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THE PRINCETON UNION
BY R. O. DUNN. Published Every Thunday. TIRM8-SI.oo PE YEAR I N ADVANCE. SI.25 I NOT PAI I N ADVANCE. OPPIOBI FIRST ST., EAST OF COURTHOUSE. Q. 1. STAPLES. Business Manager. THOS. fi PROWSE, Editor. The Union does not begrudge the legislators free railroad passes. Their salary is altogether too small to meet their requirements. The Cleveland Leader says that Marion Harland has written 11,436 cooking recipes. And we'll bet some women have tried them all. So far neither house of the state legislature can accuse the other of ac complishing the most work. It is a case of tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. "Minneapolis is the home city of the lumber trust," says Senator Kittredge. There is no doubt of it and Baron Smith is the reigning dictator of the combine. Mary McFadden says that some women are too conscious of their good looks. Mary was probably interview ing the mirror when she made this discovery. As a newspapera newspaper in the true sense of the wordthe Duluth Herald is one of the best publications in the northwestit covers the coun try thoroughly. The Outing magazine says that as a lung developer boxing cannot be ex celled. In our experience boxing in variably developed the cartilage of our nasal protuberance. Dr. Russell, dean of the New York teachers' college, says that our public schools develop anarchists and im moral women. The learned (?1 doctor is awell, prevaricator. Within a short time another Hague peace conference will be held and the nations of the earth are preparing for its outcome by building war vessels as fast as contractors can construct them. Governor John is, according to a con temporary, putting forth every effort to prohibit prize fights. Yet, figur atively speaking, they are being pulled off under his very nose almost every night in the week. While the legislature is engaged in regulating railroad fares^it should also establish a standard price for coal, meat, groceries, corkscrews, tacks, etc. Why discriminate? The prin ciple in each instance is the same. Rev. Miller of the First Unitarian church, Duluth, says that ''man is notdred a fallen god but a promoted reptile.'' The reverend gentleman should have added that in many instances, however, the promotion is scarcely perceptible. A. S. Weaver of Montgomery, Ala., is said to have discovered a process by which gold can be made as hard as steel. It will be along time, however, before gold is substituted for steel in the manufactuie of pitchforks, shov els, etc. A number ot people are anxious to learn what Theodore Roosevelt will do -when his presidential term expires. He will probably go to Duluth on a bear hunt and then return to Wash ington and resume his writing of mes sages to congress. A New Orleans man bays, that a chicken will h\ without food or water for twenty-three days. The condition of some chickens placed upon the mar ket would lead one to infer that they had been fed on a similar diet for twenty-three years. When we peruse the list ot earth quakes, floods and other terrestrial disturbances which have devastated many portions of America and the West Indies during the past year it is not difficult to arrive at the conclusion that Minnesota is a pretty safe state to live in. A fine of $18,000 has been imposed by the United States circuit court of New York upon the licorice paste trust for operating in violation of law. As this penalty will not have the remotest tendency to dissolve the trust, what benefit does the public derive from its imposition? Why should people make so much fuss about irregularities in the newfive code when they know that attorneys and not codes regulate legal proceed ings? For the affront to the American na tion old Swettenham, governor of Jamaica, will likely be sweating drops of blood before Jbhnny Bull stops pulling his nose. The W. C. T. U. has discovered that there are seventy-three kinds of cock tails. Were the old girls who made the investigation endowed with second sight or had their vision attained that stage known as double? Governor Johnson's inaugural mes sage in pamphlet form has been re ceived. Inside the cover appears the legend, "with the author's compli ments." Does Frank Day seek thereby to cast the odium upon Gov ernor John? An exchange parallels the playing of politics with the good old game of chess. Politics frequently results in a "checkmate" all right, but, according to friends of ours familiar with devious games of chance, it resembles more closely faro played on the "brace" sys tem. New York's police force is trying to solve the problem of how burglars could carry off a safe weighing two hundred pounds without being de tected in the act. Had the feat been accomplished in Minneapolis not theinspector slightest surprise would have been created thereby. Walker Wellman has computed that it will take him and his party of aero nauts in their dirigible balloon about thirty-six