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Commencement Exercises of North-
4 western Hospital Are Held at
the Methodist Church.
nis&JBertha Brewster Presented With
piploma by Dr. H. Cooney
Wednesday Evening.
La^st evening the graduating exer
*iscfses of the Northwestern Hospital
Training School for Nurses were held
a5Uta Methodist Episcopal church and
.Misj^Bertha Brewster was presented
hjr Dr. Cooney with her diploma.
The large assemblage present at 'the
'i commencement exercises fully demon
strated the interest manifested in this
widely known medical and sur
glcal institutionthe Northwestern
For this occasion a program had
_been arranged which would have done
credit to an event of similar nature in
any of the metropolitan hospitals, and*
'tto rendition could hardly have been
improved upon.
The church was elaborately deco
rate^ with palms interspersed with
native potted flowers and exotics,
which produced an enchanting effect.
Following is the program as
rendered, with the addresses of Miss
Brewster and Dr. Cooney in verbatim:
The exercises commenced with a
selection by a ladies' chorus and
thereafter Rev. J. W. Heard offered
the invocation. This was followed by
a selection entitled "The Song of the
Sea" rendered in an excellent manner
by a double quartet of male and
female voices. Rev. Geo. A. Swert
iager then delivered an able and ap
propriate address and Miss Frances
Peterson followed with a very pleasing
reading entitled "Hagar." Mrs.
Cooney and Chas. Kopp then rendered
a vocal duet entitled "A Night in
Venice" in their usual superb style.
Miss Beyfcha Brewster, the graduate
fr^om the Northwestern hospital, came
next with an essay entitled "The
Profession of Nursing," which she
delivered in a well merited manner.
She spoke as follows:
Tlie Profession of urging.
Side by side on the sands of history
and of time he the broad footprints
of man and the more slender foot
prints of woman, each equally as
important in creating the highway to
the goal of perfect achievement.
While this is true of the history of
music and art it is doubly true of
medicine, modern surgery, and
trained nursing.
Before the introduction of hospital
training schools nursing could not
properly be called a profession.
Only a few years ago these schools
were not in existence. But the world
awoke to the need of a place where
the doctor's work might be made more
efficient, and as a result of this
demand institutions now exist
throughout the world where scientific
discovery and skilled nursing join
hands in the service for humanity.
The woman who enters the nurse's
profession must be noble and broad
minded, she must possess not only
physical strength, but she must be
watchful, cheerful and filled with
charity, possessing a strength of
character which will inspire confidence
and respect.
Nursing is an art, and it requires
as thorough preparation and a devo
tion as exclusive as that of a painter
or sculptor.
My two years at the Northwestern
Training School have been years of
hard work, but I have obtained a
practical knowledge that could not
possibly have been gained in any
other way.
I wish to thank my instructors for
the interest they have taken in my
training, and in the future I shall
point to my diploma with pride and
with the satisfaction of knowing that
it has been obtained from an institu
tion where modern methods of nursing
are taught and demonstrated with the
thoroughness and after the manner of
the great metropolitan hospitals.
Fine buildings and elaborate equip
ments may be and are, no doubt, of
great value,' but it has been well said
that the laboratory in which the X-ray
was discovered contained but a
Crook's tube, a Rhumkoff coil and
Roentgen himself.
"Let us not be so charmed with the
shell that we cast away the pearl."
To the nurses who are going on with
the work at the Northwestern hospital
I would say: Your profession is a
noble one, but with it there is much to
endure and many obstacles to over
come Be faithful in little things if
you wish for large results.
May our pilgrimage here be a
symphony whose harmonies will ring
out clear and beautiful into the life
eternal. May our good Lord help us
realize our highest aims, and may He
give us abundantly of His graces that
we may do His work while we live and
be greeted, when our labor is over,
with the beautiful words, "Well done
thou good and faithful servant, enter
into eternal joy."
