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Eloquent and Impressive Sermon De-
livered by Rev. Heard at Fu-
neral of Mrs. Smith.
Benjamin Whitcomb Buried With mil-
itary Honors at Oak Knoll
Cemetery on Friday.
Funeral services over the remains
of Mrs. George Smith were held at the
family residence on Monday afternoon
at 2 o'clock and Rev. J. W. Heard,
pastor of the Methodist church, of
which Mrs. Smith was a member, de
livered an eloquent and touching ora
tion extolling the many virtues of that
good christian woman. A quartet
consisting of Miss Lundquist, Mrs.
Briggs, Guy Ewing and Fremont
Woodcock sang some very appropriate
and impressive hymns and there were
many pretty offerings in the shape of
floral wreaths. The interment was in
Oak Knoll cemetery and many rela
tives and friends of Mrs. Smith, in
cluding a number of Grand Army
and M. N. G. members, followed the
remains to their last resting place.
The honorary pallbearers consisted
of F. A. Lowell, Wm. H. Townsend,
David Whitcomb and A. Z. Norton,
of the G. A. R. while the active pall
bearers were Sergeants Bullis, Byers
and arr, Corporals Steinbach and
Pittsley and Private Brace, of Com
pany G, Minnesota National Guard.
With one exceptionthat of Merton
Smith of Wiltonall of Mrs. Smith's
childeren. viz., Mrs. Eva Keith,
Charles, Fred and John Smith,
Princeton Mrs. Harry Newton,
Seattle, and Mrs. Bert Wetsel, Spo
kane, were in attendance at the obse
Benjamin Whitcomb.
On Friday, February 12, all that
was mortal of Benjamin Whitcomb
was laid at rest in Oak Knoll
cemetery. The impressive ceremonies
of the Methodist church were con
ducted by Rev. J. W. Heard in the
presence of the immediate family of
the deceased except his brother,
George, who was unable to be present.
His friends and neighbors in large
numbers paid their last respects and
brought many beautiful flowers, as a
last offering, to his bier. Members of
Company G, M. N. G,, acted as pall
bearers and the bugle call was sounded
over his grave.
Thus passed away a young man
only 22 years old. He was a patient
sufferer for many months, even retain
ing in all his suffering a cheerful,
sunny disposition. He was much
esteemed by his comrades and friends.
All that could be done to stay the
fatal disease was resorted to by his
fond parents, brothers and sisters.
They have the satisfaction of at least
knowing he was a good young man
and died in the Christian faith.
The family desire to tender their
heartfelt thanks to those who so kindly
assisted them during this great sorrow
and bereavement.
Sister Ortilla Dead
Sister Odiha, whose only brother,
Gerhard Nachbar, resides in Prince
ton, died on Friday at the convent,
St. Joseph, and the funeral was held
on Sunday. Sister Odilia, whose
family name was Nachbar, was born
at Gross Verning, Purssia, May 13,
1849, so that she was nearing her
sixtieth birthday. She made her
simple vows June 10, 1873, at St.
Joseph, and her last vows three years
later 13 or the last few years she has
been prefect of the simple professed
sisters. The deceased was a sister of
the late Senator Mathias Nachbar,
who was well known in Catholic circles
all over the state of Minnesota.
Besides one brother she is survived
by three sisters, namely Sister
Agatha, O. S. B. Mrs. Heubel, Clear
Lake, and Mrs. Krautkremer, Jordan.
Franchere is Up to Date.
N. F. Franchere, having completed
his sale at F. T. Kettelhodt's, re
turiaed to Minneapolis on Monday.
Mr. Franchere is an expert in his line
of business and his sales, as at Kettel
hodt's, are invariably a success. He
knows how to write an ad that will at
tract a crowdan up-to-date, per
suasive ad. Upon every day during
the progress of Mr. Kettelhodt's sale
the store was thronged with people
and on Saturdaythe last day of the
saleit was almost impossible to get
into the store so large was the crowd.
Will Study in Europe
Miss Frances Vincent, the talented
soprano who sang in Princeton upon
two occasions for the members of the
Catholic church, will leave Minneapo
lis with her teacher, Fraulein Schoen
Rene, in the spring to continue her
vocal studies in Berlin, Germany.
