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R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Year.
Skeletons of Indian Family Unearthed
in Making Excavations Upon
Townsend Block Site.
Indications That They Were Buried
in the Sand Long Before the
White Settlers Came.
In making excavations upon the
site of the new Townsend block work
men on Saturday unearthed, about
two feet below the surface, skeletons
of two adult Indians and several frag
ments of children's bones. The bones
of the former were in a fairly good
state of preservation but those of the
latter were in an advanced stage of
decay. From indications a brave, a
squaw and their children had been
buried there. That they were the re
mains of Indians was made clear by
the contour of the skulls, the coarse
black hair adhering thereto, the pieces
of birch bark co\ ering the bones and
a primitive clay medallion found near
the smaller adult skeleton. The teeth"
in the jaw bones and the hair adher
ing to the skulls were in an especially
good state of preservation as were
also the pieces of birch bark.
Calculations based upon measure
ments taker of the leg bones by
Father Levings show that the larger
of the two adults was about five feet
nine inches in heighth while the other
was three or four inches shorter. The
medallion is about the size of a half
dollar and made from white clay. In
its center is seemingly imbedded a
small shell, and impressed upon its
suiface are circles of a light blue
color about an eighth of an inch
diameter. Two holes run parallel
through the ornament flatwise for the
purpose of stringing.
It is of course a matter of conjec
ture as to how long these remains had
been buried, but from the primitive
nature of the madallion it is supposed
that they had lain there not less than
a centurymaybe two centuries, or
three. A. B. Damon, "the oldest in
habitant," says that to his knowledge
no Indians have been interred in that
locality within the past fifty years.
The nature of the soildry sandat
the point where the skeletons were
unearthed is highly preservative, and
the fact that the bones7
were much dis-
colored by the iron which they ex
tracted from this sand, and that a por
tion of the hair had taken on a reddish
hue from the same source, seems to
prove that the interment was made in
ages long ago.
Professor Murta, scientist at the
Princeton high school, is in possession
of the skull bones and will make an
attempt to place them together in their
original form.
Martin Brands, who occupied the
store which stood upon the site where
the skeletons were found, is not a
man who believes in spooks, but he
has upon many occasions been un
able to account for peculiar happen
ings in his establishment. Upon enter
ing his store one morning last winter
Mr. Brands found that two of his
show cases had been turned wrong
end too and upon another occasion he
disco\ered a dead dog suspended by a
string from a nail driven into the ceil
ing. He had also heard uncanny
noises issuing from beneath his floor
ing which partook of the nature of
war whoops, but never did he suspect
that a family of savages was buried
there "If Indians' spirits ever come
back from their happy hunting
grounds," says Martin, "then have I
had demonstrations of such."
Opening Northern Minnesota Lands.
Upwards of a quarter of a million
acres of agricultural land in northern
Minnesota will be opened to home
stead settlement July 1 next under
the provisions of the Nelson act of
1889, which provides for readjusting
lands in the ceded portion of the In
dian reservations, as amended by the
Morris act of 1902, which provides for
disposing of the timber, classification
of the lands and the establishment of
a forest reserve.
"The official statement issued by
Land Commissioner Ballinger sets
forth that, pursuant to the provisions
of section 6 of the act of Januray 14,
1889, 229,297.41 acies, being a portion
of ceded lands in Chippewa, Red
Lake, White Earth, Deer Creek and
Fond du Lac Indian reservations in
the state of Minnesota, and classed
as "Agricultural lands" within the
meaning of said class amended by the
act of June 27,1902, will be opened for
settlement and*entered under the pro
visions of the homestead law, with
certain modifications which are speci
fied in the instructions to registers
and receivers at Cass Lake, Crook
ston and Duluth, on and after 9
o'clock a. m., central time, July 1,
"By the act of February 9, 1903, the
provisions of the general townsite
laws were extended to the ceded In
dian lands within the state of Minne
sota. Printed lists of the lands to be
opened to settlement and entry, and
copies of the laws and instructions
governing the disposal of said lands,
may be obtained upon application to
registers and receivers at Cass Lake,
Crookston and Duluth, Minnesota.
"A prior right to enter lands will
not be secured by settling on the lands
before the date of opening."
The above land described will furn
ish homes of 160 acres each to about
1,500 families and it is expected that
there will be a big rush for them.
Especial attention is called by the
department to the strict rule that
"squatters and sooners" will not be
allowed and that it will in no way
help a prospective settler to locate on
land prior to Juuly 1.
