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CORNER STONE LAID. The riethodists Lay the Corner Stone of the New Edifice With Due Ceremony. Rev. Dr. Forbes Delivered an Elo- quent Sermon and Address Last Sunday. Palm Sunday, D03, will be remem bered a long tune bythose in Princeton who heard Dr. Forbes preach at the M. E. church in the morning and who at tended the la\ ing of the corner stone of the new church in. the afternoon. The da\ viill always remain a great landmark in the history of Methodism in Princeton and vicinity, as the stone that a-, placed in the new edifice will indeed be a. stepping stone to higher things The ceremony was lmpres-d\ e, not alon^ became of the tact that it was an e\ entot much Import to the M. 11 church ot Princeton but also because of the fact thai it show-, the fow ot a great moral and religions t.de *n Princeton and cnn [leu Dr Fornix came ap icm St. Paul to be ,HW'. and to at the ce'T1 ion1 ~^a preacherofficiate neb with the or mo-t app' o[)' t" a sermon i.astertide and ro'" *-he occasion. The Vpha e_ a o: hi-, -.ermor. were fin* foi t\-n n~h chanter ot Genesis and the second chapter of St. Luke. The sermon 6 ,c"ihe the pathway from the da\s of Atnaham. Isaac and Jacob alone througn th" a^es to the coss and res urrection An intimation of the star of Bethlehem could be discerned when Jacob called his sons to hio bedside as he was aooat to die and placed the seal of Messianic prophecy upon Judah. "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law giver from between his feet until Shiloh come.*' The history of the children of Israel, and their journey to the promised land was pictured with great clearness and power and when the prophet foretold the birth of the Saviour as he looked o\erthe great cities of the orld he named none ot them for the birthplace ot Chris" There was Koine in her glor\. Classic Athens with its great culture and learning, Alexandria with its wonderful libraries, and Bab\lcn with its magnificer-o. but none of these great cit-^s were to be the birthplace ot the Sa^ ioiu. "But thoa Bethlehem, Ephratah. though thou 1 little among the thousands ot ."iudah, \et out of thee shall hf come toCti unto me that Is to b" ruler ^t Israel wbose goings forth ha\ bet. ot old horn e'lastm The int'h o. hi 1st was to mean the deiticafon of i 01 the no i'-nation or the Diet idl\ did Forbesmc tmp th a'.\ent of the Great Redeemer, and tin u\it rd esui' ertion and ascen-ion ,n i he told of the glorious 'UMM hat h. niacin "hp \vorhliah ho 'I' v\ Fathe-'s house a I nu'^oi 't Lr were not so 1 won't 1. Id to piepaie a nia^ kn.'u'i ha where a1 th"'" \o ua" be ^iso The'-v. ,)itbus ann now ni Pr. Foilxs' i L, 'ef*ia time and to tin -uo 'i ie -h 'IM' a Ion iests it*! RE\ DR. FORBES Christ Allusion was made to Lite's retrospect and when he told of his go ing back to preach at his first church and beheld all new faces In the congre gation, and on the tomb stones of the church \ard he read the names of his old stewards and members of his first congregation there was a picture of desolation on his face. It was also a bad reference he made to the class of twehe joung ministers of which he was a member who were ordained at Winona in 1872. Of this class of twelve Dr. Forbes is the onl\ member in the State to-daj. "Where are they all?" he inquired with a voice full of emotion. 'Tf Christ be true I know where the\ are, and if Christ be not true I know not where they are.'' Man's philosophy falls far short of meeting the desires of the world which Jesus Christ alone can satisfy He told of visiting an Indian mission way up on Vermillion lake and of seeing a star and cross of tissue paper, the si lent but beautiful reminders of a Christmas observance in that isolated mission. The black children of the South sing the same songs of the Christchild of Bethlehem, translate the songs into German and the same songs are sung up and down the "Rhine and in far Norseland echo the same sweet strains. The heathen temples are becoming mustj and moukL and in the silent re cesses of the Himalayas, and along the Ganges, over the Dark Continent, and behind the great wall 01 hma, the new temples tbe li\ nig God are be ing dedicated to Christ. The sermon was a masterpiece ot hope and faith and Dr. Forbes made all who heard it feel de^ph the true spirit of Eastertide. Special music was fur nished b\ Mr. and Mi s. l\n lor. Mrs. Coone\ and E. A. Ross, while Mrs. Ben Soule acted as organist Mrs Coonej and Mrs. Tajior sang a daet b\ Xe% en, entitled ''Bles-.ec! Sa\ior. The* I Lo\ e." CORNER STO'b LVID. Set in its Vluoe With Due ant! fritting Ceremoiij. The ceremom of lading the corner stone ot the new church occurred in the afternoon at .'5 o'clock. The e^ient was a most interesting one and fulh 500 were present to see the block laid in its place. In tne ceremom the rit uai obser\ ed in the laying of the cor nel stone in M. E. sanctuaries as used. Re\. Dr. Forbes officiated, as sisted b\ Re\. Grat/. The aadress was delh e- ed b\ D-. Foib^s and his re