A LETTER FROM S. SMITH.
He Describes in an Interesting Manner
Spokane and Its Surroundings.
I have recently received letters from
friends in Mille Lacs county remind
ing me of a promise to give my opin
ion of Washington in the Union. I
will now try and fulfill that promise in
part by giving in a condensed form a
description of Spokane and what I
have seen in eastern Washington.
My first impressions of Spokane
were that the people were very wise,
for a large part of the city is literally
founded upon a rock, so that when
the rains descend and the floods come
it remains firm. This applies to the
central, or buisness part of the city.
In other portions there are many
beautiful flower and vegetable gar
dens, lawns, and many fruit trees.
The architecture of the buildings is
good, and in many instances very
beautiful, but there is one peculiarity
about the dwellings that I have not
seen in any other city, that is, a
large proportion of them are but one
story high even in the business part
of the city. There are no sky scrap
ers as are seen in most eastern cities.
The Spokane river runs through near
the center of the city, and the most
beautiful scenery in the city is the
Spokane falls, which are very much
like the St. Anthony falls. There are
fourteen bridges across the river
within the city limits, one bridge be
low the falls being 208 feet above the
water, and sometime in the past a
man committed suicide by jumping
from this bridge. There is a foot
bridge outside the city where a young
couple who had a misunderstanding
in love matters tied their hands to
gether and jumped into the river, but
when they struck the water the knot
had untied and both were rescued by a
man who saw them jump from the
The soil around Spokane and on
the banks of the river, or what is
known as the bottom land, which in
places is several miles wide, is very
light sand and coarse gravel, yet it is
very productive in a wet season or
when irrigated. The river is about
the same size as the Rum river at
Four years ago Spokane contained
40,000 inhabitants. Now it has over
80,000 and expects to have 150,000
within the next decade, but it is not
wise to count chickens until they
The timber in eastern Washington
is yellow pine, bull pine and fir, but
pine predominates. The yellow pine
grows very large and tall and makes
excellent lumber. The bull pine is al
most identical with the jack pine of
Minnesota and it is used almost en
tirely for fuel. Thefiris greatly su
perior for all purposes.
There are a number of plots of
lands around Spokane called prairies,
and these prairies have an elevation
of over 400 feet above Spokane, the
ascent being very steep. But will
speak of only two of these prairies.
Five Mile Prairie is where our Min
nesota C. T. Johnson lives, and in
my opinion it has the best soil, is the
pleasantest and most desirable loca
tion to be found in eastern Washing
ton. It is 464 feet above Spokane.
The land is comparatively level until
we get to the base of the hill, and
then we rise 400 feet in traveling one
half mile. At the top is a plateau of
over 2,200 acres of as deep and pro
ductive soil as can be found in Wash
ington or Minnesota. About 300
acres of this plateau or prairie is
planted to fruit of various kinds, ap
ples predominating yet there is a
large quantity of pears, peaches,
cherries and plums (prunes), also
raspberries and strawberries. Mr.
Johnson has a fine bed of the latter
and has extended the cultivation of
the plot this spring. Mr. Johnson
has a very thrifty orchard of about 10
acres, the trees being all young, as
it is only four years since the first
were set out. The orchards on this
prairie vary in size from five acres to
45 acres. It is 20 years since the first
orchards were started and the ground
has to be cultivated every year the
same as a corn field. If not thus cul
tivated the apples are worthless and
the trees soon die. There is no timber
of any kind on this prairie, all of the
2,200 acres being under cultivation.
Potatoes are raised extensively and
are of the best quality, but grain is
the principal crop. The barley is all
raised for the grain and a small por
tion of the wheat and oats, bub a
large amount of the latter two are cut
in the dough and used for hay.
