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Pwblisl&ed Every Thursday.
a. 1. STAPLES,
Business Manager.
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Who said banana belt.
There are rumors of peace in the far
east. Let it come.
We are quite sure to have an ice
crop, and there is no rust on it either.
These winters that start out on the
mild order are not always what they
are cracked up to be.
The tax ferret system is wholly im
practicable. Make the assessors the
tax ferrets that they ought to be.
What's that, protect wood alcohol?
Something rotten in Denmark. Screw
loose somewhere. Johnny get your
Hoch, the man of various matrimo
nial alliances, was caught while try
ing to make a matrimonial alliance
with a New York boarding house
keeper. He was certainly wedded to
his profession.
Montana has memoralized congress
to submit a constitutional amend
ment providing for the election of
United States senators by a direct
vote of the people. Somewhat like
memoralizing the czar of Russia.
Japan has agents in Minneapolis
buying flour for the little brown sol
diers who are gnawing at the Russian
bear in such a vigorous manner.
Next summer you will see "Pillsbury's
Best" uniforms all through Man
Don't growl about the weather.
Other sections have suffered severely
from the snow and intense cold. New
York experienced the worst storm last
week since 1888, and the loss in busi
ness to that city was estimated at
The demagogue is losing his grip
and the people who have been doing a
lot of reading and thinking the past
few years are getting next the real
issues of government. They are
breaking in, but it has taken them a
long while.
An attempt will be made at Wash
ington to defeat President Roosevelt's
rate legislation program, but the presi
dent and his co-workers will keep
some of the bucking interests guess
ing for a time and will be sure to sad
dle the beast before they get through
with it.
Russia met with another stinging
defeat in a battle with the Japs. Dis
integrated Russia. There will be
nothing left of the once vast empire if
things keep on but a memory, and a
mighty poor one at that. Russia and
Turkey should be taken to the dump
and left there.
Minnesota's penitentiary is not
large enough to enable the warden to
properly provide for his big family of
law breakers, and plans are under
way for the construction of a newthe
building at Stillwater. The present
legislature will be asked to secure a
site and make a sufficient appropria
tion to begin work. The bad order
part of our community must be looked
Congressman Littlefield of Maine is
on the right track. He has introduced
a bill providing that no department
of the government shall expend in any
fiscal year any sum in excess of ap
propriations made for that year or
involve the government in any con
tract for future payment. Six months'
imprisonment and a fine of not less
than $2,000 is provided for violation
of the act. The bill ought to become
a law. Prof. Abbott of the Minnesota uni
versity law faculty in a lecture to his
class the other day insinuated that no
material benefits, at all commensurate
with the cost, could ever be expected
from the dam now under construction
below the falls of St. Anthony, and
rather implied that vanity and senti
ment were alone responsible for its
construction. And Prof. Abbott was
not far of the mark when he made the
Middle-aged men to-day can remem
ber that when they were very small
farmers were very plentiful who knew
the art of farming and there was no
one who could tell them anything.
There area few living yet. But theof
wise farmer is the man who does not
know it all and is willing to learn,
and does learn by making experi
ments. Take the raising of corn
alone. The farmers of the corn belt
of the country knew it all a few years
ago, but it took a Professor Holden,
a young man of keen research, to
show them that they had hardly begun
to know anything about raising corn.
This professor has revolutionized the
corn raising industry of the country
by his theories of selection in breed
ing. A farmer down in Lebanon
county, Pennsylvania, has placed un
der cover eighty-four acres of corn
that averaged 125 bushels to the acre.
It has taken this Pennsylvania farmer
twenty years to make the discoveries
necessary to enable him to be so suc
cessful in raising corn on worn out
land that western farmers would not
think of cultivating. But by a sys
tem of notation and nourishment for
the soil and by a close and thorough
selection from the field for the best
seed he is able to beat out the corn
land of Iowa and Nebraska. The
science of farming is a great science
indeed and the farmer who would
master the soil and not let the soil
master him will study the science as
a schoolboy studies his lessons.
Government by injunction will re
ceive its death warrant in a bill which
has been introduced in congress which
deprives all courts of the power of
issuing these arbitrary writs. The
bill permits all parties interested in
the outcome of any strike to be heard
before any writs of injunction are is
sued. The bill is the result of con
ferences held during the past two
months between President Roosevelt,
Attorney General Moody, Commis
sioner of Corporations Garfield and
representatives of labor organizations
and corporate interests, and in all
probability the measure will be entation
acted into a Jaw. There is great need
for a law of this kind. With courts
having despotic power in the matter
as they do at present, some interests
are sure to suffer, for judges are very
human beings, and susceptible to
prejudice many, many times, in cases
of strikes. One judge will favor labor
interests while another will favor cor
porate interests. With proper pro
cedure provided by the proposed law.
courts will have no opportunity to
take hasty or biased action.
