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B. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms 81.00 Per Year.
Representative Kleiner Makes Ground-
less Charges Which Bring a
Storm of Denunciation.
Senate Passes the Putnam BUI Which
Provides for the Election of a
Nonpartisan Judiciary.
Onion Special Correspondence
St. Paul, Minn., March 22.Free
license in the use of slander and in
nuendo, and an unbridled use of the
rjght to wallow in the slime of muck
raking by suggestion, brought on a
spirited scene in the house of repre
sentatives Wednesday morning. In
fluenced by the free use of the muck
raking pen, and possibly exorcised by
failure to get the committee appoint
ments he may have wished, Represen
tative Klemer made charges against
the speaker and house organization
a nature which brought upon him a
storm of disapproval, resulting in his
promise to apologize later.
It is not intended here to charge
Kopresentative Klemer with the of
ienses mentioned above. His offense
was merely a leaning towards uncalled
for statements made by men and writ
ers who fail to properly recognize the
dignity and responsibility of their
Mr, Klemer may or may not have
been smcere when he charged that the
"committees of the house are packed
is the interest of the interests." The
important thing is that the house has
been submitting to charges of a simi
lar character from amateur muck rak
o^s who have been defiling the public
press and abusing the confidence of
readers by wild charges, insinua
tions and attacks, based upon no facts,
substantiated by no evidene and war
ranted only by an avid desire to seek
notorietya longing that has always
seen the weakness and bane of dis
tempered and immature minds.
It is probably a good thing that
Mr. Klemer made his charge on the
Poor of the house, for it induced the
house members to remember they had
ihfoir self-respect to sustain. Wild
and unsubstantiated reports made in
the public press could not well be ob
served by the house members, for to
sio so would be merely exaggerating
kite attention that might be paid to as
sassins of character who have been
abusing the privilege which the house
gives them, as alleged newspaper rep
resentatives, to observe its proceed
ings. But a charge made on the floor
f the house by a house member is a
different thing. Representative
Klemer has not especially dis
tinguished himself in the house before.
Ee has won a reputation which will at
least give him some notoriety a'nd
$hat may possibly be gratifying. The
manner in which Speaker Dunn is re
garded by the house members was
shown conclusively when the state
ment was made. "Members arose in
every section of the house and de
manded an apology. It furnished
Represetative Congdon of Duluth an
opportunity to indulge in a scathing
speech on the ''mouth holiness" of
certain people. It furnished R. C.
Dunn an opportunity to express his
indignation over the dastardly charge
made against the speaker. It also
gave Mr. Klemer an opportunity to
wake up after a brief Rip Van Winkle
and a further opportunity to promise
an apology before leaving the house
for the afternoon.
The speaker came out of the affair
with great credit. Speaker Dunn is
known to be a man of high spirit, un
impeachable courage and a disposi
tion to defend himself if attacked.
Yet, under the trying circumstances,
he conducted himself with dignity and
poise. He made it clear that, if he
were not speaker, he would resent the
charge in a manner that would allow
no doubt as to the way he felt about
Lhe insult to himself and to the digni
ty and character of the house. He
even intimated that unless an apology
were made he would show his resent
ment at a later time, "if he had the
mental and physical vigor to* do it."
The house insisted upon the appoint
ment of a committee of three to inves
tigate the incident, and the speaker
appointed R. C. Dunn, Louis C.
Spooner and Albert Pfaender. A
motion by Clinton Robinson of
Winona that the committee be made
seven instead of three did not even re
ceive a second.
The fact of the matter i3 that in his
appointment of the committees
Speaker Dunn has been so eminently
fair that he has leaned backward.
He has carefully considered every
angle and appointed his committees
for the best interests of the general
public. This was shown in his ap
pointment of the temperance com
mittee and in the appointment of every
other committee. When the matter of
the drainage investigation was up the
speaker was subjected to the strongest
kind of pressure from all sides, but
insisted on the appointment of a com
mittee which would be fair and un
biased. Many of the enmities that
have been awakened in the house or
ganization have been due to the fact
that the speaker has insisted on being
fair instead of biased. In his work
as speaker Mr. Dunn has shown him
self one of the big men who have come
forward' in Minnesota politics. He
has not been moved from his purpose
by rantings or by prejudice. He has
had only one object in view and that
was good service to the state.
