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Investigation Fever Takes Hold of
Legislators and They Propose
to Find Out Things.
Story of the Banquet Given Solons by
Certain InterestsThe Elec-
tion of M. E Clapp, Etc.
Union Special Correspondence
St. Paul, Jan. J8.As usual, no
sooner has the legislature settled
down to business than its members
begin to get inquisitive. They want
to know, and the easiest way they can
think of is to investigate, although
that is generally quite an expensive
process, and often thete isn't much to
show for the money spent. Still when
the people pay the bills that bub
rarely phases members of an inquir
ing turn of mind. Perhaps that is
not always their fault. For instance,
take the case of the drainage board.
The governor may nave suggested an
'nquiry into its affairs by the naive
confession in his message that he
didn't very well know what it was
about although he is at the head of it.
Then the Aitkin county commissioners
gave the ball a push which the
governor had set a-rolling. They
resoluted to the effect that Mr. Ralph,
iae engineer of the drainage board,
ought the public interest to be
called off from supervising the con
struction of a judicial ditch which
they were interested, and to supervise
which he had been appointed by the
court. There had been rumors be
sides, and all those things te the
members to thinking. The upshot of
the matter is likely to be a legislative
nvestigation which will open up the
whole matter and which may involve
others besides Mr. Ralph.
Then there were the forest fires, and,
by the way, some curious bills have
been turned in by those active in re
lieving the distress of the sufferers.
Evidently the officials and medical
men up there had no notion of being
philanthropic for nothing. Be that as
it may, however, Donald Robertson
who, at least, has no ax to grind,
wants to start an entirely worthy in
quiry as to whether something ought
to be done by the state to help out the
unfortunate people who were made
homeless and in many instances, no
doubt, penniless, by the disaster.
His idea is to send a joint committee
of the house and senate up into the
fire zone to make inquiries on the
ground and report to the legislature.
Doubtless within a short time some
thing of this sort will be done
Then the state fair is to be investi
gated once more Two years ago it
was investigated by a committee f
the house of representatives. It has
been investigated twice since by the
public examiner The other day it
was completely overhauled by a
board of audit appointed by the
governor. Now it is to be investi
gated by a joint committee composed
of five members of the house and four
of the senate. The joint resolution
which passed both houses without
debate, after referring to the irregu
larities reported by the board of audit
and making provision for the appoint
ment of the investigating committee,
concludes that there is a demand for
Iegisatio putting the affairs of the
board on a more orderly and busi
aess-hke basis If this shall result
from the labors of the committee they
will surely be worth while.
Representative Moyle Edwards has
touched up a matter which comes
home to everyone Edwards comes
irom Breckenridge and has there the
reputation of being an adept in the
gentle art of raising Cam. He used
to be mayor of his town, and one
lime, when he set out to buy its
winter's supply of coal, he found out
that although he needed a matter of
some 1,500 tons he couldn't get it
without paying to the local dealers a
rake-off of 50 cents a ton. He tried
every way to buy direct, but he found
himself up against the determination
of the big coal dealers to protect the
middlemen at public expense. He
seems to think that now is his chance
to get even, and so he has made a
move to start an investigation to find
standing or agreement among fuel
dealers in restraint of trade. Inci-
standing or agreement ftm nn *L i
dentally I understand the charge that
railroads manipulate shipments in
collusion with dealers, so as to make
the most possible out of the traffie, is
to be looked up. It will be a happy
circumstance if, as a result of -this
proposed investigation, the people of
these hyperborean regions can be
relieved of the necessity of paying
coal dealers or coal combines any
more than a fair profit on this prime
necessity of life
As the readers of the Union are
no doubt aware, the state officials and
the members of the legislature were
given the time of their lives by certain
citizens of St Paul at the opening of
the session. There is quite a story to
this. It appears that shortly after the
election a representative of certain St.
Paul interests complained to a member
of the last house from this district of
a disposition on the part of country
thing, and when you get up there you
have to be goiog around asking
'Who's this and who's that9
trouble is that you fellows are a Jot
of tightwads. Why don't you loosen
up a little and get acquainted. You
can take it from me that that's the
proper caper." "Well, confound it,
what would you have us do?" was the
impatient response of the St. Paul
man. That led to the suggestion of
the reception, "and let me tell you,"
want to do it
time of their
the solon, "you
ngQ{j Show them the
Representative Spooner has intro
duced a bill to increase the railroad
gross earnings tax from 4 to 5 per
cent. A similar bill is credited to
Charley Warner of Aitkin county.