Dr. Cooney's address to the audience
and the graduate followed, and at the
close of its rendition he presented
Miss Brewster with her diploma and
the pin of the Northwestern hospital.
Dr. Cooney said:
The choice of a profession or occu
pation is one of the critical events of
a lifetime, as our usefulness in this
world depends largely upon the
character of the work we undertake to
accomplish. Every individual ap
proaching manhood or womanhood
should have a fixed idea concerning
the line of work they intend to adopt
for a life vocation, for the span of life
is short, the years of active toil are
few and the possibilities of accomplish
ing much in a lifetime are limited.
Selfishness should be set aside in
the choosing of a profession, for we
know the secret of a happy life de
pends upon making others happy.
Wealth and fame are nothing com
pared with a contented, serene and
happy life, and this, the greatest of
all earthly blessings, can be purchased
only at the expense of making
others happy.
We have assembled here this even
ing to witness the formal entrance of
this young lady into the ranks of one
of the noblest and most self-sacrific
ing of all professions, for the nurse,
in the choice of her profession, casts
her lot with the sick, the injured, the
maimed and the distressed. Let us
hope that in making choice of this
humane profession she has delib
erated long and well, that she has not
had in view a life of ease and luxury
or a stepping stone to wealth or
higher social life. If any of these
ambitions have been the means of
taking her away from the family circle
to enter the wards of the Northwestern
hospital I pity her, for her dreams
will have a rude awakening and
sooner or later she will have found
that she has made a mistake in the
choice of a profession. But if she
has, as we believe, entered upon her
pupilage with a steadfast determina
tion to devote her life, her energies
and her talents to the cause of the sick
and suffering, I congratulate her and
can promise her a full measure of
You have chosen a profession for
which woman possesses a special
aptitude, and one intended by the
Creator for your sex. Nursing has
been an occupation ever since mortal
man came into the world, and in all
ages women, by their inborn sympathy
and natural aptitude, have been fore
most in the care of the sick* and in
jured. Their presence and tender
care have always brought sunshine to
the sickroom and comfort to the
You have completed the curriculum
of your studies and training and upon
examination have been found com
petent to enter upon your life work.
As thoroughly well as has been
within our power we have, during the
two years you have been with us,
endeavored to teach the modern
methods of nursing as taught in the
best metropolitan hospitals.
The physician relies upon the
trained nurse for observing and
recording symptoms on which he often
bases his diagnosis and prognosis.
He assigns to the trained nurse ex
clusively the duty to carry his treat
ment into effect, and in doing so he
feels assured that his patient is in
safe hands. To you, the only member
of our graduating classon leaving
your alma mater, I have but one
more admonition to make, for we
stand tonight at the parting of the
ways. You must not conclude that
your time of study is at an end. You
have laid a good foundation of a
knowledge of nursing, and it remains
for you to build on this an enduring
structure by persistent efforts to keep
pace with the improvements and
advancements made in the progres
sive profession of which you now
form a part.
Success in any vocation in life is
only attainable by the hardest kind of
toil and the sacrifice of personal com
forts, and we who are assembled here
to witness your entry into the noblest
and most unselfish of all professions,
are anxious that your most sanguine
hopes based on the purest motives
should be realized.
The trained nurse is a creation of
the last fifty years and calls to mind
again the dark days of the Crimean
war and Florence Nightingalethe
great work performed by a corps of
some thirty energetic, earnest women
under the direction of this great
pioneer of the healing art done in the
field hospitals before the flaming
brows of Sebastopol.
Thirty-six years ago the first train
ing shool for nurses was established
in Bellview hospital, New York city,
and the course was six months long.
Thirty six years! A comparatively
short time if measured merely by the
figures on the calendar, but an infinite
period if measured by the multitudi
nous and revolutionary changes.
Thirty-six years ago vivid chromos,
the product of lithography, were im
mensely popular. They have now
entirely given place to the really
beautiful Christmas and New Years
cards. Type setters and compositors
were not being pushed aside then by
the composing machine.