Speaker Dunn is one of the big men
of Minnesota. The stinging of a gnat
may be annoying, but its only pur
pose is to give more energy and ac
tivity to the object stung. The un
warranted attack on the speaker has
not been utterly useless and without
The senate has passed the Putnam
bill calling for the election of a non
partisan judiciary. It provides for a
covention and other machinery, some
what cumbersome, perhaps, but de
signed to bring about a result greatly
desired. Politics should have no
place in the selection of the judicial
officers of a great state like Minne
sota. The house will probably whip
the Putnam bill into line and make it
an excellent measure.
The senate has taken up the work
of considering the primary bills of the
elections committee. Wednesday the
bill was amended in many particulars
and finally placed at the head of the
calendar. It provides for the direct
nomination of all state officers, for
the promulgation of a party platform
by the candidates after the nomina
tions are made, and has a provision
that the man nominated, in order to
have the right to go on the ballot as
the party candidate, shall have 10 per
cent of the average party vote cast
for his ticket in the last election. This
was amended so as to make it possi
ble for the use of a man's name on
the ballot with the party designation
by petition, even if he does not get the
required 10 per cent, which obviates,
to a large degree, the usefulness of
the per cent provision. This latter
provision is dseigned to make it im
possible for members of the minority
party to take part in the nominations
of the majority party.
Woman's suffrage has won one more
victory in the senate. The bill has
been advanced to the calendar and
the senators will have to go on record
for or against it.
Reapportionment is still an issue in
the senate. Realizing the fact that
they had been left in a bad position
by their failure to pass the Congdon
measure, the senate took a new lease
of life and began considering the pos
sibility of passing a new bill. The
men at the head of this movement were
Senators Rockne and Clague, the first
lukewarm about apportionment of any
kind and the latter opposed to it. It
appears that the chance of getting any
kind of a bill through has dropped by
the wayside. The newest movement
is a possible combination between the
north state republicans and the demo
crats. It is assured that if the Third
district democrats could be placated al
reapportionment bill could be passed
which would be fair to the state in
general and which would give the
democrats an opportunity to claim
the credit of having had a hand in the
passage of a bill which both party
platforms declared for. The demo
cratic platform did not declare for im
mediate reapportionment and the new
bill would probably take effect four
years from now.
The public lands committee of the
house has decided upon two impor
tant measures relating to the conser
vation of the state's land and the
state's minerals. One authorizes the
people to vote on a constitutional
amendment which would create a state
land department separate from the
state auditor's office. The other pro
vides for a legislative commission to
investigate the state resources and
recommends an organization which
will conserve these resources for the
future. The proposed bill calls atten
tion to the value of the three million
acres of state land and the great
mineral possibility in this property.
It declares the state already has re-
Continued on Page 4.
Council Appoints a Water, Light and
Building Commission at Spe-
cial Session, March 16.
Elmer Whitney Resigns From Council
and J. J. Skahen is Appointed
to Fill Unexpired Term.
The village council convened in
special session last Thursday even
ing and disposed of the following
Upon motion of Recorder Stanley
the bill of the Erie City Iron Works
was ordered paid by general warrant.
Councilman Whitney moved that the
sum of $500 be transferred from the
general fund to the electric fund to
take up outstanding orders. The
motion was adopted.
Elmer E. Whtitney tendered his
resignation as a member of the coun
cil, to take effect immediately, and,
upon motion, it was accepted.
Then followed a motion by Coun
cilman Smith that J. J. Skahen be
appointed to succeed Mr. Whitney.
The motion prevailed and Mr. Skahen
was notified and qualified for the
Councilman Smith then moved that
a water, light, power and building
commission be created.
After a careful consideration of the
matter the council came to the con
clusion that such a commission would
prove beneficial to the village at large
and the motion of Mr. Smith was
It was then moved by Recorder
Stanley that E. E. Whitney be ap
pointed to serve on the commission
for a period of one year. The motion
Mr. Stanley also moved that
Andrew Bryson be appointed to serve
for two years. This was also
J. J. Skahen made a motion that E.
K. Evens be appointed as the third
member of the commission to serve
for three years. The motion carried.
The following resolution was then
read and adopted:
A resolution accepting the pro
visions of Chapter 412, General Laws
of Minneosta for 1907, and creating a
water, light, power and building com
mission in and for the village of
Princeton, Mille Lacs county, Minn.,
pursuant to said law.
