MARING JTHE END
Tonnage Tax Bill nay PassSenators
at Heart Against It But Are
Afraid of Constituents.
Hike Thinks Senator Joseph n. Hack-
ney Would Make an Excellent
Special St Paul Correspondence
St Paul, April 14.With the next
issue of the Union the Thirty-sixth
Minnesota legislature will be but a
memory. At high noon Thursday,
April 22, the finish will be reached
and the lawmakers will seek their
homes. Already the signs of dissolu
tion are apparent and no one, unless
it be the members of the "third
house," whose per diem will cease
with the announcement of adjourn
ment, seems sorry because of the ap
proaching end. They generally
welcome it. The members of both
houses feel that they have earned a
rest, and they have.
With the next few weeks following
adjournment the press of the state
will be given over to telling what
Minnesota lawmakers have done and
what they have not done. Of the
latter there will undoubtedly be a
surfeit, but right here I want to antici
pate any activity in this respect with
the declaration that if any praise is
coming to the members of the Thirty
sixth it should be for what laws they
have failed to burden the statutes
with rather than what they have sent
to the governor for his signature.
To those who have demanded an
imaginary cure in the shape of a law
for every ill the state was heir to, in
cluding a number of their own crea
tion, this argument will not find favor,
but it is true nevertheless. With them
it is laws and laws, and nothing is
exempt in their insane desire to con
trol and to regulate. This has been a
session where sanity prevailed. True,
the bills so far enacted into laws
have not been many, or unusually im
portant, but there is one thing to be
said in their favor, the majority of
them are of a character that contain
little of the element of blight. No
industry has been wrecked and, as for
the morals of the people, the indi
vidual has been left to work out his
own salvation as his better nature
Advocates of the Bjorge tonnage
tax bill, which passed the house some
weeks ago, are now preparing for the
final round, and the battle of ballots
the biggest thing of the session is
due for Friday at the latest. If pos
sible its supporters will force the issue
sooner, but the prospects are that it
will be delayed until then. Honestly
at this writing I hold out little hope
for the gallant band of Range busi
ness men who are giving their time
and their money in an effort to show
^hose favoring the bill the unjustness
of the whole thing. Yet something
may happen that will bring victory to
their banner. At least I hope so.
Last week the senate, which has pos
session of the bill, practically fore
casted the future when by a majority
vote it forced from the committee the
measure, and that despite the fact that
a public hearing had been arranged
for the Tuesday following. Ole
Sageng, the populist senator from
Otter Tail county, headed the demand
for the bill, and many republicans
answered his call. The best the
senate leaders would give the bill up
to Tuesday in the way of indefinite
postponement was 25 votes, but Col.
Weiss and others of Duluth, who were
working like Trojans in an effort to
convert some of the opposition, con
tended that this figure would be topoed
several votes. They were enthusiastic
enough to declare that the finish
would see a victory for their side.
Tuesday evening the senate tax com
mittee gave a public hearing to a
large number of business men from
what is known as the Cayuna range
and it was one of the largest attended
of the session.
One has to be on the ground floor
to appreciate the difficulties attending
the settlement of a state-wide question
like the tonnage tax bill. Un
acquainted with the embarrassing
things that constantly beset men in
public life and office, we of the north
look upon the tonnage tax advocate
as one catering to prejudice and
jealousy, while those of the south re
gard the opposition as simply the
tools of predatory wealth ani the
greatest octopus in the worldthe
United States steel corporation. If a
majority of the members of the senate
were free today to voice their own
sentiments the Bjorge tonnage tax bill i designed to compel all cities and
would not last fifteen minutes. They
know it is uniust, but they can not
help casting their vote in its favor.
Anything else would be political
death, and while I am here I might
say that while popular opinion makes
the point that every member repre
sents the entire state rather than his
district, yet it is the latter that elects
him to office. To it he is alone
answerable and its views, whether
they be right or wrong, come pretty
near being the one thing that influ
ences his vote. What the Iron Range
must do if it is victorious this time is
to educate the people of the state as
to the justness of its cause. This
whole question will be revived two
years hence and the business men of
the iron country must be ready.
Senator Thorpe's bill for the crea
tion of a new department of banking
is now up to Gov. Johnson for his
signature, and it is needless to say
that it will receive the required con
firmation. This bill means the crea
tion of about a dozen new jobs with
one of them, the head of the depart
ment, carrying a salary of $5,000.
