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AN ENJOYABLE TRIP
Vivid Description of Trip to and So- journ on the Shores of Beau- tiful Miile Lacs Lake. Robbins Summer Resort at Vineland an Especially Attractive Spot for Pleasure Seekers. BY MARY S. HUSE. Vineland, Mille Lacs, June 8, 1907. "And what is so rare as a day in June?" Surely, Lowell, when the rapturous melody quoted above found expres sion, must have been inspired by some such scene as that upon which the eye of the writer is just now feasting An expanse of green, besprinkled with the gold of dandelion, the purple of violet and the snowy whiteness of the nodding trillium the waters of the bay glinting in the sunshine: the wooded shore line opposite, where the soft hues of summer's earliest foliage blend in the pale greens of the poplar and birch, the flesh-tints of the red oak and the dusky emerald of the pine a glimpse of the "big lake," where "every little wavelet has its night-cap on," melting away into the blue distance and a log-cabin, em bowered in fruit trees just bursting into bloom, with projecting roof shad ing a porch where one sits reveling in all this beauty, forgetting the far away world with its cares and its sorrows,just breathing in gladness with the fragrance of the plum and the cherry. A beautiful, green humming bird with crimson neck-piece hovers over the dandelions, dipping deep for the luscious nectar, a house wren peeps out from its nest in the roof and flits to a nearby tree with burst of song, a cat-bird flutters in and out among the bushes uttering its kitten-like cry, orioles flash about like bits of flame in the snowy blossoms of the plum trees, the "sweet, sweet" of the gold finch, the plaintive note of the wood pewee, the warble of the bluebird, the "tir-o-lee" of the red-winged black- '"NEMESIS" AND HER BIG CATCH. bird, the musical cnatter of the king fisher and the robin's "cheerup" are borne in upon the brpezes. while the red-headed woodpecker hurries from post to post, the ravenous crow darts down among the rushes, the graceful sea gull circles over the waters, each seeking his wonted prey, and count less others of the feathered flocks add bits of color and song to the glowing landscape. And now a canoe, just the needed touch for the completion of this pic ture, glides into view around the point, its dusky occupants paddle swiftly and silently among the nets which lie submerged in the rippling waters, gather up the contents and "as silently steal away." laden with what will soon become their evening repast. Fish? Ah! what are we not enjoy ing? What say you to supping upon two fine pike caught and cooked on the very afternoon of our arrival from Princeton, five and sixty miles away? Well, this we did in very truth and we are whetting up our appetites now for the croppies, bass, etc., which are sure to appear with the return of our accompaniments (How do you think they will like the term?) from White fish lake this morning. Our trip from Princeton was the finest imaginablethe day cloudy and cool, roads in prime condition, no insects to annoy man or beastand our good nags trotted steadily along with but one stop of any moment when we halted at Locke's for an hour's rest and the refreshment of the "inner man." This stopping-place, a long-familiar one to Mille Lacs tourists, has under gone changes during the past year and is considerably improved thereby. The former dining room has been en larged and new, double windows added, and is now the sitting room, while that which was, formerly, the kitchen, is being used temporarily for eating purposes until the promised new dining room to extend the full length of the house, can be erected. The hewn-log building furnished a picturesque setting for a snap-shot of our party while we were in "waiting for the wagon" and we also found material for pictures in a flock of geese with their babies, swimming about in the brook just where it joins the Rum. At Onamia, we were afforded our first glimpse of the new railroad, or, at least, the grade which is to form the roadbed, and the work presented a busy scene. Things are progressing rapidly and everybody is enthusiastic over the project. From here we drove direct to Mille Lacs, striking the lake at a point be tween Cove and Vineland near one of the old Indian burying grounds which abound in this region. The road skirts the shore from this point, through groves of lofty oak and elm, the sugar maple and the white birch, and entrancing bits of the beautiful waters, framed in living green, pre sent a moving picture of surpassing loveliness. We called at the Rogers home, but found it closed, the family having left a card on the door telling of their whereabouts. A pathetic reminder of our visit of last