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YILLAGEJINANC.ES The Net Indebtedness of the Village of Princeton Reduced $4,349.05 During the Past Year. Cutting Down of Territory Will Ne- cessitate Large Increase of Tax Rate in District No. i. The report of the village treasurer simply shows the receipts and ex penditures of the village for the fiscal year ending February 21, 1910. It gives the reader no information rela tive to the financial standing of the villageJUSG the orders paid, whom to and what for, and the collections and receipts. Such a report is of little real value although the law requires its publication. It is the brief state ment issued by the recorder that tells the story of the financial condition of the village. A year ago the Union predicted that the present council would reduce the village indebtedness the predic tion has been verified and a material reduction has been effected. The net indebtedness of the village February 25, 1909, was $30,264.09 the net in debtedness February 21, 1910, is $25,- 914.15a reduction of $4,349.05. A further reduction of at lease $1,500 could have been effected had it not been for necessary permanent im provements that were madeimprove ments that will not have to be made this year or for many years to come. For instance: the resetting of the boiler at power house, $500 barn for team, $201.96 vault for village rec ords, $200.07, meters rented out to consumers of electricity, $560.00 these meters are owned by the vil lage and the rentals in three or four years will pay the original cost. The orders outstanding February 25, 1909, were $14,697.28 orders out standing February 21, 1910, $12,480.09, but there is also a cash balance on hand of $2,556.14. This sum would be applied to paying outstanding orders immediately were ib not for the uncertainty as to the result of the vote at the ensuing election on the question of license or no license. If no license prevails it will require the gieater part of the amount on hand to pay the refunds that will be due the several saloon keepers for licenses al ready paid. When no license is voted each saloon keeper must be paid back the proportionate amount of the unex pired term of his license. The report shows that the net re ceipts from the public weighing scales is $34.78 'Tis small but the balance is on the right side of the ledger. The team owned by the village pays for its driver and keep and a little better. Some people imagine that the pub lishing and printing for the village costs an enormous amount. The total expenditure for publishing ^financial reports, all notices required by law to be published and all the job printing for the year ending April 1, 1909, was $117.85, and this included the printing of the recorder's report in two newspapers. The cost for the year ending April 1, 1910, including the treasurer's and recorder's reports and all ]ob printing, will not exceed $75 00. Surely the printer cannot be accused of robbing the village. If the policy of the present council is pursued, a still greater reduction can be effected next year in the in debtedness, and by 1912 there will be no outstanding orders, and then the liquidation of the bonded indebted ness of $16,000 can be entered upon. By good careful management and the exercise of proper economy the entire floating and bonded indebtedness can be completely wiped out five years from this dateby 1915without in creasing the village taxes. If saloons are voted out it would require an additional tax levy of 15 mills annually upon the present valuation, to make up the amount paid in licenses. The valu ation of the village, real estate and presonal property, is $371,659 the amount paid in liquor licenses is $5,600 figure it out for yourself. We are making no argument for or against licensejust giving cold facts and figures. Neither is the Union interested in any candidate for a village office any further than to have men elected who will administer the affairs of the vil lage economically and see to it that the laws and ordinances are rigidly enforced. The present council is the first in years to reduce the indebted ness of the village, and if the members can be induced to serve another term, or a series of terms, and continue the good work until the village is out of debt we do not think the tax-payers would have cause to complain. At best the position of a councilman is a '-^Bfci.rdj thankless oneno pay and plenty of curses. We repeat and reiterate, if the policy of the present council is car ried out for five years the entire in debtedness of the village can be can celledcompletely wiped outwithout increasing the rate of taxation for vil lage purposes, and in all conscience the rate is already high enough. But, some one will remark, you allow nothing for permanent improvements. Yes, we do. The saving in interest and the natural increase in valuation will take care of permanent improve ments. Notice that $1,179.26 was paid out the past year for interest on out standing orders. Next year it will be less than half that amount, and two years hence that item will be