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Armour Packing Plant Controversy
Retards the Progress of More
Important Legislation.
After a Hard Fight the Bjorge Tonnage
Tax Bill Passes the House by
a Vote of 61 to 57.
Special St Paul Correspondence
St. Paul, Mar. 17. If the legislature
ever gets rid of the Armour packing
house controversy it may be able to
pass some of the important bills now
its possession. Started fully a
month ago, the wrangle between the
two big cities has had the spotlight
to the extent that everything else has
been overshadowed. When the mem
bers should have been occupied with
measures important to the state at
large their minds and their time have
been engaged with petitions for and
against the Rowe bill, while as to the
two big city delegations the slaughter
house bill has taken up their time to
the detriment of a dozen things needed
the way of city corrective laws.
Sometimes I think the whole thing is a
play started and kept up simply for
the purpose of delaying legislation and
at the same time to create a smudge
behind which an interested few can
work without the possibility of detec
tion Honestly, there are a lot who
do not take much stock in the much
discussed Armour packing plant.
That it will ever be built is the far
thest from their thoughts, and the
strongest in this belief is the Ramsey
county delegation They are disgusted
rtith the whole thing.
The republican senate threw a rather
bad scare into the camp of the demo
cratic minority Saturday, when it
passed, under suspension of the rules,
a bill designed to circumvent Gov.
Johnson in his announced intention of
removing S. W. Leavett from the state
board of control. The bill caught the
-democrats napping and their rage
knew no bounds when its passage was
declared by the chair. There was
open threats by the kitchen cabinet
not to await the expiration of Mr.
Leavett's term of office but to remove
him at once. Cooler heads, however,
prevailed and he still remains. The
house has not discussed the bill as yet
and the thing now uppermost in the
minds of the leaders is, will Gov.
Johnson veto the bill if it does pass
the measure. One of the weak points
in Gov. Johnson's record was his
\Ote on measures affecting the old
soldiers while a member of the legis
lature. Leavett is an old soldier and
a \eto of the bill would simply be a
confirmation of the charges along
ihis line.
It is pretty certain that two new
judgeships will be added/to the list
this time and the gossips are busy
with the names of those likely to fill
them. St. Louis and Ramsey counties
are to be the beneficiaries and in the
case of the latter Stan Donnelly, a
Capital City lawyer, is picked to win,
while it is said that Martin Hughes of
Hibbing has the call in the case of St.
Louis county. In the event of the
passage of the bills calling for the
judgeships the democratic administra
tion will have the filling of both.
Stan Donnelly, spoken for Ramsey
county, is a son of Ignatius Donnelly
of populistic fame.
J. F. Jacobson addressed the house
Monday and his talk was character
istic of the commoner. Economy was
the keynote and he spoke of the ten
dency of the cities to dip deep into the
treasury which the country in its in
dignation offset very often by a
further grab. A $300,000 road and
bridge fund was one of these he de
clared. The one trouble with the Lac
qui Parle man is his inability to
measure things correctly when finances
are involved and city and country are
engaged in the distribution. In the
case of the road and bridge fund, which
benefits the country directly, the three
big cities supply nearly two-thirds of
it. And what they get in return is a
mere fraction of the whole.
WednesdaySt. Patrick's daywas
a gala occasion in the house. Every
member, even to the third house, wore
a green carnation, the gift of Thomas
Brady, and the smiling countenance
of the leader of the minority fairly
beamed as he surveyed the members
irom the speaker's chair. In honor
of the occasion Speaker Rockne gave
way to the St. Paul democratic leader
and he presided with dignity. With
the tonnage tax up for consideration
the occasion was one of more than
usual importance and Mr. Brady did
himself proud.
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Now it is Sunday baseball. Frank
Nimocks of Minneapolis Is behind
the proposition and he has offered a
bill in the house legalizing the
national pastime on the Sabbath day
between the hours of 1 andBo'clock in
the afternoon. Mr. Nimocks has a
habit of checking every member up on
a question before he presents it and
his list to date shows a goodly number
for the bill.
One of the quiet members of the
senate is George C. Carpenter of
Wright county. His voice is not often
heard in noisy debate, but his vote is
generally found on the winning side.
The Wright county man is well liked
and the bills introduced by him to
date have been on the people's side.
Alvin Rowe, house member from St.
Paul, declares that if the poor man
cannot be given until 12 o'clock to get
his drink he does not propose that the
rich man shall have the privilege, and
he has accordingly started out to kill
what is known as the club bill. This
measure is for the purpose of allowing
clubs to sell liquor without the for
mality 0* a license, and also freeing
them from the regulations covering the
regular sale of intoxicants. Laying
aside any comment as to the merits or
demerits of the proposed bill, Mr.
