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R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear. MILLAR SOT JOKING The Eloquent Duluthian Announces His Candidacy for Congress in the Eighth District. Mr. Bede Will Discover that Mr. Millar's Candidacy is a Serious Reality. E Millar, editor of the Duluth Trade News, formalh announced his candidacy jesterday for the republi can nomination for congress in the Eighth district. I make no apology or excuse for being a candidate," said Mr. Millar to a News Tribune reporter last even ing Indeed I think that St. Louis county needs offer no apology for presenting a candidate at the primary election. She is the greatest county in the district in wealth, population and varied commercial interests She has almost every form of industry that engages the occupation of men. So why should she not have a candi date for congress if she wants one and she does. The other ten counties of the dis trict are tributary to Duluth and St. Louis county. The growth of this city and eountj widens, expands and strengthens their markets, enhances their interests and adds to their wealth. Broadminded republicans in these counties fully appreciate the fact that the peculiar and special interests of each county will be best subset ed by having the congressman a resident of the biggest and strongest county of the district Northern Minnesota Development. "But I need not go into that at any great length for I think that any one who knows me is aware of the fact that I have been preaching the glad gospel of the development of northern Minnesota for the last ten jears and that our good sister counties would find me just as busy for them as I would beforDaluth, and for it I never get tired." Are you not starting a little late?" was asked Mr. Millar. I think not. Mr. Bede just filed on Friday last and as he very com placently says he has a- number of lecture engagements to fill in various parts of the country, I shall probably have just as much time for the cam paign as he has. From now on, how ever, there will be something doing all the time." Asked as to who would be his cam paign manager, Mr. Millar said: Mis Own Manager. Nobody in particular, everybody in general. The selection of some one individual as a political director and ofttimes dictator is an advance notice that if you are successful this campaign manager is to have the fattest job on the list. Well, Iha\e made no promises I shall manage mj own campaign, aided by a number of good old republicans, whose ad ice is worth much, a host of middle aged republicans who are full of wis dom and work, and an army of young republicans who have agreed to hus tle These are from all parts of the district and I think with them I will get along pretty well without a man age!. Mr Millar's, Platform. Mr Millar says his platform is Duluth and northern Minnesota." We have a harbor the tonnage of which is among the greatest harbors of the world," said he. "Its needs for improvement are constant and growing, and at this time, imperative. They include questions of drainage, irrigation, immigration, Indian af fairs, etc., all of which are of vital concern to us and it is my humble opinion, shared by a great many others, that a loyal, faithful, diligent member of congress, exercising good old-fashioned common sense, asking and heeding the advice and aid of the many representative and bright men of northern Minnesota, will be of more real, substantial benefit to this district than one with so much gen- ius." "How do you stand on other ques tions somewhat prominent at this time?" was asked. "No use discussing them now. I am and always have been a republi can. I was schooled to politics in Ohio and have been busy at it in Min nesota. I am for Theodore Roose \elt tor president in 1908, and for A. L. Cole for governor of Minnesota in 1906." Mr. Millar's affidavit of candidacy for the nomination was mailed to the secretary of state yesterday.Duluth News Tribune, Aug. 14. Professor Farmer Lauded. A press dispatch from Browns Val ley says of Prof. Farmer, who so suc- cessfully conducted the summer school at Princeton: The resignation of Superintendent A. N. Farmer came as a shock to the communitA. His election as superin tendent of the St. Cloud schools was a merited promotion and the local board of education granted him his release, leaving him free to go to St. Cloud. Mr. Farmer came here in February, 1905, when the schools were in a dis organized and chaotic condition, and in a short time had put them into good working order. At the end of four months'work his annual salary was raised from $1,125 to $1,500, and at the close of another jear the board contracted with him for three years at $1,600, $1,700 and $1,800 respectively. FATHER OF THE NV\1. Representative Driscoll Says I Was Com modore Barry. If any one had to answer the ques tion "right off the bet," who was "father of the American navy."no doubt the reply would be John Paul Jones. No other man who ever com manded a ship in the navy has been accorded such honors as has been paid to this daring Scotchman