One Hundred Square Miles of Terri-
tory Devastated by Holocaust
In British Columbia.
Conservative Estimate Places Number
of Persons Who Lost Their
Lives in Fire at Fifty.
The terribly destructive fires which
have swept the Crow's Nest district of
the Elk River valley in British Colum
bia since last Saturday, and which
have devastated a hundred square
miles of territory, are eating through
vast forests on the mountain sides and
it is thought they will soon burn them
selves out for lack of something to de
A late press bulletin says that the
city of Michel is in flames and that
Hosmer is in peril and may at any
time be attacked by the flames should
the wind change and thus favor the
fire fiend's progress in that direction.
It is impossible at this time to ar
rive at a summary of the situation as
regards loss of life and property with
even approximate correctness. How
ever, it is not believed the death list
will exceed fifty persons.
The property loss has been very
great, but this, too, is difficult to esti
mate correctly. A conservative valua
tion would probably place the amount
at $6,000,000 or $7,000,000.
An estimate of the results of the fire
is as follows:
Town of Fernie, about 5,000 inhabi
tants, practically wiped out, loss of
twenty lives, and $4,000,000 or $5,000,-
000 in property.
Town of Hosmer, about 800 inhabi
tants, partially burned, with loss of
one life and $250,000 in property.
Three hundred persons homeless.
Town of Michel, now burning, four
persons reported killed.
Town of Sparwood, sawmill village,
'two killed and large mills destroyed.
'Damage estimated at $250,000.
Damage to standing timber through
out the burned territory estimated
from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000.
Eighteen bodies have been found in
-the ruins caused by the fire at Fernie.
The logging crew of the Elk Lumber
company, consisting of about twenty,
is still missing.
"Spectator" Replies to Foley Tribune
Dear Editor: In its attempt to give
an account of a recent ball game be
tween the Princeton and Foley teams
the Foley Tribune gets off this drivel:
"Last Sunday on the Foley
diamond, one of the best games of the
season took place, when Foley shut
out Princeton, in a botly contested
game. The rain interupted the game
twice and it was about 6.30 when the
game was over. Only two innings
were played before the rain put a stop
to it, and five innings were played
about supper time. The Princeton
players, notwithstanding their crooked
work and own umpire failed to score
in other words they were given the
most thorough trouncing, beating out
classed and laid on the shelf that it
has been their fortune to get this sea
son. They were thoroughly whipped
at every pointoutclassed as ball
players and went home with the starch
all taken out of them. They came to
Foley with a crack Minneapolis
pitcher, of the J. Vos team Sga
minski and put up the game of their
life, but they were not in it. They
relied on dirty work, and when this
iailed them, they were all in, as they
were called at every turn and proved
easy victims for the strong Foley ag
gegation, which by the way are put
ting up a pretty fast game in fact thev
are now out of Princeton's class and
will take on bigger games in the
-future. The features of the game were
Strand's fielding and Clark's batting.
It was a hummer, and the boys are
certainly entitled to a big mark for
skinning the dirty Princeton players."
This is ]ust the sort of rot that
degrades the country newspaper arid
brings discredit to the town that sup
There was nothing in this game to
cause the Tribune man to lose either
his head or his composition book.
His garbled and contradictory state
ments are so absurd that they put the
laugh on himself.
The reader asks if the Princetons
were "easy victims, beaten, trounced
and skinned at every point," where
are your scores? How could the
game be a "hummer," "hotly con
tested" and "the best game of the
If the Trib. man were a scholar he
would know better than to make such
foolish statements. Had he a regard
for truth he would not have made
Szymanski a league pitcher had he
been fair he would not try to deceive
by alleging "crooked" work where
there was none had he properly
directed his vision he could discern the
"dirt" in his own eye, and if he had
good manners he would have treated
the visiting team with that courtesy
and generosity that every good citizen
owes to his neighbor in like circum
The simple fact is that this is the
first game Foley has won from Prince
ton in three years, and in this the
Princeton boys were worthy of their
steel in every inch of the contest and
the game swung in the balance up to
the last minute, when Foley made one
The conduct of the Princeton team
both on the diamond and off was
above criticism, and any statement to
the contrary is wilfully and absolutely
Americans love fair play. L6t the
Tribune man be an American, get a
primary grammar and a spelling book
and go away back and sit down.
Very truly yours,
Electric Fluid Strikes Mrs. Newton's House
and Greenbosh Catholic Church.
