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4 & Eugene Dunton is Killed While Cut- ting Timber Last Friday on Henry Heitman Farm. Grick riattson of Isle Receives Fatal Blow on Head From Limb Off a Tamarac Tree While cutting timber on the Henry Heitman farm north of town last Fri day morning Eugene Dunton was crushed by a falling tree and after being rescued lived but a few minutes after reaching his home in Princeton. Mr. Dunton was working for E. M. Farnham who had bought the timber. He had cut one tree which had lodged in another tree and in an effort to dis lodge the first tree he had cut a second tree which also became lodged and formed what woodsmen call a ,(wig- wam. Dunton had taken hold of the limb of'an oak which he had cut and was trying to pull it over. When the tree started to move he started to get out of the way but his feet caught in some bushes and held him. The tree fell across Mr. Dunton's back, crush ing several ribs and causing fatal in ternal injuries. When the accident occurred Mr. Dunton was alone and he lay a helpless condition for about an hour. George Malkeson and son who were cutting timber thir ty-five rods away heard Mr. Dunton's cry for help and went to him. They easily removed the tree and told him to get up, but he replied that he could not move and he was helped from un der the tree and a team was brought as soon as possible and the injured man was taken to his home. Dr. Caley was summoned and did all that was possible but nothing could be done to save the man's life and he died shortly after eleven a. m. after living about two hours. Mr. Dunton was conscious up to a few minutes be fore he died and realized that he could not live. The funeral services were held at the home on Sundav afternoon, Rev. Rupert Swinnerton officiating. The interment was in Oak Knoll. Eugene Dunton was born at Clear water, Minn., in 1858 and was raised at St. Cloud. He came to Princeton about thirty ears ago where he al ways resided. He was married in 1882 to Miss Elsie Bullis who with four children survive him. The chil dren are Ernest M., Jennie E., Bessie, and Edward J. Dunton. Mr. Dun ton's mother lives at Omaha, Neb., and he has a bi other living at Kevns, Wash., Mis. Isaac Wiren is a sister of Mr. Dunton. The sudden death death of Mi. Dun ton was a particualrly sad one. His wife has been a helpless invalid from iheumatism for a number of years and the iamily has the sympathy of the entne eommunitv in its affliction. Fortunately some of the children are old enough to provide for the home and the invalid mother. Miss Bessie, is employed at the central office of the Maple Leaf Telephone Co. in Prince ton KILLED li\ A T4MARAC LIMB. Eriek Mattson of Isle KeceHes Fatal In jurj While at Work in Woods. Erick Mattson of Isle, Mille Lacs lake, head sawyer and undercutter for Nils B. Berg, while at work in the woods five miles east of Isle last Thursday was struck by a flying limb from a tamarac tree and died from the effects of the injury the next day. Mattson had just started to work and the first tree that he sawed down in the morning fell against a tamarac, the only tree in reach of the pine. As the falling pine struck the tamarac it broke off a limb from the tamarac about three feet long and three inches in diameter, and the flying limb came toward Mattson with as much force as if it had been shot from a cannon. Mattson did not realize that there would be any danger from the falling tree and had stepped back from the tree about sixteen feet when the limb struck him in the forehead, knocking him senseless. He was picked up and carried to John Narous' place only a few rods away and Dr. Swenness of Larwrence was summoned and arrived a short time later. Mattson was found to be in a very serious condition, the blow from the limb having caused concussion of the brain, and the in jured man remained in an uncon scious condition until one p. m. on Friday when he passed away. The funpral took place on Sunday, Prof. Landstrom officiating, and the interment was in the new Lisk ceme tery, the interment being the first one in the cemetery. Mr. Mattson was born in Sweden in 1860 and came to the United States in 1893. He came direct to Minnesota and took up a claim one mile east of A "S* Isle where he resided until his death. He was a single man, and leaves no relatives in this country. He was an industrious fellow and made quite a number of improvements on his land. He was well known to all the old set tlers on the east side of Mille Lacs lake, who will always remember him as an industrious citizen and a good neighbor. CLIMAX OF THE PIANO CONTEST. Count Will Bun Into the Million*. The Piano Proving an Ugly Elephant. The Wesley piano contest closed at high noon on last Monday. As the hour drew nigh'for the termination of the contest the ballot box became buried a mass of tickets, and it would have required a wagon load of ballot boxes to hold all the ballots. Low-number tickets became obsolete long before the contest closed. With practically the withdrawal of the Catholic church from the contest on the statement of Father Levings that he did not desire the church to partici pate in the contest