The Board of Viewers Make Several
Inspections and Estimate Ben-
efits and Damages.
Benefits Amount to $2,835 and Land
Assessed From $1.00 to $4.00
The Greenbush ditch viewers have
concluded their work of viewing the
proposed route of the ditch and have
filed their report with the county audi
tor who will submit it to the board of
county commissioners at their next
meeting at which time a date will
probably be set ior a hearing before
the board so that all parties interested
may have a chance to be heard. The
board of viewers consists of Justice
Chadbourne. R. A. Ross of Green
bush and Albert Morehouse of Fores
ton. They made two trips over the
route last Friday and Saturday with
the surveyor and made a thorough in
spection of the land to be in any way
affected by the ditch. The viewers as
sessed the benefits all the -nay from
$1 to $4 per acre and after deducting
the damages to be awarded the total
benefits will amount to $2,835. There
were 1,400 acres of land assessed. It
is said that the benefits to accrue from
the drainage of la"nd by the proposed
ditch will amount in time to several
times the cost of the ditch. The board
of viewers suggested that a tiling be
placed under the road in place of an
open ditch as was ab first proposed.
In two places the ditch if constructed
will benefit the road west of the town
It was possible for the viewers when
they were out last week to ascertain
the amount of water in the marshes
and low lands and meadows and to
note the direction of the flowage.
Despite the value of the ditch there
will be opposition to the construction
of the same by several parties who
have land that will be affected and
which of course has been assessed for
the construction of the ditch. Some
farmers ar-e fearful that by the drain
age of the lake and the wet land ad
jacent the water in Battle Brook will
be lowered. It is not denied ljut what
it will but not to an extent to mate
rially affect the water in the brook
which during wet weather overflows
and causes much damage to adjacent
fields and property. On the other
hand there are some who think that
the ditch will cause the water to over
flow their land in seasons of very high
water, but it is said that the flow of
water in the ditch can be regulated so
that there need be no danger from any
THE COUNTY BONDS*.
Last Court House Bond Matures in July
K. K. Bonds Mature in 1906.
It will not be such a very long time
before Mille Lacs county will wipe out
all its railroad and court house bonds,
for which the tax payers of the county
have been contributing taxes a good
many years. The last court house
bond will mature in July of this year,
and there will be no further levies
made for this purpose. The county
was bonded for $15,000 for the con
struction of its court house.
In 1906 the railroad bonds will all
be paid. These bonds originally
amounted to $47,000. In 1898 an east
ern party who held $17,000 of these
bonds accepted payment from the
count} for the same, and by taking
them up and cancelling them the
county saved $7,000 in interest, as the
bonds drew five per cent interest,
amounting to $850 a year. Henry C.
Fridley owns most of the remainder of
When the railroad and court house
bonds are paid it will make some
difference in the tax rate of the county
as the tax for railroad bonds has
been as high as six mills and for court
house bonds three and four mills.
In July 1899 the county voted $10,000
in funding bonds to pay the outstand
ing indebtedness of the county. The
first bond of $1,000 matures in 1906,
$1,500 in 1907, $2,000 in 1908, $2,500
in 1909 and $3,000 in 1910.
COUNTY SEAT FIGHT.
Becker People Want County Seat Re
moved From Elk River.
Sherburne county has a county seat
removal fight on its hands, and Becker
has started in to make the removal
battle. The citizens of that place
pledge themselves to furnish a court
house equally as good as the present
one and to also build a jail. They
claim to have $5,000 already sub
Of course Elk River will bitterly
oppose the proposition, and the Clear
Lake Times throws cold water on the
project and says that should a petition
carry it would mean a special election
at a cost to the tax payers of from
$500 to $800.
The residents of Sherburne county
are fully able to decide where they want
to go to attend court and the fight will
be watched with interests.
Electric Linos to the Lake.