Fraulein Schoen-Rene feels confident
that Miss Vincent's talents and ability
are destined to secure for her an en
viable position as an operatic
soprano. Caryl B. Storrs, writing of
Miss Vincent in the Minneapolis Sun
day Tribune, says, among other
things: "Of the many popular singers
of this city none is more popular or
more widely known than Frances
Vincent, and the general feeling in re
gard to her leaving Minneapolis will
be one of mingled regret at her ab
sence and rejoicing that her ambition,
long cherished during years of self
sacrificing labor, is about to be re
alized. She will carry with her the
affection and good wishes of her many
personal friends and of a community
that knows her as a vocal artist of
distinctive charm and attraction."
People Refuse to Get Excited
Village election only three weeks
from next Tuesday, and, despite the
efforts of a notorious marplot to make
the question of license or no license
the paramount issue, our citizens re
fuse to get excited. Princeton people
are level-headed and they will vote for
what they believe to be for the best in
terests of the community without the
slightest regard to the vapid rantings
of a hybrid, self-constituted cham
pion of "law and morality." Our
citizens, as a whole, are orderly and
law-abiding, and they especially be
lieve in the strict enforcement of all
laws and regulations governing the
sale of intoxicating liquors. There
are few more peaceful and pleasanter
places of residence in the state than
Princeton. In the future as in the
past our citizens should pull together
for the up-building of the village and
surrounding country, and he who
undertakes to stir up strife and breed
dissension in our midst should be
given to understand that his room is
far preferable to his company.
Plant Pure Seed Potatoes
If the farmers of this vicinity wish
to maintain their reputation for rais
ing the finest potatoes grown anywhere
in the country they must change their
seed occasionally. Potatoes are
bound to deteriorate in size and
quality if the farmer persists in plant
ing year after year stock grown on his
own farm. Potatoes raised on sandy
soil should be exchanged occasional
ly for tubers raised on clay soil and
vice versa. Great care should be exer
cised to keep the varieties pure.
Mongrel potatoes will not command
as good prices as the pure varieties.
The white varieties in this vicinity,
notably that old stand-by, the Bur
bank, are deteriorating in size and
quality. The Early Ohio is also
retrograding. Get in some pure fresh
stock. Pay more attention to your
seed potatoes. Raise pure varieties.
It should not require an extended ar
gument to convince any intelligent
farmer that it will pay him to plant
pure seed potatoes.
Third Bank Conferred on Five.
Thirteen members of Princeton lodge
No. 93, Knights of Pythias, went to
Milaca on Friday evening and in
itiated a class of five candidates into
the mysteries of the third rank They
took with them the grills, electric bat
teries, guillotine, thumbscrews, billy
goat and other things used in the cere
moniesnine trunkfuls in all. The
candidates withstood the ordeal much
better than was expected, although
some of them are still a trifle lame as
a result of the strenuous tests which
they w.ere compelled to confront. A
supper was given at the Arlington
hotel after the ceremonies. The boys
who went up from Princeton and par
ticipated in the initiatory work were
L. S. Briggs, E. E. Whitney, Frank
Goulding, Robt. H. King, W. P.
Chase, J. L. Larson, Fred Merrill,
A. J. Anderson. R. E. Jones, Ralph
Jones, Alfred H. Johnson, L. B.
McGuire and Chas. Sausser.
Roy Hatcher, who underwent a suc
cessful surgical operation on his
throat last week, has left the hospital.
Mrs. Andrew Brave of Oxlip, who
was admitted last week suffering from
blood poisoning in a severe form,
will recover.
Mrs. L. A. Brown, upon whom a
surgical operation was performed on
Tuesday, is making a satisfactory
Hans Pihl of Freer, who underwent
an operation for the removal of a dead
bone in his left hand, has returned
home much improved.
Mrs. Frank Morneau of Wakhon,
who on Friday underwent a surgical
operation, is convalescent and will re
trun to her home in few days.
Roy Soule of Anaconda, Mont.,
who was severely burned last sum
mer, underwent a Skin-grafting oper
ation on one hand Monday. It was
found necessary to remove the little
finger of the left hand, which had been
rendered useless by the action of the
Participants on Both Sides Well Pre-
pared in High School Athletic
Association's Contest.
Musical Part of Program, Orations
and Readings Are Exception-
ally Well Rendered.
By far the best entertainment ever
presented by the High School Athletic
association was the Lincoln centenary
production on Friday evening, and a
good-sized audience enjoyed the pro
gram. Every number was executed in
a manner that could scarcely be im
proved upon and the variety was
highly pleasing.
The rendition of two vocal solos by
Mis. Clair Caley was in itself a de
lightful treat and Anderson's orchestra
executed some very choice selections.