marks were most fitting for the occas sioi He said that weie told to subdue the world, ant that man as God's a^iv in lu.toldi His oreat plans We oui'd homes and places of busin ss and man his deslie to wor sl ip Ins reato: nlds churches. Home was the world's first institution, but with all its inluences foi good, it 1 1 L.e\e" ta\" the place of the churcb. her-"- tlv \um, those in their prime and the aged kneel at the chancel where the sacramental seal is placed on the brov and thp ordinance of baptism 's administered: where the baOL is o^oi'aht to christen, where hnde aiu groom ,oin hands fore\er, and wlice at Lest th.p coffin with its deaa is p1 iced hen the hist sad rites aie said The pu pit was the great educator ol the Ame' ''can people, and the iegisla u'e and the chut eh work hai.d and hand The legislature makes the laws, while the church aids largely in er\ stalizing public sentiment, in shaping legislation and in helping to enforce laws. The church was also the great singing school of the nation. It teaches us to sing '-All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." Jesus. Lover of My Soul." '-Rock of Ages" and all the area* songs that have cheered thousands from childhood to old age. The church was the mother of song audpoetiw. No infidel ever wrote a great song or poem. There were three things from which we could not escape, sin, sorrow and death. The church was God's remedj lor sin. It stood for those things that taught men how to live and how to die. Dr. Forbes paid a tribute to the Methodist Episcopal church, and told of its great work in religious fields. It was broad and liberal and its only re quirement was that man should flee from the wrath that is to come. Its religion was a simple religion and was marked b\ warmth of heart and re quired no great intellect. After the address the Rev. W. E. J. Gratz read the following brief sketch of the Methodist church of Princeton: In the year 1844 the Rock River Con ference appointed Rev. Joseph Hurl burt to the St. Croix River Mission. This Mission included all of the settle ments of the Mississippi and its tribu taries above the head of Lake Pepin. This was the first work done for the R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 per Year. PJRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 1903. white settlers of this region by the Methodist Episcopal church. As early as 1835 the Rev. Alfred Brunson had been sent by the M. E. church to take charge of a mission among the Indians on the upper Mississippi, which work is being carried on to this day. The first session of the Minnesota Conference was held August 7-12, 1856 at Red Wing, Bishop Matthew Simp son presided. In the following year the Monticello district was formed. Rev. S. T. Sterrit was the presiding elder. This district had for its bounda ries. Minneapolis on the south, Belle Prairie on the north, Princeton on the east and as far as the elder could do am work on the west. This year we have the first record of an official visit of a presiding elder to Princeton. It is quite probable that Re B. Christ visited and preached at Princeton before this as he traveled much over this section of Minnesota, though I have found no record of this fact. The presiding elder writes: ''At Piinceton, Brother William Dunham and Brother Thomas Goulding consti tuted the official board. Brother Dun ham was class-leader, steward and ex hort er."' A letter that I receh ed from Rev. John Hooper who was the first preacher in charge here and who now lives at Minneapolis, fits in ]Ust here and is of interest. Under date of November 12th, 1902. he sa ''M\ own records of that time have been lost: hence what I write will have to be mosth from mem or\. appointment to Princeton was i the spring of 1858 and I think this was the first time it stood on the list of appointments. If so I was the first to the appointmentnot the first to pi each there for others had been there and organized a class,(who I can not sa^) as well as I can remember of about twenty members. The appoint ment was called 'Princeton Mission' with fift\ dollars apportionment. There was neither church nor parson age when I went there. Our services were held in the school house on the east side: but before winter closed in, we had both church and parsonage and that winter assisted h\ Brother S. O Adams, we had a glorious revival. In connection with Princeton I had four other preaching places, West Branch at Mr. Perkins' house: Battle Brook, Spencer Brook and Trot Rrook. But in Princeton was the only organized society I was1 ference years. My presiding elder was S. T. Sterrit the first year and D. Brooks the second ear. M\ successor was G. W. Stevenson." The church which was then built stood northw est ot Us about one quar ter of a mile. In 1800 as the records at the court house show, lots 4, 5 and 0 in block 7 were bought h\ Rev. Alfred Cress\. And a little later the church was mm ed o\ er onto these lots and the parsonage was mo\ed o\er and con A erted into a barn and a new parsonage was built. (This is the house and barn now owned b\ Mr. William Geckler. The old church is now used by Mr. N. E. Jesmer as a ware-house.) The re cords from this time on until Rev. F. H. Tubbs came in 1873 are a little un certain. 