Pay Theni Before June 1 Otherwise a
Penalty of Ten Per Cent Is Added.
Have you paid your real estate
tastes yet? If not attend to the matter
at once as a penalty of ten per cent
will be added on and after June 1.
You can pay one-half your real estate
taxes on or before June 1, and no
penalty will accrue on the remaining
half if paid on or, before November 1.
There is no escape from paying taxes
and, if possible, it should be the aim
of everyone to avoid paying costs and
penalties. An additional penalty of
five per cent will be added to unpaid
real estate taxes on the first Monday
of January. Lands sold for taxes, if
unredeemed, become the absolute
property of the state or purchaser
three years from the date of sale.
GOT. Clou en's Involuntary Bath.
An Everett (Wash.) paper is re
sponsible for this:
"Gov. D. M. Clough, manager of
the Clark-Nickerson Lumber company,
opened the bathing season this morn
ing, opened it involuntarily, to be
sure, but opened it, nevertheless, with
a loud splash. Governor Clough is
nothing if not an active manager. He
spends considerable time about the
mill and on the log booms surround
ing the property on the southwestern
side. He believes that a manager
should not confine his energies to
office routine, but should scamper
hither and thither among the buzzing
saws, whirring planers and on the
undulating, slippery surface of the
tethered logs, held in leash in the
briny waiting their turn to be turned
into marketable lumber and timbers.
Governor Clough's ability is some
thing to ponder and emulateif you
have the nerve.
"The manager's inspection this
morning carried him on the boom. He
wanted to see just what the company
had in stock. His energetic stride
carried him o'er the oscillating logs
as light as a summer zephyr. And
then, ker-plunk' the governor dove
with more or less grace into the
watery deep up to his neck, though
whether he entered the briny feet fore
most or head first has not been di
vulged. However, the water at that
point is said to be eight feet deep.
"Fortunately a scaler chanced to be
nigh who hove out the life line to the
floundering mill manager and pulled
him safely in-board. Governor
Clough made a hurried retreat home
ward and donned his Sunday clothes."
Progressive Hamline University
Hamline university, one of the best
institutions of its kind in the United
States, will engage several new pro
fessors for the coming year. It is ex
pected that Professor Walcott of the
Illinois university will assume charge
of the department of philosophy and
psychology. A new preceptress and
an assistant professor of mathematics
will also be engaged.
The hall of science will be enlarged
to furnish new floor space and new
laboratories for the biological depart
ment and an addition will be built on
the west side of the entrance from the
main hall into the chemical labora
tory. This, will be raised another
story and will furnish two or three
large rooms for the use of the bio
logocal department. Two new tennis
courts are being built and the corner
stone of the Carnegie library was laid
on Monday, May 13.
Dr. Bridgman states that the at
tendance at the university this year
has been the largest in the history of
the school. ^Over 400 students have
been enrolled and there are 100 stu
dents at the Hamline medical college
in Minneapolis.
"You say she's had appendicitis!"
"Best ever. She's had appendicitis,
brain storm and been in eighteen
modern railroad wrecks. "Milwaukee
County Boards /lust Appoint County
Superintendents of High-
ways Without Delay.
Town Road Overseers Abolished and
Town Boards flust Appoint
the Road Inspectors.
In an opinion given to George W.
Cooley, engineer of the state highway
commission, Assistant Attorney Gen
eral Simpson holds that the new road
law goes into effect at once. In other
words, chapter 458 general laws of
Minnesota 1907, became effective im
mediately after its approval on April
25, 1907. Here is the text of the opin
"In your oral inquiry today you
call the attention of this office to the
provisions of chapter 458, laws of
Minnesota, 1907, wherein is provided
that in counties of this state having
less than 200,000 inhabitants the
county board 'may' appoint a compe
tent surveyor and road builder as
county superintendent of highways,
who may be the present county sur
veyor and whose compensation shall
be fixed by the county board, and
you ask whether under this provision
of this chapter county boards have a
discretion as to whether or not they
shall appoint such county superin
tendent of highways.
"In reply thereto I beg to advise
that, in my opinion, your inquiry is
to be answered in the negative. The
word 'may' here is to be construed as
shall' under the general rule that the
word 'may' in a statute should be con
strued as 'shall' where the rights of
the public are involved, or where it
is used in a statute to confer power
on public bodies or officers to do a
thing and the public have an interest
that such ^things be done.
Road. Overseers.
