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Hall Built by Martin Brands of Suffi-
cient Size to Meet Ordinary
Demands of Public.
First Play Will Be Presented by Mer-
shon Stock Company on Mon-
day Evening, Oct. 28.
Martin Brands' new opera house
will be fully equipped with all neces
sary furniture, scenery, etc., within a
week and the season will open on
October 28 by the Mershon Stock com
pany, who will play three successive
The opera hall proper has a floor
space 40 by 60 feet with a stage suffi
ciently large for all ordinary pur
poses. The scenery, which is ex
pected to reach here this week, has
been painted especially for Mr.
Brands by a Minneapolis artist and
the work is said to be finely executed.
The opera chairs, which Mr. Brands
selected personally in Chicago, are
now on the way and will be installed
within a few days. These chairs are
the very best that could be procured.
In case of emergency the hall would
seat five hundred persons. Thus with
an audience of four hundred there
would be ample room for all. The
hall is about the same size as the Jes
mer opera house which was destroyed
by fire and it is equipped with steam
heat, electric lights and other modern
conveniences. Two wide stairways
are provided, so that in case of fire
ample means of egress are afforded.
Mr. Brands does not expect that the
opera house will prove a paying prop
osition, but if he receives sufficient
patronage to pay him a small interest
on the large amount of money in
vested he will be satisfied. A hall of
this sort was much needed in the vil
lage, not only as a place wherein to
give entertainments but for public
On the same floor as the opera house
Mr. Brands has built a hall 26 by 52
feet, with a large anteroom, suitable
for lodge purposes.
A Blessing Even if a Trust.
The Princeton Union combats the
accusation that the farmers have
formed a trust by incorporating the
Society of Equity in New Jersey,
famous as the parent of combinations
in restraint of trade. The Union
does not seem to think that capital
has pre-empted the New Jersey law
for the easy organization of octopi,
nor that the "Producers' and Consum
ers' International Equity Union and
Co-operative Exchange" is in any
sense a real devilfish.
Mr. Dunn is unable to understand
how the farmers can be censured for
merely endeavoring to secure a better
price for their products by holding
them until there is an actual demand
and then cutting out the middlemen.
He says "there is no sense in glutting
the market with wheat, oats, corn or
potatoes in the fall of each year.''
In fact, the farmers' organization is
in no possible sense a trust, nor an
organization in restraint of trade, un
less buying and selling grain that you
haven't and don't want is a trade."
The advice, "hold your wheat," is
also as old at least as the days of Ig
natius Donnelly and the old Farmers'
The crops to supply the world's
needs for an entire year are practi
cally all harvested within two months.
The Society of Equity has undertaken
for the farmers the same task the
brokers and boards of trade under
take for themselves. That is, to find
out at harvest time what the world
crop is of the various cereals, and
then tell the farmers from such esti
mate and the average of annual con
sumption what their wheat, oats, corn,
barley, flax, rye and potatoes are
actually worth if they feed them to the
market according to the demand of
the consumers and not according to
the capacity of the elevators.
Donnelly came too early and his
was a single voice crying in the wil
derness. The farmers in those days
could not hold their products for two
very good reasonsthey had to have
the money and they did not have the
granary and barn capacity to hold
their crops.4
Habit has continued to make them
haul from the threshers to the elevat
ors and let them set the price. Expe
rience has shown that the fall price is
almost invariably materially lower
than the spring price. The necessity
for selling also has largely disap
peared, and the effort is now to in
duce the producers not to sell until
they can get what their products are
actually worth.
If this could be done, it would have
a doubly beneficial effect. It would
not be a dollar out of the pockets of
the consumers, but many dollars in
the pockets of the farmers, and so
would most widely diffuse the middle
men's present profits. It would also
greatly lessen the enormous fall de
mand for money to move the crops,
and the glutting of the transporta
tion facilities of the country at the
very season when there is the greatest
need for distributing other necessities
in preparation for the winter.
It would spread this financial and
transportation demand more equita
bly throughout the year and scatter
the speculative profits throughout the
country. If that is restraining trade
through a trust organization, it is
the sort of beneficial restraint that is
a delightful contrast to other trust
methods and accomplishments.Du
luth News-Tribune.
Engineer Birch, Nephew of Thomas
Caley, Loses His Life.
