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R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear.
Arthur F. Howard Passes Away in
Minnesota Soldiers' Home at
Age of Sixty Years.
Was Formerly Sheriff of MHIe Lacs
County and Hel/ Office for
Nine Successive Terms.
Arthur F. Howard, one of Prince
ton's old settlers, died at the Minne
sota soldiers' home, of which he had
been an inmate for about a month, on
December 7, and the remains were
brought to Princeton on the following
day. Mr. Howard had for a period
of nearly three years suffered from a
cancerous ailment which the skill of
the best physicians failed to cheek,
and to this disease his death is di
rectly attributable.
Arthur F. Howard was a native of
Brownsville, Piscataquis county,
Maine, was born on December 12,
1846, and was one of a family of eleven
children. On December 24,1863, he en
listed in the Maine heavy artillery
and received an honorable discharge
on September 11, 1865. In the same
year he came to Princeton and en
gaged in the lumber business. In
1872 Mr. Howard went to California
and followed the same occupation
there for about two years, when he re
turned to this village. He married, in
1877, Miss Loretta Morehouse, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Morehouse,
and of the union three sons were born,
viz., A. Clement, Claude (deceased)
and Charles C.
Mr. Howard was elected nine suc
cessive times to the office of sheriff of
Mille Lacs county. He was a member
of the G. A. R. and of the Masonic
and Pythian fraternities.
Funeral observances were solem
nized at the family residence on Sun
day, Rev. Heard officiating, and at
the grave C. A. Jack read the impres
sive rites of the Masonic order.
as. J. Hill Recommends Establishment
of Such. Institutions by Government.
Mr. James J. Hill favors the estab
lishment by the government in each
county of a small model farm of from
thirty to forty acres. The object
would be to bring close home to the
people the advantages Of intensive
farming and the increased revenue
through added care and scientific
The value of such farms could not
be overestimated, but why ask the
general government to do this':' Why
is it not rather the province and duty
of the several states, and why should
they not be correlated with the public
schools, the state agricultural colleges
and the state experimental farms?
Only one-half the benefit from such
farms could be had from using them
merely as object lessons. They could
be actual centers of practical educa
tion in agriculture for the youth of
each county, including their cities.
Each one should be an adjunct or a
part, the practice department, of an
agricultural high school.
This is the greatest need of the na
tion today, for, after all is said and
done, this is an agricultural nation.
The problem ultimately of highest im
portance is to get from the land the
fullest results without waste and to
keep on the farms or to bring to them
the young men. It is to make agri
culture both attractive and profitable,
to show its possibilities for mental ac
tivity and the resultant financial ben
The strength of any people is and
always must come, as to Antaeus,
from Mother Earth. The men bred on
the farms are of a broad nature, have
a wider view of affairs and are less
easily swayed in the mass by senti
ment or prejudice. Time after time
this nation has been saved from seri
ous error by he farmer vote.
Such county farms would necessar
ily be more than self-supporting. They
could not be experiment .stations, but
would put to practical tests the re
sults of the experiments made at the
various state agricultural stations and
by the government. They would all
work in harmony and would bring
close to the people the opportunity for
both observation and acual instruc
tion in all that science had demon
strated as of value.Duluth News
The English House of Lords.
A writer in Reynolds's newspaper
thus graphically describes the English
house of lords:
What a pity it is that the average
elector does not have an opportunity
of seeing the house of lords actually
in sitting. It would open the eyes of
the people to the real character of the
exclusive gentlemen who are now bent
on thwarting the will of the people.
Profligates and lunatics mingle with
one anpther freely on the august
benches of the upper house. The only
person who is disqualified from sitting
among the peers is the undischarged
bankruptand this is by virtue of the
special act of parliament which de
bars the legally declared insolvent
from sitting in the house of commons.
Otherwise all sorts of condition of
men may sit among my lordsboys
who have just attained their majority,
senile dodderers who walk into the
house on crutches, dull-witted crea
tures who derive their knowledge of
life from the music-halls and sporting
clubs, and sharp-witted insolvents
who lend their titles to fraudulent
prospectuses. Now and then you may
find a passable specimen of British
manhood among them but taking
them in the bulk, they are as choice a
collection of undesirables and medi
ocrities as ever dabbled in politics.