Fred James who has been running a
blacksmith shop at Spencer Brook
and who sold out some time ago. has
rented the old Carlson farm in the
town of Baldwin, Louis Pierson hav
ing gone in with Mr. James in the
renting of the farm. They will plant
twentj acres to beans and the balance
of the tillable land will be sowed to
small grains, corn and potatoes. Mr.
James returned the first of the week
from a trip to Mille Lacs lake and
Brainerd where he went with Ashley
Durham who took up several head of
horses which he will work on railroad
construction the coming season with
his brother John. Mr. James says
that Ashley Durham will probably
take up some land near Brainerd and
mrke that section his future home.
He also savs that there is much specu
lation in Brainerd and Little Falls
over the possible construction of an
electric line to Mille Lacs lake the
coming summer. There has developed
considerable rivalry between Little
Falls and Brainerd over the construc
tion of a line to the lake country and
Mr. James thinks from what he heard
while in Brainerd that the road will
be built to the lake from that point
Three \ears of Guard Service.
On April 29th the terms of enlistment
of nineteen members of Company
will expire. It will be three years
since the company was organized and
mustered in as a part of the na
tional guards. Since that time sev
eral of the original members of the
company have dropped out of service
for various reasons. Those whose
terms of enlistment will expire are
Sergeants Williams, Johnson, Bovn,
Sellhorn, King and Schimming: Cor
porals Tritoh, Marshall and Pratt:
Privates Anderson, Boyn, Cordiner,
Jones, Jesmer, Reinhart Manke, Pal
mer, Rockstad, Steeves and Thomp
son. In all probability most of the
members will re-list as in order to
get credit for continuous service they
will be compelled to do so. There are
rewards in the shape of medals that
await those who have to their credit a
long and honorable national guard
Seeding will be delayed this spring
on account of the cold, backward
weather and the fact that the ground
was so wet last fall that in many
places it froze solid and the frost
will be some time getting out of the
ground. In some places seeding will
begin in a few days, but there will
not be any general seeding of any con
sequence until about the first of May.
It is said that there will be more acre
age to wheat this year than last, per
haps about ten per cent more, while
reports indicate that the acreage to
corn will not be as large as last, year,
though it is pretty early to make any
statement that would be at all correct.
The acreage to potatoes will be fully
as large as last year.
Poor Ventilation in Court Room.
The court room of the Mille Lacs
county court house is one of the worst
ventilated rooms that it would be pos
sible to make and the architect who
planned the building must have lived
in a dug out. Every term of court the
air in the court room becomes foul and
filthy because of poor ventilation,
there being no overhead ventilation
of any kind whatever. Last week
Judge Searle remarked on the poor
ventilation and said that the matter
ought to be looked after at once. The
county commissioners should make
provisions tor some better way of
ventilating the court chamber before
another term of court.
Death of Elk River Pioneer.
Leonard C. Heath, one of the early
settlers of Elk River, died of old age
last Friday and was buried Sunday
afternoon. Mr. Heatth was born
eighty-five years ago in the state of
Maine. About fifty years ago he lo
cated in Elk River and has made his
home here ever since. He leaves two
sons and one daughter. Mr. Heath
was a good neighbor and a man of
strict honesty. This was illustrated
in his business dealings. If he did
work for you you were perfectly safe
in not fixing the price in advance.Elk
Will Preach His Farewell Sermon.
The Congregational and M. E.
churches will hold union services next
Sunday. In the morning the services
will be held at the Congregational
church and Rev. James Steenson will
preach his farewell sermon at this ser
vice. In the evening services will be
held at the M. E. church and Rev.
Grats will preach the sermon. The
union meetings were suggested by Rev.
Gratz who (thought they would be
quite appropriate in view of the fact
that Rev. Steenson will sever his rela
tionship with church work in Prince
ton next Sunday.
R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 per Tear. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 1904.
Civil and Criminal Calendar Finished
Last Friday and the April
Term Was Adjourned.
