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S. B. SMITJTS LETTER Mercury Drops to Twenty Below Zero Notch in the Eastern Part of State of Washington. Ctim at riany Places on Pacific Coast is This Winter Disagree- able and Unhealthy. I will BOW give an account for my long silence in the Union, but as I am too weak to write my grand daughter has kindly consented to be my amanuensis. I was sick with the grip the first of Decembergot out too soon, caught a very severe cold and was confined to my bed for four weeks, during which time I was helpless. My disease, the doctor said, was rheumatism or neu ralgia of the nerves. I suffered very much during this time. I have been convalescing for the last two weeks, but ha\e made very slow progress. I am not able to sit up but a few hours at a timeam able to walk but very little by being supported. The doctor says I will be restored to my usual health, but it will be a number of weeks before I will be able to be out of doors very much. I attribute my sickness to my own carelessness in not being acquainted with the "salu brious"' climate. Mmnesotans will please excuse my sarcasm on the climate. I have re ceived manj letters making inquiry as to the climate in winter in Washing ton. As I am noted for telling the truth I shall tell nothing but the truth in regard to our winter. I see by the papers that the winter north and east of us in many places has been very severe. The weather has been cold accompanied by severe snow storms. A cold wave seems to have been spread o\er a large portion of the country and Washington has not escaped that cold wave. I have written in a previ ous article that the summer had been an unusual one. So also has the winter been unusual. The average temperature in this vicinity is usually above 30 degrees and seldom below 24 aboA zero, but this winter it has been as low as 8 degrees above, and in -eastern Washington I am informed that it has been 20 degrees below zero. This cold weather has done much damage to water pipes, as they are but slightly covereda thing never before known by the oldest inhabit ants. Small lakes and bodies of fresh watei are affording much pleasure for \oung people as skating rinks. Such weather as we are h&\ ing this winter is very unhealthy. It is called the doctors' harvest time. The rainy season, although disagreeable, is not unhealthy because people are expect ing it and are clothed and prepared for it. but are not clothed and pre pared for such weather as we are hav ing this winter. This is why there is so much sickness, and this is the kind of weather we have been having for about six weeks. Yet there are days that the sun shines, and it is very warm About two weeks ago I was wrapped in quilts, placed in a rocking chair, drawn out onto a porch into the v\arm sun and sat there for one hour While sitting there the thought occurred to me, what Minnesota people would think to see a sick man in Min nesota comfortably sitting on the sunny side of a building. I have been sick during this cold spell and of course ha\e not been out to enjoy it, but if I had been well I should have been out and considered it much more pleasant than the bliz zaids32 degrees below zero weather in Dakota and Minnesota. As cold as the winter has been, I would much rather live here than in Minnesota. Strange as it may seem, a sprig of rosebuds, just ready to blossom, gathered from a bush in the garden, was brought to my room, also a bunch of radishes, beets and carrots just taken from the garden. Many men usually leave their potatoes in the ground and dig them as they want them to eat through the winter, but this winter those who left their pota toes in the ground had to dig them with a crowbar and eat them frozen. This letter is rather more gloomy than I have previously written, neverthe less I prefer Washington winters to any place where I have ever lived. My next letter will be more cheerful, as it will be spring time and the earth will be clothed in green ana decked with flowers, and all nature will be smiling. In my next letter I will at tempt to describe the richness of the soil, its composition and its fertility, also the depth of the soil and the wonderful growth of all vegetation especially the growth of fruit trees. And I shall adhere to my motto of telling the truth and nothing but the truth. I am not writing these articles to boom Washington, but am simply writing plain facts that can be sub stantiated. S. B. Smith, Bremerton, Washington. Prints Its First Joke. The Congressional Record has been enlivened by another joke. The pres entation of a bill giving to a local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution the right to construct a drinking fountain on the lawn of the custom house at Paduch, Ky., led Mr. Payne, the republican floor leader to inquire: "What is the need of a drinking fountain in Kentucky?" To which Representative James re sponded: "This, I understand, is for the use of the ladies." THE SENIORS' BALL. An Event Highly Appreciated by All Who Were in Attendance. On