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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
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
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
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
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."
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Oi 19
21 23 15 16
1H 20 20
5fi 61
60 46 45
57 SO 47
21 22 19
ir is
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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.

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