Harley Wright Cleared While Mer*
cer Entered Plea of Guilty and
Went to Reformatory.
The April term of court adjourned
last Thursday and the seat of justice
was like a deserted village Friday,
while Janitor Clark of the court house
remained monarch of all he surveyed.
He cleaned up the court and jury
rooms and locked them up until next
The case of J. R. Greenlees vs. the
Dalbo Warehouse Co. came to a sud
den termination by the attornev for
plaintiff making a motion to dismiss
the action which it is said will be tried
in the United States district court.
This case finished up the jury cases,
and the balance of the civil calendar
was disposed of as follows: The case
of the State of Minnesota vs. St. P. M.
& M. Ry. Co. will be tried at cham
bers. The mandamus case of John
Goss s. E. E. Whitney, county audi
tor of Mille Lacs county, was tried by
the court and will be argued at St.
Cloud, and the same disposition was
made of Sjlv ester Kipp et al. vs.
Josephine E. Wilkes, Edward L. Reed,
et al. Testimony was taken in the case
of Milton S. Rutherford vs. Edward
L. Reed and briefs will be submitted
by the attorneys in the case. On mo
tion of attorney for plaintiff the case
of the Thompson Cattle Co. vs. Foley
Bean Lumber Co. was stricken from
the calendar. W. H. Townsend vs. C.
M. Hallberg and N. N. Nelson, appel
lant, was placed on calendar on mo
tion of respondent and order filed
In the divorce case of Christina
Hoppe vs. Louis Hoppe, a decree was
granted and defendant paid plaintiff
the sum of $500 in settlement of all
claims in the action.
It did not require much time to dis
pose of the criminal calendar. The
only case tried by the jury was that
of the State vs. Harley Wright, who
had been indicted by the grand jury
charged with having uttered a forged
instrument. It was claimed that
Wright cashed a forged Dalbo Ware
house potato check at R. D. Byers'
store, which paid the potato Checks of
that company. Wright did not deny
the fact that he had taken a certain
check to the store, endorsed it and re
ceived the money on the" same, but he
stated that he had cashed the check
for another party and he did not know
that the check was a forged instrument.
The State failed to prove Wright's
complicity in the crime and when the
jury took the case, there seemed noth
ing else for it to do but return a ver
dict of not guilty. The jury after be
ing out a short time failed to agree
and so informed the court who again
made the charge to the jury as clear
as possible, and after returning from
dinner the jury brought in a verdict
Charles Mercer pleaded guilty to
the charge of indecent assault and was
given a reformatry sentence.
The case against Amos Freel, Gil
bert Perry and Isaac and Marion
Brumbaugh was continued over the
term, each defendant being placed un
der $100 bonds.
John Kruger entered a plea of
guilty to selling liquor on Sunday and
paid a fine of $25, while John Q.
Evans paid $20 for selling liquor to
SOME CENSUS FIGURES.
The Government Issues a Bulletin Showing
How We Grow.
The census bureau has issued a bul
letin whice gives the estimated popu
lationn of the United States for 1903,
exclusive of Alaska and the insular
possession of the United States, at
79,900,389. This is an increase of
3,905,814 since the census of 1900.
The population is estimated for 438
cities having 10,000 or more inhab
itants in 1900. According to these es
timates, New York is now a city of
3,716,139 inhabitants Chicago has
1,873,880 inhabitants Philadelphia
has 1,367,716 St. Louis has just
passed and Boston has almost reached
the 600,000 mark Baltimore has 531,-
313 Cleveland is now a considerable
distance ahead of Cincinnati, which
cities have 414,050 and 332,934 respec
tively Buffalo also has considerably
increased its population, being cred
ited with 380,413 inhabitants San
Francisco and Pittsburg are close
competitors, the former having 355,-
919 and the latter 345,043 Detroit,
Milwaukee and New Orleans have just
passed 300,000 and Washington is
close to that figure.