Mr. Cutler lives on Orchard prairie,
eight miles from Spokane. I visited
his place and had to climb to get there
the same as at Mr. Johnson's. The
land is more rolling than Five Mile
Prairie, but otherwise the description
given of Five Mile Prairie will apply
to Orchard and all the other prairies,
the only difference in these prairies
being that some are larger than
others. Mr. Cutler has a large or
chard that has borne fruit for several
years. There are some very large
prune orchards on this prairie and a
large dry house for drying the fruit.
The sides of these prairies in many
places are so steep and rocky that
neither man nor beast can ascend or
descend them. There are ledges of
perpendicular rock twenty or thirty
feet high, and yet the land can be cul
tivated within a few feet of the edge
of these ledges. The ledges are cov
ered with a heavy growth of pine and
fir with a little mixture of tamarack,
some trees of the latter three or four
feet in diameter.
Minnesotans living near Spokane
and who take the Union may dis
cover some mistakes in the above
statements. If they do they must ex
cuse me, as I made no notes at the
time I was in Spokane and have writ
ten wholly from memory. In my next
article I will tell what I have heard
about the Palouse valley from those
who live there. S. B. Smith,
REV, AND MRS. STAPLES HONORED.
Elected Respectively Department Chaplain
of G. A. R. and Chaplain of W. R. C.
The Rev. J. S. Staples and his good
wife, parents of Geo. I. Staples, busi
ness manager of the Union, who are
well known to many Princeton people
and who at this time reside in Geneva,
Neb., have been highly honored by
the Grand Army of the Republic and
the Women's Relief corps of the de
partment of Nebraska. The follow
ing is reproduced from the Geneva
The Nebraska department of the G.
A. R. held its annual encampment in
Lincoln last week, the veterans being
in session several days. Rev. J. S.
Staples was elected department chap
lain and his wife was elected chaplain
of the W. R. C. This is a coincidence
worthy of note. All who know them
will agree that the honor was
worthily bestowed in each case.
Those who know Mr. Staples feel that
he must have been a good soldier.
When he was mustered out he was
First Lieutenant of Co. D, 28th Maine
Infantry. He is now about 84 years
EIGHTH GRADE GRADUATION.
Exercises "Will be Held in High Sehool
Building Tomorr ow Evening:.
The graduating exercises of the
eighth grade of the Princeton public
schools will be held in the assembly
room of the high school building on
Friday evening, June 1, at 8 o'clock.
Parents and friends of the children
are cordially invited to be present.
The program is as follows:
Overture Edward P. Brands
Invocation Rev. Cathcart
Songr, "God and Fatherland" School
Salutation ina May Leathers
Eecitation.... "How I Won My Wife"
S. Loren Orton
Vocal Solo Ethel Mary Palmer
Essay, "Earthquakes".. Grace Isabelle Dugan
Eecitation Ralph Smith
Piano duet Lola A. Scheenand
Lydia Aimee Woodcock
Essay, "Beauties of Nature'*. .Ada A. Jaenicke
Cornet Selo. ."Love's Response" Charles
Umbehocker, Edward P. Brands, ac
Class Trip Albert J. Burke
1 Ethel Mary
Eecitation. "Christmas BackLoga"h
A v, -,V,-- V.-
A bcnool Girl Declaration of Independence"
Gertrude Myrle Hill
a Aime Woodcoc
Alta Lenor Jaax
Oration, "Death and the Soldier"
Lisle Joseph Jesmer
Presentation of Diplomas.. Margaret Ida King
Song, "OldGlory" School
A Spelling: Lesson.
Students in a London school were
recently asked to write this: "A glut
tonous sibyl with her glutinous hand
complacently seized a sieve, a phthis
ical icheumon, a noticeably supercili
ous, irascible and cynical sergeant,
an embarrassed and harassed chrys
alis, a shrieking sheik, a complais
ant proselyte and an anonymous
chrysolite. These all sudddenly dis
appeared down her receptive esopha
gus. She simply said: 'Pugh! not
"She then transfered a billion of
bilious mosquitoes, an unsalable
bouquet of fuchsias, lilies, dahlias,
hyacinths and phlox, a liquefied bdel
lium, an indelible, defamatory, in
flammatory synchronism and a debat
able syllogism to the same capacious
"Peaceably surrendering her da
guerreotype to the ecstatic aeronaut,
she descended with her jjarachutea
synonym for barouchezand griev
ously terrified the stolid, squalid
yeomanry" already torrefied by the
heat. 101 Fahrenheit. "--Chicago News.
