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John Briggs Arrested Upon Complaint
Alleging Attempt to Burn a
House on North Side.
Defendant Examined in Justice Nor-
ton's Court and Held to Await
Action of Grand Jury.
band and family occupied.
The state was represented by County
Attorney Ross and the defendant by
Attorney E. McMillan.
A change of venue was asked by de
fendant but denied.
Mrs. Wiley stated, among other
things, that at 9:30 on Thursday
night her attention was called by El
roy Briggs, father of the defendant,
to a fire which was burning on the
outside of her house. The hre had
been started in the slough grass, with
which the house was banked, and had
ignited the tar paper. She and her
son extinguished the fire. Her hus
band was not at home at the time.
The house in which Mr. and Mrs.
Wiley and family live is the property
of John Briggs and rented from him.
Albert Anderson, who lives near,
corroborated Mrs. Wiley's testimony
as to the extinguishment of the fire.
Neither of these witnesses saw anyone
start the fire.
Irving Southard testified that a
week previous to the fire, at 2 o'clock
in the morning he heard a rap upon
his door and, upon opening it, found
John Briggs, who wanted to borrow
matches, but he refused to give him
any Asked what he wanted the
matches for, Briggs said he was going
to burn down the d shack where
Wiley lived After Briggs had de
parted Mr Southard saw matches
flash near the Wiley house, but it was
dark and he could distinguish no one.
No fire, however, resulted from the
striking of these matches
Mrs. Irving Southard corroborated
her husband's testimony in" the main
points and added that she heard
Briggs say that there was a good in
surance on the d shack and that he
was going to burn it
After hearing one or two other wit
nesses the examination was continued
to Monday, when, among others,
erne Mott was called.
Mr. Mott's testimony was along the
same line as the previous witnesses.
Briggs borrowed matches from Mr.
Alott, but it was upon Wednesday
nightthe night previous to the fire.
Attorney McMillan, for the de
fendant, contended that nothing had
been adduced in evidence to show that
Briggs had set the fireno one had
seen him near the house and the fact
that he borrowed matches was proof
of nothing. Then, again, as there
were two fires in the Wiley house at
the time it was more reasonable to be
lieve that the dry slough grass
around the dwelling was ignited by a
spark from the chimney than that it
was set by Briggs.
Justice Norton, however, decided
that there was sufficient evidence to
hold the defendant to the grand jury,
and so ordered The offense is bail
able, but the amount of the bonds has
to be decided either by the district
judge or the court commissionera
justice has no authority in the
Farmers Can Care for Themselves.
Does it never occur to any of the
wiseacres, from railroad presidents
seeking traffic to grain brokers seek
ing commissions, that the farmers they
are so fond of lecturing have proved
that they know their own business
pretty well?
The lecturers want overproduction
to make business at any price: the
farmers want production to the point
of highest return on the capital and
labor invested. To get this they have
learned to watch the market and varjy
in the country. Farming has become
a skilled calling without much aid
so far from colleges We believe it is
better fitted to take advantage of their
aid now for its self teaching by ex
The farmer is no longer a victim of
market manipulation, unless he tries
to play the game himself. Like the
educated lamb of the stock market, he
leaves the gamblers to skin one
another. He has credit enough
hold his produce when it is low,
gumption enough to sell when it
John Briggs was brought before
Justice Norton on Saturday after
noon for examination upon the com
plaint of Mrs. Nellie Wiley, who -8
charged that defendant had attempted hours a day to railroad
to burn the house which she, her hus-
crops with the demand till they have results are depending on his personal
become as a class the most prosperous effort, illness seems to keep away from
him as a rule, at least until he has
accomplished his task. Another good
health protector is Golden Grain Belt
high. Above all, he is learning
to arrange his crops. It Is true that
she does not farm scientifically for the laws
highest yield to the acre, but he will
when economic conditions change to
make that the method of most profit.
American farming has scratched
and skimmed the land because it had
to produce for export at prices low
enough to meet world competition.