Whereas, the village of Princeton,
Mille Lacs county, Minn., has a popu
lation of less than 10,000 inhabitants
and wishes to avail itself of the pro
visions of Chapter 412, General Laws
of Minnesota for 1907, and thereby
create a water, light, power and build
ing commission in and for said vil
lage now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the common council 'of
said village that the provisions of
said Chapter 412, General Laws of
Minnesota for 1907, be and hereby are
in ail things fully accepted. Be it
Resolved that the following named
persons be and hereby are appointed
members of such commission for the
following terms, viz.: Elmer E. Whit
ney, for the term of one year Andrew
Bryson, for the term of two years
E. K. Evens, for the term of three
Adopted this 16th day of March,
W. H. Ferrell,
President of Village Council.
Ira G. Stanley,
Clerk of said Village
The action the council in creating
water iight,f power and building
commission is generally conceded to
be a good move and the council is en
titled to credit therefor. The mem
bers of the commission are capable,
reliable men. They will see that the
power plant is conducted along busi
ness lines, and it oan be depended
upon that the other duties devolving
upon them will be faithfully per
formed. Then, again, it will reduce
the responsibility of the incoming
council, lessen its work and take this
department of the village out of poli
tics. Thursday evening was not the
first time that the creation of a water,
light, power and building commission
had been discussed by the council at
its meetings.
Valentine Mott Married in St Paul.
On March 15, at the residence of
Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Erickson, St. Paul,
occurred the wedding of Valentine
Mott and Miss Cecilia Hedstrom.
Rev. Kreinheider of St. Paul was the
officiating clergyman, the ceremony
taking place at 8 o'clock in the even
ing. The bridal chorus from Lohen
grin was rendered by Miss Ethel
Olson as the bridal party descended
the stairs. The bride, dressed in
white silk and carrying a bouquet of' welcome is extended to everyone.
white roses, was attended by Miss
Esther Erickson in pale blue silk with
a bouquet of pink roses as maid of
honor, and Miss Daisy Mott in pink
with pink carnations as bridesmaid.
The groom was attended by Frank
Leber of St. Paul as best man and
Anton Hedstrom of Dalbo, usher.
Only a few intimate friends were pres
ent at the nuptials. After the cere
mony the guests partook of a bounti
ful wedding supper. The young
couple were the recipients of a num
ber of useful and valuable wedding
4^At the railway station in St. Paul,
As the bride and groom were taking
the train to return to Princeton on
Thursday afternoon, they were
showered with rice by a company of
young friends who met them at the
depot. Old shoes were also in evi
dence. Thursday night, at the Ander
son farm, where the couple will re
side for the present, the house was
surrounded by a company of between
50 and 60, who came with all sorts of
nrusical instruments such as cowbells,
tin pans, circular saws and shotguns,
and serenaded the young couple.
After receiving cigars and wishing
Mr. and Mrs. Mott a long and happy
life the company dispersed. On Fri
day evening a reception was given to
the immediate relatives f the bride
and groom.
Gustaf A. Dalin and Miss Hulda K.
Satterstrom were married at the home
of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
E. -J. Satterstrom, in the town of
Princeton, on Wednesday afternoon,
March 15. Rev. August Lundquist of
the Princeton Swedish Lutheran
church performed the ceremony and
the witnesses were Albert Satterstrom
and Una Ottar. Many guests were
present at the ceremony and partici
pated in the bridal feast which fol
Mr. and Mrs. Dalin, who are both
highly respected young people, will
make their home on a farm in Prince
ton township.
The President's Tariff Diplomacy
The open candor of President Taft
may prove to be the kind of straight
forward diplomacy that will nullify
ao-g^effort of the democratic house t9
out of th~e tariff
President Taft wants the reciprocity
arrangement with Canada ratified
first, then he wants a permanent
tariff board created, and lastly be
wants congress to adjourn without
taking up the schedules of the Payne
Aldrich tariff bill.
This is a program that sounds
reasonable. It is one that can be car
ried out in a few weeks, and allow
congress to adjourn and business to
continue. The democratic members
may think they have a call to go into
tariff revision, but when they realize
the magnitude of their task, they may
think differently. A revision of even
the wool schedule is not to be lightly
undertaken. A mistake at the outset
with this or some other schedule
might easily set the democratic ma
jority back.
If it was a question of fighting a re
publican president for party ad
vantage purely, there might be some
point in hurrying the job. But this
does not appear to be the case. The
president will promise that when con
gress meets in regular session the
tariff board will be ready with a re
port on which congress can work.
