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Have Busy Day
Board Has Economical Streak
Light Expense Must Be
Joint State Road Designated.
Reports of State Road
Cor alderable important business
was transacted bj (be Board of Coun
ty Commissioners who convened in
special session at the Court-bouse last
Mrs. Wilhelmine Salkowski's re
quest for reduction of real estate
assessment and taxes was referred to
Com. Steinke for investigation and a
similar application of the State Bank
of Sleepy Eye was rejected.
The stipulation for settlement in
bas ft day proceedings en *red into be
tween Henry Meidl and Martha
Fimeyer wherein the putative father
agreed to pay the complaining witness
she sum of #750 in full settlement of all
claims she bas against him received
the approval of the Board. In the
case of the State of Minnesota against
Lavls Larson, the agreement pursuant
to which Emma Arndt is to receive
•500 In full settlement of her claim
against Larson was also approved.
The report ofv the Board of Audit
was read and ordered recorded in full.
From this report it appears that the
balance of uncollected taxes for 19 0
and prior years amounted to $2960 28
and the tax levy for 1911 to$216,330 97.
Of this amount taxes were collected
and abated aggregating $211,831.33
leaving a balance uncollected on Nov.
1st of $7,459.92. From said report it
further appears that with a balance of
$172,690.06 on band May 31st, the total
receipts to Nov. 1st amounted to $.39,*
839.93. Of this amount all haft been
disbursed to the various funds, except
$97,940.27, of which $67,940.27 is on
cheeking accounts in the various banks
of the County and the balance of
130,000 which is on Certificates of De
posit drawing interest at 4 per cent.
Com. Steinke filed a written report
showing the expenditure of i512.25 for
grading and graveling State Road
No. 1 east of Sleepy Eye. Com. Pol
kow filed a written report showing the
expenditure of $598 50 for grading and
graveling State Road No. 7 in the
Towns of Burn8town and North Star.
Com. Polkow also presented a written
report showing that $606.80 had been
expended for grading and graveling
State Road No. 1 in the Towns of
Prairieville and Leavenworth south of
Cobden. Com. Ericksonfileda written
report showing the partial work done
in grading and graveling State Road
No. 8 in the Town of Linden and the
expenditure of $84.00 for that purpose.
The Board refused to take action on
the engineer's final acceptance of the
completion by Contractor G. E. Gil
bertson of parts of Judicial Ditch Nos.
5 4 6 until they bad satisfied them
selves of the completion of the work
according to specifications.. The
Board later in the session having
satisfied themselves by a personal in
spection that the work bad been com
pleted according to contract ordered
the payment of the sum of $421.50 on
Judicial Ditch No. 5 and $459.03 on
Judicial Ditch No. 6.
County Attorney Erickson was di
rected to present the County's claim
against Nicollet County for medical
treatment and attendance of Lars Sol
gaard, a pauper of that County, to the
State Board of Control.
To enable the Cdunty Board to de
termine where electric light is wasted,
if any, the County Auditor was in
structed to have separate meters placed
in. the various office* in the Court
house and in the jail building.
That the County Board had an eco
nomical streak was evidenced by the
further fact that they ordered the
telephones reduced in the Court-house
to 4 unless the telephone company
should be willing to grant a lower
Acting on the advice of the Attorney
General the petition for change of
County road in the town of Linden
In the matter of the delinquency,
neglect and dependency of Elizabeth
Allen, bills aggregating $15.90 in all,
Subject the approval of the State
BTtghway Commission the legally
dlreotly South of Comfrey on the
Couaty line, thenoe running east for
five miles waa designated as a Joint
State Road and (Jom. Erickson was
appointed to take up this matter wirh
County. A highway one mile long
running north and scuth In the Town
of Mulligan to intersect with the
proposed joint state road was desig
nated as filiate Road No. 17 subject to
tbe-approval of the State Highway
Upon the request ofJacob I. Bargee,
Co. Com. of Cottonwood County, the
sum of S144 was allowed to aid in
building a state road along the County
line west of Comfrey.
