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PmfclisHad Ertrr Thunday
anlnesa Manager.
The potato is not the only product
in which an oversupply prevails.
There is the political candidate.
William R. Hearst analyses the so
called "insurgent" as 90 per cent
wind and 10 per cent activity. There
are many who will agree with his
The difference: In Missouri the re
cent frosts blighted the peaches. In
Minnesota the peaches were improved
the frosts merely gave them a more
roseate hue.
We see another advance in the price
of hogs coming. Germany has again
opened its ports to American pork
and pork products and the packers
are much elated.
That man Hearst is always differ
ent from anyone elsehe never coin
cides with popular sentiment. Now
we find him denouncing Roosevelt
and praising Taft.
One of the issues in the state cam
paign this fall will be Governor Eber
hart's knowledge of the great Ameri
can game of poker. The momentous
question is: Can the governor play
the game?
Daniel Waldo Field, a millionaire
shoe manufacturer of Brockton,
Mass., and a self-made man, has en
tered Harvard university as a student
in the school of business. He should
have entered as an instructor.
Once in ten years the maiden lady
of doubtful age is obliged to tell the
year of her birth.Pine County
Not necessarily. It is a tactful
enumerator indeed who can squeeze
from an old maid her exact age.
A rumor is current that Bemidji is
also in the "dry," or Indian, country.
Whether it is or not will probably de
pend upon the light in which Gum
shoe Johnson sees it. Do the munic
cipal authorities of Bemidji stand in
with Pussy?
Superintendent Youngdahl of the
anti-saloon league predicts that if the
republican state convention refuses to
indorse county option in its platform
30 per cent of the delegates will bolt.
Bolt where to, Mr. YoungdahP Into
the arms of Billy Hamm?
President Taft is generally com
mended for appointing Governor
Hughes of New York to the supreme
bench. The one public man of prom
inence who files a dissenting opinion
is William J. Bryan. Bryan thinks
Hughes will be inclined to favor cor
porate wealtn.
Another clerk has been arrested at
the port of New York upon a charge
of conspiracy to defraud the govern
ment out of customs duties on sugar.
It will doubtless be the same old story
he will go to jail while the thieves
higher upthe sugar magnateswill
be unmolested.
The Y. M. C. A. boys at Duluth
have been ordered to discontinue the
operation of their home-made wireless
instruments because it interfered with
the regular system established there.
Who owns the air? Shouldn't it be
just as free for those budding geniuses
as for the wireless company?
Marjorie Gould, in marrying young
Drexel, set a very good example to
her sister heiresses in this country.
She did not go gallivanting about
Europe with her checkbook in her
jiandas do most of the young
heiressesseeking to purchase some
libertine with a title. A plain Ameri
can citizen was good enough for
Many men who scrambled out upon
the housetops to see Mr. Halley's
comet in all its glory and reported to
their friends that they had succeeded
locating it were fooled by that
beauteous celestial luminary, Venus.
They have the consolation of know
ing, however, that many a mortal
man has been fooled by Venuses be
fore them.
Chas. H. Braden of Spokane,
Wash., a former Baptist preacher who
is now a candidate for a seat in con
gress, charges an admission fee to
those who desire to hear him spout,
says a daily paper. In Minnesota
there are wind-projecting candidates
who couldn't command an audience
even were they to offer to pay the
audience for attending.
The supreme court of Illinois has
declared constitutional the law pro
hibiting women from working in fac
tories or stores more than ten hours
a day. It seems that heretofore a
twelve-hour working day has been en
forced for womena disgrace to any
state. Even ten hours a day is too
long to compel women to work for the
pittance which is doled out to them
by the factory owners.
A further change in the house rules
was demanded in a resolution pre
sented last week by Representative
Fowler of New Jersey. Mr. Fowler
named several objectionable features
which he would like to have removed.
He says Joe Cannon has still too
much power. If they continue to cut
and slash at the rules of the house
of representatives there will be no
more of the orginal left than there is
of the rules of football.
Ortonville has had an election re
cently ana much bitterness has been
engendered. W. C. Whiteman of the
Herald-Star thus graphically paints
a pen picture of a certain individual
whom he describes as a "disappointed
and discredited politician:" "A
miserable confessed thief, boodler,
drunkard and adulterer who makes
his brags of his conquests and who
boasts of the times and numbers of
minor boys he has debauched and
sent home reeling drunk."
