Rev. Father Levings Dispatched on
Errand While Fifty Parishion-
ers Invade His Home.
Upon Return He Enters With Spirit of
Enthusiasm Into Joke Which
Was Played on Him.
Friday, June 7, was the thirty-fifth
anniversary of Rev. Father Levings'
birthday, and that good man's
parishioners sought to make the oc
casion one of pleasant commemora
tion by preparing a little surprise for
him. With that end in view they de
vised a plan to get Father Levings
away from home for a sufficient time
to permit them to arrange the details
of the reception. He was accordingly
dispatched on an "important" errand
up town. Incidentally he met J. J.
Skahen and that gentleman entered
into an elaborate discussion with him
on some topic or otner which lasted at
least half an hour. This was sufficient
time, thought Mr. Skahen, to admit
of the necessary preparations at the
house being perfected, and he strolled
home with Father Levings for com
pany's sake. Arriving at Father
Levings' house Mr. Skahen was in
vited in, and immediately upon open
ing the door Miss Carmody, the
housekeeper, informed the father that
he was wanted at the long distance
'phone. As he hurried through the
reception room to answer the 'phone
he asked Miss Carmody to "please
turn on the lights." And when those
lights were turned on Father Levings
discovered about fifty of his parish
ioners sitting around. They had
been "breathing in whispers," as Bill
Nye said, awaiting Father Le\ings'
coming, and now that the cat was
the bag they engaged in a
laugh. Taken by surprise
Levings was at first non
but remembering it was his
birthday anniversary and gaining his
usual composure, he heartily wel
comed those who had gathered to
honor him. He knew now that he had
been dispatched up town on a wild
goose chase, but he entered into the
joke with enthusiasm.
Upon the center table of the room
rested a birthday cake of pyramidal
form and artistically embellished.
This was surrounded with tiers of
candles, numbering in all thirty-five
representative of Father Levings'
age Each tier represented an epoch
in Father Levings' career, from the
time he entered the university to the
present day. Father Levings' name
encircled the base of the cake. Flow
ers and fruits surrounded the cake,
and when the candles were lighted
the electric lights having been turned
downthe scene piesented was a very
A number of games were played, re
freshments partaken of, and J. J.
Skahen, in behalf of the parishioners,
piesented Father Levings with a purse
of monej as a token of the good
wishes, good will and high esteem in
which he is held. Father Levings
made response in a short speech im
bued with kindly feeling and appreci
Rev Father Levings has ministered
to the spiritual welfare of the Prince
ton Catholic church for nine years
and during the whole of that time he
has worked hard for the benefit of
humanitjhe has performed his duty
well. Father Levings is a man be
loved by the people of Princeton gen
erally regardless of their religious
beliefs. He is a man who knows not
an enemy in the community wherein
Bill Kalitier Takes \acation.
Bill Kaliher, the barber, is taking
his annual vacation. As exercise was
what he mostly yearned for his wife
suggested that he split two or three
cords of wood. Bill split a quarter
of a cord, chopped into his shoe laces
and was brought to with restoratives.
He then went fishing and was com
pelled to give up in consequence of
rheumatism contracted while disen
tangling a spoonhook from a log. He
has now sufficiently recovered, how
ever, to be enabled to apply a coat of
Erinic paint to his house, but by to
morrow we expect to hear that he is
suffering from lead poisoning. About
the only thing that Bill is good for is
wielding the whiskers scythe, and at
that he is a cracker jack.
Anarchists in St. Louis County.
The Eveleth Star tells of a recent
parade of anarchists in that city
which was participated in by 240 men
and women. A diminutive American
flag was carried alongside a large
blood red banner which roiled many
good American citizens who witne* sed
the spectacle. The Star concludes a
scathing denunciation of the anar
chists by saying:
"There certainly will be great danger
of a riot in this city if ever the red
flag is offered in parade again, if one
is to judge by the almost unanimous
declarations of hundreds of our
American citizens. Never in all of
the history of Eveleth was protest so
general as on last Sunday when the
socialists paraded carrying several
red flags. It seemed to inflame and
stir up every drop of American blood
coursing through the veins of our
citizens. These people have now gone
far enough, it is time to call a halt.