Musical numbers by the male quartet
were particularly good, as were also
the oration, "Abraham Lincoln," by
Kathryn Wold, and a reading by Miss
The debate, "Resolved that peace
has accomplished more great achieve
ments for mankind than war," proved
to be a hot and heavy set toa battle
of words that would have done credit
to expert legal talent. The arguments
on each side were strong and well pre
sentedso strong in fact that the
learned judgesMessrs. McMillan,
Eaton and Ewinghesitated long be
fore rendering a decision, which was
eventually handed down in favor of
the affirmative side. And now the
negative side threatens to take an ap
peal from the ruling! Lisle Jesmer
and Jess Angstman fought the battle
for the affirmative side and Samuel
Shaw and Archie Hull for the negative.
These entertainments by the Athletic
association constitute a source of
much pleasure to the public and it is
hoped the series will be prolonged.
Complimeuts for the Union.
A Minneapolis lady subscriber
writes the publisher: "That poem
'The Sleeping Sentinel'you printed
in last week's Union is worth the
subscription price of the paper for a
year. Every issue of your paper con
tains something that pleases and in
terests me. I would rather get along
without my daily paper than the
In this connection a brother editor
writes: I missed the Union of the
4th inst. Send me an extra copy. Of
all the exchanges that come to my
table, and we get about 200, the
Union is the most highly prized of
And this compliment from that ex
cellent newspaper, the Sauk Centre
Herald, is also appreciated: "All
may not agree with Bob Dunn polit
ically, but everybody agrees that he
puts out the most readable editorial
page of all the Minnesota weekly
newspapers. The Princeton Union
is the most eagerly sought and eager
ly read of them all. That the good
people of Princeton appreciate the
quality of goods Bob delivers to them
is witnessed by the liberal advertising
support they give him year in and year
out. Long live Bob and the
Charged With Stealing Clothes.
A man giving the name of Ole Strom
was arrested here on Tuesday after
noon by Marshal Cravens upon in
formation received from Milaca that
he had stolen a suit of clothes from
Alex Mitchell and had started in the
direction of Princeton. When arrested
he had just disposed of the clothes to
Reinhold Manke for five dollars, but
the marshal advised him to return the
money and this he did. He was taken
back to Milaca on the 5:30 train by
Sheriff Shockley and the same evening
brought before a justice of the peace
and committed to jail to await the
action of the grand jury at the next
term of court. County Attorney Ross,
who was on his way to St. Cloud, and
remained over night in Milaca, ap
peared as state prosecutor. Sheriff
Shockley took Strom to the Hennepin
county jail yesterday morning.
A Deserved Salary Increase
County Attorney Ross has been
granted an increase of $50 a year in
his salary by Judge Myron D. Taylor.
This brings it up to $800. Mr. Ross
made application to the board of
county commissioners for an increase
of salary at the January session and
it was then raised from $700 to $750
per annum. He however considered
that he was entitled to an increase of
$100 a year to equalize his salary with
that paid by counties of like size to
their attorneys, and appealed the case
to Judge Taylor with the above result.
Mr. Ross is a faithful, painstaking
official and no one willl begrudge him
the^small addition to his stipend.
if a _,
Senator Hackney's Farmers' Corre-
spondence School Scheme Fa-
vored by Jas. J. Hill.
Bill Introduced to Compel Minor Polit-
ical Organizations to Publish
Annual Statements.
Union Special Correspondence
St. Paul, Feb. 17. The house has
decreed that April 6 shall be the date
of adjournment, but so far the senate
has failed to fall in line, which leads
me to believe that the legislative finish
will not be any earlier than usual.
John Saugstad of Climax,who aspires
to be the leader of the rural contingent
of the house, forced the whole thing
with a resolution to make it March 31,
and the steering committee, in order to
satisfy him and his followers, added a
week more, but I am afraid that is all
the farther it will get. Nothing is im
possible in this world, but how both
house and senate can complete the
important work before them in the
time named is beyond the most ardent
advocate of a short session. Plenty of
work has been done, but, to be candid
about it, little has been accomplished
that would redound to the credit of
any one in particular. Most of the
important bills are still in committee
and until they are dragged out and
disposed of it can be hardly said that
the thirty-sixth legislature has ac
complished what it should. To do
this will take some weeks, so all
around the whole thing looks far
fetched. Early adjournment or not I
am anxious that this legislature
makes good, and if it takes the full
limit to do it no one will begrudge the
lime. It is not a question of the num
ber of laws. It is quality entirely.
