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R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 per Year.
*J Land Agent.
Spring Goods
Established 1892.
Incorporated 1S97
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Retail orders solicited and
promptly delivered in the
village. Exchange
Paid Up Capital
2 Collecting and
J. J. SKAHEN, Cashier and Manager.
Does a General Banking Business.
Farm and
Railroad Lands
to/ Fine Hardwood Lands, Meadows and Opei
Low Prices and on Easy Terms, for sale by
The Great"Northern and
St. Paul & Duluth Railroad Companies.
For Maps, Prices, and any other information,
write to
A General Banking Business
Loans Made on Approved Se
Paid on Time De-
ana Domestic Es-
5. S. PETTERSON, Pres.
T. H. CALEY, Vice Pres.
Q. A. EATON, Cashier.
Village Loans.
Ope Lands, at
Princeton, Minn.
Duplex Adjustable
Yoke Skirt
It assures a perfect-fitting petticoat
and is the only way in the world that
such a garment can be made to properly
fit. There are imitations of course, but
there never was a good thing yet that
wasn't feebly copied. We have the sa
teen skirts ranking
We are showing a splendid line of Spring Wash Goods,
jri Dimities, Ginghams, Laces, Embroideries, etc. This season's
i|i patterns are beautiful. Call and see 'em.
If you want a more expensive garment
we can get it for you on short notice.
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Fifty Good Young Horses and Mules Constantly on Hand.
Private Sales Daily.
Time Given on Approved Paper.
S i E. MARK, Auctioneer.
ifc to
5 25
I Vestal
(o. K.
$*- C---
ROLLE MIL Wheat Flour
Rye Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Ground Feed, Etc.
this Space
for Snaps. 4.
Joh I Ber
Dealer in
Dry Goods,
Boots and Shoes,
Crockery, etc.
Princeton, Minn.
Meat Market.
E. RIPPON & GO, Prop.
Wholesale and retail dealer in
to to to to to
to to
Poultry and
in Season.
Do not
Forget that 1
keeps a good line of up-to date goods
and when you want anything in the
dry goods, grocery or shoe line call
and see him before you buy. It
no trouble to show goods even if you
do not wish to buy now. and we are
constantly getting in new goods
T. which you ought to see.
i Here
ill to Ob
is the place to get the best goods for
the least money, as it has -always
.been at
The New: Store 1
on the old corner.
Princeton, Minn.
and Advice.
Dr. G. F. Walker
Plates I
TfiBih Ant
Gold and
Porcelain Crowns.
Teeth extracted without pain by
use of Vitalized Air.
Call and' have your teeth ex
amined free of charge. Appoint
ments may be made by telephone
call 55.
In Princeton
1st to 20th
of each
Office in Chapman Building.
In Cambridge
21 to 28th,
of each
Office over
Gouldberg & Anderson's store,
April Term of the District Court
I Will Open at the Court House
''l^i- __, Next Monday.
D. B. Searle Will Preside- The
Calendar Is Small and the
Term Wont Drag.
^The calendar of the April term of
the district court for Mille Lacs county
is, short this year, there being only
about thirty cases to be heard and the
majority of them are unimportant.
The prospects are for a short term
unless there should be a drag in crim
inal matters. Of course the grand
jury will be called upon to. act in the
cases of Greenough and Sawyer, rape,
and McGirinis and Ray, burglary, and
should these cases come to trial the
term may be lengthened.
Among the civil cases appears that
of the Sisters of St. Benedict against
the county commissioners, an action to
recover for the board and* care of
Alguire, a public charge, over whom
there is a dispute. Weinberg and
Steeves will again air their troubles in
court and this case will excite con
siderable interest. Mr. Steeves has so
far been the victor in all the fights.
Foreston wilF furnish a divorce case,
Mary L. Edwards having applied for a
separation from Harry Edwards.
Two cases from this count}- have
gone to the. supreme court. Marie
Rottier has taken an appeal from Jthe
district court's decision in her suit to
recover on an insurance policy issued
by the German Insurance company of
Freejport, 111. The case of Royal Har
rington against the Foley "Bean Lum
ber company has also been certified to
the higher court. The case is an action
to recover damages said to have been
caused by a dam erected in Rum river
by the defendant.
A Neighborhood Telephone.
That the use of the telephone among
the rural population is becoming a
matter of" favorable consideration is
quite} evident from the number of let
ters Received since the appearaace of
tide on "Telephones for Farm
the Farni Journal for January,
$here"^seems no .goo1I~"r'easoi'.
-why the 'farming public should not
avail themselves of a system with so
many advantages attending it, as well
as those residing in our larger towns
and cities. lam asked to give a full
and more specific account of our sys
tem that has for two years given uni
versal satisfaction. It was while using
a short telephone line between our own
dwelling and that of a relative living
on a farm a short distance away, that
the idea of a neighborhood telephone
was first conceived.
