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Those in Favor of and Those Opposed
to Reapportionment Bill Both
Confident of Success.
By a Vote of 95 to 15 the House Passes
the riackenzie Bill Abolish-
ing Capital Punishment.
Union Special Correspondence
Until final action is taken by the
sentae, and even aftsr that, reappor
tionment will occupy the spotlight in
the Minnesota legislature. At
present, both sides are confident of
success. But the men opposed to re
apportionment are seemingly more
confident of defeating the Congdon
bill than are its friends of passing it.
The first step in opposition to the
bill was taken this week by the judi
ciary committee of the senate. By a
vote of 13 to 6 the committee recom
mended for passage the proposed
Moonan Haycraft constitutional
amendment which would limit the
number of senators from any county
to four. It is aimed by the authors
of this measure to submit it to the
people at the next general election.
By its provisions the three big
counties would be limited to four sen
ators and would keep legislative power
outside of the cities.
There appears to be no question but
ihis is intended as the first step in the
5ght against reapportionment. Sen
ator Moonan, a democrat, whose
name is joined with that of Senator
Haycraft as joint author of the pro
posed constitutional amendment, is the
senator from Waseca. The new ap
portionment bill joins his county to
Steele, now represented by Senator
T. E. Cashman of distance tariff
fame. Senator Haycraft objects to
the manner in which his district has
been apportioned and claims he has
not been given proper consideration.
The friends of reapportionment aim
JO put the matter up to the republican
caucus. The republicans caucused
Monday night, but the matter was
aot taken up then. There will be
another caucus of republican senators
next week and reapportionment will
be taken up.
The republican senatorial caucus,
held Monday night, was for the pur
pose of taking united party action on
various questions. It was without
definite results. The initiative and
referendum measures were taken up,
and the general sentiment of the re
publican senators seemed to favor
some such bill, but the percentage
which will be required to initiate a
legislative enactment and the per
centage required for a referendum
was a matter of debate. The matter
of a percentage was left to some
future meeting The caucus took up
the various primary measures now be
fore the elections committee, but
Senator Fosseen of Minneapolis came
forward with a brand new measure
and the republicans, not seeing clear
water ahead, went into dry dock with
out taking action.
The elections committee has with
drawn all primary bills before the
senate, and will produce a bill of its
own. The direct nomination of state
officers is the aim of primary legis
lation this session, while the direct
election of United States senators will
take its chance as a separate measure.
Senator Works and Senator Nelson
have both introduced measures which
involve the salient features of what
has become known as the Oregon plan
the election of senators. This for
plan will meet with opposition from
some republican senators, even from
those who favor the direct election of
United States senators, on the ground
that it lets down the party bars.
Sunday baseball will continue in
Minnesota The senate, Monday,
killed the Sageng bill abolishing Sun
day baseball by a vote of 20 to 27.
Senator Sageng said no bill of the
last session had caused so much ad
verse comment in the country dis
tricts. Those who voted against Sun
day baseball were Bedford, Benson,
Clague, Dale, Donaldson, Duea, El
well, Proshaug, Hackney, Hanson, V.
i. Johnson, Lende, Marden, Pauly,
Rustad, Sageng, Saugstad, Sundberg
and Wilson.
$- $-
Unless the senate shall veto the
action of the house, there will be no
more legal executions in the state of
Minnesota. The house on Tuesday
passed the McKenzie bill doing away
with capital punishment, by a vote of
95 to 15. Because the bill was pend
ing in the house, Governor Eberhart
had refused to fix the date for the ex-
S# t^, 4Ws
ecution of Martin O'Malley of Le
Sueur county, convicted for the mur
der of his two stepchildrne. The
grand jury of Le Sueur county had
asked the legislature to investigate
the governor because of his dilatori
ness. It is expected the bill will pass
the senate.
The house on Tuesday passed the
Spooner bill appropriating $40,000
for an investigation of the feasibility
of the Mershon system of canalizing
the state of Minnesota. The bill pro
vides that a commission, made up of
the governor, the attorney general
and the state auditor, shall investi
gate the feasibility of the system and
shall have authority to engage engi
neers. A vigorous fight was made
against the measure by Representa
tive Washburn of Hennepin and
Representative Congdon also opposed
it. Opponents of the plan eall it
"fantastic." The Mershon scheme
provides for a system of canalizing
which will connect the Lake of the
Woods with the Red River, and then
with the Minnesota. A great inland
lake is to be made near Granite Falls
and the Minnesota is to be harnessed
and brought down to the Mississippi
near Fort Snelling. Another system
of canals is to connect the Mississippi
with the head of the lakes at Duluth.
