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A Trip on the Luella and Observa- tions riade Here and There at Mille Lacs Lake. The Water is Now at Low Stage and Should be Raised to Nor- mal Level if Possible. Isle, Minn., July 25.Much has been said and written in praise of Lake Minnetonka as a summer so journing place but, when compared with Mille Lacs, Minnetonka's natural beauty is far surpassed by this mag nificent inland sea. From hereIsle the view is perhaps the prettiest that can be obtained from any point on the shore. Malone's island nestles in the harbor, or bay, and Hennepin island and Big Point appear in the distance. The north shore of the lake is not visible from this place, hence the view gives one the impression that he is looking out over the ocean. And the moods of this great body of water are as spasmodic as those of an old maid. From a shimmering, placid expanse the lake will, without warning, be suddenly transformed by a change of wind into a mass of white capped billows, which expend their energy upon the shore and leave a line of foam upon the rocks and sands. Then it will as suddenly settle down to a state of calmness or resolve itself into a choppy sea. The sunsets here are exquisite. No brush could por traynot even that of Rembrandtor pen realistically describe the variegated and changing colors re flected in the water as Old Sol bids us good night. To realize the vastness of the lake and fully enjoy its beauties one must make a trip around it. This may be accomplished on board the steamboat Luella, which makes daily (except Sunday) excursions from Wahkon, leaving her pier between 7 and 8 o'clock in the morning and returning in the evening. This is a delightful trip and enables one to obtain a good view of Hennepin, Spirit, Robbins and various other islands which dot the lake. The last named island is where Mr. Robbins, an old settler of Vineland, was held at bay for several days by hostile Indians. This inci dent was lucidly described by him in a historical sketch published a couple of years ago in the i n. Stops are made by the Luella at a number of points along the route for accommodation of passengers, un loading of freight and gathering up of cream for Bridgeman & Russell, who have a branch creamery at Wah kon. J. L. Travers, agent of the Mille Lacs Transportation and Con struction company, informs us that the amount of cream collected at lake points this summer is at least three times gieater than that of last and is increasing daily. This has been brought about by the ready transpor tation facilities afforded by the steam boat service and the cash market at Wahkon. The farmers have awakened to the fact that there is money in cows and aie consequently increasing their herds. There are but a few points on the trip where a rowboat has not to be re sorted to in order to gain the shore from the steamer. Among these are Cutler and Midland, where the trans portation company has built docks at a considerable outlay. At the Malmo landing the rowboat has to cover a distance of nearly half a mile, and usually has to make two trips to bring off the cans of cream. The building of a pier at this place is con templated by the company. At vari ous other points distances of an eighth to a quarter of a mile have to be covered by rowboat in order to effect a landing. At this time the lake is two feet lower than in the corresponding month last year and this causes great inconvenience to both the steamboat people and those living around the lake. Persons owning launchesand there are many of themhave to moor them a considerable distance from shore. Never within the memory of the oldest inhabitantsIndians in* eludedhas so low a stage of water prevailed, and the men who appeared before the board of county com missioners at Princeton to request that steps be taken, in co-operation with the other counties affected, to raise the lake to its normal level, had ade quate reasons for so doing. By means of dams the settlers say that the normal level could be maintained, and it is really a matter which de mands attention. There are many beautiful places which the steamboat touches upon its trip where people may enjoy their summer vacations and receive good accommodations. Among them are Wealthwood, Cutler, Midland, Gar rison and Vineland. The scenery is picturesque from either of these points and the time may be pleasantly passed in fishing, boating, exploring the wilderness, studying bird and insect life and in many other ways. Life on the lake shore possesses a fascination which tempts one to envy poor Lo. The wild grandeur of the country is indescribable. Of lakeside hostelries the O. A. Haggberg place here at Isle is among the best. The house is situated on an eminence which slopes gradually down to the water's edge, where a substantial dock and a boat house sufficiently large to accommodate three launches have been built. An excellent table is set at the Haggberg hotel and the host and hostess are very accommodating peoplethey do their utmost to make it pleasant for visitors. At this time there are about a dozen guests at the house, most of them from Minneapolis, and they are having a