year was presented by the flower-strewn grave where lies the lad whose bright face we recall so vividly, and we remembered, too, that the husband and father, at that time a member of the happy family group, has, since, been called to join 'The innumerable caravan, that moves To that mysterious realm, where each shall take His chamber in the silent halls of death." A magnificent view of the lake and of Spirit Rock island whose stony surface, gleaming white in its watery bed, is said to be a nesting'place for myriads of gulls, is obtained from the Rogers shore and, indeed, the entire drive from this point to Vineland is pronounced one of the finest that the lake country affords. Just before entering the little set tlement of Vineland we crossed Rum RiverEast Branchat its very source, the bridge spanning it just where it emerges, narrow but lively little stream, from the waters of the lake. Vineland, as was graphically told by D. O. Robbins in a recent issue of the Union, occupies the site of the ancient Indian village of Kathio and a tall, white pole placed here by Brower and Bushnell during their re cent explorations records this fact, together with other interesting data relative to the days when "Lo" was owner in fee simple of these beautiful shores. From this point to Robbins bay is something less than a mile, and here we are. ensconced in"CherryCottage, the most picturesque of the pretty WORK ON THE GRADE AT ONAMIA. little homes which Mr. Robbins has erected for his summer visitors. We have a nice living room and a kitchen, also a detached building which affords an extra sleeping apartment, and everything furnishedbedding, abun dant and exquisitely clean, tables, chairs, a hammock-chair for the porch, a fine little cook stove with all appurtenances, a goodly supply of stove wood, pretty dishes,indeed, one has only to come supplied with towels, bed and table linen, in order to set up housekeeping in the most approved style and for any length of time. Truly, an ideal spot for a rest ful vacation and we wish our allotted week might be made several times plural. CHIEF MIGISI AND FAMILY. Tsr*^ THE PBINCETON UNIOlf: gTHTJKSDlY^uiY^, 1907. June 14, 1907. And you wonder how we contented ourselves during the three days' rain which came as a matter of course, since "Neptune," Mr. Bob bins says, "always brings such weather?" Well, listen, "we" are a quartet, musically speaking as well as in point of mere number.Neptune is our basso profundo, Minerva, so prano, Nemesis, alto, and Mephtisto warbles in tenor strain, and we are supplied, moreover, with a collection of the old, old songs, thanks to the thoughtful foresight of Minerva. (By the way, should the quartet, hereafter, be occasionally mentioned by their camp cognomens, "Tune," "Fist," "Nerve" and "Sis," you will under- stand that it is for the sake of brevity.) Sunday, therefore, was spent in a most decorous manner, singing, reading, dining on the fruits of Saturday's piscatorial excursion, and listening to the rain on the roof which, as every one knows, is a great nerve soother. During the morning, indeed, ere the flood-gates had opened in earnest, we were wrought up to quite a high pitch of excitement over the maneuvers of a boat which was cruising about in the "big lake" ap parently at the mercy of the waves, and which we afterwards found was the Bob White bearing the automobil ists who had reached Lawrence from the twin cities the previous day. Monday morning, one-half the party took advantage of a rift in the clouds to visit schools, some of which were still in session, while the remaining portion braved the fury of the break ers and trolled about in the bay with out getting so much as a nibble. ,Not the fault of the fishermen, however, "too windy, fish always keep to the bottom when it is so rough," they were told later. In the afternoon we went up to "The House" where we found Mr. Robbins and his wife out gardening in the rain, but ready to at once resign their occupation, wash the soil from their fingers and afford us an afternoon of delightful enter tainment. Mrs. Robbins is an accom plished pianist and has an exhaustless fund, besides, in her large collection of fine photographs, many of them, beautiful, rural English scenes in which she, herself, figures, and each of which has its "story," while Mr. Robbins, in his long years' acquain tance with this region and his knowl edge of the natives, is possessed of simply a treasure stock of tales. The location of this homestead seems, almost, an ideal one for a summer resort, the broad, green tract, conspicuous for miles in the approach around the lake, sloping gently to the quiet waters of the bay, framed in vinedraped woodland, and dotted with fruit trees, and the place if