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0. 1. STAPLES,
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A Dakota man is building an air
ship of paper. Rather an expensive
undertaking at the present price of
the material.
It looks like an early winter all
right. Here's a sign that never fails:
Those canny Scots up at Duluth are
already preparing for the curling
Premier Asquith has the reputation
of being a fearless old fellow. But
then it isn't necessary to be a fearless
old fellow in order to escape being hit
by a hundred brickbats hurled by as
many female suffragettes.
A contemporary is anxious to as
certain who is the logical candidate
for Joseph Cannon's place. There
will be plenty of time to discuss this
stupendous question when Joe fails to
insinuate himself into the speaker's
chair again.
Mrs. Van Deman was the first
woman in this country to make a
flight in a heavier-than-air machine.
She went up with Wilbur Wright in
his aeroplane to a great height. Mrs.
Van Deman was not, however, the first
woman to fiy high.
It transpires that Prince Ito was
shot by a Korean editor who used
poisoned bullets. He's certainly a
disgrace to the profession. A Min
nesota editor would merely have wal
loped Ito and roasted him in his
great family journal.
Frank A. Day might have continued
to act as private secretary to the
governor until the first Monday in
January, 1911, but, to his credit be it
said, he refused to stultify himself.
Although Frank's deportment is not
perfect he has some sense of political
The British Astronomical Journal
tells us that observations taken in
September show that a portion of
Mars is covered by a yellowish veil.
Now watch the fashion makers intro
duce a Martian veil for the fair sex
and charge two dollars for a piece of
network worth about two bits.
Having accused Uncle Joe of every
thing else possible to think of, they
say now that the pride of Danville,
III., is in league with Tammany.
Winnebago Enterprise.
This is taking a hard shot at Uncle
Joe, for being in league with Tam
many is considered equivalent to
being in collusion with the devil.
The Medical Record, a very reliable
journal, is authority for the statement
that some of the employes of rolling
mills work at times in a temperature
that attains 235 degrees Farenheit,
and that occasionally the workmen's
clothing ignites in spite of frequent
saturation with water. Hades should
have no terrors for men who can with
stand such a temperature as this.
Congressman Lindbergh of the Sixth
district is of the opinion that a great
central bank to issue currency and
regulate credit is dangerous and
objectionable and is in the interest of
Wall street. We believe that Mr.
Lindbergh voices the sentiments of
the common people. Centralization
of monetary or political power as a
general rule is undesirable.
Theodore Roosevelt has gone forth
after the bongo, an animal which is
said to be very scarce and elusive.
In fact no white man has ever killed
one, but the natives say it resembles
a cartoon which Mr. Roosevelt
showed them of a donkeyrepresent
ing the democratic partyclipped
from a newspaper. That's probably
the reason why Theodore is so anxi
ous to bag one.
In the past nine months, says a St.
Petersburg dispatch, one thousand
and thirty-eight have been condemned
to death in Russia for political
offenses, and it is safe to say that a
large percentage of these convictions
resulted from trumped-up charges.
Then is it any surprise that men
should seek the life of the czar, the
despotic ruler who encourages and
countenances such dastardly deeds':'
That sturdy old democratic wa*r
horse, Michael Doran, sr., of St.
Paul, attained his eightieth birthday
Monday and he is still hale and
hearty. Mr. Doran is a native of
county Meath, Ireland, and he has
been a resident of Minnesota since
1856. He has participated in many a
political fray, and up until the com
pletion of President Cleveland's
second term was regarded as the
democratic boss of the state.
The public schools of St. Paul have
resurrected the spelling bee and have
set apart a certain time every week
for putting the children through their
facings in orthography. Nothing is
more needed in the schools than a
thorough brushing up on spelling
the great percentage of the pupils of
the present day are highly deficient in
this branch of the curriculum. Were
spelling bees generally introduced
into the schools and prizes awarded a
decided improvement would soon be
Frank A. Day is quoted as saying
that less than $50,000 was expended in
the three Johnson campaigns by the
democrats, and that a political man
ager with more than $15,000 in his
treasury is really embarrassed. No
one who knows Frank takes him seri
ously. In matters political he has ac
quired such a habit of lying that it is
utterly impossible for him to tell the
truth even were he so disposed, which
he is not. Outside of that Frank is a
genial companion and a pretty re
spectable sort of citizen.