Considered by states, New York
leads in population, with more than
7,500,000 Pennsylvania exceeds 6,500,-
000, and Illinois has passed 5,000,000
Texas has over 3,000,000 having
passed Missouri. But twenty-two states
now have less than 1,000,000 inhab
itants and fourteen exceed 2,000,000.
The estimates are made in a bulletin
giving estimates of population in 1901,
1902 and 1903, for all cities of 10,000
inhabitants or more in the United
States. It shows that the number of
incorporated places having a popu
lation of 10,000 inhabitants or more in
1900 is 438, with a total population of
24,044,347, while the estimated popula
tion for 1903 is 25,806,987, an increase
of 1,759,260. The same cities between
1890 and 1900 increased over thirty
two per cent. Part of the increase
during the three years is due to the in
clusion of suburbs.
The population of Minneapolis is
given at 214,112, St. Paul, 172,038 and
FERRY STRUCK BY ICE FLOW.
Boat Capsizes and Three Men Have Nar
row Escape From Drowning.
While the Otsego ferry near Elk River
was crossing the Mississippi river
last Thursday morning it was struck
bj an ice flow and overturned. The
Star-News says: "Chas. LaPlant and
S. F. Wright, the passengers, were
thrown into the icy water, and Pros
per Vassar, the ferryman, managed
to reach the small boat. Wright's
team and wagon disappeared in the
"The men made a heroic struggle
among the cakes of ice. LaPlant
was the first to get ashore. He was
almost gone when grasped by friendly
hands from the land, and would have
been unable to swim any further.
"Mr. Wright had on a long overcoat
which greatly impeded his swimming,
and he would doubtless have drowned
but for the timely rescue by some
river men with a bateau. Both men
are prostrated by their struggle in the
cold water, but will doubtless recover.
"The ferryman saved himself by
cutting lose his small boat. The
vv recked ferry was overtaken some dis
tance down river and haulded ashore,
but it will be quite a while before re
pairs can be made and people and
teaigis ferried across. This accident
again!emphasizes the urgent need of a
bridge at this place.
"Mr. Wright's loss is about $350,
but this is small in comparison to the
loss of a life. As the boat turned
over Mr. Wright was slighltly hurt by
being kicked on the head by one of his
Station Co. 3rd Infantry M. N. G.
Princeton. Minn., April 12, 1904.
Orders No. 2.
1. Pursuant to general orders No.
3, headquarters M. N. G. c. s., this
companj will be inspected by regular
army officer (retired) at the opera
house. Monday evening, April 25,
1904, at eight o'clock.
2. In order to prepare for inspec
tion it is necessary that all members
be present at regular drill Monday
evening, April 18, 1904, and special
drill Thursday evening, April 21,
3. Blue fatigue uniform with caps,
white standing collars and white
gloves will be worn for inspection.
Uniforms must be clean and all brass
and metal parts of equipment carefully
1. Excuses for absence from inspec
tion must be made to company com
mander not later than Moday, April
18, 1904. Absence when not excused
will be punished by a fine of $7.00.
5. Transportation will be furnished
membres away from home to company
station and return.
C. A. CALEY,
Capt. 3td Inf. M. N. G.
First is for Dunn.
The friends of Robert C. Dunn of
Princeton are confident that he will
get a majority of the delegates of the
First congressional district. A Dunn
supporter who was in St. Paul said:
I am confident that Mr. Dunn will
get all the counties of the First con
gressional district with the possible
exception of Mower and Freeborn.
There is a factional fight in Mower
county, both sides are inclined to
favor Dunn. Freeborn county will be
for Justice John A. Lovely. I believe
Dunn will carry Fillmore county, one
of Collins' supposed strongholds, al
though there may be a divided dele
gation. "Pioneer Press.
Has Typhoid Fever.
Fred Newton is confined to the North
westerly hospital with quite a bad at
tack of typhoid fever. He has not
been feeling in the best condition for
some time and he was obliged to give
up the first of last week and go to the
hospital where for a few days he was
very sick. The fever will have to run
its course with him, but with the best
of care and attention at the hospital
he will pull through all right.
