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Established 1892
Incorporated 1897
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E. C. DUNJJ, Publisher. Terms $1.00 per Year.
Collecting and
Retail orders solicited and
promptly delivered in
village Exchange work
I Does a General Banking Business.
2| Insurance.
I Railroad Lands
Paid Up Capital $30,000
Surplus, 5,000
A General Banking Business
Loans Made on Approved Se
Interest Paid on Time De
Foreign and Domestic Ex
change S. S. PETTERSON, Pres.
T. H. CALEY, Vice Pres.
J. F. PETTERSON, Cash'r.
-$J J. J. SKAHEN, Cashier and Manager. j-
Farm and
Village Loans,
Fine Hardwood Lands, Meadows and Open Lands, at /m
m. Low Prices and on Easy Terms, for sale by Z
jp The Great Northern and
St. Paul & Duluth Railroad Companies.
For Maps, Prices, and any other information,
write to
& Land Agent. Princeton, Minn,
Princeton Mercantile Co.
ROLLE MIL Wheat Flour
Agents for
CAPACITY 20,000,000.
postofnce Address, Brickton, Minn. Vestal
100 Per Cent
banner O. K.
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We Flour, Bifflieoi Floor, Ground Feeo, Etc.
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.
The Council Takes Initiatory Steps
Toward Incorporating as a
City Government.
An Ordinance Passed Declaring the
Village a City, Subject to the
Vote of the People.
The first steps toward changing
Princeton from a village to a city gov
ernment were taken at a special meet
ing' of the village council last Tuesday
night when an ordinance was passed
declaring that all the territory now
embraced in the present limits of the
village should be and constitute the
city of Princeton subject to the vote of
the qualified electors of said village.
Chapter 8 of the general laws of 1895are
is an act to provide for the incorpora
tion, organization and government of
cities and at the time it was before tne
legislature was known as the Howard
charter, Senator Howard of Minneap
olis being the father of the act. The
charter was a well framed and thor
oughly drafted document and many
cities are acting under its provisions
to-day. It is under the provisions of
this act that the initiatory steps to
ward incorporation as a city are being
taken by the village council. The law
provides for submitting the question
to the county commissioners by peti
tion of the people, and authorizes the
commissioners to set a day for an elec
tion, but this provision was placed in
the law to protect the interests of the
people and give them sufficient power
to grow and develop in case the mem
bers of the village board did not see
fit to go abead and take the initiative,
which under the law they are empow
ered to do, and which the village coun
cil of Princeton has already done.
The ordinance has been properly
passed and after its publication it be
comes in full force and effect and then
it devolves upon the council to pass a
resolution calling for an election by
the qualified electors of the village
who shall say whether they wish to
organize as a city or not. Aj the reg
ular meeting of the council next Mon
day night the matter of passing the
resolution will comep for considera
tion and it will pass as there does not
seem to be anything in the way to pre
vent it from passing, as the ordinance
was passed without a dissenting vote,
and there were many of the property
owners present to urge its passage.
The village long since outgrew its
old charter and its hands are tied so
far as taking the necessary steps to
ward making much needed improve
ments which are really too numerous
to mention. The streets and sidewalks
are in very bad shape and it appears
that the village has no power to force
people to repair their sidewalks and if
this is a fact then it would seem that it
was high time to get the necessary
authority to do so. Then the streets.
There has been enough money wasted
on the main traveled streets in the vil
lage to have paved them in good shape.
Then we are in sad need of curbs and
gutters in many places. We have al
ready commenced to honeycomb our
streets with private sewers. We seem
to be absolutely powerless to keep our
crosswalks clean in muddy weather.
The fire department has disbanded,
and it will probably stay disbanded
until some duly authorized representa
tives of the village go ahead and get
the boys to re-organize and be in some
shape for fires that are apt to break
out any time. Looking at the matter
all around it would seem that we had
got to the end of the village rope and
that we had better try city ways and
see how it will work.
