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constitute the bulk of the $500,000 that
Gov. Johnson refers to In his/ keynote
speech, and nearly all of these alleged
trespasses were committed after I had
left the state auditor's office, a fact that
Gpv. Johnson and his friends have stu
diously endeavored to conceal.
Has JVot Stopped Trespass.
Gov. Johnson says he has jiut a stop to
trespassing on state lands. He has aone
rfothing of the kind. There is more or
less trespass going on right along. State
Auditor Iverson informs me that about
$18,000 has been collected for trespass
committed since January, 1903. See his
letter. There is less trespass than for
merly because there is less timber to tres
pass upon. It was my policy and is the
policy of Mr. Iverson, I presume, to get
rid of the isolated tracts that were ex
posed to trespass. Since I left office prob
ably 200,000,000 feet of timber has been
sold. There is now at the disposal of tho
auditor and timber board twice the
amount of money to care tor and protect
state lands from trespass than was given
me for the same purpose. With far lesa
land and timber to protect and twice the
means to protect it, is it strange that
there should be less trespass than for
merly? There will be an end of trespass
ing when there is no timber to trespass
upon, and at the rate timber is being got
ten rid of in the state that period will
not be deteired beyond a few vears.
Go* crnor a I.nw Violator.
I now hctrge Gov Johnson ^\ith having
deliberately violated the timber law of tho
state, and violated it in such a manner as
to cost the state thousands of dollars.
Section 13, chapter '204, General Laws of
1005. provides that "If the governor and
at least one other member of the board
shall so determine, they shall enter upon
the record of appraisals a scatement dated
and signed by them that such timber is
in danger of being injured, and that a
i-ale thereof is NECESSARY TO PRO-
in mind that not a stick of timber can be
hold unless i he go\ ernor approves the
sale. Under the 1905 law tho timber board
is composed of the governor, auditor,
treasurer and attorney general The audi
tor, treasurer and attorney general might
approve of a sale, but the sale could not
be legally made if the governor withheld
his approval.
Under the old law the governor and
timber board were obliged to rely alto
gether upon the reports of the auditor's
cruisers to ascertain v/hether any timber
Droposed to be sold was subject to sale.
But under the new law there is an appro
priation of $10,000 annually to piovide for
cruisers, independent of the auditor's
oruners, "to ascertain whether any tim
ber proposed to be sold is subject to sale,"
viz., to ascertain if it is necessary to pro
tect the state from loss. (See section 14,
chapter 214, General Laws of 1903).
The intent ol the law is that no tim
ber shall be :-old unless it is liable to
waste by fire, windfall or other cause.
The theory is that the state can better
afford to hold its green and growing
timber than to dispose of it. Pine tim
ber, especially white pine, is enhancing
in value yearly. The prices tor white
pine timber arc soaring skyward. There
is comparatively little white pine left in
the state. At the sale of pine timber
held at the capitol on Sept. 18, 1905, about
hO.000,000 feet were sold, sold with the
approval of Gov Johnson, and it is safe
to say that not to exceed 5 per cent of
the amount was liable to waste. In plain
terms, the great bulk of the timber as
sold contrary to law. I will admit that
fair prices were obtained for the timber.
But that timber would he worth from
30 to 75 per cent more, yes, perhaps 100
per cent more, five or ten years hence.
At the sale held only a few days aeo
in the state capitol timber brought $13.50
per 1,000. At the sale this year about
40,000,000 feet were sold, making a total
for the two years of Gov. Johnson's ad
ministration of 120,000,000 feet on esti
mate. The actual cut always overruns
the estimate from 10 to 20 per cent, so
it is safe to say 123,000,000 feet were sold
I repeat, not to exceed 5 per cent of this
vast amount of timber was liable to sale,
and there was no earthly excuse for sell
ing it, save that lumbermen made appli
cation to have it offered for sale.
What the State Loses.