It is estimated the improvement will
entail a cost of $35,000,000. Repre
sentative Spooner maintained that all
that was involved in the present bill
was an investigation into the feasi
bility of the plan. He claimed that it
was high time some measures were
being taken to prevent the grabbing
up of water power sites and that this
investigation would disclose their lo
cation. The bill passed by a vote
of 95 to 17. Connected with this bill
is another placing the water powers
of the state in the control of a com
The house on Tuesday passed a
measure taking away from the state
pardon board the right to commute
sentence in the case of criminals con
victed of murder in the first degree.
Cupid has invaded the Minnesota
house of representatives. One of its
members, L. A. Lydiard of the Forty
third, Minneapolis district, was
quietly married Monday night. Tues
day, when he appeared in the house,
he was subjected to a line of felicita
tions which carried considerable
humor with it. Representative Lydi
ard has not only become a married
man, but it is understood he has an
ambition to become the republican
party's candidate for secretary of
state at the next election. He was
formerly city clerk of Minneapolis.
The initiative and referendum is
causing all sorts of trouble in the
house. The Campbell bill, providing
for a 5 per cent petition for the initia
tion of legislation and 8 per cent for
a referendum, had been fixed as a
special order for Thursday. The
bill by Representative Pfaender, a
democrat, on general orders, comes
before it. Pfaender's bill provides for
a 35 per cent petition for the initia
tive. In order to forestall the ad
vantage the Pfaender bill would
have, a new bill has been prepared to
take the place of the J. T. Johnson
bill, backed by such men as Henry
Rines of Mora, J. T. Johnson and
The new bill fixes the initiative per
centage at 7 per cent and the referen
dum at 10 per cent. For municipali
ties it fixes the percentage for the ini
tiative at 20 per cent and the bill is
surrounded by other safeguards.
The house is understood to be closely
divided on the subject.
The elections committee of the
senate has submitted its' bill relative
to primary elections. It is supposed
to take the place of all of the bills
that have been submitted, including
the Moonan democratic measure. It
provides for the direct nomination of
state officers, and also provides* that
the candidates so nominated shall
meet after the nominations to formu
late a party platform. This is the
Wisconsin idea and is incorporated in
the Moonan measure. It also has a
20 per cent clause relative to the
eligibility of candidates to go on the
ticket as the party candidate. Unless
a candidate shall poll 20 per cent of
the vote cast for the head of his tieket
in the last general election he will
have no right to have his name placed
on the ballot as a party candidate.
He may go on as an independent can
didate if he receives the highest num
ber of votes cast in his party primary.
This law has been held constitutional
in Wisconsin' but has been declared
unconstitutional in North Dakota,
committee bill believe they have
framed a bill that will stand the test
of the courts in this respect. There is
a wide diversity of feeling in the
senate relative to the method that
should be pursued in party nomina
tions. Some of the legislators are in
favor of starting all the candidates in
one general election so as to obviate
the necessity of a primary contest to
be followed by an election contest.
Still others, looking with favor upon
the old convention system, would
have the delegates elected by primary
to a convention to be held later.
The senate elections committee bill
makes no provision for the direct
nomination of judges. It is expected
that a bill providing for the election
of a nonpartisan judiciary will be in
troduced later.
Minnesota will investigate the ex
press companies doing business in
the state. This will also include an
investigation of the express com
panies doing business all over the
country. The case will probably go
before the supreme court of the United
States before it is finally decided and
will become national in scope. It is
expected that the hearings will com
mence about March 20. The evidence
in the cases has been prepared by the
railroad and warehouse commission
and by the attorney general. Twenty
thousand dollars has already been
expended for this purpose. The test
case will probably be brought against
the Wells-Fargo company and repre
sentatives of other express companies
will be on hand. It is expected that
the scope of the investigation will be
so large that it will be necessary to
employ additional counsel, although
the matter will probably be conducted
by Attorney General George T. Simp
son. Exorbitant charges will be the
matter to be chiefly investigated.
4 $- $-
Professor W. M. Hays of the depart
ment of agriculture has prepared a
consolidated school bill which will be
submitted to the legislature. His bill
provides that the territory included in
what is to be known as a "Country
Life School" shall not include less
than sixteen square miles.