You can't get any practical good
roads legislation that will amount to
anything until you knock out many
old road laws. Kill the poll tax
deader than a door nail by a manda
tory measure, then let's inaugurate in
our farm institute lectures a series
of practical talks on practical road
making, with charts and the real road
making material at hand. We can well
sacrifice some of the present institute
features for good roads features. We
now have some institute talks that
while very interesting and valuable
are getting to be old stories, and from
standpoint of actual demand are
not needed. Farmers and business
men want more light and intsruction
on good roads construction. They
want the right kind and lots of it.
Any legisaltion along these lines
would seem to be practical and timely.
It is education more than legislation
that the State wants. Where is the
right Moses.
In an address before the Union
League club of Philadelphia the other
evening President Roosevelt said:
"The principles which Lincoln applied
to the solution of the problems of his
day are those which we must apply if
we expect successfully to solve the
different problems of our own day
problems which are so largely indus
trial. Exactly as it is impossible to
develop a high morality unless we
have as a foundation those qualities
which give at least a certain minimum
of material prosperity, so it is impos
sible permanently to keep material
prosperity unless there is back of it a
basis of right living and right think
ing. Justice so far as it is humanly
possible to give and to get justice
is the foundation of our government."
What better sentiment could the presi
dent express than this?
The sailing of the Great Northern
steamship "Minnesota," fromaiSeattle
last week marks the beginning of a
new era in the Pacific Coast-Oriental
trade. The "Minnesota" is monrach
Pacific carrying trade and sailed
with a cargo of 26,000 tons, the larg
est cargo ever carried by a ship, in
addition the ship had a passenger list
of 300 persons. Raw cotton and cot
ton sheeting, the latter principally for
China, comprised the bulk of the
ship's cargo, while in addition there
was general merchandise, steel lails,
structural steel, tobacco, flour, etc.
Much of the flour and provisions goes
to Manila. Seventy-five flat cars
were on board the vessel for railways
of the far east. The Commercial West
in commenting on the advent of the
"Minnesota" in the Oriental carrying
trade, says:
The supreme court of the United
States has in a decision just handed
down branded the beef combine of
Chicago as a combination in restriant
of trade. It will be remembered that
Judge Grosscup of Chicago issued an
injunction against the beef concerns
to restrain them from carrying on
their steals against the laws of the
United States, and the packers ap
pealed to the supreme coufrt which has
upheld the decision of the Chicago
jurist, who has gone farther than any
judge in the United States to conserve
the interests of the people against the
encroachments of the commercial com
bines of kthe
"The importance of the steamship
"Minnesota" to the American export
trade with the Orient lies largely in
the fact that its railway feeders are
owned by the same transportation in
terests and act strongly in co-opera
tion. The reason why Minnesota pa
per goes to Japan, is that the Great
Northern and the Northern Pacific
railway companies make a special
rate from the Mississippi rher to
Japan amounting to about one-half
the transcontinental freight bureau
tariff rates from the Mississippi to
San Francisco. The same is true as
regards Minnesota flour, bacon, beef,
dairy products, and hardware A
through rate on these northwestern
productions has been made from the
Mississippi valley to the Orient, via
Minnesota-Puget Sound railroads and
the steamship "Minnesota," at one
half the regular rail rate fixed by' the
transcontinental freight bureau for
the rail part of the shipment alone.
"It is a rate of about $8 per ton,
which is only a fraction more than
half that which Kansas flour pays to
reach San Francisco or Los Angeles,
that places Minneapolis flour in
Manila or Hong Kong, and Minnesota
paper, provisions and hardware in
Japan, China and the Philippines.
In other words, the rate is made that
will create an Oriental market for the
productions of the northwest, regard
less of cost of transportation or exist
ing transportation rates in America
or on the globe. It is this transpor
force behind the "Minnesota"
backed by the ability to place the
businessthat makes the advent of
this steamship in Pacific commerce of
such significance to the country and
to the northwest in particular."
country. Now that the
packers have been branded with the
proper initials let us see if the govern
ment will see that they no longer dic
tate prices to the consumers as well as
the raisers of beef.
Place your ear close to the ground
and catch the sound of the protests of
the people and the stern voice and
command of some of the people's rep
resentatives who are saying to
railroads and the trust concerns that
the people will in the future take a
hand in the government of public
utilities and in the government of such
concerns as dare to thwart the will of
the people.
Just put it in your pipe and smoke
it. The advent of President Roose
velt in the White House has advanced
the interests of the people to a degree
never before known in this country.