Their allegiance to the stars and
stripes, to the land of their adoption
is nothing but a farce. Their open
protest against the democratic form of
government under which this country
is constituted is significant of the fact
that they are not now, nor do they in
tend to be American citizens at least
so long as they practice the principles
of socialistic anarchy."
GUY TELLS ANOTHER.
Declares That He Landed a Monster Fish
Eighteen Feet Long.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ewing, Miss
Huse and a number of others have
been on a camping sojourn at Mille
Lacs lake. As usual Guy came home
loaded with fish stories, one of which
is as follows: I discovered a species
of fish said by scientists to be
extinct. It was about eighteen
feet long and its whole body was
thickly covered with spines like those
upon the fretful porcupine. Upon its
nose it carried a rapier-like instru
ment with an edge as keen as a razor
I have an idea that it kept this
weapon sharp by honing it on rocks
at the bottom of the lake. Its head
was as large as a washtub and its
mouth extended from ear to earand
such ears, fully as long as a mule's
The color of its body was sky blue
and that of its head crushed straw
berry. It was a hard chap to land all
right, but with the aid of a farmer's
team I managed to get it ashore. I
then had a coffin made for it and
shipped it to a taxidermist in St.
Paul. A good many people will not,
of course, believe this story until they
see the leviathan on exhibition in my
Maklne Bricks From Hats.
Bill Sanford, a feeder at the brick
yards, has always taken especial
pride in his headgear. Bill doesn't
care how many of his toes are exposed
to view or whether there are gutters
running across the other side of his
pants, but his hat must be of the latest
style and rightly poised. Hem.e Bill
was sadly downcast last week when a
gust of wind struck his headpiece,
carried it into a machine and mixed it
with a batch of brick being made
especially for the bank of Princeton
building. As Bill has all of his hats
made to order in New York and the
one destroyed was the last he had left
of a batch of six consigned to him at
Christmas, he telegraphed in an order
for ten more hats and decided to go
bareheaded until they arrived here.
You can't prevail upon Bill to wear
any other hat than that manufactured
bv his favorite firm in "Noo Yawk."
Miss Linda Norman, who for sev
eral years has been in the employ of
Mrs. M. S. Rutherford, intends to be
come a bride in the near future, and
in order to give her a start in house
keeping her many friends in this vil
lage thought a shower party would
be the proper thing. Mrs. Ruther
ford was consulted and kindly con
sented to the party being held in her
beautiful home and for several hours
last Friday evening the Rutherford
mansion was a scene of life and gay
ety. The self-invited guests brought
along refreshments antl a very enjoy
able time was had.
American Society of Equity.
The American Society of Equity in
this vicinity seems to be fast growing.
Henry F. Holthus is very enthusi
astic over the ultimate success of the
organization. He says it is the finest
association for the farmers' protec
tion that American ever gave birth to.
He is confident that the farmers will
stick together and he is putting forth
every effort to enroll members.
Bob King Worked With Orchard.
Clerk of Court Robert H. King tells
us that when working as superinten
dent of supplies at the Hercules mine
in Wallace, Idaho, Orchard was
employed by the same company as he
and that he often saw the man al
though he was not acquainted with
him. At that time, 1899, Orchard
went by the name of Norsley.
Chlppewas Entering Reservation.
Many of the local Chippewas are
leaving for White Earth to be in at
tendance at the big tribal demonstra-*
tion to be given at the reservation
on June 14.Mille Lacs Pioneer.
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R. C. DCNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear. PRINCETON, MELLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 1907.
Judge M. D. Taylor Decides in Favor of
Defendants in Case Involving
Legality of Contract.
E. L. McMillan Was Counsel for Con-
testants in Whose Favor the
Decision is Rendered.