no less rich in historical interest if true, as seems to be authentically estab lished, that upon this spot the great battle of Kathio was fought and that here the first white man to set foot upon Minnesota soilRadissonwas detained, a prisoner. Certainly, it has been at sometime a burying-ground, for a cluster of Indian graves with their curious, coop-like coverings still bears evidence to this fact. Two gentlemen from Litte Fails are erecting pretty little bungalows here this summer and will have a pavilion, also, on the water's edge with boat house beneath, which is to house one or more launches and a fine little sail boat, so the lake- seems already reap ing fruits from the coming railroad. To resume our narrative: Tuesday found the floods still descending, but more fitfully, and by noon it had cleared sufficiently to admit of a drive to Whitefish lake four miles away. Neptune and Minerva took possession of one boat and anchored some dis tance out for an afternoon's catch of croppies and sunfish while Mephisto and Nemesis, with Mr. Wakeman, who resides near the lake shore, to row, scoured the lake with a troll in search of pike and bass. The latter, how ever, were looking for bait and would not be caught with a troll, though several pike rewarded Fist's efforts and Sis .returned, jubilant over the largest catch of the dayan eight pound pickerel. (Please refrain from impertinent questions as to whether or not she drew it in "alone," etc. Really, in the excitement of the mo ment and the effort to discover what sort of a whale had swallowed her Jonah of a hook, she is, and must al ways remain, uncertain as to the ex act mode of his capture.) The especial fiendishness of Me phisto lies in his angling propensities and Neptune very naturally takes to the water, so when Wednesday dawned, clear and beautiful, nothing would do but a final trip to Whitefish,- Fist having suplied himself with a quan tity of bait for the occasion. The road to Whitefish lake passes two school buildings and Neptune visited both, spending a good half hour at the first while his companions enjoyed themselves in Nature's school, prying into the secrets of her birds and flowers, but at the second. Wigwam bay, all alighted and went in for a little visit. There were few pu plis present but the school seemed in excellent condition otherwise, the room neat and tastefully decorated, pretty pictures on the walls, together with specimens of the children's work executed in a most creditable manner, and the little lady who presided seemed very much in earnest and in MINERVA. NEPTUNE AND MEPHISTO. love with her work. The school house here is very prettily located, commanding a fine view of the bay which well deserves its distinction for beauty. The stretch of sandy beach is nearly a perfect crescent in shape and is fringed with graceful trees which bend, many of them, to gaze upon their mirrored forms in the waters below, the grav eled roadway skirts the shore, curv ing at the foot of gentle undulating hills, and all terminating in twin points, heavily wooded, guarding the wide expanse that marks the opening into the big lake beyond. We carried away a bit of this in a snapshot of a tiJio from our party grouped in one of the leaning trees. The two lakes at this point are sep arated by a ridge of little more than a half-mile in width, though our desti nation, the home of our hospitable friends, Mr. and Mrs. Faught, lies about a mile from here. We were most pleasantly entertained by these good people and did justice to two meals that were, indeed, "fit to set before the king." Their fine farm extends to the lake shore and lies upon the road which, when completed, will be the direct stage line to Brain erd. We had the privilege of seeing their large separator pouring out its golden stream and also its fruits in the great lump of delicious bu^er which is tri-weekly turned out from the big barrel churn. Minerva and Nemesis, content to rest upon the laurels earned by the previous day's big catch, remained from choice with their hostess who accompanied them on a stroll about the shores of the lake while the masc uline portion of the party embarked for their favorite pastime. This lake is a famous resort for those who love the sport, the waters teeming with a finny tribe of many different varieties, and to the lover of the beautiful it is no less attractive as its bluffs afford many a fine view. We tried to catch one of these including a portion of Whitefish, the ridge, and a glimpse of Mille Lac lying blue beneath the dis tant sky, but no photograph could do the scene justice. The men returned late, but happy, with a fine stock of bass, over which Mephisto sacrificed a good half-night's rest in preparing them for the home