At the rate that timber is advancing in
price and owing to the increasing scarci
ty of pine timber it is no exaggeration to
assert that had the timber not liable to
waste that was sold at the last two sales
been withheld from market until five or
ten years hence the state would have
been the gainer to the extent of at least
SdOO.OOO! When I assert that the major
portion of the timber sold by the state
in 1905-6 was sold illegally I know where
of I speak. I have a transcript of page
after page of the "record of appraisals,"
signed by John A. Johnson as governor,
in which not a scratch of a pen appears
to show that the timber was liable to
waste by Are or other cause.
I will enumerate a few of the sections
and give the page of "appraisal record":
Page. Sec Twp. Rge No. Feet.
400 10 OS 17 467,000
401 16 2 13 350,000
470 r.(i 54 15 5,855,000
479 1H 51 15 2.000.000
4S0 1 14 2.835,000
481 30 15 3,215.000
r.02 12 fio 20 261.000
-,12 16 131 2S 450,000
513 36 13J 29 495,000
514 16 132 30 640.000
521 16 US 32 1.150,000
25 149 33 235,000
529 36 149 33 325.001*
Anv one can consult the records and
\erify the truth of my assertions. The
reasons adduced for selling, when any
reason at all is given, are in most cases
frivolous: "Danger from trespass," "Some
ri= from fire aid trespass," etc. How
Lin there be danger from trespass when
the governor says he has put a stop to
THE STATE LOSS $500,000.
I reiterate that the great bulk of the
timber sold at the last two sa'es was sold
contrary to law, that the state loses at
tho lowest calculation $500,000, and that
Gov. Johnson is solely responsible, as not
a stick could be sold without his consent,
and he had ample means at his command
to act independently and intelligently and
protect the interests of the state.
Assessment of Iron Properties, Etc.
Gov Johnson claims credit for increas
ing the valuation of iron properties, the
stioet car companies and other corpora
tions Let us analyze his claims. From
is07 to the time I ouit the auditor's of
fice in January. MO". I waged an un
cea"ing warlaie in behalf of equitable
taxation and earned for myself the enmitv
of powerful interests, interests that have
pursued mo relentles^lv ever since. I was
not always successful my efforts, for,
I am sorrv to say. thoe who should have
aided and assisted me helf aloof or open
ly antagonized me. Gov. Lind and the
late Attornev General Childs were the
only executive officers that ever gave me
any material assistance in my fight for
equitable taxation of corporation1?
large interests. Nevertheless, under the
most disheartening circumstances pi ogress
was made.
Th assessment of the street railway
companies, gas and electric light compa
nies were largely increased, and the iron
properties which were paving $20,000 all
told in taxes in 1S95, -when I become state
auditor, paid over $600,000 in taxes in
10O3, when I left office. The first big in
crease in the assessment of the iron
properties was made in 1902, when I in
duced the county board of equalization of
St Louis county to increase the assess
ment from $10,000,000 to $30,000,000.
Auditor Halden of St. Louis county ably
seconded my efforts.
It was then understood that the county
board of St. Louis county would increase
the assessment of the iron properties
gradually every two years until the $100,-
000,000 mark was reached. Pursuant to
that understanding the assessment of
iron properties in 1904 in that county were
increased by the county board to $40,000.-
000. or thereabouts, and if John A. John
son had never been born the assessment
of the mines would again have been in
creased bv the county this year. Gov.
Johnson is entitled to no credit whatever
for the increase made by the countv
board of St. Louis county. Auditor Hal
den and thp county commissioners of St
Louis county are not, as Gov Johnson
would have us believe, the creatures of
the steel trust A more independent set
of officials than those of St. Louis countv
cannot be found within the confines of the
tate They know their duty and perform
it fearlessly.
Crndr Work by Board of Canaliza-
The exigencies of the occasion demanded
that the state hoard of equalization ta!
some- action, for political effect, relative
to the assessment of iron mines Gov.
Johnson could derive no glory from the
voluntary action of the Republican offi
cial? of St Louis county. His board of
equiliz.ttioi must act' After numerous
Moral sessions of the board. In wWch
members of Gov. Johnson's kitchen cabi
net participated, it as finally determined,
for political effect, to increase the assess
ment of the iron mines 13 per cent. Then
It was given out that the assessment of
the steel trust had been increased $15,-
000.000! How was it done? Under sec
tion 863 of the Revised Laws of Minne
sota, which is virtually Chaper 134. Gen
eral Laws of 1S97. which I had placed
upon the statute books.