The minor political organizations of
the state are aimed at in a bill offered
by R. J. Wells of Breckenridge, who
would afford donors to the cause an
insight into the expenditure of the
same. Though not explained, the ob
ject, I infer, is a little publicity re
garding the doings of Supt. Palmer
and the anti-saloon league o* which
he is the head in Minnesota. By a
pass-the-hat game it is claimed that
*hi organization expended nearly
$60,000 last campaign, or at least col
lected that much, and while a rather
expensive campaign organization was
maintained yet some of it went into
the channels of trade. Mr. Wells is
one of *he republican floor leaders of
the house and if his bill fails it will
not be his fault. The bill provides
for the publication of receipts and ex
penditures by the smaller political
organizations the same as the big
fellows. In fact annual statements
are demanded.
Dr. J. A. Gates, a Third district
member of the house and prominent
in the councils of the house steering
committee, would curb the activities
of the book trust to the extent of creat
ing a permanent text book commis
sion, it to have authority to adopt a
course of study and purchase all text
books covering the same. His bill
creating the commission was intro
duced Tuesday in the house. The
commission is to be composed of the
president of the university, the state
superintendent of instruction, the
secretary of state and the state auditor.
For supplying the schools with the
necessary text books bids are to be
asked, but if a combine is shown the
commission is authorized to contract
with the authors of books needed or
any one likely to underbid the
Senator J. M. Hackney's scheme of
an agricultural school of correspond
ence has no less a backer than the
great empire builder, James J. Hill,
of the Great Northern Railway
company. He has just written
from the west commending Mr. Hack
ney's bill highly and offering needed
support in the way of encouraging
letters and talks. Mr. Hackney's idea
is to teach farming by mail, the
central educational institution to be
the state agricultural college located
at St. Anthony Park. His idea is to
aid those whom a lack of funds will
not permit personal attendance at the
state school. Teaching by mail has
grown to tremendous proportions in
the United States and Mr. Hackney
sees no reason why Minnesota should
be behind in the movement.
The gossips are coupling up State
Auditor Iverson with the vacancy on
the state tax commission, but there is
nothing to substantiate it. Not that
Gov. Johnson would not offer the place
to the Fillmore county man if he could
be assured that his acceptance would
be forthcoming, but I opine that Sam
is too foxy to allow the impression to
get abroad that he would even enter
tain it. When Gov. Johnson, with the
sanction of the kitchen cabinet, offers
a place on the tax commission, or any
other job for that matter, to Sam Iver
son it will not be because he and the
cabinet believe he is the right man for
the place, but simply for the purpose
of getting control of the important
office that Mr. Iverson already con
trols. Mr. Iverson knows this as well
as others and I do not figure that he
will fall for the game. As Lincoln said
"you may fool a part of the people
part of the time but you can not fool
all of the people all of the time." And
Sam Iverson has not been connected
with the state auditor's office for eight
een years not to know a little about
the game.
The Damon and Pythias of the
senate are F. Calhoun and E. E.
Smith. The two are inseparable, for
wherever you find the one the other is
sure to be within calling distance. Of
Senator Smith it is to be said that
while little is seen of him in a spectac
ular way, that body generally bends
to his way of thinking, while as to the
little man from Hennepin, when he does
orate it is to command attention.
Hennepin county sure has able repre
sentatives in Messrs. Smith and Cal
St. Paul, at least the business por
tion of it, is much wrought up over the
proposed location of the Armour
packing plant at New Brighton and
has started out to head it off with a
bill prohibiting the location of a stock
yards or rendering plant within five
miles of the state university or any in
stitution of learning. The argument
advanced is that the odors emanating
from such a plant would make univer
sity life unbearable, not to speak of
the destruction of residence property
values in the entire Midway district.
Just at present it is a fight between
the Hennepin and Ramsey county
delegations with the country end of
the game holding aloof. But it looks
as if the entire house would be drawn
into the controversy before it is settled.
St. Paul declares that it is not against
the Armour plant and that Minneapo
lis can have it. but it wants the plant
located somewhere else than New
Brighton. On the other hand Minne
apolis declares that the whole thing it,
nothing more than business jealousy.
The house has a new organization,
known as the farmers' delegation. It
was formally launched last week with
John Saugstad as its head and, in a
communication read from the desk
yesterday, all rural members are in
vited to join. The chief spirits are
Representative Opsahl and Represent
ative Bendixen and they say its pur
pose is the consideration of legislation
affecting the country solely. So far
there has not been a scramble to join,
but the promoters have hopes of ac
complishing big things.
A. K. Ware of Northfield has a
scheme to increase the efficiency of the
state board of control to the extent of
making the number of members five
instead of three and their terms six
years instead of four. Further he
would not have more than three of the
members of the same political faith.