Eventually a number of families re
siding on the route considered mostJa
vorable for suc3h a system were invited
to meet at one of the farmers' homes at
a certain date to consider the matter.
The result "was thirteen farmers were
found willing to become members of
such an organization.
The meeting being organized, a com
mittee was at once regularly appointed
first to. secure the right of way," or
rather the privilege of setting poles on
the bounds of the highway adjoining
lands of those not members of the or
ganization. All believed this could be
amicably arranged much easier before
than after any of the work was com
menced. A committee was also chosen
to procure the desired number of in
struments. After investigating the
matter it was learned they could be
purchased much cheaper of an elec
trical company who made it a part of
their business to secure or "assemble"'
the finished portions required for the
telephone from different manufactur
ers' and thus eventually furnishing
their patrons with the completed in
For $13.50 they furnished us with in
struments that were first-class in every
respect, capable of long distance work,
500 miles.' This was much less than
they could be procured for elsewhere.
The only other cash outlay, which
included the two lines of galvanized
No. 12 wire, (metallic circuit,) brack
ets, insulators, and the services of an
expert and lineman to assist in placing
the instruments and stringing the wire
for the eight miles required, was found
to aggregate, including the cost of the
telephones, about $21.50 for each mem
ber. A near-by cedar swamp, where
nearly each member owned a small
tract, afforded an abundance of poles
needed. These, the winter previous-to
their erection, were cut twenty-four
feet long, four or six inches in diame
ter at -small end, were nicely peeled
and placed along the line. During the
early spring, while the texture of the
soil facilitated the work of digging the
holes, the construction of the line was
begun.V"*As all were o have free use of
the line a.t all times, when not us~ed by
others,.it was arranged that each mem
ber should furnish a certain number of
poles, and perform a given amount of
work, butane difficulty with such an
arrangement was made apparent from
the fact $hat some of the members,
owing to certain conditions, were more
heavily burdened than others, which
resulted in a co-operative movement,
all uniting to finish up the work.
After the line was fully completed
and thoroughly tested it was accepted
by the organization. As,vwe
were to
have no central office it was found nec
essary to formulate a code of signals
for the use of the members. A com
mittee was accordingly appointed for
that purpose. The result of its work
in effect was as follows: A given sig
nal made by ringing.the bell on an in
strument "calls up" a certain member.
Thus, A has two long and one short
ring has one long, one short, and
one long ring, etc., whilea long con
tinuous ringing signifies "all up" call,
only to be used in case of fire or other
important occasions.
A copy of these signals is pasted at a
convenient place near each member's
telephone. One soon learns to recog
nize his own signal on being called,
and while a given signal rings all the
bells on the line, one seldom cares to
listen to conversation between mem
bers more than mail officials care to
read the postal cards passing through
their hands.
In inaugurating a syscem of this
character, the organization should, if
possible, be composed of members
whose interests are somewhat similar,
and who, from a social standpoint,
would be considered congenial and
agreeable associates. With no cen
tral office, and for satisfactory service,
the number of telephones on the line
is limited to twenty. After organiza
tion every additional member is ad
mitted by vote of the association.
We now number twelve farmers, two
prominent physicians and one mer
chant, all with the latter exception
being representatives of. our town
Grange. One member is now dele
gated as business manager, having the
entire oversight of the whole system.
A resolution recently passed 're-
quires that members are to pay a tax
^of one .dollar per annum, an amount
sufficient for'theligh^ 'county tax and
other contingent' expenses*tha,t,may
acerue. There are no salaried officers?
From a business and social stand
point it is without any exception gain
ing in favoz-, miles of travel in all
kinds of weather and all conditions of
roads are saved During the winter of
1899, while the fiercest snow storm of
the season was raging and the high
ways impassable, the members of the
line were called up, a meeting organ
ized and the matter of a school of agri
culture to be conducted by eminent
professors of Cornell University was
discussed. The plans were arranged,
date and place named, and a favora
ble reply immediately mailed to one of
the professors as requested, all being
accomplished by members at their own
firesides, with the exception of the one
that mailed the letter.
It is believed the female members of
the households appreciate the bless
ings of the telephone more than others.
During inclement weather, often being
shut in and isolated from the out
side world days in succession in many
farmhouses, to them the telephone
in a most wonderful and mystprious
manner, enables them to converse with
those formerly of the same household,
about sick ones, the condition of the
aged and infirm, daily pursuits, and
matters of mutual interest in general.
Thus are manyliomes made brighter,
despondent ones cheered and made
happier, and the day's burdens more
easily and patiently borne.
Jos. D. COOK.
"The DeestrickSkule."
Amid roars of laughter, the curtain
rose on the "Deestrick Skule," pre
sented last Friday night under the
auspices of the Dorcas society of the
Congregational church.