The requestor a bridge across the
Minnesota River in the Town of Eden
was laid over to the January meeting,
The County Auditor was authorized
to draw his warrant for the sum of 880
in favor of the Town Treasurer of the
Town of Albin, the County's share of
two concrete bridges erected across
the county ditch, Com. Erickson
having reported that they were well
Fred Krentz was allowed the sum of
$56 25 for cleaning County Ditch No.
5, the work having been authorized by
Com. Polkow and Steinke. After
allowing bills aggregating the sum of
$3970.97 the Board adjourned.
Meeting of Brown Co.
The meeting of the Brown Co.
Farmers. Association at Springfield
last Wednesday was a success from
start to finish. The members living
in the vicinity of Springfield, backed
by the merchants, and the Ladies
Literary Society, made a showing
which would be a credit to a County
Entries of the cereals and vegetables
were numerous. L. E. Potter, acob
Ruock and L. Olesen made a very
creditable showing with their farm
exhibits. In each instance the ex
hibits included everything produced
upon the farm in the way of grains,
grasses, vegetables, corn, meat, butter
and preserves. These exhibits in
que«tionr7rjBfieot|4 credit .upon .the
farmers who went to the trouble of
bringing them in, and also demon
strated that they are tillers of,. the
soil who fully understand successful
farming. The Pioneer Nursery of
New Ulna made a good showing of
nursery stock, and six varieties of
winter apples, also taking 2nd prize
on Yellow Dent corn. Aug. Dehn of
Milford captured 1st. on Blue Stem
wheat. Otto Friton of Sleepy Eye
took 2nd on White Dentjeorn. The
other prizes with the exception of those
on apples which went to the Pioneer
Nursery, were won by farmers around
The judging was done by Prof.
Olesen from the Agricultural College,
who placed the ribbons to the perfect
satisfaction of the contestants. Prof.
Olesen also spoke for an hour on
"Corn Growing." Prof. Mayne,
Principal of the Agricultural School
gave a very good address on "Main
tainance of Soil Fertility." The
professor is a very interesting speaker
and held bis audience- to the last
minute. He laid special stress on the
fact that we must provide phosphor
acid for our crops in the shape of
ground, steamed bone meal. All the
other elements can be replenished by a
rotation of crops, including some of
the clovers, and a diligent application
of barnyard manure, but the only way
to get the phosphoric acid is to buy it.
The abandoned farms in the East are
plentiful proof that we cannot take
crops from the land for centuries,
without putting something back into
The Corn Dinner, which was served
by the Ladies Literary Society, was
certainly a filler. Pork and beans,
corn breaa and syrup, plenty of
bread and rolls and old fashioned
pumpkin pie made of real pumpkins,
just such a dinner as a person needs
on a cold day, and as the diners
marched out they looked a great deal
happier, than when they went in.
Merchants and farmers rubbed elbows
at the same table, and judging by
looks it was bard telling which were
Prof. Mayne gave another talk in
the evening. Pres. Vincent of the
University, who was detained by a
Regent's Meeting, will deliver his
address on Thursday evening Dec.
19th at the Opera House in Spring
field. The association now numbers
seventy-five farmers scattered over all
parts of the county. The total amount
paid out for premiums was $54.
It is proposed to have the summer
S meeting and picnic at Sleepy Eye.
YOLUME NEW ULM, BROWNCOUNTY, MINNESOTA,"WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER U,im.
never heard of such a
as Christmas Day
When every one should
Because it is the custom. It's no use
To give out all your money
Is all you get. Besides these toys
Are a great detriment to our girls
Not in the least instructive—and do
you not remember
How slim your pocket book was at
the end of last December?
And then this foolish notion every
Of that old Christmas spirit in the air!
It is a miracle that such a fast pro
Will all its other nuisances not yet
This notion into space—I keep my
money and achieve
A great deal more than others, so I
must beg leave to say—
"To you who fain would live the best
kind of living
Remember that receiving is better far
First Clash in Judgeship Contest
In the contest over the judgeship of
this District inaugurated by M. E.
Mathews on December 5th the first
legal clash will come this week Thurs
day when motions will be heard
It will also be urged on behalf of
Judge Olsen to strike out as irrele
vant and immaterial the allegation
that in some of the voting precincts
the election officers were not sworn as
provided by law and were not citizens
and to make more specific the allega
tion that illegal ballots had been cast
and that the count was erroneous.