Give it a domestic market with prices
sensitive to supply and demand and
see how it will intensify cultivation to
increase production for all who have
the price. With an industrial popula
tion able to consume with certainty
and pay well for double the present
domestic food supply, see how quickly
the supply will double itself
will be different from workin0 1
=iincrease K-I ~I~ton
nagea and speculative bank clearings.
Then we conceive that the tariff
question will settle itself. The eaters
will clamor for free trade in food, but
they will have to buy it from the
farmer voters with free trade in cloth
ing and machinery
Beware of Greeks Beari ng Gifts.
What a tremendous interest some of
the agents of electrical houses take in
saving our village money. When
some of these concerns want to dispose
of a money-saving (9)
device, at a
cost of several thousand dollars to
the village, their first step is to enlist
the services of the electrician, the
man who has charge of the village
plant. If he indorses their scheme it
is easy sledding for the smooth, oily
tongued agent, whose sole aim is to
save the village money!perish the
thought that the agent has an ulterior
motive in view. If the electrician is
honest and wants to be shown where
the saving will come in, then Mr.
Agent commences to knock the electri
cian to the village council, and de
votes his energies to getting an electri
cian appointed who will fall in with
his schemes and, of course, share in
the rake-off. What the users of elec
tric light and water want is good ser
vice at reasonable cost. What the
tax-payers want and will insist upon
is an economical administration of
the village affairs and the wiping out
of the floating and bonded indebted
Folly and Jeff
County Auditpr Whitney is a great
lover of animalshe feeds all the
tramp dogs and cats that eome along
and now and then adopts- one. Re
cently he took into the bosom of his
family a cat formerly owned by the
ex-county treasurer and christened it
"Thomas Jefferson Burrell"or
"Jeff" for short. Jeff has shown
itself to be very partial to birdsfor
eating purposesand a day or so
ago, before the Whitney family was
out of bed, it made an attack upon
Polly Perkins. Polly managed to
break away, however, and, flying to
where Mr. Whitney was sleeping,
screamed, "Oh, papa' d'" Ed.
jumped out of bed and ran down
stairs to investigate. There he found
Jeff with a mouthful of Polly's tail
feathers and unceremoniously expelled
the said Jeff from the premises while
Polly kept up an incessant cry of "D,
papa, d'"
Fats vs. Leans
Guy Ewing will endeavor to ar
range a game of ball between the fat,
squatty chaps and the long, waspy
fellows. In his day Guy was a goer
on the diamond and, notwithstanding
the fact that his legs are a trifle stiffer
and probably shrunk in length, he
loves to get out in the field and
demonstrate his agility. Then there
is George Staples, another champion
of the days gone by, who loves the
game with all his heart, and who, on
a pinch, can sprint some yet. George,
however, like Guy, is now somewhat
flattened down and inclined to embon
point, but he says that all he needs is
practice to show the youthful players
a trick or two. Guy believes he can
pick up a good pair of nines among
the has-beens and is confident that he
can persuade Charley Keith to umpire
the game.
Hard Work as a Medicine.
Great responsibility seems to be a
powerful health protector. People in
very responsible positions are rarely
sick. When a man feels that great
Law Supplement.
With this number of the Union
and the general laws enacted at the recent
session of the legislature are issued
how in supplement form. Quick work.
Save the supplement and study the
Boiler Explosion In a Sawmill at
Kerrick Instantly Kills Five
Men and Injures Three.
Carelessness in Examination of Boiler
by State Inspector Probably
Responsible for Accident.
A boiler explosion in the McGrath
& Hogan saw mill at Kerrick in Pine afternoon. William Newbert, one of
That county on Tuesday morning, resulted the oldest and most highly respected
in the death of five menArvid Berg- citizens of Princeton, passed in peace
lund, Ernest Wedger, Harvey Abbott,
Henry Rentz and Oscar Rostlum.
The badly injured were Gus Berquist,
Patrick Williamson, Homer Martin
and Joseph McGrath. The boiler was
hurled a distance of 300 feet, and
some of the debris fell three blocks
Minneapolis from the mill. Cause of explosion is
unknown. The boiler was supposed
to have been inspected by the state
Congressman Babcock Dead.