11e\. A. H. Abbott and Re\. J. J. Stanton served the charge during this period. Re\. F. H. Tubbs, who Ihes in Los Angeles. Cal. came in the ear 187.5. J. M. Akers, 1874. S. S. Bow dish was pastor 1875-76. C. F. Kings land. 1877-78. Under Brother Kings land the countiw about Princeton was blessed b\ a splendid revival. Rev. A. J. Brock had charge of the field in 1879- 1880. Obadiah Burnett, 1881-1882, Wil liam Brown, 1883-1884. In 1885 Rev. J. S. Bouck was sent to this charge. It was under his leadership that the church in which we have been wor shipping up to the present was built. It cost the people of that day much sacrifice. Brother Bouck himself carry ing much of the lumber for the work upon his back. He was nobly assisted by a strong building committee of which Brother Robert M. Neely was treas urer, and Brothers Benjamin Soule and A. W. Woodcock were members. This was a frame church costing about $1,500. 28x48 in size and seating about ISO people. In 18S7 Rev. Lee L. Tower was sent to Princeton to succeed Brother Bouck. He did not stay his year out, but was followed by Brother John Sargent who came from England and remained until the fall of 1890. Under the ministry of Brother Sargent the church was blessed by a glorious revival, and the present parsonage was built. He was followed in '90. '91, '92 by W. H. Skemp. Rev. W. L. Langrell, '93, '94. F. H. Roberts '95, '96, '97, '98 and '99. Under Brother Roberts the Methodist Episcopal church at Greenbush was built. Brother Rob erts was followed in June 1900 by Rev. George E. Satterlee who was reap pointed in the fall of 1900 and remained until in October 1901. He was suc ceeded by the present pastor, Rev. W Edward J. Gratz. In the spring of 1902 the question of a new church was agi tated but work was not begun until late in the summer. The official board of the Methodist Episcopal church of Princeton, Minn, is composed as follows: Trustees, A. W. Woodcock, E. M. Farnham, W. H. Townsend, N. E. Jesmer, J. D. Tann, H. H. Farnham, G. A. Townsend, W. P. Chase, F. A. Lowell. Stewards, A. W. Woodcock, W. H. Townsend, B. P. Taylor, M. S. Farnham, J. H. Burke, R. M. Neely, C. W. McFarland, A. Z. Norton, and F. A. Lowell. District steward, M. C. Barrj. The members of the building com mittee are: W. H. Townsend, A. W. Woodcock, E. M. Farnham, N. E. Jes mer, J. D. Tann. At the conclusion of the reading of the historical sketch Rev. Gratz an nounced the contents of the box that was to be sealed up with the corner stone. The box contained the follow ing: Midland Christian Advocate Minneapolis Christian Advocate Xew York Epworth Herald, Chicago Copy of Methodist Discipline Koster of Ladies' Aid Society Copy of New Testament and Psalms Historical sketcn of Methodist Church of Princeton Year Book and Minutes of the Northern Min nesota Conference. 1902 Epworth League Current Topic Leaflet with names of officers ana topics and leaders Copy of Re\ Grat7 New Year's Greeting photographs of Re\ Dr Forbes and Re% Grat*. Two copies of Princeton UM OJ The box was locked and placed in the niche directh under the stone, and the master builders, William Hatch and Hemw Heitman, then proceeded to put the corner stone in place. Mr. Heitman with trowel and mortar made ready the place for the stone to rest and with the assistance of Mr. Hatch the stone was set in place, and with level and mallet it was squared and leveled and made ready for the new edifice that will stand on its present location years after those who wit nessed the corner stone laying have passed aw ay. Work on the new- church will be pushed as rapidly as funds will permit, and Rev. Gratz and the building com mittee will labor hard to practically complete the building this year. i A DECIDED HIT. Te at Princeton twro con Anoka Young People a Great Success in "The Liars." JThe dramatic entertainment given at J-'hQ opera house last Friday night by "the home-talent company frbmritooka was a real treat and the people of Princeton have nothing but congratu lations for the \oung people who have made such a success of the production of "The Liars." The house was crowded, and when Alf. Molander and Miss Edna Craig appeared in the curtain raiser, entitled '-Drifted Apart the\ easily got '-next" to the \er\ appreciative audience. The scene was a cle\ er pre sentation ot an estrangement between i husband and wife. There was the gaj. dashing independent spirit when love is blasted b\ the mam social func tions full of snares and temptations. The scene reached a climav of hate bordering on separation, onh to change to a loving reconciliation. Mr. Molan der and Miss Craig enacted the scene like true artists. "The Liars" was a three-act fai'ce in which a married man gets into an awful predicament b\ writing a note to his wife to just let her know that he knew she