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Fighting Forest Fires.
Officials of the United States depart ment of agriculture are of the opinion that 1910 -will hold the record among many years for the severity of the losses from forest fires. The summer fires followed a spring season believed to have been the worst, certainly in the lake states, known for a long time. Nor is it wise to assume that the dan ger is over when the fierce conflagra tions which have called forth in the mountain states the efforts of three federal departments have been con quered. The forests will not be safe until the fall rains and snows have once more made a wet blanket of the dry forest floor. That the total losses of the year will run up to many mil lions of dollars is considered certain. The importance of systematic pro vision for the early discovery of forest fires and for getting a properly equipped force of fire fighters quickly to the scene is Insisted upon by Chief Forester Graves. "One of the funda mental principles in fire protection," he says, "is to detect and attack fires in their incipiency." Assuming quick arrival at the fire, adequate force and equipment and a well organized crew, the essential thing is skill in attack and in fighting. A front attack Is rec ommended by the forester where such methods are possible. Otherwise the flames may be led to cleared space or to water where the fierce front flames will be checked. "A fire is never out until the last spark is extinguished," says the forester, and adds that at least one man should be left for days if necessary to patrol the edges of a burned district until certain that no log or snag smoldering unnoticed har bors danger. Our leading lady smugglers may console themselves with the thought that Collector Loeb will have no such perfected system of search when the ocean going aeroplane is in commis sion. The decisive new methods of the New York custom house are being re ported to steamers in midocean by wireless. Forewarned, forearmed. It may be terrible to be lost in the clouds during a balloon voyage, but there are no uncharted rocks there. Another revolution Is threatened in Nicaragua. Evidently Nicaragua has contracted the habit all right. Generally the man with a houseful of luxury is hardest on other people's extravagances Birds as Farmers' Allies. Every year there comes a protest against the American way of permit ting birds to breed and fatten. The sparrow especially is objected to as an agent of destruction without a redeem ing trait. But bird experts do not place the sparrow on the blacklist, and some even have a good word for the crow and hawk Many bird de fenders have gone so far as to urge farmers to feed the birds in extreme cold weather order to have them do the work of weed and insect destroy ers in the spring. It is discouraging to have birds at tack the small fruits and even pluck up seeds that have been planted. But it is contended that at the worst the birds protect more than they destroy. Some of them eat weed seed, others eat up insects that if left alive would destroy young plants, and others attack mice that would play havoc in grain stacks and bins if left alive. It is true that some birds may be allies of the farmers in one section and farm pests in another, so it is unfair to condemn indiscriminately the sworn foes of birds. Insubordination comes to the front at West Point as a variation on haz ing. What would life at that great military training school be without these playful protests against disci pline on the part of the disciplined or quasi-disciplined The sultan of Sulu was delighted with the ice cream and pickles of New York and left saying he would never again fritter his time away in London or Paris. The American consul at Southamp ton notes that our apples are highly prized in England. Pleasant state ment, but not newsy. Some new studies in the careless handling of firearms may soon be ex pected from the woods where amateur hunters abound. To improper food is laid the break down of most men. Here Is the chance of the cooking school graduate. It is much less costly to the country to have West Point cadets sulk before than after graduation. The frost is feeling its way to the pumpkin, and the American palate Is ready for the pie. Politics suspects business business is convinced about politics. The Unole Bemm Memorial. The address of Theodore Roosevelt In the Atlanta Auditorium is in the in terest of a memorial to Joel Chandler Harris. The association having the matter in charge proposes to buy Mr. Harris* old home, "The Sign of the Wren's Nest," and preserve it for the public. Mrs. Harris, who loves to call herself "Aunty Remus," rather pathet ically says that if she were going to live always she would not consent to sell the home but, as she is not, she wants it preserved as it was In her husband's day. To purchase the cot tage and so much of the "Snapbean Farm" as has not been allotted to Mr. Harris' married children will require $25,000. Capitalists are said to have offered the entire amount, but the pro moters