if unfair means had to be resorted to to win the prize, the bars came down and the contest re solved itself into a test of the speed of printing presses, and could the un written chapters of the contest be placed in cold type there would be some interesting reading. In justice to the merchants who were parties to the contest it must be said that in the fight for the piano outside influences formed an important factor. In fact the contest was carried to the extrava ganza stage. On Monday morning boxes of bal lots with many ballots good for 500 voets were delivered to be counted. These ballots bore the names of several of the merchants in the con test. Thousands and thousands of ballots, with high and low numbers, and credited to different contestants were piled in card board boxes of all descriptions. At Armitage's drug store there are several of these boxes awaiting the final disposition. Village Recorder Borden who is supposed to count the ballots was tempted to throw up the job, but in formed the business men that he would proceed to make the count if they de sired. The Baron Munchausen aspect of the contest called for some action and a meeting of all business men inter ested was held last evening at B. D. Grant's store. Out of the twenty -three merchants interested there was a quorum present. N. E. Jesmer was chosen chairman and Al Munz secre tary. There was a lot of "horse" comment and ridicule indulged in for some time, when finally the meeting attempted to take the bull by the horns and settle things, but without much success. A motion was made to throw out all tickets having over fifty votes, and then eliminate all the Cahill votes. The motion was seconded, but died at the feet of the question. Every sug gestion placed matters deeper in the mire. A motion was made to also eliminate all votes for Mrs. Mark, but A. S. Maik stated that while he was positive that Mrs. Mark did not have votes enough to win, he as cer tain that she would not consent to any such procedure. This motion also was lost in the ballot babel and sharp ened keenly the edge of the discussion. The absence of those merchants in terested in the contest was brought before the lime light and those pres ent were of the opinion that they should shoulder the responsibility of settlement along with the rest of the parties to the contest A motion was made that the piano now in Mark's Bargain Store should be removed and given into the custody of J. C. Borden, who will count the ballots if they are ever counted. This motion was vigorously opposed by A. S. Mark who stated with consider able heat that the piano would never leave his store until finally awarded to the winner, and that any attempt to take the instrument until then would have to be done by due process of law. Here endeth the first chapter of the Wesley piano contest, which will be "continued in our next." LATER. Contest is Settled and Piano is Awarded to Wvanett Good Templar's Lodtre. Since the above was put in type and after the Union had gone to press the merchants got together this morning and after duly considering the matter decided to award the piano to the Good Templar's lodge at Wyanett. The following was signed by all the business men who were parties to the contest: Princeton, Minn., Feb. 2nd. 1905. We the undersigned merchants of Princeton, Minn., who are subscribers to the "Wesley Piano Contest," here by certify that we wish the said piano to be awarded to the Good Templar's Lodge of Wyanett. B. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear. PRINCETON, HILLE LACS COUNTY, MIN ESOTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1905. WAREHOUSE BUMS. The Potato Warehouse of S. W. Williams Destroyed by Fire Tuesday Night. Twenty Cars of Potatoes Are Baked &| ="Loss, $12,000 With Insur* ance of $9,500. The potato warehouse of S. W. Williams caught fire last Tuesday night just before midnight and burned to the ground. J. F. Zimmerman who was returning from the Dorcas ladies' social at about half past eleven no ticed the warehouse blazing and he called up the central office of the Rural Telephone Co. which gave the alarm at the power house. A crowd soon gathered at the warehouse which had started to burn briskly but noth ing could be done but watch the flames eat their way through the walls and consume the building. The fire department turned out but the nearest hydrant was several blocks away and there was not enough hose to reach the building. The wind was blowing strong from the northwest and luckily blew the flames in a southeasterly direction over the railroad tracks toward the section house but the lat ter was far enough away to be safe from the flames. The warehouse made a very slow-burning fire and no ad jacent property was damaged. There svere no cars near enough to catch fire. The warehouuse contained about twenty car loads of potatoes, most of which were Triumphs, there being a few cars of Ohios, Burbanks and a few Rose. Mr. Williams places the loss at $12,- 000. The building was valued at $2,000 and the stock estimated close at $10,- 000. There was an insurance of $9,500 on building and stock. J. R. Beggs, the St. Paul potato merchant, was interested with Mr. Williams in the potato business at this place. Simplicity and Strength. It has long been held as a sort of maxim in sociology that a sure index of a people's advance in what is called civilization '^is the multiplication of wants.