Last week, following the defeat of his
county option bill, Mr. Ware, with the
declaration that he was a marked man,
asked that he be permitted to withdraw
all bills bearing his name and further
promised not to introduce any more.
Renewed activity now on his part after
making the declaration is exciting
some surprise.
Tuesday the house committee on
taxes reported out the D. A. Stuart
bill repealing ihe mortgage registry
tax law. This is followed with an
other also by Mr. Stuart exempting
all credits from taxation. The repeal
of the mortgage registry tax law has
been advocated by Mr. Stuart ever
since its enactment, and he made it one
of his principal issues in his legisla
tive campaign. Mr. Stuart is one of
the progressive members of the house.
He is a good talker and his arguments
are always to the point.
Senator Henry McColl of St. Paul
is again to the front with his bill of
two years ago electing United States
senators* by the direct vote of the
people. Interpreted correctly it is a
bill for the election of John A. John
son to the United States senate from
Minnesota. At the session two years
ago McColl came near getting away
with the measure as far as the senate
was concerned. Only the activity of
some of the republican members kept
it from passing.
-Dairymen of the state will be inter
ested in the bill fathered by Senator
White prohibiting the manufacture
Enterprising Farmers of a Live and
Progressive Town Organize a
Co-operative Creamery.
Capital Stock $3,000 and Building
Will Be Erected as Soon as
Weather Will Permit.
A co-operative creamery was organ
ized at Pease last week with a capital
stock of $3,000. The officers elected
were Harry Van de Reit, president
L. Kempton, vice president Gerald
Strating, secretary John Larson,
treasurer. Wm. Jones, Benjamin Van
Roekel and Christ Modin were elected
directors. The farmers of Pease are
to be congratulated for their enter
prise. If they pull together their
creamery is bound to prove a success.
Proposition to Bond the Village
In another column appears a notice
by the village recorder to the effect
that the question of issuing bonds to
the amount of $15,000, for the purpose
of liquidating the floating indebtedness
of the village, will be submitted to the
voters at the annual election on
March 9. We doubt the wisdom of
further increasing the bonded in
debtedness of the village if it can pos
sibly be avoided. When the recorder's
report, showing the exact financial
condition of the village finances, is
made public, the voters will then be
in a position to act intelligently.
and sale of oleomargarine and butter
ine without a state license. The man
ufacture and sale of such is brought
under the supervision of the state
dairy and food department. A law
designed to prevent such is now on
the statute books, but is defective.
St. Louis county is to have another
judge if the bill offered in the house by
C. A. Congdon of Duluth becomes a
law. It is to cover the districts of
Hibbing and Virginia. Mr. Congdon
has introduced fewer bills than any
other member of the legislature, but
this is none the less to his credit. No
member of the house takes a keener in
terest in matters legislative than Mr.
Oscar Christianson of St. Paul has
a unique idea. He would increase the
terms of all the state executive officers
to four years. They now hold office
for two years. The bill, as introduced
by him, however, does not become
operative until 1912. The bill would
not affect the state auditor, clerk of
supreme court nor railroad commis
sionersthey are now elected for four
Another bill designed to aid the
workingman has made its appearance.
Senator J. T. McGowan is the author
and he proposes a constitutional
amendment making compulsory the
organization of what are to be known
as industrial insurance companies.
They are to be the adjunct of every
employing concern and are to be under
state supervision. Both injuries and
old age is to be compensated from the
4. 4. 4.
Representative J. F. Rosenwald and
Iver J. Lee have joined bands in an
anti-discrimination bill. It is for the
purpose of preventing dealers in all
commodities from making prices in
one locality greater than in another
and thus throttling competition.
Messrs. Lee and Rosenwald expect
much from the bill. It is a fac simile
of the bill of two years ago designed
to prevent discrimination in the sale
of kerosene.
The latest liquor legislation is by
Elmer E. Adams of Fergus Falls. He
wants all boards of county commis
sioners prevented from issuing saloon
licenses and has introduced a bill in
the house to that end. As he explains
it the bill would put out of business
many liquor dispensaries known as
road houses. Yesterday the house
passed his bill licensing railway cars
on which liquor is sold. He wanted a
$100 license, but the house reduced it
to $50.
Great is the constitutional amend
ment. Senators Durment and Sullivan,
the latter of Washington county and
the former from St. Paul, have col
laborated in an amendment designed
to cure existing evils in the supreme
court. They want eight instead of five
justices and the amendment they have
drafted allows them to be added one
by one as the legislature directs. No
less than a majority of the justices
may sit on any one case.
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