FOUND GUEST DEAD.
Fritz Kuhrke Dies While at Home of
August Dehn--Found Dead in
Bed in the Morning.
Walter B. Carter Dies at Home of
Son in HiJaca-Buried in Oak
Fritz Kuhrke, a bachelor farmer who
lived on the old Sanford Buckingham
place in Wyanett, was found dead in
bed last Saturday morning at the
home of August Dehn in Germany. He
had been spending the evening at Mr.
Dehn's and was in his usual jovial
spirits. He remained until a late hour
and was urged to remain all night
which he did. When he failed to get
up in the morning Mr. Dehn went to
his room and was startled to find that
his guest was dead. There was no
evidence of Mr. Kuhrke having strug
gled or made any attempt to get out
of bed. Dr. Cooney was sent out to
view the remains, and decided that no
inquest was necessary, death having
resulted from apoplexy. The funeral
was held Tuesday. Mr. Kuhrke was
a brother of Mrs. Geo. Schmidt.
Death of Walter B. Carter.
Walter B. Carter, one of the old
settlers of the town of Greenbush, died
at his home in Milaca Tuesday of
bowel obstruction. He became se
riously ill Monday and Dr. Cooney
was called in consultation with the
Milaca doctors in the case, and de
cided that there was but one thing to
do and that was to perform an opera
tion but owing to the serious condition
of the patient there was little hope to
be held out as a result of the opera
tion. It was found that there was a
gangrenous condition of the bowels
and the case was practically hopeless.
Mr. Carter died a few hours after the
The funeral was held at the home in
Milaca early this morning and the re
mains were brought to Princeton for
interment at Oak Knoll cemetery
where Mr. Carter's wife is buried. At
one time he was a member of Wallace
T. Iiines post, being an old Civil war
veteran, and the -remains were taken
in charge by the post upon their ar
rival in Princeton and the G. A. R.
service was read at the grave.
Mr. Carter leaves a son and two
daughters. He rented his farm in
Greenbush about a year ago and lived
with his son and daughter at Milaca.
He was seventy-one jears old.
THE SPELLING MATCH.
Prmceton High School Team Will Spell
Elk Rner To-Morrow Night.
The spelling match between Prince
ton and Elk River teams will occur at
the high school in Elk Riv er to-morrow
evening. The personel of the teams is
PrincetonElla Cotton, Ada King,
Grace Morehouse, Mary Patterson,
Lulu Neumann, Max Young, Fremont
Woodcock, Kate Kaliher, Hazel Jaax,
Clyde VanWormer, Jennie Boyle, Wil
lard Selleck. Alternates: Ida Smith,
Martin Brands, Earl Hatch, Ruth Sel
Elk RiverBessie Whitman, Alice
Beck, Effie Brown. Dan White, Carl
Davis, Cecil Corey, Crum Wheaton,
Herbert Judge, Mary McBride, Mabel
Anderson, Ellen Hastings, Phyllis
Frye. Alternates: William Staples,
Nettie Thomas, Chas. Houlton, Sadie
Gould, Elsie Thompson, Rose Adams.
Prof. Selleck and several of the
teachers and pupils will accompany
the team. The railroad has made a
rate of one and one-third fare for the
BACK TO STATE COURTS.
Supreme Court Sends Minnesota Merger
Case Back to State Court.
The United States supreme court
Monday decided the case of the State
of Minnesota versus the Northern
Securities company and the Northern
Pacific and Great Northern Railroad
companies, involving the validity of
the merger of the two roads, holding
that the lower court was without jur
isdiction and reversing its opinion.