journey, and the next morning, Thursday, we set our faces homeward. What with our spoils, the ice in which they were so nicely packed, and our own increase in flesh, the weight of our former load had been considerably augmented, and this fact, together with the warmth of the day, and condition of the roads after the long rain, somewhat delayed our progress. We reached Foreston, however, our objective point for the night, in ample season for a good supper at the For eston Housecertainly one of the nicest, neatest little country hotels at which it has ever been our good for tune to be entertained. After supper, Mephisto became the subject of trans formation scene at the barber's, emerging therefrom, the sedate Pro fessor Farmer of the St. Cloud city schools, to whom we were obliged to say farewell at this point as his journey was to be completed by rail. The drive to Princeton on Friday morningjust one week from the time we leftwas a very pleasant one and upon reaching our home town another metamorphosis took place when Nep tune and Minerva became our county superintendent and his genial wife and Nemesis dropped her vengeful role to don the mien of everyday life. There had been some minor disap pointmentswe would like to have revisited some of the scenes of a year agothe Indian village on Shaub aust-kung point where we got a pic ture of Cheif Mi-gi-si and his family in their fine, new canoe,Cove, where we were so pleasantly entertained, and treated to a ride on the Bob White by Editor Norton and his family, and Bay View House, at that time conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Jones, who were the kindliest of hosts, and we would like to have seen Wahkon, the prospective new railway station. All this we might have enjoyed, too, had it not been for the Long rain, but, in spite of these unfulfilled desires, we had a delightful time and are ready to vote Mr. and Mrs. Ewing the prince and princess of entertainers, Prof. Farmer a jolly traveling com panion, and camp life at Mille Lacs one of the "great things" in our corner of the world. Fair Play With Orientals. A timely and well written article is the following from the Commercial West: It ill becomes the United States to discriminate against the people of Japan and China. Of all the coun tries on the globe from whom the United States can receive large com mercial and industrial benefits during the next century, China and Japan stand first. We can expect little more trade growth from Europe than we are now enjoying. With Latin Amer ica our commercial prospects have been grossly exaggerated, as proven by the failure of trade growth in that direction since the dramatic move ment started by James G. Blaine twenty years ago. Our trade with Canada will grow perforce, that is, provided congress will let down some of the absurd tariff bars which now hamper it. But Japan and China, and their dependences, Corea and Manchuria, have nearly the popula tion of all Europe, and by the north ern route via Puget Sound are di rectly tributary to American trade. The advantage of our merchants, manufacturers and farmers over their European competitors in the haul to the markets of Japan and China is several thousand miles. All that is required is an enlightened policy and a spirit of fair play, the same just and decent treatment as that which we dispense to European and Latin American nations, in order to cement to the United States the greatest com mercial empire now in issue on the high seasthe commerce and ocean sthipping of the Pacific and the Orient. By unjust and discriminating laws against China, and in violation of sacred treaties, this country last year produced in the Chinese Empire wide spread commercial boycott which placed an embargo and severe check upon out promising Chinese trade which took such radical forward strides two years ago. By similar narrow statutes, we are now creating a bitterly hostile spirit in Japan. By our attitude we are building up in Japan, as we have in China, a power ful home-rule and home-interest party, a popular uprisal, which means war upon everything foreign, and especi ally upon all imports from the United States. The war talk may be a tempest in the teapot, as all hope and trust. But that does not alter the fact that our commerce, and shipping may be ir retrievably damaged for years to come, and our bright prospects of a commercial empire in the Orient re ceive a blight from which they may never recover. There seems to be no just'cause why this country should discriminate against the people of Japan and China, as against, for example, those of Mexico, Latin America, the West Indies, the Pacific Isles, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Austria-Hungary, Greece, Egypt, and Africa