Fake Voting Contests for "Pianos"
and "Trips to Europe" Scored
by a Leading Paper.
Even if Game Were Played on Square
Contestants Do Not Stand One
Chance in a Thousand.
THE VOTiNG CONTEST HOLD-UP.
A very popular way of swelling
newspaper subscription lists just now
is the contests methods. In this field
of activity the daily papers take the
lead. Every four months they conduct
a contest of some kind. The prizes
are tempting, and consist of automo
biles, airships, trips to Europe and
various other things from pianos to
tooth picks. Some smooth talker sent
out by the paper putting on the con
test comes along and interests some
one in each locality to get busy
assuring him that an airship is due to
drop right in the particular part of
the country where he happens to be
talking at that very moment. So
smooth is the "con" talk put up by
the agent of the big daily that
hundreds all over the state rush into
tbe contest and begin to roll up sub
scription lists for the paper.
That these people in the rural dis
tricts, and all other districts for that
matter, have been induced to give up
or neglect their other occupations and
go out to solicit subscriptions for
these daily papers on a proposition
which will not compensate one out of
each 100 for the shoe leather used is
bad enough but it is by no means the
worst part of the deal. The worst
part is the loading, by these local
agents, upon all their friends papers
that the latter neither want nor care
the least thing about. There are
certain solicitors one can not turn
down. A merchant can not turn
down a member of the family of a
customer. A professionlal man can
not give the cold shoulder to the
daughter of a leading family. A
farmer can not find it in his heart to
refuse to donate a year's subscription
to the cause of a neighbor's automo
bile opportunity. A politicianwell,
he, of course, walks with his hands up
all the time and all they have to do
is to go through his pockets and help
Not one man in twenty who buys a
contest paper wants it. The sub
scription is given for personal
reasons. Friendship, fear of offend
ing, business patronage, anything
and everything:, except wanting the
article bought, is the reason for
The newspaper contest is a genteel
hold-up and that is all there is to it.
There is nothing about it to commend
the approval of anyone. Contestants
waste their time and innocent people
are imposed upon and made to buy
something which they do not want.
Of course, there is money in the deal
for the newspaper putting on the con
test. These big contests are a har
vest for the publishers back of them.
But aside from this there is nothing
to commend them to anyone. And
then why should the public be "bled"
through a system of highway
methods? The system employed by
these papers is to get some prominent
and popular young person in every
community and to let that person go
around among his or her friends and
get their subscriptions. They know
that each such person has a large
number of friends and acquaintances
who can't refuse when approached.
It's a gentler way than Jessie James
employed but it brings the unwilling
coin out of the pocket of the victim
with just as great certainty and much
less danger to the person doing the
The people should put a stop to this
kind of a thing. Men should refuse,
absolutely, to be subjected to this
kind of a hold up. Every contest
merely means that the public is being
played for a sucker and it is time that
that long suffering animal retaliated
by refusing to take the bait.
A paper should sell on its merits and
when it wants to increase its sub
scription list let it do so through the
aid of solicitors who sell papers and
not through local "contestants"
who merely lend the publication their
popularity which in turn is converted
into dollars and cents by the shrewd
circulation managers. We do not be
lieve that there is any solicitor so
thoroughly detested by the average
victim of the agency graft as the
newspaper contest cuss.
And we can not but think that the
paper that puts on a contest is a
loser in the end. When people are
forced to buy something which they
do not want they do not. as a rule,
feel very good about it and they are
going to drop the proposition about
as quickly as they can and they are
not likely to speak many words of
praise for it either. The contest
mania and clubbing cra2e are good
things for the publisher to shun.
Concluding: Work of Conference.
A brief account of the concluding
sessions of the conference of German
Lutheran ministers in this village are
On Wednesday afternoon Rev. Geo.