glorious time. At Cove there is a very pretty sum mer trysting place conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Olson and another beautiful place on the south shore kept by Mrs. Rogers. As to the LuellaThis vessel is 55 feet long, has a draft of five feet and an average speed of 10 knots. Her engine is of 60 horse power and she can carry over 50 passengers. She was built for the Lake Superior trade four years ago and is a staunch, trim and safe boat. Her passenger cabin is comfortably upholsteerd, which adds to the pleasures of a trip aboard. The Luella is owned by the Mille Lacs Transporation and Con struction company, a Duluth corpor ation with a capitalization of $50,000. J. L. Travers, whose head-quarters are at Wahkon, is the company'^ agent. He is a genial, accommodating gentleman of much business ability and push. Mr. Travers tells us that the company which he represents has, since it commenced business in June, 1909, expended $20,000 for construction and equipment. This includes two barges for handling freight, a pile driver, dredge and construction of piers. The company recently com pleted a $4,000 dock at Wahkon for the Soo people, and the railroad com pany intends to shortly run a spur from its main line to this dock to facil itate the handling of freight by the Transportation Co. Mr. Travers says that while his company is not now making expenses, he foresees a time when the stockholders will re ceive good interest on their invest menthe is confident that the country around the lake will develop rapidly and the venture consequently pay. The captain of the Luella is M. Madsen and the engineer E. N. Jen sen, both accommodating gentlemen. Charley Malone has a beautiful place on the east side of Isle harbor. It is 70 acres in extent and stretches back from the lake front. Surround ing his residence the wilderness has been converted into a pretty park with big shade trees dotting the grounds. A couple of cottages are located near the shore for the accom modation of summer visitors who de sire to rent them. A deep, narrow channel separates the mam land from Ethel (usually called Malone's) island. This channel is a fine place for fishing and the island50 acres in extent and woodedwas at one time used by Mr. Malone as a sheep pas ture. The last flock which Charley pastured there, however, was deci mated by the Indians. He says that the noble red men, or their squaws, in their ignorance of right and wrong of course, started a butcher shop on the island. One of the attractions at Mr. Malone's is his deer stockade. He has a buck, doe and fawn, the latter born in captivity. One fine doe was ripped open and killed by the buck. Had it lived he would now have six instead of three deer. The animals are so tame that they will lick one's hands through the interstices of the stockade palings. Mr. Malone has a herd of nine milk cows and cultivates a portion of his land. Last year he raised 1,500 bushels of Burbanks and most of them are still in the pit, a total loss. There is perhaps no man in this part of the country who has had more experience with the Indians or better understands them than Charley Malone. His narratives of personal adventures with them are particularly interesting and some of them approach the "cold shiver" point. They make a man look over his shoulder to see whether any of the aborigines are stealing up behind him. But the Indians left around the lake are not hostile. There are only 134 of them, while a few years ago they numbered 1,100. Many of them went to White Earth reservation and R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear. PRINCETON, MULE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1910. some to the happy hunting grounds. Mr. Malone, who is handling the Indian business here for Gus Beau lieu, contemplates writing a book of reminiscences. It would certainly make interesting reading and sell like hot cakes. A short distance from Malone's, near the lakeshore, two families of Indians make their homes. They have built themselves small log houses, which are comfortably furn ished, and are pretty good Indians. The head of one of these families is Pete Anderson and the other John Jeka. Both are full bloods and talk sufficient English to make themselves understood. Pete works for his neighbors by the day and is a faithful laborer, while John occupies the greater portion of his time in hunting and fishing. These red men are as happy as the day is long, yet they know not when the owner of the land upon which they dwell will bob up and tell them to vamoose. They are chock full of Indian legends, but it is difficult to induce them to relate them. We gathered from John Jeka, how ever, that Spirit island is so named from the Indian's belief that their devil dwells there. They believe that the thunder and lightning is manipu lated by this spirit at pleasure. John says that uncanny lights often float above this pile of rocksspirit island on dark nights, and the Indians be lieve these lights to be the sulphurous breath of the evil one. Jeka is par ticularly interested in "'tricity "he wants to learn all about itand Mr. Jensen, engineer of the Luella, who lives near