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s\~ i \v 4 ^^S^ **J DEATH OFJ. N. BERG. Princeton flerchant Succumbs to an Attack of Pneumonia Last Monday Evening. Body Taken to ilinneapolis Yesterday and Placed in Vault at Lake- wood Cemetery* John N. Berg- died very suddenly at his home in Princeton last Monday evening about six o'clock. The an nouncement of his death came as a sudden shock to the community as he had been about town on Saturday at tending to business and was at his store until closing up time Saturday evening. He went home and com plained of not feeling very well, and awakened in the morning in the dread ful grip of pneumonia which had fas tened itself upon him ere he realized it. Dr. Cooney was summoned and found Mr. Berg in a very critical con dition. Everything was done that medical skill could do to stop the progress of the disease but the patient continued to sink and passed away at the time stated. Relatives and friends were at once notified and arrangements made for the funeral. It was decided to take the body to Minneapolis and have it interred in a lot in Lakewood cemetery where the first wife of deceased is buried. Mr. Berg was a member of Minne apolis lodge No. 19, A. F. and A. M. and a representative of the Princeton lodge was sent to Minneapolis to con fer with the officers of the lodge in that city for funeral arrangements. Short funeral services were held at the house yesterday forenoon and were attended bj a delegation from the Princeton lodge of Masons, the Ma sonic service being read at the house and Rev. John Russell Henderson de livered a prayer full of comfort and consolation for the afflicted ones. The body was taken to the depot with Masonic escort and on arrival at Min neapolis was met by a delegation from Minneapolis lodge No. 19 which took charge of the remains and escorted them to the cemetery where the boy was place in the receiving vault to await future interment. Manj relatives from outside points were present at the funeral, among them Mr. and Mrs. J. C. K. Johnson, father and mother of the wife of the deceased. W. L. Johnson and Miss Leaffie Johnson brother and sister of Mrs. Berg, Lawrence Berg of Green Lake, a brother of deceased, and others. John Nelson Berg was born in Trondhjem, Norway, Nov. 2, 1849. At the age of seventeen he came with his parents to this country, locating near Red Wing, Minn., where the boy worked as a iarm hand for se\eral years. At the age of twenty-one he was married and started in the gro cery business at Cedar and Washing ton avenues in the citj of Minneapo lis. He was in partnership for a year or so with A. C. Haugen who after wards was city treausrer of Minneap olis and became prominent in State politics. Mr. Berg was in the mer cantile business in Minneapolis for about ten years when he went to Ap pleton. Minn., and was engaged in the real estate business for ten or twelve years, making small investments in land which proved profitable as the countrj began to develop. He went back to Minneapolis and remained in the real estate business for some time and in 1895 came to Princeton and en gaged in the general mercantile busi ness. Mr Berg owned property in the village, besides farm land in this sec tion, and in the western part of the State. He leaves a wife and six children, two daughters, Mrs. E. K. Evens and Miss Rose Berg, and four sons, Jay, Waldemar, Robert and John, the boys being all under thirteen ears of age. He leaves a brother, Lawrence Berg, who lives near Green lake, and two sisters, Mrs. Louis Hanson of Excel sior and Mrs. Ole Vig of Broten. One sister, Mrs. Dora Hoiley, who resided at Excelsior is dead. Mr. Bersg's father and mother are dead but he has a stepmother residing in Kandiyohi county. Mr. Berg's success in life only shows the wide field this country af fords for the poor humble immigrant from foreign lands who come to this country to get a start in life. When his folks came over they were so poor when they reached Chicago that Mr. Berg's father was obliged to bor row money from his sister to get his family to Red Wing. In those days Minnesota was reached by steamboats on the Mississippi, and Mr. Berg used to tell his friends of what privations and hardships they went through in those days, and especially on the trip to Minnesota. On the boat he became very hungry and his gnawing appe tite made him bold enough to advance to the cook one day and ask for some thing to eat. The cook brandished the butcher knife--at the starving lad but two of the negro waiters on the boat saw the little hungry Norwegian and when dinner was over they made him up a great spread of good things to eat. Mr. Berg in telling the story said that he could not remember whether any of the other members of the family ever got any of that lunch or not but he was quite sure that he did. fEKSONAt PROPERTY TAX. Biff Increase In Mille Lacs County Be cause of Raise by State Board of Equalization. County Treasurer Burrell has sent out his personal property tax notices to those who have the privilege of paying into the county treasurer funds to keep the