It appropriates something like
$187,000 for the two years for the sup
port of the plan. A petition is to 'de-
termine whether or not the county
superintendent shall put the matter of
consolidating the schools to the
people. If it fails of carrying he
may do the same thing one year
hence. The bill also provides that
agricultural subjects shall be taught
and vocational teaching will also be
furnished. Girls are to be taught
domestic economy and boys are to be
given practical agricultural teaching
on the farms.
Following the defeat of the Cash
man distance tariff bill in the senate
it is understood that the railroads are
prepared to make voluntary con
cessions, provided they will be
accepted by the legislature, relative
to rates. This plan is tentative,
based on the possibility that the rate
cases will be decided in their favor.
It is expected that Judge Sanborn will
soon hand down his decision on the
appeal from the findings of Master in
Chancery Otis.
The drainage committee, appointed
by Speaker Dunn, headed by Repre
sentative Knapp of St. Louis county,
has commenced its work. Its first
session was a meeting with the mem
bers of the state drainage committee,
where Representative C. H. Warner of
Aitkin county presented his side of the
case. Representative Warner moved
to make this meeting an executive
session, but the question was raised
as to whether or not the drainage
committee was an accusing body or
merely a body to present whatever
evidence it had received to the special
investigating committee. The investi
gating committee decided it could not
be a party to secret sessions and with
drew. This special commitee is made
up of Representatives Knapp, Robert
son, Moriarity, Crane and Fowler.
The aim of the committee is to
approach the subject with an abso
lutely open mind and will not prej
udice its case in any way by taking
sides. It purposes going carefully
and thoroughly into the matter, but
will take no partisan attitude and
will not undertake the private quar
rels of any one. George Ralph, the
state engineer who is being investi
gated, is following the meetings close
ly. His legal representative is
Former Representative Stuart.
Please Take Notice.
From now on I will make the reg
ular $4 style pictures for $2 per dozen.
Take advantage of this rare oppor
For Thirty-Eight Years He Was En-
gaged in Farming at Santiago
and Came Here in 1909.
Mrs. Carl Kanitz, a Resident of Wya-
nett for 24 Yean, Dies From
Effects of Apoplexy.
Charles A. Wicktor, a retired
farmer, died at his home in Princeton
village at 4 o'clock on Sunday morn
ing, February 26, from Bright's
disease and other complications. He
had been confined to his bed 15 days.
About two years ago he suffered an
attack of pneumonia and never fully
recovered from the effects.
A short funeral service was con
ducted by Rev. August Lundquist at
the family residence yesterday morn
ing and the remains were conveyed to
Santiago. There services were held
in the Methodist church and Rev.
Tracey paid a deserved tribute to the
departed. The interment was in the
Methodist cemetery.
Chas. A. Wicktor was born in
Sweden on November 30, 1841, .and
was married in that country to
Johanna Anderson in 1866. In the
spring of 1870, with his wife, he came
to the United States and the same
year settled on a homestead in Santi
ago, Sherburne county. He lived
there until two years ago, when he re
tired from his labors and moved to
Princeton. His wife died on Novem
ber 24, 1876 and he was again married
on May 14, 1881, to Nettie Thompson
of Greenbush township, Mille Lacs
county, who survives him. By his
first wife he leaves one son, Godfrey
Wicktor, treasurer of Sherburne
county. Six children from the second
union survive him, viz., Mrs. Ida
Nelson and John O. Wicktor, Santi
ago Alfred Wicktor, Minneapolis
Mary, Carl and Myrtle Wicktor,
Mr. Wicktor experienced all the
hardships of the early settler when he
located upon his homestead in a
country which was then no better than
a wilderness, but, being a man of de
termination, he-plodded industriously
a$3ttg, kept-bis 8bouWer*to~tb#~ -wheel
anc[ eventually reaped the fruits of
hii*labcr&. After retiring from ac
tive work he was not, however,
destined to long enjoy them. He was
a man of honorhe believed in the
golden ruleand in the community
where he lived he knew not an enemy.
As a husband and father he was kind
and liberal to a fault. That he was
highly esteemed was shown by the
large number of neighbors and friends
who followed his remains to their last
resting place.
Mrs Carl Kauitz.
Mrs. Carl Kanitz died at her home
in the town of Princeton on Wednes
day afternoon, February 22, from the
effects of an attack of apoplexy, with
which she was stricken on February
12. Up to that time she had been in
fairly good health.
Funeral services, which were largely
attended, were conducted by Rev. Otto
Strauch at the German Lutheran
church, in the town of Princeton, on
Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock and the
remains were laid to rest in the Ger
man Lutheran cemetery. Among
those in attendance at the obsequies
were a number of relatives .from
Mayer, Carver county.