Were the owners of the mines notified
to appear and show cause why the assess
ment should not be increased? No! In
order to increase the assessment of the
mines every foot of real estate in the as
sessment district In which a mine was lo
cated was increased 15 per cent. The
state board mads a horizontal raise of 15
per cent of all the real estate in every as
sessment district in which a mine is lo
cated. The peer settler, struggling to
make a livelihood for himself and family,
had his taxes Increased. The assessments
of owners of every little dwelling house,
grocery store, blacksmith shop, boarding
house, etc., were increased 15 per cent. In
fact, a gross injustice was done all small
property owners in Tower, Ely, Sparta,
Iron Mountain, Eveleth, Virginia, Hibbing
and eve*-y range town. The small prop
erty owners were already assessed high
enough, and Gov. Jahnson's model state
board of equalization added 15 per cent to
their burdens!
The county hoard returned the mining
property at S61.00O.0UO, the 13 per cent
by the state board raised the assessment
$9,150,000 and not S15.0O0.00O as clalmert
by the organs of the governor, makinj? a
total for the iron properties in St. Louis
county of $70,150,000. The increase in the
value of the mines, even if made for po
litical effect, was proper. But why add to
the burdens of the already overburdened
small property owners? Gov. Johnson
has a liberal contingent fund at his dis
posal. Why did he not do as Gov. Lind
had done and as I had done when I was
state auditorsecure the data and in
formation that would enable the state
board of equalization to act intelligently
and increase the assessment of each in
dividual mine the proper per cent without
touching the property of poor people that
was already
An Incident oi1
t!i 1!0 4 Camaign.
Two years ago the Twin City jobber*
and their cmploves v.-ere largely arrayed
against me in mv candidacy for the gov
ernoishin. IIH reuson for their opposi
tion never could understand. As state
auditor and as a member of tho state
board of equalization I alwavs endeav
ored to treat the jobbers fairly. No man
can truthfully say otherwise. In matters
pertaining to taxation mv disoosition was
and always had been to treat all inter
ests fairly. Here is an incident of thp
campaign of 1904 which I will relate for
the benefit of mv friends'the jobbers.
Along about the first of September
things were beginning to warm up and
there was not a dollar in the treasury ot
the Republican state committee, and the
prospects, -from a financial standpoint,
were discouraging. The closing up of Re
publican headquarters was seriously con
templated. At this juncture a prominem
member of the committee, not a resident
of St. raul or Minneapolis, said to me:
"Bob, of you will give your consent and
let me have a free hand,' I wi'l guarantee
to raise a campaign fund of $40,000 with
in forty-eight hours!" "How do you pro
pose to do it." I remarked. He answered,
"I wil go to every jobber in both cities
and tell him to 'cough un' or when you
are governor you will appoint a board of
equalization that will assess 1 out of
him!" I immediately said. "No. you can
not get my consent to anv such scheme
I will rfot stand for it. That would be
blackmailing. I doubt whether you could
obtain money in the way you suggest,
but in any event I am unalterably op
posed to your plan. I would prefer that
the headquarters should be closed and re
main closed than obtain money to keep
it open in the manner you suggest
At the time I told Mr. Hamlin, chair
man of the committee, of the proposition
and my answer, and he heartily approved
of my action.
Favoritism Shown Minneapolis Job
Now, without the slightest personal
feeling in the matter, I ask, why was
such favoritism shown the Minneapolis
jobbers by Gov. Johnson's state board of
equalization? Why was there a reduction
of $472,429 in the assessment of the
wholesalers of Minneapolis?
