THE PRINCETON UNION
BY R. O. DUNN.
Pwllislfc*l *rmry fetarsdasr.
TIRM8-S1.0 0 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE.
S1.25 I NOT PAID IN ADVANCE.
OPPIOEI FIRST ST.. EAST OF COURTHOUSE.
Q. I. STAPLES,
THOS. H. PROWSB,
St. Louis has settled its brewery
strike and again is the water of the
Big Muddy being converted into bock
Moscow has a citizen named Bomb
inski. He will be placed in Siberia's
cold storage as a precaution against
a possible explosion.
There will be no kick over the in
crease of the governor's salary from
$5,000 to $7,000. Col. O'Day's stipend
should also have been boosted.
The Red Wing Republican thinks
that ofttimes an artist's perfect model
is a mighty poor model for other peo
Evelyn, for instance.
Emperor William contemplates plac
ing one of his sons in an American
university. The young man is prob
ably anxious to become a football
A democratic paper publishes a list
of the unterrified who are "in the
public eye." A perusal of this list
satisfies us that the public knows who
will bear watching.
Another insurrection, instigated by
the Japs, is said to be brewing in the
Philippines. Spain should be thank
ful that America took the Philippine
elephant off its hands.
Some of the papermakers are on
strike. This will of course compel the
trust to advance prices of material a
trifle in order to meet the loss sus
tained by the shutdown.
The hullabaloo over the holding of
railroad passes by state legislators
having subsided, it will now be safe
for the solons to dig up their hidden
annuals and use them again.
While the legislature is engaged in
making heavy appropriations for the
state fair it would not be a bad idea
to increase the amounts doled out to
county fairs fifteen or twenty cents.
Bachelors of Atlantic City have
organized a "Lemon" club. Scarcely
a more appropriate name could have
uby the bunch of beings
who have taken vows to ever remain
The editor of an exchange says that
"Mr. Carnegie, the steal magnate, is
attracting world-wide attention."
"Steel magnet," in the sentence
quoted, would have been more to the
Report comes from Morocco that
Europeans dare not venture out of
doors for fear of assassination. Peo
ple who settle in such countries when
states like Minnesota are open to
them deserve no sympathy.
A memorial to Dr. Ohage in the
shape of a drinking fountain is being
advocated in St. Paul. A memorial
of this nature would scarcely do jus
tice to the good doctor unless sur
mounted by a smoke consumer.
There are not very many second
term records made in either branch
of the state legislature this year.
This censure on the part of the Cen
sor is rather censorious.
In a contemporary we read these
words: "Duluth is a city of bluffs."
It is. But there is no bluff about the
steel plant, the flower gardens, the
picturesque landscape or the zephyrs
that Mary tells of in the News Trib
Governor Johnson has signed the
two-cent fare bill. This does not
necessarily mean that the bill will go
into effect upon the day stipulated
May 1or at any other time, as liti
gation will in all probability ensue to
test the constitutionality of the meas
The good old state of Texas is fast
deteriorating. Governor Campbell
has signed the bill making gambling
a felony. The bill provides a peni
tentiary sentence for any person found
engaging in a game of chance and a
jail sentence for those convicted of
operating gambling devices!
Mr. Carnegie has given $6,000,000
to the institutes in Pittsburg founded
by him. Andrew makes less ado
about handing out a sum of this size
than does many a man in passing a
nickel into the church contribution
Three indictments have been found
by a Wisconsin grand jury against
John Dietz of Cameron and his arrest
by a military force recommended.
Wisconsin militiamen have already
commenced to send in their resigna
Taft is on the isthmus of Panama
stirring the political pot and the
mosquitoes. The boys at work on the
ditch have all promised to stick to
himshould he run for presidentas
tenaciously as the mosquitoes are do
Roseau Region: When you attempt
to belittle a good home paper you
cast the principal slur upon yourself.
We always laugh when we hear such a
fellow. It makes us think of a man
sitting down on an automatic kicking
machine and enjoying himself.
John Elmore of Altoona, Pa., has
made the discovery that two parts of
hard coal ashes and one part of soft
coal will keep a fire burning at white
heat for two hours. The discovery is
important from the fact that it is
about the only thing on record that
could not be controlled by a trust.
That Senator J. M. Hackney of St.