In the second motion which will also
be argued at that time a change of
venue is demanded from Marshall tbe
county-seat of Lyon county to New
Ulm the county-seat of Brown county.
As yet, no petition has been Sled by
either party for a recount of the votes.
Attorney Somsen will attend the
hearing and take part in the argument.
While out at Gilbert Knudsou'e
place in the Town of Albin Saturday
evening, Emil G. Hage broke tbe
rear axle of his famous Cadillac,
putting the car out of commission.
Outside of tbe inconvenience and
delay Mr. Hage suffered but little, as
the damages are but slight
The Machine Gun Company was
inspected and mustered Wednesday
evening at Turner Hall by Col. Geo.
S. Whitney, Asat. Adjt. General of
the State. This muster' was ordered
for the purpose of allowing the* new
company the annual inspection money
which amounts to $7.00 for each mem
ber who is present at the muster. The
company was organized after tbe
regular annual inspection and would
have been entitled to no state aid this
year if this special inspection had not
been ordered by Adjt. Gen. Wood.
Col. Whitney complimented the men
on their military appearance and
their efficiency in drill. After the in
spection refreshments were served in
tbe Dutch Boom which were thoroly
enjoyed by all.
My, but I'm glad
before Judge G. E. Quale at Marshall, [work Wednesday afternoon and were
Judge Quale of Willmar was appoint
ed by Gov. Eberhart last Friday to
hear this contest. Judge Olsen will
be represented by Virgil B. Seward of
Marshall, Henry N. Somsen of New
Ulm and Geo. T. Olseo of St. Peter.
Mr. Mathews wiU be represented^Jtagrale
Tom Davis of Marshall
Tbete will be two motions for Judge
Quale to pass upon. In the first order
to show cause the attorneys for Judge
Olsen will move the Court to strike
out from tbe notice of contest the
allegation that Judge Olsen is not a
citizen on the ground that it is sham,
false and frivolous. In support of
their contention they will introduce a
certified copy of the citizenship papers
granted to Judge Olsen in St. Louis
County on October 3J, 189a. That
this allegation has been incorporated
into the contest notice merely as a
bluff, there cannot be a shadow of
doubt, as tbe contestant by inquiry
could have found out the facts as they
give »W Juit think of all the joy we'd mias,
|. and what a blue
Life we would have to lead, if not
There were one holiday for faith and
And what a lot of fun it is to buy gay
That liven up our darling girls and
And then you'd never feel so much
the joy of living
The year to come if you had not been
The year before and that sweet
gladsome Christmas spirit
Do you not feel it in your bones, and
In Christmas bells and children's
voices? I beg leave
To say, "To give is better far than to
Wanda Gag '12.
Raping Pleads "Guilty" to Charge
Court is still in session and from
present indications the balance of the
week will be consumed in disposing of
the cases which are still pending.
The grand jury completed their
discharged. They found fiur true
bills, two against Henry Raping, for
attempted carnal abuse of a child, one
against Harris Waliin for assault in
tbe second degree and one against
George Hale for carnally knowing a
under the age of consent.
Oo thirst day ol the term citizen
papers were granted to the
following ten applicants: Jos. F.
Garrow and Louis Shapiro, of New
Ulm George Rothmeier, Albert
Koepke and Andreas Ubl, of Sleepy
Ee Gustav Ricbter and John Baptist
Roiger, of Springfield Peter Boresen
Sveum and Ole Andrew Sennumstad,
of Hanska, and Christian Hans Peeler
sen, of Evan.
The petit jury convened Wednesday
morning. Thomas Hovde of Lake
Hanska and Hugo Friton of Stark
having left the County had not been
served and Alois Gulden was excused
because he is a member of a regularly
organized fire department.
The following cases were reported
settled when Court convened Wednes
day morning: State of Minnesota vs.
Lavis Larson, Emma Arndt vs. Lavis
Larson, Ole T. Helling vs. Hanska
Milling Co., Wolfgang Hacker vs.
Geo. Tauer. Chas. Baltrusch vs.
