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JOHN BOWS COUSIN Theodor M. Strou, an Iowa Station Agent, Claims the Crown of Kingdom of Servia. John Boyn's Father Murdered in Bel- grade While Seeking to Estab- lish Right to Throne. Theodor Maximillian Strou, an Iowa railroad man, and cousin of John Boyn of Princeton, will, ac cording- to a press dispatch, shortly journey to Belgrade for the purpose of establishing his right to the Ser vian crown. The grandson of King Lazar, An dria Lazar, who alone of all the mon arch's family escaped death at the hands of the in\ aders some 200 years ago, was the great-great-great-grand- father of Theodor Maximillian Strou, station agent and telegraph operator or the Rock Island road at County Line, a little town twenty miles south of Ottumwa on the Missouri bqrder. Strou regards his claim to the Ser vian throne as a valid one. John Boyn of Princeton, whose father was murdered some twenty-five .j ears ago in Servia and relieved of documentary evidence of his right to the throne, stands in more direct line to the so\ereignty than Strou, but Boyn was led by the murder of his father to renounce his claim to it, thus leaving the station agent at County Line the sole claimant, so far as is known. The story told by the documents in Strou's possession is one of the most thrilling and inteiesting of Old World historical romances. Its scenes are laid in Servia, Saxony and America, cind it is full of color, incident and plot. Already Strou has asked the par liament of Servia to proclaim him ruler of the land. He, moreover has placed in the hands of the American minister at Belgrade, the American minister at Saxony, the Servian min ister at London, and a firm of attor neys at Manchester, la., copies of the documents which he holds as proof of his right to the throne. The originals -of.-these, documents he keeps under lock and key in the little railway sta tion at County Line. Good Roads. We believe that it is in season to speak a little on the question of good roads rather than to wait until next spring when they become almost im passable again, says the St. Paul Farmer. We have known of those who Lad an indefinite idea that some way or other the railroad and the trollej would supersede the wagon road and that large expenditures of money to improve the latter would be unneces saij and wasteful. Wagon roads existed centuries be fore anv one ever thought of either steam or electric cars and always will exist, and their improvement should concern every farmer throughout the land. Too often this fact is realized in the earlv spring, only to be forgotten when the roads dr\ up and become passable of their own accord. We have often heard it said that better wagon roads were not neces sary, thatt he country had alwajs had dirt roads and had prospered as those countries that have good roads had never done. This is true so far as prosperity is concerned, but the fact must not be lost sight of that this countrj still contains virgin soil, when compared with European coun tries, that our methods of agriculture are more modern and our railroad facilities more perfect. Railroad managers are spending millions of dollars annually in the improvement of their road beds be cause they realize that it is money to the company to do so. Have those who live from ten to twenty miles from a station or town ever consid ered the amount of wear and tear on their horses and wagons as well as upon themselves, not to speak of the fact that bad roads injure the value of their land, and that if these condi tions were leversed their property would, as it were, be picked up bodily and placed nearer the town? Bj '-good roads" we do not mean simply throwing the mud into the mid dle of the road. Good roads were never made that way, and the men who practice that sort of '"road-mak- ing" should be speedily relieved of their office. Various laws regarding the im provement of country roads are in vogue in different states. Some where the farmers work out their road tax, others where they pay a certain pro portion of the expense for having the road adjoining their land made per- manently good and others where they pay their good money for road tax and receive in return almost impas sable roads for three or four months in the year. It remains for the tax payers of this section to say in what state of perfection our roads shall be kept. What leather Burbank Has Done. For thirty-five years Luther Bur bank has been at work creating new forms of plant life and improving old ones. In that time he has created, by breeding and selection, more than two thousand five hundred distinct species of plants, says an exchange. Some of his "creations" are: The primus berry, a fruit unknown before, made by the union of a black berry and a rasperry, which union scientific men said was impossible. The white blackberry, very beauti ful, with a delicate flavor. The "phenomenal berry," a similar creation, cross between a raspberry and a California dewberry, having the color of a raspberry and the shape of a blackberry, but larger than either, far more productive, and with a flavor of