The assessor of Minneapolis and the
board of equalization of Hennepin coun
ty made what they believe to be a fair
assessment of the wholesalers of Minne
apolis, but in secret session the state
board decreased the figures in the amount
stated. Why? if the newspapers of Min
neapolis are to be believed, the jobbers of
that city were never more prosperous
than at present. If there is any class of
men who can well afford to pay taxes on
a fair valuation it is the prosperous job
bers Draw your own inference But
bear in mind that Mr Johnson is deeply
indebted to the jobbers of Minneapolis
and their employes tor sei vices rendered
him two years ago
Tlie Decrease Contrary to Uvr,
Was thD decrease in the assessment of
Minneapolis wholesalers in accordance
with law? I unhesitatingly assert it was
not Section 833 of the revised laws pro
vides how personal property shall be list
ed tor taxation There are'thirty classes
Goods and merchandise are presumed to
be listed in class sixteenthe wording of
the classification is "the value of goods
merchandise and other personal property
pertaining to the business of the person
listing as a merchant." There is no pro
vision in the law for the subdividing of a
class. Subdivision 5 of said section 803
leads: "They (the state board) shall
take from the aggregate valuation of
AN^ CLASS of ptoperty in anv county
town, village or city, which thev bpli^ve
to be valued above the true and lull value
in money."
Mark the words. ANY CLASS No ref
erence is made anywhere in the law to
the subdivision ot a class. Goods and
merchandise Minneapolis were re
turned in two subdivisions as follows
"Wholesale. $4,724/295 retail. $3.r"J8,S35.
The wholesalers weie reduced $472,429
and the retailers were left as returned.
Subdivision 7 Gf section 8Go expressly
prohibits the deci easing of individual as
sessments in these words. "But the state
board shall not decrease any such assess
ment below tho valuation placed by the
county board." (Tnquestionablv the state
board had authority to reduce all of class
10all goods and merchandise Minne
apolisbut the board had no legal right
to reduce a part of a class in Minneapolis
or elsewhere. Reducing part of a. class
is reducing individual assessments.
The large and innumerable small store
keepers ot Minneapolis who believe in a
"square deal" did not get it from Gov.
Johnson and his board of equalization in
the year of our Lord 1006.
The state board also reduced the valua
tion of real estate in Minneapolis to the
extent of $6,077,235. It looks as if Gov.
Johnson was. through his board of equal
ization, making a strong bid for support
at the polls in that city on the Kth of next
month. Besides, the action of the state
board is a reflection on the local taxing
officers of Minneapolis and Hennenin
The Famous Mineral Lease.
I. notfee in Gov. Johnson's kpvnotft
speech a single reference to mineral
rights." He intimates that the school
children of Minnesota have been robbed
of "a sacred and valuable heritage." Two
yeais ago many good people of the state
were led to believe that I had permitted
the relativ2 of a clerk in the auditor's
officp to acquire a valuable lease on lot
1, section 6, township 58^, range 17.
whereby the state was dpfrauded out of
millions of dollarsone paper made it
$5 000,000! Mr. Johnson and his sup
porters deal recklessly with figures.
Let me say at the outset that I am not
and never have been directly or indi
rectly interested to the extent of a five
cent piece in any timber permit, mineral
lease or contract issued out of the state
auditor's office. It was owing to my
initial action in January, 1902. that Unit
ed States Surveyor General Warner made
a swamp land selection for the state of
the land in question. It appears that a
man hy th name of Pearl Smith was at
tempting to secure the land by a scrip
entry. Had it not been for mv insistence
such selection would not have been made
by Mr. Warner, and the state would not
have acquired the title. Between the
months of January and December 1002.
any one could have applied for a lease
and obtained the same. There wi= no
application for a lease until sr.m rim-*
in Decpmber, 11)02. A l*:is n- then
Issued to a Miss Mabel Kvan.. was
at that time unknown to i\\a
Twho i lease
WdS issued in the le^tiiar manner just
as thousands of other !rin.sc= are -ed.
A yeui later my successor. Mr. Iverson
issued to Miss Evans a fifty-veu con
tract, as provided by law. A nnneraj
ias* costs $25 and simply gives the
the right to prospect for a year.