The bell was rung and school called
to order by tKe* school master in
knickerbockers and long taild 'jjboat
all buttoned up before," and many
were the merry pranks played on him
by his saucy pupils.
It took us some little time to recog
nize our staid and proper townspeople
in that rollicking crowd of youngsters
on the stage, attired as they were in
the costumes Of fifty years ago the
girl% in their pantalets and straight
pinafores, and the Boys in their frocks
and trousers which gave proof of their
mothers' thrift by the size and -number
of the patches.
There sat three good little girls with
their hair neatly parted in the middle.
A curly haired, roguish lass sat next.
All scorned to associate with the dirty
boys on the back seat, one of which,
although dressed*"like a girl in an
atrcnr boytffce, kept his hands "in*'his""
trouser pockets.
The small boys in the audience'
opened wide their eyes to see their pro
fessor play the "Smart Alick," and
two members of the dreaded school
board so Successfully mimic the
naughty pupil.
The irrepressible "Mike"' and fun
loving "Fritz" provoked much laugh
The classes were frequently inter
rupted by one of the pupils who was
afflicted with whooping-cough.
The noon hour recess gave 6s an op
portunity to witness the agility of the
oldest one of the stage, and of another
whose inclination to play with the
girls caused the master much trouble*
In the afternoon the school was vis
ited by one of the committeemen and
by Mrs. Honeysuckle, whose two pairs
of twins were important members of
the school, particularly "Bubby Hon
eysuckle," whose tears were always
"a-wellin," and who had to be dili
gently looked after by his sister, Sun
beam Honeysuckle.
Mrs. Honeysuckle read some touch
ing lines dedicated.to the "skule masf
ter," which would have brought" forli
many tears, but for the interruption
by the other pair of twins to inquire
for the proper place to cry.
The school was then "shown off."
Essays and recitations followed one an
other. One bright little girl ended
her essay with a stirring address to
the committeeman.
One smart boy showed the amount of
"iarnin" he had imbibed by a knowing
discourse on "pins," which showed
plainly enough that he was thoroughly
familiar, through sad experience, with
all the numerous phases of the subject.
The session was finally brought to
a close by a thorough and satisfactory
examination.^ the school by the com
mitteeman, on all subjects.
We of the audience, owe the actors,
and also the manager, thanks -for a
pleasant evening spent in laughter.
Town Elections.
Supervisors, C. N. Archer, chairman,
Adolph Olson, J. H. Fought clerk,
Willie Anderson assessor, E. E. Din
widdie treasurer, F. L. Daigle jus
tice of thepeacef F. E. Jeweii insta
ble, D. Magee.
Sulervisors, W. L. Libby, chairman,
E. Frost, A. &> clerk'yX.'D.
Chamberlain treasurer, J. Goss
assessorfCfraB. Carlson justices-6f:the*
peace, L. D. Chamberlain and,Jdha
Miller constables, E. A. t^
P. Linberg.
Supervisors, E. H. Cone, chairman,
Eugene Bemis, Frank Salee clerk, R.
N. Atkinson treasurer, Lester Kemp
ton assessor, Thos. Pearson justices
of the peace, C. D. Mallory and H.
Van DeReit: constables, Chris Wax
muth and John Gardiner.,,,
Supervisors, E. W. Cundy, chairman^
J. E. DeMers, Nels Sterling clerk,
Geo. E. Cotton "treasurer, Gust John
son assessor, M. E. Olson justices of
the peace, J. Kimball and J. V. Smith
constables, John Lindquist and Oscar
The Plot Thickens.
J. A. Stanton of Sauk Rapids, ex
pects within a few days to engage in
the task of making a preliminary sur
vey for a line of- railroad to be run:
northeast through Benton county to
the Mille Lacs lake country.
Mr. Stanton has had some corres
pondence with Capt. A. H.. Reed, of
Glencoe, president of the Duluth, St.
Cloud, Mankato & Glencoe railroad
and it is at his suggestion that he will
make a trip through the country pro
posed to be traversed by the new line
of railroad. If the line is considered
feasible, Mr. Stanton will form a party
and will proceed to make a regulation
railroad survey.
Capt. Reed writes that the financial
affairs of his company are now in such
condition that he has every reason to
think that the proposed line of railroad
will be built, and it is proposed to ex
tend it through from St. Cloud to Du
luth. From this point to the head of
the lakes three courses for the line to'
take are under consideration. One is
via the towns of Gilmanton and Al
berta in a northeasterly direction and
this'fact will be urged by the friends of
Sauk Rapids in support of the continu
ing of the county seat of Benton county
at that point, and in opposition to its
remoyal to Foley.St. Cloud Journal
Press. v-
Sheriff Claggett and Fred Goulding^,
of Princeton, were in town the latter
part of the week. The sheriff was
looking for some parties who had left
Mille Lacs county with mortgaged/
property.Cambridge Independent,

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