who cast his lot with the American colo nist and fought the English with so much gallantrv. These honors are such as should be paid to the greatest American sailor, and no doubt many of our people believe that John Paul Jones is the greatest of our sailors. Representath Driscoll of New York rises to dispute this assumption. He says that the honor of being the "father of the American navy is due Commodore John Barry." After many years the United States has de termined to honor this officer and has provided that a monument shall be erected to him. Driscoll in a con gressional address has eulogized Barry and placed him on a pinnacle above that of Jones. Driscoll has this to say to prove that Barry is en titled to the first place in our naval annals: "At the breaking out of the war of the revolution he was master of the Black Prince, the finest merchant ship in America. She was purchased by the first congress, armored for war, and made the first battleship of the first fleet, under the first commodore, and named the Alfred, after the father of the English navy. He won the first naval victory of the war in the conti nental service, and returned the first prize captured from the enemy in com mand of the Lexington, which was named after the first battle of the rev olution, and was the first ship that bore the continental flag to victory on the ocean. During the last three years of the revolution he was the first officer of the navy. He fought the last battle of the war in command of the Alliance, the last and best ship of the continental navj. He was ap pointed in 1794, and continued first in command until he died, in 1803." He points out that John Paul Jones after his victory over the Serapis never returned to this country, but remained in Europe and received high honors from France and Russia, while Barry remained in the service from the beginning to the end. Of course the record of Barry is splendid and he is entitled to all the honors that can be paid him, but there is some thing in the record of John Paul Jones that appeals to every person with blood in his veins. He was a man that "did things," and no matter what others may have done the bril liancy of his exploits was such as to excite the admiration of the American people for all time.Washington Star. Folk Gives Good Advice. Governor Joseph W. Folk, in ad dressing the retail merchants of Mis souri at their convention in Jefferson City the other day, spoke against the mail order business and favored ad vertising in the town papers. He said in part: "We are proud of our splendid cities, and we want them to increase in wealth and population, and we also want our country towns to grow. We wish the city merchants to build up, but we also desire the country mer chant to prosper. I do not believe in the mail order citizen. If a place is good enough for a man to live in and to make his money in, it is good enough for him to spend his money. No merchant can succeed without advertising in one way or another. Patronize your town papers, build them up, and they will build the town up and build you up increased trade and greater opportunities. Do not be afraid that business is going to be hurt by the recent exposures of wrong doing in the commercial world. No man who is doing an honest business can be injured by the light. All busi ness will be better for the cleansing process it is going through and for the stamping out of evil." VETERANSJEMON Fortieth Annual Encampment of Grand Army of Republic Held in flin- neapolis This Week. Twenty Thousand Old Soldiers Fall in Line and March to the Strains of the Fife and Drum. The fortieth national encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic being this week held in Minneapolis is the largest gathering of its kind since the organization of the orderthat is, it has attracted the largest number of people other than veterans. An es timate made jesterday by the commit tee of arrangements placed the total number of strangers, including old soldiers, in the city as 200,000. Be sides this vast throng St. Paul is also congested with visitors. The first days of the encampment were largely occupied with the meet ings of various military organiza tions, the attending of campfires, con certs, theaters, and in sightseeing trips. Yesterday (Wednesday) the grand parade took place, and it is estimated that 20,000 veterans were in line of march. Brass bands and drum corps led the old soldiers on the march and there were many of them who were lame and should have abstained there from, but when "Marching Through Georgia" and other patriotic airs burst forth they could not be re strained from trying the old war step over again. These airs brought back to them the days when they were fight ing for their country, and for the time they became rejuvenated and imbued with enthusiasm. There were several deaths and many heat prostrations, but no other could have been expected in the face of the excessively hot weather which pre vailed. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul were gorgeously decorated with flags and bunting and triumphal arches were erected upon the streets in honor of the battle-scarred sons of the North. Year by ear the ranks of the heroes are being decimated by death, and it will not be long ere none will remain to gather at the national encampment. It is therefore but right that everyone should bestow upon them that respect which is their due and make life as pleasant for them as possible. An Important Discover} Farmers will be pleased to learn that sick trees can be successfully physicked. Experiments have been tried recently in France by the injec tion of various drugs into the sap of trees which are ailing from disease or exhaustion. In the case of some fruit trees it was found that the roots, having be come more exhausted than the branches, were unable to supply a due proportion of nourishment from the sap. The trees were, in fact, in need of a tonic, and sulphate was in jected into their sap. The result was to renew their youth and vigor. The treatment was found specially useful in the treatment of chleresis in vines. The drugs so injected circulate through the young layers of the tree, avoiding the old wood, and spread uniformly right to the top of the tree and into the root to a depth of three or four feet. The best mode of application of drugs is by injection through a hole made in the neck of the root. Not only may nutritive elements be so in troduced, but it also seems likely that many diseases may be treated by the same means. Experiments have been tried on diseased fruit trees by the in jection of a weak solution of oxalic acid, creosote, and of citric or salicy lic acid. The best results were ob tained with the latter. 825 Reward! It has recently come to the knowl edge of Company G, M. N. G., that depredators have broken into the am munition house on the rifle range and appropriated property belonging to the state. This is an oeffense for which a heavy penalty is provided by law,and should the rascally miscreants be discovered they will be prosecuted to the full extent. Capt. Claire Caley will pay a reward of $25 to whomso ever shall give such information as will lead to the arrest and conviction of these offenders. Merry-Go-Round at Sandy Lake. On Sunday next the merry-go round will be in full swing at Central park, Sandy Lake, and the grapho phone will be putting forth its best efforts. Mr. and Mrs. Grant would be very pleased to see you at their I summer resort upon that occasion. THE PRINCETON UNIONMINNESOT.A PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 1906. NO INTEREST TAKEN From Present Indications the Old County Officers Will Have No Opposition. An Impartial Survey of the Outlook in Mille Lacs County-Only One Contest. Probably it is because the people are too busy, but certainly very little interest is manifested in either state or local politics in Mille Lacs county at the present writing. A week from next Tuesday is the last day on which candidates at the primary election can file. Locally, the voters seem to have little fault to find with their county of ficers. For years the Union has made it a rule not to interfere, further than give the news, in local politics, nor will that rule be departed from unless some unfit man should aspire to office. As a matter of news the fol lowing impartial survey of the local political situation is given. E. E. Whitney, the present county auditor, will have no opposition. His administration of the office has given general satisfaction. The same is true of King Burrell, the genial and accommodating county treasurer. Whitney and Burrell can read their titles clear to their desks in the court house for another two years, or prob ably as long as they may care to serve B. M. Van Alstein, the fatherly judge of probate, is another official who has a firm place in the affections of the voters of Mille Lacs cbunty. Van, as he is familiarly called, at tends to the duties of his office in such a manner as to merit the esteem and good will of all who have official bus iness to transact with him. He will have no opposition either at the primaries or at the polls in November. Frank Goulding has already filed for register of deeds. He served as his father's deputy tor several years prior to the incumbency of Mr. C. W. Burnhelm two years ago. Owing to pressure of private business Mr. Burnhelm could not give his personal attention to the office, and Mr. Gould ing bas had sole charge since Jan. 1905. Mr. Burnhelm will not be a candidate for re-election. Frank Goulding is thoroughly conversant with every detail of the office work and is very popular, especially with the younger element. It is altogether likely that he will have no opposition. Mr. Joseph A. Ross has held the county attorney's office against all comers since 1888, and apparently has a life lease of the position. His wife has been a helpless invalid for jears and he is a veteran of the civil war, hence he has the sympathy of the vot ers. Mr. Ross is a hard proposition for any young lawyer to go up against. Be may have a fight on his hands this fall but the chances are he will win out as usual. Harry Shockley is