Somehow or other the rascally
trusts in most cases manage to wriggle
from the clutches of the law. The
latest instance is that of the sugar
trust, whose officers were indicted for
criminal conspiracy under the federal
anti-trust laws. In this case it is con
tended that the statute of limitations
bars further prosecution under the in
dictmenta case, apparently, where
the government's dilatoriness or
negligence gave the conspirators a
chance to get clear. Trusts are not
slow to take advantage of opportuni
ties of this sort.
Germany has obviously been more
successful than any other nation in
solving the question of keeping its
people at home. Since 1881 immigra
tion has gradually decreased. In that
year 202,900 Germans came to Ameri
ca, while in 1908 the number was less
than 20,000. This decrease has been
brought about by the fact that the
German government has found greater
opportunity for developing the em
pire, thus making it possible for
thousands more people to make a fair
the ruffians' faces and they fled precip
itately. Kentucky has become
Now comes the calamitous an
nouncement that Mrs. Ruth Bryan have ever heard of was that performed
Leavitt has changed he^ notionthat by Edward Olson, a Chicago work-
she has decided not to run for con
gress. Too bad%^ We feel sure that week. Observing a little girl stand
she would be elected and we are anxi- ing between two cars of a Northern
ous 'to see that bunch of personified Pacific train which had begun to move
spasmsthat coterie of invective Olson rushed to her rescue and sue
ejectorswho are part and parcel of ceeded in saving her life, but he, poor
the house of representatives re- fellow, was thrown to the ground and
formed. cut in two by the wheels. Now here is
an instance where Andrew Carnegie
could demonstrate a philanthropic
spirit by assisting the widow and
family of this hero through the medi
um of his pension fund.
Those London suffragettes are fast devoid of political sense as to do
approaching the bomb-throwing stage.
At an election in Bermondsey last tenth as much spent on country
week a frenzied woman hurled a
bottle of corrosive acid and several of
the officers near the ballot box were
badly burned. It is a pity that women
should work themselves into such a
state of excitement as to resort to
methods of this kind. The lunatic
asylumnot the jailis the proper
place for such monomaniacs.
One of the most heroic deeds' we
Referring to the suggestion made by
the Pioneer Press that Governor
Eberhart should call an e*tra session
to consider the Mershon canal and
waterways scheme, reapportionment,
etc., the Duluth News-Tribune cannot
conceive that the -'governor is so
anything of the sort, and adds, "One-
roads would be worth ten times as
much to the state at large, yet nothing
is said of this as a subject for extra
legislation. Nor is anything said of
endorsement of the income tax amend
ment, both really live issues."
A prince was recently born in an
Atlantic City garret among poverty
and squalor. The boy's father traces
his descent directly back to Moham
med and, although he ekes out a
miserable existence by selling colored
postal cards, he is the Prince of
Mount Lebanon. The father is said
to be particularly elated over the
birth of an heir. But why should he
not feel jubilant? Some day, no
doubt, when the young man becomes
of marriageable age, a Miss Vander
bilt, Miss Gould, or one of the many
other heiresses will rush into thex old
man's little card shop and purchase
the son. Then will his days of
poverty end.
James J. Hill is writing a series of
articles on "Highways of Progress"
for the World's Work magazine, the
first of which, entitled, "What We
Must Do to be Fed," appearing in the
November number. It is a subject
upon which Mr. Hill is fully qualified
to write and the article is
interest," says the author, "is to a
nation what good digestion is to a
man. The farm is the basis of all in
dustry. The soil is the only resource
that renews itself continuously after
having produced value." He advo
cates small farms, crop rotation and
renovation by fertilizationintense
scientific farming.
well worth
"A prosperous agricultural
The countess of Cardigan, who is 80
years of age, has written a book of
memoirs which has set English soci
ety agog and aghast. In her younger
days the countess was a particularly
fly personage and had great oppor
tunities for observing the ways of the
profligates in the halls of the rich.