the Bartlett pear. A walnut first so thin of shell that the birds could peck through it, after wards bred backward along the path it had come until a shell of the re quired thickness was secured. He has produced a new thornless cactus, a combination of many other varieties, which bears a fruit, too, for man and beast, and which wlil redeem the desert places of the earth. He has done all these, and many other marvelous things which can not be mentioned here for lack of space. Mr. Burbank's work has followed two main linesbreeding and selec tion. By breeding is meant, primarily, he creation of a new plant life by placing the pollen of one flower upon the stigma of another. This is the prime, basic act. Ten thousand cir cumstances before and after the birth of the flower must be taken into ac count when the work is of the magni tude of that we are considering. Selection is the unfailing choosing of the best, out of a million plants if need be, taking the best one of all for future work and, from the progeny of this one plant, selecting the best on and on until the standard set is reached. Sometimes Mr. Burbank uses a thousand plants in the process of creting one new one, sometimes ten thousand, sometimes, indeed, a mil lion plnats before the end is reached. While making the white blaekberrry and the phenomenal berry he used sixty-five thousand bushes in test. At last, after long study and selection, all of the many thousands were re jected and burned, excepting a few of each new berry, and when it came to the final selection, one bush of each was chosen Hicks to the Front Again. The third storm period is central on the 14th. extending from the 12th to 17th Regions where storms have prevailed at the previous July per iods maj expect an increase of the same at this period while the drouth and heat will reach a crisis over wide sections intervening. Tendency to continued cloudiness and unsettled, clbudv weather will follow this period. The fourth storm period is reaction ary, and is central on the 20th and 21st. An increase of temperature and return to rain and electrical squalls may be looked for. Many places will have storminess, thunder and light ning and possibly dangerous winds. The fifth storm period is central on the 25th, extending from the 23rd to 27th. The barometer will fall and other storm conditions will appear early this period. On and touching the 24th and 25th there will be a sen sible increase of tendency to stormi ness, all followed by rising barometer and a change to somewhat cooler from about the 26th to 29th. The month closes in the midst of a reactionary storm period, bringing high and rising temperature. The barometer will be low and falling to westward and cloudiness and storms will be forming and starting on their eastward career. Clo\er on Sandy Soil. The raising of clover on the sandy soil in the neighborhood of Princeton is no longer experimental. It has been demonstrated that the crop is a paying one and is reasonably sure. As a fertilizer the scientists tell us it can not be surpassed and it is being raised extensively for the double pur pose of furnishing hay and enriching the soil. It has been found that in all places where the snow covers the ground through the winter there is a full stand of clover the next year, but on high places exposed to the wind the ground is often left bare and the clover freezes out. Farmers would be well paid for their time in covering the high places with straw or old hay to keep the snow from blowing THE COMMISSIONERS Of Mille Lacs County Meet in Regular Session at Princeton on Mon- day, July IO. Taxes Voted for 1905, Petitions Dis- posed of, Etc.Official Report in Next Week's Issue. The commissioners of Mille Lacs county met in regular convention at the court house in this city on Mon day. There was one absentee at the first day's session, but on Tuesday all members were present, viz., L. S. Libby, first district R. S. Shaw, chairman, second district John Dal chow, third district George H. Deans, fourth district J. W. McClure, fifth district. Taxes for 1905 were voted as follows: County revenue fund County poor fund Road and bridge fund Railroad bonds One mill school tax Total $29,250 A petition for changing the bound ary line of school district 20 was granted. The petition of R. L. Edwards to be set off from school district 30 to 13 was granted. The petition for a change in the county road through the town of Hay land was granted. The official proceedings of the county board will be published in the next issue of the Union. ReUsion of Freight Bates. A series of tables are being pre pared for the coming investigation by the State railroad and warehouse commission showing the existing rates on first class freight and on the commodities, including lumber, wheat, coarse grains, cattle, hogs, sheep, wood and coal. These tables cover all parts of the State and* all dis tances, and in connection with each rate is given the corresponding rate according to the Illinois and Iowa distance tariffs, for the same article and the same distance. The tables will also show at a glance in each case whether the Minnesota distance or distributing rate is higher or lower than the rate,in.