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R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Year.
Remains of Edward W. Freer Brought
Home from City of Mexico on
Thursday for Burial.
Particulars of the Disaster Which Oc-
casioned This Young Man's
Lamentable Death.
The remains of Edward W. Freer,
nho was accidentally killed at Ne
caxa, state of Puebla, Mexico, while
employed by a construction company,
arrived here on Thursday last, August
31, in charge of Senor Arturo Leyen
decker of the City of Mexico. Senor
Leyendecker experienced considerable
difficulty at El Paso, Kansas City and
Omaha in the transportation of the
body in consequence of offlciousness
and considerable delay was occas
ioned thereby. At El Paso, for in
stance, which was the first city reached
after crossing the Mexican border, the
senor was compelled by the American
authorities to transfer the remains to
a new casket in order to be allowed
to proceed. Upon arrival at Prince
ton on the 10:55 a. m. train Under
taker Ross took possession of the re
mains and conveyed them to the home
of the desceased's parents, where
private services were held by the Rev.
A. W. Kuehl of Minneapolis. At 2:30
p. m. the casket was removed to the
Methodist church and the rites for the
dead conducted by Rev. Rupert Swin
nerton, who delivered a very touch
ing funeral oration. The body was
laid to rest in Oak Knoll cemetery, the
following members of the militia act
ing as pallbearers: Sergeants Sell
horn and Marshall, Privates Dunton,
Whitcomb, Orton and Mahoney. Mu
sician Whitney sounded taps at the
The floral offerings of the Prince
ton high school alumni and others
were beautiful in their rich profusion.
Among the immediate relatives of
the deceased who attended the funeral
were Geo. W. Freer, Opstead Rich
ard Freer, Monticello Chas. Freer
and wife, South Shore Eugene Lease
and wife, Foley Samuel Dean and
wife, Excelsior Mrs. Chas. Caswell,
Jordan, and Mr. Orton, Hammond,
Edward W. Freer was the son of
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Freer of Prince
ton and was twenty-four years of age
at the time of his lamentable death.
He was born in the township of
Princeton and educated in this vil
lage, graduating from the high school.
He followed the calling of school
teacher at several places in Mille
Lacs county previous to his going to
Mexico. Mr. Freer was a young man
of sterling qualities and was greatly
beloved by his acquaintances. He
possessed exceptional intellectuality
and his kinaly nature embodied all
that is good The cutting down of
this model young man at the outset of
so promising a career has brought
sorrow not alone to his parents and
immediate relatives but to the scores
of acquaintances by whom he was be
The circumstances surrounding the
disaster which brought about Mr.
Freer's death were described to us by
Senor Arturo Leyendecker as follows:
Mr. Freer, another American and
fh Mexicans were at work in a deep
ravine constructing an aqueduct.
Upon one side was a mountainor
natural dam500 feet high and al
most perpendicular from the top of
which workmen were lowering by
means of a cable five-inch iron pipes
thirty-five feet in length for use in the
construction of the aqueduct referred
to. lb appears that as one of these
pipes was being let down into the ra
ine, and when about a hundred feet
above the neads of the workmen, the
cable snapped and the pipe, striking
a protruding rock or ledge, was
smashed into exactly seven pieces.
Singular as it may seem, each of the
seven pieces of pipe in its descent cut
down a man. Mr. Freer, who was at
the time stooping to pick up a screw
used in connecting the pipes, was
struck on the left side of his neck and
his body badly lacerated from that
point downward, causing, as was
stated by the Mexican surgeon who
examined the remains, instantaneous
death. The other American, whose
home was in Knoxville, Missouri, was
mortally wounded, three Mexicans
were killed and two severely injured.
Not a man escaped unhurt. When
struck by the piece of pipe the body
of Mr. Freer was precipitated into a
river which flowed through the ravine
or canyon near where he was at work
and was carried by the current into a
tunnel, where his body was discovered
by Senor Leyendecker, who, with a
party of horsemen, arrived upon the
scene from the city of Mexico, sixty
miles distance, in response to a tele
graphic or telephonic message.
King Tells How To Do It.