"You also call attention to that
provision of this same chapter where
in it provides that 'the office of town
road overseer is hereby abolished and
in place thereof the town board shall
appoint a competent road builder as
road inspector, who shall have
charge, under the direction of the
county superintendent of highways,
of the construction and maintenance
of all roads and bridges in the town
and the provision that the law takes
effect from and after its passage. It
further appears that this law was ap
proved on April 25, 1907, and you ask
whether the office of town road over
seer is now in existence.
"In reply thereto I beg to advise
that, in my opinion, this latter inquiry
as herein limited is to be answereed
in the negative. From and after the
25th day of April, 1907, in counties
having less than 200,000 inhabitants,
the office of road overseer ceased to
exist and in lieu thereof town boards
are required to appoint competent
road builders, who are known as road
inspectors and who shall have charge
under the direction of the county
superintendent of highways of all the
roads and bridges in the town.
"To place any other construction
upon the terms of this law would, it
seems to me, nullify the entire purpose
of the legislature which has just ad
journed, and seemingly impede the
comprehensive scheme undertaken by
it and the legislature of 1905 looking
toward a betterment of the roads of
this state.
"To hold that the word 'may' in
this act is to be construed as permis
sible and not as mandatory would
therefore, in my opinion, not only
violate the law determining what effect
shall be given to this word where the
rights of the public are involved, as
in this case, but would also entirely
destroy the scheme of road supervi
sion thus contemplated.
"To say further that the office of
road overseer is not abolished, con
trary to the express provisions of law,
would in addition cause a conflict of
jurisdiction and in effect destroy the
general plan outlined in this legisla
"In conclusion, permit me to sug
gest that such inspectors should be
appointed by the respective town
boards at the earliest practicable op
To Advertisers.
In order to insure change of ad
vertisements in the Princeton Union
copy for such changes should be
brought to the office not later than
Tuesday noon of the week of publica
tion. This is absolutely necessary in
consequence of the large amount of
other matter which comes in upon the
day previous to publication.
Ssore Disappointment.
There are few disappointments equal
to an onion-flavored kiss from a
good-looking girl.Atchinson Globe.
Miss Lizzie Townsend, One of Prince-
ton's Fairest Daughters, Be-
comes His Happy Bride.
The Ceremony Performed by Rev.
Lawson at Residence of Mr.
Raleigh Pope in Mora.
Last Friday evening, at the resi
dence of Mr. Raleigh Pope in Mora,
two of Princeton's most popular
young people, Mr. Arthur C. Howard
and Miss Lizzie Townsend, were de
clared man anfl wife by the Rev. Mr.
Lawson, pastor of the M. E. church at
that place. The wedding was a quiet
affair, only a few of the intimate
friends of the high contracting parties
being present. The bridegroom is a
native-born Princetonian and a grad
uate of our high schoolclass of 1896.
He has taught school for five or six
years in this county and has just com
pleted an eight-months term in district
No. 17. In every respect Mr. Howard
is a model young man, and he will be
heard from in the future. The bride
is one of Princeton's fairest daughters
and deservedly popular with all who
have the pleasure of her acquaintance
she has also been engaged in teaching
and has just finished her second term
in the Rice Creek district, Kanabec
county. In a few days Mr. Howard
leaves for Minot, N. D., to accept a
lucrative position that has been ten
deied himMrs. Howard will follow
later. May happiness and prosperity
ever be the lot of this well-mated
The South Line Bridge.
A few weeks since mention was made
in these columns of the deplorable
condition of the new pile bridge
across the Rum river immediately
south of the village. Since then the
bridge has been partially repaired
and at the persent writing is passa
ble. But the repairs are of a tempo
rary sort and the next freshet will
cerfainly wash out the western ap
proach. If a bridge is to be main
there it should be an iron
stricture with a forty or fifty feet
s^a over the main channel of the
river and a piling approach should
be extended thirty or forty feet, to the
westward. The road leading to the
bridge from the foot of the Fredericks
hill should be elevated and brush,
which can be had in abundance in the
immediate vicinity, should be freely
used to prevent washing out. But all
this will require money, and the ques
tion is, can the town of Princeton
afford to make the expenditure? Per
haps a part of the amount necessary
could be raised by public subscrip
Revere the DeadHonor the laving.
In Duluth a citizens' auxiliary to
the G. A. R. has been organized. The
object of the auxiliary is to relieve the
old soldiers of the care and worry in
cident to the proper observance of
Memorial Day. The brave old boys
who wore the blue in the sixties are
getting well along in years and it is
meet and proper that the responsibil
ity of the day's exercises in com
memoration of their departed com
rades should be shifted to younger
shoulders. The movement started in
Duluth should become ^general. Why
not organize an auxiliary in Prince
ton? In any event the citizens gen
erally should lend a hand. The veter
ans are too few and many of them
too feeble to attend to all the details.