Spooner would have made the tax 6
per cent, only 5 was all the tax com
mission would stand for. The
wisdom of making the change is seri
ously questioned by conservative
men. It is possible, they say, that
railroads do not pay as high a rate
of taxation as other property, al
though of this they are not entirely
satisfied. Farm assessments, it is be
lieved, are not generally as high as
one-third their market value. As
sessments of merchants' stocks and
other personal property are equally
low, while a vast bulk of intangible
property escapes taxation altogether.
The grosB earnings of railroads, on
the other hand, are shown to the last
penny. It is seriously questioned by
those who have studied the matter
whether, if a full valuation were put
on all real and personal property, it
would not be found that the railroads
pay quite as high a rate of taxation
as the average of taxpayers.
There is still another view taken of
the matter. The wages of railroad
men have in recent years advanced
sharply. Material generally has gone
up in price. Operating expenses were
never so great as now. We neverthe
less protest that railroads must not
advance rates indeed are demanding
that they be reduced. Is the time, it
is asked, propitious to demand from
the railroads that they pay more taxes
which indirectly in the end must
come from the pockets of the people?
Is it not of greater importance to
them that freight and passenger rates
should be kept down? The fact is that
there are two sides to this question,
and it need surprise no one if the
legislature hesitates to approve the
increase in gros^st earningmost taxes wit
consideration, or if the people, when
in g.
the matter is put up to them, as i
lf ice
will bee sloewf tbo wring from railroads
the last cent in taxesse they can be
made to pay.
There is a disposition to look
Continued on Page 4.
K. C. DUNfl, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 191l.-Ten Pages
members to fight shy when representa- for the year 1910 shows- the total val
tive business men put in an
ance at the state capitol. "Well,
was the retort, "what can you expect?
You never bother your heads about
That was certainly what was done
And that it was appreciated was
apparent. The St Paul men made
themselves solid as the princes of
good fellows. The members could do
no less than formally respond, and
the final wording of the resolution
was significant. In it the members
pledged themselves to leave nothing
undone toward the development of
the state "and its capital city
Those who were not completely be
witched are now wondering whether
this means larger grounds for the
capitol or a new historical library
building, whether the St. Paul folks
hope to get the legislature to adopt
the governor's pet scheme of acquir
ing the land for and constructing a
boulevard from the old capitol to the
new, or whether there isn't something
else in the wind. At all events they
seem satisfied that there must be
something behind the extraordinary
demonstration for which one must go
back to the days when the prospect
for a new capitol was being pushed to
find a parallel.
Princeton and Milaca.
Rate in Towns, Villages and School
Districts, Also Valuation by
Towns and Villages.
The abstract of the tax books for
the county of Mille Lacs (as equalized
by the state board of equalization)
Increases Are Made in the Rate of Had Almost Reached Age of Ninety-
Taxation for the Villages of
appear- uatio the rea- and personal prop- illness. Had he lived until the 14th of
the members until you want some- Princeton village in 1909 was $371,659 subject to attacks of sickness, but
The village for 1909 was $124,528 and in
1910 $166,219, an increase of $41,691
erty to be $2,562,375. The valuation
in 1909 was $2,293,258, or $269,117 less
than in 1910. The total valuation of For the past year or two he had been
and in 1910 $376,904, an increase of
$5,245. The total valuation of Milaca tion they were of short duration.
In Milaca village the total rate for faculties until the last.
1909 was 68.31 mills and for 1910 85
mills, an increase of 16 69 mills. The
rate in Princeton village for 1909 was
43.10 mills while in 1910 it is 48.70
mills, an increase of 5.6 mills. This
increase is due to the amount voted
by the village council for corporation
purposes. In 1909 $4,000 was voted
and in 1910 -$6,000. The rate for
school purposes in Milaca is 53.1
mills, and for state, county and vil
lage purposes 31 9 mills In Prince
ton village the rate for schools is 20 6
mills and for all other purposes 28.1
mills. Foreston and Onamia have no
village tax.
In 1909 the state rate was 2.8 mills
and in 1910 2.7 mills, a decrease of .1
mill. The county rate in 1909 was 10
mills and in 1910 8.1 mills, a decrease
of 1.9 mills.
To ascertain the total rate of tax
ation in any school district add the
state, county and township or village
rates to the school district rate and
the total will be the rate of taxation
in the district. For instance: In dis
trict No. 1 (Princeton village) the
state rate is 2 7, county 8.1, village
17 3, school 20.6total 48.7.