She also kept a diary. From this
diary her memoirs have been written
and their sensational nature has made
the book sell like hot-cross buns on
a good Friday. The countess of
Cardigan is evidently a wicked,
revengeful and jealous old woman.
Unable to longer engage in the
frivolities of youththe high kickings
of upper-tendomshe turns tattler
and gives the secrets of the snobocracy
The women of the swell Ossoli club
of Chicago asked Federal Judge Peter
Emperor William has always S. Grosscup to address them last
made a strenuous effort to keep his week. He consented and among the
subjects at horned things he said were these: "You
can't be theologians because you
A brave girl indeed is* Miss Kreitz haven't the power of analysis. You
of Mason county, Kentucky, who re- can't be lawyers because you are
cently put to flight forty night riders devoid of reasoning faculty. You are
who battered down the door of her not successful scientists because you
father's house. Provided with a can consider only one detail at a
double barreled shotgun she fired into time. You are only occasionally
successful in business, and you suc
a ceed only in those branches of medi-
perilous state to live in, especially if cine which call for the exercise of the
one is a fobacco grower and refuses to nursing instinct. But you are all
sell to the combine, and the continued powerful in the momentous matter of
attacks of night riders is a disgrace making a man do what he doesn't
to that commonwealth. The existing want to." It is not likely that these
condition appears to be one in which fashionable women will endeavor to
the governor would be justified in persuade the judge to address 'them
calling out the militia and shooting again and, if he is pot careful, the
the perpetrators of the diabolical suffragettes will jump, on his neck as
deeds which have become so frequent, they did on that of Premier Asquith.
It is hardly worth while at this time
to heed the admonition of the Pioneer
Press to "Study Ic a Little More*'
the Mershon canal and waterways. It
is a problem that concerns a future
generation. The question of good
roads is a question of the living
present. The permanent improvement
of the public highways of Minnesota
is a live issue, an issue that vitally
concerns every township, hamlet, vil
lage and city of the state.
George Thompson is again sole
owner of the St. Paul Dispatch and
also of the Pioneer Press, he having
purchased Mr. Charles H. Grasty's
interest in both papers. The change
of ownership, whereby Mr. Thompson
secures complete control of both
papers, will meet with the approval
of the people of the state generally,
for while Mr. Grasty is an able news
paper man and is highly regarded by
those who were associated with him,
he did not succeed in adding to the
prestige or popularity xSt either the
Dispatch or Pioneer Press.
Ernest Fagg is the writer of an in
teresting article in the Century maga
zine fo November on "Road-Build
ing and Maintenance" in France and
England. France, Mr. Flagg says,
has the finest system of roads of any
county in the world. George W.
Cooley, secretary and engineer of
the Minnesota State Highway com
mission, also writes entertainingly of
the roads of Norway, Sweden and
Denmark. All those countries have a
splendid system of public highways.
But the conditions are altogether
different in the thickly populated
European countries than here. The
enormous cost and the dearth of road
material would preclude the building
of such roads in Minnesota at least
for several generations. Intelligent
state and local supervision can work
wonders in road-improvement in this
state, and with concerted action on the
part of the state highway commission
and the local authorities there is no
reason why we cannot have a system
of good passable highways in every
county of the state within a few years.
It has heretofore been customery for
the governors of New York to take
an active part in the municipal cam
paigns and Governor Hughes has
been reproached by many politicians
for refusing to follow this precept.
But the governor, it seems to us, is
pursuing the proper course in keep
ing himself aloof from the fray. He
gives reason's for his determination
in the following language:
"It is clear to me that I ought to
take no part in the pending cam
paign. Under our system the
governor is the reviewing officer to
whom the more important officers are
accountable. The mayor^ the con
troller and the borough presidents are
removable by him upon charges. So
also are the district attorneys and
sheriffs. The governor has no higher
prerogative, and he should so conduct
himself with regard to all controversies
that to the greatest extent possible he
may exercise this important juris
diction in sustaining and dismissing
charges without suggestion of unfair
ness or improper motive. I think the
governor owes it to his office not to
permit himself to become involved in
local campaigns, and this policy,
which hitherto I have maintained, I
desire to continue."
