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&1 COUMLJEETIE. The Village Council Met Last Mon- day Night and Transacted Con- siderable Business. A Telephone Ordinance Caused Quite a Discussion--Action Postponed to Next Meeting. The village council met in regular session last Monday night, all mem bers being present. The minutes of the last meeting were read and which showed bills audited and allowed amounting to $521.56. Mr. Caley started the ball rolling for the evening by making a motion to the effect that the amount in the village fund of about $800 be set over to the electric light fund and paid on the blanket or der of $3,100 given by the village to the Citizens State Bank a year ago. The motion of Mr. Caley also called for the transfer of the next two saloon licenses to the electric light fund and the payment of the amount toward the order, and also the amount due the village from the next tax settlement. This meant that the village treasury was to be pumped dry for a partial liquidation of the old electric light fund order, and it did not take long for the council to become involved in a pretty hot discussion of village finances. The thing was carried to a point which entitled the question to be classified with the knotty problem of 'How Old is Ann?" Trustees Libby and Craig and Recorder Borden op posed the motion to thus strap the vil lage. The recorder stated that there was a balance left in the electric light fund of about $900 and while this was to the credit of that fund it would have to be used to pay electric light orders in order of their issue according to a recent State law. Mr. Caley during the discussion stated that it was all rot to have two funds, the electric and general fund, and thought that it would be all right for the purposes of bookkeeping, but not for the .regular transaction of business, but no action was taken by the council to merge the two funds into one. During the dis cussion there was all kinds of opin ions pro and con on a whole lot of matters not exactly pertinent to the question, and President Cooney seconded the motion for the purpose of getting the council to make some dis position of the question which was finally put and was lost by a vote of three to two. After this light began to dawn on the council and a motion of the recorder that the balance in the village fund should be taken and ap plied on the blanket order was car ried. Trustee Libby made a motion that all that portion of the balance in the electric fund remaining after all electric orders were paid should be ap plied to the order and this motion car ried also. The council appeared to be very willing to place all money to the credit of the order so long as the future payments into the village treasury were not anticipated and or dered paid on the order. The council thought that some money would be needed for street work and other pur poses. This ended the finance matter for the time and there will be no more trouble for a while. Trustee Caley asked for permission to pile wood on the vacant village lot adjoining the power house and he was granted the privilege. An application for the appointment as street commissioner by C. C. Tem ple was presented to the council, and Ben Soule was present and also made an application to the council for the same position, and the council engaged his servcies for the present season at the rate of $3 per day for man and team for actual time put in. On motion of Trustee Craig the salary of the recorder was fixed at the rate of $150 per year. This brought up the matter of bookkeeping and Trustee Caley ob]ected to having the books and reports show a list of as sets each year which properly speaking are not assets of the village,. He did not think that the bridges and the crosswalks, etc., should be listed as assets, and in view of the present con dition of some of the new crosswalks his contention was well taken. As the matter of assets was something that came up only once a year in the an nual report the question was left for subsequent action. The next matter that came up for consideration was the report of the committee that was appointed to draft an agreement or ordinance which would give the Rural Telephone Co. some tangible rights and status in the village. As was stated in the Union last week the committee had thought best to draft a general ordinance that would apply in the future to all indi viduals or corporations that might wish to establish a telephone system in the village. Dr. Cooney started in to make his report but had not gone far when he was interrupted by the oppon ents of the general ordinance, the na ture of which was known to all inter ested. Dr. Armitage and his attorr ney, C. A. Dickey, were present to be heard. Trustee Caley stated at the start that he was opposed to any gen eral ordinance which would allow everybody to do a telephone business in the village. C. A.'Dickey stated that when Dr. Armitage asked for per mision to do a telephone business in the village he was given a permit more or less general in its nature, though restricting him to certain streets in the stringing of wires. The contract that the Rural company wanted was to be more explicit in its provisions so that the company could feel like it was protected in its rights and privileges. Mr. Dickey attacked the provisions of the ordinance as drafted and called at tention to the provision for a gross earnings tax which he thought was illegal and could not be levied by the council. Dr. Armitage stated that the laws of Pennsylvania and Minnesota were very similar in the matter of a gross earnings tax for telegraph and telephone companies and said that the law had been tested in Pennsylvania where a certain village had attempted to levy a tax of a dollar a year on each telephone pole and the courts said that a village had no such rights. Dr. Armitage stated that his tele phone business was growing at a rate he never