State 70
County 8 30
Bogus Brook 50
Borgholm & v
East Side 18 30
Greenbush 7 40
Hayland 10 go
Isle Harbor 7 40
Katb.10 16 10
Milo 13 60
Milaca 10
Milaca Village 21 10
Onamia 12 10
Page 6 10
Princeton 10 80
Princeton Village 17 30
South Harbor 60
School District No
1 20
6 30
12 00
19 10
li 00
3 00
13 60
10 40
17 90
12 0
14 30
34 60
53 10
13 80
10 80
15 80
10 40
12 30
14 60
31 60
9 20
11 00
15 00
13 60
11 20
21 70
15 50
15 70
28 70
9 20
21 90
19 10
12 40
32 60
14 70
25 20
15 50
25 30
18 20
School districts 13 20,25 27 29 and 32 Include
a tax of 2 mills for Associated Board of Educa
tion Troted at annual meeting by the Asso
ciated Board of Education of Milaca for the
purpose of teaching agriculture manual train
ing and domestic science
Bogus Brook
East Side
Foreston Village
Greenbush Hayland
Isle Harbor
Kathio Milo
Milaca Village
Onamia Village
Princeton Village
South Harbor
$135 541
127 289
50 237
29 6S9
164 080
155 250
339 565
94 277
143 344
110 689
166 219
38 596
192 588
168 016
176 524
37b 094
95 377
$2 562,375
A Milaca Bank Liquidates
In consequence of the death of
S. Rutherford, its president and prin
cipal stockholder,' the Merchants Congregational
State bank of MiJaca has closed up
and its affairs are being liquidated.
The business has been taken over by
National of
ban was organize iBank August,Milaca,- 1909 accompanied organ bv Mrs.
with a capitalization of $15,000.^ Its
and its cashier A. G. Osterberg. Mr.
Osterberg will hereafter devote his
tiose to the management of the M. S.
Rutherford & Co. land office at Mi
(Five Years and Was a Man
vice president was Jacob Van Rhee Knoll cemetery. The pallbearers were
Henry Young, Everett Hamilton, Al
bert Munz, S. Bnggs, G. A. Eaton
and A. C. Smith.
Mrs. Lane was born in Ohio and for
11 years bad lived with her husband
Very Highly Respected.
Mr*. J. B. Lane, V. J. Herdliska, firs.
Charles Peterson and A. M.
Thompson Pass Away.
Aaron Steeves, one of the oldest
men in Mille Lacs county, passed
away at his home in Princeton town
ship on January 14, following a short
next month Mr. Steeves would have
reached the ripe old age of 95 years,
was indeed a remarkable man for
age, retaining full possession of
consequence of his rugged constitu
his his
The funeral was held from the Ger
man Methodist church on
afternoon and Rev W. H. Orrock,
who conducted the services, paid a de
served tribute to the worth of the
good old gentleman whom death had
called to his reward. Four pretty
selections were rendered by the church
cbo^r and there were many beautiful
floral offerings. The "interment was
ir Oak Knoll cemetery and the long
procession which followed the remains
to their last resting place gave mute
testimony of the high esteem in which
deceased was held.
Aaron Steeves was born at Cover
dale, Albert county, New Brunswick,
on February 14, 1816, and passed the
early part of his life there, following
the occupation of shipbuilding and
rafting. He was married in January,
1847, to Miss Catherine Wheaton, and
of this union seven children were
born, five of wnom are livingMrs.
Thomas Scribner, Petiteodiac, N. B.
William Steeves, Mary Rines and
Catherine Applegate, Punceton and
Abel Steeves, Spokane, Wash. His
wife died in New Brunswick in 1856
and in 1857 he was married to Miss
Margaret Vincent. Of this union
nine children were born, five of whom
survive, viz., Mrs. John Nokes, Cot
tage Grove, Oregon Robert Steeves,
Seattle, Wash. Henry and Arthur
Steeves, Princeton and Fred Steeves,
Beach, N D. Twenty-four grand
children and 40 great grandchildren
also survive him. With his wife and
family Mr. Steeves came to Princeton
on November 30, 1866, and settled on
section 14, township of Princeton,
where he lived continuously until
called by death. His wife died on
June 21, 1910.
Mr. Steeves was an honorable man
in all his dealingshis word was as
good as his bond. He possessed a
kind, cheerful nature which rendered
his personality attractiveeveryone
who knew "Grandpa" Steeves loved
and respected him. No better
neighbor or more affectionate hus
band and father than be ever lived,
and long will his memory be held in
reverence by a host of friends.