Diemer of Brownton, vice president
of the Minnesota district, delivered
an interesting lecture on "Cate
chetical Instruction," and a lively
discussion and debate followed upon
the subject. The greater part of this
session was, however, consumed in
discussing a new college which it has
been decided to build in St. Paul at a
cost of $30,000. The German Luther
ans of the Ohio synod already have a
college in St. Paul, where all the
pastors of the west receive their edu
cation, but the growth of the church
has rendered this inadequate to
accommodate the increasing number
of students. Hence another building
is necessary. This building should be
ready by next summer and. as the
time is short, the brethren decided to
put forth their utmost efforts to se
cure the required fund by spring. On
Thursday morning business of minor
import was disposed of and the con
ference adjourned at 10 o'clock, most
of the ministers leaving for their
homes on the 11 o'clock train.
The ministers of the conference de
sire to say that long will the hospi
tallity, the hearty welcome and
friendly reception of the people of
Princeton, the congregation, and
especially of Rev. and Mrs. George
Stamm, be remembered by them.
The next conference will be held in
the spring of 1911 at. Gaylord.
Armitage's Lineman Arrested for Larceny.
Sheriff Sbockley on Monday re
ceived a postal card from the sheriff
of Nobles county giving a description
of a man who had stolen a motorcycle
at Worthington. Immediately after
reading the postal card Sheriff
Shockley arrested Ferdinand Berg
stromj employed as a lineman by
Dr. Armitage on his Rural telephone
system. Bergstrom wilted when con
fronted with the charge and was
placed behind the bars. The man
against whom the theft is charged had
been scorching about the village for
a week or two, the envy of the small
boys who had nothing but ordinary
bicycles. He certainly went some be
fore the hand of the law was clapped
on his shoulder. The sheriff of
Nobles county arrived here on Tues
day evening and on Wednesday took
Bergstrom and the motorcycle back
O. Moore Sustains Severe injuries.
On Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock
the bursting of an emery wheel in his
planing mill severely injured C. O.
Moore. A piece of the wheel about
four inches in length flew off and
struck him lengthwise on the nose, cut
ting through the cartilage and mak
ing a nasty gash. Luckily the en
gine which propelled the wheel was at
low power, otherwise the chances are
that the piece would have gone clear
through Mr. Moore's head. He cites
an instance, of which he was an eye
witness, back east where an accident
of this nature occurreda piece of an
emery wheel penetrated a workman's
brain and came out at the back of his
head, killing him instantly. The wheel
which Mr. Moore used is the best
manufactured and the reason for its
disintegration is unknown. Dr. Caley
is attending the patient.
Bnt Little Virgin Timber Burned
In the northern fires of the past few
weeks but little virgin timber has even
been scorched. Most of the fires
started on old lands that had grown
up with a second growth of less valu
able timber and underbrush.
Thousands of acres once covered with
pine timber that was clean and free of
small growth, have since grown up to
birch, poplar and brush, which, in a
dry season, offers the easiest kind of
fuel.Mississippi Valley Lumber
At the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. J.
Abbott in Foreston on Sunday, John
Hunter and Mrs. Alice Vallett were
united in wedlock by Rev. Orrock.
The witnesses to the ceremony were
Miss Jennie Abbott and Wm. Towle.
About 20 relatives and friends of the
contracting parties were present. Mr.
and Mrs. Hunter will make their
home on a farm near Foreston.
Alfred Jaques Will Speak Here.
Alfred Jaques, democratic candi
date for congress in the Eighth dis
trict, will speak at Brands' opera
house on the political issues of the
day on Wednesday evening, Oct. 26.
R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, MULE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1910.
OUR B9YSWIN AGAIN
Princeton Shows Foley How to Circle
the Ends for Touchdowns in
Game of Saturday Last.
Score 51 to o, and Cy Robideau Con-
tributes Much Toward Victory
Achieved by Princeton.
The Princeton and Foley high
school football teams came together
on the gridiron at the fair grounds
here on Saturday and the result was
an overwhelming defeat of the visitors
by a score of 51 to 0.