Every once in a while some member
of the state senate is mentioned for
governor the latest is Senator Glotz
back of Faribault, who is quoted in
the Pioneer Press as saying that he
would consider it a great honor to re
ceive the democratic nomination for
governor. No member of the senate
is eligible to the governorship or
lieutenant governorship next year,
for the reason that the compensation
of the governor and lieutenant
governor was increased at the 1907
sessionSenator French of Winona
would be eligible as he was elected to
fill a vacancy and was not a member
in 1907. Section 9 article 4 of the
state constitution admits of no mis
interpretation by the attorney general
or anyone else it plainly provides
that, no senator or representative
shall hold an office under the state
wheh has been created or the emolu
ments of which have been increased
during the session of the legislature
of which he was a member, until one
year after the expiration of his term
of office in the legislature.
Will some member of the legislature
please explain the object the* pro
posed amendment to section 23*of
article 4 of the state constitution,
which was enacted at the last session
and will be voted upon at the general
election next year? What necessity
was there for any change in the sec
tion in question?
Chapter 509, laws of 1909 should be
entitled "An act to prevent indefinite
ly a fair apportionment of the state."
Here is section 23 article 4 of the
state constitution as it is:
"The legislature shall provide by
law for an enumeration of the inhabi
tants of this state in the year 1865,
and every tenth year thereafter. At
their first session after each enumera
tion so made, and also at their first
session after each enumeration made
by the authority of the United States,
the legislature shall have the power
to prescribe the bounds of con
gressional, senatorial and representa
tive districts, an to apportion anew
the senators and representatives
among the several districts according
to the provisions of section second of
this article."
The language above quoted is
mandatory. But our legislators
have disregarded the fundamental law
of the state as there has been no ap
portionment since 1897. Here is the
proposed amendment, which if adopted
by the voters will be substituted for
the section of the constitution above
"The legislature shall provide by
law for enumeration of the inhabitants
of this state in the year 1915 and
every ten years thereafter. At any
session after any enumeration of the
inhabitants of this state made pursu
ant to law and also at any session
after each enumeration made by the
authority of the United States, the
legislature shall have the power to
prescribe the bounds of congressional,
senatorial and representative districts,
or any of the same, and to apportion
anew the senators and representatives
among the several districts according
to the provisions of section 2 of this
Mark the phraseology employed in
the above, "a any session after any
enumeration." Could anything be
more indefinite? But there is nothing
ambiguous about the words, "at their
first session after each enumeration."
The constitution as it is virtually
commands the legislature to make a
new apportionment of members of the
house and senate at their first session
after either a state or United States
census the proposed amendment
leaves it to the discretion of the legis
lature.to apportion anew the senators
and representatives at ANY
If the amendment is adopted there
will be no reapportionment until the
1913 session, for the senators will not
legislate themselves out of office at the
end of two years. There should be a
fair apportionment of the state at the
next session of the legislature on the
basis of population as provided in
section 2 article 4 of the constitu
It is claimed that the word "mill"
was surreptitiously substituted for the
word "cent" in the bushel grain tax
law.. We do not believe the story.
The members of the legislature did
not understand the measure, neither
did the governor. Governor Johnson
assured the writer shortly after the
adjournment of the legislature that
had he fully understood the effect of
the bill it never would have received
his assent. The Union was the first
paper in the state to call attention to
the grossly inadequate tax imposed
by the provisions of the law. Now
the tax commission admits that
double the amount of taxes were de
rived under the old ad valorem sys
tem of taxing grain in elevators. The
bushel grain tax law is the first fruits
of the wide open tax amendment to the
constitution. Under the constitution
as it was such a law would have been
null and void.