Paul would make an ideal candidate
for lieutenant governor at the next
election is the opinion of the Farming
ton Tribune. No better man any
where for the position than Mr. Hack
ney. But unfortunately he is ineligi
ble next year. See section 9, article 4,
Grover Cleveland used to say that a
surplus in the treasury is dangerous.
Of course he meant the federal treas
ury, and therefore took precaution
against such danger by shoveling the
shekels into his private depository
until something like $11,000,000 had
accumulated. At least he is accred
ited with performing this trick.
Within a period of six years, it is
asserted, Abe Ruef has accumulated a
million dollars. Members of various
trusts have cleared up more than that
in less time and by equally unscrupu
lous methodspublic robbery. But
the difference lies in the fact that Ruef
can be readily reached by the laws
while the trusts cannotor, at any
rate, they have not.
One of St. Paul's oldest, best be
loved and most distinguished citizens,
Hon. Stanford Newel, passed away
at his home in that city last Saturday
evening. He was minister to the
Hague from 1897 to 1905 he had not
sought the positionit was tendered
him by President McKinley. He was
a polished gentleman, noted for his
unfailing courtesy and kindness of
An eastern paper refers to Minne
sota as "the state of litigation," and
then summarizes the legal fights in
which the state has been engaged and
the enormous amount of money ex
pended for prosecuting suits frorr.
which has accrued "not one iota of
benefit to the commonwealth." It
begins with a review of the Van Sant
merger fiasco and winds up with the
Young injunction farce, and then adds
that "the taxpayers of Minnesota
must be exceptionally easy-going to
permit of their money being squan
dered by men whose sole aim is per
Mr. Harrimaln having knocked out
Mr. Stuyyesant Pish, Mrs. Harriman
will now proceed to knock out mrs.
Stuyvesant'Fish. The former's ambi
tion is to lead the New York four
hundred, a bunch of snobs whidh is
noV being towed around by the latter.
To begin with the^ Harrimans will
build a mansion which will make the
Fish place look in comparison like a
shanty. During its construction Mrs.
Harriman will resort to all manner of
strategy in an attempt to land the
leadership of the snobocracy, and it
may even be necessary for her to pull
Mrs. Fish's hair. It does us good to
see a snob knocked out even though
another snob turns the trick.
A suggestion to the^ legislature:
Deal liberally with the high schools.
Increase the amount of state aid to
high schools at least 100 per cent. In
many villages and towns of the state
the tax levied for the support of high
schools is a grievous burden. The high
schools are largely the colleges of the
children of the common people. The
state university is not the whole thing.
It is declared upon good authority
that a corruption fund of $5,000,000
has been raised by Hearst, Harriman
and Rockefeller to defeat, in the next
congress, the policies of President
Roosevelt. By keeping close tab on
the manner in which congressmen vote
at the next session it may be possible
to determine who among them have
been successfully approached by the
The threatened strike on the western
railroad system has been averted as a
consequence of influence brought to
bear upon the situation by representa
tives of the federal government. Both
railroads and trainmen made conces
sionsthe difficulty was successfully
arbitrated. Disputes of this kind
should at all times be amicably settled
in like manner. Strikes invariably
prove disastrous to both employer
Don't forget to amend that infamous
game and fish law!Fairmont Inde
Amend ithow? By requiring a
farmer's boy to take out a license and
secure the gracious permission of
some political roustabout before he
dare shoot a crow on his father's
land? By appropriating another
$45,000 to be expended by political
rounders in the next campaigng
only proper way to amend "that in
famous law" is to wipe it off the stat
Advertising may attract a few im
migrants to Minnesota, but it will re
quire good roads to keep them here.
The legislature should not ad
journ without submitting to the vot
ers a wide open good roads amend
ment to the constitutionan amend
ment that will enable the legislature to
provide means for the betterment of the
public highways. Nothing practical
will ever be accomplished under sec
tion 16, article 9 of the state constitu
tion and the subsequent legislation
There is trouble in the pure food
department of the argicultural bureau
over that momentous question, What
should constitute whisky? While Doc
Wiley contends that the snake-bite
cure should consist of nothing but
spiritus frumenti, old man Wilson in
sists that whisky is whisky even when
mixed with other ingredients, and
thinks that the manufacturers of such
compounds should be entitled to the
use of the government label"pure
These fellows should quit their wran
gling and adopt the label appropriate
to all sorts and conditions of whisky,
We admire the members of the legis
lature who had the nerve and good
sense to vote to increase the pay of
their successors in office. The attor
ney general is undoubtedly right in
his contention that if the bill which
provides for increased compensation
becomes a law those whotvoted for it
are not disqualified from serving two
years hence. Section 7, article 9 of
the constitution expressly provides
that the compensation of members may
be prescribed by law. The only in
hibition is that the increase shall not
take effect during the period for which
the member of the existing house of
representatives may have been elected.