wiped out altogether. Then there is the in terest on the bonds$10,000 at 4 per cent and $6,000 at 43^ per cent amounting to $670, making a total of $1,849.26 paid in interest during the past year. As the indebtedness is decreased the interest will be corre spondingly reduced. In this connection we wish to call attention to the reduction in the area and the assessable valuation of school district No. 1, as the village of Princeton is located in district No. 1. The present valuation of the district is $631,947, and the tax rate is 195-10 mills, almost 2 per cent. Already this year an entire township has been cut off from the north end of district No. 1 and attached to other districts. Several petitions are now pending asking for more of the terri tory of No 1 by the end of the present year all that will be left to district No. 1 will be the village of Princeton and the territory immedi ately adjoining in Princeton township and about 400 acres in Sherburne county. The valuation of the district will be reduced from $631,947 to $434,- 567. That means an increase of 8 7-10 mills in the rate of taxation in district No. 1 to produce the same revenue we now raise for the maintenance of our schools, viz: It will require a tax rate of 28 2-10 mills upon a valuation of $434,567 to produce the same reveA nue that a tax rate of 19 5-10 mills produces on a valuation of $631,94-7. The rate of taxation for school pur poses in this village will not be less than 30 mills$3.00 on each hundred dollars' valuationhereafter until the bonded indebtedness is paid. There was a bond issue of $15,000 in 1903 $1,500 of the principal was paid last year, and $1,500 will be paid annually until the entire amount is liquidated in 1917. Then there is another issue of $8,000, which must be paid at the rate of $1,500 annually, 1914-1918 and there is still another issue of $2,000 to be paid $500 annually, 1915-1919 The total bonded indebtedness of school district No. 1 at the present time is $23,500. Jeff's Remarkable Stunts Wesley Page possesses a horse which is capable of marvelous achievements. It is not one of those aristocratic horses with glossy coat and docked tail, but a scrubby animal which can lay no pretensions to either good looks or high breeding. The stunts which it accomplishes, how ever, are wonderful, indeed, hence Mr. Page is inclined to the opinion that in the dim and distant past it earned its daily oats by performing tricks in a circus. Mr. Page is a truthful man and there is DO reason whatever to doubt his story. He has kept close watch of Jeff (the horse), and upon more than one occasion de tected it in the act of going from the stable to the pump with a pail in its mouth. It pumped the pail half full of water, drank it and returned with the bucket to the stable. Another evidence of its sagacity was that in which it opened the oat box, devoured its contents and then closed it again. Wesley had wondered who appropriat ed the oats, but eventually caught Jeff in the act and put a padlock on the box. "It will also walk with its two hind feet in the air," says Mr. Page, "and I am trying to break it of this particular feat, which at times places my life in jeopardy. Yes, that horse of mine is a wonder." Pennison and His Speeder. Depot Agent Pennison says men may have all the automobiles their hearts desire for all he cares so long as he is provided with a railroad speeder. And he has one, too, but it is a hand pumper. "Penn" is, how ever, about to make improvements on the machine by attaching a gasoline motor, and then, says he, "the fastest train on the system will not be able to overtake me. I'll show some of those automobile chaps how to go." During the summer months he expects to utilize the speeder for Sunday fish ing excrusions and in the winter for making moonlight trips to Minne apolis to attend the theaters. THEMWOTASIDM Princeton Athletic Association Equips Room With Paraphernalia for Muscle Development. Club Has a Membership of Hfty- Eight and Expects to Soon Reach the Hundred Mark. The Princeton Athletic association bids fair to become one of the best organizations of its kind in the state. Although in its infancy it has 58 active members and its gymnasium is well equipped with paraphernalia, in cluding a trapeze, vaulting horse, calisthenic wall machines, horizontal bars, punching bags, dumb bells and boxing gloves. This equipment will soon be supplemented with other gymnasium furnishingsthe most modern to be obtained. A gymnasium is a good institution for any town to have. It not only affords an opportunity to obtain in* vigorating, healthful exercise, but furnishes a good place for young men to while away an hour or two. The gym is located at the National Guard armory and is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings an Sunday afternoons. A membership fee of one dollar is charged and the monthly dues are fifty cents. Wm. Neely is president of the associattion, O. B. Newton, secretary, and P. L. Road strom, treasurer. A Sc lentlhc Wrestle Fred Hass of this village and Earl Chaffee of Pine City came together