Friday evening last, as previ ously announced in these columns, the senior class of the Princeton high school gave a ball at the K. O. T. M. hall. Much interest was manifested in this event and a liberal patronage was accorded the class. The seniors, who netted about $50, are highly pleased with the success attending their first effort in this direction and, thus encouraged, will likely give other dances in the future. A supper was served in the hall during the evening and the occasion throughout was highly enjoyed by both young and old. All who were present speak in high praise of the excellent manner in which the seniors conducted every detail of this delight ful social event. The music was furnished by that talented organization, Anderson's orchestra. NEW STRUCTURE. Bank of Princeton Will Erect Modern Building in Spring or Summer. J. J. Skahen, cashier and manager of the Bank of Princeton, tells us that he will erect a modern brick building in which to conduct his business either in the spring or summer of this year. It will be erected on the site owned by him and formerly occupied by the Hoi stman barber shop on First street, but Mr. Skahen has not yet decided whether he will build a one or a two story structure. It will likely, how ever, be of the latter description. Mr. Skahen is much interested in Princeton's future. He is a public spirited man and is desirous of ac complishing his share toward the re building of the devastated district, thus his decision to construct the building referred to. His desire is to see the buildings destroyed replaced by structures of more modern architec ture. The business of the Bank of Prince ton was but slightly affected by the fire. The books and papers are all intact and Mr. Skahen is now con ducting business in the office of Chas. Keith. He expects, however, to move into the store occupied by Miss Le Mieux as a millinery establishment within a few days. Sustained Serious Injuries. Henry Erickson, the well known proprietor of the Milaca Roller Mills, had a narrow escape from death last Monday afternoon, and as it was sustained serious injuries. A pulley on one of the shafts was slipping, and while examining it the sleeve of his coat was caught by the belt and his arm drawn around the pulley. Luck ily the pulley was small and he was able to free himself from it, but not until both bones of his right arm were broken just above the wrist. Dr. S. H. 01sen reduced the fracture and Mr. Erickson will carry his arm in a sling for several weeks.Milaca Times. Weinberg's Story Contradicted. A Galesburg, 111., paper just re ceived, says that the story told the Union by the redoubtable Abe Weinberg anent the killing of a bear is absolutely without foundation. The paper says that it knows Abe bet ter than does the Union, and that had he shot a bear his first act there after would have been to ship the ani mal to Galesburg and parade it be fore the multitude. "You should take all of Abraham's stories with a dyspepsia tablet, salt is not strong enough," says the contemporary. Roof Skating Rink. To enjoy the healthy sport of skat ing some 300 feet above the street level is probably a thing very few people have heard of. For about a year and a half, however, such a skating rink has existed on the roof of Philadel phia's most fashionable hotel. An other way to keep healthy is by the daily use of golden grain belt beer. Its daily use will aid your digestion, steady your nerves and build .you up physically. Order of your nearest dealer or be supplied by Henry Veidt, Princeton. ITS AMIAL MEETING Members of West Branch Creamery Company Convene and Elect Officers for Year 1907. Institution in Flourishing Condition and Has Large Demand for Its Fine Quality Butter. The West Branch Co-operative Creamery company held its annual meeting in the school house of district 4 on Saturday, January 26, and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: President, Charles Berg vice presi dent, A. Larson treasurer, G. B. Benson manager and secretary, J. Teute. Board of directors: R. Chris topherson, Oscar Erickson and Fred Warner. No better men could have been se lected by the creamery company to perform the duties of the respective offices. They are all enthusiasts in dairying and have the interests of the association of which they are mem bers at heart. Besides this they are all practical farmers whose methods are up to date. The West Branch creamery has proved of inestimable benefit to the farmers who are members of the as sociation and to the public generally. It is an institution of which Mille Lacs county, and Princeton especially, should feel highly proud. The butter produced at this creamery is second to none in the world, and is preferred in eastern markets to that turned out in any other part of the country. The creamery started, as most large enterprises have, from a small begin ning. A few farmers gathered together and organized a creamery on the co operative plan, and other farmers, as they became aware of its advantages, joined the