hours to reach the north pole from Spitzbergen. Where these north pole explorers make a mistake is in not calculating the time it will take them to return. The late Russell Sage's personal property has been assessed at $50,000- 000. When the old miser lived he was assessed at $2,000,000, and thus de frauded the state out of taxes on $48, 000,000. If the spirit of old Russ is in heaven then there are but few people in the other place. Leather vests and cutaway coats are among the latest things in men's wear ing apparel. The average country edi tor will welcome the leather vest for its wearing qualities and would also take kindly to leather breeches, but the only sort of cutaway coat he can be induced to don is that with the tails cut away altogether. An indictment containing one hun and eighty-two counts has been returned against John R. Walsh, former president of the Chicago First National bank, by a federal grand jury. An indeterminate sentence, which means about eleven months con finement in the parlors oi the pen, will probably be Mr. Walsh's punishment. Marshall L. Mott, attorney for thereason Creek Indians, has preferred more charges against Tarns Bixby and Presi dent Roosevelt has directed an investi gation. Mr. Mott will likely discover that as a tactician Mr. Bixby is at least a trifle more resourceful than himself. Tarns has parried a great many charges and is equal to the occasion of parrying others. Altogether too much time is con sumed in the houses of congress by fire eating legislators who daily enter into vilifying attacks upon one another. The halls where representatives of the people are supposed to introduce measures for their constituents' ben efit are being fast turned into places for personal abuse arid the scenes are becoming more demoralizing every day. But the people have only them selves to blamethey elected the ruf fians. From the present outlook the state legislature will devote much of its time to the investigation and considers ation of trustscombines operating in restraint of trade. It will be easy enough for the legislature to prove that such combines exist, but to force a dissolution is another matter. While the anti-trust laws seem to cover the points requisite to bring about this end, there is no instance on record where a trust has been successfully dissolved. i The legislature is working less than days a week. The people, how ever, are paying the ndembers for six days labor each week.Mankato Free Press. Even at that the legislators are be ing paid but a bread-and-cheese salary. ^__^_____^_ We wonder whether or not the mem bers of the legislature are thankful for all the excellent advice now being poured in upon them from every side? Minneota Mascot. The legislature pays no more at tention to "excellent advice" than does a Bengal tiger to the snarling of a bobcat. Horrible in detail are the reports from the famine stricken districts of China. All roots, herbs, and grass obtainable have been consumed by the starving and the natives are now mur dering and devouring their children. Earthquakes, tidal waves, cyclones and other destructive natural forces are kind in their treatment of humanity when compared with starvation. The state bee inspector has been compelled to vacate his official hive in the capitol and the reason is that no law exists or ever did exist authoriz ing the appointment of such official. An appropriation of $3,000 was made by the legislature in the omnibus bill two years ago for the maintenance of such an office and an appointment was made, but it now transpires that such appoint ment was illegal. A bee inspector is about as much benefit to a state as anset of lightning rods would be. In the United States senate on Fri day Senator Kittredge of South Da kota raked the lumber trust from stern to stem. Among other things Senator Kittredge said: It is the king of trusts. In its far reaching effects there is none to com pare with it. The consumer not only bears the burden of its aggressive policy of advancing prices, but also of the profits of intervening agencies. For him there is no escape from the avarice of this monopoly. Its prices are identically the same, whether in Minnesota or Arkansas, Illinois or Texas, Indiana or Missouri, Louisiana or Ohio, or in any other portion of the country. It costs $10 to manu facture the lumber at the mills and the trust derives a profit of at "least 200 per cent. k" It is an undeniable fact that th&lfim ber trust is one of the greatest robbers of the age, butwhere lies'the remedy? The Perkins expatriation bill* has been recommended for passage by the house committee on foreign affairs. It provides that five years residence in a foreign country shall make an alien of any citizen. In our estimation this measure is un-American in its prin ciples. There are thousands of men from the United States engaged abroad in commercial pursuits who pride themselves upon their American citi zenship and who would respond promptly to