^e,Tftthfir, s^ate^^pd by what per cent. These tables, when finished, will be distributed to all the Minnesota railroads. The commission, in citing the dis tance tariffs of Iowa and Illinois, in dicates that it considers those state made rates to be fair and proper for comparison. It will be incumbent on the railroad officials, where the Minnesota rates are found to be higher, to show why they should be so. The State has no distance tariff law. and it is not believed that the commission intends to re-vise rates strietlj on that basis. In fact, the legislature, in ordering the investiga tion, recommended that both distance tariffs and distributing rates be kept in force, but that the difference be tween those rates be reduced to not more than five per cent. The need of some special distributing rates in southern Minnesota was recognized, in order to give the twin cities a chance to compete with Chicago in that territory. The Situation at Pierre. The waters of the Bad river have now receded and the people of Fort Pierre are beginning to take stock of their belongings. They find that seventeen houses went down the Mis souri and that forty-three are more or less wrecked, while all which with stood the flood are damaged. ""A trip over the flooded district shows pitiful attempts to save something out of the wreck and slime. One man who was working on his lot was asked for the location of his house and pointed to two piles of wreckage some distance apart, which was all that was left of his home. Reports from the valley show wrecked homes, and there is scarcely a ranch building standing on the river valley between Fort Pierre and Midland. The water still stands from bluff to bluff at Booine, and the only way of travel is to make wide detours to get across the streams run ning into Bad river. At the Bowley and Hollis ranch every building is gone, and nothing can be learned of the whereabouts of the occupants. The party of women from Fort Pierre has not yet reported, and it is known they did not reach the ranch they started for. So far the only deaths known for a certainty are those of Brinake, at Bovine Arthur Austin at Midland, and the Wheeler boy, a short distance up the river. How Fires May be Avoided. Imminent danger of fire from expos ure to electric light glot~a and wires of combustible material, is one of the subjects which will be taken up in a paper to be read by George Kel- PRINCETON, MILLE IACS COUNTY, JttIN ESOTA, THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1905. $12,000 3000 7 000 5000 2 250 logg chief of the Sioux City, Iowa, depa tment and vice president of the asso latiotr at Ihe meeting of the In tern! ional Chief Engineers of Fire Depi 'tments-in this city next month, says She Duluth News Tribune. Mi Kellogg will call attention to the finance recently passed in his ,Js the result of a fire in Decem rhich destroyed $1,000,000 worth ildings and stocks in the heart business district. This fire, it was caused by an overheated ct light globe which had been wrapped in colored paper and packed in cotton batting. The window had been trimmed for the holiday trade, and was filled with highly combusti ble material, which instantly ignited. Within five hours nearly two solid blocks of business houses were in ruin. Immediately after the fire the coun cil ^passed an ordinance making it a misdemeanor for any person to place cotton goods or any inflammable material within six inches of an elec tric light globe, and forbidding the use of inflammable material for dec orative purposes. For the better en forcement of the law the chief of the fire department is compelled to make an inspection whether the ordinance All offenders are the forbid den^ iateria and if the order is not obeyed their arrest follows. The iy for violation of the ordinance ne of from $10 to $100. is being observed notif id to at once remove pen is a ri William and the Pig. tell that not vouch for the authenticity of tJbi following little story, but merely as 'twas told to us: It appears William Pratt, Esq., one of the most distinguishedor rather most distinguishableof Princeton's cater ers tjp human carnivari, was en route to hil abattoir with a medium-sized pig ^confined in a gunnysack thrown acrofs his shoulder. William was in som&vhat of a hurry and walked with mom than his usual alacrity, his steps being as springy as the morass on the riveabottoms which he was travers ing. In passing along the edge of a slough, estimated to contain eight feet two inches of water, the pig, which supposedly looked through a knot holejin the gunnysack and perceived a-cfe^nee for escape, made, a deter- As it emerged from the mouth of its prison, however, its hind feet struck William between his first and second chins with sufficient violence to pre cipitate him into the depths of the slimy slough. At the same moment the gunnysack, by some unaccount able means, swallowed the head of William Pratt, Esq., and, thus en meshed and entangled, he was placed in a most perilous dilemma, for he could not swim and the water