It wouldn't surprise us a bit if a
socialist or two were to slide into the
national house of representatives as
a result of the November elections
this year. Milwaukee socialists, en
couraged by their recent success in
electing a mayor, will put forth every
effort to land one of their party in
congress, and the socialists of Chi
cago have already begun a campaign
with a like end in view. The outlook
is causing considerable discussion
among public men at the national
Reports from China say that the
natives of the Hu Nang province are
still in an ugly mood and that several
missions have been attacked and some
destroyed. There is one thing plain
and that is, those heathen yellowskins
are undeserving of the salvation
which is being distributed among them
by the missionaries. It would serve
them right if these good men and
women were to permanently withdraw
and compel them to seek their own
salvation. There is plenty of work in
this country for all the missionaries
who are now risking their lives
among the heathen Chinese.
Secretary Knox's hobby is the es
tablishment of an international court
of arbitral jurisprudence. He be
lieves that such a court would eventu
ally have the effect of rendering
large armaments unnecessary and of
doing away with them altogether.
We differ with Mr. Knox. He doesn't
seem to be familiar with the spirit
which pervades European and Asiatic
governments. Its tendency is to in
crease rather than to reduce or
abolish armaments, and he would
find that a court of arbitral jurispru
dence would have about as much
effect on the great powers as the
Hague peace tribunal.
The house committee on banking
and currency is considering a bill
which, if it becomes a- law, will pro
vide that the government shall pay
transportation charges on all soiled
bills sent to Washington and return
new money without cost to the sender.
This step is of course being taken in
the interest of the public health, but
how such a law would work is merely
conjectural. It does not seem to us,
however, that it would, to any great
extent, be taken advantage of. Banks
might exchange wads of dirty money,
but the 'private individual would
hardly go to the trouble of sending
bills to Washington merely to avoid
coming into contact with an aggrega
tion of microbes*
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In another column appears an
article from the Minneota Mascot
under the caption 'Ein Feste Burg'
und Eberhart"whatever that means.
Anyhow, a vein of sarcasm pervades
the article that makes it interesting
reading. Editor Bjornson is evident
ly of the opinion that sturdy old
Martin Luther possessed qualities
that our governor lacks.
There are humorists and humorists,
but when it comes to giving off spon
taneous witticism Wm. J. Bryan is as
good as the best of them. In a Peary
Cook controversy recently he handed
out this one: I met a Texas man
who said Dr. Cook was a democrat
and asked me if I didn't hope he had
discovered the north pole. I told him
that while I could express no opinion
on the controversy between Peary and
Cook, I thought, as a general propo
sition, that a democrat would be more
likely to discover the pole than a re
publican, because the democrats have
been out in the cold a long time and
are used to it."
Canada is making endeavor to
enact legislation which will abolish
all trusts in that countrywhich will
literally disintegrate or rip them to
pieces. It is not difficult to frame
laws providing for trust dissolution,
but when it comes to enforcing them
that seems to be a harder proposition.
The United States claims to have laws
which provide for the abolition of
trusts, but their inefficacy is clearly
apparentnot a trust has been dis
solved through their attempted appli
cation. Maybe, however, that if
Canada passes laws to wipe out the
trusts there will be no dilly-dallying
that the authorities will rigidly en
force them.
There is no law on the statute books,
says Chas. D. Norton, assistant secre
tary of the treasury, by which a
subordinate in any of the sub
treasuries of the United States could
be punished for making away with
public funds. The bonding system,
he declares, is obsolete and inade
quate. Subordinates who handle
millions of dollars daily are required
to furnish no bonds, but there are a
few who voluntarily do so regardless
of the law. This is certainly a* nicevoices
state of affairs to be permitted to
exist in the nation's treasury depart
mentanother of those oversights,
presumably, for which the govern
ment is noted.
"An Open Letter to the People of
St. Paul" by Hon. Daniel W. Lawler,
mayor of that city, is spicy reading.