The others range from $2,000 to $2,500
each. Rumor here picks A. L. Roth,
teller of the St. Paul First National
bank, as the head of the new depart
ment, but the selection will not likely
find favor with the state banks over
whom the department will have super
vision. When the new department was
arranged for it is said the state
bankers were assured that one of
their own would be made its head
and they are demanding that the ad
ministration keeps faith.
Tuesday the house put the finish to
a long standing controversy when it
passed the Spooner anti-cigarette bill,
and the act is now up to Gov. John
son for his approval. That it will re
ceive his signature there is no doubt,
as Frank A. Day is known to have
labored zealously in an effort to se
cure democratic votes for the bill.
Day's efforts in behalf of the bill are
credited to a desire to bring to his
chief something that would appease
the radical element in the state and
show his interest in their behalf. By
many the bill is looked upon as not
worth the paper it is written upon.
Anti-cigarette laws are in force in
half a dozen states, but their enforce
ment is said to be farcical. Had the
legislature passed a bill making it a
felony to sell cigarettes to minors it
would have served the state better.
Talking of Frank Day's activity it
is said the Fairmount man has direct
ed his energies at putting out of busi
ness what is known as the Nimmocks
club bill, and the measure by Frank
Gartside of Winona allowing the
playing of baseball on Sunday. The
former is an act designed to permit
legitimate clubs to dispense liquor to
their members without the formality
of a license. Day looks upon the two
as liable to make trouble for Gov.
Johnson and he wants the senate, in
whose possession they now are, to kill
them without delay. It was Day, too,
who assisted in the passage of the
tonnage tax bill in the house, but
under pressure from Iron Range
democrats he has refrained from any
activity in the senate. Day was told
that his activity would be remembered
and he wisely refrained.
Not a little comment is being in
dulged in regarding the activity of
former Attorney General Young,
whose sole desire seems to be to even
up old scores growing out of his de
feat for the republican nomination for
governor last summer when he de
elarea that the repudiation of his
candidacy was due to the opposition
of the interests, so called. It was Mr.
Young who drafted the Bjorge ton
nage tax bill, also the Johnson rail
road bond bill, and a half dozen other
anti-corporation measures. How the
house looks upon the former attorney
general's desire for revenge was
shown Monday when it killed beyond
redemption the A. K. Ware bill to
prevent brewery-owned saloons. Mr.
Ware admitted that his bill had its
origin in Mr. Young, and the house
quickly put it out of business.
The house has given its approval to
Dr. J. A. Graham's bill for the estab
lishment of county, or district
asylums, for the care of local insane.
The bill is permissible in its character
and allows one or more counties to
combine in the erection of such insti
tutions if they so desire. The state is
to pay $3 a week for every patient
Facing a threatened veto by Gov.
Johnson, the house and senate have
joined in a recall of the Spooner bill
R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1909.
towns in the state to levy a tax for the
pensioning of firemen. Gov. Johnson
objected to the word "shall" in the
bill and, rather than see it killed, the
promoters of the measure agreed to
the substitution of the word "may."
The bill calls for the levying of a
tenth of a mill tax. The large cities,
which are exempt, already have such
$- j. .j.
Two gross earnings bills have
passed the house. One compels com
panies to pay three per cent on the
state proportion of telephone inter
state gross earnings and the other, by
John Rosenwald of Lac qui Parle
county, provides for an eight per cent
tax on the gross earnings of freight
line companies. A feature of the tele
phone legislation this session is that
it has not been hard on the companies
operating in the state. The many
rural telephone companies tend to
restrict legislation of a regulative or
tax character, and the big city lines
realize as a result.
This is rather early for congres
sional activity, but word comes from
the Second district that candidates
who aspire to Congressman Ham^
mond's Washington job are already
in the field and are preparing to go
after his scalp. State Treasurer
Clarence Dinehart, whom some have
been picking as republican guberna
torial timber for 1910, is said to be
grooming himself for the job and there
are others. In fact it is said that the
state treasurer's congressional boom
will be launched shortly with all the
trimmings. The candidates for Ham
mond 's job in the Second district are
reported to be so numerous that a
proposition for a convention has been
advanced, the candidate receiving the
highest number of votes to be the
Pensions for those who participated
in the Indian wars of 1862 and the
period following is the object of a bill
which passed the house Monday and
is now on its way to the executive de
partment for approval. Senator
Wright is the author. There is a law
now on the books authorizing the
pensions of aged soldiers, but only_ a,
few come under its terms. The new
bill is designed to take care of all who
gave assistance in the putting down
of the early Indian uprising.
The king makers have picked upon
Senator Hackney of St. Paul as good
timber for lieutenant governor and no
one down here would be surprised at
an aggressive movement in his behalf.