He is making precedents that are
wholesome and beneficial, and thefarmers
best of it all is there area few public
officials who are fearless enough to
walk in his footsteps.
Russia dare not impose the death
sentence on either Gorky, the Russian
genius and author, or Father Gopon,
the man who dared to lead the mob to
the palace. But the minute the nament
tions of the earth take their eyes off
of the rotten old empire look out for
punishment to the poor devils who
may have incurred the displeasure of
the bureauracy. 3
A 1 I
Russia may have temporarily stem
med the revolutionary tide that is des
tined to sweep with resistless fury over
the empire, but the spirit of the
"divine right of kings" is at very low
ebb in Russia today. The St. Peters
burg insurrection was at first a peace
able petition and an appeal inspired
by Father Gopon who with cross in
hand led the great army of men,
women and children to the gates of
the cazr's palace, but Nicholas
II had been ordered by his ministers
to leave the palace and the weak,
vacillating monarch did not have the
nerve or courage to face his people.
The mob was loth to depart, and little
dreamed that the troops would open a
merciless fire upon them and charge
upon them with saber and knout. It
was this treatment that turned the
hearts of the people into revengeful,
unforgiving hearts of stone, and has
set the Russian empire aflame with
revolt. The czar's life has been set
as the price of this awful slaughter at
St. Petersburg, and the monarch's
shuddering form will become a tar
get for some pretty red-hot missiles.
Some of his miserable, merciless min
isters will also have to go the way of
Von Pleve and other Russian demons.
Russia is in a bad way. Threatened
from within and without, the empire
is doomed to fall, and a new Russia
will rise over the ruins of the most
despotic empire of modern times. Rus
sia may take the blood of a Gorky
or Gopon, but for every drop of such
blood sacrificed the empire must event
ually pour out a hundred drops of
devilishly red venom that should have
been drawn years ago.
The Legislature May Provide for Care of
Pillsbury Reserve.
The recommendations of the State
forestry board for the care of the
Pillsbury reserve of 20,000 acres in
Northern Minnesota has been ap
proved by the house committee on
forestry, and it was decided to recom
mend for passage the bill by Repre
sentative A. L. Cole of Walker, mak
ing the appropriations.
The measure appropriates $300 for
fixing the boundaries of the reserve,
$1,600 for a survey and thorough ex
amination of the tract, $1,200 annually
for six years for its reforesting, and
$1,800 annually for its care and pro
Prof. S. B. Green of the State
school of agriculture and Gen. C. C.
Andrews, chief fire warden, made the
plea for the bill.
Minnesota's forest wealth, said
Prof. Green, now amounts to millions
of dollars annually and should, if
possible, be preserved. The State
owns probably 3,000,000 acres of land
wortnless for other purposes, and in
dividuals own much vaster tracts.
Should the State by its experiments
demonstrate that reforesting of land
is a good buusiness venture, these
lands will be a permanent source of
Two propositions are embodied in
the reforesting plans. One is to plant
spruce, to be grown for the manufac
ture of paper pulp, a large industry
in the State which will increase.
Spruce now brings $2 a cord, and
prices will advance. The other is a
simple lumbering proposition of fire
protection and care of standing and
growing forests.
New Variety of Flax.
The United States department of
agriculture and the Minnesota experi
ment station in co-operation with the
experiment stations of North and
South Dakota have originated a new
variety of flax which is hoped to in
crease the average yield per acre
the flax-growing states.
The new variety has been named
"Minnesota No. 25" or "Primost,"
and the claim is made that it will in
crease the value of the Minnesota flax
crop $2 per acre. On the basis of
600.000 acres, the average flax acreage
in Minnesota, this will mean an in
crease of $1,200,000 to the flax growers
of the state when the new variety be
comes established.
The Minnesota experiment station
has secured 1.200 bushels of the seed
which will be distributed throughout
the State in four-bushel lots as a
foundation for the stock. This seed
will be sold at $2.50 per bushel to
who have proper machinery
and buildings for handling seed grain
and whose land is free from mustard,
Russian thistle and other weeds the
seed of which is difficult to separate
from flax seed. The land must also
be free from the disease known as flax
Minnesota No. 25 or Primost flax is
selected stock from a variety which
came to the Minnesota experiment
station from the United States depart
of argiculture in 1891.
Talking Shop.
First Telephone GirlWhat did
Bella say when you told her your en
gagement was broken?
Second Telephone GirlOh. she
said it only meant another ring off.
Royal Magazine.
The Mugwump Minneapolis Journal
Roasted by the "Silk-Stock-
ing" Business Men.
Beware of False "Get-Rich-Quick"
Advertisements in that Hug-
wumpian Sheet.