on the mat on Tuesday evening at the armory and a big crowd witnessed the contest between these skilled wrestlers. Hass won the contest, se curing two successive falls, but Chaffee proved no easy mark. The first fall was obtained in 40 minutes 12 seconds, Hass putting his man down on a head scissors and hammer lock hold. In the second fall Hass threw his opponent by means of the full Nelson hold, the time of this bout being 35 minutes 47 seconds. Bill Clark of Milaca was the referee. The match was a first-class one in every way and the audience greatly enjoyed it. Everything was fair, square and clean. At the close Mr. Chaffee said he had no excuses to make and admitted that he was fairly defeated by a man his superior. There were two bouts preliminary to the chief matchone between Young Shockley and McDougall and the other between "Cylone Jim" and Tony Prescott. The first resulted in a draw after a twenty minutes' tussle while in the second "Cyclone" downed Prescott twice in less than five minutes. The gate receipts amounted to $128.50, 60 per cent of which went to the winner and 40 per cent to the loser. Taxes Levied at Town Meetings. Taxes may be voted at town meeting as follows: For township purposes, to defray town charges and expenses, such sum may be voted the rate of which shall not exceed two mills in any town having a valuation of $100,- 000 or more, and in any town with a valuation of less than $100,000 the amount that may be levied must not exceed $150. The rate for road and bridge purposes cannot exceed 10 mills, and the rate for the support of the poor cannot exceed 5 mills. All taxes must be levied in specific amounts. Take a town with a valua tion of $100,000 and the following amounts could be voted: For town purposes, $200 for road and bridge purposes, $1,000 for poor purposes $500. Lack of Water in Alaska Contrary to popular ideas, the chief obstacle in the way of a large and increasing gold output from Alaska is the lack of water. Over the whole of Seward Peninsula, which produces a fourth of the gold of Alas ka, and in moht of the interior as well, the climate is comparatively arid, except in small mountain areas. Are you aware that the daily use of golden grain belt beer will aid your digestion, steady your nerves and build you up physically? Order a case of your nearest dealer or be supplied by Sjoblom Bros., wholesale dealers, Princeton. Pays Union a Compliment In renewing his subscription S. S. Buckingham of Orchards, Washing ton, a former Princeton resident, pays the i on this compliment: I do nob want to miss a single copy of the good old i n. It comes to me as a friend and keeps me in touch with the east. We enjoy this part of Washington very much and also wish our old friends around Princeton, through the columns of the Union, health and happiness." PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1910. BIG CLASS INITIATED i riodern Samaritans, Assisted by Offi- cers of Grand Lodge, Put Can- didates Through Mill. Dancing and an Oyster Supper Follow the Initiatory Ceremonies and Addresses by Officers. At the regular meeting on Friday evening Princeton Council, No. 22, Modern Samaritans, initiated a large class into the mysteries of the order. The work team of the lodge was as sisted by E. E. Jefferson of Minne apolis, imperial deputy Mrs. Effie Johnsonof St. Paul, state organizer and Mrs. Eliazbeth Bullard, district deputy. Following the initiatory work Mr. Jefferson gave a very able talk on the principal objects of the order, and Mrs. Johnson addressed the members along similar lines. She also organ ized a drill team, which she put through a number of military evolu tions with remarkable skill. The guests of the lodge were then ushered into the hall and dancing commenced. At 12 o'clock supper was served by the entertainment committee and dancing was thereafter resumed and kept up until 2 o'clock in the morning. The guests were all agreed in voting the Modern Samari tans the best entertainers ever. Mr. Jefferson and Mrs. Johnson have promised to return to Princeton within a short time to further assist the drill team, which they expect will eventually become one of the best in the state. I Death of Mrs Albert Dilley Mrs. Albert Dilley died at Williston, N. D., on February 22, aged 32 years. The funeral was held at the home on February 25. Mrs. Dilley was a daughter of Peter Robideau, who died in Princeton in November, 1905. Her mother is stilt living and resides with Frank Robi deau, her son, in Minneapolis. She leaves a husband and six children, the youngest of whom is but seven weeks old. She is also survived by eleven brothers and sisters, viz., Peter Robideau, Thief River Falls^ Nelgy Greenbush Ernest, Minot, N. D. Frank, Minneapolis Elizabeth, Seattle Mrs. Mary Snyder, Seattle Mrs. Tina Robideau, Bismarck, N D. Mrs. Lipa. Gagacki, Mrs. Julia Asselin, Mrs. Edith Craig, Minne apolis Mrs. Etta Mercer, Rochester, Minn. She was married about twelve years ago at Greenbush and, with her husband, moved to Bemidji six years ago, where she lived two years, and the family then settled in