Men wrote letters by laborious
efforts with pen and ink and did not
then have typewriters, the newspapers
did not publish pictures and the
pictures in the magazines were wood
cuts and not halftones. In the entire
country there were only four establish
ments for making artificial ice, now
there are over 800. The preservation
of food by canning was just beginning
to become a great industry. Num
bers of persons were then reading
Jules Verne's recently published book
"Twenty Thousand Leagues Under
the Sea," but navigation under water
was then but a poet's dream. It is
now realized in the submarine boat.
The United States navy was then
almost extinct, thanks to some of the
ablest political engineers of destruc
tion that ever wrought evil deeds.
The Phillipine Islands were known
to but few in this country, and then
only in connection with hemp and
peculiar looking cigars, and the man
did not live who could forecast the
message of progress that Dewey was
to write in iron hail on the battlements
of Manila, and out of which was to
spring that new island empire in the
very portals of the distant sunset.
The United States army numbered but
20,000 men, some of whom were used
to carry elections in the southern
states, and some of whom, under Gen.
Miles, were fighting Chief Joseph and
his Nez Perces in northern Montana.
The streets of our metropolitan cities
were paved with Belgian blocks and
cobble stones, the wizard, Edison, was
at Menlo park, deep in perfecting fche
incandescent electric light and the
phonograph. The telephone was ex
hibited at the Centennial exhibition
and was regarded as a marvel, but a
toy. Marconi had not yet beckoned the
mystic symbol out of the fogs of the
North Atlantic across 1,800 miles of
lonely sea.
There was not a genuine trained
nurse in any of the hospitals of Phila
delphia. Surgery was narrow and
limited compared with what it is
today, and most ignorant persons
were afraid of hospitalswould go to
one only in the last extremity, and
then went in deadly terror of the black
bottle and the fatal potion. But year
by year there has been a growing con
fidence in hospitals. Antisepsis has
wrought marvels as mighty as were
conjured by the seal of Solomon. It
has made possible the surgery of the
brain, the chest and the abdomen. It
has practically abolished the so-called
blood poisoning as a sequel to sur
gical operations. It has lessened the
mortality of major amputation from
over 50 per cent to less than 5 per cent.
Truly the life of Dr. Lister, who
promulgated it, has been a greater
boon to the human race than the lives
of a hundred military heroes or a
score of kings. Pain, hemorrhage,
infection, the three great evils which
had always embittered the practice of
surgery and checked its progress,
were in a quarter of a century robbed
of their terrorsa new era had
We, as physicians and surgeons,
would be almost powerless without the
trained nurse in many instances if
we had to battle with disease and
injury without the aid of a well
trained, honest, conscientious nurse.
Whatever success I may have attained
in my profession I am only too will
ing to admit that more than one half
of it I owe to the hard-working trained
nurses who have assisted me.
You are expected to practice daily
in the most unselfish manner the
greatest of all virtues, charity,
"charity always spells success," and
rather than be idle serve the poor.
Be cautious in the administration of
drugs, be careful in your preparation
for operations, be not too easily satis
fied. Few things are impossible to
diligence and skill, and above all
remember that enthusiasm is the mo
tive-force of progress in all things
No really great deed was ever done
in arts or arms or literature or
science that was not the product of
enthusiasm. It took,Cook to the
southern seas, it lured *Gama around
the cape, it called De Haven to seek
for Franklin in the awful solitude of
the frozen north, and it beckoned
Columbus across the ocean from Palos
to the Indies. It carved the Belvidere
Apollo and it painted the Sistine
Madonna, it struck fire from cold flint,
it gave the wheel to the wagon, it
invented the alphabet and it saw in
the steam wreaths from a tea kettle a
force greater than that of all the men
in the world united. It reared the
pyramids, it built St. Peter, it bridged
the Hudson, it will dig the canal at
Panama, and it laid the gleaming
rails of civilization on the summits ot
the mighty Rockies. It carried mes
sages through the air, it stored up
speech in resorvoirs and it harnessed
the lightning to drag the vehicles of
man. It discovered the blood circu
lation, it invented the ligature for the
control of hemorrhage, it introduced
vaccination and anesthesia, and it
laid the gentle hand of healing on the
wounds of humanity through anti
septic surgery.