of the enterprise prefer that the money come from popular sub scriptions, and in this laudable desire they will have the cordial support of Vver of Uncle Remus the world tround. Joel Chandler Harris was an edito rial writer on the Atlanta Constitution and started his immortal "Uncle Re mus" tales to fill temporarily a column usually written by gam Small. They instantly became popular and shortly were published in all English speak ing lands and translated into twenty seven languages. Mr. Harris was an abnormally shy man, who underrated his own fame, refused to read from his own works and scarcely ever ap peared in public. He regarded the writing of his many books not as a task, but a recreation. He worked with his children about him and scarcely ever erased a line. He de clined important editorships, prefer ring the simple life of the "Snapbean Farm." There, with his children, his stories and his roses, he was com pletely happy. There Is romance in the way the place got its name. Two wrens built their nest in the mail box at the door, and Uncle Remus refused to have them disturbed. Henceforth the Harris cottage was "The Sign of the Wren's Nest" The author of "Br'er Rabbit" and the "Tar Baby" was fond of "The Vicar of Wakefield," which he said was his earliest inspiration. He himself had many points in common with the writer of that delightful tale and might not be Inappropriately named "the Georgia Goldsmith." J. A. EDGERTON. If Bob Chanler of the soft heart saves anything of his estate from Cav alier! some friendly court should give him a guardian. Deep Waterways. Advocates of the development on a mammoth scale of deep waterways are Inclined to feel encouraged by the at titude of the president toward appro priations for river and harbor improve ments. While some of the canals pro jected or under construction may be considered local in their benefits, further development may extend the benefits over a vast section and so be come national blessings. The Atlantic coastwise canal system which is pro posed would surely be of national im portance in time of war against ene mies attacking the coast Distances would be shortened and navigation made safer between Maine and the gulf by inland channels across New Jersey and the Carolinas. Our existing canals, built by and for the public, served their purpose well. When private capital began to build railroads canal construction was checked. Railroads annihilated space, a great consideration in the days of development. They were well paid for it and will always get the cream of the traffic We now have the problem of cheap transportation to meet, and it is conceded that carriage on water is cheaper than on land. By cutting waterways across necks of land, espe cially far projecting peninsulas, water transportation can be made cheaper still and the time shortened. This is a matter for public enterprise, interstate and national. According to the New York World, "one of Mr. Roosevelt's greatest de fects is his habitual inveracity." This [will cause a sensation and possibly ap prehension in the -Manias club. A gun is invented that will bring down airships. Up to date the aviators have been able to come down without the aid of a gun. This year's custom yield at New York from returning tourists will break the record. The way to collect is to collect. How would it do for the government to provide our warships with the non explosive kind of guns? Aeroplane flights and balloon races are fascinating, but think how good the walking is! Even to pacify the lady smugglers the government will not take the tariff off luxuries. Some people cannot see anything but 1012 In this great country. Defense of the Panama Canal. The pros and cons on the question of fortifying the Panama canal are end less. Objectors and the timid seem to infer that if the United States fortifies the canal it will violate pledged faith and amount to an assumption of abso lute ownership and control of the great international waterway. Those fine points as to whether the fortifi cations will destroy the neutrality which has all along been assumed can be cleared up. if necessary, by a new treaty or declaration. It is provided in existing treaties that no act of hostil ity shall be committed in the canal, and the mere existence of forts does not imply that the United States will fire on the first belligerent entering the canal. Civilized and responsible nations will doubtless respect the neutrality of the canal. But its nearest neighbors can not be relied on. Revolution and law lessness are conditions which must be taken into account In that region. The United States should be prepared at all times to defend the canal from at tack and to maintain it as an open neutral waterway. A good many people would prefer to have free coffee from their congress man rather than garden seeds or po litical speeches. The proposed plan to boom Porto Rico coffee in this way should be encouraged. From all accounts the sultan of Sulu is modest and unassuming, with a pro found respect for the president of the United States and the