Rowe has quite a few followers.
One of the best advertised men in
the house is L. C. Spooner of Morris.
The Twin City papers have been ac
cused of giving him prominence for
reasons unnecessary to explain here,
but those behind the accusation are in
the wrong. Spooner is among the
most adroit politicians in the house
and he never overlooks a bet. His
bills are those calculated to be in
favor with the country districts, and
when he gives aid to a colleague you
can be pretty sure that the measure
under consideration has wide demand.
The Morris man has been credited
with congressional aspirations and he
is certainly going about it in the right
way to assure success. Mr. Spooner
generally gets away with whatever he
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Another said to have Seventh dis
trict congressional aspirations is W.
C. Bicknell of Morris. As chairman
of the judiciary committee Mr. Bick
nell holds the most important position
in the house and his stewardship has
found favor with all connected with
that important committee. Mr. Bick
nell is not an orator nor is he a leader
in the full sense of the word, but he
knows the law and that counts for
much in bill making. Mr. Bicknell
has the respect of every member in the
Talking of members with political
aspirations it is said that Speaker
Rockne would like a job on the bench,
while George Sullivan of Washington
county would like to succeed Fred
Stevens in congress. Then there is
W. A. Nolan, who aspires to be lieu
tenant governor, and Lawrence John
son, who would like the endorsement
of the republican party in a guber
natorial way.
Burdette Thayer 01 Spring Valley
has one hobby and that is the resto
ration of the state board of equaliz
ation. The house committee on taxes,
however, is not a unit on the proposi
tion, but in order to test the sentiment
of the house has reported the bill out
without recommendation. The tax
committee has reported out with a
favorable report the Kneeland bill for
a graduated income tax and also Carl
Wallace's bill exempting local bonds
from taxation. Carl Wallace, who
hails from Minneapolis, is of the
opinion that bonds and similar se
curities are only driven into hiding
by the presence of the assessor and
rather than continue such hypocrisy
he would relieve them from taxation
The house has killed the O'Brien
bill designed to give the big cities a
12 o'clock lid. The house went on
record on the question last week, when
it recommended the bill for indefinite
postponement in the committee of the
whole, and the question was settled for
this session at least when reconsidera
tion of the vote was refused at the
meeting of the house Tuesday. All
through the backers of the movement
blundered. When first brought up it
followed close on the passage of the
Alderman bill reducing the saloons
in the state to one to every 500 of pop
ulation. This was enough for one
day. On the second proposition a
vote was necessary, and as it called
Continued on Pace Four,
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Albert J. Anderson and fliss Mary S.
Ecklund Married Last Evening
by Rev. Swertfager.
Twenty Quests Attended Nuptials and
"Wedding Reception at Home
of the Bride's Mother.
Last evening at 8 o'clock Albert J.
Anderson was united in marriage to
Miss Mary S. Ecklund at the resi
dence of the bride's mother, Mrs.
Mary Ecklund, in north Princeton.
Rev. George A. Swertfager of the
Princeton Congregational church per
formed the ceremony in the presence
of the immediate friends of the con
tracting parties.
The bride was attended by Mrs.
Mina Ellingwood and the groom by
Bert Bates. The gowns of both bride
and bridesmaid were of white mate
rial and each carried a nosegay of
Following the nuptials a reception
was given and a wedding supper
served by the bride's mother. Mr.
and Mrs. Anderson were presented
with many pretty gifts by the assem
bled guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Anderson will reside
for the present with Mrs. Ecklund, the
bride's mother, on the north side.
Three of the Best People In the Midway
District Tell Why the Packing Plant
Should Not be Located at New Brighton
A Dangerous Menace to the Midway
It is not often that such reckless dis
regard of the health, comfort and in
vested rights of the people is shown,
even by bald commercialism, as is
seen in the effort to locate the Arm
our packing plant with its extensive
stockyards, rendering plant, fertilizer
plant, glue factory and other accom
paniments within two and one-half
miles from the state university, one
and one-quarter miles from the state
farm and the Norwegian Lutheran
seminary, two miles from the state fair
grounds, two and one-half miles from
Como park, three and one-half miles
from Hamline university and Luther
seminary, and five miles from Macal
ester, Concordia and. St. _Tbomas
Abundant expert testimony of the
most reliable character puts it be
yond a reasonable doubt that the
stenches from such plants are with
certain atmospheric conditions almost
unbearable within five miles, and
many say within ten and twelve miles.