We note its presence in the
aphorisms of Hippocrates, in the
orations of Demosthenes, with New
ton and Pasteur. It was with Alex
ander in the field as he conquered the
world. It was with Plato in the
grove when he founded philosophy.
It was by the lonely lamp of Celsus
and behind the sightless eyes of
Galileo. It stimulated the labors of
Washington and Cromwell, of Shakes
pere and of Florence Nightingalea
name of deathless fame.
May you feel it, may you realize it.
May you be animated by this immortal
principal, may you be driven by this
divine fire. If you are you will go
through higher aims to broader
destinies. As you leave us and turn
your face fearlessly to the front fight
ing life's battles over the somewhat
rugged road that leads to what we call
success in this life, we bid you God
speed with our last word of goodbye
as we hand you your pin and diploma
of the Northwestern hospital.
Tie graduation exercises concluded
wita a pretty selection by the ladies'
quartet entitled Breeze of the Night."
Mrs. Benj. Soule was the accom
panist of the evening.
Tltiltfi Herbert Uates autl the rw6 Our
-4 0 nles Talk Over Their Experi
ence I the Wilds of Alaska.
Last Wednesday evening Herbert
Gates of Wyanett was pleasantly sur
prised by a visit from an old Alaska
mining chum, Col W. S. Amy, of
Valdez. The colonel had been on a
visit to his old home in Vermont, for
the first time in 40 years, and was on
his way back to Valde^, when he
stopped over at St. Paul and ran up
here to visit his old friend and work
mate. Both Mr. Gates and Mr. Amy
were the guests of R. C. Dunn Thurs
day evening. On Friday Mr. Gates
accompanied Mr. Amy to St. Paul
where they were pleasantly entertained
by State Auditor Iverson. Mr. Amy
departed for the west Sunday fore
Col. Amy first visited Alaska with
an exploring party in 1881 and
remained there several years when he
returned to the states. In 1897 he
again revisited the scene of his former
travels and pitched his tent at Valdez.
For three years or more he was as
sociated with the McClellan-Gates
party who in 1899 discovered the
Nikolai copper and gold mine on
McCarty Creek, and a year later the
famous Bonanza copper mine where
scores of thousands of tons of rich
ore is in plain sight. The Bonanza
property was disposed of to New York
parties in 1902. A railroad is proj
ected from Valdez into the Bonanza,
and if such a road is built, and it
must be built for the parties who pur
chased the Bonanza have a large sum
invested, it will go within a short
distance of the Nikolai, in which
Amy, Gates, McOlellan, Iverson and
Dunn still own interests.
Col. Amy is engaged in the livery
business at Valdez. In 1897 there was
nothing there save a few shacks, today
it is a city of 6,000 people with all
modern improvements. Mr. Amy
says there is a splendid opening in
Valdez and vicinity for people who
wish to engage in farming on a small
scale. Garden truck commands any
old price. He pays as high as $70 per
ton for feed for his animals. There
is no trouble in raising all kinds of
vegetables in the^ valleys, but the
people are" so deeply interested in
mines and mining that they do not
care to devote any time to truck-farm
ing although there is good money in
it. Mr. Amy carried back a trunk
full of early potatoes and early seeds.
Owing to the long days crops
planted in June will easily mature.
Keep In the Center of the Road.
Messrs. Lefavor and Young will
complete their job on the mile of
Princeton and Elk River road between
Jack Van Alstein's and the Bill
Brown oorner by this evening or to
morrow. This fs the piece of sandy
road that is being experimented with
by State Highway Engineer Cooley.