Mrs Lane
Mrs. J. B. Lane, aged 74 years, died
at her home in Princeton on Friday,
January 13, from the effects of asthma.
Funeral services were held in the
church on Sunday
afternoon, Rev. J. O. Fisher officiat
ing. A quartet consisting of Mrs. H.
C. Cooney, Chas Dmbehocker and
Mr. and MrsonBthe Taylo rendere.
accompanied on the organ by Mrs. B,
Soule The interment was in Oak
At the time of its liquidation the'and family on a farm near Sandy
I Merchants State baDk was doing a lake, moving to Princeton last spring.
I rapidly increasing Business.
husband and two sons survive SCOBS on the lungs.
her. The sons are Samuel Lane
Baldwin and Sidney of Princeton.
She was a true christian woman
whom to know was to love and re
J. Herdliska.
Vensel J. Herdliska, father of J. C.
Herdliska, died at 9Vclock on Tues
day morning from a general breaking
down of the constitution as a result
of bid age. The old gentleman had
suffered much of late and death came
as a relief.
The remains were taken to Tower
City, N. D., where Mr. Herdliska's
wife is buried, for interment.
Vensel J. Herdliska was born in
Bohemia in 1832 and, with his wife,
came to the United States in 1864
had lived with his son, J. since
last July, coming here from Rich
mond, Minn. Three sons and a
daughter survive him, Jay C.', Prince
ton Prank, Richmond, Minn.
Fred, Montana and Mrs. Retzlaff,
Those who became acquainted with
Mr. Herdliska during his short resi
Monday dence in Princeton speak very hiehlv scribe,
of che old gentleman.
Sirs. Charles Peterson
Mrs. Chas Peterson died at her
home in Greenbush on January 10,
aged 69 years.
Funeral services were conducted by
Rev. Lundquist at the Swedish
Lutheran church, Freer, on Satur
day, January 14, and the interment
was in the Freer cemetery.
Mrs. Peterson was born in Germany
and was married in that country in
1879. She came to the United States
with her husband in 1883. She is sur
vived by her husband, one son, Honus
of Greenbush, and one daughter, Mrs.
Annie Hanson of Marble.
Mrs. Peterson was a kind, christian
woman who was held in high esteem
by all who knew her.
A. Ihompson
A. M. Thompson, who formerly
lived at Brickton and moved to Jen
nings, Mich last October, thinking
that the change of climate would bene
fit his health, died at that place on
January 6. His death was due to
dropsy. He was born at Luzerne, N.
Y., in 1858, and is survived by his
jwife, five sons and two sisters. Mr.
Thompson was a good citizen^-and a
man well liked by his neighbors.
Illustrated Mission Lecture.
OmMonday evening. January 30,
unless otherwise announced, Rev.
Reinke will deliver an illustrated
lecture on Nicaraguan mission work
in the Swedish Lutheran church,
Princeton. Rev. Reinke labored for
almost six years as a missionary in
New State Fair Officers
C. W. Glotfelter of Waterville has
been chosen president of the Minneso
ta State Fair association to succeed
J. M. Underwood of Lake City and
John Simpson of Des Moines, Iowa,
succeeds C. N Cosgrove of Le Sueur
*as secretary. Mr. Simpson is said to
be one of the ablest state fair mana
gers in the country. E. L. Mattson of
Minneapolis is the new treasurer.
A Christening.
At the residence of Mr. and Mrs.
T. H. Caiey last Thursday evening
Mr. and Mrs Frank Morneau's son
born on Christmas daywas chris
tened. Rev. Father Levings per
formed the ceremonies and the boy
was named Ward Paul. There were-a
number of the friends of Mr. and Mrs.
Morneau present and following the
baptismal ceremonies Mr. and Mrs.
T. H. Caley entertained the guests at
Mr. and'Mrs. Morneau left for their
home at Wahkon on Friday morning.
Muscular Christianity.
was operated
for acute appendicitis and there is
every indication that she will make
rapid recovery.
Miss Clara Dennison of Foley
underwent a surgical operation
Tuesday for the drainage of an
This is the season of the year for
the development of muscular Chris
tianitywith a snow shovel.St.
Cloud Journal-Press.