^Tt^ ^orV^Mpl^aTpe^l^ wants, the higher its civilization. The simple man, having few wants and living a natural life, in the midst of the complexities of modern society, has been looked upon as either an eccentric or as an example of atavism or reversion to the original savage type. There were those who looked upon Thoreau as little* better than a Narragansett Indian. But in the re cent discussions of "the simple life," induced in part by Pastor Wagner's book, this ideal of civilization has been boldly challenged. A new defi nition of the word is gaining favor. A nation is declared to be civilized, not in proportion to the complexity of its life and the multiplication of wants among its people but in pro portion to its ethical and spiritual de velopmentits trend toward high ideals in family and social life and in its dealings with other nations. The simple life was preached and lived, by a greater than Wagner, nineteen centuries ago. The over burdened, complex life was rebuked when the ambitious Marthaanxious, like many a modern society woman, to make a display when a simpler hos pitality would have been more accept ablefound preferred above her aims those of the sister who sought "the better part" in spiritual intercourse with the Guest. But, as Felix Adler repeats in a recent criticism, "A truth that is old is not therefore a platitude and the eagerness with which the recent new presentations of the superiority of the simple life have been received shows that they have touched a responsive chord in many a heart. Said a Merriam Park pastor in a recent sermon: "The world was never more exact ing. Most of the toils of men and women are for the needless surplus 01 custom and 'civilization'for surplus wealth, possessions, business surplus housing, furnishing, decoration, dress, social acquaintance, entertain ment, eating and drinking. Our very civilization has become barbarous. The 'better parts' are neglected. This surplus is all unnecessary. It does not contribute to happiness, peace of mind or religion. "The proof is manifest: Men have been, and some are now, happy, cul tured, affectionate, religious, without any of this surplus for which most men strive. Those who pursue these things are no happier, no more re fined, no better than others. On the contrary the pursuit begejbs disquiet, worry, discontent, fault-finding, dis ruption of families." ^thousands of persons, hot and [ting under the complex burdens almost wholly artificial exist the gospel of the simple life ies as a hope-inspiring breeze to traveler on burning desert sands. it gospel demands the lying down no really worthy ambition. For the simple life is ever the strong life. '"Quiet men rule the world." When did we ever look, for leadership in any really important work, to those who buzz and shine and waste them selves in the persuits of fashionable soeietv? Did that society give us Lincoln. Grant or Roosevelt, or any other great political leader5 Did it giv us Bancroft or Motlej or Pres cott Bryant, Whittier, Holmes or Lowell? Did it ever develop a Stephenson, an Ericsson, an Edison or Roentgen? Does not practically every one enrolled on the list of our nation's great owe his fame to the fact that he spurned the little frivoli ties and sordid aims which character ize society today, lived a simple life, and} so had time for that quiet devel [ent of mental, moral and physical gth which ever prepares one for bing high?" world has been presented, in itory of Japan's recent military aval triumphs, with a grand tes ial to the strength-developing "ities of the simple life. Nowhere, probably, has there ever existed on rge a scale, in any people, such mbinatio of simplicity, in all letails of living, with a high ap ation of things beautiful, artistic anc enjoyable as is seen in the Japa Houses, tables, furnishings, iing, are all of the simplest. They be rich, but they are never com At mealsno matter what the lary status of the family high" is always deemed "as good feast." No useless furniture bers their rooms, no dust-laden its the floors. The family may great treasures of bric-a-brac, inly a piece or two is displayed ime. So the work of maintain leanliness and order is small, small, it is always thoroughly frmed: and with constant clean goes constant health. When panese soldier leaves his home scene of constant abstemious- its of incalculable value in military movements, and such a reserve of strength as can seldom be found in those addicted to more complex and self-indulgent lives. The result is seen in the records of the war in Man churia. To those who querv, "Where would be the triumphs of our civilization in splendid houses, rich apparel, elegant equipages, imposing assemblies, mar kets filled with luxuries from every corner of the world, and the like, if all of us should adopt the simple life?" the ready answer Is that simplicity is bv no means sjnonvmous with squalor, and is quite compatible