Some of the old boys may prefer to
march in the procession and take ac
tive part in the ceremonies, but car
riages should be provided for every
veteran who cares to ride. Bestrew
the graves of the soldier dead with
the most fragrant blossoms of May,
and make it pleasant for the men who
fought and marched in the sixties and
who are still with us on Memorial
Comrades, Attention!
All members of Wallace T. Rines
post No. 142, and other veterans of
the civil war are invited to assemble
at Grand Ai'my hall, on Sunday, May
26, at 9:30 a. m., and march to the
Congregational church to attend
Memorial service. By order of
Charles Judkins, Commander.
Attest: A. Z. Norton. Adjutant.
Potatoes Hold Strong:.
Chicago.The potato market here
has gone jumping upward again this
week and prices are 10 to 12 cents
higher than last week, with indica
tions for further advances, as outside
markets appear to be buying freely
and in many cases are higher than
ruling prices here.
New potatoes are moving in a small
way and do not really cut much fig-
ure in the general situation. Just
how soon the movement of new stock
will be heavy enough to make much
impression is a question that time
alone can tell. Those who are in
close touch with the deal figure that it
will be two or three weeks at least and
some say there will pot be many new
potatoes to take the place of old stock
for a month.
It is nearly a foregone conclusion
that potato prices for some time to
come will continue high. At no time
has the feeling been stronger in old
potatoes and some dealers figure that
the highest price has not yet been
paid. The demand seems to be hold
ing up wonderfully and it is believed
that the free buying is a sure sign of
a better market.
Altogether the potato situation
looks very strong, and unless the un
expected happens ic will be surprising
to a number of operators if higher
prices are not seen before the deal is
over.The Packer.
Princeton High School Defeats Elk River
in an Exciting Game.
The Princeton high school ball team
on Saturday played at Elk River the
high school team of tjhat place, Not
withstanding the day was 'cold and
windy a good sized crowd was present
to root for the contestants.
At 2:30 the game was called and
Will Roos of the Princeton nine was
the first to bat. He was hit by the
first ball thrown by Davis and went
thereon to first base. Roos was
followed by Jesmer, who made a base
hit. Kaliher then made a three
bagger, scoring Roos, while Jesmer
was caught at the plate. This stirred
the boys up to renewed activity and
they went at It hammer and tongs.
Elk River gained a run in the fourth
inning and Princeton followed with
four. This ended the scoring for
Princeton, but Elk River ran in two
more scores in the eighth, which made
the outcome of the game 5 to 3 in
favor of the Princeton* boys.
While the weather was too cold for
good playing both sides demonstrated
that they were in fine condition.
Davis, who pitched for Elk River, is
a cool, determined playerone of the
best in this part of the country.
Every one of the Princeton boys
played well, but the work of Albert
Angstman in left field was exception
ally good. He took everything which
came his way.
Princeton made a total of eleven
hits and Elk River seven.
A return game will be played at the
fair grounds in Princeton next Satur
day, and an exciting contest may be
The score and line up of the game
at Elk River is as follows:
Wm Roos, 2b
1/ Jesmer. 3b
Kaliher rf
A Roos, cl
S Shaw, ss
A Angstman If
TJmbehocker, lb
A Burke,
Elk River-
Martin If
Anderson cf
W Anderson, lb
Blanchett, ss
Castle 2b
Hmdlej rf
Hill 3b
Dav is
5 0 1 2 2 1
4 1 0 1 0 0
4 2 0 2 0 0
3 1 0 1 0 0
1 1 1 1 3 2
1 1 1 i 0 0
3 117 0 1
4 2 1 2 11 1
4 2 0 8 0 0
33 11 5 27 16 5
0 0 1
2 0 0
4 0
0 0
0 0
Totals 37 6 3 27 8 7
Struck out by Burk 8 base on balls 2 Struck
out by Davis 5, base on balls 1 Umpires, Jay
Rogers and Tyler
Mr. Robbins' Contribution to History.
The story of the Ojibway or Chip
pewa Indians by Mr. D. H. Robbins
in this issue will prove interesting to
many of our readers. That the Mille
Lacs Chippewas rendered signal ser
vice to the government and the white
settlers at the time of the Sioux out
break in 1862 is an undeniable histor
ical fact that the faithful Chippewas
were illy requited for their friendship
for the whites and their loyalty to the
government cannot be gainsaid. We
cannot agree with Mr. Robbins when
he says that the late A. H. Wilder had
no personal knowledge of how the
pine on the Mille Lacs reservation was
obtained by his partner, the late D. M.