Mrs. Kanitz was born in Germany
on February 1, 1843, and was married
in that country. With her husband,
she came to the United States in 1883
and settled in Carver county. She
lived there about four years, when the
family moved to the town of Princeton
and located on the farm where she
passed away. Her husband died six
years ago. She leaves one son, Rein
hold Kanitz, a resident of California,
and one daughter, Mrs. R. O.
Guderian of Princeton township.
She was a christian woman in every
sense of the word and was beloved
by her neighbors and all others who
knew her.
Freer Postofflce Discontinued.
The postofflce at Freer was discon
tinued on February 28. Up to Jan
uary 31, when the Star route from
Princeton was discontinued, the mail
for Freer was carried over that route,
and from that time until last Tuesday
it was taken by a rural carrier from
Foreston. Those who received their
mail at Freer postofflce will hereafter
be supplied by rural carriers.
The Contemplated Poor Farm.
As the Mille Lacs county com
missioners are contemplating the pur
chase of land for the purpose of estab
lishing a county poor farm, they
tunity. All work guaranteed. Studio of the voters regarding such procedure.
'd like to ascertain the sentiment
taken at the village and township
elections on March 14 for their
guidance. If the voters are in favor
of the plan then the poor farm will
probably be established, but if not a
change from the present method of the
county caring for its poor will be
considered with a view of adopting
the township system, which means
that each town would have to care for
its own dependents.
Howard- Ross.
On Monday morning at 9:45 o'clock
Fenimore H. Howard of Wyanett and
Miss Enid Marcella Ross were united
in marriage by Rev. I. N. Goodell at
the home of the bride's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. O. C. Ross, in this village.
The wedding march from Lohengrin
was played by Miss Mary M.
Whitney. The bride, gowned in blue
PQplin, was attended by her sister,
Miss Lissa M. Ross and the grooms
man was Harold Van Alstein.
At the wedding breakfast which fol
lowed the ceremony covers were laid
for 18 and the dining room decora
tions were of flowers and hearts.
The young people left on the morn
ing train for Excelsior and points in
southern Wisconsin and will be at
home in Wyanett, where the groom
owns a farm, in about two weeks.
They were accompanied as far as
Minneapolis by Harold Van Alstein
and Lissa Ross.
The Union wishes Mr. and Mrs.
Howard a life of happiness.
A Theatrical Treat
The greatest success achieved in the
past by any Uncle Tom's Cabin com
pany is that won by Mason Bros.,
which wiil appear at Brands' opera
house, Princeton, on Monday, March
6. Of all the dramatic successes now
known there are none that equal this
great play. It is established in popu
lar favor and needs no indorsement
from the press. It is sufficient to say
that it will be presented by an ex
cellent company of twenty players,
witth new and elaborate, scenery
arranged especially for this season's
tour. This large compaypj also
carries a challenge band
of solo artists under the
Prof. Hicks, which will gi
day concert* &$$.
big show on Mod
s^. JUtes Gladys.Neumann Improving. J^
Everyone will be glad to learn that
Miss Gladys Neumann-is improving
she is getting stronger by degrees and
every hope is entertained that she will
ultimately recover. Gladys has suf
fered much during her long illness,
but now all pain has disappeared and
she is able to retain nourishment
which for many weeks her system re
jected. On Tuesday she received a
nosegay of roses and violets from
Miss Rita Byers, who is sojourning
at Long Beach, Cal., and this proved
a source of much delight to her as
she is very fond of flowers. Miss
Neumann certainly has a remarkable
vitality, otherwise she could not have
withstood the inroads of the disease
which attacked her.
Business Change.
We have disposed of our business to
V. E. Haglund of the Plymouth Pav
ing company, Minneapolis, who will
be here in time for the spring work.
In the meantime people who need ce
ment sidewalks, basements, etc., con
structed should write him at 1320
Queen avenue N., Minneapolis. Mr.
Haglund is a skilled workman and
will give satisfaction. We thank the
public for the liberal patronage re
ceived by us and hope our successor
will be likewise favored.
ltp Bergman Bros.
A Very Good Entertainment
As announced in last week's
Union Hilda Hellstrom Gagnee,
vocalist, Miss Eva Ashworth, pianist,
and Annar Myhre, baritone soloist,
gave an entertainment at Brands'
opera house on Monday evening,
February 27. It was well attended
and everyone appeared to be
pleased. Miss Gagnee has a re
markably fine voice and as a baritone
soloist Mr. Myhre could scarcely be
excelled. Miss Ashworth's renditions
on the piano were also well executed.