association until it grew to the highly satisfactory proportions which it has now attained. It can be truly said that the West Branch Co operative creamery has been a suc cess from the start. L. E. Fox, the gentleman who suc ceeded G. E. Lindall as buttermaker at the creamery, is giving every satis faction. He is producing a grade of butter equal, if not superior, to any ever turned out at the institution, and he is accommodating and ever atten tive to every detail of the business. Mr. Fox is a vauable man to the creamery company. Ore Found at JUiUe Lacs It will doubtless be news to most of the settlers about Mille Lacs lake, and others, to be told that certain lands bordering on the lake in this vicinity are in all probability underlaid with heavy ledges of iron ore. Many of our home people will un doubtedly scoff at this idea and with a knowing smile, bordering on ridi cule, say that they must first be 'shown." Be that as it may, it is certain that there are ledges of iron ore within ten miles of this place which at places crop out within eight or ten inches of the surface of the ground. These ledges are of a very hard tex ture and apparently of a fair grade quality. A sample of this ore chipped off from a ledge near the surface of the ground was sent to an assayer in the cities some time ago and was found to contain about 40 per cent of iron. An experienced iron ore miner was next consulted who states that 40 per cent iron is too low a precentage to war rant profitable mining. It is quite likely, however, that ore of a higher grade will be found by drilling deeper into the ledge and making more ex tensive tests, and options have been quietly taken on certain tracts for that purpose.Mille Lacs Pioneer. How to Extinguish a Chimney Fire. The following from an exchange is at least worth testing: The quickest, surest, neatest, easiest and most ef fective way to stop a chimney fire is to take a large wet cloth and wind it around the stove pipe just above the stove. The moisture from the cloth forms a cloud of steam inside the pipe which smothers the fire in the chimney almost at once. This method has been proven effective in the case of a fire so fierce that the stove pipe all the way from the stove to the chimney was red hot. The scheme was worked out by the fire department of Appleton from a pointer received in a casual observation and is now in use in the Appleton fire department in cases of chimney fires to the exclusion of all other methods. The chief beauty of the plan is its simplicity and the ease with which it can be used by anyone. Simply saturate a large cloth with water, wind it around the stove pipe at any point where it is hot, the hot ter the better, and the steam generated inside will do the rest. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY U, 1907. THE NEWJXCHAM Rural Telephone Headquarters Now Established in Brick Build- ing on First Street. Switchboard of Three Hundred Pair Drop Capacity Has Been In- stalled in Exchange. There ace but few men in any com munity so enterprising and public spirited as Dr. T. L. Armitage. Long before the ruins of the building which he recently occupied had ceased to smoulder the doctor had put into execution plans for a new home for the Rural Telephone exchange, of which he is president. Immediately following the fire Dr. Armitage purchased^the brick build ing one door west of the First Na tional bank of Princeton from L. S. Lil?by. He then placed a force of men at work to remodel the building and divide it into as many rooms as will be necessary. At the same time another crew of men was busily in staring the telephone instruments anduhe wires were being rearranged on the street poles and connected with the new switchboard. The telephone exchange is being divided into four rooms, as follows: A store room, operating room, clerks' room, and Dr. Armitage's main office. These rooms will be fitted up with a special view to their convenience everything will be in the most mod ern style. The switchboard is of the latest standard metallic pattern and is equipped with long-distance hearing arrangements. It is a 300-pair drop board, 100 pair more than the board formerly in use. There are 300 rack and head coils, a 200-pair cable, a 100-pair cable across First street and a 25-pair cable from the First Na tional bank to the Carew building to supply the east side of Main street. The Rural telephone exchange is now full operation and the man agement is prepared to add one hun dred more subscribers to the list of patrons. Twenty-three new names have been added to the list since the fire. With everything at Jieadquar-fcers new, the service over the Rural sys tem will now be better than ever. A test of the wires showed from the first that the arrangement was perfect that the audibility was impossible of improvement. Especially is this true of the long-distance connections. The Princeton Rural telephone ex change building is the only one be tween Minneapolis and Duluth owned by the company operating it. Another word for