As a rule, the chamber is empty, but
the moment the interests of the brew
ers and the landlords are threatened
in any measure, the house of lords
finds itself crowded with tUe irrespon
sible noodles who always throng that
assembly when the liberals are in
power. On an ordinary day it is
probably the dullest assembly in
England. Ninety-five per cent of its
members have not acquired the ait of
speaking. Seventy-five per cent have
hardly ever given an hour's serious
study to political problems. To
listen to an ordinary debate in the
lords is a fearful and wonderful ex
perience to anybody who has a liking
for public controversy. A fourth
rate debating society in one of the
suburbs shows a much higher level
of intelligence.
Thrown Into Ditch.
John Dalchow came into town with
a load of wood on Monday and on his
way home, when near the East Branch
bridge, the colts attached to the sled
became frolicsome and ran away.
Overturning the vehicle into a ditch
they broke loose and galloped off, but
were captured by a farmer coming in
the opposite direction. Mr. Dalchow
fortunately received only slight
bruises on a shoulder and hip. The
colts are splendid animals, but, like
the small boy, life to them without an
occasional frolic would not be worth
Samaritans Elect Officers.
Princeton Council No. 22, Modern
Samaritans, on Thursday evening last
elected the following officers: L. S.
Briggs, G. S. H. G. Carlson, V. G.
S. Frank Peterson, P. G. S. Thos.
J. Kaliher, S. and F. S. Wm. Cor
diner, treasurer N. N. Agren H. P.
L. N. Grow, i. F. H. Goulding. C.
M. Geo. W. Hatcher, J. M. Arthur
Payette, centurion H. J. Harrington,
After adjournment of the lodge the
members repaired to the Gilman res
taurant and partook of an oyster
Superintendent Frank Burbank Points
Out Advantages of Recently
Acquired Light Plant.
Says Equipment is Smoothest Combi=
nation of Machinery He Has
Ever Had Charge of.
That Superintendent Burbank is
highly elated over the new acquisition
to the power house is clearly apparent
from the smile which of late refuses to
come from off his countenance. His
delight is even greater than that of a
small boy who has come into posses
sion of a new hobby horse or a father
who has received ar autograph postal
card from Theodore Roosevelt in ex
change for a photograph of triplets.
Of the equipment Frank says:
I have handled many an engine and
many a dynamo but never in my day
have I had the pleasure of running
such a perfect combination of machin
ery as that recently introduced into
the village of Princeton's power house.
Smooth? Well, I should say so. The
machinery runs smoother than the
honeymoon of two persons who mar-
ried for love. Look at that engine.
You can stand a dollar on end upon
its backbone and it will not vibrate
sufficiently to affect the most sensitive
instrument manufacturedthe seismo
graph. Look at that dynamo. You
will perceive that it emits no sparks
like the old Edison machine, and the
reason is that its brushes are manu
factured from carbon instead of
copper. Then look at the boiler.
Isn't it a beauty? I have estimated
that I can run that boiler with one
third the quantity of fuel that the old
one consumed and that in two, or at
the most three years, the cost of the
new equipment will pay for itself in
the saving of coal. And have you
noticed the improvement in illumina
tionin the street lights, in the resi
dence lamps? Do you appreciate it?
Of course you do. So far as I am
concerned I tell you truly that, as my
friend Roosevelt would say, 'l am
G. E. Lindall Goes to Alilaca.
Geo. E. Lindall, until recently su
perintendent of the West Branch
creamery at Long Siding, has moved
with his family to Milaca, where he
has purchased an interest in the Fad
den creamery and will be its butter
maker. To Mr. iindall's efforts while
with the West Branch creamery is al
most entirely due the splendid patron
age now being accorded to that estab
lishment, and it is with much reluct
ance that the management see him go.
He is an expert buttermaker and a
good business man. His friends wish
him success in his undertaking at Mil
aca. E. L. Fox of Janesville, Wis.,
an experienced and highly recom
mended buttermaker, will succeed Mr.
Lindall at Long Siding.
New Home of fir. and Hrs. J. J. Skahen
One of the Best Constructed
Houses in Princeton.