county from going to the poor house. The personal property statements this year have staggered a whole lot of people. The statements have surprised lots of people because of the fact that they supposed that they had placed their list of personal property low enough so that when the $100 exemption was deducted that they would be clear. Many find that they have been caught for small sums, while many others who always make out to return a reasonably accurate or honest estimate of what they pos sess find that they have got double the amount of personal taxes to pay that they paid last jear, and with a tax here in Princeton a few mills lower than last year. The total tax in Princeton is thirty-three and one-third mills this year while last year it was thirty-five and thirteen one-hundredths mills. The boost comes because of the fact that the State board of equal ization raised the household goods and wearing apparel in this county sixty-six and two-thirds per cent last fall. Hennepin county has been doing a lot of howling because of the in crease in its taxes which were only raised fifty per cent on this class of property. The State board in wrest ling with the antiquated and double back action tax laws of the State made an attempt to equalize the value of personal property throughout the State and it appeared that Mille Lacs county was way down in the hole and had to take a good boost to get level with the rest of the State. It is the same old story of making the old melodeon, the family cat, the old clock on the stairs, the knitting machine the wash tub and the few goods most mortals need to get along with pay a tax wholly out of all proportion with the tax that other property in the State pays. The household goods and wearing apparel are the ship of State, in fact the whole cheese when it comes to making up a jack pot for the price we pay for government as found up in this neck of the woods. Thought He Ate His Own Roosters. Barney Gleason of Wayzata, who attended the Mark sale last Saturday, bought two of Mark's fine thorough bred Plymouth Rock roosters while here. Mr. Gleason is a lover of the good poultry, and he prized his pair of Plymouth Rocks very highly, and thereby hangs a tale. He had been dickering with Mr. Mark for a jack during the day, and svhen Sunday came the deal had not been closed, so it was prolonged into the Sabbath day. Mr. Kellar of Robbinsdale who was also at the sale had waited pa tiently several hours for Gleason to cinch the deal, and finally told the Wayzata man that unless he closes the deal by four o'clock, that he (Kellar) would order Gleason's choice Plymouth Rocks offered up as a sacrifice. Just a few minutes before the hour Kellar ordered his man to produce the birds and prepare them for the pot unless otherwise notified by four. No notice being given, and no deal for the jack having been made Gleason made up his mind that his roosters had been sacrificed, and a short time afterwards when he went into Mark's office he saw a big kettle on the stove for which came the delic ious odor of stewed fowl. Gleason felt that his roosters were in the soup, but just the same his mouth watered and when the fowls were served he ate heartily and with a relish, but once in a while he would get a big lump in his throat. There was lots of sport at Glea son's expense, but he never once showed the white feather. At the de pot Monday morning Emmet Mark was twitting him about the loss of the birds, while out on the express cart was a crate containing Gleason's Plymouth Rock roosters, and the Wayazta man was perhaps a very much surprised individual when he reached home and found his roosters ailve and crowing him a welcome. Come again, Mr. Gleason. Two of the Children of fir. and Mrs. Charles Walker Die of Diph- theriaTwo Others Sick. Initial Horse Auction of the Year is a Great Success--Mark Horse Company Organized. The family of Charles Walker liv ing on the north side of the river is sorely afflicted at the present time. Diphtheria broke out in the family last week and the four little children were attacked with the disease. Mr. Walker was sent for and reached home to help his wife in the sickness. Two of the children died last week, one Wednesday night and another the fol lowing da y. It is said that the cases were very bad as no physician was sent for until the disease had reached a dangerous stage. FIRST SALE OF THE NEW YEAR. The January Mark Horse Auction a Good Opening Sale for the New Year. The auction sale of the Mark Horse Co., last Saturday which was the first sale of the new year, was very well at tended and there were as usual several buyers from outside points at the sale. A good many horses were offered and the auctioneer, Frank Smith of North Branch, knocked down a string of offerings in the sale ring. The private sales were good and there were two carload buyers, Cur rier & Kellar of Robbinsdale and Tom Johnson of Glencoe. Messrs. Cur rier & Kellar shipped out their horses to Robbinsdale while Tom Johnson loaded out for Hinckley where he will dispose of his stock. Barney Gleason of Wayzata was one