Frinceton won the toss and selected
the west goal, this being more favor
able in consequence of the wind. The
home team received the ball on the
20-yard line and advanced it five
yards, but failed to gain on a line
buck through center and on end run,
and was forced to kick. Foley's
quarter returned the ball two yards.
Foley was then unable to gain on
line bucks or end runs and was also
compelled to kick. Caley returned
the ball five yards and Princeton
gained five yards off tackle. Cy
Robideau was given the ball for an
end run and skillfully circled the end
for a touchdown. It was now but a
question of how large the score would
After four minutes more play Cy
again circled the end for a touchdown
and at the end of the quarter had four
touchdowns to his credit and Berg
one. The score at this stage of the
game was 29 to 0.
In the second quarter both sides re
sorted to kicking and Foley proved
stronger than in the first quarter, but
neither team scored.
Princeton, in the third quarter,
scored two touchdowns by the open
style of playinggetting within strik
ing distance by forward passes and
fake runs, and then pushing the ball
over in a line plunge by Fisher and
an end run by Cy Robideau.
The last quarter was a repetition of
the thirdscored by open style play
and line plunges.
Princeton played its substitutes on
the last quarter to give them a trial,
and the plan proved very satisfactory^
Princeton's goal was only threatened
once, when, in the last quarter, Foley
carried the ball to Princeton's 30-
yard line, but the home team held the
visitors for downs and carried the
ball to their 10-yard line. Then the
The last quarter ended with one
touchdown in favor of Briggs and
one in favor of Angstman.
Coach Doane of the Princeton team
is entitled to a great deal of credit for
the high efficiency to which he has
succeeded in bringing the boys.
The Mille Lacs Indiana
It will be some time yet before the
last of the Mille Lacs Indians will
have been moved to White Earth.
Hon. D. S. Hall, Indian com
missioner, is laboring unceasingly to
induce the remnant of the Mille Lacs
band to go to White Earth, where they
will be provided with comfortable
homes and allotted land in severalty.
But his efforts are being thwarted
by interested parties who, for selffsh
reasons,"wish the Indians to remain
at Mille Lacs lake. No true friend
of the Indians will counsel them to
An Old Soldier Printer
W. R. Lovell of Zimmerman was in
town on Saturday and called at the
Union office for a chat. Mr. Lovell
is an old soldier who worked at the
printer's trade before the war, and he
told us, confidentially, that he pied
many a stick of type in the good old
days and threw it in the stove when
the foreman wasn't looking. It is al
ways a pleasure to chat with printers
of the old school.
W1U Build Warehouse
At a meeting on Monday the board
of directors of the Princeton Co
operative creamery decided to build
a one-story brick warehouse, 20 by 36
feet, for the storage of buttertubs,
salt, etc. In consequence of the new
agitator which was put in a while ago
the creamery is somewhat crowded.
Under Mr. Warner the creamery is
prospering as it never did beforehe
is evidently the right man in the right
The Duck and the Drake.
A schoolboy, asked to write an
essay on ducks, submitted the follow
"The duck is a low, heavy-set
bird, composed mostly of seat and
feathers. He is a mighty poor
singer, having a hoarse voice,
caused by getting so many frogs in
his neck. He likes the water, and
carries a toy balloon in his stomach
to keep him from sinking. The duck
has only two legs, and they are set so
far back by Nature that they come
pretty near missing his body. Some
ducks, when they get big, have curls
on their tails, and are called drakes.
Drakes don't have to set or hatch,
but just loaf about, and go swimming,
and'eat everything in sight. If I was
to he a duck, I would rather be a
drake. "Irish Paper.
Julia Ward Howe Dead
Mrs. Julia Ward Howe, poet and
patriot, died on Monday at her sum
mer home, Oak Glen, Middletown, R.
I., at the age of 91 years. Julia
Ward Howe was born in New York on
May, 27, 1819. Her ancestry on her
father, 's side included such men as
Roger Williams and Governor Samuel
Ward of Rhode Island, while she was
distinctly related to General Marion,
familiarly known as the "Swamp
Fpx." Her father was a man of
wealth and was president and founder
of !ihe New York Bank of Commerce.