During the electrical storm on Sun
day night lightning struck the west
side of the main part of Mrs. Mary
Newton's dwelling house, between a
window and the roof and, following
the telephone wire to the eaves trough
of theTporch, entered the house. In its
course it ripped off a few shingles,
loosened the plaster on the wall and
fractured several lathes. In addition
to this no damage was done. The
interior of the house at the time the
lightning struck, says Fred Holm,
presented the appearance of a pyro
technic display. Upon every door
knob and other piece of metal the
lightning cut up fantastic capers and
the illumination was grand though
almost blinding in its intensity.
From the interior of the house the
electric fluid disappeared in all direc
tions. Mrs. Newton and Mrs. Holm
were much frightened at the time, but
luckily escaped injury.
On Wednesday of last week the
Catholic church at Greenbush was
stuck by lightning but no material
damage was effected. The bolt struck
the chimney of the edifice and coursed
down on the inside, going through the
stove and entering the floor. At the
point where the fluid left the church
the flooring was raised but not splin
tered. Together with a slight crack on
the inside of the chimney this consti
tuted the total damage.
Legislative Candidates In Morrison County.
In the neighboring county of Morri
son, which together with Crow Wing
county comprises the 48th legislative
district, several candidates have filed
for the republican nomination for the
house, among them the two old mem
bers, Hon. I. W. Bouck and Hon. M.
N. Young. Mr. Young is serving his
first term and made a creditable
record in the last house. Mr. Bouck
has served three terms, and by reason
of his experience and his sterling
qualities he was regarded as one of
the leading and most influential mem
bers of the last house. We have known
Ira Bouck for many years and have
found him to be a man of his word
and absolutely on the square. He has
a large number of personal friends
in Princeton who regard him very
highly and wish him success.
Freight by Kail to Unamia and Wahkon.
The Wahkon Enterprise announces
that freight for Onamia and Wahkon
will be accepted by the Soo via
Brooten as soon as the side tracks
are cleared, which will be in a few
days. Freight from Brooten will be
free but at the owners' risk. The Soo
company is treating the people along
its new branch line very generously.
What a God-send it will be to the
business men of Onamia and Wahkon
to get their freight delivered by rail
at their doors instead of carting it
from Milaca or Mora, 30 miles, over
not the best of roads at certain sea
sons of the year.
In an article published in last
week's Union bearing the caption,
"Harry Nabs His Man," the name of
Speeder of Foreston should be
substituted for Deputy Sheriff Smith
of Milaca. It appears that Mr. Smith,
although engaged on the Randall
case, was not with the sheriff at the
time of the arrest and consequently
was not made prisoner in the house as
Wanted at Northwestern Hospital.
An opportunity is now open in the
nurses' staff at the Northwestern hos
pital, Princeton, Minn., for a young
woman desirous of becoming a trained
graduate nurse. The course embraces
a thorough practical hospital training
for a period of two years with a small
salary attached. Write or apply at
once to Dr. C. H. Cooney, Princeton.
July 24August Stromberg and
Kathrina Ghanberg, Milaca.
July 30Charley~Flack and Mary
AuugstlP. Welshans, Minneapo
lis, and Eugenia Thomas, Milaca.
B. C. DUNS, Publisher. rer lear. PRINCETON, MULE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 1908.
AT ELK LAKE PARK
Dance on Friday Evening Attended
by rtany People From Prince-
ton and Other Towns.
Campers, Fishermen and Others at
the Lake in Large Number
During Past Week.
Larger and larger grows the num
ber of people who attend each succeed
ing dance at Elk Lake park and more
enthusiatic are they becoming over
the beauties of this pretty summer
resortthe picturesque stretch of
woodland with its shimmering lake.
Friday evening's dance was a record
breaker for attendance. There were
people present from all the surround
ing towns and from the twin cities
Princeton contributing a large con
tingent. The evening was a most
beautiful one and the dance music
furnished by Murphy's orchestra
could scarcely have been improved
upon. The cottages at the lake do
not have to go begging for occupants,
and a person is lucky indeed if able
to obtain one at this season of the
year. Mr. Pratt is daily in receipt of
leters from people living in various
parts of the country who desire to rent
cottages, and is doing his best to ac
commodate them. Next year he ex
pects to build more cottages at the
lake. Persons desirous of renting
cottages should not delay in making
application for same.
Visitors have been numerous at the
cottages this week and fishing has
Miss O'Reilly and her guests, Miss
Mallory of Duluth and Miss Margaret
A. King of Eagle Lake, broke camp
on Monday and returned to their
homes after a month at the park.
