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The Princeton union. [volume] (Princeton, Minn.) 1876-1976, October 17, 1901, Image 1

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Established 1892.
Incorporated 1807.
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Retail orders solicited and
promptly delivered in
village. Exchange work
Paid Up Capital
For Maps, Prices, and any other information,
write to
Land Agent. Princeton, Minn.
Fifty Good Young Horses and Mules Constantly on Hand.
Private Sales Daily.
Time Given on Approved Paper.
A General Banking Business
Loans Made on Approved Se
Interest Paid on Time De
Foreign and Domestic Ex
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"^T J. SKAHEN, Cashier and Manager. *F"
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Does a General Banking Business.
Farm and
Insurance. Village Loans. 2.
Fine Hardwood Lands, Meadows and Open Lands, at
Low Prices and on Easy Terms, for sale by
The Great Northern and
St. Paul &. Duluth Railroad Companies.
E. MARK, Auctioneer.
ROLLE MIL Wheat Flour
Vestal IOO Per Cent
O. K.
Rye Flour, BucMieoi Flour, Ground Feed, FIG.
Foley Bean Lumber
Manufacturers and
Wholesale Dealers in
White Pine Lumber,
Lath and Shingles.
Also Sash, Doors, Mouldings and a Com
plete Stock of Building Material.
I Head and
T. H. CALEY, Vice Pres.
G. A. EATON, Cashier.
Need Protection
This Weather.
A full line of Fall and Winter
Caps, Gloves and Mittens just
received. Warm and comforta=
ble and just the thing.
Dry Goods,
Boots and Shoes
A complete stock al
ways on hand and
prices right.
I would like,to talk
to you about your
Fall Suit
or Overcoat.
Call and get prices and see
what I can do for you.
Next door to Keith & Rines' office
I am ready to
take orders for
and Overcoats.
Come in and see the
a goods and get prices.
Shop in Long's shoe store.
iBBl ll without
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 5 5.
In Princeton
of each'
1st to 20th
Office in Chapman Building.
In Cambridge
21 to 28th,
of each
Office over
Gouldberg & Anderson's store.
The Question of a Home for Prince-
ton Militia Boys and the Prop-
er Steps to Take.
The Law on the Hatter and What
Has Been Done S Far==A Pub=
He Question to Solve.
Shall we have an armory? I looks
as though we might, though matters
are progressing very slowly at the
present time.1
Princeton has a good
company of militia and this is some
thing that, every town cannot claim.
Wljfen the boys returned from the
south after the hostilities with Spain
had ceased, it was proposed that a com
pany of home guards of -militia be.or
ganized and through the efforts of
Capt, Patterson a company was organ
ized, and is now known as Company
of t|ae National Guards of Minnesota.
The company was duly mustered in
and became, a part of the State militia
last spring and in all respects has com
plied with'the State law regulating the
National Guard. Th company has
been using the hall over Berg's store,
which is poorly fitted for drilling pur
poses, and at the last meeting of the
council it was decided to rent Jesmer's
opera house for drills the coming win
The local militia had not been organ
ized long before the village council
was asked to build an armory for the
militiamen, and it was pointed out to
them that under the law it was theassessed,
council's duty to do so: A committee
composed of Councilmen Briggs, Jones
and Jesmer was appointed to look up a
site, and several have been examined,
in an informal way only, as the com
mittee has done nothing definite in the
matter. Section one of the act to pro
vide suitable armories for the com
panies of the National Guard, reads:
Whenever it shall appear by the certificate of
the commander of the regiment or battalion to
which any company, organized under the pro
visions of the general laws of the State of Min
nesota (the military code), and the amend
ments thereof, belongs, that such battery or
company has reached the minimum number of
enlisted men who-.-regularly attend the drills
and r-
rades of such battery and company,,the
CQfcitaaKi?JhA---'ofBcr of the regiment or battal
ion, ths mayor and the treasurer of the city,
town or village, or where there is no mayor,
then the proper authorities of the town or vil
lage in which such battery or company is lo
cated shall constitute a board to erect or rent,
within the bounds of such city, town or village,
for the use of such battery or company, a suit
able or convenient armory, drill-room and
place of deposit for the safe keeping of the
arms, uniforms, equipments, accoutrements
and camp equipage furnished under the provi
sions of this act.
The law says that certain persons
shall constitute a board to rent, erect,
construct and maintain an armory, but
it does not say said, board shall do those
things, though it seems clear that the
mandatory intent of the law is there,
and that it is incumberit on the board
to furnish the militia suitable quarters.