The contract costs $100 per year, and
when ore Is mined the state receives 25
cents per ton royality for each and every
ton of ore taken out of the ground. More
than a year after I had left office for the
first time I heard that Mr. Pearl Smith
claimed that he had applied for a lease
prior to Miss Evans and had been re
fused. Mr. Smith never made any ap
plication to me or to my deputy or to
any one else in the auditor's office that
I vrtLS aware of. The fact of the matter
is Mr. Smith as sore because I inau
gurated the fight whereby the state ac
quired the land.
Suit I Prosecuted.
After Mr. Johnson became governor. In
order to give a semblance of truth to the
charges of fraud made by himself and
friends in the campaign of 1904. he had
the attorney general bring suit to set
aside the contract issued by Auditor
Iversonand not the lease issued by me
on the grounds of fraud and unconstitu
tionality of the mineral lease law. The
case was tried before Judge Dibell of
Duluth. The court, after hearing all
the evidence, in an exhaustive opinion
held that there was no fraud in connec
tion with the issuance of the lease, that
Pearl Smith had never made application,
verbally or otherwise, for a lease, and
that the mineral lease law was consti
tutional. Some of the governor's organs
denounced Judge Dibell and intimated
that he was owned bv the steel trust.
The case was appealed to the supreme
court, and that august tribunal unan
imously unheld Judee Dibell's decision.
There was just as much truth in the
allegations of fraud connection with
the issuance of the Mabel Evans lease
as there was in any of the accusations
made against me in the last campaign.
My zeal for the state will probably en
rich one of the permanent funds to the
extent of several hundred thousand dol
lars, but it lort me the governorship.
Had it not been for my action Mr. War
ner would not have made a swamp land
selection of the tract, and undoubtedly
Mr. Smith's scrip entry would have held
and he would have acquired the fee to
the land. The tract of land in question
is .supposed to contain considerable iron
orehow much or the qualitv I cannot
savbut whether it is 100,000 or 1.000.000
tons the state will receive 25 cents for
every ton mined, and it is immaterial to
the state who holds the contract. Nat
urally enough, I supposed that I was en
titled to piaise and not censure in this
matter. But I was mistaken. The fa
mous Mountain Iron mine, worth any
where from ten to twenty millions, was
lost to the state twenty years ago
through the criminal negligence of state
officials. The state gained manv thou
sands of acres of land through my ex
ertions p.nd never lost an acre during
mj. eight ears administration of the
auditor office.
A Political Board of Control.
In 1001 when the board creating a state
board of control was being considered by
the legislature, the main arguments urged
against the bill by its opponent was that
siuh a board, controlling all the penal,
charitable and correctional institutions of
the state, would, sooner or later, degen
erate into a political machine which would
wield tremendous power in the political
affairs of the state. I was the father of
the board of control measure, and the bill
was drafted in the state auditor's office
under my direction and supervision. I
realized the absolute necessity of such a
board for the more economical adminis
tration of the various state institutions.
Despite the strenuous efforts of John
A. Johnson and other senators and repre
ser.oatives from institution towns, the
bill passed both branches of the leg'sla
ture, received the governor's assent and
became a law. The result" obtained under
the first year of the board of control
management of state instit'itions more
than justified the expectations cf the
friends of the law. An immense saving
was effected in the cost of niaiatenance,
the inmates were better fed. '.etter clothed
and better cared for in svery way, the
employes secured better wages', :vil serv
ice rules were adopted and it was /reely
conceded that the chan.ie from the old
to the new system was a vast improve
ment viewed from nn\ standpoint.
These satisfactory results wer~ largely
due to the personnel of the first hoard of
controlHon. C. A. Morey Winona,
Hon. William E. Lee of 'Long Prairie,
and Hon. S. W. Leavitt .f Litchfield,
two Republicans and one Democrat. An
unfortunate accident forced Mr. Morey
to sever his connection with the board
a few months after it was organized and
Judge Gould of Winona- was appointed
in his steaa.
The First Hoard Tabooed Politics.
The board had hardly organized totore
the political epoilsmen began
busy Mr. Randall. suprimenl
St. Cloud reformatory, was a Democrat
and had been appointed during Gov.