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Prom the Minneapolis Tribune Feb 1.1905
A very large display advertisement
which bears upon its face marks of
unreliability and chicanery, and mak
ing unwarranted use of the names of
some of Minneapolis' most solid and
conservative business men, appeared
in The Minneapolis Journal of yes
terday, and has aroused a storm of
indignation in local business circles.
The advertisement in question is
that of a "Lawrence Plaster com
pany, purporting to have 1,000 acres
of gypsum land in eastern New Mex
ico, and agrees to pay a dividend of
over 200 per cent to investors, and re
turn to them the amount they invested
within six months. The whole "ad"
reads in a most suspicious and extra
vagant style, and only an uncon
trolled desire for "copy" on the part
of any newspaper could have caused
its acceptance without an investiga
This investigation might have been
easily made, for the preposterous ad
vertisement carries at its foot the fol
lowing Minneapolis names as officers
of the company:'' President, John D.
Washburn, of Washburn-Crosby Co.
Vice president, John G. Butler, of
Pillsbury-Washburn Co.
Treasurer, E. A. Merrill, president
of Minnesota Loan & Trust Co.
Secretary, D. McC. Scribner. law
Managing Director, Charles H.
Wheeler, capitalist.
But not only did The Journal ac
cept the advertisement without mak
ing the investigation, but published
it in the face of a prohibition from
one of the "officers" named, who in
formed The Journal's representative
that the company was a mythical one,
that the men whose names are used
had nothing to do with any such prop
osition, and that he forbid the use of
his name in any such fraudulent con
It seems that Charles D. Wheeler,
who is given the position of managing
director in the non-existent company,
rented desk room in his office, 66 Loan
and Trust building, to one D. McC.
Scribner, who is, so far as known,
the entire "Lawrence Plaster com-
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pany, directors, workmen, machinery
and gypsum deposits in eastern New
Mexico. Mr. Wheeler believes the
man to be most extravagant in his
He evidently made a good impres
sion on Mr. Scribner, for the latter
has kindly made him "managing
director" of his remarkable company.
Mr. Wheeler believes the man's
head is full of wild projects.
Yesterday The Journal's represent
ative called at Mr. Wheeler's office
with a proof of this ridicuous adver
tisement. Mr. Scribner was out, but
Mr. Wheeler was astonished to see
his name at the bottom, and expressly
and specifically told The Journal rep
resentative, that the use of his name
was entirely unauthorized, that he
was certain the company was a myth
and that all the other names, except
that of Mr. Scribner, were used with
out the owners' knowledge or permis
sion and told him that the "ad" must
not run.
As a matter of fact, The Journal is
the only paper in the city which ran
the advertisement. Other Minneapolis
papers to which it was offered refused
the advertisements.
Messrs. John Washburn, John G.
Butler and E. A. Merrill, whose
names are appended to the "ad,"
called at The Tribune office last even
ing to repudiate all knowledge of such
an organization as the "Lawrence
Plaster Co.," and denounce the use of
their names in such connection in the
following statement given to The Trib
une yesterday:
Editor The Minneapolis Tribune:
To the Public: Our attention has
just been called to an advertisement
in this evening's Journal headed
Lawrence Plaster Co. Do You Want
to Invest. Paying over 200 per cent
per annum, "in which advertisement
the officers are given as follows:
PresidentJohn Washburn,
1 1 1. -I i_ 1 11
Clover Brand
Stock Food.
A Fat Producer and
Health Restorer.^
The best digestive tonic and blood purifier known
For Horses, Cattle,
Sheep and Hogs.
Contains only bark and pure drugs, long known
for their valuable medicinal properties in the
treatment of animal diseases. This food is a
strong tonic, contains no
Shorts, Oil Meal or
Cotton Seed Meal,
Being pure bark and drugs and if used
as directed will give perfect satisfaction.
Sole Agents.
J. J. SKAHEN, Cashier and Manager.
Does .a General
Banking Business
Collecting and Farm and
Insurance. Village Loans.
A Free Map!
Wall Map of Mille Lacs county given
away with a years subscription to the
Princeton Union. $1 is all
Washburn-Crosby Co.
Vice-Pres.John G. Butler, of
Pillsbury-Washburn Co.
TreasurerE. A. Merrill, President
of Minnesota Loan and Trust Co.
We, the undersigned, state without
qualification that we never heard of
this company before seeing this ad
vertisement and are not and never
were connected with it in any way,
and repudiate the use of our names in
connection with it in any way what
Washburn-Crosby Co.
Pillsbury-Washburn Co.,
Pres. Minn. Loan & Trust Co..
Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 31. 1905.

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