of the outside buyers and he purchased eight head. Gus Parent of Parent's Station, was at the sale and he bought of the E. Mark Live Stock Co. forty head of thoroughbred and grade Galloways which he sent over to his farm. Mr. Mark closed out all of his live stock holdings at the sale and started the year with a new deal, the Mark Horse Co-^beiag. trg&l$se&*%>4ea4^^(i in horses, and a big horse market and horse trade will be built up in Princeton as the result in another year. THE FREIGHT REBATE EMI, New \orir Jurist Calls it Greatest Crime of Our Day and Generation. Justice William J. Gaynor of the New York supreme court, in an inter view on freight rebate question says: "It is the greatest crime of our day and generation,. It has done more wrong than all other crimes defined by the statutes and pursued with zeal by prosecuting officers. It has crushed and beggared thousands all over the country for the benefit of a few of the railroads' business rivals. ''It seems almost useless to try to enlighten those who do not or will not understand that our railways are our public highways. "The maxim that a man may do as he likes with his own was never true, and has long since been exploded. In law it never gained recognition, nor was it ever entitled to recognition in morals. But it has no application to our railroads. "They are just as much public highways as are our dirt roads, and in the very same way open to the use of all on the same terms. Railroad corporations are allowed to make profit for their stockholders, but that is only incidental. They perform public service, and their first and paramount duty is to the government and the public. Their duty to their stockholders is secondary and subor dinate. "Can you conceive of a grosser crime than the public highways of the country, which are open by law to the free and equal use of all, being nev ertheless used by a few individuals to destroy their competitors in business. Discrimination in railroad freight rates is the mother of trusts. "Some advocate the taking of the railroads by the government. If the possibility of this experience we have had with freight rates had been for seen the government never would have given these highways to corporations. But the resumption of them now would be a vast enterprise. "All that we need, it seems to me, is that the government appoint the gen eral freight agent of every railroad. That would end all discrimination in freight rates. "Local freight agents, though ap pointed and paid by the companies, would be accountable to the general freight agent appointed by the govern ment and dismissed for the "slightest discrimination in favor of any one iti fcht Id fnse. in addition it a highly penal HIGH, SCHOOL BUDGET. tfiss Quinn and Mrs. Phipps have new desks. They are very acceptable pieces of furniture. Miss King's room is so crowded that she has to seat some of her pupils in the adjoining room. The laboratory has to be used now for historical and mathematical room as well as a laboratory. School opened Monday with all the pupils and teachers in their respective places. All glad to go to work again of course. Why shouldn't they be. Prof. Pinney has his office fixed up real nicely now. Now if some of the high school pupils would get up a petition to get a large rug or carpet for the office, I am sure it would be ver\ acceptable. Manj new pupils started school Monday. The names are as follows: Miry and Henry Shockley, Victor Ecfdand. Loyd Boyn, Earl Prescott off Spencer Brook, Emma Taylor, Blie Hill, Anna M. Frost of Baldwin, Hejman Nordstrom. thought that the enrollment last was large but it seems some of oung people in their New Year's lutions, resolved that they would in the new year right bj comenc school. This is encouraging and .\e can help the new pupils who entered, we will give you a ting word and say, "good luck to llaple Leaf in New Quarters. anager Avery of the Maple Leaf phone company who was in ceton last week superintending work of installing the local ex change in new quarters after the fire, retlrned home Saturday. The new exchange is now located in the rear room in the old Roos building oppo site the hotel that burned. These quarters will be used until Mr. Avery cal secure permanent quarters for the|exchange which he hopes to in a sfo|rt time. Because of the fire and theftearing out of the switch board in th^ld-^cchange it has been necessary to33takg all new connections and the commission all last week. The repair crew has finished its work of replac ing all the wires and making the proper connections and the service has been resumed again. Mr. Avery of the company wishes to thank the people of Princeton for their patience and courteous treatment during the temporary delay because of the fire. Thej Get Together. There was a special meeting of the village council last Friday evening at the office of the recorder. The council met to check up the annual statement of the village which appears in this issue of the Union. The meeting was enlivened by the presence of a lot of the members of the fire department who were present to