Ex-Congressman Haldor E/Boen is
not pleased witti1
the world or the peo-
pie that, inhabit it. The last issue of
his paper, the Fergus Falls Globe,
contained a lurid editorial under the
caption of A Barren World Bitter,"
of which the closing paragraph here
with Reproduced is a tame*sample:
O, for the power to suspend life by
a mandate6f my will! The slave in
chains the king on ^iis throne*, the
pauper in the almshouse the million
aire in his palace the toiler in the
fieldevery human and animal life
would this instant cease. This world,
this earththe abode of vice and vir
tue, of pain, poverty and oppression,
of joy and sorrowwould be spinning
through space devoid of animal life
until "time shall be no more!"
MORE FARMER LEGISLATORS.
More genuine farmer legislators are
needed in our state legislature. There
are too many jaw-smith lawmakers.
The farmer member may be slow to
arrive at conclusions, occasionally an
obtuse one is met with, but his vote is
generally recorded on the right side
of every question that vitally affects
the interests of the people. In every
township there are intelligent farmers
who read and think as well as work
many of them are better informed on
current events than the average lawyer
or business man. The Union wants
to see more of this class of farmers in
our legislative halls, and here and
now it wishes to go on record as fa
voring a farmer legislator from this
county a year hence. Mille Lacs
county is purely an agricultural county
and its next representative should be
In commenting on the Union's
reference to Col. A. L. Ward, the rich
and gifted editor and publisher of the
Fairmont Independent, his fellow
townsman, Hon. Frank O'Day, has
this to say:
Col. Ward runs his newspaper or
rather newspapers (he is supposed to
own several here in Martin county) as
a matter of diversion. He has more
fun than a box of monkeys in prod
ding his enemies and taffying his
friends So far as making money is
concerned' that is a secondary con
sideration. He is for LaFollette be
cause at heart he is a democrat and
believes that the Wisconsin statesman
is right in flocking with the democrats
and roasting the tar out of the big
boodling bosses who are running the
g. o. p. Col. Ward is certainly mak
ing a creditable record as a newspa
per man and rumor has it that his
standing in the profession is such that
he is quite liable to be the next presi
dent of the state editorial association.
So long as he continues to second the
Sentinel in boosting LaFollette and
fighting the unholy combinations we
are pleased to extend him the hand of
In ^another column appears an arti
cle from the St. Cloud Times relative
to the letter from an old veretan at
the Soldiers' Home which appeared in
the Union a couple of weeks ago.
It will be remembered that the veteran
claimed that the inmates of the home
were dissatisfied with the management
and argued in favor of putting the in
stitution under the jurisdiction of the
state board of control. The Union
suggested that a committee of the leg
islature quietly visit the home and as
certain whether or not there was just
cause of complaint. Capt. James
Compton, the commander of the home,
is personally known to the editor of
this paper, and we can truthfully say
he is a gentleman of the strictest in
tegrity, generous and sympathetic.
Nevertheless, no harm could result
from an investigation of the charges
made by the author of the letter which
gave rise to the Times' comments.
President Butler of Columbia' uni
versity, who recently returned from
San Francisco, upholds the Califor
nians in their action against the admis
sion of Japs into the public schools.
He says in part:
"The California sentiment on the
Japanese question has not been made
entirely clear The whole school
question about which the recent dis
cussion arose turned in reality upon
the admresion or exclusion of adult
Japanese side by side with little chil
dren in the public schools, learning
the English language. As to the un
wisdom of this there can hardly be
President Butler's conclusion is
right. There are few, if any, Ameri
can parents who would willingly con
sent to let their children sit side by
side in school with adult Japanese,
and for good reasonthese orientals
are among the most Immoral people
on the face of the earth.