their country's call in time of danger. It would certainty be unfair to deprive such men of their American citizenship for the mere that their business interests have made necessary a residence of more than five years outside of theIt United States. But very few of these American citizens would declare alle giance to a foreign ruler and would therefore by the passage of the meas ure at issue become men without a country. The Commercial West refutes the charges applied to Jas. J. Hill by a daily paper in the following pertinent manner: One of the daily papers puts it that the primary reason for railroad con gestion, especially in Mr. Hill's road, is because he has enforced a policy of economy in management, hence has been more interested in securing divi dends than in making ready for busi ness. On this reasoning it must be in ferred that on roads less "parsimoni ous" there will be found higher effi ciency in proportion to tonnage moved. Instead, the record will show, we tbank, that Mr. Hill has always led in "get ting ready." He bought terminals years, ago which he is now leasing to roads that neglected to "get re&dy," and we venture the prediction that when congestion piles up a littlalater it will be found Mr. Hill is more nearly ready to meet the burden of relieving it than most other lines. He at least has the courage to foresee a condition and admit its realization. He told the country two years ago the congestion was coming, but as it had not come the move to relieve it was flight. He be gan to double track then and wjll be able, to giveu much Relief with new tracks before the close^of this yfear. THTJBSDAY, JAKUABY 24, 1907. Some of the newspapers would have the public believe that to the use of the block system is due many of the railroad wrecks which have recently occurred. This is misleading. A care ful investigation by the authorities shows that not one of these smash-ups can be attributed to the block system, which is one of the best safety devices ever introduced by the railroads. To incompetent and negligent operators appears to be largely due the blame for many of the disasters. The members of the Women's Chris tian Temperance Union are sorry that they advocated the abolition of therailroad army canteen and are now making ef forts to have it reinstated. They find that the dives of immorality which have replaced the canteen within easy reach of army posts area thousand times more degrading than the old-time barracks saloon under government su pervision. Of two evils they now adis vocate a maintenance of the least. But why didn't this W. C. T. U. combina tion investigate and thus obviate mak ing a fool of itself? A press dispatch from Mankato says that society circles are greatly agitated over the elopement and mar riage of Ted Richter, city editor of the Owatonna Review, to Miss Esther Hubbard, daughter of Mrs. R. D.whole Hubbard, widow of the late million aire miller. Why society should be aghast, agog and askew by this ordinary occurrence is beyond com prehension. We would be willing to wager that Ted Richter, journalist, although we have not the pleasure of his acquaintance,is equally as reto fined and accomplished as Miss Hub bard, millionaire miller's daughter. Unfortunate, indeed, has been the beautiful city of Kingston, Jamaica, in its almost utter demolition by the re lentless forces of nature. Thousands of people have been killed, injured and rendered homeless by the great seis mic upheaval which stole upon the city like a thief in the night. Beyond comprehension are the ways of nature. Nature, according to geologists, in ages long past threw up from the ocean by volcanic action the sloping eminence upon which was built in later days the picturesque city of Kingston. Now nature, after man had improved its handiwork, in an equally mysteri ous manner rends asunder that which had been so well builded. The St. Paul Dispatch honors Com missioner Staples with the following tribute: Should the Rachie house bill, mak ing the railroad and warehouse com mission appointive, become a law, pro vision will undoubtedly be made to take care of Commissioner Staples, whose tenure of office is curtailed under the proposed act. As the bill fixes 1909 when the new play shall go iuto effect two years would be clipped from his rightful tenure. Whatever people may think of the commission, its short comings and its alleged failure to make good on some things, Mr. Staples as a member of the board in any event has tried to answer the public demands. can be said of him that he is always at his desk and it can be further said that if it was not tor his determined stand some of the forced freight re ductions of the past year would not now be in effect. Mr. Staples is en titled to the full term for which he was elected and then some. It seems that the more enlightened humanity becomes the more readily does it welcome the sensational preacher. A case at issue is that of one "Billy Sunday,"God alone knows how or