serving his first teim as sheriff and is a candidate for re-election. He had a hard fight two years ago and was elected by a small majority. He has proved an efficient officer and made many new friends for himself. He would not be an easy man to defeat. The indications are that there will be no contest for the place. Mille Lacs county never has had a more capable and energetic superin tendent of schools than the present incumbent, Mr. Guy Ewing. He is serving his first term and will have no opposition this fall. It would be useless for any one to oppose him. Bob King was elected clerk of court two years ago after a sharp contest. The clerk's term is for four years, hence he is on easy street until 1908. County commissioners are to be elected in districts Nos. 2 and 4 this fall. Robert S. Shaw is serving his first term from district No. 2 (Green bush) he was elected in 1902. He has made an excellent commissioner and his friends insist that he must be a candidate for re-election. Mr. Ole H. Uglem has already announced his candidacy. He is a comparatively new comer, but is well spoken of by his neighbors. The contest between Bob and Ole promises to be lively. Mr. George H. Deans, who has so ably represented the Fourth district (Milo and Milaca) on the county board for the past eight years, in deference to the wishes of his friends, will be a candidate for a third term. In the early part of the year Mr. Deans was talked of as being good legislative timber, but he has no am bition in that direction. So far Mr. Chas. A. Dickey is the only legislative candidate from Mille Lacs county, and at this late day it is hardly probable that any one else from this county will enter the field. IP^M? ..&.# Candidates for the legislature must be voted on in the four counties of Mille Lacs, Isanti, Sherburne and Anoka. By common consent each of the coun ties is given a representative and one of them the senator. It would not be a square deal to let one county have two representatives, or the senator and a representative, and if there is no other Mille Lacs man in the race Mr. Dickey ought to poll the solid vote of the county. Immaterial When. Chemist (to poor woman)You must take this medicine three times a day after meals. PatientBut, sir, I seldom get meals these hard times. Chemist (passing to next customer) -Then take it before.Glasgow Times. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. Adjourned Session Held Wednesday and Concluded Upon Same Day. An adjourned session of the Mille Lacs county commissioners was held in the auditor's office at the court house yesterday with all members present, viz., L. S. Libby, chairman R. S. Shaw, John Dalchow, George H. Deans and J. W. McClure. The business of the board, a synop sis of which follows, was concluded upon the same day: A hearing was held upon the peti tion for a change of the county road in section 5, town of Greenbush, and said petition was granted. The petition for the formation of a school district from part of district 3 Princeton and Bogus Brookwas disallowed. A petition for the formation of a new school district from a portion of district 14Borgholmwas continued to the next session of the board. A petition for the formation of a new school district from territory be longing to districts 4, 6, 7 and 9 was continued to the next meeting of board. An application from Samuel Matt son of Lawrence for correction of as sessment and abatement of taxes was recommended by the board for ap proval by the state auditor. An application from Manley I. Clark of Milaca for correction of as sessment and abatement of taxes was continued to the next session of the board. The bonds of the First National Bank of Princeton and the Farmers' State Bank of Milaca were presented, read and approved. The engineer's final report on ditch No. 2, accepting same from the con tractors, was read, accepted and or dered placed on file Appropriations were made as fol lows: Two hundred dollars to the town of Milaca to aid in the recon struction of a bridge at the big eddy on the east branch of the Rum river, and $500 to the town of Milo to aid in building a bridge across the west branch of the same river on the sec tion line between sections 10 and 15. A number of bills were then passed upon and the board adjourned to Monday, October 1 Bills Placed Jo on His Ledger. Alfred E. Bills, who aspires to suc ceed John Alexander Dowie as over seer of Zion City, has for many years considered himself a trustee of God's business. When he ran a bank at Miller, S. D., God was on his books as a regular depositor. This fact is attested by W. A. Smith, former bookkeeper in Bills' bank at Miller: "Bills had a somewhat curious method of handling God's affairs," said Mr. Smith. "He very religiously deposited to God's credit 10 per cent of tne profits of the bank and of other enterprises in which Bills was interested. When the Almighty had accumulated quite a snug sum, Bills, as steward, would take a part or all of it and invest it for God. If the venture proved successful. God al ways got back every cent of the prin cipal, but