Lind's administration He \-as an effi
cient officer: no lault could be found
with the manner in which ho conducted
the affairs ot the institu'lon. but he was
a Democrat. A good St Cloud Republic
an and a verv estimable
ed the place A formidable i
stantial reductions in grain and coal
rates, and the commission has issued an
order providing for a maximum schedule
of merchandise rates which has been ac
cepted by the railroad companies. The
attempt of Gov. Johnson to make political
capital for himself at the expense of the
railway and warehouse commissioners has
not been successful.
As a rule, the men who are loudest in
their denunciations of the "robber rail
road companies" are generally the most
subservient tools of the railroad corpora
tions. Some politicians imagine that, in
order to make themselves solid with the
people, it is neevsot-rv to inveigh again&t
the railroad ccrp.pam?s. I have no pa
tience with such demagogues and their
Johnson's Lost Opportunity.
Talking of railroads and legislation
brings to mind the fight for the 4 per
cent gross earnings bill in the state sen
ate in 1809. I was the first state official
to recommend an increase in the gross
earnings tax of railroads. CSee my re
port to the legislature of 1809.) Gov.
Lind in his inaugural message also
strongly recommended the increase. Hon.
J- F. Jacobson forced the bill through
the house. But the railroad lobby con
centrated its efforts on the senate. The
Judiciary committee of the senate report
ed the bill for indefinite postponement,
the friends of the measure made a gal
lant fight under the leadership of Sena
tors TTalvorson and Snvder to prevent the
auoption of the renort of the committee,
lrere was an exciting debate which was
participated in by Senators Halvorson,
br.vder. Young. Benedict, McGowan.
Greer, Stockwell an others,A.buJohnsona not
7 tr
Senatod Joh
(bee daily papers of March 29, 1899.)
H 1= olS0,m-e
iifi -i?
thatd meanannually.
tnioc taxpayersc of- ent
Mr. Jchnson voted against the report of
the committee, but his lips were sealed all
through the debate. No, not even when
t.cv. Lind was viciously assailed by one of
the senators John
Johrsonstrangek,breag silence Itdiid strangeA. passir.
tnat Jcim A. Johnson, one of the recog
nized orators of the senate, always eager
to talk and talk well on the slightest prov
ocation, remained as silent as the grave
when this importait bill was being dis
cussed. The report of the committee was
adopted by a vote of 31 to 30. A ringing
speec'i. such as Gov. Johnson is capable
of delivering, might have saved the day,
bi't he was dumb as an oyster en that
memcrabb occasion. It was the oppor
tunity of a lifetime, but he neglected to
improve it.
Had the bill passed at that session the
law would have become operative at least
two years sooner than it did, and $1,500,-
000 would have been saved to the taxpay
ers of the state
Where In the Balance
In complimenting his public examiner
nnis keynote speech. Gov. Johnson says:
a nio sign
ed bv the entire congressional oeh gation
and bv hundreds of prominenr Republic
ans, including members of both brinches
of the legislature, was presented to the
board of control in behalf of the St
Cloud Republican. But the oard of con
trol, through its chairman, answered:
"Mr Randall is managing the reform
atory in manner entirely satisfactory to
us If vou have inv clnrges to prefer
against him we will investigate the same.
But we absolutely refuse to remove him
because of his political predilections."
Mr. Randall was and is an fxemplary
ofiieor and of course no charges could be
preferred against him, and he is still su
perintendent of the St. Cloud reformatory.
A similar effort was made to oust John
Coleman from the superintendence of the
Anoka insane asylum. The only reason
adduced against Mr. Coleman v,as that
he was a Democrat. The board was
asked to remove him to make place for
a local Republican The board of control
considered Mr. Coleman as second only
to Warden Wolfer as the head of a
state institution. Mr. Coleman is still
superitit nderit of the Anoka insane hos
Fo business reasons Mr. Lee was
obligen To resign bis place on the board
Of control Mr James A. Martin n-as
appointed in his stead. Mr. Martin is a
royal good fellow, hut he was too active
ly engaged in politics to make an ideal
member of the board of control. After
serving a short time Mr. Martm resigned
to assume charge of Judge Collins' cam
paign, and Hon. J. F. Jacobson was ap
pointed. A better man could not have
been chosen for the place.