How to solve the good roads prob
lem on country and suburban high
ways practically without cost was ex
plained before members of the Com
mercial club, St. Paul, by D. Ward
King of Maitland, Mo. Mr. King de
scribed his "little Missouri split log
drag," the surprising success of
which within the last nine years in
duced the Chicago Great Western road
to bring him to speak upon the sub
ject in St. Paul. A farmer himself,
Mr. King has no interest to serve save
those of the farmers and the general
community. He has not patented his
contrivance he has no machinerv to
After President Hoffman of the club
had mentioned that the loss from bad
roads annually in this country was
supposed to be not less than $1,000,-
000,000. President A. B. Stickney of
the Great Western road, introducing
Mr. King, said that most speakers on
good roads* are accustomed to suggest
that farmers should spend many thou
sands of dollars in macadamizing
prairie roads. One road "expert"
had proposed that Minnesota farmers
transport trap rock 500 or 600 miles
for road material. But the plan ad
vocated by Mr. King involved no such
absurd demand upon the pockets of
the taxpayer.
Speaking informally, Mr. King es
timated that, in rainy weather at least,
one-half of all the roads in states as
advanced as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ttfew
York and perhaps Massachusetts,
were nothing but mud roads. The
improvement of mud roads, that is,
of the so-called "dirt" roads, was
manifestly of much importance. He
did not pretend to show they could be
made into perfect roads he did not
say they could be made equal to ma
cadamized roads. But the macada
mizing of country roads would remain
for many years a process too expen
sive for all but a few of the main
highways. His method would cost
almost nothing and it would quickly
transform any country road, any dirt
road, into a good road if not a per
fect road.
Mr. King showed a small wooden
model of his drag. It resembled a
short, heavy ladder with three rounds.
How he came to devise it he didn't
exactly recall. But In the spring of
1896 he had made such a drag from a
split log. With a team of horses he
had drawn the drag obliquely across
a road near his own farm and he had
kept that road in splendid condition
ever since. By dragging the road not
oftener than once a month he had
made a race track of it. Whatever
the weather he could always trot a
horse along the road or draw an or
dinary load with an ordinary team.
The use of the drag had gradually
extended until its value had been rec
ognized in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,
Illinois and other states. At Des
Moines it had been making roads
which, the public declared, were equal
to the asphalt streets,.
The drag accomplished three
things: It made the road highest in
the middle and thus maintained good
drainage it prevented the formation
of ruts by distributing the traffic it
hardened the earth until it became
shovel-proof and almost pick-proof.
Not In It With Minnesota.
If people would only tell the whole
truth instead of a part of it when de
scribing the Pacific coast country
there wouldn't be so many people
fooled into leaving better countries
behind for the golden west." Thus
speaks Mert Elsmore who last ueek
returned from an extended trip
through Idaho, Montana, Utah, Cali
fornia and Oregon. "For instance"
says he, "they tell us of the immense
crops they raise out there on irrigated
lands, but you never hear them tell
how long it takes to get the soil in
shape for any crop at all nor how
long the land has to be idle between
crops. As a rule land cropped one
year has to lie idle the next year in
order that the two or three inch alkali
deposit due from irrigation may be
disposed of by burial or otherwise.
The Pacific coast simply isn't in it
with Minnesota at any stage of the
Mert knows, because he went out
there for the sole purpose of finding
out.Anoka Free Press.
He Was Eligible.
Miss Folia La Follette, the daugh
ter of Governor La Follette of Wis
consin, has inherited some of her
father's quick wit and audacity. She
was passing a collection plate one
day when she was waved away by a
man distinguished for his wealth and
"Nothing," he said gruffly, I
have nothing."
"Take something then," the young
woman replied: "this collection is for
the poor, you know."Everybody's
Take Action Upon Important Recom-
mendations for Improvement
of Princeton's Streets.
Regulation of bidewalks and Boule-
vards, Surfacing of Roads and
Betterment of Drainage.
Matters of interest to property own
ers who take pride in improving the
appearance of the village came up be
fore the council for consideration at
its regular meeting on Monday night.
The first was a recommendation by
R. C. Dunn that an ordinance be
drafted for regulating the width of
sidewalks and boulevards, so that all
curbing be lineally uniform, that a
distance of sixteen feet be maintained
between the inside of walk and out
side of boulevard, that the sidewalk
proper be not less than six feet in
width, and that all telephone poles be
removed to positions outside of the
sixteen-feet limits The recommenda
tion left it optional with property
owners whether the sidewalk be six,
eight or ten feet in width and also op
tional whether they maintained a
boulevard but, should the latter be
laid out, the regulation as to width
must be complied with. After some
discussion the recommendation was
adopted and the village attorney and
recorder instructed to draft an ordi
nance covering the points suggested
and present same to the council at its
next session.
A measure was introduced and
adopted that all sidewalks laid in* fu
ture on Eastern avenueMain street
between the village power house and
the Patterson corner be nob less than
twelve feet wide. The measure is not
intended to compel those who have
narrower sidewalks in good condition
to replace the same with a twelve-feet
width, but to apply to those which
shall be hereafter put down.