After an illness of six weeks, James
Weeks Babcock, formerly a .repre
sentative to congress from the Third
district of Wisconsin, and for many
years chairman of the committee of
the District of Columbia, died on
Tuesday at his home in Washington
as a result of a complication of
Mr Babcock was born in Vermont
in 1850 and lived in Iowa from 1855 to
1881, since which time he was a resi
dent of Wisconsin. He was a member
of congress for fourteen years and
was chairman of the republican con
gressional committee for four years.
He was a candidate for United States
senator, but was not successful, being
finally defeated for election to con
gress by the La Pollette faction.
Congressman Babcock was one of the
best known men of the.west.
Spraying Calendar For Farmer s.
The state entomologist'Jias published
a spray calendar (Press Bulletin No.
31) for the use of farmers, fruit
growers and gardeners, stating just
what to use to successfully combat
various insect pests and fungous
diseases, and when to apply. Recipes
for making the various compounds
accompany the calendar. The- ^ppferH
plum, raspberry, currant, strawberry,
tomato, potato, squash, cabbage, etc.,
are dealt with Copies of this bulle
tin may be obtained free of charge by
addressing the Entomological Di
vision, care of the Experiment Sta
tion, St. Anthony Park, Minn.
Farewell Reception.
Mrs. B. D. Grant, who will shortly
leave for Beach, N. D.. was tendered
a farewell reception by the ladies of
the Rebekah lodge at their hall last
evening It was a most pleasant
social event and Mrs. Grant was
presented with a Rebekah pm as a
keepsake and token of esteem. Re
freshments consisting of ice cream and
cake were served at 10 o'clock.
At the last regular meeting of the
Eastern Star lodge Mrs. Grant was
also entertained by the ladies and
presented with a very pretty opal ring.
All expressed their regrets that she
was soon to leave Princeton.
The Winners Series No. 4.
A large number competed for prizes
this week103 allbut only six
solved the puzzles correctly, viz.,
Curtiss Wetter, Real Robideau, Alice
Jaenicke, Margaret Wetter, Enck
Eisner and Glennie M. Oakes. Out
of the six the three winners, determin
ed by lot, were Erick Eisner, Alice
Jaenicke and Margaret Wetter.
Checks mailed. This week series No.
5 appears most of the puzzles will be
easily solved. Series Nos. 6 and 7
will be dead easyUnited States
senators and governors of Minnesota.
Making It Pleasant for Him
"Gentlemen," said the toastmaster
at the banquet, "we have listened to
some excellent orators this evening,
and I am sure we have enjoyed their
efforts very much. I have purposely
kept one of our best speakers for the
last, and after you have heard him I
know you will be glad to go home.
Gentlemen, I have the honor to
present Mr. Ketchum A. Cummin, who
will now address you. "Chicago
Beer. This beverage is as good for I have just received a fine bunch
the health as it is to the taste and keen young native horses-mares andgeld
appetite comes with its use. Serve at
mealtimes and enjoy good health.
Order of your nearest dealer or be
supplied by Sjoblom Bros., wholesale
dealers, Princeton.
ingssuitable for farm work. They
are indisputably the best horses of
their kind which have ever been
brought to Princeton. If in need of p. Campbell, Robert Byers' W
horses of this description call at Ans
Howard's barn without delay, as they
will sell fast. Aulger Bines.
An Expounder.
John L. Sullivan says he may be
come a preacher. He certainly is a
fine old ex-pounder.Milwaukee Sen-
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William Newbert Passes Peacefully
From This World of Trouble
to That of Eternal Rest.
A Noble, Kind-Hearted Old Gentleman
Who Lived an Upright Life
and Was fluch Beloved.