North Dakota. Mrs. Dilley was well known to many people in this vicinity who sympathize with the husband and family in their irreparable loss. Sam is Able and Square Sam Gordon, the able editor of the Browns Valley Inter-Lake Tribune, is a candidate for* the repub lican nomination for lieutenant governor The office of lieu tenant governor in many ways is more important than that of governor. The man wanted is one who is wise to the ways of legislators and corpora tions, and who has the courage to give the people a square deal, and will appoint the senate committees without dictation from the "com- bine." Sam Gordon is that kind of a man, and we hope the republican con vention will have the good judgment to nominate him. If it does the people will elect him.St. Cloud Journal-Press. Another Disastrous Snowslide. An Associated Press dispatch from Everett, Washington, says that an avalanche rolled down the mountain close to Wellington, near the Cascade tunnel, at 4:20 a. m. on Tuesday and hurled two trains down into the valley, killing, at a conservative esti mate, sixty persons and injuring many more. These trains, says the report, had been imprisoned in the snow drifts since February 24, and thirty workmen were sleeping in the day coaches in addition to the pas sengers on board. The calamity is one of the worst of its kind which ever happened in the west. University Students Injured. Dr. Jas. E. Moore and nine medical students were injured at the state uni versity last Friday by the caring in of a brick gable in a temporary lecture room on the third floor of Millard hallthe hall which was gutted by fire on Christmas eve. The doctor was lecturing to a class of thirty-five students when the crash came and buried many of them be neath the debris. Dr. Moore, David Berkman of Rochester and Edward J. 1 Petterson.treasurer. Ziegler of Frazee were seriously in jured, the doctor receiving the worst injuries. The roof through which the gable crashed was a temporary structure of inch plank placed there after the fire. It seems that there must have been negligence somewhere otherwise the use of such an unsafe room would not have been permitted. State itoad Fund Apportioned. At the quarterly meeting of the state highway commission on Tues day $80,000 was apportioned among the counties of the state. Mille Lacs gets $1,000 Isanti, $1,000 Sherburne, $1,000 Benton, $1,000 Kanabec, $400. Each county is required to pay two thirds of the cost of any piece of road upon which state money is expended. Unclaimed Letters. List of letters remaining unclaimed at the postoffice at Princeton. Minn., February 28, 1910: Mr. Jack Downs, Mr. Gustaf E. Johnson, Mrs. Hannah Lanphear, Miss Bertha Lloyd, Mr. Hans Olson, Fru Christin Borg (foreign). Please call for advertised letters. L. S. Briggs, P. M. Next week the Union will contain an article on seed corn which will prove interesting to farmers. There will be a first-class moving picture show at Brands' opera house tomorrow and Saturday evenings. The Ladies' Aid society of the M. E. church will meet with Mrs. John McMinn next Wednesday afternoon. A. E. Allen & Co. announce on the last page of this number of the Union the arrival of their new stock of shoes for spring wear. The Dorcas society will give a fifteen-cent supper in the Cooney building on Wednesday evening next. There will be plenty of good things to eat and everyone is invited. The Pythian Sewing circle met at Mrs. M. S. Rutherford's on Thurs day afternoon. The ladies plied the needles and thread assiduously for two hours and then Mrs. Rutherford served delicious refreshments and a pleasant social time was enjoyed. The time for the leaving of the Star route carrier from Princeton has been changed in order that he may take with him the mail which comes from the north. He has to leave, however, not later than 11:50 a. m., according to orders from the postoffice depart ment. Mrs. J. C. Herdliska entertained the Lady Maccabees at a progressive finch party on Saturday evening and there were twenty-five ladies and gentlemen present. The first prizea large cookiewas won by Mrs. Verge Hatcher, and the second prizea small cookieby Mrs. Jaax. An oyster supper was served and at midnight the guests departed for their homes after passing a pleasurable evening. Miss Minnie Swanson, until recent ly with the Caley Hardware Co., is now employed in the office of the Evens Hardware company. Miss Swanson is an able accountant and stenographer. Her services at the Caley Hardware store, where she was assistant bookkeeper, were much appreciated, and it was with reluc tance that the firm let her go, but the position she now fills is a more re munerative one. Dr. Joseph Bettingen writes us from Berlin that Dr. Walsh seems to be perfectly contented there and is in no hurry to return to his native land, and Dr. Bettingen opines that when Dr. Walsh does come back" he will be accompanied by a flaxen-haired, blue eyed German gretchen. Dr. Bettingen expects to finish his work in Vienna and leave for home about April 1, and he hopes to be able to persuade Dr. Walsh to