confer with the council regarding certain matters of interest to both the council and the department. There was some refer ence to the late unpleasantness but the whole matter was passed up with good feeling on all sides. One result ot the meeting with the council was that the village authorities finally de cided to get next the department and to also get the department next the village council, and E. L. McMillan olunteered to confer with the mem bers of the department and show them what will be necessary in order for them to qualify as a legal body to handle the money received from the State for local fire companies. A Small Blaze. The week started out with a fire Tuesday morning about 9:30 in Pres cott 's jewelry store. The morning was cold and the fire made the chim ney so hot that the woodwork was ignited over head. An alarm was turned in and the department and pri vate citizens turned out en masse. The fire was burning slowly and about all the property in the jewelry store and the tobacco store of Julius Sugarman was taken out into th*e street. The core of the fire was dis covered up under the roof and the chemical did the business. The build ing in which the jewelry store and the tobacco factory are located is the old frame building belonging to S. M. Byers adjoining the store of R. D. Byers. The building was damaged slightly and the property of Mr. Pres cott and Mr. Sugarman was also damaged some in hastily removing the same from the building. ,r i Both Getting Skinned. The difference between the 'price of beef on the hoof and the dressed arti cle is proof positive that the consumer and the beef are both getting skinned. Rush City Post. FIFTY MILESOFDITCH Sherburne County's Swamps and Low Lands to be Redeemed by Drainage. Fifty Miles of Proposed Ditches Now Being Surveyed and Cost of Construction Estimated. Sherburne county has the ditch fever and if all the ditches are built that are at present being surveyed there will be about fifty miles of ditches in that county by next fall. At the present time Richard Chapman of Princeton, J. R. Hill and J. D. Morgan & Son of St. Cloud are at work making surveys and estimates for the proposed ditches. Clem How ard is assisting Mr. Chapman in his work. Mr. Chapman has four and a half miles of ditch work in the town of Baldwin, four miles in Blue Hill and about seven and a quarter miles in the towns of Blue Hill and Orrock. Mr. Hill has twenty miles of ditch work in the vicinity of Zimmerman, the main diteh to be about eight miles in length while the branches will be over twelve. He also has a short ditch in the town of Haven to survey and estimate on. Morgan & Son have about two miles of ditch in Santiago and Blue Hill to report on. It is estimated that the work on the ditches will amount to about $600 a mile. SEED WHEAT AND RUST. Rusted Wheat Kay be Used as Seed With No Danger to Growing: Crops. Northwestern farmers are needlessly alarmed about a prospective lack of good seed wheat. In using seed from rusted wheat plants they run no dan ger whatever of propagating this year the rust that caused so much damage last year. There is no occasion to continue the efforts, already begun in many quarters, for importing Cana dian wheat as seed that the Minnesota and Dakota crop of 1905 may be pro tected against another scourge of rust. This is the definite, positive state ment of Prof. Thomas -Shaw xrf-the Minnesota Agricultural college and of Prof. H. L. Bolley of the North Dakota Agricultural collegetwo of the highest authorities in America. Both are expreienced wheat raisers, equally scientific and practical. Both have made repeated experiments with rusted wheat in various seasons to determine this very point, whether rust may be propagated through in fected seed. They agree with all the other recog nized authorities, American and Eu ropean, that rust is caused by seed spores that the spores have their early growth on other plants and not on wheat plants that these spores do not flourish on the other plants, ex cept under special conditions and that when the spores are carried by the wind to a wheat plant, they do not attack the plant unless those same weather conditions are prevalent. In other words, young wheat plants do not inherit rust they are wholly free from rust in the Course of their early growth and even the older plants are never attacked by rust, ex cept under special and rare conditions of weather. Unless the weather of last summer should again prevail next summer northwestern farmers have no reason to fear rust. It is agreed, also, by' the experts that not only does rusted wheat not produce rusted wheat the next year, but also that rusted wheat is essen tially sound wheat in every grain that has fully developed. Many grains, of course, develop incompletely this is the evil wrought by rust. But the fulliy developed grains are free from disease. Thus by choosing the large, de veloped grains, farmers may obtain perfect wheat this year after planting seed from rusted wheat plants. The only precautions necessary in using rusted wheat as seed is to clean the grain thoroughly