On Monday, at 1:15 o'clock in the
ful sleep to the other shore. The old
gentleman had been in feeble condition
for some time, due to a general
breaking down of the constitution as
a result of advanced age. He had,
however, been confined to his bed but
a week wheD death released his"*spirit
from its mortal confines^ Had he
lived until September 18 of this jear
he would have reached the age of 93
yearstwenty-three years more than
man's allotted span
William Newbert was born in Lon
don, England, on September 18, 1816,
and was married at Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, under the rites of
the Church of England, to Miss Jane
Ridge on May 12, 1844. In 1853, with
his wife, he came to America and took
up his residence in Aurora, 111
going from there at the expiration of
three years to Bethel, Minn. In 1883
he moved to Princeton and settled on
a farm There he and his wife con
tinued to live until 1909, when they
went to reside with Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Newbert in this village, where
the subject of this sketch passed away.
Funeral services were held at the
residence of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Newbert yesterday afternoon by Rev.
J. W. Heard of the Princeton Metho
dist church, who paid a glowing
tribute to the memory of the deceased.
A trio consisting of Mrs C. A.
Caley, Mrs. L. S. Briggs and
Grover TJmbehocker sang several im
pressive hymns during the obsequies.
Mrs. C. A. Caley also rendered a
solo. Many people paid their last
tribute of respect to this honor
able old gentleman by following all
that was mortal of him to the grave in
Oak Knoll cemetery, where patriarchs
and babes sleep side by side. A
large number of beautiful floral offer
ings were laid upon the casketit was
literally embedded in American
Beauty roses, lilies and violets. The
near relatives of the family were all hi
attendance at the funeral. Those who
acted in the capacity of pallbearers
were: Robert Clark, J. W. Goulding,
Townsend and Solomon Long.
William Newbert is survived by a
wife, 88 years of age a son, Henry, of
the Park house, Princeton two grand
children, George H. Newbert, Mora,
and Mrs. M. S. Rutherford, Prince
ton four great grandchildren, Miss
Rutherford, ""Princeton
William Henry and Madeline New
beit, Mora Mary Newbert, Min
It would be almost impossible to
find a man in any community who
commanded more love and respect
than did our old friend, William New
bert. He was the soul of honor and
possessed a nature so sunny that he
readily made friendssunshine was a
prominent feature ofjiis kindly dispo
sition. Ofttimes, until within the past
few months, has he visited the office
of this paper, where he loved to sit
and narrate stories of his younger
days. He was always jolly although
he knew full well that he would soon
be called to the other shore. "I must
soon leave you boys," said he, cheer
fully, upon his last visit, "but I am
readyI have lived more than my
allotted span."
We extend our sincerest sympathy
to hi! aged widow and other members
of the family in this, the houi of their
Chadbonrue bflis Iius
C. Chadbourne has sold his
house and lots to Mrs. Angie E Ken
field, a relative of Mrs. H. Newbert.
Chad sajs that since he sold it two
parties hare said to him, "If I had
known you would have sold for that
price I would have been glad to have
got it." They will probably say the
same about the store, for it's going
to be sold at some price p. d. q. The
store has four nice rooms over it
where Mr. and Mrs Chadbourne are
living at present.
Bob Hasty Dead
Robert H. Hasty, for many years
superintendent of W. Washburn's
lumbering operations in the Rum
river pineries, and well known to
many Princeton people, died at Pasa
dena, Cal.. on the 22nd inst. Mr.
Hasty was in his 86th year. He was
a man ef sterling character and had
the respect and confidence of all who
knew him.
Carload of White Elephants.
A carload of White Elephant pota
toes has been received here and will
be planted on the Mathis farm by M.
J. Rawn and Martin Gess. These po
tatoes are of a splendid variety
large, hardy and possessing a par
ticularly smooth skin. The climate
and soil here is said to be just right
for their culture.
Saws Into Finger
While AlbinjOberg was sawing laths
at his home in Orrock on Tuesday the
saw slipped and he narrowly escaped
severing the index finger of the left
handthe teeth of the saw just
touched the bone. He came to Prince
ton and DE. Cooney put a couple of
stitches in the wound and dressed it.
Unclaimed Letters.