Section two of the act says:
The expenses of erecting, altering, repairing,
enlarging or renting armories, purchasing
lands for the erection of ar^nories, and for pro
viding the necessary camp-stools, apparatus
and fixtures for heating and lighting and the
fuel and gas or oil for the same, and water
closets in such building, and for the proper
preserving from injury the arms, equipments,
uniforms and records stored therein by the
construction of suitable lockers, closets, gun
racks and cases for uniforms, equipments,
arms and records and for the maintenance
thereof in good and, safe repair, shall be a por
tion of the charges of such city, town or village
and shall be levied, collected and paid in the
same manner as other city, town or village
charges are levied, collected and paid.
The law places the armory under the
control of the commanding officer of
the regiment or company, who also has
the power to hire vr janitor, engineer,
or whoever is necessary to look after
the heating, lighting, and general care
of the armory. Such persons shall re
ceive compensation not to exceed $2
per day. for the time actually necessary
in the performance of their duties, and
shall be paid by the city or village
where said armory is located.
It will be seen that the law gives the
proper local authorities acting in con
junction with the commanding officer
of the regiment or battalion consider
able latitude and power in the matter,
but leaves the matter rather open and
indefinite, in that no limit is placed on
the amount of money to be expended,
the legislature presuming no doubt
that such matters would be controlled
by public interest and consideration.
The legislature has been generous in
its legislation for the equipment and
the maintenance of the National Guard
and all that is left for the local author
ities to do is to see that the home com
panies are properly provided for.
There is no civic organization that
means more to the State than a good
well drilled militia company, and it
provides the members with a profitable
pastime and opportunity to improve
and better themselves in a physical
way, as well as fitting them for guard
duty and in a crisis for the duties of
the true soldier. But before Princeton
builds an armory the matter will prob
ably be thoroughly discussed pro and
con. Laying aside the matter of local
pride in having a militia company it
resolves itself into a business proposi
tion of dollars and cents, and the ques
tion of "can we afford'it?" If there is
sufficient interest in Princeton to keep
up and maintain a local militia com
pany, and there is sufficient material
among our young men to keep up a
company to the proper standard, it
would seem to be fit and proper for
those authorized by law to provide the
necessary quarters. Th whole mat
ter is of sufficient public interest to
call for public consideration.
The Work of
the Tax Commission
Comments Thereon.
Tho State tax commission has come
to the conclusion that property, for the
purposes of taxation, should be assessed
at its true and full value in money con
sequently, we may say. that the State
tax commission has arrived at the wise
conclusion that the law as it stands on
the statute books is a law and should
be enforced. I has been customary in
this State, and we believe all other
States, to assfess property for the pur
poses of taxation at a percentage of its
value what that percentage might be
has been regulated by the physical or
mental condition of the assessor or
other authority having the matter in
charge.^ A disordered liver, for in
stance, would have an alarming effect
upon the amount for which a certain
locality or a certain person would be
and a slight headache or a
dose of hay fever has. been known to
play havoc .with the bank account of
the down trodden taxpayer in certain
localities. This is not overdrawing
the case in the least: the law has been
ignored by every officer from the asses
sor who first makes the levy to the
county attorney in whose hands the
delinquent taxes are placed for final
adjudication! This universal disre
gard of the law is so evident to the tax
commission that that body puts forward
as a new proposition,-what is now, and
always has been, the cardinal, the vital
principle of the law as it stands now
and always has stood, that property for
_4he purposes? of taxation shaU be asses
sed at its true and full value. This
much settled the rest is a matter of
detail only. There may be a wide
divergence of opinion as to how results
are to be obtained along the lines of
certain machinery of the law, etc.. but
in the final analysis if the heart of
the law is preserved and allowed to
perform its functions the results will
take care of themselvs. I is possible
probablethat constitutional amend
ments may be required to preserve this
provision of the law sacred, so that it
will apply to all forms of property, but
when that is done the tax law will be
as perfect as it will ex*er be possible for
man to make it. If the provision of
the law requiring that all property for
the purposes of taxation shall be asses
sed at its true and full value in money
can be made to apply to all forms of
corporate propertyand we see no rea
son why it cannotthen this class of
property, although, in some cases,
paying a certain percentage each year
on gross earnings, can be made to pay
such a percentage of gross earnings as
would yield a tax that would be equiva
lent to one levied as in the case of
ordinary classes of propertyand at its
true and full value in money. The tax
commission has taken a long step in
the right direction in declaring an ob
solete provision of the existing tax law
in full force and effect. As before
stated, the rest is comparatively easy
and a matter of detail only. If the
commission will keep to the front the
vital point chey have elucidated: pre
pare a simple code that the 'laymen as
well as he who is versed in law can un
derstand provide for county, instead
of township assessors abolish the city,
town, county and State boards of equali
zation and substitute in their stead a
permanent tax body, it will have earned
its salary as well as the thanks of all
people who belive in a just and equi
table distribution of the burdens of
taxation.Stillwater Gazette.