with elegance. The highest canons of good taste are not observed in profusion or in extrav agant expenditure. It is not certain that a Ruskin would ad mire Summit avenue more than a ro mantic village road, or that a Whit tier or Wordsworth would choose a brown stone mansion rather than a vine-clad cottage, as exemplifying a higher culture. High as have been the attainments and achievements of the American people, there is a great fund of moral and intellectual power whichif the ideals of the simple life shall gain the hold they deservewill be released for the accomplishment of things yet grander. We have mistakenly so bound ourselves with chainsbecause they were gold or silver, or ornamental in a savage sensethat we have les sened our better powers. Now that the chains begin to gall, and we real ize that they are void of essential worth, there is hope that we may cast them off, and the aureole of promise hangs on the Future's brow.Pioneer Press. Co. Target Practice. Company G's target practice last Thursday evening was fairly well at tended, some of the members making good scores. The following are some of the best made: be bo Lieut Caley Sergt Sellhorn. Corp Marshall Corp Edmison Art Marshall. Priv Johnson Priv H. Harrington Priv. Lueck a a -3 2 cc 16 18 20 Oi 19 21 23 15 16 1H 20 20 EH 5fi 61 60 46 45 57 SO 47 21 22 19 ir is 21 14 10 18 lfi 17 The members expect to do some hard drilling during the next three months. The new regulations have got to be practiced considerable before the com pany can expect to make as good a showing at inspection as they did last year. Every member should try and attend every drill from now on. Drill commences promptly at 7:30 on Mon day evening and non-com. school and rifle practice every Thursday evening. A BRIDGE_PROJECT. movement on Foot to Build Bridge Over Rum River to Connect With Judicial Road. Remarkable Recovery of Dayton Man Prom a Very Severe Ab- dominal Wound. Public-spirited citizens are trying to work up an interest in the building of a bridge over the Rum river to con nect with the judicial road that was laid out about four years ago on the Sherburne and Mille Lacs county line between Rum river and Isanti county. When the road was laid out there was a crying demand for the same to furn ish farmers living on the east side of the river in Sherburne, Mille Lacs and Isanti counties a better and more direct road into Princeton. C. A. Dickey and Charles Keith' were ap pointed the appraisers and the road was surveyed and duly laid out and accepted, and is now on record. It was supposed that when the road was completed that it would be no trouble to get a bridge across the river, and the board of county commissioners of Sherburne and Mille Lacs counties and private individuals agreed to ad vance sufficient sums to construct the bridge. It was also figured that a few hundred dollars could be secured from the legislature out of the road and bridge fund, but the matter was al lowed to drop and nothing has ever been done toward getting the bridge built. It was intended to place the bridge a short ways below the resi dence of B. D. Grant, and run the road in a southeasterly direction through sections thirty-three and thirty-four in Mille Lacs county to the county line where a good piece of road is awaiting travel and which connects with the main traveled road east into Isanti county. It is said that with a bridge over the river at this point that no less than eighteen sections of good land, most of which is cultivated, would be benefited and that all the farmers living in that section and for many miles east into the northern part of Spencer Brook and the southern m&^ oi W^pett ^vl^Jiej^csrded direct road to Princeton, saving them the necessity as at present of having to pull all their potatoes and farm produce over the sandy roads by waj of Silver lake. The road would be much shorter and prove a great bene fit to the farmers, as it would prove a trade developer, as all good roads do. B. D. Grant and others are taking hold of the matter and will try and see if enough money cannot be raised to build the bridge. It is said that a good wooden bridge would answer the purpose for several years and hat it could be built for a reasonable amount. There are many farmers who would be benefited by the road who are willing to give small sums toward the construction of a bridge, and with a State appropriation and appropria tions from the counties of Sherburne and Mille Lacs, and also from the village of Princeton, and what money the business men of Princeton will advance there ought not to be such a thing as a failure in the matter. A meeting of all interested in the bridge project will be held at the office of C. A. Dickey at eight o'clock on next Saturday evening. The business men of Princeton should get interested in this project. The village depends for its trade on the farmers and what helps the farm ers helps the business men. SUCCESSFUL SURGICAL, OPERATION. Or. Cooney Performs Successful Operation for Abdominal Wo and. Ben Cyr, the saloon-keeper of Day ton, who was operated on a week ago yesterday by Dr. Cooney for intestinal perforation caused by the accidental