G. W. Foust, postmaster at River
ton, la., nearly lost his life and was
robbed of all comfort, according to
his letter, which says: "For 20 years
I had chronic liver complaint, which
led to such a severe case of jaundice
that even my finger nails turned
yellow when my doctor prescribed
Electric Bitters which cured me and
have kept me well for eleven years."
Sure cure for biliousness, neuralgia,
weakness and all stomach, liver, kid
ney and bladder derangements. A
wonderul tonic. At C. A. Jack's
drug store, 50 cents.
It is told of James Lick, the eccen
tric San Francisco millionaire, who
founded the famous observatory bear
ing his name, that when taking any
one into his service he always asked
the person to plant a tree upside
down, the roots in the air, the
branches under ground. If there was
any protest the man was at once sent
away, Lick saying that he wanted only
men who would obey orders strictly.
Kansas City Journal.
THE PBINCBTOK TJNIOH: THUKSDAY, MAY 31, 1906.
Church Topics ie a*
.5. 4 A Sunday and Weekday
Morning service abandoned on ac
count of baccalaureate services of the
high school at opera house. 7:15 p.
m. Epworth League 8 p. m. "The
Ministry of Sorrow." Prayer meet
ing Wednesday evening at 7:30 p. m.
Morning 11:45 Sunday school 7 p.
m. Y. P. S. C. E. 8 p. m. preaching
service. It is expected that Rev.
Shore will join in the service and
preach the sermon. A meeting of
the church will be held at the close
of the service.
Services will be held at the Swedish
Lutheran church next Sunday after
noon at 3 o'clock.
BLUE AND GRAY.
You ask me why upon my breast,
Unchanged from day to day,
Linked side hy side on this broad band,
I wear the blue and gray.
I had two brothers long ago,
Two brothers young and gay:
One wore a suit of northern blue,
The other wore a southern gray.
One heard the roll-call of the drum,
And linked his fate with Lee
And one marched with the stars and striDes,
With Sherman to the sea.
And that is why upon my breast.
Unchanged from day to day,
Linked side by side on this broad band,
I wear a knot of blue and gray.
Each fought for what he deemed was right,
And fell with sword in .hand
One sleeps among Virginia's hills,
And one by Georgia's strand.
The same sun shines on both their graves
That shines o'er hill and plain
And in my dreams of vanished days
Both brothers live again.
Republican County Convention.
A Republican County Convention
for the county of Mille Lacs, State of
Minnesota, will be held at the court
house in the village of Princeton, on
Wednesday, June 6, 1906, at 1 p. m.,
for the purpose of selecting ten dele
gates to the Republican State Con
vention, to be held on Wednesday,
June 13, 1906, in the city of Duluth for
the purpose of placing in nomination
candidates for the following state
offices to be voted for at the general
election in November 1906: Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court Gov
ernor Lieutenant Governor Secre
tary of State State Treasurer State
Auditor Attorney General Clerk of
Supreme Court One Railroad and
The primaries for the electio"nof
delegates to said county convention,
shall be held at the usual place of hold
ing elections in the different election
districts of said county on Saturday
the 2nd day of June, 1906, at 2 o'clock
in the afternoon and shall be con
tinue open one hour.
Each election district shall be en
titled to one delegate at large and to
one delegate for each twenty-five votes
or major fraction thereof cast in the
respective election districts at the
general election in 1904 for the repub
lican candidates for Governor, Lieu
tenant Governor Secretary of State,
State Treasurer, Attorney General,
Associate Justices of the Supreme
Court and members of the Railroad
and Warehouse Commission.