was too deep for walking. Had it not been for the fact that the pig, scared by a dog on the bank, entered the slough just as William came to the surface and that he grabbed it about the neck, he would have found a watery grave, but he hung on tenaciously to tne animal and in the course of ten or fifteen minutes it struggled to the shoie dragging William with it. It was indeed a most miraculous escape, and Mr. Pratt now declares that: Never moie upon my back Will I lug a pig a gunnysack Cabbage Maggot Doomed. An exchange says that the State en tomologist has conquered the cabbage maggot, which has so affected rad ishes, turnips, cabbages and cauli flower as not only to disgust those of us who try to raise them on a small scale, but has in the last two years caused a loss of many thousand of dollars to market gardeners, some having lost their entire crop of cab bages and cauliflowers. The entomologist finds that carbolic acid emulsion, made from crude car bolic acid and soap, is very effective, applied in time and at the proper in tervals. The emulsion is made by dissolving ten pounds of hard soap in ten gallons of boiling water, and adding ten pints of crude carbolic acid, churning it up with a force pump so that the acid is thoroughly mixed with the soap. He uses one part of this to thirty parts of water, by actual measure, and pours half a pint around the roots of each plant three or four times, beginning six or seven days after the plants are first set out. On radishes he uses one part of emulsion to thirty-five parts of water. Care must be taken with radishes that it is not too strong or they will be injured, nor should this emulsion be used on radishes just be fore they are gathered for the table. Then He Departed. He (time 11:45 p. m.)I hope your father doesn't object to my paying you visits? SheNo: but I think he would pre fer having you pay them in install ments.Detroit Tribune. JACOB W JfflELLOTTE Dies at His Home in Sherburne County After an Illness of Very Short Duration. Came to the Northwest in 1886 from PennsylvaniaA Man Well Known and Respected. Jacob W. Mellotte, one of the old settlers of Sherburne county, died at his home in Baldwin township, about seven miles from Princeton, on Mon day, July 10, aged sixty years five months. His death was due to Bright's disease, from which he had suffered for about three months. Mr. Mellotte was born in Pennsyl vania and removed to South Dakota in 1886, remaining there about four years, from whence he came to this part of Minnesota, finally settling upon the farm where he died. While in Dakota. He was married in Penn sylvania in 1874 to Miss Rachel A. Fryman. The deceased was a mem ber of the Princeton Methodist church and was widely known and respected. Beside the widow of Mr. Mellotte, two sons and two -daughters survive him, viz., Roy R.. residing in Bald win, Sherburne county John F., liv ing on his father's farm in the same township: Mrs. Frank McClellan and Mrs. Harry McClellan, Princeton. There are also eight grandchildren. The funeral services were held at the home of the deceased and the choir of the Princeton Methodist church parti cipated in the obsequies, the remains being on Tuesday afternoon interred in Oak Knoll cemetery in this village, Rev. Lewis of Milaca conducting the ceremony. The pallbearers were: W. H. and A. A. Townsend, F. S. Wood, S. B. Heath, Geo. Smith and A. Z. Norton. F. A. Lowenn was funeral director. A Child of the Rorth. Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McVicar, who had been visiting their son, J. W. of Greenbush for two weeks, left for their home in Boston last week. They in- SUMMER SCHOOL NOTES. Supt. S. t ga and taught in an Indian school while "*""H'"i some time on the way. Mr. McVicar'si" necessar history is somewhat unique. He is seventy-eight years old and was born in the Hudson Bay country, where his father had a trading post in 1825. He was the first white child known to have been born so far north. In 1825 Sir John Franklin with his Arctic expedition passed through the terri tory in which the elder McVicar's trading post was located, on his way to the McKenzie river, which he fol lowed to its mouth. While pssing through the Hudson Bay country the members of the expedition missed their bearings, and were in an exceed ingly tight place, but the Indians con nected with the trading post found them and took them to the post where they were recuperated and sent on their wav. The boj whose career was started in British America grew up to sturdy manhood and was an inhab itant of the United States during the time of the civil war. He enlisted and served a short time, suffering injury to his eves from which he has been blind for fortj vears. Both he and his estimable wife are healthy looking and have the promise of manj jears before them. Pinney is in Duluth this week. Mr. Royce of the Twin City Supply company is in attendance this week. The teachers in attendance are well pleased with the instructors and their methods. sixty-five and work is progressing: most satisfactorily. Several members of the school board called to talk over educational