Judge Myron D. Taylor on Monday
handed down his decision in the suit
of Sjoblom Bros, and the Hamm
Brewing company vs. J. F. Sullivan,
E. Mark, Frank Smith and Elvina
Smith. Chas. Keith of Princeton and
Reynolds and Roeser of St. Cloud
were attorneys for the plaintiffs and
E. L. McMillan for the defendants.
The finding of Judge Taylor is that
defendants are entitled to a judgment
for the dismissal of the action and
orders such judgment entered in ac
cordance therewith. A stay of pro
ceedings for a period of forty days is
The grounds set forth for the origi
nal action, which sought to restrain
defendants from operating a barroom
upon the premises known as the
Riverside hotel, Princeton, were that
prior to the time of the execution of
lease to the hotel property a contract
had been made, and was on file in the
register of deeds office of Mille Lacs
county, which forbade the sale of
liqour upon the Riverside hotel prem
ises for a period of ten years.
On February 23 a temporary injunc
tion was asked in chambers. This
was refused by Judge Taylor and the
case ordered carried over to the April
term of the district court. At that
term the testimony in the action was
heard by the court and arguments of
counsel presented at a later date in
chambers at St Cloud.
Baldwin School Graduation.
Baldwin school, district No. 31,
Sherburne county, helH closing ex
ercises Tuesday evening, June 4.
Lloyd Wallace and Lawrence Angst
man graduated from the 8th grade.
They are the first two pupils of the
district to pass their examinations
and receive diplomas.
Lawrence Angstman delivered the
salutatory and Lloyd Wallace the
valedictory addresses. J. H. Angst
man presented the diplomas and made
the address. Miss Grace Troy, the
teacher, presented the class. Her
sister, Miss Gertrude Troy of Chi
.cago, gave select readings.
I.0.O.F.MTERTAKS Elk River Odd Fellows Lodge Ban-
quets Two Hundred and Fifty
Visitors From Abroad.
Large Class Initiated Into Order and
Degree Work is Performed by
the North Star Team.
Twenty-two members of Princeton
lodge No. 208, I. O. O. F., drove to
Elk River on Saturday to attend initi
ation ceremonies of the order. Twelve
candidates were installed and work in
all degrees was performed by the
North Star team of Minneapolis.
About 250 Odd Fellows were present
from surrounding towns. At the ter
mination of the degree work the
visitors were invited to a banquet,
where the choicest viands were set be
fore them. Addresses and music con
cluded the day'sor rather night's
program. Those who were present
from Princeton say that the people of
Elk River are splendid entertainers
that they put forth every exertion to
Your Flag and my Flag,
And how it flies today
In your land and my land
And half a world away!
Rose-red and blood-rec.
The stripes forever gleam
Snow-white and soul-white
The good forefather's dream
Sky-blue and true-blue, with stars to
The gloried guidon of the day a
shelter through the night.
Your Flag and my Flag!
And, Oh, how much it holds
Your land and my land
Secure within its folds'
Your heart and my heart
Beat quicker at the sight
Sun-kissed and wind-tossed,
Red and blue and white.
The one Flagthe great flagthe
Flag for me and ou
Glorified all else besidethe red
and white and blue
Your Flag and my Flag'
To every star and stripe
The drums beat as hearts beat,
And fifers shrilly pipe'
Your Flag and mj" Flag
A blessing in the sky:
Your hope and my hope
It ne\er hid a lie'
Home land and far land and half the
Old Glory hears our glad salute and
ripples to the sound
Mr 'Stf^^if^M^k^m &3i9Qd4dn
make the occasion as pleasant as pos
sible for the visitors.
A Terrible Catastrophe.
Norfolk, Va., June 12.Eleven
members of the United States navy,
six midshipmen and five seamen of the
battleship Minnesota, have perished
in the angry waters of Hampton
Roads. The men were returning to
the battleship after attending the army
and navy ball at the Jamestown ex
position, and are believed to have
lost their lives by being run down by
a passing tug which was towing a coal
barge. These developments came to
light today after a careful investiga
tion. The missing men are Henry* C.
Murfin, Philip H. Feld, Walter C. Ul
rich, W. H. Stevenson, Henry L.
Holden, David M. Randall, F. P.
Holcomb, R. H. Dodson, H. I.
Vandem, F. R. Plumber, G. W. West
phal and Jesse Conn.
Important to Homesteaders.