Princeton village 13
Greenbush Borgholm 6
Bogus Brook 5
Milaca village 7
Milaca town 3
Poreston, except Sec. 33, 38-27 2
Isle Harbor 2
By order of the Repupblican County
Dated, Princeton, Minn., April 25,
1906. L. S. BRIGGS,
Princeton Township Primaries.
The republican primaries for the
township of Princeton will be held at
the Armory hall, in the village of
Princeton on Saturday, June 2, 1906,
at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, for the
purpose of electing eight delegates to
the county convention, which will be
held at the court house in Princeton,
on Wednesday, June 6,1906, at 1 to. m.
Ernest H. Sellhorn, Chairman.
Not if as Rich as Rockefeller.
If you had all the wealth of Rocke
feller, the Standard Oil magnate, you
could not buy a better medicine for
bowel complaints than Chamberlain's
Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea Rem
edy. The most eminent physician can
not prescribe a better preparation for
colic and diarrhoea, both for children
and adults. The uniform success of
this remedy has shown it to be super
ior to all others. It never fails, and
when reduced with water and sweet
ened, is pleasant to take. Every
family should be supplied with it.
Sold by Princeton Drug Co.
He who tells a lie is not sensible
how great a task he undertakes for
he must be forced to invent twenty
more to maintain that one.Alex
For a 400 lb. Six-Hole
Has six 8-inch lids.
Top cooking surface 30x34.
Large warming closet.
Fifteen gallon reservoir.
Oven 17x21x21 inches.
Duplex grates--burns wood
Lined throughout with as
Guaranteed strictly first
class in every respect.
CALEY HARDWARE GO.
A friend of the home*
A foe of the Trust
Complies with the Pure Pood Laws
of all Ctatea.
Peterson & Nelson
Can set your buggy tires cold while
you are waiting without taking the
wheels off from the buggy or the
bolts out of the wheels.
All kinds of Custom Work
feet add greatly to a woman's attrac
tions^ Coarse, clumsy shoes have the
opposite effect. We give special at
All the latest productions of the best
factories are here. The newest shapes,
the modish heels, the fashionable
leathers. There are shoes for every
kind of wear in or outdoor. Of course
we have shoes also for men and boys
but we take particular pride in pleas
ing the ladies. What can we do for you?
First Street, Princeton, Minn.
Princeton Lumber Company,
Dealers in Hieh Grade
Sash, Doors, Millwork, 1
Maple, Beech and Fir Flooring, 1
Red Cedar and Pine Shingles. 1
A Full Line of Building Materials. 3
GEO. A. COATES, Manager. PRINCETON. 1
W. P. CHASE,
First National Bank
of Princeton, Minnesota.
Paid up Capital, $30,000
A General Banking Busi
Loans Made on Approved
Does a. Gen
M. S. RUTHERFORD
Interest Paid on Time De
Foreign and Domestic Ex
S. S. PETTERSON, President.
T. H. CALEY, Vice Pres.
J. F. PETTERSON, Cashier.
BA NE OF PRINCETON. I
J. J. SKAHEN, Cashier and Manager.
Collecting and Farm and
Insurance. Village Loans.
A Specialty of
M. S. RUTHERFORD CO.:
Odd Fellows Buildig,
Caley Lumber Company,
(Successors to Foley Bean Lumber Co.)
White Pine Lumber,
Lath and Shingles.
Also Sash, Doors, Mouldings and a Com
plete Stock of Building Material.
L. C. HUMMEL
Fresh and Salt Meats, Lard,
Poultry, Fish and Game in Season.
Main Street, (Opposite Starch Factory.) Princeton, Minn.
ForestonMercantile& LivWeH Stock Go.WW)
Are fitters of men, women and children
in shoes, dry goods groceries, hardware,
and all kinds of farm machinery and
Foreston Mercantile & Live Stock Co/
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E. L. MCMILLAN
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