This is very different from sitting
back and saying that there must be
no tariff changes. The president
does not say that. What he does say
is that there ought not to be any tariff
changes until congress has the in
formation on which to base a scien
tific bill. This is what the country
wants and this is what a wise con
gress, whether of one party or the
other, will give it.Minneapolis
memorial Day,
We consider it not out of place to
this early call the attention of the
people to the forthcoming Memorial
day, so that preparations may be
made to properly observe it. Last
year a citizens' committee was
organized, and this committee relieved
the old soldiers of the burden of ar
ranging a program and attended to
the details of carrying it out. The
Union would suggest that a similar
arrangement be made for the ob
servance of Decoration day this year.
Special Bally Day Services
Rev. W. H. Jordon, D. D., of the
First Methodist church, Minneapolis,
will preach both morning and evening
at the Princeton Methodist church on
Sunday. At the evening service spe
cial music consisting of selections by
a male quartet, vocal solo by Miss
Christine Wicen and anthems by the
choir will be rendered. A cordial
AMDSETTLERDIES Henry Hamilton, Who Located in This
Village Over Fifty Years Ago,
Dies at Home of Son.
Joseph A. Beer, a Greenbush Farmer,
Succumbs to Heart Disease
Following Long Illness.
Henry Hamilton, one of Princeton's
pioneer settlers and an old soldier
who saw much active service, died at
the home of his son, Edwin, in Bald
win on Saturday morning, aged 84
years. Death was due to a general
breakdown of the constitution result
ing from old age.
The funeral, which was largely at
tended, was held from the home of
Edwin Hamilton, in Baldwin, on
Tuesday afternoon. The services
were conducted by Rev. Goodell of
the Methodist church and a quartet
consisting of Mrs. L. S. Briggs, Miss
Maude Brown, Guy Ewing and Ar
thur Roos rendered weal selections.
Miss Verna Townsend acccompanied
them on the organ. Six Grand Army
men, viz., R. W. Freer, A. Z. Norton,
Wm. Giltner, Wm. Applegate, D.
Whitcomb and Geo. Smith were the
pallbearers and the interment was in
Oak Knoll cemetery.
Henry Hamilton was born in Massa
chusetts and, with his wife, came to
Princeton over half a century ago,
where he engaged in blacksmithing.
In 1874 he returned to Massachusetts
and in 1884 came back to Princeton.
He moved to Minneapolis in 1902 and
lived there three years, when he again
returned to this village, where he re
mained with the exception of a short
time spent in Minneapolis, until two
months ago, when he took up his resi
dence with his son, Edwin, In Bald
win. His first wife died during the
civil war and he was later married to
Miss Frances Underwood of Prince
ton, who survives him. He is also
survived by the following children:
Frank, Minneapolis Sewell, Prince
ton Edwin, Everett and Orin, Bald
win Mrs. Geo. Donnelly and Mrs.
Reuben Molberg, Minneapolis and
in the east.
Henry Hamilton was a whole-souled
man and a good citizen in every sense
of the word. He was one of the old
settlers whom everyone respected.
When the civil war broke out he was
one of the first to shoulder a gun and
go forth to defend his country. He
was a member of Company F, Eighth
Minnesota Infantry, and saw a great
deal of active seervice in the south.
He also belonged to Wallace T. Rines
post, Princeton.
Joseph A. Beer.
Joseph A. Beer died on Monday
evening at 9 o'clock at his home in
Greenbush from heart disease, aged
46 years. Mr. Beer came to this part
of the country a year ago from Le
Sueur county and purchased the old
Sidney Jesmer farm. There, with a
brother, sister and nephew, he lived
until the end came. He has another
brother living in Le Sueur county.
Mr. Beer was unmarried.
Funeral services were conducted by
Rev. Father Levings in the Green
bush Catholic church this morning at
10 o'clock and the interment was in
Greenbush Catholic cemetery.
County Commissioners.
The board of county commissioners
met on Monday and adjourned on
Tuesday evening to April 25. Among
the business disposed of was the fol
Orders of assessment for sections 3
and 9, town of Greenbush, and section
5, town of Princeton, were confirmed
by the board.
The county auditor was instructed
to advertise for bids for a tract of not
less than 160 acres, improved, for a
county poor farm. Commissioners
Swennes, Sholin and Cater were ap
pointed a committee to investigate
such tracts as are available and re
port thereon.
Plats of section 10, Greenbush, and
section 22, Milo, were aprpoved and
A petition was presented by C. A.
Stromberg to be set off from school
district 26 to district 32. Hearing
was set for April 25.