contemplated when he asked for permission to construct lines in the village. The company now has a hun dred miles of wire strung in the vil lage and 200 miles between Santiago and Cambridge. He will be obliged soon to put many of his wires in con duits and what improvements he will make will be on a permanent basis and he desired to get some kind of a contract or agreement from the village so that he might feel safe and secure in his rights. Dr. Cooney stated for the committee that it was not the de sire of the committee or the council to in any way place any unreasonable restrictions on the company or place it at any disadvantage. It was thought best to draft a general ordi nance that would apply to all com panies. It was pointed out to the council that if the ordinance was adopted that the lines of the Rural Telephone company or of the Maple Leaf could be paralleled at any time. Mr. Dickey stated that the ordinance might be amended so that all the ne cessary restrictions and regulations could be embodied in it and still make it so that the council would have the right to say what companies might do a telephone business in the village which under the* charter cannot grant any franchises and can only grant permission to do business in the vil lage. On motion of Trustee Craig further action on the question was postponed until the next regular meet ing. A communication was received from Mr. Hill of St. Cloud who established the street grades, and he made a prop osition to the council to draft an or dinance regulating street grades and crossings but no action was taken by the council. WIL/L, REPAIR BRIDGE. Saaley Bridge on West Branch to be Re paired at Once. (Contributed A meeting of the supervisors of the township of Princeton was held last Saturday at the Sadley bridge on the West Branch, for the purpose of de ciding whether or not the bridge which for the past two years has been in a very unsafe condition, should be re paired. Mr. Harter, the new super visor, was the only one of the super visors in favor of repairing the bridge. It was found upon examination that in order to put it in good condition it would be necessary to have about three thousand feet of plank, one thou sand of mixed lumber, and twenty-five or thirty stringers, and a few piling. After discussing the matter for some time it was decided that the bridge should be repaired and the job was let to Pathmaster Pinkham and Constable Sanford, who will begin work on it this week. Those who voted for Mr. Harter have good cause to be satisfied with their choice, as he is doing all he promised to do and more and to say that the people of West Princeton are pleased to learn that the bridge is soon to be in a safe condition once more would be putting it mildly. Other Potato Fields. The Osseo Review in an article on the spring potato market says: "It will do some of our readers good to know that we are not the only po tato people on earth, that if the entire State of Minnesota did not raise a po tato it would hardly be worth com menting upon. "That in the state of Maine they have one county that raised within two million bushels as many potatoes as the ^entire State of Minnesota raised. "That this is Aroostook county and that this county produces over one half of the entire yield of potato starch made in the whole United States. "That this county has sixty-four starch factories, and the amount real ized by the producers for starch amounts to $420,000. "That the prize yield for Aroostook county is 765 bushels of potatoes on a single acre, and the average yield per acre rarely falls below 200 bushels. "It will be worth while for some of our Hennepin county potato kings to put this in their pipe and smoke it, and learn that there are others, when it comes to raising potatoes." METHODIST. 'Rev. Gratz will preach next Sunday morning and evening. At the morn ing service there will be communion. CONGREGATIONAL. Services next Sunday morning and evening. EPISCOPAL. F. A. Shore will hold services at G. A. R. hall next Sunday morning and evening. SCANDINAVIAN LUTHERAN. Rev. Gronberg will hold services at Zimmerman next Sunday forenoon at 10 a. m. and at the Congregational church in Princeton in the afternoon at 4 o'clock. GERMAN METHODIST. Next Sunday the services will be at Estes Brook and Germany at the ap pointed time. There will be no ser vices in town until the 24th inst. H. Knauff, Pastor. ANENT GOOD ROADS. Something Needed Besides Discussion and Resolution in Making Goods Roads. We will have from now on the usual bad roads, and good-roads "conven tions" and "resolutions" will be the end of the matter until the people go to work and do something besides talk and resolve. There are two sides to this good roads question and I will try and state a few facts without any intention of casting reflection upon conventions or persons. One side is that many of the roads in this and many other parts of the State are in an almost impassable condition a large part of the summer season. People find fault with the roads and they have reason to for they are in bad condi tion, and finally the supervisors of the town are notified or may be the county commissioners are asked to repair a certain piece of bad road. Perhaps a good-roads convention is held about this time and the good roads enthusiasts will say "whereas" and therefore "resolved" etc. Super visors, county commissioners and good-roads convention men all say that something must be done. Now this is all right. Something must be done, but here is the other side of the question: What is to be done and how is it to be done. Our road tax that is worked out every year is merely a drop in the bucket toward keeping the roads in good repair and in many in stances when working out a road tax there is as much time spent in idleness as there is in working. There* is also a general complaint that taxes are too high. Men are not willing to payj^ moderate tax to keep roads in