Burg Cigar Co. ami Win. H. Dempsey,
garnishee and tbe case of Bank of
Perth vs. H. F. Berkner was dis
The first case to require the at
tention of the petit jury was the case
of the State of Minnesota vs. William
Wenger. In this as in the other
bastardy case (State of Minnesota vs.
William Wieland) which was tried
immediately thereafter tbe jury found
the defendant guilty and tbe Court on
Friday morning sentenced William
Wenger to pay to the mother the sum
of $6.00 per month for the support and
maintenance of the child until it shall
have arrived at the age of 14 years
and to furnish a bond in the sum of
$500 to the County conditioned that
tbe child shall not become a county
charge. William Wieland received
the same sentence. George Hale ad
mltted that he was the father of the
child born to Rosa Schneider o'
Springfield and sentence against him
was deferred until the disposition of
the criminal action which is pending
In the case of Mrs. Carrie Anderson,
incompetent against Thomas Larson
and Emma Larson brought to recover
one-third of the crop raised on Mrs.
Andersen's farm, the jury awarded
tbe plaintiff $150.48, the amount de
manded in the complaint.
The next case to be tried was that of
Geo. Reiser against W. E. Korth.
This was an appeal from Justice
Court. The plaintiff claimed there
was due him from tbe defendant for
furnishing labor and material in the
erection of his garage a triile over $50
and the jury brought in a sealed
verdict Monday morning awarding
plaintiff tbe sum of $49.25.
Court took a recess Saturday coon
until Monday morning when the
criminal oaJhmdar.was tahen up. Tie
first case called was that of thf State
of Minnesota against Henry Kaplog
and the defendant informed the Court
that He wished to change his
••not guilty" to "gullty."f»F
A jury was thereupon impanelled in
the tiase of Stale of Minnesota again*}
George Hale which after brief de
liberation found him guilty of the
offense with which ha waa charged.
As we go to press the case of tbe
State of Minnesota against Wn. Die
polder is being tried. Tbolaat of the
criminal cases, State of Minnesota
against Harris Walltn will be reached
Prize of $100 Offered For Best
Martin Penning is home from his
visit in the Cities and reports a very
good time at tbe Horticulturists
meeting held in Minneapolia tbe first
week of tbis month. He had many
warm band shakes with old friends
whom he met there after a separation
of years. The Horticulturists
annual banquet was held Thursday
evening and from six thirty to ten
thirty tbe guests spent the flying
minutes in feasting and merriment.
There was a splendid program. A.
J. Alwin accompanied Mr. Penning to
The day sessions were well attended
and much that was interesting and
helpful was discussed. Mr. Penning
read a paper on the subject of
"Plums" and the Society decided to
offer an annual prize of $100 for tbe
best seedling plum grown in tnis belt
An annual prize of a like amount is
offered for the best winter apple pro
duced each year during the next seven
years. This offer is made to horti
culturists living in Minnesota, the
north half of Wisconsin, north third
of Iowa, and anywhere in the Dakotas
and Manitoba. These prizes will
awaken interest in fruit culture and
all over tbe section there will be men
competing for the prizes. Mr. Penn
ing foretells that we shall see wonder
ful-changes in fifteen t«htwenty jear^
and that the Middle West will be
counted as one of the fruit producing
regions of tbe country and we shall
not have to use western apples but
will grow our own with the richer,
finer flavor that the hardier varieties
The Time is Short Only a Few
Tbe time is growing very short. It
is only a matter of a short time and
then tne New Ulm Publishing Co's.
Great Subscription Contest will be
history. Therefore it behooves each
and every contestant to put forth their
best efforts, from now until the end of
the contest which is Pec. 31st.-12.
Enlist the help of your friends,
everyone of them, at this particular
time. Urge them to help you in every
possible way. No doubt they have
been promising you their help toward
the end of the contest and that time
bas arrived and its up to every con
testant to hold their friends to the
promises they made earlier in the
We predict that the next issue of the
paper will show some very great
surprises in the standing of the
various contestants. Every bit of
work that you do for your favorite
will count and count big duricg tbe
life of the' EXTRA VOTES offer
which is found elsewhere in this issue
of the paper. Read this extra vote
offer and you will readily understand
just why every new subscription given
to your favorite contestant means
muoh to that person, providing, of
course, that such subscriptions reach
your favorite and are turned in to the
New Ulm Publishing Co. before the
expiration of this last and greatest
offer of the entire contest.