This reminds us that a number of
our citizens are neglecting this well
named muscular Christianitythey
are apparently either too lazy or too
negligent to shovel the snow from off for a finish match, and
the sidewalks in front of their busi
ness places. They trust too much to
Old Sol, whose efforts at this time of
the year are hampered by cold waves
and are consequently feeble. Go to
it, brethren go to it' The exercise
will tend to putj,your stagnant blood tertainment go to the armory onTues-
in circulation and you will receive the day evening, January 24
.thanks of your neighbors besides.
flodern Samaritans, Workmen and
flaccabee Fraternal Orders In-
stall Their Officers.
Wallace T. Rines Post, Q. A. R., In-
stalls Its Officers With F. W.
Lowell as Commander.
Princeton council, No. 22, Modern*"
installed officers for 1911
at their hall on Friday evening. The
installing officer was Deputy Grand
Good Samaritan Smith of Duluch, who,
He following the installation, delivered an
able address on matters pertainipg to
tn good of the order. Past Good
Samaritan L. S. Briggs also made a
speech that was well received. The
officers Installed were as follows:
Past Good Samaritan, Oscar Peter
son Good Samaritan, M. L. Wheeler
Vice Good Samaritan, F. W. Manke
financial scribe, Sylvia Hatcher
Mrs. J. H. Reichard
treasurer, L. S. Briggs chief mes
senger, Mrs. Hulda Johnson junior
messenger, Miss Jennie Abbott
Levite, Ernest P. Moeger centurian,
Allen Hayes watchman, Verge
An oyster supper and card party
followed the' installation ceremonies
and a very pleasant social time was
On Thursday evening, Jaunary 12,
the Workman lodge installed the fol
lowing officers for the ensuing year:
L. S. Briggs, master workman
Wm. Griep, foreman M. A. Carlson,
overseer O. M. Radeke, recorder T.
F. Scbeen, financier Gus Swanson,
receiver A. P. Larson, guard H.
Markgraf, inner watchman J. L.
Jones, outer watchman representa
tive to grand lodge, J. E. Judkins
alternate, A. C. Smith.
J. E. Judkins was the installing
officer and at the close of the interest
ing ceremonies a luncheon was
served, which was followed by a
smoke social.
K. O. T. M.
The Maccabees, on Thursday even
ing, January 12Aiiajfcaj^^-f4iP*y
ing officers for fche ensuing year:
J. A. Leathers, commander N. M.
Nelson, record and finance keeper lu.
G. Byers, chaplain H. L. Zimmer
man, sergeant W. G. Fredericks, first
master of guards S. Long, second
master of guards Oswald King,
master at arms W. D. Steadman,
Grand Army of the Republic
Last Saturday, at its regular meet
ing, Wallace T. Rines Post, No. 142,
G. A. R., installed the following
officers for the year 1911: Com
W. Lowell S. V. Christopher
Bridge J. V. Solon B. Heath Q.
,W. H. Townsend Chap., R. W.
Freer C. D., Martin Leach O. G.,
James Stevenson Adjt., A. Z.
Norton: S. M., G. H. Chalmers Q.
M. S., W. J. Applegate.
Hot Bricks Were Flying in the Air
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Erickson, Miss
Maggie Neumann, Mr. and Mrs.
^August Thoma, Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Anderson and Mrs. Ecklund, with
John Olson as driver, made a trip to
Jim Chisholm's in a sleigh on Friday
evening. There they were royally en
tertained, and on the return trip the
sleigh encountered a snow drift,
tipped over, and there were hot bricks,
used for foot warmers, flying in the
air. One of these bricks struck* Oscar
Erickson on the nose and scraped off
an inch of skin. The ladies received
no injury, but they were pretty chilly
after being dug out of the snow bank.
Tbe Terrible Turk Coming
Everyone who keeps posted on
wrestling events has heard of "The
Terrible Turk." He is a whirlwind
on the mat and champion in his class.
On Tuesday evening, January 24, he
will enter into a contest with Ben
Hass at Armory hall in this village
it goes with
out saying that it will be a hot en
gagement, for Ben is, as all know,
no easy markhe can put up a wrestle
with tbe best of the mat artists. Two
good preliminary bouts will also be
pulled off. For a good evening's en-
Rev. Landqnlst Married
MI 111 *d Swanson on Thursday morning,
Miss Rachael Townsend of Princeton
At the home Mr. and Mrs- Gus
the Princetonof Swedish Lutherant
-Mf -5,
church was married to Mrs. Anna"*% E
Efickson of Baldwin." Rev.
Larson of Princeton was the officiat
ing clergyman and the witnesses were
Mr. and Mrs. Gust Swanson, A re
ception at the Swanson home followed
the ceremony

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