Mrs. Howe was a frequent contributor
to some of the best magazines of the
country. She was also a poetess who
found ready response in the hearts of
the people and then, as an evidence
of her versatility, she turned her pen
to play writing, at which she was also
successful. Perhaps her most famous
poem was the "Battle Hymn of the
Republic," which is taught to every
school child in the country today.
This song was written by Mrs. Howe
after a visit to the camp of the army
of the Potomac during the war.
BATTLE HYMN OF REPUBLIC
Mine eyes ha\ seen the glory of the coming of
He is trampling out the vintage vrhere the
grapes of Tvrath are stored
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his
terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on
I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred
They have builded him an altar in the evening
dews and damps
I have read his righteous sentence by the dim
and flaring lamps
His day icso marching esn
temner with you
I have realdT a gospel, writ in burnished
rowsa of steel Vl tfiery
my grace shall deal
Let the Hero born of woman crush the ser
pent with his heel
Since God is marching on
He has sounaed forth the trumpet that shall
./-%ever call retreat
Hrifc sifting out the hearts of men before his
Oh be swift my soul to answer him be jubi
lant my feet
Our God is marching on
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born
across the sea
With a glory his bosom that transfigures
you and me
As He died to make men holy, let us die to
make men free
While God is marching on
Coming:, Best Show of the Season
The Mock Sad Alii stock company
will play an engagement of three
nights at Brands' opera house, com
mencing Thursday, October 27. This
well-known organization is on its first
visit to Princeton and comes with an
excellent reputation from both press
and public. Their repertoire consists
of high class royalty plays and the
vaudeville acts are of the best. Col.
Brydon's dog circus is the greatest
act of its kind now before the public.
Harry Birtch, musical artist Holt
and Armstrong, yodlers and crayon
artists Billy Ireland, clog dancer
Dorothy Wood, vocalist and Mock
Sad Alii, the celebrated magician.
The plays that will be put on are
"The Bowery Detective," "David
Harum,'' and ''Fritz the Chauffeur.''
Ladies will be admitted free on Thurs
day night with each paid reserved
seat ticket if purchased at the re
served seat sale before 6 p. m. at
Avery's store. If you attend these
plays you will surely be satisfied.
Wrestling Match, October 28.
Ben Hass of this village and Harry
Mills of Minneapolis, champion light
weight wrestler of the middle west,
will engage in a contest at the armory
in Princteon on Friday evening,
October 28. Match will be to a finish,
best two in three falls for 60 and 40
per cent of the gate receipts. Lovers
of scientific mat work should not fail
At Northwestern Hospital.
Chas. Erickson of Carmody was
brought to the Northwestern hospital
on Monday suffering from a perfora
tion of the stomach caused by an
ulcer. Dr. Cooney performed an
operation upon him the same evening
and, although the case is a critical
one, he may come through all right.
At present he shows signs of improve
Hon. Fraak M. Eddy Coming
Hon. Frank M. Eddy, one of the
wittiest and most interesting public
speakers in the state will discuss
politcial issues at Brands' opera
house, Princeton, on Monday evening,
Oct. 31. On Tuesday evening Mr.
Eddy will speak at Milaca. Do not
fail to hear him.
MRS. A. TJHISHOLM
Remains of Mrs. A. T. Chisholm In-
terred in Oak Knojl Cemetery
on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Brief Sketch of Life of One of Mille
Lacs County's Old and Most
The remains of Mrs. A. T. Chis
holm, who died at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Geo. H. Deans, at
Foreston, at 7:50 a. m. on October 13
from heart failure, and a brief notice
of whose death appeared in last
week's Union, were brought to this
village and interred in Oak Knoll
cemetery on Saturday. Funeral ser
vices were conducted at the Deans'
residence at 10 o'clock in the morning
of the same day by Rev. Orrock, and
were attended by a large number of
deceased's relatives and friends. All
of the children, with the exception of
D. G. Chisholm of Washington, were
present at the obsequies. The pall
bearers were Fred Heuss, Peter
Larson, T. Abbott, F. E. Chase, Wm.