come with him. Select good men for overseers of highways at your town meetings next Tuesday. A poor road overseer can do great damage to the roads in his district in one year. Select men for road overseers who are possessed of good horse sense, energetic men, men who will work themselves and see that others work, and above all men who will not spoil the roads. It is a fact that some road overseers actual ly spoil fairly passable roads. The new village band, organized a couple of weeks ago through the efforts of Henry Avery and Frank Goulding, is -growing fast. There are now twenty-eight members in the organization, most of them beginners, but they are making great progress. Professor Heinzelman of Minneapolis, one of the best instructors in the northwest, has been engaged to teach the boys and he comes here every Wednesday for that purpose. Henry Avery is the president of the band, Frank Goulding secretary, and Jerald VOLUME XXXIY. NO. 10 A WYANETT WEDDING Peter Torell and fliss Signa Weeks Married at Home of Bride's Parents Last Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Torell Will Hake Their Home in Wyanelt Upon Re- turn From Bridal Trip. Peter Torell and Miss Signa Weeks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Axel Weeks, were married at the home of the bride's parents in Wyanett on Sunday, February 27, at high noon. Rev. Forell of Karmel conducted the marriage ceremony. The bridesmaids were Misses Ida Torell and Hattie Anderson and the groomsmen Charles and Frank Weeks. A gown of white silk trimmed with lace was worn by the bride and the bridesmaids were also dressed in white, while bouquets of American Beauty roses and carnations consti tuted the flowers carried. Gifts in great number were bestowed upon the young couple and a bounteous wedding feast was partaken of by some seventy-five or eighty guests. Shortly after dinner Mr. and Mrs. Torell, accompanied by several of their friends, drove in a sleigh to Cambridge, from whence they depart ed on the train for their bridal trip. The sleigh which conveyed the party was decorated with old shoes and hearts and at the depot Mr. and Mrs. Torell were fairly deluged with rice. The groom and his charming bride are highly esteemed young people and their numerous friends wish them a full share of the blessings which life contains. Anti-Saloon Convention in St. Panl. Special to the Union St. Paul, Wednesday evening.In point of attendance and in the en thusiasm of the delegates the county option convention which assembled here today was a success. It is esti mated that 2,000 people were present. Hon. J. N. Johnson of Canby was made chairman. Governor Eberhart was the first speaker and his effort was a ridiculous straddle of the county option question. He said it would be improper for the chief exe cutive to attempt to influence or recommend legislation, overlooking the fact that the constitution imposes upon him the duty of communicating by message to the legislature such in formation as he may deem expedient. Hon. Elias Rachie followed the governor and rapped him rather severely. Rachie said the candidate for governor must declare himself in no uncertain manner. Hon. J. F. Jacobson made a characteristic speech and he also scored the governor indirectly. At the after noon session Hon. E. T. Young, former attorney general, and others spoke. In the evening the principal address was by Hon. Seaborn Wright of Georgia. No candidates were placed in nomination or recommend ed, but a series of red-hot resolutions were adopted, and a determined effort will be made to have a county option plank incorporated in the republican state platform and to nominate a can didate for governor who is pledged to county option. Politicians from all over the state were strongly in evidence in and around the auditorium and at the hotels, and most of them are of the opinion that Governor Eberhart has not improved his chances by his talk before the convention. He was ac corded a respectful hearing, but 99 out of 100 of the delegates were hostile to him. Ben Hass Accepts Challenge Ben Hass of this village has ac cepted the challenge of Antonio Gros so, the champion Italian welterweight wrestler of Minnesota, and a match has been arranged for Thursday even ing, March 10, at the Princeton arm ory. The last contest between these two men resulted in the defeat of Grosso, but at that time the Italian, was handicapped by being out of con dition. Where Auctions Mean Prosperity From the number of auction sales that are taking place in Lac qui Parle county one might be led to think that the country was going to the bad. Not so. In most cases these sales are made by farmers who have made their wad and have concluded to retire. They have either sold or rented their farms and will move to town and take life easy.Madison Press. Lives Lost in Floods. Heavy floods prevail throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio as a result of the rapid rising of the rivers. A dispatch from Cleve land says that several people have lost their lives and thousands have been rendered homeless. JS