In delivering the opinion of the
court, Justice Harlan cited the facts
bearing on the origin and history of
the case, saying that originally the
suit was instituted by the State in its
own court, but that before an opinion
could be reached there, it was, on pe
tition of the Securities company,
transferred to the circuit court of the
district of Minnesota, tfy which court
it was dismissed^
Much controversy was over the right
to remove to the federal court and af
ter hearing the case argued once the
supreme court ordered a second hear
ing on that point. Justice Harlan
called attention to the fact that the
proceeding was for the purpose of en
forcing both the State laws and the
VOLUME XXYIII. NO. 18.
federal anti-trust act, saying that the
circuit court could not have taken
jurisdiction if only the State statutes
had been involved. Taking up the
federal law and analyzing its provis
ions, he said it was clear that the case
did not belong to any of the classes
provided for by it.
"It is," he said, "not a criminal
proceeding, not a suit in equity in the
name of the United States to restrain
violations of the anti-trust act, nor a
proceeding in the name of the United
States for the forfeiture of property,
nor an action by any person or cor
poration for the recovery of three fold
damages for injury done to business
or property by some other person or
The contention that the case involved
proprietary interests of the State was
not allowed to influence the opinion.
On that point the court said in part:
'T'he injury on account of which the
present suit was brought is at most
only remote and indirect such an in
jury as would come alike, although
in different degrees, to every individ
ual owner of property in a state by
reason of the suppression in violation
of the act of congress, of free compe
tition between interstate carriers en
gaged in business in such state. If
Minnesota may. by an original suit in
its name, invoke the jurisdiction of
the circuit court because alone of al
leged remote and indirect injury to its
property interests arising from the
mere absence of free competition in
trade and commerce as carried on by
interstate carriers within its limits
then every state upon like grounds
may maintain in its name in a circuit
court of the United States, a suit
against interstate carriers engaged in
business within their respective
The court also refused to hold that
Minnesota's dignity or rights as a
State would be affected under Article
IV of the federal constitution by per
mitting the stock of corporations of
that State to be held by an outside
corporation like the Securities com
pany. Justice Harlan said the court
did not think that the article of the
constitution had any bearing what
ever on the question, adding:
"It only prescribes a rule by which
courts, federal and state, are to be
guided when a question raises in the'
progress of a pending suit as to the
faith and credit to be given by the
court to the public acts, records and
judicial proceedings of a state other
than that in which the court is sit-
He said in conclusion: "For the
reasons stated, we are of the opinion
that the suit does notto use the
words of the act of 1875really and
substantially involve a dispute or
controversy within the jurisdiction of
the circuit court for the purpose of a
final decree. That being the case, the
circuit court, following the mandate
of the statute, should not have pro
ceeded therein, but should have re
manded the case to the State court.
"The decree of the circuit court is
reversed, and the case is sent back,
with directions that it be remanded to
the State court."
The opinion of the court was unani
In view of the recent merger decis
ion of the supreme court, which put the
merger out of commission, the case
will probably be dropped, though the
State authorities may take the case
up to determine the validity of the
State law forbidding the consolida
tion of parallel and competing lines of
All Like the Map.
The Union map of Mille Lacs
county is meeting with a flattering re
ception and everybody who receives
a copy has something very nice to
say about it. So many old Mille Lacs
county people who live far, far away
now and who receive the map seem to
appreciate it greatly. Edwin H. Estes
of Everett, Wash., writes: "Received
the map and we feel proud of it. It is
hung in our dining room and we can
look at the lake when we are eating
Sylvester Kipp who was in attend
ance at court last week said that he
thought the map a fine one for the
county, and the fact that it was the
first wall map ever issued of the county
made it unusually interesting and use
There are just a few of the maps left
and those who have not been supplied
had better see that they get a copy.
Warren E. Vose Resigns.
W. E. Vose, who recently resigned
his position as agent for the Great
Northern at Hinckley to engage in
some line of business for himself, was
looking over the Sandstone field Mon-#
day: Ha was employed in the Quarry"
City depot a few years ago. He-is a,
cousin of former^. Alderman A. E.
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