Panned under the wreck of his en
gine, George F. Birch met death early
Sunday morning as the result of a
railroad wreck on the Missabe ore
dock, Duluth. His fireman, Frank
Gospeer, barely escaped with his life,
and is suffering from the most painful
burns and bruises at St. Mary's hos
Mr. Birch was backing down the
hill with a heavily loaded train, and
running at a high rate of speed when
he struck the curve. As he was
rounding the curve he ran into an
open switch and crashed into a string
of empties standing on track No. 2.
Neither of the men had time to jump.
Ten of the cars were piled up in a
heap, and the engine was overturned,
pinning both Mr. Birch and the fire
man beneath it, where they were hor
ribly burned by the escaping steam
and boiling water. The fireman was
extricated in time to save his life, but
Mr. Birch was too far under the en
gine to be reached, and it was nearly
three hours before his body was taken
out. He was probably killed by a
blow on the head.
Engineer Birch was a nephew of
Thomas H. Caley of Princeton and
was only 24 years of age. He was
married and his wife and two chil
dren live at Proctor, Miss Mattie
Caley of Princeton attended the fun
eral, which was held at 4?ulmh. on
The fireman, a young man about 23
years of age, whose home is in Eau
Claire, will probably recover.
Frost Injured Potatoes.
The severe frost last Saturday night
injured many fields of undug pota
toes in this vicinity. The loss to
farmers will aggregate a considerable
sum. If the present beautiful weather
continues until the close of the week
the bulk of the crop will be pitted or
housed, for every farmer and every
member of his family is hustling in
the potato fields from daylight to
dark. Help is scarce, but almost
every potato-raiser has invested in a
machine this year. It is to be hoped
that the prices received will more than
compensate the farnlers for the losses
sustained and extra cost incurred for
help and machinery.
High Grade Bread and Pastry.
To the Public:
I have been fortunate in securing
the services of James Wells of Minne
apolis, a baker of twenty years expe
rience and an expert in all branches
of the business. Mr. Wells is without
doubt the most skilled baker that
ever worked in this village. His
bread and pastry cannot be excelled
or even equalled in this part of the
country. Persons who have not tested
the superior quality of goods now be
ing turned out at my bakery should
send in a trial order and they will be
convinced that my statement is a true
one. Very respectfully,
O. B. Newton.
The Reasons of Exports.
A generally accepted idea is that a
nation imports a certain class of
goods for the reason that the foreign
countries make a better article but in
many cases the exports and imports
are nearly equal. No importation of
foreign manufacture can equal the
home brews epsecially is this true
of golden grain belt beer. It is a
pure, refreshing beverage, highly fa
vored for table use. Order of your
nearest dealer or be supplied by Sjo
blom Bros.,wholesale dealers, Prince
A Welcome,
The Ladies' Aid society will give a
reception in honor of Rev. J. W, and
Mrs. Heard at the residence of Mr.
and Mrs. H. H. Farnham tomorrow
(Friday) evening. A cordial invita
tion is extended.
The Globe Editor's Wife.
We once heard a woman abuse her
husband in the harshest manner. Yet
we had every reason to believe that
she loved him.Atchison Globe.
Stock Moving Slowly With Slight Ad-
vance in Prices and Stronger
Tone Now Prevailing.
Recent Excessive Rains and Heavy
Frosts Damaged Spud Crop to
Considerable Extent.
Potatoes have been moving slowly
from the producers to the warehouse
men this week as compared with the
same time last year. This is ex
plained by the fact that the weather
has been particularly favorable for
digging and consequently farmers
have been applying themselves assid
uously to that work. So far as the
general yield is concerned in this sec
tion of the country it is estimated
that it will not go above 75 per cent of
the average crop. In many of the
fields situated in the low lands a large
proportion of the potatoes are affected
with rot while in other acreages frost
has played great havoc with the
spuds. Here and there, however,
farmers have been fortunate in har
vesting exceptionally large crops of
very fine potatoes.
The local market is slightly strong
er in tone than it was last week at
this time and prices have advanced a
few points, but warehousemen are still
hampered in making shipments by the
continuance of a car shortage. If a
like condition prevails for another
ten days buyers tell us that the ware
houses will all be congested. Not
more than twenty cars of potatoes
have left this point during the week.
Is Bleached Flour Unhealthf ul?
A writer in Up-to-Date Farming
calls upon Dr. Wylie of the bureau of
chemistry to investigate the bleaching
of flour and report whether the same
is injurious to health or not. The
writer in question publishes the fol
lowing letter written to him by a
North Dakota farmer:
I have just read in Current Topics
what you say in regard to Dr. Wylie
of the bureau of chemistry, where you
say, ''The government should ab
solutely prohibit the manufacture and
sale of all injurious concoctions."