institutions of this country And how he likes gnd dlecakes! These be momentous times. It Is hard to realize that the work of raising the Maine has begunactually begun. In fact, we don't really believe it Baden-Powell, father of the boy scout movement has landed "in our midst" If your boy asks for a khaki suit and a scout hat don't be surprised. Major General Bell says the army "Is wholly unprepared for field serv- ice." The doctor in command may not understand the case. An argument in favor of the aero plane in war is that it does not cost nearly so much as a battleship. A balloon charged with the high cost of living would stay up all right Be sure that every mushroom bears the pure food label. Spirit and Discipline at West Point. The very idea of Insurgency has vim in it, and it may be that the cadets at West Point were carried away by the drift of the hour when they rebelled against an unpopular instructor. They hazed him, not as they haze their fel lows, but by stolid silence and refusal to eat in his presence. A breach of discipline of the kind Is certain to bring swift condemnation, because it is a blow at all authority. The law of the army is "obey first and protest afterward." Judging from precedent in the mat ter of West Point hazing, however, this outbreak of spirit at the Military acad emy will not be dealt with severely. It is not an easy matter to punish a whole cadet corps. Perhaps the affair will result in giving cadets a chance to voice their grievances from time to time in a respectful and dignified man ner. In this case the objectionable In structor is from Missouri, and the ca dets may have adopted the "silence" treatment and gone supperless to bed as the best way to "show" him. No amount of talk or pessimism can stop the crops from growing, close the coal mines, the iron mines, shut up the sawmills or stop the railways from carrying the crops and other products to market We have billions of dol lars' worth of business that is bound to be done every year, and those who just keep right on attending to their share of it need not worry. A concern manufacturing automobile parts and fittings is going to have a 900 per cent dividend declared. Auto mobilists will hazard the surmise from an experience with charges of that kind that the dividend has been fully earned. New York gained enormously in pop ulation and Chicago didn't But Chi cago will play in the world's cham pionship baseball series and New York won't. After all, honors are even. Nobody has ever discovered the ex act date of Columbus' birth, so we cel ebrate the date of his discovery of America. One reason why special privilege has a hold in this country is that every body believes in it for himself. Any prudent deer hunter should re fuse to take his best friend into the woods with him. After all. the hardest thing for avia tors to resist Is the earth's attraction. THE PRINCETON UNION: TJlUBSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1910. ,L ^'jd'asdkk&z: Henry Murphy and His Squirrel*. Henry Murphy of Baldwin takes great interest in the gray squirrels which inhabit the hollow trees near his house. He feeds them from his corn crib and permits no prowling hunter to shoot one of them under peril of being pitchforked and, in con sequence of Henry's kind treatment, the little animals are not a bit timid in his presence. Instead of scurrying up a tree when he emerges from the house they run toward him and climb upon his shoulders, where he gives them morsels which they are fond of and for which they show their grate fulness by whistling and switching their tails. Henry says one squirrel contains more gratitude than six average republicans. "And their intelligence is truly remarkable," says he. "For instance, one morning at about daybreak I was awakened by something scratching gently on my face and, upon opening my eyes was surprised to find Jennie, one of my tamest squirrels, sitting upon the bed cover and with her was a little fellow about half grown which had a broken leg. Someone had evidently shot it and the big squirrel had brought it through the open window of my room for me to render surgical assistance. I bandaged up the little fellow's leg and the two departed. I see the patient every day around the yard and I believe that within a week or two the leg will be all right. Yes, sir, the intelligence of squirrels is re markable." School Report, Dlst 7, bherburne County. Report of Battle Brook school, dis trict 7, Sherburne county, for the month ending September 30: Number enrolled, 24. Neither absent nor tardy, Susie and Emil Daml, Lillian and Harold Pederson, Annie and Ena Mattson, Vera Wergin, William Brown and Hazel Durbin. Absent one day or less, Emma Wergin and Ella Zimple. Highest in monthly test average, Emma Nelson second, Annie Mattson third, William Brown. First in primary spelling, Vera Wergin. E. B.Hanson,lTeacher. School Report, District 4. School reportt for district 4, school No. 2, for the month ending September 30: Those who attended 20 days were Evan Deglinan, Albert and George Forester, Hazel and Annie