Now all the institutions aoove men
tioned are within five miles, and two
thirds of them within the three-mile
limit. When it is remembered that the
report of the government bureau for
1908 shows that the wind blew from
the north and northwest over 186 days,
and that the proposed plant is in this
direction from the Midway district, it
is not difficult co forecast results.
It should also be remembered that
at the present time the above institu
tions represent an investment of over
fifteen millions, and a student popula
tion of over eight thousand, ninety
per cent of whom are from territory
outside of the corporate limits of the
Twin Cities. It is in the interest of
these young people, and for the pro
tection of the men who have invested
so largely in these institutions, and
for our homes and churches which are
jeopardized, that we urge immediate
action on your part. Write your
selves, and have influential men of
your community write to your repre
sentatives and senators, urging tbem
to support the Rowe bill.
This bill is now on general orders
in the house and in specific terms pre
vents the location of any such plant
within five miles of any of the above
state institutions. Please make -it
clear that there is no disposition on
the part of any citizen of Saint Paul
to prevent the location of the plant
convenient to the Twin Cities. The
farmers will have just as good a
market. The Twin Cities will derive
just as much benefit from it five miles
distant as they would inside the city
limits. The bill may come up for final
action any day. Please write your
representatives and have others do so
within thirty-six hours.
Richard N. Avison,
Pastor Hamline M. E. Church.
Frank A. Cone,
Pastor St. Anthony Park M.E. Church.
Geo. S. Innis,
Professor Hamline University.
St, Patrick's Day.
Yesterday was St. Patrick's day,
and many Princeton people honored
the memory of the good old gentleman
who expelled the" reptiles from Ireland
by wearing sprigs of green. Not
alone people of Irish extraction wore
the green, but Scandinavians, Ger
mans and other nationalities likewise
observed St. Patrick's day in the
morning. A k
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Mill of New London Hilling Company,
With its Warehouse and Ele-
vator, is Wiped Out.
Value of Property Destroyed Esti-
mated at $50,000, Partially
Covered by Insurance.
Foley experienced the most destruc
tive fire in its history on Friday even
ing, when the large plant of the New
London Milling company was wiped
out of existence and several other
buildings narrowly escaped be
ing devoured by the fire fiend. The
loss on the mill, warehouse, elevator
and their contents is estimated at
$50,000, which is partially covered by
The fire was first discovered at 8
o'clock, and within a short time there
after the fire department was at the
scene and a stream of water being
thrown upon the building. After a
futile attempt to save the mill, the de
partment concentrated its attention
upon the buildings in the immediate
neighborhood and, by hard work and
the|assistance of citizens, succeeded in
saving the pickle factory and other
buildings adjacent. The greatest
drawback was the scarcity of water,
there being but one tank available.
But no amount of water would have
saved the mill building with its com
bustible contents. All available
teams were brought into requisition
to haul flour from the building, but
their work was soon cut short by the
encroachment of the flames. Several
loaded cars which were standing on
the sidetrack were, with the exception
of one, pushed beyond the danger line.
That one, with its contents, was con
It was just one hour from the start
of the fire, the origin of which is un
known, that the mill, warehouse and
elevator were in ashes. The mill was
equipped with expensive new
machinery and this was warped and
rendered useless by the heat. An ag
gregate of 14,550 bushels of grain
wheat, flax, rye, corn and oatswere
consumed and 75,000 pounds of flour.
The mill was built by Madden &
SfiftsTfant about ten years-ago and the
elevator was erected by Hall Bros, in
1898. Four years ago the New London
Milling company acquired the prop
erty and has continued to improve it
from year to year until it had become
one of the best plants in the northwest.
In all probability the mill will be
Should Assist All They Can
Mr. Drummond of the D. B. John
son Land company of St. Paul made
a proposition to the county commis
sioners at their meeting last week with
reference to opening up new roads in
the north end of the county. The
Johnson Land company has pur
chased the Foley Bean lands in the
three lake towns and wishes to dis
pose of them to actual settlers. But
in order to get the settlers there must
be roads built. We do not quite un
derstand the nature of the proposal,
but the matter is to be taken up at a
subsequent meeting of the board.
Only a comparatively small tax can
be levied for county roads and
bridges by the commissioners, but the
commissioners should do everything
in their power to assist in opening up
and developing the north end of the
county. The Union wishes to see
every section of our county grow and
Annon Didn't Vote Right.
Sheriff John Palmer has been rec
ommended by Congressman Miller for
postmaster of Anoka and his appoint
ment and confirmation will doubtless
follow. It is conceded that W. J. An
non, the present postmaster, has dis
charged the duties of the office in a
highly satisfactory manner, but he
was Mr. Bede's appointee and voted
for that gentleman at the primary
election last fallhe would have been
a base ingrate had he not supported
Mr. Bede. Federal office-holders in
Minnesota are the creat-res of the
congressmen and United States sen
ators, and the good old Jacksonian
doctrine, "To the victors belong the
spoils," is duly observed.