him, is devoting some of his spare time to explaining its mys teries to the red man. So far it is beyond Jeka's comprehensionhe is half inclined to believe that it is in some way connected with the gentle man who manufactures the lightning at Spirit island. Hennepin, as well as Spirit island, is also held in a sort of fearful reverence by the Indians. Thousands of gulls hatch their young on Henne pin island, and at this time it is liter ally covered with young birds. No Indian could be induced upon any consideration to molest these gulls the red men believe that whosoever disturbeth a gull's nest will be rough ly handled by Beelzebub. There are not many cottages around the lake, but numerous lots have been sold to city people and ere many years Mille Lacs will be a lively place in the summer time. H. S. Thomp son, a Minneapolis grain dealer, and family are occupying their cottage on the north side of the harbor John Crooks, a St. Paul attorney, and family, are at Big Point Mrs. Mc Gonigle of Royalton, Mrs. White of Little Falls and several others are occupying a cottage near the Hagg berg place and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Mallette and family of Princeton and Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Allison of Milaca are at their summer homeCamp Ransomnear Cove. Dynamitersvandals of the worst kindhave been depleting the lake of its fish and the law-abiding citizens are determined to put a stop to it. The dead fish which have of late been floating to shore in large number are the result of the activities of these sneaking poachers. We learn upon good authority that hundreds of bar rels of fish have been taken by means of dynamite this season and shipped to the cities. It is high time that such nefarious work was put a stop to. The progress of Isle is somewhat handicapped by the absence of a rail road station. The people would be satisfied with a flag station, but it seems that the railroad company is averse to granting even this small favor. This is, however, a thriving little settlement and its people keep abreast of the times. There are also a number of prosperous farmers in this vicinity among whom may De mentioned C. J. Bergman, Lars Madsen, A. P. Enroth, Nels Munson, August Elgren, Albin and Mannie Wicklander, Nels Berg, Dr. Hawes, Peter Haggberg and John Carlson These men all have fine buildings on. their farms and 40 or 50 acres each under cultivation. The number of dairy cows owned by them range from 8 to 14 each. With the exception of corn and wild hay the crops are exceptionally light. The recent showers will help a little, but not sufficient rain fell to be of material benefit. All sorts of vegetables are plentiful, but they had to be watered by hand. The berry crop is light in consequence of the drouth. For vegetable and berry cul ture the soil hereabouts cannot be excelled. On the morning of the 20th Rev. Fathers Levings and Bay paid us a pleasant visit. They were on their way to look over some land which Father Bay owns east of here. On the afternoon of the previous day they were fishing off Wahkon and Father Levings intimated to us that his com panion took an involuntary bath. He declined, however, to furnish any details. Hence, we are convinced, a pretty good story got away. MULLEN ISJLEASED Good Work is Being Done With Crushed Rock on the Prince- ton Brickton Road. The Rock for the Germany Road Will be Forthcoming Within a Very Short Time. Work on the Brickton road, be tween the village limits and the swamp north of Frank Henschel's place is progressing nicely. Com missioner Cater is giving the job his presonal attention and S. A. Cravens is acting as overseer. A stretch of about 2,000 feet is being covered with the crushed rock furnished by the state. The work is being carefully done. The road was fiist properly graded and given a two inch coating of clay to the width of 20 feet the coarser rock is then spread upon the clay then a finer coating of rock is applied the rock is held in place by clay berms on the sides the rock will be covered with two or three inches of gravel. When the road is packed down and solidified it will probably be the finest piece of high way in the county. Now if that part of the Brickton road between the swamp and Fogg lake was strawed or properly clayed, there would be a pretty fair piece of highway between the village limits and the brick yards. Mr. John H. Mullen, assistant engi neer of the state highway commission, came up Monday evening and viewed the road. He expressed himself as well pleased with the work that is being done by Mr. Cater. Mr. Mullen assured the i that the 50 car loads of crushed rock promised for the Germany road would be forthcoming, just as soon as the harvest rush is over. He is particu larly anxious that the Princeton board of supervisors should follow his instructions and make a good showing with the rock, and we feel confident that the supervisors will not disappoint him. Social at Wyanett. *^hy Princeton people attended the social given by the Christian church of Wyanett on last Thursday evening. An interesting program consisting of musical numbers and recitations was rendered in the church, after which the assembly par took of refreshhments. Real, home made ice cream and cake were served in abundance. All who were present speak in terms of highest praise of the Wyanett ladies as cooks. Among those from town who attended were Dr. and Mrs. Cooney, Rev. and Mrs. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Jack, Mr. acd Mrs G. 1. Staples and family, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. McMillan, Miss Margaret I. King, Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Rutherford and daughter, Mildred. Mrs. R. C. Dunn. Grace Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Goulding, Mr. and Mrs. McRae. Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Martin, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Ferrell and family, Mrs. Gerrish and daughter, Florence. Work for "Pussy-Foot" Johnson. Billy Bedastedy, a Chippewa Indian, well known about here, last Sunday took an axe and entering the home of Marcus Martin while the folks were all gone, chopped up four doors, knocked all the pictures off the walls, and tried to make kindling wood of the chairs and furniture. Mr. Martin arrived on the scene as he was leaving the premises. A war rant was sworn out before Justice W. A. Warren and the Indian was cap tured on Bradbury brook by Deputy Sheriff Eichmiller. He was arraigned on Tuesday, but requested a continu ance until the return of Indian Com missioner Hall who is at Tamarac, Wisconsin. When Mr. Hall returns the Indian will ask for counsel. He will probably be bound over to the grand jury. No motive is known for his actions. He was "much squabe," when the affair occurred, which probably is the only reason.Onamia Lake Breeze. E\ ery Candidate Treated Fairly. Candidates for local offices are gen erally as well known to the public as to the editor of the local paper, hence the Union has made it a rule for years not to interfere in local poli tics, unless a candidate aspires to fill a position for which we deem him unfitted. That rule was established long before there was any other news paper published in the county. As far as the Union is concerned each and every candidate for a local office or for any office for that matter will be given a "square deal." Political announcements will be pub lished in the Union at transient commercial rateswe do not propose to charge even a candidate for office exorbitant rates. It is unnecessary to add that the Union has readers in every nook and corner of Mille Lacs county and has the largest gen eral circulation of any newspaper published in the Eighth congressional district outside the city of Duluth. Holland-Grow. At the St. Edward's Catholic church on Wednesday morning, July 27, at 9 o'clock, Mr. Patrick Joseph Holland of Santiago, Sherburne county, and Miss Gertrude H. Grow of Greenbush, were united in marriage by Rev. Father Bay. Frank Rehaume and Reta Willcox were best man and bridesmaid, respectively. The bride wore a dress of French lawn and the bridesmaid a light pink dress. Mr. Patrick Holland is the son of Dennis Holland, one of the old settlers of Santiago, Sherburne county. The bride is the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Grow of Greenb.ush, Mille Lacs county. Miss Grow is well known and highly respected in this vicinity. An interesting feature of the wedding is the fact that on June 28th of this year, Mr. Dennis Holland and Miss Adeal Grow, brother and sister, respectively, of Patrick Holland and Gertrude Grow, were married in the St. Edward's Catholic church. The Union wishes the young couple much happiness and prosperity. Fire la the Big Bos Quenched. The heavy rain shower last Satur day afternoon was a godsend to the farmers who reside in the vicinity of the big bog northeast of this vil lage. The rain quenched the fire save in spots where the peat forma tion still continues to burn. Unless more rain falls soon a strong wind would cause the smoldering fire to break out afresh, and constant vigil ance must be exercised. As far as can be ascertained no houses were destroyed, although several had close calls, but many acres of meadow was burned over and rendered worthless. Had it not been for the efforts put forth by the farmers the fire would have undoubtedly devastated a large area of Isanti and Mille Lacs coun ties and caused great loss. Hon Andrew Davis a Candidate The Star-News is authority for the statement that within a few days Hon. Andrew Davis will file for the repub lican nomination for representative in the 45th district. Mr. Davis has served in the last two sessions and his record is a creditable one. It is generally understood that Hon. Frank T. White will also be a third term candidate. It is hardly probable that Sherburne county will be permitted to elect two representatives this year, but it is not impossible. For four years Mille Lacs county has had no representative, but the material inter ests of the county did not suffer. Ullleepie & Stoneburg Return Thanks Having sold our harness shop at Princeton, we wish to thank our cus tomers and the public in general for their kind feeling toward us and the very liberal patronage during the time we have conducted our business in this