Should the council pass the resolu
tion calling for a special election there
fahall be forty days notice by publica
tion given and thirty days notice by
posting in five conspicuous places in
the village A majority vote is all.
that is necessary to carry the election,
and after the village clerk has prop
erly filed with the secretary of State
the notice of proper election returns,
etc., then the village becomes a city,
and the old village officers will act and
have the powers conferred on them by
the charter, and they shall serve until
their terms expire and until their suc
cessors have been elected and qualify
as city officials.
The officers of the city government
would consist of a mayor, a treasurer,
three aldermen and two aldermen at
large. The council would have to elect
a city clerk or comptroller, appoint a
marshal, etc. The charter gives city
governments ample powers for provid
ing for all details in their management
and under the act Princeton could
maintain a government that would
give it ample powers and at the same
time the expense of conducting the
city government would be light. More
will be said on this matter if an elec
tion is ordered. The matter is a most
important one and no hasty moves
should be made. First know you are
right and then go ahead.
Opinion of Attorney General on Rotating
Names of Candidates on BallotsAn
Opinion on Registration.
The following ruling has been made
in response to many inquiries received
at the attorney general's office in re
spect to the rotation of names of can
didates on the ballot at the November
"Section 3, chapter 88, G. 1901,
provides that the names upon the
county ballot as to all offices, where
more than one person is to be
elected, shall be rotated as many times
as there are candidates in the office
division in which the greatest number
to be elected. For example, if
there are four representatives to be
elected from some legislative district
and two district court judges to be
elected, the names of the district court
judges and the legislative candidates
are to be rotated four times, but the
names of the political parties are not
to be changed upon the ballot, that be
ing regulated by a separate section of
the law. Where one officer is to be
elected, as tho county attorney, judge
of probate, register of deeds, etc.,
there can be no rotation of a single
name. The only way in which the
rotation could be made in such a dis
trict would be to rotate the party, and
that the law does not allow."
The attorney general also decides
that in villages and towns there is
bat one registration day, and that is
primary election day. This was the
construction placed on the law a short
time ago by County Auditor Whitney.
The attorney general says. "Pri
mary day constitutes the first registra
tion day in all election districts in
the State. In villages but one regis
tration day was provided, consequently
the primary election day took the
place of such first registration day.
It simply remains for the board of reg
istration to supplement the primary
election list by adding thereto the
names of all electors known to the
board, or which could be ascertained
to be! eligible to xote at the coming
^election taken from the poll list of the
preceding general election and post
this li&t ten days before election
Drowned at Sauk Center.
Last Thursday P. Hedin received
the sad intelligence of the death of his
uncle, E. L. Hedin of Sauk Centre,
Minn Mr. Hedia's uncle was
drowned in some unknown manner in
Sauk lake on Monday night of last
week, and the body was recovered
Wednesday afternoon. On the day he
was drowned he had celebrated his
sixty-second birthday. He had been
in the mercantile business in Sauk
Center for twenty years. He left the
business part of the city for his home
Monday afternoon and that was the
last seen of him alive. Some bojs
found his hat oa the shore of the lake,
and a search was instituted and the
body was found about sixteen feet from
the shore in only two or three feet of
water. It is supposed that he oecame
confused and walked off the steep bank
into the waters of the lake He leaves
a wife and five children, the oldest of
the children being twenty-five years of
age and is employed at Long Prairie.
None of the children are married.
New Bride for Isanti County.
Last Wednesday at Elk River oc
curred the wedding of Emil Swartz of
Crown and Miss Celestia Carter,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Carter
of Livonia.
The ceremony was performed at the
Union parsonage and the bride and
groom were attended by Ray Carter,
brother of the bride, and Miss Lizzie
Looney. After the ceremony they left
for their future home in Crown, Isanti
county, where a reception was given
Kicked by a Horse.
Last Monday morning while he was
hitching up his team to make a trip
into the country Don Sausser was badly
kicked by one of the horses. The
horse's hoof struck him in the abdo
men, causing severe internal injury
and pain. Dr. Cooney was called and
attended to the injury and thus far
there are no serious developments.