In looking backward -Representa
tives Jefferson and Bjorge should not
permit the mist of prejudice to shut
from their view the notorious twin
cj&yribax-dodgers. That the iron mines
are under-assessed no one will seri
ously dispute, but the same is true of
the jobbing houses and manufacturing
plants of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Today is the time to do things to
morrow is the time to do nothing.
Nothing Costa More,
Nothing costs more than the things
we try to get for nothing.Chicago
OPINIONS OF EDITORS
Hort on in Hot Water.
Since Representative Horton intro
duced his anti-treating bill he has
been kept in hot water till he is nearly
prostrated with the heat.Big Forks
A Sad Day.
It will be a sad day when the states
surrender control of the railroads or
the management of any other privi
leges to the general government.
Don't try it! The people won't stand
it.Lake Crystal Union.
A Wise Move.
The Minnesota house did a wise
thing in itself killing the tonnage tax
bill. The last obstacle to the grand
march forward of northern Minnesota,
led by Duluth and its great steel
plant, is now removed and the whole
state will profit far more than it would
have done from a tonnage tax.Du
Seward Does Things.
Among the men who are doing
things in the senate is V. B. Seward
of this district. He has framed, in
troduced and succeeded in passing
through the senate several measures
of importance and no bill of any con
sequence comes to the senate but that
Mr. Seward takes an active part for
or against its passage. There are few
districts as well and none better rep
resented in the senate than the Seven
The attorney general of Minnesota
hasn't jarred loose an "opinion" for
quite a space.
A local option bill ought to be
passed if for nothing else than to see
the genial governor skate about on
We trust that the Hon. Ed. T.
Young and Col. G. S. Loftus have
not been lost in the recent unpleas
Colonel "Tony" Schaefer's guber
natorial boom is stillvery stillin
the hands of Colonel Frank A. Day.
A VETERAN EDITOR DEAD.
H. Hall Suddenly Stricken While Await
ing Arrival of Physician.
Harlan P. Hall, the Nestor of Min
nesota journalism, died suddenly from
heart failure in the office of Dr. G. M.
Coons, St. Paul, a little after 2 o'clock
on Tuesday afternoon while waiting
to consult his physician, Dr. Archi
bald MacLaren, whose office was at
that time closed. He had passed his
sixty-eighth year and his death oc
curred upon the forty-fifth anniver
sary of his marriage. At the time of
his death he was clerk of the senate
committee on general legislation.
H. P. Hall was born in Ravenna,
Ohio, and when but 8 years of age
he commenced setting type in his
father's newspaper office. In after
years he studied law and was admitted
to the bar, but relinquished his pro
fession and in 1862 arrived in St.
Paul, where he secured work as a
compositor on the Press. From com
positor he beeame reporter, then edi
tor. In 1865 he became one of the pro
prietors of the Press. He was the
founder of the St. Paul Dispatch, the
Globe, the Morning Call, the Daily
.News and other papers.
Mr. Hall was the most versatile
newspaperman in the state and prob
ably the most learned. He was thor
oughly versed in political history,
and possessed a remarkable memory.
Without hesitation he could at any
time give the exact dates of every im
portant event which has transpired in
the state and a detailed description
Mr. Hall's career was one of con
tinual activityhe loved to work
whether that work brought him ade
quate remuneration or not. He was
kind hearted and charitable, and the
world is better that he lived.
Old Pease Would Like to Know.
I would like to know why newspa
pers and country newspapers in par
ticular must always be a target be
cause they charge full legal rates for
legal advertising. The mayor, mem
bers of the council, any office holder
from the highest judge down to a
health officer, is allowed to charge
legal fees and never a kick or whim
per is heard. They are paid without
a grunt or an objection, but just as
soon as a newspaper presents a bill
for legal rates 'there goes up a howl
worthy of a timberwolf. Publishers
to the fees allowed by law
just as much as any other man, and
I object most seriously to this ever
lasting objecting.Gossip in Anoka
An American visiting Dublin told
some startling stones of the height of
New York sky-scrapers.
"Ye haven't seen our newest hotel,
have ye?" asked an Irishman.
"No," replied the Yankee.
"Well," said the Irishman. "It'
so tall that we have to put the two top
stories on hinges.''
"What for?" asked the American.