As an experiment it was decided
to introduce catch basins at the
Cooney block and Security bank cor
ners to carry off the surplus water
from the street, and, should they,
distribute morte
where deemed necessary.
On behalf of himself and the owners
of other abutting property on First
street Mr. Dunn offered, provided the
council graded such street between
the Security bank and the Congrega
tional church, to furnish sufficient
gravel or crushed rock to surface such
distance to a depth deemed necessary.
The proposition was accepted and the
street commissioner instructed to pro
ceed with the grading as soon as the
condition of the street permitted
A permanent committee was ap
pointed by the president to investi
gate the condition of sidewalks, cross
walks and the East Branch bridge
and to order all necessary repairs
and replanking.
The work on the West Branch
bridge was reported to be satisfactory.
The council decided to hereafter
shut off the electric light at 11:30 in
stead of 10:30 p. m.
A number of bills were acted upon
and the council adjourned.
Narrowly Escapes Death.
On Monday afternoon at about 5:30
o'clock Mrs. W. H. Clendenning was
crossing the street near the Armitage
drug store propelling a baby carriage
in which was seated her child of about
one year old when a buggy approached
unobserved. The vehicle was oc
cupied by Neumann's daughters.
Someone on the other side of the
street, perceiving the danger, called
to Mrs. Clendenning to "Look out'"
She immediately stopped and it is
supposed that the suddenness with
which she did so precipitated the child
into the street and under the horses'
feet, the team being at this time in
close proximity. According to Dr.
Caley, to whose office the child was
taken after the accident, it seems that
the wheels of the vehicle, or one wheel
at least, passed over the body of the
child, but, with the exception of a
scratch on its nose, no other injury
resulted. Mrs. Clendenning, however,
who was so badly frightened at the
occurrence that she has but a vague
conception of what happened, thinks
that a collision of the two vehicles
caused the child to be thrown into the
street and not the sudden stoppage,
as the baby carriage was damaged to
a considerable extent. However this
may be the escape of the child is in
either event remarkable.
Will Try to Knock Out Fullerton.
With the hunting season fairly
opened and the prospect of much
game coming in during the next two
months, Minneapolis sportsmen are
preparing to hold their own against
the State" game and fish commission
nd its representatives. The feeling
his year is not the best. Sportsmen,
hile thoroughly in accord with the
pirit of the game-preservation work
the commission, do not like its
ethods, and are particularly op
osed to some of the representatives
ho are intrusted with the local busi
ess of the commission. Charges of
verofficiousness are freely made and
ave been through the fishing season,
ack of common sense judgment is
lso mentioned as a woeful shortcom
ing of wardens.
There will be a legal fight this year
over the new storage law passed by
the last legislature. The law appar
ently prohibits the holding of game
after the close of the season in cold
storage. Sam Fullerton, however,
%f&s made a ruling that not to exceed
forty-five partridges and fifty ducks
may be kept in any one cold-storage
plant on the proper tags procured
from the commission. Heretofore
sportsmen have been allowed to store
their game on tags and use it through
the winter and early spring as desired.
The ruling allowing ninety-five birds
in one house is little if any relief, in
view of the fact that each cold-storage
plant in the city has had from 100 to
$$0 patrons every season among the
)ortsmen. It practically shuts out
a 1 but one man.
I The sportsmen have combined and
vj ill fight the constitutionality of the
11 at the first opportunity. The
aim will also be made that every
rivate compartment in a cold-storage
ant is in itself a cold-storage plant
t! at the renter of such an apartment
as independent of the owner as if
owned an individual plant. A
sh will follow the first seizure of
he cold-storage men will assist in
tl|e fight of the sportsmen. They ap
pealed to the commisson, stating that
tne law was unconstitutional, but were
Informed that no infringement would
Be tolerated.
^Farmers Will Probably Be Benefited.
preparations are on foot for the
manufacture of flax fiber binder twine
for the coming season by the Interna
tional Harvester company, says the
Commercial West. Articles of incor
poration hav been filed by the Inter-
capital stock of a quarter of a million
dollars and a directorate made up of
the leading men in the International
Harvester company. The principal
office of this company will be in St.
Paul, and the presumption is that the
great harvester plant erected by the
Walter A. Woods Harvester company
and later acquired by the Interna
tional Haivester company will be
converted into a flax twine factory.
This move is a very important one
for the northwest. The making of
flax fiber twine has been made a dem
onstrated success by this havester
company. The next necessary step is
to get farmers of the northwest to
produce clean flax straw for this
twine. There is no reason why the
entire northwest cannot in time be
supplied with twine from northwest
fiber made into twine the northwest.
