is a brilliant young Britisher
in Washington, the correspondent of
a famous British journal, who has not
been able to realize that the United
States has really voted Itself dry. This
has become somewhat of an obsession
on his part, and many incidents of
everyday life afford him opportunity
for witty sallies in this relation. Re
cently he attended a musicale, and
after an artist had rendered "Drink to
Me Only With Thine Eyes," the Briton
was asked by some one who was the
composer, "Really, for the moment
I have forgotten," he replied, "but one
might say that, whoever be the com
poser, it is opus 18."
That Kind of Art.
An unusually caustic critic was be
ing shown through one of the Paris
art, salons by, an enthusiastic, friend.
TBey stopped before some of the most
modern of modern art.
It was the handiwork of a woman,
and .might have been a life-like por
trait of anything from a sand storm
to a steam roller.
"She seems wedded to her art," the
enthusiast declared, enraptured.
"Yes, and every picture she has
painted is sufficient reason for a di
vorce," was the reply.
Our Apple Crop.
The total apple crop of the United
States this year will be approximate
ly 207,000,000 bushels against 98,100,-
000 bushels in 1921. The commercial
crop of the United States is expected
to amount to 32,600,000 barrels against
the 1921 crop of 21,200,000 barrels, and
33,905,000 barrels In 1920. Washing
ton state, as usual* leads with 7,845,000
barrels, New York is second with
5,830,000 Pennsylvania Is eighth with
Us of Rays by Flowers.
Do flowers use rays not visible to
the human eye to attract insects to
them? Certain Insects can spot ultra
violet light that cannot be seen by
man, and some blossoms, In addition to
their ordinary brilliant hues, vary in
the kind of short light rays that they
Prof. F. K. Richtmyer of Cornell
university told the Optical Society of
America, meeting at the bureau of
standards in Washington recently, that
these invisible rays may guide pollen
bearing insects to the flowers in their
search for honey. Giving signals In
rays shorter than the deepest violet
that we can see brings the flowers the
pollen that is necessary to It in pro
ducing seed. Experiments made by
Professor Richtmyer on Colorado flow
ers show that flowers apparently differ
in their reflection of ultraviolet as
much as in their visible colors.
Unhooking the Hookworm.
Pathologists in the United States
army service in Manila say that al
most nine out of ten persons in the
Philippines have hookworm infection.
The cases are not serious, but they
lower the efficiency of the Filipino
worker and likewise reduce the pow
ers of resistance against malaria,
tuberculosis and other ailments. The
army scientists are using carbon tet
rachloride as a specific against the
parasite. This is powerful srjaff, but,
If chemically pure, seems to be safe.
The doctors tried it out by giving four
times the usual dose to prisoners un
der the death penalty. They got so
spry and boisterous that the only way
to get rid of them was to hang them.
It is a big job to unhook the hook
worm, but science is going to do it.
Give It time and practice.Los An
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Heart to Heart Talks
A new year is approaching, and we
are wondering what it has in store
for us. We are speculating as to
whether the times are going to be
better or worse.
Personally, I have made up my mind
that everything is going to be better,
and right here I want to ask every
reader of this column to take the same
attitude. Let us follow up Dr. Cane's
method of autosuggestion, and say to
ourselves twenty times every day,
"Day by day in every way conditions
are getting better and better." Let
us dircet our imagination into channels
of cheerfulness and optimism let us
keep up courage in spite of the seem
ingly hard times. If we all think and
talk and live prosperity there can be
nothing- else but prosperity in our
If you are always talking of hard
times, hard luck, of your misfortune
and ill health, of people being against
you, of never having a fair chance,
or a fair showing, you are showing
the white feather and creating the
condition of your own defeat. If yo
want to win out in the battle of life
stop believing and talking hard luck
And remember, this applies to a city
or a community, such as ours, just as
well as to the individual.
We cannot attract prosperity dur
ing the coming year merely by sitting
down and wishing for it. Each one of
us must make an effort to do our
level best, to produce something worth
while, thus earning something, and
then keep our earnings in circulation
thereby helping one another. In other
words if we expect something out of
this world we must put something into
it, and we are sure to get our re
turns according to our investments.
My sincere wish, at this time, to all
my readers, is that with the coming of
the New Year there will s?lso come to
you a spirit of new determination,
optimism and cheerfulness, that will
create a prosperity and happiness
such as has never before been experi
enced in this good old village of
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