But what is to be done when the pub
lic insists on having and using injuri
ous concoctions?
In conversation with a miller in a
small Dakota town not long since he
I didn't use to humbug the people
with bleached flour, but I was forced
to do it. About two years ago the
big mills in Minneapolis sent out flour
testers on which you can place differ
ent flours side by side and see the
shades of colors. The merchants
used them and came and told me my
flour was out of date. The Minneap
olis flour was snow white and mine
was not, and the only way to get it
that way was to bleach it. I went east
to investigate. I didn't want to pay a
big price for a machine to injure the
flour, but I found it was a necessity.
The machine and the right to use cost
$1,300. It has a receptacle for nitric
acid. Into this acid is fed slowly a
small iron rod. The acid dissolves
the iron and forms a gas, which is
drawn by a fan through the flour and
bleaches it white as snow. There is
no doubt but what many cases of
stomach disease which people lay to
other causes is caused by bleached
flour. When people come to the mill
for flour I ask them which they want,
bleached or unbleached, and give them
whichever they want.''
I said: "How do you do when the
stores order flour which do you
He replied: "They never ask me
and I never ask them. I always send
bleached flour: I must do it or lose
my trade."
I asked him if all the flour sold in
our town was bleached flour, and he
said it was.
"But," said I "is it not because
people do not understand that it is
unwholesome that they demand it?"
"Cetrainly," said he, "but I would
not know how to go to work to
educate them, even if they want to
I asked him what would happen if
he refused to put out any bleached
flour, and he replied that he would be
driven to the wall, as his competitors
all did it and the people demand the
white flour. He said, too, that the
bakers wanted it because it made their
bread a little lighter.
Now if the people will demand un
bleached flour and bread made of un
bleached flour, they will get it.
Undeniable Assertion.
What most towns, need is a curfew
for married men.Chicago News.
R. L. Bartholomew of Princeton flar-
ried Last Evening in Hinneap-
olis to Hiss M. Grant.
fir. and Mrs. Bartholomew Will Be at
Home in This Village After
November the First.
R. L. Bartholomew was married
last, evening, October 16, to Miss
Myra Grant, at the residence of the
bride's parents, 1318 Emerson avenue
N., Minneapolis. The ceremony was
performed at 8 o'clock by Rev. W. B.
Riley in the presence of a large
number of guests. Miss Margaret
Grant, sister of the bride, was flower
girl and Mesdames Chas. Kopp and
Chester White were the ribbon bear
ers. There was no bridesmaid or
At the wedding dinner and reception
which followed the nuptial rites there
were almost a hundred persons pres
ent and the bride and groom received
many costly gifts. The house decora
tions were autumn flowers and foli
age. I
Mr. Bartholomew is a member of
the firm of Kopp & Bartholomew of
this village and is a young man of
business ability and good habits. The
bride is a young lady of Minneapolis
who is prominent in church work and
has a large circle of friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Bartholomew are on
a bridal tour east and will be at home
in Princeton after November 1.
Sherburne County Jurors.
District court for Sherburne county
comlenes on Nov. 11 at Elk River.
The jgrand jurors are required to be
present on the 11th, and the petit ju
rors on the following day. The fol
lowing are the names of grand jurors
from towns in this vicinity: Santi
ago-J. O. Anderson and Nils Chris
topherson: Blue HillRobert Mc
Qua^d LivoniaBert Nash, O. A.
Erickson and H. C. Schumaker Or-
rockOle Matheson BaldwinChes
ter Ames. Petit jurors: Santiago
B. Wienkelman, O. N.Viste and Frank
O. Carlson Blue HillThomas Tel
l$ipn, Jalmar Newman and James E.
Horton OrrockSigvert Bergerson
and Gunder Olson BaldwinJ. C.
VanAlsfcein and W. T. Hannay.
"Genial Southern Climes."
I met an American artist and his
wife recently who live in Paris, but
like to get away from the bad weather
there in the winter. This year they
had been in Egypt and found it cold.
They had gone to Sicily, but had got
no farther than Palermo because of
washouts on the railroad.
"Where will you go next winter?" I
"To America, and remain in a com
fortable steamheated house no
traveling about in search of that will-
o'-the-wispa genial southern clime."
London Telegraph.
Butter Moisture.