and Asia generally. What is there about a Japanese mechanic, sailor, or work ingman, or about a workingman from China, that we should legislate against him, as compared with the workingman from other parts of Asia, or from Africa, or Mexico, or Latin America, or southern Europe? The dominant reason is, simply that he is more industrious, more ingenious and intent upon his business, and will render more faithful and arduous labor for his pay, than almost any other laborer on the globe and poli tics does the rest. Were the Jap and Chinese workmen as shiftless as the Mexican or Latin American, there would be no trouble. If we do not lose our vast oppor tunity in the Pacific, if the commerce and merchant shipping which is ours for the asking does not go to wiser and juster European competitors, if we escape political difficulties with Japan and China, that may ultimately entail billions of treasure and many lives, it will be no fault of the policy at Washington and of weak-spined and self-seeking politicians. On the other hand, if we are gov erned by patriotism and commercial foresight, all we need to insure to the industries and trade of this country the greatest era of commercial expan sion known to the world's maritime commerce is fair play with the Ori entals, the same, decent, commercial, and, if you please. Christian, treat ment of Japan and China, that we give other friendly nations all over the globe. Made Women Younger. The British Medical Journal tells this story: A German doctor discovered a means of restoring lost youth to women which is more potent than Cagliostro's famous pentacle re juvenescence and advertised that he could in two days rejuvenate the most decrepit hag. This brought a crowd of ancient dames to his home. At the first interview after a careful ausculation he invited each patient to write her surname and Christian name and age on a piece of paper. The ages to which the women pleaded guilty varied, but all ruled high. The doctor undertook to give each patient the promised elixir the next day, but some time, he said, was re quired to adjust the strength to the individual power of resistance. On the appointed day the women called again, but the doctor expressed regret that he had unfortunately mis laid the papers containing their age. For this reason a new set would be re quired. He added casually that they ought to know that the oldest of them must allow herself to be burned for the good of the rest, as the basis for the remedy was human ashes. The next day the women brought back papers with their ages inscribed. It was found that each had taken many years off the age previously admitted. The doctor, pretending to have found the first papers, called them to witness the success of his in vention. Comparing the lists, he showed that he had kept his word in regard to rejuvenation, because in forty-eight hours they had all become many years younger. Bankers Are After Express Companies. What promises to be a gigantic fi nancial struggle was begun when tl American Bankers' association filed with the interstate commerce commis sion a complaint against the express companies of the country, charging them with placing the members of the association at an undue and un reasonable prejudice and disadvan tage by engaging in financial busi ness in addition to that of common carriers in violation of the interstate commerce law. In the complaint it is alleged that the express companies are now and have been for a long time dealing in exchange, both foreign and domestic, in the form'of money orders, letters of credit, both travelers' and commercial travelers' checks and drafts, all of which has always been the proper, legitimate and long-recognized busi ness of and function of banks. It is claimed that the express com panies have encroached further upon the bankers' business by buying and selling foreign money and transfer ing money by cable and mail. In brief, the complainant alleges that the express companies through the powers and facilities as common carriers are usurping the preroga tives of the banking associations and at the same time are employing the capital of the banks of the country in the conduct of their business. The complainant association re quests the interstate commerce com mission to take such action as will afford protection against the express companies. Negotiating for Lumber Yard. R. W. Watters and A. J. Sloan of Minnneapolis were here for a day or two with a view to establishing lumber yards at Onamia, Wahkon and other points on the new Soo line. It is re ported that they are negotiating for the purchase of the Cundy & McClure sawmill at Onamia, and also for the steamer Queen Ann, which is owned by the Foley Bean Lumber company. Mille Lacs Pioneer.