town. We take pleasure in recommending our successor, Mr. J. H. Hoffman, of Kasson, to the people of Princeton and vicinity. Assuring you that you will find him a good harness maker and a gentle man in every respect, we are, very truly yours, Gillespie & Stoneburg. Mr. McCool a Neat farmer Certainly Mr. John McCool has worked a transformation in the old Sadley place on the banks of the West Branch west of the village. He has made the residence almost as good as new, repaired the outbuild ings and tidied up the grounds. The place never looked neater in its palm iest days. A new bridge across the West Branch at the McCool place is badly needed. The old structure is unsafe and should be condemned as unfit for travel, and there is a great deal of travel over it. That Mafce Politics Worth While. His local papers and the people of his district are saying a lot of nice things of Godfrey G. Goodwin, a young attorney of Cambridge, Isanti county, who will be a candidate for the legislature in the Forty-fifth dis trict. It is such endorsements from the "home folks" that make politics worth while.Duluth News-Tribune. Two Candidates lor County Auditor Mr. W. C. Doane of Milaca was the first canddiate to file for a county officehe filed for county auditor last Thursday. Mr. Thos. F. Scheen of Princeton also filed for the same posi tion today. Both of them are well qualified to discharge the duties of this most important of all the county offices. YOLUME XXXIY. NO. 31 COMPANY WINNER Has the Best Team in the Three Regiments of the Minnesota National Guard. They Make the Highest Score Ever Made at Lake City in a Company Shoot. The company team shoot which con cluded on Tuesday at Lake City, resulted in a complete and decisive victory for Company of Princeton, 3rd Regiment. Twelve companies entered teams but Company won out handsomely by the highest team score ever made at Lake City in a competition of this sort. Following are the scores of the three leading companies: Co. G. of Princeton, 3rd Reg ..870 Co. ~F, of Worthington, 2nd Reg 849 Co B, of Minneapolis, 1st Reg 820 Company was represented by Lieutenants Sellhorn and Marshall, Sergeant Johnson, Corporals Smith and Lessard and Privates Sanford and Bemis. Adon Whitney accom panied the team as alternate and Captain Caley acted as coach. Lieu tenant Sellhorn was captain of the team. The boys deserve much praise for their success which was only made possible by hard, diligent practice and good team work. To win the shoot is no small credit but to win it at the highest score ever made in that competition is remarkable. The team as it stands today could defeat any team that ever shot on the Lake City grounds. Every one of the Princeton team were offered positions on the regi mental team, comprised of 12 men. Lieut. Marshall, Corporal Lessard and Privates Bemis and Sanford ac cepted positions on this team but the rest of the boys were unable to leave their work. Another honor which fell to Com pany was the appointment of Cap tain Caley as captain of the regi mental team. The 3rd regiment team won in the competition between the three regi ments by over 15 points. Strong Lang nage by a Parson Some son of Belial has been slan dering the Rev. J. J. Parish of Mora and has aroused the ire of that rever end gentleman. He has published a card in the Mora Times in which he makes use of strong language, to wit: I understand that a certain person in this town made slanderous statements about me some time ago. Now in the interest of my friends and the cause of God, I hereby declare that the said person is a liar." Boy Killed at Milaca Petre Ortquist, the ten-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hjalmar Ortquist of Milaca. met death in a horrible man ner last Thursday night. His father sent him down to a nearby pasture to get a horse and while riding the ani mal back home he fell off, the horse stepping on his head and stomach, and crushed his skull near the base of the brain. He was rushed to the Milaca hospital, where he died within an hour. The Fourth Commissioner District. Carl M. Sholin of Page has an nounced his candidacy for county commissioner in the fourth district, and H. J. Wicklund of Foreston has pulled out. Friends of I. E. Davis of Milaca are urging him to get into the race. There will be no dearth of candidates for commissioner in the fourth district. Can Talk from the Boat Luella A telephone was installed in the steamer Luella last Thursday. Con nections are being arranged at the several stopping places around the lake so that as soon as the boat is docked it can immediately be placed in communication with the outside world.Wahkon Enterprise. As the Sand by the Sea Shore. Time was when the good old name of Smith led in city directoriesthat day has passed. St. Paul directory just issued contains the names of 2,125 Johnsons and 1,200 Olsons. Of Smiths there are 633! Good bye Smiths, Jones, et al.St. Cloud Times. Marriage Licenses. Clerk of Court King issued the fol lowing marriage licenses this week: July 26Herman F. Neumann of Princeton and Emma J. Lindberg of Greenbush. July 26Patrick J. Holland of Sherburne county and Gertrude H. Grow of Greenbush.