County Poor Farm
At the last meeting of the county
commissioners there was considerable
talk of purchasing a poor farm to
care for county charges. The sup
port of the poor is fast becoming a
serious problem in this county. It
may be that the most economical
method of caring for them would be
at a county poor farm. But we would
advise the commissioners to investi
gate the matter thoroughly before
taking such an important step as pur
chasing a farm and the necessary
buildings. Find out how the plan has
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succeeded ia other counties of about
the same population as Mille Lacs.
We believe Anoka and Aitkin coun
ties have poor farms. If so it would
be wise for a committee of the board
to visit those counties and ascertain
if the results obtained were satisfac
tory. It would cost only a trifle for
a committee of the board to visit sev
eral counties and the information
gained might be of great value in
solving the problem of economically
caring for the poor of our county.
MUle _acs County.
MiloSupervisor for three years,
C. A. Larson clerk, R. N. Atkinson
assessor, John Pitmon treasurer, G.
H. Strating justices of peace, A. An
derson, N. Anderson constables, C.
Modin, A. Blomquist. Total vote
cast, 74.
HaylandSupervisor for three
years, Axel Berg clerk, Alfred F.
Johnson assessor, Andrew Anderson
treasurer, Ole J. Harstad justice of
peace, Frank Benninghouse. Town
revenue, $15p road and bridge, $436.
Total vote cast, 8.
Isanti County.
DalboSupervisor for three years,
Peter Stenstrom clerk, Martin W.
Mattson assessor, Erick Erickson
treasurer, Knute Mattson justices of
peace, Martin W. Mattson, Ole Hedin
constables, Knute Mattson, John Nor
berg. Town revenue, $393 road and
bridge, $983. Total vote cast, 87.
StanfordSupervisor for three
years, Paul Boettcher clerk, Lee
Hass assessor, H. A. Grams trea
surer, R. Lemke justice of peace,
Chas. Stienke constable, Olof Lund
en. Town revenue, $300 road and
bridge, $725. Total vote cast, 71.
BradfordSupervisor for three
years, L. B. Mattson clerk, Wm.
Conklin: assessor, Anderew Frisk
treasurer, O. S. Larson justice of
peace, Peter Halden constable, A.
L. Martin. Town revenue, $300 road
and bridge, $300. Total vote cast, 49.
CambridgePresident, O. W. Stern
er trustees, Enoch Olson, Wm. Son
eral, Andrew Dalgren recorder, Erick
Lindahl treasurer, T. C. Blomgren
justices of peace, O. A. Hallin, G. C.
Smith constables, A. W. Erickson,
M. H. Strait. License was defeated
by 43 votes.
IsantiPresident, ~N. J. Enquist
trustees, Frank Norell, W. D. Oleson,
O. M. Johnson recorder, G. C. Olson
assessor, Albert Norelius treasurer,
Chas. Ekstrom justice of peace,
George Baker constables, John Swe
lander, Will Rouvell. License carried
by 10 votes.
BrahamPresident. Chas. Swenson
trustees, R. W. Southmayd, J. M.
Nordell, L. E. Olson recorder, P. J.
Engberg: treasurer, Oscar Nelson:
justice of peace, S. P. Crosby: con
stable, Oscar Swanson License was
defeated by 9 votes.
School Report.
School report of Dist. 7, Sherburne
county, for the month ending March
12Number of pupils enrolled, 20
total attendance in days by all
scholars, 379^ average daily at
tendance, 18 19-20. Those neither,
absent nor tardy during the month are
Adam Bender, Cora Wergin, Mary
Wurzhuber, Edna, Emma, Hilda and
Sophus Nelson, Andrew, Annie and
Ena Mattson and Victor and Susie
Daml. Monthly average, Annie Matt
son, first Emma Nelson, second.
First in primary reading, Sophus Nel
sonwho mispronounced but one word
in reading lessons during entire
month. First in primary arithmetic,
Victor Daml.
E. B. Hanson, Teacher.
Strikes It Rich
William Roach has recently received
word from his relation in the east
which indicates that he stands a good
show of becoming a millionaire. It
seems that Mr. Roach is one of the
heirs of certain property over which a
railroad was recently built. In the
construction work for the road a large
vein of coal was uncovered and, from
the indications present, there is an
immense deposit of mineral which will
mean untold wealth for the owners.