Hany Original Designs Enter Into the
General Plan of This Finely
Arranged Structure.
Among other attractive and modern
residences which have recently been
erected and are in course of construc
tion in Princeton the home into which
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Skahen moved but
a few weeks ago is worthy of mention.
It is neither at the solicitation of Mr.
and Mrs. Skahen nor that of the con
tractor, Mr. Gumbrill, that this brief
write-up is produced, but merely to
show that Princeton is keeping abreast
of the times in the construction of
This" modern building was erected
from plans constructed after the orig
inal ideas of Mr. and Mrs. Skahen by
Downs & Eads, architects, Minneap
olis, and the contractor was Alfred
Gumbrill of Anoka. The superinten
dent of construction was W. C. Taylor
of Minneapolis and the painter and
decorator Chas. Fitch of Anoka, while
the heating plant was supplied by the
Hasey company of Minneapolis and
the plumbing work executed by Arch
ambo & Co. of the same city. The
foremen in charge of the heating and
plumbing were, respectively, Pat
Comer of Minneapolis and W. F. Slat
er of Anoka. The Warner company of
Minneapolis furnished the hardware.
From basement to attic the residence
is splendidly arranged and equipped
and many original schemes are incor
porated into its construction.
Starting at the basement we find a
laundry with hot and cold water at
command, a drying room, a spacious
vegetable department, tne heating
plant and the coal and wood bins.
The floor of the basement is of cement
and is as smooth as polished stone.
On the first floor is a capacious
hall, a living room, dining room,
library and kitchen, each being furn
ished in the most modern style. The
living room possesses one feature of
especial attractivenessthe fireplace.
This fireplace is built in the form of a
semicircle from reddish-colored glazed
brick with an ornamental variety of
similar material running around the
opening. Over the fireplace is a pol
ished slab of red marble. The brick
for this fireplace was made to order
in Philadelphia and Mr. Gumbrill
set them in position. The mortar
work is double-pointed and is a mas
terpiece in mechanical art. Upon each
side of the fireplace polished oak seats
are placed^ There are also seats of a
like nature at the bottom of the stair
way in the hall. The living room
and hall are finished in light polished
oak and the dining room, in which
every modern convenience is located,
in dull-finished oak. The china closet
and sideboard, in the dining room,
are built into the wall, that is, they
are virtually a part of the house
proper. This obviates the utilization
of considerable space which would be
necessary with the old style of fur
nishing. The floors of the hall, living
room and dining room are of birch,
while the principal outer doors of the
house are of quarter-sawed oak. The
inner doors consist largely of heavy
plate glass and oak.
The'library, Mr. Skahen's "den,"
as he calls it, is magnificiently fin
ished in mahogany, and a splendid
bookcase, built into the wall, adorns
this pleasant room.
The kitchen has an up-to-date
range, an expansion tank of 40 gal
lons capacity, a refrigerator set in
the wall with a door for filling from
the outside, and all other modern
requisites. The walls are covered
with white tiling to the height of six
feet from the ground and above that
they are painted. The floor of the
kitchen is of maple and the doors
leading thereto are of natural pine
The staircase is of oak and is con
structed along lines entirely original.
On the first landing is a leaded plate
\rf-./j/t\ \V/''J/
glass window.
Mr. and Mrs. Skahen's apartments
on the second floor and the other
rooms are finished in natural pine with
birch floors, Serenus' room being
decorated, among other things, with a
large fishing net on which photos are
placed. It is also fitted with a large
receptacle for baseball bats, etc. This
floor is equipped with all modern con
veniences, clothes closets, linen press,
bath and toilet rooms, etc.
The bathroom is furnished with a
tub into which hot and cold water can
be turned as desired, the walls are
tiled six feet from the floor and the
portion above painted. The floor con
sists of white sextagonal tiles about
the size of a quarter laid with remark
able accuracy.
The third story is used principally
as a storeroom and in it is contained
a large soft-water reservoir.
In every room of the house the furn
ishings have been selected with a view
to perfect harmony, and it is obvious
that Mrs. Skahen, to whom this espec
ial task was intrusted, succeeded ad
mirably in her work.