Below we give you a standing of the
contestants up to Monday Dec. 16,-12.
WHICH ONE WILL WIN? That
depends upon tbe efforts of each
contestant's friends to a great extent
and to a much greater extent than
most people imagine. Therefore we
say to you, tbe people who are
Interested in the outcome of the con
testants, GET BUSY RIGHT NOW.
Herbert Baltrusch, New Ulm.2,942,100
Elfrieda Toberer, ..2,095,650
Martha Winkelmacn, Hanska 81,200
Ida Engelbert, New Ulm
Leo Seifert, New Ulm
John W leaner, Sleepy Eye..
J. M. Roekvam, Courtland..
Fred Christiansen, Linden..
At Men's Club
Leeture On Tbe "Single Ttoxtr
SystemByC. J. Buell Was
Next Meeting Will Be Held
Not Yet Complete.
/The Men's Club of the Congrega
tional church held its regular monthly
session Thursday, Dec. 12th. The
meeting opened at 8:15 p. m., with an
attendance of approximately seventy
five men. It was quite an enthusiasm
tic meeting, and the speaker of the
evening, Mr. C. J. Buell, of St. Paul,
delivered a speech of some length,
which was exceedingly interesting.
Hofmeister's Boys' Orchestra
played five or six selections during:
the evening. The orchestra is made
up of fourteen' boys, the oldest six
teen and the youngest nine years of
age, and they certainly play very well.
Victor Reim, son of C. G. Reim and
Capt. Hofmeister also played a violin
Duo from Mazas.
The Program Committee for the
next meeting, to be held Thursday,.
January 9th, will consist of Dr. O. C.
Strickler and Mr. H. L. Beecher.
Extracts of Mir. Buell's address out.
the 8ingle Tax question follow:
"When we consider this subject ful
ly it is a question which interests
everybody. When you recall the fact
that every time you sit down to break
fast and put a spoonful of sugar or
cream into your coffee that something:
like one third or perhaps more of the
cost of that sugar or cream is tax,
the subject becomes interesting to us.
When you. consider the fact that every
time you buy a suit .of .clothes for
yourself or your family that part of
that cost is tax, the subject becomes
a very interesting one, but I am ndt
going to dwell much on that part of
our taxation system. I want to call
your attention to some features of
the state and local taxation.
"Here are two quarter sections of
land, one just as good as the other
and worth just as much. A man
buys one quarter section and you tax
him on everything he builds on that
quarter section. You trefjt him just
the same as you lo the man that gets
drunk, and goes down the street rais
ing particular hell here in the city.
You fine him just as if he had been
doing a wrong thing! I don't think
that system is right. I don't think/
there is a man in this Toom that
thinks that system is right. I don't
think there is a farmer in Brown
county that believes that system is
right—the system that adds to the
burden of* taxation because- a man has
gone on and made a farm out of a
quarter section of wild land, and all
the while that he has been .doing this
the adjoining quarter section has been
increasing in value. Just in propor
tion as this man has been working to
make a good farm out of his quarter
section, the adjoining quarter section
that lies there idle is constantly be
coming more and more valuable, and
if this man wants to get that quarter
section also, he finds that this quarter
section lying next to him will cost
him a great deal more than did the
first quarter section he bought and
who has made the value that is in
this vacant, idle quarter section? Why,
the very farmer who has been here
at work, he and the other farmers who
live all around who have been at
work developing their land and mak
ing it useful. They are the ones that
have made the vacant quarter sec*
tions worth what they are and all this
while the useful citizen has been
taxed a great deal more than the
speculator who has been holding idle
the quarter section,, and when a fel
low comes along and buys this other
quarter section and builds on it then
you begin taxing him just the same
as you did the first fellow.
"Now, my- opinion is that those two
quarter sections should be taxed just
alike, without any regard whatever
to what improvements this man has.
put on his land. If yon vast fco din
criminate at all, I think you oujat hot
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