Geo. E. Rice, wife family and Mrs.
A. S. Hill and family of St. Paul con
cluded their camping on Sunday night.
Mrs. Hill and family returned to
their home on Tuesday.
Al. Munz went to the cities on a
business trip Monday. His wife
Local politics are warming up a bit
and the indications are that there will
be several lively contests at the
primaries and also at the November
Good positions are awaiting all
competent bookkeepers and stenog
raphers. You should attend Mankato
Commercial college, the greatest
school in the country. Send for cata
Miss Mary G. Fanning and sister
Lilly were the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Guy Ewing over Sunday and on Mon
day left for St. Paul. The former
was one of the instructors at the
Milaca summer school.
George Ross is improving his un
dertaker's office by putting down hard
wood floors, papering the walls and
fixing it up generally in first-class
style. George believes in having
everything right up to date.
Mrs. C. S. Neumann and daughter,
Gertrude, returned on Saturday from
a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas
Neumann and family at New Ulm A
dance was given in honor of Miss
Gertrude Neumann on Friday even-
Officers of the Mille Lacs County
Agricultural association met at M. S.
Rutherford's office yesterday after
noon and arranged the preliminaries
for the coming fair. The premium
list will be issued within a week or
Dr. Armitage found it necessary to
send his auto to the cities for repairs.
That speech he made at the ceramery
picnic appears to have been too much
for the machineit could not stand
the inflation and ruptured its gas
The summer school at Milaca closed
on Saturady and the Princeton con
tingent, with the exception of Miss
Bertha Dugan, returned by wagon
route on the same evening. Miss
Dugan came down on Monday morn
The first railroad accident to happen
in Onamia occurred Saturday night,
when a locomotive was run into a
caboose injuring the two men who
were sleeping inside quite badly. The
men were after taken to a hospital.
Kopp & Bartholomew's semi-annual
reduction sale has attracted many
people to their store this week and
they have disposed of a large quantity
of goods at cut prices. The sale is
still in progress, and an ad on the
fifth page of the i on will give you
an idea of the prices prevailing on
I clothing at this store.
BOYS OFJHIRD WIN
In Regimental Team natch at Lake-
view Company Q's Members
Make Qood Showing.
Bemis Selected to Shoot for Position
on State Team but Marshall
is Made a Substitute.
^The regimental team match at Camp
Cakeview has been won by the Third
regiment with a total score of 3,919
points, while the Second and First
regiments made scores of 3,858 and
3,488 respectively. Company G's three
marksmen shot well in this match and
made the following total scores: Ser
geant Marshall, 222 Private Bemis,
241 Lieutenant Sellhorn, 220. The
highest aggregate score was made by
Lieutenant Colonel Resche of the
Third regiment246 points.
Seven men were chosen from each
regimental team to shoot for positions
on the state team and Private Bemis
of Company was one of these men
from the Third regiment. Being un
able to remain for the preliminary
shoot Sergeant Marshall was substi
tuted in his place.
Sergeant Marshall is still at Camp
Lakeview, where a contest is in prog
ress to determine the fifteen men who
shall go to Camp Perry, Ohio, to
represent the state of Minnesota
in the national rifle tournament
which will commence on August 10.
Last year Sergeant Marshall was one
of the men who won this honor and"
who made some splendid scores at the
Ohio shoot. The crack teams of the
country will participate in the Ohio
Lieutenant Sellhorn and Private
Bemis returned to Princeton on Satur
Still Another Candidate.
Mr. Rufus P. Morton of Brickton
has filed as a prohibition candidate
for the house from the 45th district.
This makes four candidates from
Mille Lacs county. Mr. Morton is an
estimable gentleman and would make
an excellent representative he will be
one of the nominees of his party and
his name will appear on the official
ballot at the November election. He
hardly expect* to-be elected, but his
candidacy may help the members who
are pledged to county option.
A Forceful Address.
Rev. C. M. Heard, D. D., of Minne
apolis delivered a forceful address
entitled "Watchman on the Walls of
Our National Life," in the Methodist
church on Sunday evening. The
learned doctor handled his subject in
a masterly manner and brought out
with distinctness its most salient
points. As a plain, commonsense
speaker Dr Heard has few equals.
His address on Sunday was highly
appreciated by the large audience
which gathered to listen to him
Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Fisk were sur
prised on Tuesday evening by over
thirty of their friends and neighbors.