Notice has been sent out by the bu
reau of internal revenue at Washing
ton to the creameries and dairymen
throughout the country that butter
containing more than 16 per cent of
water will be subjected to the payment
of the ten-cent tax and the license fee
prescribed in the law governing oleo
margarine. Commissioner Capers, in
addressing a delegation which waited
upon him, said in part:
"Practically all the trouble has
arisen from the failure on the part of
buttermakers or manipulators to see
to it that the moisture content of their
product is kept below 16 per cent,
thus placing on the market a class of
butter designated by the law as adul
terated butter, taxable at 10 cents a
pound and fixing the liability of the
producer as a manufacturer, requir
ing the payment of a heavy special
tax as well as the tax on the product.
When these taxes have accrued, no
authority exists for omitting their col
"In addition to the taxes imposed
on the manufacturer who produces
and markets the taxable product are
the special taxes acruing against per
sons or firms who sell the same as
wholesale dealers or retail dealers,
according to the quantity sold at one
time. These latter taxes have neces
sarily been collected from dealers who
have handled adulterated butter furn
ished them by the manufacturers, and
their liability has been incurred with
out knowledge of the character of the
butter handled and without intent to
violate the law or carry on a business
subject to tax.
'From interviews with a number of
prominent butter merchants and com
mission men, it is found that much of
the butter handled by them is dealt in
on commission and sold for account
of the creameries, ladlers, or reno-
vated-butter manufacturers, who re
tain the ownership of the butter until
sold. In such cases it is held by this
office that if the butter so consigned
is adulterated butter, the liability to
special tax as a dealer is on the
creamery and not the commission
merchant, who acts simply as an
agent of the manufacturer.
"Under the circumstances as they
exist, it is plainly the duty of reve
nue officers to direct their efforts es
pecially toward the creameries and
butter manufacturers, with the object
in "view of preventing the illegal mar
keting of adulterated butter, and to
enforce the law strictly in the matter
of collecting the* taxes to which such
buttermakers subject themselves, and
all internal revenue officers will pro
ceed along this line in their investiga
tion of this class of cases."
They Bring Back a Hundred Wild Fowl
and a Story.
Adel Holm and Dr. McRae returned
on Monday from Lake Traverse,
where they had been on a duck shoot
ing expedition. They brought with
them the legal limit in number of
aquatic fowl100 birdsand the
bunch contained a miscellaneous as
sortment. There were brant, canvas
backs, mallards, pintail, redhead,
bluebills, teal and other varieties.
"Traverse lake is the best place I
have ever seen for duck hunting,"
said Adel, "they are so multitudinous
that they shut out the light of the*sun,
moon and stars. And, by the way,
the shutting out of the moonlight came
near being the death of us. We had
wandered forth into a broad and
trackless bog when the ducks began to
come in myriads to roost. The moon
was obscured for at least an hour be
fore the birds settled d,own for the
night. During this time we kept
shooting at random into the black
mass of flapping fowl and when they
had gone into quarters we discovered
that we had lost our bearingsgot
twisted around as it were. To make
matters worse a heavy fog appeared
and the morass in which we stood
seemed to sink beneath usin fact it
did sink several inches. We decided
to struggle along in as straight a line
as possible in hope of striking hard
ground. So on we went, slowly to be
sure, but we made some progress.
Doc was in the lead and as I plodded
along behind I heard a splash and a
yell. It came from Doche had found
his bearings at the bottom of the lake.
He struggled out and we decided to
remain on a slight eminence which
we had found and await daybreak.
Shivering we sat hour after hour un
til the sun came up, and then we dis
covered not many yards away a
hunter's shanty, which we made haste
to enter. In this shanty was a stove,
wood and bunks. Imagine our feel
ings when we made this discovery and
also found that we had not walked
over fifty yards from the place we
started from the evening previous.
Now, don't publish this little incident
or else everyone in five counties will
know it and pester the life out of us."
The Clover Crop.
Henry Schmidt left on Monday for
a few days' visit in the cities. Mr.
Schmidt, who owns a clover hulling
machine, says that the country
around here has this year produced
the finest clover he has ever seen
that the seed yield has been excep
tionally fine. "Last year." said he,
I considered twenty-five bushels a
good day's work for the huller, but
this year I have threshed as high as
fifty-five bushels in the same period
of time." This increase in per diem
threshing is due to the fullness of the
clover heads in this year's crop.
There's money in clover when prop
erly handled.
On or about the 20th of this month
I will open my new bakery in the
Farnham building on First street. I
will run a first class bakery and will
have on hand at all times a full line
of bread and pastry, both fancy and
plain baking. I have been employed
here for the last three years as a
baker and I know that the people of
Princeton appreciate good bakery
goods, and that is what you will get
when you go to Hunt's Bakery. The
exact date of my opening wilF "appear
later in the i n. E. W. Hunt.