The brush has been cleared out of the
road to within a few feet of the
fences on each side of a 20 feet
roadway the ground has been
plowed, leveled off and seeded to
clover, timothy and oats. The road
way of 20 feet has been strawed ana it
is hoped that there will be no travel
on the part of the road that is seeded.
When the grain matures it will be cut
and stacked along the roadside and
will be applied to the roadway. Next
year it is expected that there will be
sufficient clover hay to keep the road
in excellent condition, then the
timothy will take the place of the
clover. There is not the least doubt
but what the experiment will prove
successful. At any rate the state is
footing the bills and the traveling
public should heed the signs and keep
off the sides of the roadkeep in the
center of the roadand give the grain
and clover a chance to grow. A
couple of coatings of straw or hay in
a season will transform the worst
stretch of sandy road into a fairly
good highway and if the treatment is
persisted in for a few years a solid
hard road will be the result. M. S.
Rutherford and the publisher of the
Union have had considerable
trouble in getting the state engineer to
make this experiment and it is
sincerely hoped that the traveling
public will do their part by keeping
off the sides of the road in question.
Memory of Soldier Dead Will be Appro
priately Honored on May 30
Saturday. May 30, is Memorial
daythe day set apart by the nation
upon which to honor the memory of
the Union soldiers who have re
sponded to the bugle call from on
high. The local post of the G. A. R.
has arranged an appropriate program
for the day's exercises.
All members of Wallace T. Rines
post 124, and all honorably discharged
soldiers will meet at Grand Army
hall on Saturday, May 30, at 1:30 p. m.
From there they will proceed to the
panxb .house aqus.ro and attend the
Memorial services at 2 p. m.
Son S Choir
Invocation Rev A Swertfager
Song and chorus
Address O Merriman
Son S Choir
Lincoln Gettysburg Address A Norton
Original Poem Boys of Cl Mr Walton
Sotl 'America Audience
Immediately after the completion
of the above program a column will
form in the order detailed below and
march west to the corner of C. A.
Caley's residence and thence north to
the cemetery, where flowers will be
strewn upon the graves of the soldier
E Jones Drum Corps
Princeton Band
Company G, N
ft allace Eines Pest, GAR
Public Schools
Civic Societies
Citizens on Foot
High School Examination,
The state high school examinations
will be given in the high school build
ing as follows:
English Grammar, Sam
Vergil 9am
Junior English, 9am
Latin Grammar, 10 a
Senior English Grammar, 1 30
Ancient Bistory 1 30 p.
Cicero, 1 30
Arithmetic, 9am
German Grammar, 9am
Solid Geometry, 9am
Elementary Algebra, 1 30
Physics, 1 30 m.
Chemistry, 1 30
Senior Arithmetic, 130pm
Sophomore English, 1 30
Geography, 9am
Civil Government, 9am
Caesar, 9am
Fourth Year English 9am
Senior Geography, 130pm
Modern History, 1 30
American History, 9am
Senior American History, 9am
Higher Algebra, 9am
Plane Geometry, 1,30
Republican State Convention,
Secretary Salmon has issued the
official call for the republican state
convention to nominate state officers
which is to be held in the Auditorium,
St. Paul, July 1. The representation
is based on the average vote cast for
the republican state ticket at the elec
tion of 1906, one delegate for every 200
vottes or major fraction thereof and
five delegates at large to each county.
The total number of delegates will be
1,143, of which Mille Lacs will be en
titled to*9, Anoka 11, Isanti 9, Sher
burne 9, Benton 9, Kanabec 7. The
county conventions will be held
Thursday, JuneI25.
fir. Swanbro Was a Veteran of the
Civil War and a Gentleman of
Honor and Integrity.
Mrs. William Klingbeil and Miss Isa-
bella Lenertz Are Also Called
to the Realms Beyond.