No bpnes were broken by the injury.
It will be some time before Mr. Saus
ser will be able to get around.
Payment for Mille Lacs Indians.
The Mille Lacs band of Chippewa In
dians will receive a payment at Law
rence on Nov. 7th and 8th. We are in-'
formed they will receive about $30 per
head. This payment has nothing to
do with the estimating and adjusting
of claims for improvements made on
lands around Mille Lacs lake previous
to a removal to the White Earth reser
vation. This will probably be the larg
est payment the band has ever received.
Mora Times.
County Auditor Whitney Distributes
$4,224.45 to the Schools of
flille Lacs County.
Three New School Districts, Two of
Which are UnorganizedOther
School News.
County Auditor Whitney has ap
portioned the school money for the
October settlement with the schools in
Mille Lacs-county. The sum appor
tioned amounted to $4,080, to which
was added $144.45, the amount of the
accumulated fines since a year ago
The fines were not apportioned in the
March settlement as they did not
amount to enough to make any distri
bution. In the present settlement they
amounted to seven and four-fifths cents
to each pupil entitled to share in the
apportionment, making the rate per
scholar $2 0708 The distribution to
the various districts is as follows:
No Dist
STo of Scholars
31 6b 91 42 35 43
37 54
359 187
23 39
18 48 39 3b
32 20
25 33
909 09
64 19
136 67
188 44
86 97
72 48
89 04
76 62
111 82
66 27
275 42
173 95
743 43
387 24
47 63
132 53
47 63
80 76
37 27
99 40
80 76
53 84
b6 27
41 42
35 20
51 77
68 34
Totals 2 040 $4 224 45
There has been a gratifying increase
in the number of pupils entitled to
share in the apportionment of the
school money, which indicates that
there is a more regular attendance of
the children at the country schools.
There are at the present time twenty
eight organized school districts in the
county and two unorganized. Districts
27 and 29 have been formed but have
not been organized as yet. Dis
trict 30 was formed out of district 14,
the Bock district^ that-Jias. 4iad five,
schools. District 30 is "of course
not entitled to any apportionment this
year. District 16 which is located at
Mille Lacs lake has five schools, and
one of them, the Rogers school, has an
attendance of three scholars. There
are just sixty-four scholars attending
the five schools in the district. Dis
trict 14 has now foi^r schools, while
districts 1 and 11 have three, and dis
tricts 3, 4, 12, 18 and 25 have two
schools each.
There are at the present time fifty
nine teachers in the county schools.
The Princeton schools have twelve
teachers, while Milaca has seven. Dis
tricts 14 and 16 have five teachers each,
district 11 has three, and districts 3, 4,
12, 18 and 25 have two teachers each
and the remainder of the districts have
one school and one teacher.
There are ten districts in the county
that have nine months school, five that
have eight, and four that have seven,
the balance having five and six months
Football, Basket Ball and Lawn Tennis
Furnish Recreation.
The athletic diversions of the pupils
of the Princeton high school are being
taken up and cultivated with consider
able interest. Prof White is an en
thusiast on outdoor sports. He -played
with the football eleven of the State
university in the early nineties, and he
is taking great interest in the training
of the Princeton high school eleven
which will play a game with the Elk
River high school eleven a week from
next Saturday at Princeton. The
Princeton boys have been doing some
good seasoning work and with Prof.
White as coach they will develop into
a very good team.- They have secured
their new uniforms and will go in for
touch downs when the time comes.
The girls have not been overlooked
in providing for outdoor sports and a
basket ball team has been organized
with ten members who are fitted
out with pretty uniforms of dark blue,
and have been doing considerable
practicing lately. Basket ball fur
nishes plenty of athletic recreation for
girls and it is fast becoming a favorite
game at, schools and colleges. It is as
good a game for girls and women as
football is for boys. As the Aitkin
Republican says: "It combines all the
good qualities, and lacks a good many
of the bad ones of foot ball. It is a
quick spirited game and cultivates
strength and physical endurance if
played moderately.