As you all know there was a lively cam
paign on two years ago. I knew the
situation was desperate. My friends urged
me to induce Mr. Jacobson to take the
stump. They knew and I knew that
"One blast upon his bugle horn
Were worth a thousand men."
The late Gen. H. W. Childs told me re
peatedly that one speech by Mr. Jacobson
would be worth 5.000 votes to me. But I
was the father of the board of control
law and had in mind the promises made
when the bill was before the legislature,
and said to my friends, "I would rather
be defeated than drag the board of con
trol into politics." Mr. Jacobson agreed
with me, much as he desired to help
Mr. l_. A. Rosing succeeded Mr. Jacob
son on the board of control. Personally,
Mr. Rosing is an estimable gentleman,
but he is a politician all the time. Only
a few weeks since Mr. Leavett, the char
ter member of the board, offered a series
of resolutions the object of which was "to
hold the board of control aloof from all
political entanglements." Mr. Rosing op
posed the resolutions and they were not
If Mr. Johnson is re-elected governor it
will ae made so uncomfortable for Mr.
Leavett that he will in all probability be
forced to resign and, as the enemies of
the law in the legislature predicted, the
board will be converted into a gigantic
political machine and its usefulness will
be at an end.
Railroad Hate Reductions.
Gov. Johnson arrogates to himself great
credit for securing a reduction in railroad
rates. There is not the slightest basis for
his extravagant claims. The State of
Minnesota never had a more efficient
beard of railway commissioners than it
has at present. Undoubtedly inequalities
exist that ought to and will be equalized,
and shippers have just grievances that
ought to and will be redressed. I have
faith in the integrity and efficiency of
jLr board ot railway and warehouse cont-
u.: smncrs A most thoroughs inquiry
IPto the freight rate situation is being
i oi ducted by thse commission at the pr*s-
"I investi
gatio there hav already been made sub-
railroad companies
Febe 1, 1905, to date there has
^1,441.3.) of unpaid taxes, and from ex
press companies and telephone companies
oyer .$13,000e. makingIverso a total of $34,-
Audito says $16,
lsrf.ol h'ls been covered into the treasury.
(See auditor's letter.) What has become
of the balance of $18,527.82? Is it another
case of exaggeration on the part of the
governor, or do State Auditor Iverson'e
figures li?
i-s a Bryan Democrat.
In his opeech at Red Wing, Gov. John
son is quoted as saying: "The executive
departments controlled by Republican of
ficeholders have been the most efficient in
the history of the state." If there was a
possible chance of defeating any of the
Kepublican officeholders who are candi
dates for re-election, Mr. Johnson would
talk in a different strain. Every execu
tive officer in the capitol, with the excep
tion of Attorney General Young, has
served morp than two years. Does Mr.
Johnson mean to insinuate that until HK
became governor these executive officer*
were inefficient? as he forgotten the
sconr_ hee gavet Attorney General
mn address two years ago
A hns
any remedial legisla-
sav a few words
mentio Je
Stand by Cole. c,or\olusion
in behalf oRepublicaCole. A. L. Two year! ago
t candidate for gov
ernor No man. was ever blessed with
more devoted friends or cursedofwith more
ilTon T^ S relentless enemies Thaon
staunchest my loyal
Dun delegation
friendbsl was Af. Cole. He wasHa true workerL. in my behalf was
/ate convention from Cass countv
He fought out an uncalled for contest on
much to
Minnesotait meant an
in taxes pai bv0 the railroads
\'M .?'.r'er
i RepublicanYoung offi
sa vors of insincerity.
His admiratzon for its
Jenning is wa ^er
0 tBryan 1 tha
Theodore Roosevelt two
Toh A
dehvered Z -any
nt the t JP I
foun fighting
under the silver standard of the Nebra.
Hot a Constructionist.