The St. Paul man is a republican of
the true blue kind and his official
career to date has been above re
proach. No one would grace the
lieutenant governorship with more
dignity and honor to the state and
himself than Senator Hackney
The bill of Bob Wells of Brecken
ridge for the taxing of water powers
has practically received its quietus at
the hands of the senate tax committee
and will not likely be again heard
from this session. The Twin City
members of the committee are against
it. The bill passed the house with
little opposition. It was looked upon
as a revenue measure and one calcu
lated to realize the state considerable.
Burdett Thayer's bill prohibiting
lumber companies from selling their
stocks cheaper in one locality than
another is now up to the senate.
After killing the bill a week ago the
house reconsidered its action Tuesday
and gave its approval. The bill is
designed to curb the activities of the
LI. A Rosing Dead.
Leonard A. Rosing, member of the
state board of control, died early yes
terday at St. Joseph's hospital, St.
Paul, after a lingering illness. He
had been sinking constantly since last
Friday, when an operation was per
formed for removal of a clot on the
brain. For nearly a year Mr. Rosing
had been incapacitated from work by
partial paralysis and his condition
became so grave that the operation
was performed as a last resort. He
is survived by a widow and three
sons. The only daughter, Margery
Rosing, is lying seriously ill, also,
at St. Joseph's hospital. She has
been a student at the state university.
Alfred Gumbrlll Dead.
Alfred ^Gumbrlll, formerly of
Anoka, last week fell from a four
story building which he was erecting
in San Francisco, Cal., and received
injuries from which he died three days
later. Mr. Gumbrill was a contractor
and was known to a number of Prince
ton people. He erected J. J. Skahen's
residence and bank building.
FINISHES ITS WORK
District Court Proceedings Ended on
Friday After a Session of
Four Days' Duration.
Resume of the Cases Disposed of Sub-
sequent to the Issue of Last
Number of the Union.
The district court finished the
calendar at 11:30 o'clock on Friday
morning, having been in session less
than four days. There were no long
jury cases and thus Judge Taylor was
enabled to proceed expeditiously.
Judge Taylor is one of the ablest
jurists in the statethoroughly con
versant with the law and absolutely
fair in his rulings. Below is a synop
sis of the cases disposed of since the
last issue of the i n:
Citizens Savings Bank, Columbus,
Ohio, vs. H. W. Prescott. Reynolds
& Roesser for plaintiff, Chas. A.
Dickey for defendant. Suit to collect
on note given for purchase of stallion.
Continued by consent of parties.
Union National Bank of Columbus,
Ohio, vs. Samuel Winsor et al. Rey
nold & Roesser for plaintiff, Chas. A.
Dickey and Geo. C. Stiles for defend
ant. Suit to collect on note given for
purchase of stallion. Continued by
consent of parties.
Howard C. Parks et al. vs. Samuel
Winsor et al. Reynolds & Roesser
for plaintiffs, Geo. C. Stiles and
Chas. A. Dickey for defendants. Suit
to collect on note given for purchase
of stallion. Continued by consent of
Chas. Malone vs. Ole N. Reiquam
and Peter Kennedy. A. M. Harrison
and Chas. Noyes for plaintiff. Chas.
Keith and E. L. McMillan for defen
dants Action to enforce conveyance
accoi ding to contract for purchase of
land, which contract defendant Ken
nedy contends was canceled. Evi
dence submitted and case taken under
Clara Alma Bemis vs. Clarence
Eugene Bemis. Chas. A. Dickey for
plaintiff, E. L. McMillan for defen
dant^ Suit for divorce. The court
triade &n order appointing Ira G.
Stanley to take and report evidence.
Such evidence was taken by Mr. Stan
ley on Friday afternoon.
John Nims, as father and natural
guardian of Jennie Nims, an infant,
vs. Great Northern Railway Co Mc
Elwee & Hollihan and Chas. Keith for
plaintiff, John W. Mason for defend
ant. Suit to recover $25,000 damages
for personal injuries sustained in rail
road wreck. Continued by consent of
Chas. Keith, as receiver of the
Eastern Minnesota Land Company,
insolvent, vs. Nels T. O Lee, Carl A.
O. Lee, J. McGilvra et al. E. L.
McMillan for plaintiff, Oscar Ron
ken for defendant Lee. Action to de
termine title to land McGilvra dis
claimed any interest in the land. Ar
guments were heard and case taken
The North Star Shoe Company vs.
Ole H. Uglem, Bernhart Uglem and
Olander Uglem, copartners as Uglem
& Co. Croofcer, Pattin and Storer
for plaintiff, E. L. McMillan for de
fendant. Action to collect on balance
of account due. Continued by con
sent of parties.