with a fanning mill, and to select then for seed only, the large and fully developed kernels. The cleaning is advisable, not to pre vent the transmission of rust, but to remove any possible obstacle to the prompt propagation of the seed. It is also pointed out by Prof. Bol ley that North Dakota farmers who" do not care to take the trouble of sorting and cleaning rusted wheat may easily obtain the best possible seed wheat from Dakota farms un touched by last year's plague. "A vast area" of wheat lands in North Dakota, as Prof. Bolley points out, raised last summer the finest ever harvested in the state. The same statement applies to Min nesota. By no means all this State gram was rust-stricken last year, nor are Minnesota farmers under any real ob ligations now to search for good seed wheat beyond the boundaries of their own commonwealth.St. Paul Globe. ATTACKED BY WOLVES. A Stearns County Farmer's Thrilling: Ex perience With Wolves. A St. Cloud correspondent says: "More wolves have been killed in Stearns county than for many years back. Hundreds of dollars of wolf bounty have been paid to the farmers living around St. Cloud, and the brutes have become bolder and bolder until it has become unsafe to travel some of the country roads without a firearm. School children have been chased and attacked by the animals on their way to and from school, but the boldest attack was made upon a farmer and his wife, who with their little girl were returning from church in St. Cloud Sunday morning. "The farmer, whose name is Hoh man, was driving a cutter, and had his wife and three-year-old girl in with him. About two miles from town, on a lonely road, the little girl looked over her mother's shoulder and exclaimed, 'O, mamma, see the dogs.' "The mother and father looked back and beheld a pack of at least half a dozen large timber wolves. Hohman whipped up his horse and endeavored to get away from the animals, but they kept getting closer and closer, and began snapping at the fur robe which hung over the side of the sleigh. "They attacked the frightened horse, and the horse took to his heels, so that Hohman had all he could do to keep the cutter from being overturned. While he tried to control the horse, his wife lashed at the wolves with the heavy whipTier husband had in the cutter. "The horse was finally exhausted just in front of a farmhouse, and the wolves attacked him and dragged him down to the ground. Mrs. Hohman grabbed her daughter and started up the^lane to the house. The howls of the wolves and the cries of the woman and child brought two men from the farmhouse with their guns and they arrived just in time to save the horse, and Hohman was pounding the fero cious brutes--with his* faeavy^-drivang whip. He was about to drop from ex haustion when the farmers arrived. Three of the wolves were killed and the other three took to their heels and disappeared in the timber. The horse was terribly cut by the wolves' teeth and Hohman had several bad gashes on his hands, but is otherwise all right. "There is talk of organizing a num ber of wolf hunts to round-up the beasts and drive them from the coun- try." Turned Over a New Leaf. Mrs. Nancy LePage who has been residing at Delano for the past year or so was in Princeton this week with her future husband, who is said to be a man from the northern part of the State. Mrs. LePage secured a divorce in Wright county from James LePage during the holidays and has decided to try wedded life once more with a new partner. She came up Tuesday with the man she intends to marry and tried to secure a sum of money left in charge of a Princeton party who was out of town at the time and she was obliged to leave without securing the coin. She informed a friend that they intended to go to Fargo. N. D. where they expect to then intend to locate Brainerd where her band says he has a Page and her first down at Delano some time ago and tried to make their domestic bark sail smoothly but it failed to do so. Big billows swamped the frail craft and the breakers were nigh. A divorce court did the rest. **1 ^MA 'M get married and on a farm near new-found hus farm. Mrs. Le husband settled Storey and Clark Piano Contest. The contest for the Storey & Clark piano makes a new showing this week. Mrs. Anna King still leads, while the Northwestern hlk-pital comes in with 1,933 votes placing Mrs. Grahek in third place. The vote stands as fol lows: Mrs. Anna King Northwestern Hospital Mrs A Grahek Mrs N. Jaax Swedish Lutheran Church. Mrs Frank Peterson Mrs John Thoma Lutheran Church, Princeton E. Church, Spencer Brook Catholic Church Good Templars 3.884 1,033 1,315 653 198 193 86 Wesley Plana Contest. ~'m The* count made January 10th5 shows result as follows: Mrs. Emmet Mark, Princeton Good Templar Lodge. Wyanett Catholic Church. Princeton M. E. Church, Princeton Rathbone Sisters, Princeton Swedish Lutheran,Church. Princeton E. Church, Spencer Brook Swcedish Baptist Church. Spencer Brk Episcopal Church, Princeton" Dalbo Lutheran Church, Dalbo St. Miss Lizzie Nachbar 111,538 101.213 85 860 63 746 2,222 361 294 40 5 I iff 7-x^t,.