Sellhorn Succeeds Caley.
At an election held by Company
at the armory on Monday evening
First Lieutenant Ernest H. Sellhorn
was unanimously chosen to succeed
Captain C. A. Caley, who has been
transferred to the regimental staff,
and Alfred H. Johnson was elected,
by a unanimous vote, to a first lieuten
ancy. Captain C. A. Caley presided
at the election. A luncheon followed
the election and then came a smoke
George smith Eighty-Three Tears Old.
George Smith was 83 years old last
Thursday. He is a veteran of the
civil war and participated in a num-
course, Mr. Smith is able to take bis
daily walks about town and seems to*
enjoy life. The Union hopes that I
the old gentleman may live to cele
brate many another birthday anni
Electric Power Display.
A demonstration of electrical power
as applied to the operation of washing
machines^ flatirons, etc., was given
last Friday in the Davis sample room
on First street by Electrician Randall.
The day electric service should prove
a great labor saver to the people of
the village, as motors of various
capacities may be obtained which are
adapted to the operation of heavy or
light machinery.
County and Village Financial Reports.
The financial statement of the
county of Mille Lacs for the year 1910
appears in this number of the i
as well as the treasurer's report of the
village of Princeton for the same
period. Both will make interesting
reading for the taxpayer.
Never Falls to Please.
On Friday and Saturday evenings,
at Brands' opera house, there will be
moving picture exhibitions. Films of
the very latest productions will be
used and the show cannot fail to
Mrs. J. A. Allen of Milaca was
operated upon on Wednesday, Febru
ary 22, for chronic appendicitis and
is doing nicely.
Fred Brentesen of Mondak, Mon
tana, who is at the hospital for medi
cal treatment, is recovering.
The condition of P. J. Haggberg of
Isle, who is suffering from gangrene
in the right foot, is unchanged.
Olof Nystrom returned home on
Monday cured. He was being treated
for blood poison caused by an axe
Roland Howe of Spencer Brook was
operated upon on Saturday for a
brain abscess.
Mrs. Stanley Kornovich of
Foreston, who underwent a surgical
operation some time ago, has fully
W. Wyiie of Princeton
surgical operation yes-
Mrs. G.
underwent a
Mrs. Carl Boyh was Operated
yesterday for acute appendicitis.
Christine Delene of Orrock is at the
hospital for medical treatment. She
is improving.
Mrs. Henry Bauer of Dayton under
went a surgical operation this morn
The new emergency [hypochlorite
plant, designed for the state board of
health and to be shipped to any part
of the state where a polluted water
supply is the cause of an epidemic,
was taken to Anoka from St. Paul for
use last week. There is said to be
over 30 cases of typhoid in Anoka and
several deaths have resulted from the
disease there.
The noted case of J. H. Virtue
against the Creamery Package com
pany, in which plaintiff asked for a
quarter of a million dollars, which
took thirteen days to try in the dis
trict court at Owatonna, resulted in a
verdict for the plaintiff for $75,000
after the jury deliberated twenty-one
hours and took many ballots. This
is the company which has been pro
hibited from continuing business in
this state.
The funeral of the late Justice
Edwin A. Jaggard of the supreme
court of Minnesota took place at 3 p,
m. last Thursday from the family
home, 302 South Exchange street, St.
Paul. The attendance was large, the
bar of both St. Paul and Minneapolis
being heavily represented. Several
hundred friends, including many
officers and employes from the state
capitol, followed the body to Oakland
cemetery, where it was placed in a
vault. For three hours the body lay
in state at the new capitol in the su
preme court room and was viewed by
hundreds. The room was hung in
black and Justice Jaggard's chair on
the bench was likewise draped.
G. B. Thomas, former editor of the
Foley Tribune, was arraigned before
his former competitor, Harold Knut
son, editor of the Foley Independent
and justice of the peace, on Saturday
to face a charge of beating the
Tribune Publishing company out of
$38. The case was adjourned to the
middle of October and Thomas given
his freedom that he might secure the
wherewithal to make good his alleged
shortage. In the afternoon, however,
he was arrested on a charge' of petit
larceny, pleaded guilty and was given
ninety days, but the sentence was
suspended to allow him to return to
work. The former editor had been in
jail a month awaiting Saturday's

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