Mr. Lawler vigorously defends his
administration and pays his respects
to his enemies. The "letter" is in the
shape of a 90-page pamphlet and
there is "something doing" in every
page. That Mr. Lawler takes
occasion to throw bouquets to several
country newspapers and their pub
lishers and compliments the country
press generally is regarded in some
quarters as equivalent to an an
nouncement that he will be a candi
date for governor on the democratic
ticket. As an orator Dan Lawler has
few equals in the state and, were he to
receive the democratic nomination, he
doubtless would make a great cam
paign. But the democrats have only
one man who stands a ghost of a
chance of winning this year, and his
name is John Lind.
That a prophet is not without
honor save in'his own country holds
true in the case of Governor Eber
hart, according to a staff correspon
dent of the Pioneer-Press, a news
paper that is regarded, as the
governor's official mouthpiece. We
quote from the correspondent:
"Governor Eberhart isn't the most
popular man that ever lived in Man
kato. But the knocks are coming in
whispers, soft-toned and gentle. Not
to say they aren't meant. It's a safe
bet they're the real thing, but as one
man said who had been consistently
knocking the governor for fifteen
minutes, 'Now, don't say anything to
hurt the governor. We are all for
him down here, when it comes to this
state business.
"That's the attitude.' 'He couldn't
be elected pathmaster in Mankato,
but we will all vote for him as
There must be a cause for these
home knocks. That the people who
know him best love him least is not a
good recommend to
the state. ~J
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Bjornstjerne Bjornson died in Paris
Tuesday. Larry Ho, in the St. Paul
Dispatch, pays the great Norwegian
poet and novelist a beautiful tribute
from which these flowerets are culled:
"His word became the speech of his
people his song made Norway a fire
side community he gave the drama
root in his native land his eloquence
gave Norwegian individualism a soul
for its body, and made it quick with
flame of life he established upon his
soil a new spiritual democracy, and
widened the frontier horizons of social
and political independence of thought.
While men hurled barbed hatred at
him for his apostasy, for his contempt
of convention, he remained the su
preme orthodox in essential spirit,
though they knew it not for Doubt
had no corner in his life, and he
waged warfare in a magnificent in
tolerance of dogmatic sanity, fanat
ical with the rash healthfulness of the
strong man.
"So he remains in his robust, whole
some personality, tremendous energy
and simple human faith, the vital
symbol of the ancient Norseman, born
again upon a modern battleground,
fighting with his feet upon the good
earth and his heart in the eternal sun
light, a song hung like a garland of
flowers upon his armor. For through
out his life Bjornson carried the harp
and the battle ax."
"More Money Needed for Roads"
is the caption of an editorial in the
Duluth News-Tribune setting forth the
crying necessity for more means with
which to construct wagon roads in
St. Louis county. The means will be
forthcoming if that county is per
mitted to levy county road taxes to
the extent of two mills on the dollar,
same as every other county in the
state. Under the provisions of a
special law enacted in 1881 St. Louis
county can levy only a one-mill road
tax, while, since 1907, every other
county in the state can levy a two
mills tax for road purposes. Is it for
the benefit of the steel trust that St.
Louis county is exempted from the
operation of the two-mills road tax
Once upon a time, when Governor
Eberhart was a pupil at Gustavus
Adolphus college in St. Peter, he was
so impressed by hearing Martin
Luther's hymn"A Mighty Fortress is
Our God"sung by a choir of 300
that he then and there resolved
to accomplish great things and be
come a great man, so we are informed
by the Pioneer Press in a leading
editorial. The governor stood high
in deportment100 plusin college,
but he never mastered the intricacies
of the great national game of poker
as it is played in Hoosierdom.
Alvah Eastman claims to be a good
friend of Governor Eberhart, and for
that reason does not wish to see him
nominated for governor only to be
slaughtered at the polls next Novem
In the Independent, Foley people
have a newspaper of which they may
well feel proud. The Independent
has been enlarged to a seven column
quarto. Its publisher is a live wire.
The Foreston Independent now
appears as a six-column foliobig
enough for the size of the town in
which it is published. Mr. George H.
Deans is supposed to be the local
editor and he does very well.
The Duluth Herald was twenty
seven years old last Saturday and
improves as time goes on apace. The
Herald is in every respect a first-class
newspaper. It is a never ceasing
booster for northern Minnesota and
its editorials are clean and conscien
tious. May the Herald live to cele
brate the centenary of its birth.