the profits found their way into Bills' private account. If the in vestment lost money, God had to stand it." According to Mr. Smith, some of those flyers were enterprises into which the Almighty might have had some hesitation about going, had he had a direct voice in it. There were none, however, to the bookkeeper's knowledge, which were in any wise illegal. God's account was, of course, drawn on for all charitable and re ligious contributions. Cut to Pieces. The body of a young man almost literally cut to pieces was found on Tuesday beside the track a few miles east of Elk River. It had been drag ged by a train over half a mile. -*i .re 'rf^f^t" HISTORICAL:!SOCIETY YOLUME XXX. NO. 36 NEARLY OUT OF DEBT Only Five Thousand Dollars Remain Unpaid of a Bonded Indebt~ edness of $73,500. By July 1, 1908, the County Will Have No Bonded or Float- ing Indebtedness. It must be admitted by all fair minded men that the affairs of Mille Lacs county have been well managed in recent years. On July 31, 1896, the bonded and floating indebtedness of the county amounted in round num bers to $80,000. On July 1, 1906, ten years later, the bonded indebtedness amounted to only $5,000, with a debit balance of $7,165.30 in the county revenue fund, and a credit balance in the road and bridge fund of $5,348.33 and $869.55 in the poor fund. In other words, the net bonded and floating in debtedness of the county July 1, 1906, was $5,947.42. On April 17, 1886, $47,000 of 20-year railroad bonds bearing five per cent interest were issued to the Great Northern to aid in the construction of the road from Elk River to Milaca. It was a big price to pay for a rail road, but it was a paying investment for Mille Lacs county. The interest on the bonds was promptly paid as it fell due, and in 1898, largely through the efforts of Commissioners George H. Deans and E. W. Cundy, $17,000 of the principal of the railroad bonds was paid, thereby saving the county $850 interest annually for eight years, a total saving of $6,800, less the small interest that would have been received from the banks for county deposits. The remaining $30,000 of principal due on the railroad bonds was promptly paid when the bonds matured on July 1st last. Bonds to the amount of $16,500 for the erection of a court house were is sued on Dec. 7, 1888. These bonds were taken by the state, bore five per cent interest and bceame due at stated intervals. In 1899, at the instance of the then State Auditor, R. C. Dunn., $12,000 of these bonds were refunded at four per cent. The last of these bonds was paid July 1st, 1904. During these years the county revenue fund was always overdrawn. The current expenses of the county had to be met, and the law limited the rate for county purposes to five mills. A five-mill tax did not produce suffic ient revenue to defray the necessary expenses of the county, hence the county revenue fund was always over drawn, and the outstanding orders bore six per cent interest On June 27th, 1899, the county commissioners wisely determined to issue $10,000 funding bonds at four per cent to take up the outstanding county orders. Again the state took the loan. The bonds were to run 11 years. On July 1, 1906, $5,000 of these bonds were paid, and the other $5,000 will be paid within the next two years, which will wipe out the last dollar of bonded indebtedness of the county. It is also safe to assume that, on ing to the in creased valuation of the county and good management on the part of the county officials, by July 1, 1908, there will not be a dollar of floating in debtedness, and the rate of taxation for county purposes will be materially reduced. The following table shows the rate of taxation for county purposes since 1896, and the figures include the one mill school tax which the county audi tor is required by law to levythis one-mill school tax is really a local school district tax as the amount raised from the taxable property of each district is paid back to the dis trict. Year 1896 1897 1898.. 1*99 1900 190J 9 Mills 17 18 9 18 8 19 S 16 17 1 In the coat was a letter addressed to '"John J. Hart, Great Northern hotel, Chicago," signed* "Sister Mamie, 1619 Farnham street, Omaha, Neb.," and another from Toney Kunz, 606 Market street, St. Louis. Year 1902 1903 1904 1905 Mills 11 9 118 10 9 12 8 1906 (estimated) 10 It must be remembered that until a few years ago only a small county road tax was levied. In recent years a large fund has been raised annually for road and bridge purposes, and certainly there has been a great im provement in the public highways of the county during the past ten years. Two years hence, if the same wise and economical management of county affairs obtains, Mille Lacs will have an exceedingly low tax rate for county purposes. The officials of the county, more especially the auditor and county commissioners, are entitled to the gratitude of the tax-payers for the admirable manner in which the finan cial affairs of the county have been conducted. The Princeton baseball nine expect to go to Mora on Saturday evening and plav a game there on Sunday.