"So that we can let 'em down while
the mune goes by!"London Tid-Bits.
RELATED BY HIMSELF.
One night a Drummer dreamed a dream
And dreaming dreamed he died,
And straightway to the Pearly Gate,
His sin-stained spirit hied.
And there before the saints he stood
With downcast head and low,
"My record's pretty rank," he said.
"I guess I'm bound below
I've smoked a lot and drank a lot,
Confess it all, I must.
And flirted, too, and then besides
Great Heavens, how I've cussed
The Good St Peter looked at him
With kindly smiling eyes,
But shook his head, "Don't ask," said he.
"A Mansion in the skies
But let me ask some questions, sir,
"Are you a traveling man
The sinner bowed, and in this strain
The Aged Saint began
'You've gotten up at four a
And chased the train a mile
Amid the tram crew's gibes and jeers
A-sounding all the while.
And then you found as usual.
The time card's played its trick,
You ve chased the wrong tram once again
And yours goes out at six.
You've taken some gay merchant out,
And spent a Ten or more,
And then he calmly says he bought
His goods the day before
You've spent your life at bad hotels.
And eaten still worse meals.
With Oleo' and Waiter Girls
All run down at the heels
You've had your letters sent astray,
Your trunks have wandered, too.
With porters, clerks and baggagemen
You're in a constant stew
And once a month you see your wife,
Now tell me, is it so
It is," replied the Drummer
As he took his hat to go
"Ah well, said Good St Peter
As he opened the portal wide,
I'm very glad to meet you, sir,
Just kindly step inside
We'll try and make you happy here,
We'll do the best we can.
You ve served your time in Hades,
For you've been a traveling man
A "Kickin g" Veteran.
The Princeton Union prints a let
ter (without signature) from a vet
eran inmate of the Soldiers' Home, in
which the writer asks Editor Dunn to
use his influence in having the home
placed under the board of control, in
stead of as now the board of trustees,
composed of veterans. The Union
asks why not make the change, if the
old boys desire it:' Certianly. But,
the veterans of the state would be
practically unanimous in opposition
to such a change. The home was left
under charge of the trustees because,
like the inmates, they are veterans
because they have a deep sympathy
for their old comrades because they
can be depended upon to do equal and
exact justice to the dependent survi
vors of the war and to the widows or
orphans of those deceased. The trus
tees serve without compensation, and
the high cnaracter of the gentlemen
who compose the board is a sufficient
guarantee that they will do their duty.
An inmate of the home receives
everything necessary for his comfort:
Board, clothing, medical attendance
when ill, tobacco, etc. Besides ail
this, he now retains all his pension
that is, it is placed to his credit, and
he is allowed to draw out such
amounts as are necessary. When he
leaves the home any balance to his
credit is paid him. Some of the in
mates are dissatisfied with this regu
lation, and think the pension should
all be paid them at once but experi
ence proves this to be unwise, because
of the near proximity to Minneapolis,
and the weakness of human nature.
Probably the Princeton Union
correspondent is one of this kind.
The very day the Union came to
our table we received a letter from an
old comrade in Stillwater, asking if
the amount of "outside relief" granted
by the trustees (they are as liberal as
the fund will permit) could not be in
creased. He is 72 and his wife 70
years of age, ill and unable to work.
They were receiving $6 per month
state aid, and $12 per month govern
ment pension. What a contrast with
the Union' correspondent, who
has every want supplied, and his pen
sion for spending money.
The nation and state has been gen
erous to the veterans of the war.
Those in the homes have much cause
to be thankfulno reason to com
plain. A large majority, yes, nearly
all, are well satisfied. But, there were
kickers in the old army, and there are
kickers todaythey are built that
way.St. Cloud Times.
Limit on His Swear-Off.
A rich man out in the suburbs who
owns a large place has among the
many people employed to keep it in
shape an Irishman of whom he is
particularly fond on account of his
unconscious, wit. This Irishman is
something of a hard drinker, and^ as
hip income is limited, he is more par
ticular as regards the quantity than
the,, quality of his liquids. The other
day the employer, who had been
awaiting a good opportunity, re
marked in a kind tone, as the closing
sentence of a friendly lecture:
"Now, Pat, how long do you think
you can keep on drinking this cheap
To which Pat instantly replied:
"All my life if it doesn't kill me."
xml | txt