The three spring wheat states will
consume about 40,000,000 pounds of
twine annuallj. The Minnesota State
prison twine plant produced this year
11,000,000 pounds of twine. If this
flax twine proves as cheap and satis
factory as it now promises the State
prison will have to make a shift to
the same twine material or go out of
New Railroads.
Three railways are now in process
of construction in Beltrami county,
while the,survey for a fourth is being
run Two of these, the Wilton &
Northern and the Minneapolis, Red
Lake & Manitoba, run from Bemidji
to Red Lake. The former is being
built by the Shevlin Carpenter com
pany and the latter by the C. A.
Smith interests. Each road is about
seventy-five miles in length.
In addition to these the Minnesota
& International is extending its line
from Northome to Big Falls, thirty
three miles, while Engineer E. T. Ab
bott of Minneapolis has two crews of
surveyors laying out a line between
Bemidji and Detroit. Owing to the
extreme wet weather this season work
on all these roads has been greatly
Both roads to Red Lake will be
finished and ready for traffic by Oct.
1, while the Minnesota & International
extension will be completed this fall.
Had Always TakeD His Straight.
"A man is pretty sure to revise his
ideas of a great many things as he
advances in years," said Col. Stilwell
of Kentucky.
"Have you been changing your
"Yes, sir, I never realized the im
portancre of a water supply until the
boys made me head of the fire depart-
The Sum of $6oo Will Be Awarded in
Premiums to the Exhibitors-
Races, Ball Games, Etc.
Exhibits Not on Grounds Thurdsay
Will Be RejectedSee Pro-
gram on Seventh Page.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday
next, Sept. 14, 15 and 16, will be held
in Princeton the Mille Lacs county
annual fair. The first day will be
largely taken up with preliminaries,
such as the placing.of exhibits, etc.
A splendid program has been ar
ranged for the second and third days,
including horse and bicycle races and
the exhibition of "Our Boy, the Guide
less Wonder." Base ball games and
band concerts are also among the at
The premium list is much larger
than that of last year and the sum of
$600 is available for awards to suc
cessful exhibitors. The judges of the
various classes of exhibits will award
the prizes the last day of the fair.
Reference to the premium list and
program published on another page
of this issue will afford all informa
tion necessary as to the classificiation
of exhibits, entries, etc.
Now put forth your best efforts to
make this fair the most successful
ever held in the county. You have
the exhibits and you have the race
horses. The enterprise, then, is all
that is necessary to accomplish re
sults. Prepare now and be on the
grounds early.
About The Dairy.
In the test at the world's fair last
year the Jersey herd produced a
profit of $39.50 per cow for 120 days.
The average of the Holstein herd was
$29 per cow.
A Wisconsin man fed one of his
cows $60 worth of feed last year and
her pasture, feeding, milking and
stabling cost $11.50 more, making her
total cost $71.50: but she produced $90
worth of butter, $17.70 worth of
manure $1 worth of skim milk, and
j. a calf, worth $5, making her total in-
Salting cows regularly has much to
do with the ease or difficulty with
which butter will come. Let them
have access to salt at all times.
Do not make the mistake of cutting
grass too late. Better cut it a little
early. You lose more in quality in
late cutting than you gain in quantity.
Never buy a nice, fat looking cow
for a good milker.. First learn what
a good dairy type of cow is, or get
some one who does know, to buy your
cow for you
A lump of copperas as big as a
pea will destroy all the green scum
in a water tank that holds 150 gallons.
In running a separator evenness of
speed is very important. The speed
should be frequently tested by a watch
as guess work will not do.
Foamy and bitter milk is produced
by certain forms of baccilh. When
they gain access to milk or milk ves
sels they are hard to eradicate. Wash
the udder of the cow in luke warm
water containing a disinfectant.
Where a separator cannot be af
forded earthen crocks are better than
tin vessels as they do not rust when
set in water and keep the milk cool
much longer.
Do not buy cans or pails that have
seams unfilled with solder. If you
have any on hand have your tinsmith
fil all holes and cracks.
Estimates of the Crops
The crop estimates for the year in
dicate one of the most prosperous
periods in agriculture that the coun
try has ever known. Some of the
crop staples promise to break all rec
ords both in yield and value.
The wheat crop is estimated at 700,-
000,000 bushels, valued at$506,000,000
the corn crop, at 2,700,000,000 bushels,
worth $1,500,000,000 oats at 950,000,-
000 bushels, valued at $300,000,000.