With its original architecture and its
spacious porch extending along the
south and west sides the house pre
sents a striking appearancean ap
pearance of which both the owners and
Mr. Gumbrill, the contractor, should
feel proud.
A commodious barn has also been
erected by Mr. Skahena barn which
in its designs is equally as original as
the residence.
An expenditure of about $10,000 was
nceessary to acquire the two lots and
erect the buildings briefly described
STf^'-*:^ K. ^f^ -t
Continued Weakness Prevails Locally
But Receipts at Warehouses
Average Fairly Well.
Potatoes From This Point Shipped to
California and Other States
in Western Country.
A continued weakness prevails in
the local market and at this time,
Wednesday evening, there are indica
tions of a further decline in price. An
active movement from the growers to
the warehouses has continued through
out the week despite the low prices
paid, and the shipments, to towns in
Illinois and Kansas have averaged up
fairly well with those of other weeks.
A quantity of potatoes has also been
shipped to California, and it is safe to
say that other shipments to the same
state will follow, for wherever Minne
sota potatoes of the quality grown
hereabouts are introduced a further
demand is certain to result.
Rumors of a combine among Prince
ton potato buyers were afloat early in
the week, but a careful investigation
has brought forth no evidence which
substantiates the report. But whether
a combine exists or not, the prices paid
farmers of this locality at the present
time is no encouragement for them
to grow potatoes for the market. If
prices continue at the low notch now
prevailing farmers will next year
plant a much smaller acreage to pota
toes. And no one can blame them.
The foreign markets,Kansas City,
Chicago, etc.,according to produce
journals, are overstocked with inferior
grades of potatoespotatoes that are
scabby and frostedwhich are being
thrown on the market in bulk, and the
commission men are putting forth
efforts to clear up this low-grade stock
to the detriment of the superior quali
ties such as the potatoes furnisfced by
Lester Dorn Discovered by His Parents to
be Missing From Home.
On Monday morning when Mr. and
Mrs. S. E. Dorn, who reside about a
mile and a half north of the village,
arose from bed they discovered that
their son Lester, 13 years of age, had
disappeared during the night and left
a note upon the table reading as fol
lows: "Good bye, don't look for me,
all gone."
A search for the missing boy was
immediately instituted in the neighbor
hood, but no trace of him could be ob
tained and Sheriff Shockley was noti
fied. The sheriff drove about the
country for a considerable time, visit
ing the farm houses, and at last se
cured a clue. Following this clue he
reached the farm of Amos Freel in the
town of Bogus Brook and there as
certained that young Dorn had been
there and told a story of someone
having been lost while hunting. There
upon Mr. Freel sent one of his sons
with Lester into the woods to look for
the missing hunter, and Sheriff Shock
ley having located the boy, returned
to Princeton and informed his parents.
Lester was brought back on Tuesday.
Mr. Dorn can assign no cause for
his son's actions. He says that on
Sunday night the boy and the other
children, with himself and wife, sat
around the stove eating popcorn and
that Lester seemed to be in a happy
frame of mind. The boy had always
been treated well and had never shown
any indication of discontent, neither
was he inclined to be of a roving dis
Big Demonstration at Grant's
A big demonstration will be given
on Garland stoves at Grant's Hard
ware store by J. R. Aeckerman of the
Michigan Stove Works on Friday
and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15. It will
pay everyone interested in stoves and
ranges to attend. Don't fail to call
and hear this great lecturer. Re
member the date, Friday and Satur
day, Dee. 14 and 15. A nice souvenir
will be given away to all who come to
the store. B. D. Grant,
I. O. O. F. Building, Princeton.
Bargain gale at J. W. Mode & Co's.
J. W. Mode & Co. will have a bar
gain day in their store at Zimmerman
tomorrow (Friday), and prices on
many kinds of goods have been re
duced for the occasion. A coffee
demonstration will be given through
out the sale by R. O. Mowry of Tole
do, Ohio, at which everybody will be
served with the fragrant beverage
free of charge.
SUe Liked to See the Fun.
"And so you like to see me come
much better than the oher young men
that call on your sister?"
"Yassir. You're the only one that
doesn't hang his handkerchief over
the keyhole. "Life.

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