Mr. Roach expects to leave shortly
for the east where he will be able to
better look after his interest in the mat
ter.Onamia. Lake Breeze.
"Dinnls" Celebrates the Day.
Our friend Dennis Kaliher, who is
a great admirer of the late St. Pat
rick, yesterday gave a dinner in honor
of that distinguished personage to
half a dozen old cronies. Dennis had
been studying tip an appropriate menu
for several weeks, and this is what he
placed before his guests: Green turtle
soup, baked conger eel, fillet of billy
-goat, green peas, lettuce, Irish pota
toes, leek stew, onion salad, buttermilk
and imported Dublin soda water.
The table decorations were shamrocks
and moss. All the old boys had a
merry time and concluded the fes
tivities with a jig or two.
Professor Q. P. Grout of the State Ag-
ricultural College Delivers an
Interesting Address.
Tells Farmers How to Care for Cows
so That They Will Be a Source
of riuch Greater Profit.
This afternoon a meeting was held
at the court house hall for the purpose
of enhancing the progress of the
Princeton Co-operative creamery.
Prof. T. L. Haecker of the dairy
division of" the state agricultural
school, was unable to be present and
in his place Prof. G. P. Grout, as
sistant to Prof. Haecker, addressed
the meeting. J. E. Lindberg, state
creamery inspector, also gave a talk
to the assemblage. In part Prof.
Grout said: The chief reason why
the average farmer's cow does not
produce more than 150 pounds of but
terfat a year is because the average
farmer does not arrange his farm to
accommodate the needs of the cow.
There is no reason why the average
cow should not produce two dollars'
worth of product for every dollar's
worth of feed consumed. Spring is
near at hand and the farmer should
arrange to put in a little extra feed for
cows as early as the weather will per
mit. A couple of acres of oats and
peas should be put in for early fall
feeding. Sow 2 bushels of peas to 1
bushel of oats. The peas may be
plowed in and the oats sowed on top
and dragged in. Later about two
acres of fodder corn should be put in.
The fodder corn should go into the
ground shortly after the 10th of May.
if possible, so as to be ready for use
about August 1. This should be
drilled in and about 40 pounds of seed
to the acre should be used. Roots
should also form a large part of the
ration in early winter. They can be
easily grown. The cows should
freshen in the fall.
Prof. Grout illustrated the type of
cows best adapted to dairy work with
large charts.
The assemblage was well pleased
with the addresses delivered by the
Anoka Street Car _ine.
It begins to look as if the long
talked of street car line between Anoka
and Minneapolis would be built. The
business men of Anoka, wealthy farm*
ers of Anoka and Fridley townships,
and prominent capitalists of East
Minneapolis are all working together
with the end in view of building a
street car line along the east side of
the Mississippi river between the two
cities. Senator Swanson of Fridley
has promised to take stock in the
enterprise to the amount of $10,000:
C. A. Nelson, the wealthy dairy mag
nate of the same town, pledged himself
to take $5,000 in stock, and the indica
tions are that the entire amount neces
sary for the construction and equip
ment of the line can be secured with
out difficulty. The friends of the proj
ect are confident that the cars will be
running between the two cities inside of
a year.
Sir. and Mrs Mallette's Silver Wedding.
The 26th ult. was the twenty-fith an
niversary of the wedding of Mr. and
Mrs. H. R. Mallette of Milaca. Mr.
Mallette could not reach home on that
date and the celebration of the event
was postponed until the4thinst., when
several of their friends assembled and,
after a sumptuous dinner, presented
Mr. and Mrs. Mallette with a beauti
ful silver candelabrum. In the near
future Mr. and Mrs. Mallette*and
family intend to take up their resi
dence in St. Paul, much to the regret
of their many friends in Milaca and
elsewhere in the county.
Japanese Fern Ball
For the window, the drawing-room,
or suspended from the chandelier over
the dining-table, nothing is more
beautiful than thi_ great ball of green
ferns. For the home table we recom
mend the daily use of golden grain
'belt beer, the ideal home beverage.
Keen appetite comes with its use and
it makes good temper, contentment
and enjoyment of life. Order of your
nearest dealer or be supplied by Sjo
blom Bros., Princeton.
Farewell Party.
The Ladies' Aid society gave a
farewell party yesterday afternoon at
Mrs. C. O. Moore's for Mrs. Geo.
Haddow and Mrs. G. W. McFarland,
who expect to leave here ior Montana
in the spring. There were thirty
ladieB present and Mrs. Haddow and
Mrs. McFarland were each presented
with a pretty book.
Basket Social.
A basket social will be held in the
school house of district 5, Greenbush,
tomorrow evening. Ladies are asked
to come prepared with baskets.

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