E. M. Farnham has taken the busi
ness management of the Rural Tel
ephone Co., and will look after the con
struction of the lines of the new com
pany. Mr. Johnson has tested the line
between his place and Wyanett and re
ports that it is working all right.
Princeton will soon be connected with
Wyanett and it will not be long before
Cambridge can be called upor down
The company held a meeting yester
day and disposed of the current busi
ness, paying bills to the amount of $170
and making arrangements for the com
pletion of the line. By next Monday
it is expected that the line will be in
operation between here and Wyanett,
and there will be twelve telephones on
this part of the line.
Lumbermen and Loggers Making Ar-
rangements for Extensive Op-
erations this Season.
A Heavy Cut of Pine in the Forests
of the Fa North Predicted for
the Coming Winter.
The logging operations in northern
Minnesota the coming winter, will be
on quite an extensive scale. The Mis
sissippi Valley Lumberman gives the
following estimate of what some of the
big lumber concerns will do:
"The Bovey-DeLaittre Lumber Co.
will put in four camps this fall, but
will operate but two themseh-es, the
other two being in charge of contract
ing loggers. Their own will be Little
Willow river and a force of 100 men
will be employed. Some 8,000,000 feet
will be cut here. A camp will be op
erated at Prairie river, where S,000,-
000 feet will be put in and one along
the Brainerd & Nortern road will cut
about 6,000,000 feet. I is probable
that other camps will be started, but
the matter has not as yet been decided.
"The Mississippi River Lumber Co.
will start two camps at Cross Lake,
and the total output will be something
like 10,000,000 feet. A large number
of these logs will be sold to city con
cerns, who buy on the market instead
of logging themselves, and a part will
probably go to the Pine Tree Lumber
"The Brainered Lumber Co. say they
expect to put in about 50,000.000 feet
this winter for their own personal use
and for selling to other concerns. Th
company will start four camps them
selves and as many more will be oper
ated by loggers cutting for them. A
portion of the timber to be cut lies
near Bemidji and northwest of that
place and other tracts are in the vicin
ity of Lake Itasca. The bulk of it lies
west of the Minnesota International
"The C. A. Smith Lumber Co. in
tend to put in as many logs this year
as in any previous year, and their en
tire cut will probably -amount $0 100,-
^00,000 -feet," of i^hioh^will be^^riVe^
down the Mississippi for sawing at
their Minneapolis mill. The company
will do no logging themselves this sea
son and the contracts for cutting the
timber, which lies in Itasca county,
have been given to Price Bros., Pow
ers & Simpson and the Itasca Lumber
"The Shevelin-Carpenter Lumber
Co. will get out their usual number of
logs this winter, which will amount to
something like 30,000,000 feet. These
figures are estimates only, as the com
pany themselves cannot tell the actual
number of feet that will be cut. Two
camps of their own will be established
near the Deer river, near which the
timber lies, and logging contracts have
been awarded to Price Bros, and the
Swan River Logging Co., who will
start others."
A Duluth correspondent to the Lum
berman says:
"Logging is quite active, even now,
and will be very much more so as the
fall advances. It is estimated that
there will be a cut of 500,000,000 feet
within thirty miles of Bimidji, as most
of the Minneapolis mills except that of
the Itasca company get their logs from
that district. T. B. Walker is also
logging there for his mills. This will
make Bemidji a very busy place this
winter, as the work will employ 6,000
or 7,000 men and about 400 horses and
their supplies will go in via that town.
The Itasca Lumber Co. will log about
70,000,000 feet on its road running
north from the Mississippi river, and
is extending that line 10 miles toward
the Big Fork and the international
boundary. Alger, Smith & Co., of Du
luth. will log about 100,000,000 feet
during the' year. Th Swan River
Logging Co. will log about 150,000,000
near Hibbing. Musser & Sauntry will
log back of Superior and bring to Du
luth mill about 50,000,000 feet, five
times as much as they cut during the
present year."
The Scanlon & Gipson Lumber Co.,
it is said, will get out about 20,000,000
feet of logs in the vicinity of Bemidji.
Senator Nelson a Plebian.
Senator Nelson has spent most of the
week in Otter Tail county, where he
has an aged uncle who desired his ad
vice in planning and contracting for a
new house and barn. Th senator is
equally at home ditching a farm, build
ing a barn, passing a national bank
ruptcy bill, planning as to the expendi
ture of millions of dollars to restrain
the overflow of the Mississippi, or
counseling as to the government and
commerce of our foreign possessions.
Alexandria Post News.

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