from where he obtained his name,an itinerant "revivalist" who is raking in thousands of dollars a week from credulous fanatics. Sun day, who professes to walk in the foot steps of Christ, characterizes men who do not agree with his doctrine as "whelps of hell" and applies to them other names equally opprobrious. It is an abominable shame that such men should be encouraged to preach from our pulpitsthat they should be permitted to occupy a pulpit. Their teachings demoralize rather than im prove the ways of the people. The pul pit should be the last place from which to permit the ,dissemination of billings gate and blasphemy. Family Resemblance. After a man has been married about six months he begins to notice how his wife resembles her mother.Chi* cago News. wsg^'j^ww^^^ "HMHMHM MMMM I OPINIONS OF EDITORS MMI|ll|*MMIBHHiJ "Block" System Defective. The Duluth republican state conven tion failed to adopt the Block system for its campaign trains.Minneapolis Telegram. More Than Likely. Perhaps those fellows who thought that Senator Knute Nelson ought to be defeated because Cole was not elected had something to do with the defeat of Cole.Minneapolis Telegram. Query. In view of the present agitation for rate reform a member of our state legislature will think twice before accepting courtesies for which he can make no return.Alexandria Post News. "All Wind," Says Nell. Gov. Johnson in his message is in for punishing the railroads. This is all wind. Punishing railroad corporations a hobby and every man. who seeks public favor makes railroad persecu tion the principle issue to gain distinc tion.Lake Crystal Union. $- $ A Base Insult to Mr. O'Day. The meanest thing that has been said about Governor Johnson's message was a remark made by a Sauk Rapids man that Harvey Grimmer was in his best form when he wrote it. Down at Sauk Rapids they think Harvey is thenothing works.Sauk Center Herald. $- Has Written Political Death Warrant. Lieutenant Governor Eberhardt has missed nis opportunity and written in his committee assignments his own political death warrant. He has done the republican party and good legis lation irretrievable harm. He has surrendered the influence of his office the senatorial combine whose lead ers behind his back sneer at him as easily led.Northfield News. TEACHER'S ASSOCIATION Meets at Assembly Room, Princeton Hitth School Building, February 16. Opening song 11 A Prayer Rev W Heard Selection Apollo Male Quartet Reading minutes Sarah E Drake, Secretary Noon recess Opening session 1 30 Pa Son Bertha Sellhorn S Apollo Male Quartet Addres Reading Supt E Austin Mls eter son Vocal selection rs Cooney Address Supt Palmer, Milaca Schools Address Henry Mallette of Milaca High School Board A discussion participated in by all who wish to take part on any of the papers read or on the addresses and remarks delivered will be in order The above is an outline so far as we are able to state in this week's issue of the local paper. A more detailed ac count will follow. Let every teacher in this county and those working near us in other coun ties attend this meeting and take an active part in the discussions. Ample preparations will be made in the restaurants and hotels for the ac commodation of visiting teachers. We will have only one other meet ing at Milaca, probably in May of this year, and it is our desire to have all meetings of extra merit. The program for the February meeting is booked for a most successful one as the names ot the participants are an absolute guaranty. Do not forget the date and place, and be in attendance. Guy Ewmg, County Superintendent. Selecting a Minister. The faithful old parson had died after thirty years' preaching, and per haps the newer methods had begun to creep in, for it seemed impossible to suit the two communities most inter ested in the choice. The Rev. Mr. Davis, for example, was a spirited preacher, but persisted in keeping two horses in the parson age stable, and in exchanging them whenever he could get faster ones. As a parochial visitor he was incompar able, dashing from house to house with such speed that he could cover the parish in a single afternoon. This sporting tendency, which would never have been remarked in a British par son, was frowned upon in a New Eng land village, and Deacon Milliken told Mr. Davis, when giving him what he alluded to as his "walking pa- pers," that they didn't want the church run by hoss power' The next candidate pleased Edge wood, where morning preaching was held, but the other parish, which had afternoon service, rejected him betheir cause he wore a wigan ill-matched, crookedly applied wig. Number three was eloquent, but given to gesticulation, and Mrs. Jere Burbank, the president of the Dorcas society, who sat in a front pew, said she couldn't bear to see a preacher scramble 'round the pulpit on hot Sun days. Number four, a genial, handsome man, gifted in prayer, was found to be a democrat. The congregation was overwhelmingly republican