Sabin. But we give the story as
written by Mr. Robbins and, on the
whole, we believe it will be found to
be substantially correct. It will prove
a valuable contribution to the history
of Mille Lacs county.
Man a Pretender.
When a man sneaks away from his
office to go to the races he pretends
he doesn't know what horse won so
his family will think he went to the
funeral of a relative.New York
Something: Wrong:.
There is something wrong with the
minister who preaches eternal happi
ness and is unable to generate a
smile.Chicago News.
The Way They Get It.
Some people borrow trouble others
buy it by the glass or bottle.Atchin
son Globe.
Village Council Meets and Decides
Upon Coarse to Pursue in Sys-
tematizing Street Level.
Owners of Condemned Sidewalks Must
Remove Same Within Ten Days
After Receiving Notice.
An adjourned meeting of the village
council was held on Friday evening
with all members present.
The first question considered was
the allowance of a bill presented by
Delia McCue for nursing Minnie
Bach during the time she was suffer
ing from an attack of measles, the
amount of such bill being $30. Upon
motion the bill was ordered paid.
The grading of First street was then
taken up, and after considerable dis
cussion in which various suggestions
were put forth, it was decided as fol
lows: To take the railroad crossing
as a basis of grade at the depot and
from that point to let the street run
to the crosswalk at Charles Keith's
corner, which is two feet above grade
from there it will gradually slope
down to the crosswalk at the south
east corner of Mrs. Rines' property.
At this point it will be necessary to
raise the crosswalk 16 inches in order
to make it conform to the grade of
Mrs. Rines' sidewalk which will ter
minate at that place.
In the matter of bringing the power
house floor down to grade a commit
tee of two was appointed to make ex
amination of said floor with a view
to making the necessary alterations.
The condemnation of sidewalks was
then considerd and a motion prevailed
that all walks recommended by the
committee as unfit for use be con
demned and property owners notified
to remove the same within ten days,
and that in default the street commis
sioner perform such work.
It was decided that no action be
taken in the matter of widening the
sidewalk from the Evens' hardware
store corner to the Roos corner until a
petition for such change be presented
by the property owners.
Council then adjourned.
Another Meeting:.
Another meeting of the council was
called for Tuesday night to further
consider the matter of grade, but in
consequence of the absence of Council
man Craig and the fact that Council
man Jones desired to attend lodge the
subject was not taken up.
The bid of Louis Wicen for a stan
dard main as advertised was read and
laid over for consideration at a
special meeting to be held on May 22.
The prices submitted in bid were as
follows: $1.50 per foot for 6-inch pipe
and $1.10 per foot for 4-inchto in
clude hydrants.
Charlie Ryther Bobbed of $9.75.
Chas. Ryther, a Princeton boy em
ployed by Alfred Gumbrill, was re
lieved of $9.25 by a thief in Milaca on
Wednesday morning. The money was
inclosed in a purse and placed by the
boy in a pocket of his coat. This
coat he hung upon a hook in the
Thompson boarding house and, with
Ira Bullis, made a trip of inspection
to the Foley-Bean sawmill. When he
returned the money was gone. He
suspected a number of dagoes who
were stopping at the same house.
These dagoes, who were bound for
Minneapolis, came down upon the
same train as the boy yesterday morn
ing, and upon reaching here Sheriff
Shockley and Deputy Sheriff Kaliher,
who had been notified by phone, were
on hand and went through the pockets
of the Italians. No trace of the purse
was however found. Charlie feels
much cast down over the loss of the
money for which he had worked hard.
Notice to school Officers.
School officers who have not re
ceived blanks for state aid should
notify this office at their earliest con
venience, and have same forwarded to
secure proper data before the teachers
of this school year go away. It has
been my endeavor to supply each
school, but a number of statements
were sent in last year that blanks had
been soiled or mislaid. The number
of blanks sent out this year *to this
office have not been numerous, and for
that reason care must be taken in the
use of those now on hand.
Fill in an answer to every question
required and see that the part of the
blank for the teacher is also filled.
Rulings from the department of public
instruction are to be closely followed
or application may not be considered,*
and thus your district may lose $125
or $250 by a little carelessness.
Guy Ewing, County Superintendent.
News and Scandal.
A woman calls it news if she tells it
and scandal if anybody else does.
New York Press.

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