matters for next fall. Prof. Cranston of the American Book company, gave a short talk at Wednesday's session on the duties of teachers. It was brimful of com mon sense and was well received. .the the M. E. church on Tuesday evening his subject being "Culture." The following day he addressed the students of the training school on "Reading." Winnipeg Exposition and lair. On account of the Winnipeg Expo sition and Fair held at Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 20th to 28th, the Great Northern Railway will sell tickets at one fare for the round trip to Winnipeg. Dates of sale are July 18th to 26th, returning limit July 31st. Ask your local agent for full particu lars as to rates, etc. 31-3t Prof. Alex Forbes of Philadelphia less liable to disease. When thus delivered a very interesting lecture at supported the hoe can be used for keeping the ground clean around the vines. As an experiment, pinch back a few vines, and compare them with the others. No farmer can buy as good tomatoes as he can grow, as they are always more or less injured, during the shipment to market, the loss to each basket bei ng consider able. TOLUME XXIX. NO. 31 ANDREW SEHLIN SUICIDES. Mr. Sehlin was Well Known in and Around Princeton. Andrew Sehlin, a .prosperous, farm er of Opstead, Mille Lacs county, a man well known in and around Princeton, committed suicide in the St. James hotel, Minneapolis, on Tuesday night by asphyxiation. His dead body was found on Wednes day morning by one of the hotel em ployes. Sehlin went to the city Tuesday with a couple of friends. He went to transact business. He was given one room in the hotel and his friends another. He retired early, and nothing was heard or seen of him until between 6 and 7 o'clock yesterday morning. As one of the chambermaids wa passing the doorP roof intos tn of his room she noticed the odort of gas. She knocked on his door to awaken him, but could not. alarmed the house and a ou sen aShe ronr ma man tn turnea in Pennsylvania he followed the oc- ~~*o-CU--* i cupation of instructor in mathematics wa je on full and every -1"'"1- *h crevice throuugh which the poison might escape was packed with clothes. The window had been locked, and be fore entrance could be gained the pane had to be broken. Sehlin was taken from his bed and physicians worked over him for an hour trying to bring him back to life. Deputy Coroner Irvine viewed the body and it was taken to the morgue. Sehlin was sixty-five years old and a widower. Up to the time of his death he had been living with his son on a farm. He was well off and in fluential in his community. A Phenomenal Berry \ield. Whether raspberries and other small fruits can be profitably raised upon the soil hereabouts remains no longer a question. This was fully demon strated to us on Wednesday morning, when, with Mr. Ludden, we visited the farm of Jos. Nokes, about a mile from town. The principal attraction on this farm lies in that portion set apart to the culture of raspberries, where several rows which would total in length a quarter of a mile if placed end to end meet the view. The bushes are as high as the average man and the phenomenal quantity of berries have to sustain has made them for the purpose of support. The fruit itself is exceptionally large and of most delicious flavor. In addition to raspberries Mr. Nokes has some blackberry and current bushes, the former carrying an enormous weight of fruit, and it is safe to say that the yield will equal, if not surpass, that of many a fruit farm in the famous Minnetonka district. The Sandstone Boy is Lost. Two weeks ago the i on gave an account of the search which had been made near Sandstone for the two ear-old boy of Martin Benson. No trace of the child was found and a peddler who had been seen in the neighborhood was suspected of hav ing kidnapped him. The peddler was found near Albert Lea with a little boy and was arrested on suspicion, but when Benson went there he found that the boy was not his. Hope of finding the child alive has been aban doned and the ponds and streams in the neighborhood of Benson's home are being searched for its body. IiOOis Jesnier Surprised. On Wednesday evening the friends of Louis Jesmer to the number of thirty surprised him at his home by appearing loaded down with a hand some rocking chair, a huge cake, etc., in honor of his birthday. Encircling the cake were forty-three candles, signifying the number of years Louis had lived. Addresses were made and at 12 o'clock supper was paratken of and shortly after i __ n, *i"u suuruv aicer the guests left for Th enrollmentt up to yesterday was u 6 thei- homes. Louis avows that the surprise was a genuine one, he not having received the least inkling of the affair in advance. He thanks his friends for the honor bestowed. Stake the Tomatoes. Take the trouble to place good, strong stakes around tomato vines, fasten the vines securely to the stakes, and they will be more prolific, while the fruit will ripen quicker and be True as Gospel. Little ElmerPapa, what is a critic? Prof. BroadheadA critic, my son, is a person who couldn't have done it himself.Puck.