"Foot ball will never be played by
women, while basket ball is enjoyed
just ^s much by the boys as by the
girls. It may be played during the en
tire school year if so desired.
"It developes, among other things,
quick perception and judgment. In
one moment, a person must judge space
and time in order to run and catch the
ball at the right place, must decide to
whom it may best be thrown and at the
same time must remember not to
"foul."' It developes physical and
moral courage, self-reliance and self
control, the ability to meet success and
defeat with dignity.
"For the benefit of those people who
do not know anything about the game,
a few hints or suggestions are perhaps
"The game consists of 20 minute
halves with a rest of 10 minutes be
tween. It may be played on any grounds
free from obstructions, said grounds
not to exceed 3,500 sq. ft. The grounds
are marked by a well defined outline
around the field or floor and are divided
into three equal spaces. Five players
constitute a team there are two for
wards, two guards and one centre and
two teams are necessary to play a
game. The ball is tossed up between
the two centers and is advanced tow
ards goal: the better jumper of course
has the advantage. The ball is passed
from one player to another until there
is a chance to edge it. A goal, if made
from the field, counts two points, if
from the 15 ft. foul line counts one
point. The team scoring the largest
number of points of course is the win-
It is to be hoped that the Princeton
girls will be able soon to give an exhi
bition game, as a good many will will
ingly pay a reasonable admission fee
to see them play.
Another outdoor sport that has been
provided for the high school children
is lawn tennis. It is not as rough and
vigorous a game as basket ball or foot
ball, but is a very pleasant field sport
in which many of the scholars are tak
ing much interest.
The Indifferent Voter-.
Booth Tarkington, the Indiana
author who is a candidate for the leg
islature in that state, made a three
minute speech at a recent meeting at
Indianapolis, in which he tells the fol
lowing story apropos of the indifferent
or apathetic voter:
"The indifferent voter, is a worthless
sort of a cuss. He is not a good man.
You have got to make him vote. I re
member a story of an old colored man
and his boy who went fishing at a dam,
and the boy fell into the swirling wa
ter, which soon took him under. A
bystander asked the old man why he
took it so hard when his boy was such
a worthless fellow.
'Why, he had all the bait,' said the
old man.
"That's the way with the apathetie
voter. We need him in our business.
If he realizes what his vote means he
will vote.*'
On the outside of the building a drum
corps at this point started up so loudly
as to bring Mr. Tarkington's remarks
to a sudden close, and he retired amid
the plaudits of his hearers.
Potato Market.
The only feature to the potato mar
ket the past week has been a lively
spurt in Triumphs, which were quoted
a week ago at 30 cents and on Friday
buyers became a little speculative and
paid as high as 46 to 50 cents. The
market opened Monday with the Texas
seeder firm and prices were advanced
until 63 cents was paid Tuesday This
was high water mark and the market
fell off yesterday ten cents, 53 cents be
ing the highest price paid. The mar
ket is purely a speculative one, and
dealers go it a little blind in putting in
Texas seed stock at this time of the
year, and when prices run up too close
to 70 cents, the margin line is getting
a little narrow. Dealers who handle
Triumphs want them when they are
being passed along the line, and don't
stop at a ten-cent advance if one hits
the market. Triumphs are quoted at
an even half dollar now, but what they
will be next week no one knows.
All other varieties are quoted the
same as a week ago.
LaBt Tuesday afternoon the wedding
of George Williams and Miss Bertha
Beto, daughter of Carl Beto of Green
bush, occurred at the German Luth
eran church in Princeton, the cere
mony being performed by Rev. Stamm.
in the presence of quite a number of
invited guests. Miss Anna Williams
and Miss Emma Fisher acted as brides
maids, and Fred Veder and John Will
iams as groomsmen. After the wed
ding ceremony the bridal party drove
to the home of the bride where a wed
ding reception was held. Mr. and Mrs.
Williams will commence housekeep
ing on the old Heitman farm which
Mr. Williams purchased some time

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