Dr. Armitage. The interest which he has manifested in the progress of the village of Princeton by promptly restoring to working order the Rural telephone system is worthy of consideration by the citizens. The doctor lives among us and has always taken pride in the advancement of Princeton, ren dering all the assistance within his power toward its upbuilding. Miss Blanche Byers a 1 eritable Hero. Miss Blanche Byers returned home on Monday night from McKinney, N. D., where she has been holding down a claim and incidentally teaching school. Miss Blanche is every inch a hero. There are but few girls who would care to inhabit a cabin in the heart of the blizzard region at this time of the year with snow four feet deep and the mercury flitting around the 40 below notch. The cabin which Miss Byers has been occupying is in close proximity to the house of Charles Carlson and family and two of the Carlson girls lived with Miss Blanche a part of the time. Miss Byers' cabin was well equipped with food and fuel, but upon many an occasion subsequent to a blizzard she found much difficulty in finding the open well which supplied her with water. But then of course there was plenty of snow, and that is not so bad for tea or coffee making. There are large quantities of lignite within a few miles of Miss Byers' claim. Miss Byers will not return to Dakota until spring. The new gov ernment regulations make it possible for homesteaders to vacate their claims until May. Teachers' Association. The meeting of the Mille Lacs County Teachers' association next Saturday, February 16, promises to be one of the best. If weather is fair, every teacher in the central and south ern part of the county and those in adjacent territory should attend. These meetings have always proved beneficial. Tt will be all home talent at this meeting, but it is as good as can be obtained anywhere. Mille Lacs county, with its present corps of teachers, is to be congratulated. They are among the best in the state, and those in doubt on this point have a cordial invitation to meet with us and hear their educational talks and papers the day after tomorrow at the Princeton high school assembly hall at 11 a. m. if train is on time, if not at 1:30 p. m. The entire program is good. Superintendent Austin, Superin tendent Palmer, Hon. H. R. Mallette, Miss Bertha Sellhorn, Mrs. H. C. Cooney, Miss Peterson and Apollo male quartet are the main contribut ors. Many others will take part in the discussions. Make a special ef fort to be with us. It will pay you. Guy Ewing, County Superintendent. DEATH OF MRS. PHIIXIPS. Was for a Number of Tears a Resident of Village of Princeton. Mrs. A. N. Phillips died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Heath, in Brainerd, on Thursday. January 31, aged 49 years. Mrs. Phillips' maiden name was Eliza Dunning. She was born in On tario, Canada, on January 15, 1858. In 1867 she came to Princeton with her father, N. G. Dunning, and re mained here until about fifteen years ago, when she moved to Grand Rap ids, Minn., and continued to reside there until the time of her death. She was a sister of Mrs. A. C. Smith and Mrs. John Boyn, both of whom reside in Princeton. The deceased was a consistent mem ber of the Presbyterian church and a lady much esteemed by all with whom she was acquainted. She was well known to many of the people in this village. The funeral was held at Grand Rap ids on Monday, February 3. SALARY INCREASE. Postal Employes W ill Benefit by Passage of Appropriation BUI, As a result of a bill passed by con gress the postal employes in the state of Minnesota will receive as their share of a salary increase the sum of $309,000. There are about 500 clerks in postoffices in the state who will come in for a $100 increase, the total of which will be $59,000. Then there are about 520 letter carriers who will get a slight increase, the total to which class will be $52,000. There are some 300 railway postal clerks in the state, who will also get $100 a year, or $30,000 in all. That which is of more importance in the country districts is, however, the fact that an appropriation is also made by this bill for an increase in the salaries of rural free delivery car riers. This increase will amount to $120 per year. In Minnesota there are 1,400 rural mail carriers. Had a Falling Ont. Judge John M. Harlan and James B. McCreary canvassed Kentucky together as the republican and demo cratic candidates for governor thirty years ago, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer. They traveled about the state on a joint debating trip, and in many small mountain places had to sleep in the same bed. They were warm, personal friends, and so did not object to this intimacy. One night Mr. Harlan got into bed first. Senator McCreary was not far behind, and just as he entered the bed Judge Harlan raised his bulky form he is a large manand said, in his stentorian voice: "McCreary, there is one thing certain, the next gov ernor of Kentucky is in this bed." As he spoke the bed slats broke, and Judge