Homesteaders of Itasca county win
in their battle with the St. Paul&
Manitoba road for possession of frtle
to their homesteads. The question
was decided in an opinion handed
down by Justice Jaggard of the state
In this case, at the time of the selec
tion of indemnity lands by the road,
the settlers claimed anterior home
The contest between the conflicting
claims resulted in an order by the
secretary of the interior that upon the
completion of entry by the heirs of the
homesteader, the selection by the com
pany would be cancelled. The heirs
made the required affidavit and formal
application and paid the money re
quired by section 2290, revised statutes
of the United States, and afterward
relinquished. Thereupon the plaintiff
entered application to purchase the
land under the stone and timber act.
It is held by the court:
1' (1). The entry for the land by the
heirs of the homesteader was com
pleted. This operated to cancel, the
"(2). The subsequent abandonment
of the homestead entry restored the
land to the public domain and ren
dered it subject to disposition accord
ing to law as by the entry of this
"(3). That plaintiff's entry vio
lated no principle of equity and was
entitled to be given full legal effect."
Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Bacon Celebrate
Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Bacon of For
eston celebrated their golden wedding
at the residence of Mrs. Bacon's niece,
Mrs. A. P. Thomes, 416 Sixth Ave.,
S. E., Minneaoplis, on the evening of
June 3rd. Mr. and Mrs. Bacon were
united in marriage at Geneseo, N. Y.,
on June 2, 1857, but on account of the
fiftieth annirersary falling on Sunday
the event was celebrated on Monday.
A large number of the friends and
relatives of the venerable couple were
present. The rooms of Mrs. Thomes'
spacious residence were handsomely
decorated with fragrant flowers. All
tthe old people were seated at one table
and coffee was poured from a pot that
had been used by Mrs. Thomes' great
grandmother over one hundred years
ago. After supper Mr. and Mrs. Ba
con dressed in the clothes they were
married in at Geneseo in 1857. Mr.
and Mrs. Bacon were the recipients
of several beautiful presents from lov
ing friends. Rev. Dr. Edwards of
the Dayton avenue M. E. church, St.
Paul, who could not be present, sent
a hearty letter of congratulations.
Mr. and Mrs. Bacon are highly es
teemed by their neighbors in Foreston
and by all who have the pleasure of
their acquaintance. That they may
be spared for many years to come
is the wish of all who know them.
A First-Class Janitor.
Robert Clark, the court house
janitor, is deserving of public com
mendation for the ship-shape manner
in which he keeps the court house. It
is scrupulously clean from cellar to
garret and Mr. Clark has added
cheeriness to the offices by arranging
flower pots upon the window sills.
Of course Mr. Clark is not to blame
because the floors of the offices are
not of polished hardwood. The jan
itor does his best and his best is good
enough for any one.
B. Healy .Returns From Coast.
B. Healy is here on a visit from the
state of Washington, where he is en
gaged in the lumbering business, and
will remain until July 1 or there
abouts. Mr. Healy formerly lived in
this village, but has not been here for
three years. He notes many marked
improvements in Princeton and says
that the village has gone ahead faster
than any other place ne has visited in
Mille Lacs or adjoining counties.
Connty Surveyor Engages Assistant.
F. Lang, a student of the state uni
versity, has been secured by County
Surveyor Chapman to assist him in
the survey of county ditches and other
work. Mr. Lang is a bright young
man of the U. civil engineering de
partment and the practical knowldege
which he will obtain while with Mr.
Chapman will undoubtedly prove of
much value to him.
Blacksmith Shop Burns.
Oscar Peterson of Elk River lost his
blacksmith shop by fire on Thursday
night of last week and his equipment
was almost entirely ruined. Mr.
Peterson carried a light insurance but
not nearly sufficient to cover the loss.
Oscar is a first-class blacksmith and
had worked up a splendid business
in Elk River. He will rebuild.
Work on Bank Progressing.
N Work is progressing on the new
home for the bank of Princeton, but
was considerably delayed by rains
this week. It will be a splendid struc
ture when completedan ornament to
Princeton and a credit to its con
structor, Alfred Gumbrill. Mr. Gum
brill is also erecting a building for the
Milaca State bank.