A. D. Polk, as administrator of the
estate of Norman D. Seavey, de
ceased, vs. John Ashcroft, Clara Ash
croft et al. A. D. Polk for plaintiff,
C. J. Traxler for defendants. Action
to correct description in mortgage
deed. No appearance on the part of
defendants. Judgment ordered for
plaintiff as asked in complaint.
The State of Minnesota vs. Fay
Cravens. Jos. A. Ross, county at
torney, for the State, Chas. Keith for
defendant. Libel. On motion of de
fendant's attorney, and with consent
of county attorney, case was con
Sixteen Thousand From Ireland
Figures issued by the Irish Emigrant
society show that during 1908 there
landed at the port of New York from
Ireland 16,341 persons. Of that num
ber 6,990 were males and 9,301 females
1,987 were under 14 years of age
14,579 between 14 and 45, and 684 over
45. Of this total more than half re
mained in New York city. The emi
grants brought in cash nearly $500,000.
During the year ninety were debarred
A. Battle of Names.
According to a Washington dispatch
in the Tribune "there is a movement
on foot in Washington to restore the
use of the term 'Executive Mansion'
instead of'White House,' which has
been the custom during the Roosevelt
administration," and many' members
of congress are said to prefer "the
longer and more pretentious namec
"White House" it is, in the mind and
mouth of"every American so known
across the water, too. The term, as
recent researches by correspondents
of the Sun have shown, is of respect
able antiquity. It seems to have been
traced as far back as Madison's
second administration. It will soon
be entitled to its centenary. It is a
familiar figure, of homely and cordial
look. It is not to be put out by a
long trained intruding trollop like
"Executive Mansion." That may ac
commodate itself well to the legal,
formal and clerky style, but the popu
lar and fittest name is and will be
Mr. Taft is no friend of pomp and
swollen words. We have no doubt
that he prefers to live in a "house."
As for those members of congress who
from fondness for eloquence or want
of taste love high sounding names
Mr. Taft may tell them a little jest by
which Dr. William Everrett used to
teach simplicity: "At Yale'the presi
dent's lady retires' at Harvard 'the
president's wife goes to bed.' "New
Goes to St. Cloud.
Elmer Chapman has purchased a
five-chair barber shop in St. Cloud
and entered into possession last Fri
day. Mrs. Chapman and family will
remain in Princeton for a week or two.
The people of the village and vicini
ty will be extremely sorry to see these
good people move away. R. S. Chap
man has purchased Elmer Chapman's
Mr. Chapman is one of the most ex
perienced barbers in this part of the
country and the people of St. Cloud
should feel proud that he selected
their city as a place to engage in
business. They will find that Mr.
Chapman will make good. The shop
which Mr. Chapman purchased from
Edward Lentz is one of the very best
in St. Cloud.
Another Fire at AUlaca
At midnight on Tuesday fire was
discovered in Anderson's steam
laundry, Milaca, and the building
was reduced to ashes, the machinery
in the laundry being practically
ruined. The Arlington hotel sample
room and the hotel itselfa separate
buildingwere also scorched and the
Veidt block, owned by the Minneap
olis Brewing Co., was slightly
charred. Besides this two barns
belonging to Sam Moore and Geo.
Pressley were burned down. No one
seems to know how the fire originated.
The property destroyed was partially
covered by insurance.
J. E. Wright of Lake Fremont and
Miss Elizabeth Motz of Crown were
married at Elk River yesterday after
noon by Rev. Galbraith of the
Methodist church. Last evening Mr.
and Mrs. Wright gave a reception at
their home to almost a hundred guests
and they received many valuable
presents. Mr. Wright is a brother of
Mrs. J. C. Van Alstein of Princeton,
who, with her children, was present
at the reception.
An Orrock-Santiago Wedding.
Merle H. Smith of Orrock and Clara
Larson of Santiago were married at
the home of the bride's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Hans Larson, Saturday,
April 3, at 8 p. m. Rev. Henry Or
rock performed the ceremony in the
presence of about 150 guests. Mr.
Smith is the grandson of Hon. H. E.
Craig, and after the honeymoon he
and his bride will go to housekeeping
near the old home.Star-News.
W hat Is the Motive?
"Nothing would so completely kill
the tonnage tax bill," said Represen
tative Congdon, "as to drop an iron
mine in every county of the state."
The tonnage tax bill could not com
mand a single vote in the legislature
in that event. What, then, is the mo
tive that now prompts votes for the
List of letters remaining unclaimed
at the postoffice at Princeton, Minne
sota, April 12, 1909: Mr. Chas.