went to a vaude\ ille show instead of attending a concert. Those in the cast were the Misses Isabella Howatt, Etha Bland. Florence Allen, and Messrs. Roe G. Chase. Alf. Molander, Walter Murfin and Harry Clare,\. All did ex ceptionally well for amateurs, and are deserving of a great deal of credit. The Nachbar orchestra furnished the music during the evening. After the play there was a social dance which was attended by about forty couple and Nachbar's orchestra played for the merry dancers. The total receipts for the entertainment amounted to $109.25. Out of this was deducted the hall rent amouning to $10. hotel expenses, $9.50, including supper after the entertain ment, printing $4, and car fare, livery, etc., amounting to $22.60, the whole amounting to $46.10, leaving a balance of $63.15, which amount Mr. Briggs will turn over to the famine fund. Hign School Base Ball. The high school boys have reorgan ized their ball team and have elected officers as follows: Adon Whitney, mgr. Sam Shaw, capt. Ralph Pierson, sec. and treas. The line up for the season is as follows: A. Whitney, F. Nachbar, p: E. Thompson, 1st base R. Farnham, 2nd base: S. Shaw, 3rd base J. Janikula, ss: G. Cordiner, If: R. Pierson, cf: F. Woodcock, rf: S. Skahen, sub. Their first game will be with the Elk River high school team at Prince ton on the 25th of April. Advice to the Widow. Widow (tearfully)My daughters are now my only resources. FriendTake my advice and husband your resources well.Princeton Tiger. A MERITED ROAST. Public Examiner Johnson is Unfitted for the Position He At- tempts to Fill. Has no Regard for the Rights of Others Provided He Achieves Notoriety. To one acquainted with the facts, it is evident that in ignoring the misde meanors and making much of the few good deeds of the State public exam iner, the Republican newspapers of the twin cities and an influential polit ical element which is back of them have an axe to grind. None but those who will not see could be so blind to the condition of affairs in the office of the examiner, which is fast becoming a State scandal. A recent publication declares that "it is evident that the people who are urging the removal of Mr. Johnson are not familiar with the character of the service he is rendering the State in his capacity as public examiner.'' The people of Minnesota who are urging Mr. Johnson's removal are altogether too familiar with the character of the service which that gentleman is ren dering. Granting, for the moment and for the sake of argument, that Mr. Johnson has done everj specific thing that has been claimed for him, the peo ple of northern Minnesota declare, from knowledge founded on experience, that he is utterly unfit for the duties and responsibilities of the high office of public examiner. The office of public examiner is one of hea-^y responsibility. He must be fearless in exposing wrong doing, yet exceedingly jealous of imputing wrong to the innocent. The incumbent of such an office should be a man of high character, keen and courageous in the discharge of his duties but sensitive in the extreme to the rights of others. Such a man, the present incumbent emphatically is not. His official career demonstrates his utter irresponsibility. We grant that Mr. Johnson has been active but his activity has been that of a man who runs amuck. Mr. Johnson's doings in northern Minnesota are enough to condemn him forever as a public official. He spent months in Polk, Norman, Red Lake and Marshall 'counties' fnvestigating the records- of different county officials. At the con clusion of his labors, he announced that he had discovered that the people of these counties had been robbed of thousands of dollars by their public officials. An im est ig at ion followed and it was demonstrated that not onh had the people ot these counties not been robbed of a dollar, but that public busi ness had been conducted with an in tegrity and efficiency that had saved these counties thousands ot dollars. Mr. Johnson was unable to produce one particle of evidence to support his gra-ve charges. The inquiry which he set on foot simpl demonstrated that he had made his charges out of hole cloth. Any man so utterly irresponsible is wholly unfit for the office of public ex aminer. The petitions for his removal are based on fac^s that can be proved. The interests of the State demand that this matter shall no longer be hushed up but that it shall be fully investi gated.Crookston Times. Council Meeting. The regular meeting of the village council was held last Monda\ night. But little business was done, other than the matter of making arrange, ments to take up and cancel all out standing village orders by issuing two blanket orders due in one and two years in amounts sufficient to cancel all unpaid orders. The new law com pelling the payment of orders in nu merical order makes it impossible to meet current expenses by issuing over draft orders, and the council will at its next meeting Friday night of this week issue the blanket orders. The matter