Any baseball team whose members
are under the age of twenty years who
are desirious of playing with the Blue
Mound club are requested to write
Clair Kaliher, manager, Route 2,
YOIUME XXXI. NO.25
W JOWNSpD DEAD
Former Resident of Princeton Passes
Away at Williston, N. D., Af-
ter Very Brief Illness.
Funeral Services Will Be Held at Res-
idence of A. W. Woodcock at
Two o'clock Today.
On Tuesday morning word was re
ceived in Princeton of the death of
Will Townsend at the residence of his
brother, John, in Williston, N. D.,
on the previous evening. It was not
known to any of his old time ac
quaintances here that he had been ail
ing and the sad news was unexpected.
The remains reached here last evening
and the funeral will be held from the
residence of Mr. A. W. Woodcock at 2
o'clock this afternoon. Rev. J. W.
Heard will conduct the services and
the body will be interred in the family
lot in Oak Knoll cemetery.
William Townsend was the son of
Joseph H. and Lydia Townsend, and
was born in Arthur, Canada, Dec. 22,
1853 the same year the family moved
back to their former home at Calais,
Maine. At the age of fourteen he,
with his parents and family, came to
Princeton. Will attended the public
school here and on account of his
good nature and sunny disposition he
was a general favorite with all his
young companions. After leaving
school he engaged in the logging,,
business with his father for several
years. In 1882 he went to Millbank,
S-. D., where he engaged in farming
and stock-raising. In 1885 he was
married to Miss Dema Leavitt, who.
with her babe, died here in 1887. After
their death he went to Stroud, N. D.,
where up to the time of his death he
was extensively engaged in stock-rais
ing. He is survived by his mother,
one sister, Mrs. A. W. Woodcock of
this place, and five brothersGeorge
and Augustus of Princeton, Fremont
of Salem, Ore., John of Williston,
and Fred of Stroud, N. D.
Will Townsend, as he was familiarly
known to all his acquaintances, was a
dutiful son, a kind husband, an
affectionate brother, a social compan
ion and a loyal friend. Here in
Princeton, the home of his boyhood,
he had a host of friends who deeply
and sincerely regret his untimely
Ralph Rides the Goat.
There are goats and goats, but
Ralph Jones will never forget the one
he rode in the Pythian lodge on Tues
day night. When he first saw the ani
mal his knees wobbled and great
drops of perspiration coursed down
his cheeks. It looked more to him
like a rhinoceros than a goat and he
felt in his back pocket for a pistol to
annihilate it. A few swings around
the circle, however, quieted Ralph
down and he came out of the fracas
unharmed and as docile as a kitten.
Surprise Their Teacher.
Miss Christie Wallace's pupils,
numbering fifty, surprised her at the
home of Wm. Scheller last week.
They presented their beloved teacher
with a fine set of silverware and gave
a banquet in her honor. Miss Wallace
of district No. 9 is one of the most
successful teachers in Mille Lacs
county. The school closed on Fri
day with a picnic. Many were
present and the occasion was a very
Senator Morgan Dead.
Senator John Tyler Morgan of Ala
bama, for thirty years a member of
the, United States senate, died in
Washington on Tuesday evening.
Senator Morgan was eighty three
years of age and he was generally
recognized as one of the ablest and
cleanest members of the upper house
Will Argue Case In Supreme Court.
Attorney E. L. McMillan will today
argue the road case of the Town of
Baldwin vs. A. B. Damon before the
state supreme court in behalf of the
plaintiff. This evening he will attend
the banquet of the university of Min
nesota law school alumni. Mr. Mc
Millan left here yesterday morning.
Dandelion Crop Proline.
The cool unseasonable weather does
not seem to have affected the crop of
dandelions. The yellow heads seem
to be as numerous as the sand on
the sea shore. A war of extermina
tion should be waged against the
pesky weed by every property-owner
in the village.
Company G, Attention.
Members of Company take notice
that blue uniforms must be brought to
the armory not later than Saturday
evening, as these uniforms will be
packed and taken to Lake City.
I C. A. Caley, Captain.
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