The surprise was in honor of Mr.
and Mrs. Fisk's birthday anniversa
ries, one of which occurred on Tues
day and the other on Wednesday. Ice
cream and cake were served and Mr.
and Mrs. Fisk received several pretty
presents. The evening was one of
Chas. L. Freer, editor of the Lake
Breeze, who was here Tuesday on the
Brant case, says that the people of
Onamia are overjoyed at the appear
ance of the iron horse and that the
little town is all excitement and boom.
"Now you will see the lake country
settle up rapidly," said he.
Local Crop Conditions.
Small grain is ripening fast and the
reapers are at work on the light soil.
The prospects for a fair crop of oats
and wheat are good. Corn is looking
well. Potatoes are fair, but very
uneven on clay soil. There will be a
heavy yield of tame and wild hay.
AT NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL.
Robert Knowlton of Santiago,
nephew of Hon. H. E. Craig, under
went an operation by Dr. Cooney on
Tuesady morning for appendicitis. At
last report Mr. Knowlton was mak
ing a very satisfactory convalescence.
W. H. Thompson of Glendorado was
at the hospital a few days last week
being treated for heat prostration.
He has fully recovered.
Pickle Growers, Attention.
Many of the people who are growing
cucumbers for the new salting station
were not present at any of the meetings
last spring when the pickle question
was explained to the farmers and
some of the farmers who were present
have forgotten the instructions in
regard to sizes.
Picjdes should be picked off the
vines every other day and everything
from one and one-half inches long
should be picked.
After picking they should be thrown
into a sorter, such as may be seen at
the salting station, and any farmer
can make one, then sort as follows:
From inches to 3% inches is the
small size, and brings $1.00 per hun
dred pounds. From Z% inches to 1%
inches is the medium size, and brings
60c per hundred pounds. From 4%
inches to 5% inches is the largest size
and we cannot use anything larger.
Pfckles which have begun to get
yellow or pickles longer than 5
inches cannot be accepted
Stroeter Pickle Co.
DISTRICT 17 AGAIN.
Chas. Brant Charged With Appropriating
Money Belonging to School
Chas. Hrant, late treasurer of
school district 17, was brought down
from the lake on Tuesday by Sheriff
Shockley upon a warrant issued by
Justice Klein charging him with hav
ing unlawfully appropriated to his
own use the sum of $329 belonging to
that district. It appears that Mr.
Brant refused to turn this money over
to H. G. Booth, the present treasurer,
and he (Mr. Booth) swore out the
warrant for its recovery.
Mr. Brant was arraigned in Justice
Norton's court, where he pleaded not
guilty and waived examination. He
was bound over in the sum of $500 to
the district court.
Fire on Saturday completely
destroyed the Big Lake creamery.
The loss is $4,000, covered by insur
ance. Seven hundred pounds of but
ter was lost.
A news item dated Moorhead says:
The outlook for the potato crop in
Clay county is going to be of such
proportions that potato growers are
preparing to be almost swamped.
The recent rains were just what was
wanted and this year's isiikely to be a
record breaking crop, both as to yield
per acre and quality of the tubers.
Notice comes from Washington that
at 9 a. m. September 15, 46,226 acres
of northern Minnesota lands will be
thrown open for entry at the Duluth
and Cass Lake land offices, the land
lying within the two districts. The
land to be opened is of the ceded
Chippewa lands, being a portion of
different old reservations. The land
is classed as agricultural, having
been eliminated from the national
forest reserve. A prior right cannot
be secured by settling on the land
before the date of entry, and the home
stead laws, with certain modifications,
A beetle scientifically known as
Elaphidon villosum and popularly
called the oak pruner is doing consid
erable damage to the oak trees in this
part of the state. The injury is
caused by a grub or worm which
attacks the twigs and smaller branches
causing them to drop off. The beetle
is about three-quarters of an inch
long and the eggs which produce the
grub were laid last summer. The
manifest remedy and method of pro
cedure, to avoid trouble next year, is
to collect and burn these fallen twigs,
which in every case, apparently, con
tains the depredators.