of filling in the site of the old bridge east of town and putting in a culvert will be taken up, and gen eral street work under the supervision of Street Commissioner Soule will be considered. There are several extensions of the water mains desired by property own ers which will probably be made this season. Easter at the Churches. Next Sunday is Easter Sunday and there will be special services and ex ercises at the different churches. At the Catholic church Father Levings will hold mass at 9 and 10:30. At high mass there will be a special musical program by the choir. The Method ists will observe the day with an ap propriate sermon in the morning by Rev. Gratz. New members will be re ceived and the sacrament of the Lord's VOLUME XXYII. NO. 17. Supper will be administered. In the evening the Sunday school children will give an Easter program with speaking and singing and there will be a short address by the pastor. The evening exercises will begin at 7:30 o'clock. At the Congregational church there will be a special Easter program given by the scholars of the Sunday school at 11 a. m. There will be no services in the evening. GOLLDINO JURY DISAGREES. It Remains Out all Night and is Unable to Reach an Agreement. The jury in the Goulding case failed to reach an agreement and after being out all night came into court this morn ing and informed the court that they were unable to reach an agreement. The jury stood eight for acquittal and four for conviction most of the time, and for a number of ballots the jury stood seven to five. There was no ques tion in the discussions as to the girl being under sixteen, but the general incorrigibility of the girl as was indi cated by her own testimony and de meanor during the tibial evidently had much to do in shaping the jmVs opin ion of the case. The case was contin ued and defendant released on a thous and dollar bond. JUDGE BILL MAY FAIL. Senators of Seventh District Are Generally Opposed to it. The bill for a third judge in the Seventh judicial district, which passed the house of representatives on March 27, is opposed in the senate by most of the members in the senate and it will be defeated unless the attitude of the senators change. It will cause considerable disappoint ment in Little Falls if this is the case. If the bill for a third judge is not passed there is a sentiment in favor of transferring Morrison county from the Seventh to the Fifteenth district. The latter district which includes Crow Wing, Cass, Itasca, Aitkin, Hubbard and Beltrami counties, has just been allowed a second judge, and they could more easily care for the Morrison county work than can the two judges in the Seventh district. A telephone message from Repre sentative Rider states that the senators from the counties in the Seventh judi cial district met on Friday and the only senators favoring the bill were" Ferris and Brower. The others are Barker, Wood, Ward, Batz. Cole and Peterson, and all of them who were present opposed it.Little Falls Tran script. Death of Henry Murphy's, Father. Henry Murpln returned from Wis consin last week where he went to see his aged father who died a short time after Mr. Murpln arrived at the old home. His father died on March 26. The funeral was held at Monroe, Wis., on Maich 30th at St. Victor's church, and a large concourse oi old neighbors and friends were present to paj their last tribute of respect to the departed. Mr. Murphj was born in the county of Armaugh, Ireland, Feb. 24, 1318 and came to America with his parents when he was two \ears of age. He was mar ried in 1S4T and his wife died a year ago. He settled in Wisconsin in 1855 and located on land in Washington township. Green count\. on which he resided until his death. He was the father of nine children. Fire at OgiUie. A fire broke out in the building owned b\ a man by the name of An derson at Ogilvie last Monday morning about 5 o'clock and destroyed the build ing. A small frame building used as a millinery store also burned, and the barn and a part of the office building of the Eastern Minnesota Land Co., also burned. Mr. Selander went up to Ogil vie last Monday to see how badly the land office was damaged. Was Fatally Burned. Mrs. Michaels, the aged mother of Mrs. Demi who was burned at the time the Demi house was destroyed by fire last week, at Foreston, died from her injuries last week and was buried at Foreston last Saturday, Father Lev ings officiating. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery at Foreston. She was seventy-eight years of age. The "Drive" on Snake. The present high stage of water formed by the melting snow is being utilized by the lumbermen and the drive has been started from the land ings tributary to and upon the upper waters of Snake river, says the Mora Times. Lost an Index Finger. Andrew Peterson of Dalbo, while working in a saw mill at that place yes terday had his left index finger so badly lacerated bj a slab saw that he was obliged to go to the Northwestern hos pital where Dr. Cooney amputated the finger.