in its poli tics, and perceived something ludi crous, if not positively blasphemous, in a democrat preaching the Gospel. "Ananias and Beelzebub 'ill be can didates here, first thing we knowf" exleaimed the outraged republican nominee for district attorney. Number five was the Rev. Judson Baxter, the present incumbent, and he was voted to be as near perfection as a minister can be in this finite world. His young wife had a small income of her own, so the subscription commit tee hoped that they might not be eter nally driving over the country to get somebody's 50 cents that had been overdue for eight months, but might take their onerous duties a little more easily.Kate Douglas Wiggin Scribner's. in Timber Supply. The real rarities are not diamonds and gold but kindling wood and lum ber. The demand for wood instead of declining, as was expected when coal came in as a substitute for wood, has gone on increasing until the question of a continued supply to meet the rap idly increasing rate of consumption is a serious problem. Railroads eat up an enormous quantity ot wood in crossties. Add to these wood for ex celsior, or wood wool, newspapers, bags, etc., and one gets trees running into the millions each year. North America, Siberia, Africa. India. China, Corea and South America still contain great unutilized and almost unknown forests. Nevertheless, it is well not to exaggerate the dimensions of these wood supplies. Many Afri can forests really are composed of better than thin bushes, and Siberia already is being systemati cally subjected to deforesting, which also will begin in Corea in the near future. North America, however, once the possible wood storehouse for the world, has not enough wood to supply its own demands, notwithstand ing its 506,555,000 acres of wood area. Even now it is dependent upon Can ada, which, with its 798,133,000 acres of forests, represents probably the largest single area of any country in the world. Canada sends its entire surplus to the United States. Al though large territories of forests, especially in China, Corea, India and South America, remains to be uti lized, it is certain that the question of the future wood supply of the world, now attracting attention of the econ omists, will continue to excite great interest. The continuation of the present wood consumption without comprehensive reforesting, will, with in a century at the latest, result in a great and important scarcity of wood supply.Chicago Tribune. Picturesque Lake to Disappear. The steel trust is preparing to spend nearly $2,000,000 in draining Trout lake, seven miles from Grand Rapids. Minn., and reducing what is now a beautiful body of water four miles long and a mile wide, to a mere mud hole. Trout lake is in close proximity to the Canisteo mine, which has been opened by the steel trust. The mine will be one of considerable depth. The nearness of a deep body of water is resulting in much moisture soaking through the soil and into the shafts, from which it is necessary to pump continually. With enlargement of the underground workings the menace and expense from the excessive mois ture in the soil will increase. So the owners decided to get rid of the lake. For some time past agents of the steel trust have been at work purchasing and securing options on the land abutting on the lake shore. This work has been about completed, and it is expected before long to begin the digging of a canal which will drain the lake into the Swan river. The towns of Bovey and Colerain are both situated at one end of Trout lake. They are at present beauty spots, especially in summer, because of the lake. Both towns are sup ported and practically controlled by the iron mine interests. Aerial Navigation. Now that the aeroplane has become a real practical possibility of the im mediate future, the question is raised how it will stand in law. There is a "rule of the road" both on land and sea will it be necessary to have a rule of the road up in the air? A still more important point is that of trespass. At present nobody minds Santos-Du mont alighting in his gardenthe average man, indeed, is delighted to be paid such a distinguished honor, about which he can boast for weeks afterwards to his friends and neigh bors. It will be different, however, when there are innumerable Santos Dumonts careering about the sky all day, and when people will be doing marketing to the nearest town by balloon. Where are the flying ma chines to alight then? Another point that must come up is the possibility of an air sailor hovering over a man's private grounds and seeing all that is going on thereperhaps even looking in through his upper windows? It is to be feared that Blackstone. Coke, and the other great jurists will be able to give very little assistance in these aerial difficulties. The law fixes no limit of height. The man who owns the land owns, it appears, all the sky above it. Will it come to charging air sailors way-leaves?Freeman's Jour nal.