The members of the last state board
of equalization that will probably
ever sit in Minnesota have been
named. The board becomes extinct
with the first of the new year, when it
will be succeeded by the present state
tax commission. All the old members
are reappointed with the exception of
C. E. Vassaly of Little Falls and
F. B. Brown of Blue Earth City
C. F. Ladner of St. Cloud and O. H.
Schroeder of Mountain Lake take
their places. The appointments are
as follows: First districtJohn
Heinen, Hastings: third district, An
drew French, Plainviewr fifth district,
William Hausewitz, Owatonna seventh
district, C. F. Ladner, St. Cloud,
ninth district, Henry Nolte, Duluth
thirteenth district, S. B. Nelson, Lu
verne fifteenth district, Cornelius
O'Brien, Brainerd seventeenth dis
trict, O. H. Schroeder, Mountain
R. Byers Elected Chairman
At a meeting of the school board of
Princeton Independent district No. 1
on Tuesday evening a reorganization
of the body was effected and R. D.
Byers elected chairman to succeed
G. A. Eaton. J. J. Skahen was re
elected clerk and E. L. McMillan trea
surer. The other members of the
board are A. W. Woodcock, W. H.
Ferrell and H. H. Farnham. Eleven
thousand dollars was the amount de
cided upon as the annual levy for
TOLUME XXXII. NO. 33
E SUMMER SCHOOL
Term Closed at flilaca on Saturday
With an Excellent Program of
Speeches and Music.
School Most Successful and /lost
Largely Attended of Any Ever
Held in This County.
Summer school closed at Milaca on
Saturday. It was a day that will
long be remembered by those in at
tendance as the close of the most
successful summer school ever held in
the countyit marked a period in the
county's educational advancement.
The large assembly hall of the Milaca
high school building was packed at
both sessions, and in the afternoon
many people were compelled to occupy
the adjoining hall. Surrounding
counties were well represented by
school officers and teachers at the
An excellent program was presented
and among its leading features was
the instrumental music rendered by
Miss Mary G. Fanning and her sister
Lilly of St. Paul. The vocal selec
tions were discoursed by the school
chorus, which had been brought to a
high degree of perfection during the
term through the efforts of Miss Mary
G. Fanning. Miss Lilly Fanning is
one of the leading instrumental
teachers in St. Paul, and the numbers
played by her brought forth rounds of
Miss Gladys Olson of Cove gave a
vocal solo that showed an excellent
voice as to tonal qualities. She cer
tainly ranks among the best soprano
singers in this part of the state. It is
sincerely the wish of all who heard
her that she may have every oppor
tunity to cultivate and fully develop
her remarkable voice.
State Supt. Olson gave an address
filled with information for the teachers
and school board members. It dealt
principally with heating, ventilating
and the availability at the present day
of good, sound, sensible school
libraries in the country schools.
Supt. E. L. Porter of Hastings
talked on consolidated districts. His
address was replete with statistics and
showed that the system was working
successfully in counties in southern
Minnesota. It is a much mooted
question as to the northern and
unsettled counties, but something to
keep in the foreground, and as soon
as possibly practicable to bring it
into active use.
President W. A. Shoemaker of the
St. Cloud normal gave a splendid
address full of inspiration for those
interested in education. He devoted
part of his time in telling what the
normal schools are doing to help the
good work. He showed that much had
been accomplished but there is still a
^rast field of labor, and that it is in
cumbent upon all to battle incessantly
and fearlessly against the ignorance
that still is abundant everywhere.
J. J. Skahen, secretary of the
Princeton school board, talked along
the line of what school boards should
purchase and what they should avoid
purchasing from the various chart
and map fiends that, at times, swarm
over the country. It was an instruc
tive talk and should be heeded by
every school board.
Lars Eriksson of Onamia gave some
good hints as to model work in the
summer schools and as to the proper
way to have light enter the rooms.
He was listened to with close atten
It is worthy of note that many of
the leading people of Milaca visited
the school during its session and that
able addresses were given during the
course by W. H. Robinson of the
M. E. church and J. C. Davies of the
Congregational church. Both were
entertaining and instructive talkers.
It has been demonstrated most
clearly that Mille Lacs county can
have, and has had, every year a sum
mer school that need not be spoken of
in words of apology. The work has
been of a high standard, and this year
the addition of all first-grade subjects
to the curriculum has made the stand
ing still more satisfactory.
Some complaint has been made that
it is too irksome, too hard,, to be
called upon to go to summer school.
The law does not compel any one to
attend, but can you expect to do your
full duty as teachers and not keep, in
touch with this splendid age of prog
ress? Do you know of any other
way to keep abreast of the times? If
so bring it out and many willing
helpers will flock to your standard.
It is a notable fact that, no complaint
is made by the hard working, success
ful teacher, but that the most criticism
comes fronr those in the work who are
marked 2 and 3.
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