Gauge Mr. Claus Holmquist. Please
call for advertised letters.
L. S. Briggs, Postmaster.
List of fresh vegetables on hand at
the California Fruit store for Friday
evening: Spinach, green onions,
green peppers, watercress, radishes,
blue ribbon celery, parsley, fresh
tomatoes, fresh lettuce.
Qtteer Ideas of Values.
"We have queer ideas of values,"
says the philosopher of folly. "I
know a man who will sell his vote for
$1.50, but he has a yaller dog that
no money could buy. "Cleveland
A Clean Profit!
What men are pleased to call a
clean prdfitis often the proceeds of a
dirty transaction.Chicago News.
Resurrection of Christ is Befittingly
Commemorated in the Sacred
Edifices of Princeton.
Services Partake of a Choral Nature
and Sermons Are Particularly
Appropriate to the Day.
The various places of worship in
Princeton were on Easter Sunday at
tended by large congregations and
special programs wete presented in
commemoration of the resurrection of
the Savior. Decorations of flowers
and foliage, artistically arranged by
the ladies of the congregations, were
profuse in the religious edifices.
At the Congregational church the
services consisted largely of singing
and instrumental music and the pro
grams for both morning and evening,
arranged by Mrs. H. C. Cooney, were
well selected and prepared. The solo
parts were exceptionally good and the
chorus was a strong one. Rev.
Swertfager, the pastor, delivered the
Easter observances at the Methodist
church were also largely of a musical
nature, the programs having been ar
ranged by Mrs. C. A. Caley. There
were vocal solos, instrumental music
and singing by the chorus, all of
which were admirablly rendered. In
the chorus there were about twenty
five voices. Rev. J. W. Heard
preached the sermons.
At St. Edward's Catholic church the
usual low mass was observed at 8
o'clock in the morning and high mass
at 10:30. At the latter service a spe
cial musical program was rendered.
The Swedish Lutheran, German
Lutheran and German Methodist
churches observed the day with due
propriety. The singing was unusu
ally good and the sermons inspiring.
Eaphonian Society of St Paul Will be
Assisted by Loral Talent.
A concert will be given by the Eu
phonian society of St. Paul under the
auspices of the Swedish Lutheran
church in the M. E. church, Princeton,
on April 18, at 3 o^clock in the after
noon. Singing hT both the Swedish
and English languages. It is to be
hoped there will be a large attendance.
An admission fee of 25 cents for
adults and 15 cents for children will
Scripture Reading Pastor A Lundquist
Piano Solo 'Lohengrin Richard Wagner
Christ is Risen Pinley Lyon
ChoirSoloists Ruth Lundquist and
Song Solo Song Lno Song
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Saj
Song 'Lead Kindly Light
Wil Lift Eyes'
H-mma Clara and Agnese Johnson
Albert Johnson and David Anderson
Son 'Still Still With Thee'
Song, David 8th Psalm "Herre \ar Herre"
Soloist, Agnes Johnson
Piano Solo Adena Lundquist
Sone, David's 126th Psalm
Nar Herrens Zion Fangar"
ChoirSoloist, Ruth Lundquist
Solo, David's 84th Psalm Min Sjal Laugtar"
"The Shadows of the Evening Hours
"Sof I ro
Anderson Bros Quintet
"My Soul Doth Long for Thee
Agnes and Clara Johnson and
"AH Hail the Power of Jesus Name
Soloists Ruth Lindquist, Clara Johnson,
Eva and David Anderson
A Warning to Farmers.
Cold storage concerns were too
much for the creamery at Maynard,
and the man who had charge of it the
past year found it impossible to keep
it going any longer and left for
greener pastures. At New Richland,
too, the centralizers were encroaching
upon the business of the individually
owned creamery until in desperation
the farmers adjacent to it felt com
pelled to organize a co-operative con
cern, the existing creamery being
finally purchased. It is hoped now
that they will be able to hold their
own. These two incidents are cited as
a warning to farmers to keep a firm
grip on the nearest co-operative
creamery. It will pay in the long run.
Once let the centralizers get control,
the jig is up.Litchfield Review.
Died From Blood Poisoning.
Mrs. Ella Brown Cutter, a nurse in
an Anoka hospital, died on Tuesday
morning from blood poisoning. She
assisted in an operation a few days,
ago and received a scratch on her
arm, which was not thought to be
serious at that time, but blood
poisoning set in. She is survived by
one son, who is attending the state
university, and one married daughter
living in S i Paul.
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