List of letters remaining unclaimed
at the postoffice at Princeton on April
26, 1909: Mr. Gustave Gramer, H. H.
Houry, Irene vJohnson, Mr. Fred
Lang, Please call for advertised
letter*. -&** i~ -I* & Briggs, P. M.
County Association Will Present Pro-
gram at High School Assembly
Hall on Saturday Next.
Professor T. J. Caton of rUnneapoIis,
Finds it Impossible to be Pres-
ent at the Convention.
On Saturday next, at the high school
building in this village, the Mille
Lacs County Teachers' association
will present a program surpassing in
excellence all previous efforts along
this line. A business meeting will be
held in the morning and in the after
noon Rev. J. W..Heard will be one of
the principal speakers and the read
ing of interesting papers and rendi
tion of vocal and instrumental music
are included in the program, which
is hereunder given in detail:
11 00 clock Opening
12 15 o'clock Organization
Election of officers for 1909-10
1 30 o'clock Opening
Prayer Re\ Swertfager
Music Son & School
Model Classes in Reading Primary, 1st. 2nd
and 3rd Grades from Whittier School
Piano Solo Almatia Danes, Mllaca
Address "Social Standing of the Teacher"
Rev W Heard
Discussion Adna Crton
Vocal soio Mrs. Stroeter
Paper "How to Improve Attendance
in Rural Schools" Minnie Sellhorn
Discussion by EUa Hanson and Eva
Address Supt Davies, Milaca
Lecture "Care of the Eye"
Doctor Lester
Committee Supt Marshall, Tennie
Cravens and Guy Ewing
Prof. Caton Cannot Come.
Prof. Caton cannot be with the
teachers here next Saturday. On
Sunday he is to deliver an address at
the celebration of the ninetieth anni
versary of the institution of Odd Fel
lowship, in Minneapolis. Last Sun
day he delivered an address in the
St. Paul auditorium to an audience of
5,000 Odd Fellows and their friends.
He writes: "Tell the teachers that it
is with deep regret that I cannot be
with them. My former visit on a
similar occasion was one of the most
pleasant days of my life and now, if
could go to your town again, meet
those teachers and my brother Odd
Fellows, and visit with my good old
friend and his family, you may rest
assured that I would eagerly do so."
Abraham Arrives.
The irrepressible Abe Weinberg
came up from Galesburg on Monday
evening to go fishing with George
Rice, Ira Stanley and others. Abe is
one of the best fishermen extant,
theoretically, but when he goes forth
upon the water with his patent rod,
reel and new-fangled fish hooks he is
the worst ever. Besides, he invari
ably falls overboard and is rescued
with great difficulty and a gaff. We
will probably have more to say about
Abe before he returns to Illinois with
a crate of purchased fish.
Summer School for Prluceton.
County Superintendent Ewing has
succeeded in getting a summer school
for Princeton this season which will
commence on June 28 and continue
five weeks. The school will be con
ducted by Professor Geo. E Eeenan
of Warren and he will be assisted by
Misses Lynch and Fanning. Mr.
Keenan is said to be one of the best
summer school conductors in the state
and his two assistants, who are
known to many Princeton people, can
hardly be excelled in the subjects they
Again Defeated.
On Saturday our high school boys
were again defeated in a ball game
with the Becker nine upon the
grounds of the last mentioned. Al
though the Princetons are good play
ers luck was against them and they
were knocked out in a score of 6 to 2.'
While the start this season has been
far from encouraging to the home
boys, they have every confidence that
they will soon recover their prestige.
They have the go to them and are well
muscled up.
Three Killed In Snowslide.
A letter received yesterday by Mrs.
Wm. Cordiner from her son, Guy, in
Alaska, says that a snowslide recent
ly killed three men working for the
same company as himself and that
this is the first accident of the season.
The bodies were taken to Valdez by
the secretary of the company, who
made Guy his substitute during his
absenceto perform the clerical work,
and also to act as postmaster.
Usual Order Reversed.
There is this about the peach-basket
hat, however. The best peaches are
at the bottom, of the basket.New
York Mail.
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