DeHart and E. R. Peabody, while F.
T. P. Neumann had charge of the
Mrs. A. T. Chisholm, whose maiden
name was Esther Gerow, was born on
February 25, 1831, at Sophiasburg,
Canada, and was married on October
9, 1849, to Allen T. Chisholm at Belle
ville, Ontario. Mr. Chisholm died
at the old homestead in Milo on
March 26, 1899. With her husband,
Mrs. Chisholm came to Minnesota in
the fall of 1868 and lived in Princeton
six months. From Princeton the
family moved onto the place known
as the McDougall farm in Milo, and
in 1870 settled on a homestead in sec
tion 22, town of Milo. There they re
sided many years and kept a stopping
place for the accommodation of men
engaged in the lumber business.
The boys engaged in the pineries
and on the river were always pleased
to stop over night with Uncle Chis
holm and partake of a meal of Mrs.
Chisholm's cooking. She was,
indeed, a hospitable, motherly
woman and was held in affectionate
regard by all who knew her.
Since 1883 Mrs. Chisholm had made
her home with her daughter, Mrs.
George H. Deans, at Foreston. She
is survived by six children, viz., D.
G. Chisholm, Wenatchee, Wash. Wm.
A. Chisholm, Haven Mrs. George H.
Deans, Foreston Esther J. Bennett,
Champlin Martha A. Cater, Sauk
Rapids Jas. W. Chisholm, Prince
ton. Three children are dead.
Mrs. Chisholm had been an invalid
for many years and had suffered in
tensely during her long period of ill
ness, but notwithstanding this she
was always of a cheerful, kindly dis
positiona woman whom it was a
pleasure to become acquainted with.
The children and other relatives
are very grateful to the kind friends
who assisted in the last illness and
burial of Mrs. Chisholm, also for the
beautiful floral tributes that were so
generously bestowed, and they especi
ally appreciate the kindness of
Messrs. Ewing and Davis, Mrs. Claire
Caley and Mrs. L. S. Briggs for the
song service at the cemetery.
Visitors at H. Pratt's.
W. C. McCormac and J. M. Pratt of
La Crosse, Wis., were at H. B.
Pratt's, Elk Lake park, on a hunting
and fishing trip for a week and left
for home on Monday. Mr. Mc
Cormac told the writer that he never
in his life had so much luck fishing as
he did in Elk lake. "The fish are
snapping at any old thing," said he
a man could catch a million crappies
if he wanted to and pickerel are so
ravenous that the cussed things get on
the hook whether you want them or
not. Jim and myself certainly en
joyed ourselves at the lake."
Two New Kesidences.
W. W. Fuller, blacksmith at Peter
son & Nelson's, is putting up a one
and a half story frame cottage of five
rooms in the southwest part of town
and expects to move in sometime this
fall. E. J. Buss is the contractor.
Martin C. Brands is also building a
frame cottage of one and a half
stories, seven rooms, in the same lo
cality. Bergman Bros, are construct
ing a concrete foundation and cellar,
but the contract for the carpenter
work has not yet been let.
The Best Oats Yield.
The best yield of oats reported this
year in Mille Lacs county is by James
Robertson of Greenbush65 bushels
per acre. The oats are known as the
Lincoln variety. Mr. Robertson ami
his brother have as fine an 80 as lays
outdoorsVL% of sw^ section two
town of Greenbush. But there are
hundreds of 80's equally as good as
li^ fe -^^i^&rS^^
VOLUME XXXIY. NO. 43
that of the Robertsons in the towns of
Greenbush, Milo, Bogus Brook and
Princeton. No better land in southern
Minnesota is selling for $100 to $125
per acre. With decent public high
ways land in close proximity to
Foreston, Milaca and Princeton would
treble in value. In any event a
farmer within 11 miles of any of these
towns who is the possessor of a good
farm should hold on to it, but if he is
bound to sell he should not accept
less than $100 per acre.