Always Except Princeton
We predict that in five years time
Mora will be exporting more potatoes
than any other point in the potato
belt. Our soil is particularly adapted
to this product and our surrounding
territory unlimited which only awaits
development by the progressive
farmer.Mora Times.
Mora is a fine little town and is the
center of a good agricultural terri
tory, butr it will be several times five
years before it surpasses Princeton as
a primary potato market. This
season it is estimated by competent
judges, that there will be 2,000 cars
of potatoes shipped from this point.
Several articles have appeared in.
the Pioneer Press rceently anent state
swamp lands and the rights of settlers
The well-informed St. Paul corre
spondent of the Northfield News also
discusses the matter at length. The
state auditor cannot be blamed for
protecting the interests of the state
against timber-grabbers, but he
should pursue a liberal policy where
actual bona fide settlers are con
cerned. When a bona fide settler files
upon a piece of land that is not
swampy, although the records may
show that it is, the better policy would
be not to contest the settler's right to
the land. Many thousands of acres
have been certified to the state as
swamp lands which are not and never
were of a swampy character. In years
gone by the state never seriously con
tested a settler's right to a piece of
swamp land. The Union agrees
with the Northfield News that it is a
mistake to denude state land of all its
timber before offering it for sale for
agricultural purposes. In comment
ing on an article from the Fergus
Falls Journal relative to the sale of
state lands the i on of July 8,1909,
"Then again there is small induce
ment to purchase land in a timber
country when there is not enough
timber^ left on a forty to construct a
two by four hen-coop. Land chiefly
valuable for its timber should not be
sold as argicultural land, but there is
no sense in offering land for sale for
agricultural purposes after every
sapling that would make a fence post
has been removed. In a timber coun
try enough scattering timber should
be left to at least enable the pur
chaser of the land to erect fence posts
upon which to string wire to protect
his garden patch."
Where land is chiefly valuable for
the timber it contains the timber
ought to be sold separately. But
scattering timber should go with the
land, and if necessary to protect the
interests of the state a larger cash
payment than the statutory 15 per
cent could be exacted. The state
land commissioner has large dis
cretionary powers and he should, and
doubtless will, act for the best inter
ests of the state and at the same time
deal fairly with actual settlers who
are attempting to make homes for
themselves in northern Minnesota.
On several occasions a tax expert
from New York city has appeared
before the Minnesota legislature and
brazenly discussed the subject of
equitable taxation, and the twin city
papers, when arguing in favor of the
wide open tax amendment, (which
was never adopted by a vote of the
people but which was read into our
constitution by a majority of the su
preme court justices), frequently re
ferred to the enlightened system of
taxation in vogue in New York state.
The writer has repeatedly pointed out
that there is scarcely anything in
New York's taxing system that could
be profitably imitated by Minnesota.
New York city is the paradise of
tax-dodgers. In one of his news
paper articles on "The Art of Tax
Frederick J. Haskin says
of New York: "So notorious has the
practice of tax dodging in that city
become that the report of a tax com
mission says that the personal prop
erty tax has degenerated into a tax
on ignorance and honestyon ignor
ance because anyone who is not a fit
subject for a lunatic asylum can
dodge it, and on honesty because only
the people of the most rigid sense of
honesty do not dodge it."
What Bobbie Wanted to Know
He asked so many questions that
day that he finally wore out his
mother's patience.
"Robert, "she cried, "if you ask me
another question I shall put you to
bed without your supper."
Robert promptly asked another and
was packed off to bed. Later his
mother repented. After all, asking
questions was the only way he could
acquire knowledge so she tiptoed
upstairs, knelt beside Robert's bed,
and told him she was sorry.
"Now, dear," she said, "if you
want to ask one more question before
you go to sleep, ask it now and I
will try to answer."
Robert thought for a moment, then
said, "Mother, how far can a cat
What Time Is It, Please?
Rockford and Illinois watches will
give you the correct time. L. G.
Prescott, the jeweler, has them in
all grades. Next to Evens Hardware
Store, Main street, Princeton.

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