School Report.
Report of grammar room, district
18, Isle, for the month ending October
8, 1907: Enrollment, 24 days of at
tendance, 413 average daily attend
ance, 17. Those who attended twenty
days: Lattie Lewis, Irvin Carlson,
Harry Bergman, Ellen Johnson, Les
ter Orton and Eugene Mayo. Those
who have attended nineteen days:
Effie Carlson, Emmet Wicklander,
John Anderson, Lester Hatcher and
Martin Dalberg.
Dorothy Sorenson, Principal.
District Court Proceedings Closed Sat-
urday After a Term Lasting
flore Than Five Days.
Disposition of Cases Not Completed at
Time of Printing the Union
on Thursday, Oct. io.
The October term of the district
court closed on Saturday afternoon,
the work having extended over a pe
riod of five days with several night
sessions. The suit of Rines vs. Fer
rell to enforce an accounting occupied
more than half of the entire term of
court. Following is a synoptic report
of the cases not disposed of at the
time of the i on going to press
last week:
State of Minnesota in personal
propetry tax proceedings vs. Mary
Rines, executrix of estate of Chas.
H. Rines, deceased. J. A. Ross for
state, Chas. Keith for defendant. Ac
tion to enforce payment of personal
property taxes which were assessed
at $1,000 by village assessors. Case
heard by court and judgment ordered
to be entered for amount specified
with penalty and costs.
State of Minnesota in personal
property tax proceedings vs. Robert
Hanson. J. A. Ross for state. Suit
to enforce payment of personal prop
erty taxes. Heard by court and judg
ment ordered for amount claimed with
penalty and costs. Defendant failed
to appear.
State of Minnesota in personal
property tax proceedings vs. Thomp
son Cattle company. J. A. Ross for
state. Action to recover personal
property taxes. Heard by court and
judgment rendered for balance of
taxes after deducting amount levied
on property not owned by company
as shown in testimony.
M. S. Rutherford vs. B. E. Erick
son, A. E. Johnson et al. E. L. Mc
Millan for plaintiff, Foster & Pratt
for defendants. Suit involving right
of title to block 19, Milaca. Settled.
Mary Rines, as executrix of last
will and testament of Chas. H. Rines,
deceased, vs. William H. Ferrell.
Harris Richardson and Harold C.
Kerr for plaintiff, E. L. McMillan for
defendant. Suit to enforce an ac
counting for cash claimed to be due
on sale of personal property belong
ing to warehouses, bills receivable,
etc. Testimony closed and arguments
of counsel to be submitted on briefs.
State News.
Two hundred and sixty-five thousand
acres of government land have been
taken up in northern Minnesota dur
ing the past two years. About 514,-
000 acres remain.
Duluth's new directory, now about
ready for publication, will doubtless
show that Duluth is approaching
very close to the 90,000 mark in popu
Harvesting machinery and supplies
valued at $100,000 were badly dam
aged early Friday by a fire which
gutted the warehouses of the Interna
tional Harvester Company of Amer
ica, 428 First street N., Minneapolis.
At a meeting in St. Paul the direct
ors of the Great Northern road con
curred in the resolution adopted by
the stockholders at New York to buy
the subsidiary lines. While, with the
exception of the Spokane Falls &
Northern lines, the system earned
nearly $4,000,000 more than last year,
operating expenses increased more
than $6,500,000, making the decrease
in net earnings about $3,000,000. The
increase of conducting transportation
is $4,000,000.
A rather startling condition was
disclosed in the cities of Moorhead
and Fargo through the accidental dis
covery made by a prominent Pinker
ton detective who has business at
Fargo. While engaged in running
down a special line of work upon
which he was sent to Fargo, he unex
pectedly struck another lead that
proved of interest to him. This de
tective makes the statement that six
teen yeggemen, or safe blowers, make
their headquarters in Moorhead and
Northern Minnesota government
lands will be drained as follows .A,
main ditch will be dug from Rapid
river to^fted lake. Rapid river is a
distance of eight miles east of Spoon
er. The ditch proposed for construc
tion will have a lock at the upper end,
which will be in use during excessive
rainfall. Into this main ditch lateral
ditches will be dug into which they
can empty their supply of water. This
plan of survey is feasible as Red lake
has an altitude of 1,172 feet, while
Lake of the Woods has an altitude of
1,061 feet.

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