After a lingering illness of several
years duration taps sounded for that
gallant veteran, Joseph W. Swanbro,
at his home in Wyanett early on Sun
day morning. For a week prior to
his death paralysis completely be
numbed his faculties and he was
oblivious to all his surroundings.
The funeral was held from the
Christian church Monday afternoon
and was largely attended. The ser
vices were conducted by Rev. F. H.
Marshal], who delivered an extremely
appropriate and eloquent discourse in
which he eulogized the virtues and
patriotism of the deceased and urged,
the relatives not to sorrow for the
departed one as he had lived to a ripe
old age, fulfilled his mission on earth
and now he had gone to his rest. The
remains were interred in the pretty
little burying ground within a stone's
throw of his former abode.
Joseph W. Swanbro was born at
Lancaster, N. Y., August 17, 1834, so
he was 73 years and 9 months old at
the date of his death. He was one of
three children and his father having
died when he was very young he was
thrown upon his own resources at an
early age. In August, 1861, he enlisted
in Co. I., 1st N. Y. Light Artillery
and was honorably discharged in
January, 1865. During the war he.
was in many battles including Bull
Run, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.
The last 16 months of his enlistment
was served in southern prisons includ
ing Libby and Andersonville. Dur
ing his imprisonment he was mourned
by his friends as dead. In July, 1865,
he was married to Miss Lucy Clapp.
To them were born five childrenMrs.
Emma Hill of Braham, Mrs. Alice
Johnson of Wall, S. D., Mrs. May
Scalberg of Maple Ridge, and Will
wad Jeeewe Swanbro of "Wjanott, all
of whom together with their mother
survive him.
Mr. Swanbro came to Minnesota 41
years ago and settled on a homestead
in Spencer Brook. Later, about 25
years ago, he moved across the river
to Wyanett, where he resided until his
Joe Swanbro, as he was familiarly
known, had a rough exterior, but he
was pure gold within. In his death
the community has lost a good neigh
bor, his family a kind and indulgent
husband and father and his country
one of its truest patriots.
Airs. Klingbeil
Augusta, wife of William Klingbeil,
died at her home in Princeton town
ship on Thursday morning, May 14.
She was 40 years of age and the im
mediate cause of her death was
erysipelas. Mrs. Klingbeil had
enjoyed the best of health up to within
a few days of her death.
Rev. Otto Strauch conducted the
funeral services at the German Luth
eran church in the town of Princteon
on Sunday afternoon, May 17, and
the burial took place in the German
Lutheran cemetery.
Mrs. Klingbeil was the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. August Gerth of Prince
ton township. She is survived by a
husband and six children, the oldest
child being 12 years of age and the
youngest 10 months.
In the death of Mrs. Klingbeil the
husband loses a devoted wife, the
children a kind mother and the com
munity a truly good neighbor.
Isabella Mary Lenertz.
Isabella Mary Lenertz, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Lenertz of this
village, died at the Northwestern hos
pital on Monday morning, May 18,
at 6 o'clock from heart failure caused
by exhaustion following an operation
for appendicitis. On Monday of last
week Miss Lenertz was taken suddenly
ill while attending school and on
Tuesday Dr. Cooney operated upon
the patient and removed a gangrenous
appendix. The prospects for the
patient's recovery after the operation
were good, but the disease had
weakened her to such an extent that
she was unable to cope with its effects.
Miss Lenertz was 17 years of age.
Funeral services were held at St.
Edwards church yesterday morning at
10 o'clock and were conducted by Rev.
Father Levings. The remains were
interred in the Catholic cemetery and
many pretty floral offerings were
placed upon the casket by loving
A father, mother, five brothers and
three sisters survive the deceased.
Isabella Lenertz was a girl possess
ing a kind and gentle disposition.
She was a bright and studious pupil
and a favorite with her classmates.
She was taken away in the flower of
her youth, but there is the consolation
that "Heaven gives its favorites early

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