repair. This shows a lack of public spirit. Roads cannot be built nor kept in re pair without money. There area few rare exceptions to this rule, as in a few districts men have given several days work more than their tax. There are a number of roads laid out in this county and some of them have been laid out for several years that are not opened and cannot be opened for the lack of money to pay for the work to be done. We can't open and keep in repair the roads already laid and petitions are being presented calling for more roads to be laid out. Some of them are needed, others are wanted but are not a necessity. Towns are in debt and the county is in debt rural mail routes are being established which are very desirable, but they force upon us the absolute necessity of having good roads. Now under existing conditions what are we going to do with this good-roads question. It is time to do more than to agitate this question, it is time to work instead of talk. HOPEFUL HARRY. The Macaroni Wheat Issue. The Commercial West seems to be sustained in its contention on maca roni wheat. When objection was made last fall to the policy of the argicul tural department in its advocacy of the general sowing of macaroni wheat, Secretary Wilson made spirited re sponse in opposition to any conser vative suggestion affecting the prop osition. The department had over looked the securing of a market for the product, however, and following the suggestion of this paper to that effect, the department took up this important part of the work about September 1 with the result that for eign markets are not promising as an outlet. Prof. Carleton, of the department, who has immediate charge of the macaroni propaganda, has grown con servative also, and he now advocates the general growing of macaroni only on lands that are not adapted to spring wheat. This is commendable and on this basis macaroni can fight for its standing in the markets. To have attempted to substitute it for spring wheat, as Secretary Wilson urged last fall, would have been sui cidal at this time. But best of all, macaroni has now an official name given it by the Wash i ington bureau. It will be known as "durum wheat." With durum grow ing on the dry plains, spring wheat on the rich soils and crops in all the other places, the northwest ought to I be prosperous.Commercial West. g^* toffr'nKX" "rAPRIIj 7, 1904J MKIBB1N HATS NONE BETTER MADE Th NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL AND SANITARIUM. PRINCETON, MINN. Long Distance 'Phone 313. Centrally located All the comforts of home life Unexcelled service. Equipped with every modern convenience for the treatment and the cure of the sick and the invalid. All forms of Electrical Treatment. Medical Baths, Massage X-ray Laboratory, Trained Nurses in attend ance Only non-contagious diseases admitted, Charges reasonable Trained nurses furnished for sickness in private families. MISS AUGUSTA PETERSON, Superintendent HENRY C. COONEY, M. D. Medical Director. A. O. ALDRICH, M. D. Eyp, Ear. Nose and Throat The Rural Telephone Co. THE PEOPLE'S FAVORITE. Lines to Dalbo, Cambridge, Santi ago and Qlendorado. J8T" Good Service in Princeton and to all adjoining points. Patronize a Home Concern. Service Day and Night. CRAVENS & KALIHER, Props. Princeton. Minn. Single and Double Rigs at a /loments' Notice. Commercial Travelers' Trade a Specialty ENOUGH SAID If 1 ^niiimiiiiiMiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiHiiiimiimiiimiiiiiiiiiiiii OUR TRADE GROWING A Head Topic Our trade has been growing gradually the past few years and we have been making it grow by keeping nothing but the best goods and selling at a price which would give our customers some of the profit. We have been obliged to increase our force of clerks, in order to keep up with our rapidly increasing trade, and can assure all our old customers and the public in general that the best goods and the best service will always be our motto. W. P. CHASE, flanager. I LIVERY, FEED! and Sale Stable. Opposite Commercial Hotel. A. H. STEEVES, Prop. $ First Class Rigs on hand day or night. Drafters and drivers always on hand. BUY in the way that you can buy right. BUY at the time when you can buy right, and BUY at the place where you can buy right. YOU CAN buy right if you buy for cash and you can buy right AT all times if you buy at R. D. BYERS, Dealer in general merchandise, agent for Pratt's perfumes and toilet articles and ilcCall Bazaar patterns. For saleOne eight-room house and lot also one cottage with large lot. Inquire of M. L. Wheeler. What is nicer and more confortable than a perfect-fitting hat. The McKlbbin is popular because it is always a good fit, wears well, and always looks well. We have them in all sizes, and can suit you. Hats and Caps of all kinds, and a big stock to select from. l*tet and the Best in Everything Always at Anderson's. E ANDERSON gnmmmmmmmmmmmfmiimmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmn^ How about that 1 House or Barn A You intend 1 to Build? 1 Let us figure on the bill. Quality and right prices is our motto. North Star Lumber Co. GEORGE A COAXES, Manager. 3 Foley Bean Lumber Company Manufacturers and Wholesale Dealers In White Pine Lumber, Lath and Shingles. Also Sash, Doors, Mouldings and a Com* plete Stock of Building Material. f* A A a-*A--,- SMBW SMS SM8 fr* fr* PRINCETON. r* Co.,t ABOUT FACE! on the shoe question. Don't pay $5.00 for $3.50 footwear hereafter. Purchase SHOES for yourself and the family here and the balance will be in your favor. We sell $5 shoes for $3.50. There is really remarkable value In our offerings. Our shoes fit have style and great wearing qualities. S. LONG. Putnam Fadeless Dyes are easier to use and color more goods brighter and faster colors than any other dye. Sold by C. A. Jack, at 10 cents per package. add Papers for sale at the UNION of fice for 25c per 100. Just the thing for acrpets and house-cleaning.