A. G., better known as "Doc"
Rutledge, for four years editor of the
Bemidji Pioneer, has severed his con
nection with that paper. Mr. Rut
ledge has several propositions open
to him but has not yet decided what
he will do. He is a good newspaper
man and during the time he was with
the Pioneer put forth every effort to
further the progress of northern Min
James G. Hamlin of the Bricelyn
Sentinel and formerly of the Blue
Earth Post, one of the best known and
ablest of Minnesota editors, has gone
to the Pacific coast to continue his
newspaper work there. Dear old Jim
Hamlin is a brave veteran, inter
esting and brilliant writer and a
whole-souled, loyal friend. May
heaven shower its choicest blessings
upon him and prolong his life in
Fruits No Indication This Year.
By their fruits ye shall know them.
Yes, but what are you going to do
about it if somebody forgot to cover
up their buds the night it frosted?
Preston Republican.
Moses and the Tariff.
With farm produce of every kind
selling at high prices, tariff protected
and unprotected, Moses E. Clapp will
have a devil of a time explaining his
tariff views to the satisfaction of the
farming community.Blue Earth
A Pointer For Hennepin.
The democrats, as well as the re
publicans, will cut down Hennepin's
representation in their- convention.
Hennepin will find that voting for
democratic governors and republican
presidents will land her nowhere in
party matters.Lake Breeze.
$- .5.
Cheap Little Hirelings.
During the past few months, news
paper editors with strings tied to them
have been busy combing the wings of
their bosses, and hanging editorial
halos over their heads, in a manner
that shows them up as truly worthy
of their hire.Walker Pilot.
Real Farmers Don't Trj It
The farmers who can follow the ad
vice given in agricultural papers, by
writers who couldn't tell the difference
between a patch of turnips and a
straw stack, are certainly expert with
a discernment far beyond that of the
average man.Stillwater Gazette.
Tawney Beaten?
For a man who is "already beaten"
Tawney seems to be making his
opponents a heap of trouble.Spring
Valley Sun.
If Tawney is "already beaten" the
national congress has lost one of its
greatest men, and Minnesota will take
a back seat in that body.West St.
Paul Times.
$- $-
Is Lareine a Neglected Old Maid?
"Ten years hence to be the father
to ten or twelve children will be as
much of a disgrace as being a con
firmed drunkard is at present," de
clares Lareine Helen Baker, a
Spokane suffragette. Careful, Lar
eine, careful! You can't tell what
may happen, and remember, Teddy
will be coming home soon.Detroit
4 $- $-
Cows "Will Develop Country.
Farmers to the south of Biwabik
are sensible in deciding that their
financial salvation rests with the cow.
And they have an ideal country in
whioh to go into business. Once
dairying is established and these men
are able to make a living from their
farms this section of the country will
witness a rapid development.Bi
wabik Times.
$- $- $-
He Will Out-Demagogue John.
Again Governor Eberhart finds it
necessary to explain his attitude
toward the railroad and liquor in
terests. When his excellency is
moved to defend himself on these and
other public questions when nobody
confronts him, what will he do when
John Lind buckles on his armor and
challenges him in the coming cam
paign.Roseau Region.
Loaned to Farmers!
The International Harvester com
pany, generally known as the har
vester trust, has $29,752,945 invested
in farmers'and agents' notes. This
is one of the interesting facts dis
closed in the annual report for 1909,
just made public. This portion of the
company's working capital is, the re
port says, "in effect loaned to
farmers and retail dealers."St.
Cloud Times.
Dunn Refused to Loan Him SIO
In its implacable hatred of Bob
Dunn one of the benighted brethren
has closed his eyes to all else and the
poor devil is yet laboring under the
delusion that Mr. Dunn is a candidate
for gubernatorial honors. Wake up,
brother, and get the barnacles out of
your eyes he isn't a candidate for
any office. Use some of the energy
which you are wasting in hatred, on
your paper. Your readers must be
getting tired of your imbecilic rav
ings.Foley Independent.
Bosses Knute, Dar, Ed and Bill Smile
There are indications that the re
publicans who are not satisfied that
Gov. Eberhart can be elected, may
get busy for W. E. Lee of Long
Prairie. Lee would make a good
governor, and time seems "ripe for
revolution." The only way to defeat
boss rule is to get busy and do the
insurgent act, good and plenty. If
the men who are after the offices and
the honors can stand for party defeat,
surely those who are asking no favors
can endure the calamity.St. Cloud
"Ein Feste Bare" nnd Eberhart.