An Anoka Authoress.
"The One Man" is the title of a 287
page novel, by Dr. (Mrs.) F. L. S.
Aldrich of Anoka, which has just
been issued. That Mrs. Aldrich was
a gifted woman who ranked high in
her profession was fully understood
by all who had the pleasure of her
acquaintance, but none of her friends
ever suspected that she would branch
forth as an authoress and produce
such a well-conceived and cleverly
writen novel as "The One Man."
The story centers around a hand
some Irish-American girl, Margaret
Sullivan, who was the protege of an
old Knickerbocker family, the only
living members of which were a
brother and sister, Herbert and
Fredrika Von Hoffman. Margaret
confesses to Fredrika that she intends
to marry Judson Patmore, a multi
millionaire shoddyite lumberman,
whose exact counterpart may be found
in many cities today. Margaret
leaves the Hoffman mansion and goes
to her father's humble homeher
father is a poor fisherman. Herbert
Von Hoffman discovers that he is
desperately in love with Margaret but
before he makes avowal of his
affections her troth is plighted to Pat
more. Patmore travels extensively
and lavishes his wealth on his young
bride but all to no purposetheir
married life is a dismal failure. June
and December are not suitable mates.
At last the senile old reprobate dies
in a California hotel and Margaret is
free again, but just then she reads
that Herbert Von Hoffman has
married. Margaret stops at St. Paul
on her way east and learns that Jud
son Patmore had been twice married
before he met herfirst to a squaw
whom he robbed of her patrimony and
basely deserted and secondly to a
respectable white girl. She also dis
covered that Patmore, like several of
his Minneapolis prototypes, had
robbed the state of immense quanti
ties of pine timber. Margaret pro
vided liberally for the wronged wives
and children and made restitution to
the state. After more than the regu
lation trials and tribulations Mar
garet and Herbert come together at
a Florida resort and the happiness
long denied them is theirs at last.
The story rivets the attention of the
reader from the opening chapter to
the finis. The Roxburgh Publishing
Company, Boston. Cloth binding,
$1.25 by mail to any address. The
book can also be obtained at the
Rexall Drug Store, Princeton.
A farewell surprise party was
tendered E. Nystrom and family at
their home in Wyanett on Sunday
evening. Over 100 neighbors and
friends were present to wish them suc
cess and many valuable gifts were
bestowed upon them. The evening
was passed very pleasantly playing
games and listening to instrumental
and vocal selections. Mr. Nystrom
and family, who will leave for
Orleans, S. D., next month, take this
means of thanking their friends for
their kind consideration.
Writing Up Princeton
Geo. Cumming of Rolfe, Iowa,
was here from Monday to Wednesday
for the purpose of obtaining data for
writing up Princeton and vicinity.
Mr. Cumming contributes articles to
five of the leading papers of Iowa.
He spoke highly of the hospitable
treatment he received while here and
said that Princeton was one of the
prettiest places he had visited during
his extensive travels.
Surprise Party at Crown.
Thirty friends of Walter Hass
gathered at his home in Crown on
Sunday evening to bid him farewell
upon the occasion of his leaving for
St. Cloud, where he will take a course
in a business college. TJie amuse
ments of the evening consisted largely
in the playing of various games,
light refreshments were served, and a
.very pleasant time was passed.
Dennis Salee Farm Sold.
Herman Gesche of Le Sueur Center
has purchased the Dennis Salee farm
of 160 acres in Milo from W. F.
Wresch, the consideration being
$6,500 cash. Mr. Gesche will take
possession immediately. The sale
was negotiated through Robt. H.
King. Mr. Wresch has moved into
the village of Princeton to reside.^
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