Leander, Edith and Esther Lindstrom, Elsie and Eddie Kranz, Alice and Annie Reimann, Lester Rehaume and Joe Seifert. Those who attended 19 days were Ella Cook, Ella, Annie and Margaret Heruth. Good Dairy arm ior sale My farm of 60 acres is for sale. Fifteen acres is under cultivation and the remainder in pasture. Good dwelling house, barn, chicken house, etc., and a good well of water. Also 11 cows, a horse, two wagons, two sleds, harrow, cultivator, feed cutter and other implements. There is plenty of timber on the farm and enough stovewood cut to last the winter. A profitable milk route which has been established by me will also be included in the sale. The whole must be sold at once. Terms half cash and half on time. Henry Arnhold, 38-tfc Princeton. (First Publication Oct. 6.) Citation for Hearing on Petition for Determination of Descent or Land. State ot Minnesota, County of Mule Lacs, In Probate Court. In the matter of the estate of Jane E Kallher, decedent. The state of Minnesota to the next of kinand all persons interested in the determination of the descent of the real estate of said decedent The petition of D. A. Kallher having been filed In this court, representing that said decedent died more than five years prior to the filing thereof, leaving certain real estate in said petition described, and that no will ot decedent has been proved nor administration of her estate granted in this state, and praying that the descent of said real estate be determ ined by this court, Therefore, you, and each of you, are hereby cited and required to show cause, if any you have, before this court at the probate court room in- the court house in the village of Princeton, in the county of Mille .Lacs, state of Minnesota, on the 31st day of October, 1910, at 10 o'clock a. m., why said petition should not begranted. Witness the judge of said court and the seal thereof, this 30th day of September, 1910. WM. V. SANFORD, (Court Seal) Probate Judge. JT Eva M. Hatch, Teacher. School Report, District 5. School report for district 5, Green bush, for the month ending October 1: Number enrolled, 26 average atten dance, 15 number present every day, 3, viz., Henry Abrahamson, Lizzie and Ida Gilbertson. Mae Davis, Teacher. Capt Bogardus Again Hits the Bull's Eye This world famous rifle shot who holds the championship record of 100 pigeons in 100 consecutive shots is living at Lincoln, 111. Recently in terviewed, he says: "I suffered a long time with kidney and bladder trouble and used several well known kidney medicines, all of which gave me no relief until I started taking Foley Kidney Pills. Before I used Foley Kidney Pills I had severe backaches and pains in my kidneys with sup pression and a cloudy voiding. On arising in the morning I would get dull headaches. Now I have taken three bottles of Foley Kidney Pills and feel 100 per cent better. I am never bothered with my kidneys or bladder and again feel like my own self." Sold by all druggists. 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Get a can and give it a trial. Try it on your parlor stove, your cook stove, or your gas range If you do not find it the best stove polish. ever used your dealer is authorized to refund your money. Black Silk Stove Polish has been made by the same formula and sold under one name for 25 years Here is what some of the ladies write us. "I saw your advertisement but was unable to secure the polish here I sent to you tor a can and found Black Silk StovekPolishStove so much better thantany I had ever usedt that I asked my hardware dealer to order a supplj He did so, and is now selling nearly everyone in the place your wonderful polish. I had no idea there could be such a difference tn stovetpohslies. vi t$ea D0 ^e sam T I l8itl [ACKS1LK srovtpoLi5n &/>e ot Blac Sil Polis and like i so well that I want macfc all the other stoves in the house. Enclosed find 50 cents. 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Job Printing and Job Printing THERE are two kinds of Job Printingchat which is neat and artistic and that which possesses neither of these qualities. The Princeton Union makes it a point to turn out none but the former i kind,' and the Union finds this easy because it has the type, machinery and skilled labor with which to accomplish it. Nothing Looks Worse Than I Botched Job Printing. It is a drawback to the business of a merchant or anyone else who uses it. Botched Job Printing suggests loose methods. Then why not use the kind printed by the Union? It costs you no more and gives the public a good impression of your business. The Princeton Union is prepared to execute every description of Commercial and Fancy Printing at short notice and nominal prices. If you are in need of letterheads, noteheads, billheads, statements, cards, posters, programs, wedding invitations or any other work in the printing line, an order for the same placed with the Union will insure its being produced in an at- tractive and up-to-date style. PRINCETON UNION Princeto n, Minataeto. w$pm "&.* ^Sae 3 a & *4^ "**^S 4 Ik BUM EH IIQU1D StOVEPOLlSBJ 1 ts