Harlan rolled to the floor. Senator McCreary caught and held himself in bed, and as Judge Harlan reached the floor, said: "John, you are right, the next gov ernor of Kentucky is still in this bed." Another Good Indian. An Indian was found dead in the road between Page and Locke's place yesterday afternoon by a settler named Peterson. The remains were brought to Milaca but Coroner H. P. Bacon decided the man had frozen to death and the body was taken to Mille Lacs lake for burial by relatives. Several bottles of whiskey were found on the body and the Indian evidently laid down in the road while drunk and the cold weather did the rest. His name was John Hanks.Milaca Times. Dr. Whiting Passes Away. As we go to press we learn from Dr. Cooney that Dr. Whiting of Spencer Brook died at 9:30 o'clock last night. The cause of Dr. Whiting's death was pneumonia, from which he had suf fered for two or three weeks. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church, Spencer Brook, next Sunday afternoon at 2 p. m. TOLUME XXXI. NO. 8 THE POTATO MARKET Slightly Stronger Tone Has Prevailed During Week But Car Situa- tion is Still Unchanged. Immense Quantities off Potatoes De- tained at St. Paul Awaiting Cars for Transference. A slightly stronger tone has per vaded the local potato market during the week and prices on some varieties have shown a slight advance despite the inadequate shipping facilities ob tainable. Growers, knowing that spring is fast approaching and realizing that an advance in price is scarcely to be expected under the present outlook, are marketing their stock as fast as it is possible to bring it to the ware houses. The buyers have so far pur chased every load that has been brought in, but their warehouses are at this time filled almost to their hold ing capacity. Car shortage is the prime difficulty with which the buyers have to con tend. They are handicapped by this shortage in filling their orders and some of these orders, especially for Triumphs, have been in hand for months. This is principally the rea son why Triumphs, which are used for seed in Texas, are at this time of so little value. W. H. Ferrell & Co. have now be tween thirty and thirty-five carloads of potatoes at the St. Paul transfer awaiting shipment and other buyers here have stock at the same place. These potatoesmostly Triumphs have to be transferred to refrigerator cars in order to convey them south, where they are used for seed, aud the expense incurred in keeping men at the transfer for days, and even weeks, to care for these cars before suitable transportation can be obtained not only takes all the buyers' profit but entails a loss to them. The season is getting late for the sale of Triumphs and the prices are expected to go even lower than at present in consequence of inadequate transportation facilities. About thirty cars of potatoes were shipped from this point during the week and the orders on hand at the various warehouses aggregate at least five hundred cars. Thus the inability of the warehousemen to ship must necessarily result in a loss not only to themselves but to the farmers who produce the potatoes. Adjuster's Figures. The following was handed to the i on by I. C. Patterson. Mr. Pat terson states that the figures hereun der are those furnished him by Mr. Stinson, adjuster for the National In surance company of Hartford, Conn., after examination of his (Mr. Patter- son's) invoices, etc., subsequent to the recent fire. No insurance was carried upon the fixtures of the Patterson store. Purchases per invoices examined Express paid.. Freight paid Drayage paid Total purchases Deduct sales as evidenced by sales cash and bank book S?1G 233 92 Less 20 per cent profit 2,703 65 Deduct goods used in family sixteen months at $25 per month Depreciation 10 per cent Deduct goods saved Stock on hand $10,110 76 51 94 334 29 2 35 16 529 24 $13 52S 27 83 000.97 403 00 62 600 97 260 09 ?2 3^0 88 31 19 $2,305 G9 An Unconscious Humorist. ''There were two men in a scrim mage in front of the bank today," said Mr. Biggs at the supper table, "and it looked pretty bad for one of them. The biggest one grabbed a stick, and I thought he was going to knock the other's brains out, so, of course, I jumped in between them." The family had listened with rapt attention, and as Mr. Biggs paused in his narrative the young heir, whose respect for his father's bravery is im measurable, proudly remarked: "He couldn't knock any brains out of you, could he, father?"Chicago Journal. AT NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL. Claire Cravens was operated upon on Saturday by Dr. Cooney for ap pendicitis. The boy was in an ad vanced stage of the disease but is rapidly progressing toward recovery. Ole Olson of Pease was successfully operated upon by Dr. Cooney for ap pendicitis on Tuesday. Mrs. Scott of Elk River was sub jected to a surgical operation on Friday. She is progressing favora bly toward recovery. When He Is and when He Isn't. A dead man is soon forgottenun less he died insolvent.Chicago News.