Cotton, worth $600,000,000: hay, worth
$650,000,000 barley, poultry products,
live stock and other farm products
will bring the total value up to $5,000,-
000,000 or more, enough to pay off
the national debt several times over,
or sufficient to build at least twenty
Panama canals. Such crop as this
should insure prosperity for at least
another year.
Chas. Johnson of Brickton was
brought in on Thursday last in a very
critical condition resulting from an
acute attack of appendicitis which had
manifested itself a couple of days be
fore, but no medical aid had been
procured. Dr. Cooney immediately
removed the vermiform appendix and,
notwithstanding slight hopes were en
tertained at the time for the patient's
recovery in consequence of inflam
mation of the bowels which had de
veloped prior to his being brought to
the hospital, he is now rapidly pro
gressing toward recovery.
Christian Jorgenson of Milaca un
derwent a surgical operation at the
hands of Dr. Cooney last Thursday
for appendicitis. The patient is con
valescing in a satisfactory manner.
Born, at the Northwestern hospital
on Friday, Sept. 1, to Mr. and Mrs.
Stickney of Spencer Brook, a girl.
Crumpled Horns on Feet
Perhaps the only animal freak of
its kind in the world is a cow owned
by John Thoma. Although this bo
vine is several years old horns have
positively refused to sprout from that
part of its anatomy where they are
expected to appear. Instead, how
ever, they have for a period of at
least seven years grown from the
hoofs of the cow. Upon several oc
casions these hookers were trimmed
off, but, as their growth seemed to
cause no inconvenience to the cow,
Mr. Thoma decided to allow them to
take their natural course. This re
sulted in the horns, which are appar
ently still growing, attaining a length
of about twenty-four inches, those on
the hind feet curving upward while
those on the front ones assume a
straighter form. The owner of the
cow has decided to place the animal
on exhibition and charge an admis
sion fee for the privilege of viewing it.
It is surely one of the curiosities of
the times.
Public Schools Open.
The public schools opened on Mon
day. Sept. 4th, with the largest enroll
ment in their history. New pupils are
entering daily, a large number of
them from the country, in both the
high school and the Whittier. The list
of teachers follows:
High schoolPrincipal, Sarah E.
Drake science and mathematics, Da
vid B. Jones English and German,
Frances Peterson Eighth grade, Mar
garet I. King Eighth grade, Bessie
G. Norton Seventh grade, Mary Lar
kin Sixth grade, Bertha Seflhorn
Fifth grade, Elizabeth Phipps Fourth
grade, Martha Tibbetts Third grade,
1' wmiLimHffgmnyapftawpwiwi.Lasher
First, Mary &. Huse First, Zella
B. Davis A Second, Semnia Mad
sen Second, Julia E. McMasters.
BricktonPrimary, Nellie M. Clen
dening intermediate, Elizabeth Thom
Reception to C. W. \an Wormer.
On Tuesday night the Pythians
held a farewell reception in honor of
C. W. VanWormer, a member of the
local lodge and a deputy grand chan
cellor of the order, who, with his wife
and family, will shortly remove to
There were about forty persons
present and Mr. Van Wormer was
presented with an emblematic gold
ring in appreciation of his efforts on
behalf of the order and as a keepsake.
Mr. Briggs made a very appropriate
presentation speeech and Mr. Van
Wormer feelingly responded.
Games of cards were played, a
bounteous supper was served and the
evening passed in much social enjoy
County Commissioners Meet.
The board of county commissioners
met in adjourned session on Tuesday
and disposed of such business as came
up for action, which proved to be very
Two school petitions were presented,
one by Ole Esterson and the other by
Gust. Weborg, both of whom prayed
to be set off from school district 30 to
number 13. Both petitions were
The auditing of a number of bills
completed the work of the session.
Price Does Admirably.
The results of the rifle shooting con
tests at Seagirt, N. J., show that E.
E. Price of Milaca did remarkably
well, coming out fourth best, his score
being 249 against 266, the highest
made. Mr. Price is a member of Com
pany B, Third regiment, Minnesota
National Guards, and is the only
Minnesotan present at the shoot which
carried off any honors.
W. C. T. U. Convention at Minneapolis,
On account of the W. C. T. U. Con
vention to be held at Minneapolis
Sept. 19 to 21, tickets will be sold by
the Great Northern Railway at the
rate of one and one-third fares for the
round trip on the certificate plan. See
your local agent for particulars. 39-40
They Don't Speak Now.
RifflesDid you ever meet a really
honest man?
TiffiesWhy, 'er, not for several
months now.
And the two men have not been
chummv since.

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