Mrs. Chas. Ryther appeared before
the board and stated that she had
been abandoned by her husband and
was consequently compelled to seek
temporary aid. The board referred
the matter to the county attorney with
instructions to prosecute Ryther for
A petition signed by a majority of
the voters of school district 32 was
presented asking that certain contigu
ous territory be annexed to said dis
trict. Hearing was set for April 25.
The petition of Olof Edstrom to be
ne-dasghter, Elizabeth, who residesJ are^QQ large lots in the-plat apd ihs
set off from school district 13 to 31
was granted.
The county surveyor was instructed
to stake out the county gravel pit in
the town of Greenbush.
Several resurvey assessments were
made, the notices of which will be
published later.
A certain piece of road in the town
of Princeton was designated as a state
highway, to be known as "state high
way No. 6."
Petitions from the towns of Mile,
Page, Milaca, Bogus Brook and
Borgholm were presented praying
that the county be redistricted as to
commissioner districts. After a care
ful consideration the matter was laid
The bid of L. S. Libby of 8665 caBh
for 40 acres belonging to the county
in the southwest quarter of the north
east quarter of section 9, town of
Milo, was accepted.
A plat of Izatys townsite, Mozomon
nie Point, was presented and ap
Over 30 farmers applied for free
grass seed and the applications were
granted. s_
Tires Ripped by Stake.
On Monday night Dr. Cooney's
automobile struck a surveyors' stake
in Greenbush, west of Freer, which
ripped open a couple of the tires on
his machine and delayed his progress
for nearly two hours. The stake was
in the main traveled roadin the
wheel rutand stood four inches high.
About six feet from the stake, in the
same rut, the doctor found a piece of
gaspipe sticking from the ground
about five inches. Whoever left that
stake and pipe protruding above the
road bed are seemingly guilty of
negligence. Had a horse struck them
the animal would probably have
been totally disabled. It may be,
however, that the soil had been
washed from around the stake and
pipe, but even then it is someone's
duty to see that obstacles of that kind
are removed.
A Beautiful Spot.
The Mille Lacs Investment and Im
provement company has platted ap
proximately 200 acres at the base of
Mozomonie Point, in South Harbor
township, Mille Lacs lake. There
place will be known as "Izatys."
The landscape work has been com
pleted under the direction of Theodore
Wirth, superintendent of the Minne
apolis city parks, while Albert Graber
of Hennepin county has superin
tended the engineering work. Streets
have been cleared and roadways are
now being built. Mozomonie Point is
one of the beauty spots of Mille Lacs
lake. It is finely wooded, has a
magnificent beach and is certain to be
come a favorite summer resort. The
board of county commissioners ap
proved the plat of Izatys yesterday.
Tbe Sophomore Entertainment
An excellent entertainment indeed
was that given by the sophomore
class at the assembly hall on Friday
evening for the benefit of the athletic
association. It is seldom that one has
an opportunity of hearing such fine
music as that rendered upon this oc
casion, and the recitations and other
features of the entertainment were
equally goodevery number was en
joyed by the large audience and ap
plauded. The proceeds of this enter
tainment will go toward defraying the
expense of an equipment for the base
ball team, and it is expected that
Princeton will have the best nine in
its history.
Dynamite Causes Severe Injuries.
Conrad Frisk, while blowing stumps
at Karmel yesterday, received serious
injuries to his face by a charge of
dynamite which hung fire. It appears
that after lighting the fuse Frisk
waited for what he considered a safe
time and then approached to ascer
tain what had gone wrong. Just as
he reached the stump the charge ex
ploded. His face is badly lacerated
and one of his eyes are injured. Dr.
Cooney dressed the wounds.
Ben Hass Throws McAllister.
Last night Ben Hass defeated Hugh
McAllister, champion welterweight
of the Pacific coast, in a match at
Cambridge,throwing him twice in suc
cession, the first time in 21 minutes
and the second in 13. Ben didn't seem
to have much difficulty in throwing
this champion.
Dr. Cooney performed surgical
operations upon the following persons
during the past ten days:
Mrs. Manny Wicklander, Wahkon,
acute appendicitis A. P. Jorgenson,
Vineland, chronic appendicitis Miss
Tillie Emme, Germany, acute appen
dicitis Mrs. Erick Lundgren*
Wyanett, disease of gall bladder
Erick Venstrom, Glendorado, ampu
tation of right hand made necessary
by circular saw accident.
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