discharge of a 32-calibre revolver, is reported to be making a satisfactory recovery, considering the very dan gerous nature of the wound, which consisted of three perforations of the intestines. When Dr. Gerand. the local physi cian at Dayton was called to attend Cyr's injuries, he advised summoning Dr. Cooney, as Dr. Gerand was fa miliar with the successful surgical operation made by the Princeton sur geon on Moritz, the farmer near Elk River who received an extensive ab dominal injuury over three years ago by being shot by a tramp. It was three hours after the injury before Dr. Cooney operated on Mr. Cyr. and there were grave fears of peritonitis. Dr. Cooney. assisted by the Dayton physician, performed the operation of opening the abdominal cavit and closing the three perfora tions in thirty-five minutes. Great care was taken to thoroughly cleanse A. VOLUME XXIX. NO. 8 the wounds and abdominal cavity, after which the incision was sewed up and the patient left at his home in care of the Dayton doctor. The patient had a temperature of 102 and pulse 120 for some little time, but he was placed on water and beef tea and so far has been allowed no other nourishment. At the end of a week after the oper ation the bowel action shows a very satisfactory condition and the pulse and temperature are about normal. Recoveries after abdominal injuries of the nature Cyr received are very rare, and it is said that eighty per cent prove fatal, despite the best sur gical treatment. Dr. Cooney has received two re ports daily on the condition of Cyr, who daily has been showing constant improvement. Elbridge Gerry Clough Dead. After an illness of a few days' dura tion Elbridge Gerry Clough died at his home 515 Ninth Ave., S. E., Min neapolis, at noon on the 27th ulto. About ten days prior to his death Mr. Clough went to Radisson, Wisconsin, to take charge of a sawmill, where he contracted a cold which developed into a severe attack of la grippe he reached his home on the evening of the 25th ulto., but despite the unremit ting attention of his family and the best medical skill obtainable he passed away shortly after noon, Fri day. The funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday fore noon under the auspices of Cataract Lodge A. F. and A. M. Rev. A. N. Alcott delivered an eloquent and com forting address, the Masonic quartette sweetly sang several soul-inspiring hymns, and the beautiful Masonic ceremonies for the dead were impres sively conducted by the officers and brethren of the lodge of which the deceased was an honored member. The floral tributes almost covered the casket from view. The remains were laid at rest in beautiful Lakewood cemetery, there to await the resurrec tion morn. Elbridge Gerry Clough was born in Lyme, N. H.. July 19, 1844, and came to Minnesota with his parents in 1858. He was married to Miss Anna Haskell July 25, 1870. His wife and two hima son, the age of thirteen, seventeen years ago. He resided at Spencer Brook, where he was engaged in farming and lumbering until 1882, when he moved to Minneapolis and became an active member of the well known lumber firm of Clough Bros. Gerry Clough, as he was familiarly called, was well known to all the old settlers of Princeton, Spencer Brook and the entire Rum river valley, and he was respected and beloved by all who knew him. He was, indeed, one of nature's noblemen. His life was gentle and the elements So mix'd in him, that Nature might stand up. And say to all the world, 'This is a man' HIGH SCHOOL. JBUOGET. A program wsa given by the high school last Friday afternoon. Visi tors were the Misses Lela Spaulding, Grace Byers and Oneida Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Martin, who live south of Green lake, visited their daughter at school Tuesday afternoon. Members of the Sophomore class have received their new rhetorics and have begun work in them. Do you realize that school is more than half over. The seniors do, most likely. Mrs. Smuckler was visiting the schools last week. Matrimony and Horticulture. A marked copy of the Stirling, (Cal.)Newsof date of January 14th was received this week containing an announcement of the wedding at that place of C. R. Carpenter, who form erly resided east of town, and Mrs. Helen M. Wells of Corning, Cal. The wedding evidently was one of the social events of the season at Stirling for a very glowing description is given of the same by the News. The ceremony was performed in the pres ence of forty friends of the couple there was a lavish display of cut flow ers, smilax and ferns, and Garabaldi's orchestra furnished music. The bride is a prominent W. C. T. U. woman. The News says that Mr. Carpenter is one of Chico's foremost horticultur ists, owning a large and valuable tract of land near the city limits. He has lately erected a large house of modern architecture and an immense barn. He has an irrigation plant, consisting of a five-horse-power gas engine and a three-inch centrifugal pump with a capacity of 400 gallons per minute. He has more orders for nursery stock than he can fill and has originated the "Carpenter Early Potato," and in fact is getting there with both feet. &1 i S?J m.