Democratiacl candidate for governor
whf io
leasIn Jf tker-he talks well-bu
he sa w?, 1
ln i.
tal king what has
ad his keynote speech at
speecfihe has
campaign, and you will
siness pur
rThl^ofTi^^e ne rfS^Sra
suits in his public career he has proved
himself a high-minded, pure-minded mln
No one dares offeurm any criticism upon
wor1k?'itnu any of these capacities Pla-
sing, affable S
man who will govern the great office bv
virtuous deeds, by careful and conserva
tive consideration of questions of state
He will establish a reputation as a wise
and practical governor by his own posi
Sll conservative work, not by insinua
tions, innuendoes)or slanders an
opponent He asks
office for wh
what he has done,against what he
can and willt do,t in behalf of the Re"
not destruction of progress, not criticism
Stands for inesota.
A. L. Cole stands for greater state de
velopment, better roads and more of
ofM statn swamp lands
and the settling up of those lands. He
wants Mmnesotans to remain in Minne
sota and not emigrate to Canada.
wants the tide of emigration coming to
the great Northwest to stop here as citi
zens. He knows that to obtain these new
citizens we must compete in opposition
with tho states further west and with
Canada. He knows that such competi
tion is easy if the state takes hold of
and makes internal improvements His
is the voice of a statesman crying "Pre
pare ye the way for the coming mil
lions. He is worthy of the support of
every Republican who calls himself
Republican. He is worthy of the support
of every Minnesotan who has the up
building and welfare of the state at
heart. I ask my friends to rally to the
support of my friend. A. L. Cole, the
standard bearer of our party, and tri
umphantly elect h' governor of the
State of Minneso*-
A Ye ar of Blood.
The year 1903 will long be remem
bered in the home of F. N. Tacket, of
Alliance, Ky., as a year of blood
which flowed so copiously from Mr.
Tacket's lungs that death seemed very
near. He writes: "Severe bleeding
from the lungs and a frightful cough
had brought me at death's door, when
I began taking Dr. King's New Dis
covery for Consumption, with the
astonishing result that after taking
four bottles I was completely restored
and as time has proven permanently
cured." Guaranteed for sore lungs,
coughs and colds at C. A. Jack's drug
store. Price 50 cents and $1.00. Trial
bottle free.
An Economical Husband.
:tO, my," sighed Mr. Sallow. I
wish I could discover some way to get
an appetite."
"Nonsense!" exclaimed his wife,
"what do you want with an appetite.
It would only give you more dyspep
sia. "Philadelphia Press.
1 A Complete Stock of
Needles and Supplies
for all makes of ma
B. D. Grant,
I. O. O. F. Block, Princeton.
Main Street,
Make Your
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LI ~i i_mi_ II_ t^m^mmm ^WIM mt^
The Standard Sewing Machine
Two Machines in One.
The Standrrd Sewing Machine
can be changed from a lock stitch
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in a minute's time. Call and ex
amine this wonderful, light run
ning, easy sewing, machine. All
rotary motions and ball bearing.
A complete assortment always on
Jeweler and Optician,
Princeton, Minnesota.
The Myers
Force and Lift
This may well be called
the work-easy pump. This
pump has a capacity of
from 500 to 600 gallons per
hour, according to rise of
cylinder. The handle is so
constructed that the dis
tance from the handle to the
piston rod is only 3 inches,
with an 8-inch stroke, as
against 51 inches on other
pumps with a 6-inch stroke.
When in need of a pump
look this over before
purchasing elsewhere. My
prices are the lowest.
1 ii i ii in ii i_i i- i- 'i i i iL.
Dealer in
Prime Meats of Every Variety,
Poultry, Fish, Etc.
Highest market prices paid for Cattle and Hogs.
"~^-~^~~i '-ll I- I l_ I l.
Boys and Girls
"We wish to call your attention to our line of ruled and
unruled 5 cent and 10 cent
which is the best ever shown. We have everything else
necessary for the school room. See our tablets first
and you will see no other.
Princeton Drug Co.
Dr. Armitape's Offices BE
It makes more and better loaves
than any other flour you can buy.
*3 -'%'*:'?3$j$
^iimamiwj^v a VS 1ft 11^9 Hours9 A. M. to 12:30 P. M., 2 p. M. to 6 P.
For a 98 lb. Sack at
any Grocery in town
Princeton Roller Mill Co.

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