The Pioneer Press last Sunday de
votes its first and leading editorial to
acquainting the public with the fact
it would not be fair to doubt so
emphatic a statement from so im
portant a sourcethat the state of
Minnesota owes its present governor
to the power of music. In other
words that Gov. Eberhart was so
moved by hearing the hymn, "A
Mighty Fortress is Our God," sung1
by a choir of three hundred voices,,
while a student at Gustavus Adolphus
college, that he then and there re
solved to devote himself to the "high
est things" of which he was capable.
The Pioneer Press points to the power
of this great hymnthe hymn of tho
Reformationwhich has had wonder
ful influence both in the lives of mea
and nations. The author of the hymn,
was Martin Luther, one of those
thoughtful and at the same time
aggressive Germans who made some
what of a stir in his day and age.
He also wrote a few other tihngs. He
also had a few opinions of his own.
Once he pinned a bunch of his ideas
to a church doorpinned them with
forty penny spikes and a sledge ham
mer. In those days men who did
such things were generally sent a
"bull" to quiet them. He took the
"bull" by the horns and they soon
discovered that he could dehorn more
"bulls" than they could issue.
Once in a while he would go out
among the people and lecture a little
on conservationthe conservation of
faith. He attended a few congresses
where this particular form of conser
vation was the main topic of dis
cussion. It is not reported that he
ever gave in or let the other fellow
get the best of him. Once they were
going to make him retract, take back
all he had said, be a good fellow: in
other words, become a regular and
quit being an insurgent. History
does not say as much, but the chances
are that they would have made him
governor or something of that sort
had he "quit his foolishness" and
agreed to be a "good fellow." But
old Martin told them to "go to," as
Shakespeare would say. He politely
informed them that if they filled the
town with devils they couldn't scare
him and then added something to the
effect that if they did he would make
it so hot for the bunch that they
would not realize that they had left
home. He wouldn't stand for the
"interests" at all. He was an "in-
surgent" from away back. With him
the only interests worth considering
were those of the people. He was for
the people all the time. And almost
all historains agree that he accom
plished a whole lot of good.
We are glad to note that Gov. Eber
hart has received his inspiration
from this source. But we trust that it
is not alone the music of Luther that
has moved him, inspired him. We
trust that the Great Religious Emanci
pator's fearless treatment of the "sys
tem" of his time, and his manly stand
for the common people, has also
appealed to him and that he has
learned to know that in order to be
able to sing "Ein Feste Burg ist
Unser Gott" with any degree of satis
faction, with any power to move
others, to any great purpose, one
must be en rapport with the main idea
of that noble productionthe in
vincible strength of a united people
doing battle in a righteous cause, the
right of the common people to throw
off the yoke of oppression, be it
ecclesiastical or political.Minneota
A Gritty Old L,ady
Yesterday afternoon two neighbors
in the north end, one of them an old
lady 70 years of age, got into a row
over their property, which was not
ended until a call had been sent to the
police. There had been trouble for
some time about the exact location of
the line between the two lots, the aged
woman claiming that her neighbor's
fence was two or three feet over on her
property. Yesterday afternoon she
took her ax and went out to remove
the fence. According to reports she
had no more than started her work of
destruction when her neighbor, rein
forced by the children, came out with
a pail of water and threw it all over
her, the children in the meantime
throwing dirt until the lady was
covered with mud from head to foot.
She stood her ground, however, and
kept on chopping. The trouble con
tinued, several more pails of water
being thrown until someone, whose
identity is unknown, called for the
police. An officer went to the place
but the fight was all over when he ar
rived.St. Cloud Journal-Press,
April 23.
Can Yon Beat It?
"Woman is very unreasonable,"
said a venerable New Hampshire jus
tice of the peace. I remember that
my wife and I were talking over our
affairs one day, and we agreed that it
had come to the point where we must
both economize.
'Yes, my dear,' I said to my wife,,
'we must both economize, both!'
'Very well, Henry,' she said, with
a tired air of submission, 'you shave
yourself, and I'll cut your hair,'
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