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THE QUEENOF LAKES Beautiful, Shimmering, Historical Miile Lacs Rightfully Entitled to be so Designated. Mozomonie Point and Izatys on Cove Bay Bound to Become Famous Summer Resorts. A beautifully and profusely illus trated and neatly printed little book let, issued by the Mille Lacs Invest ment and Improvement company of Milaca, tells all about the incompar able Mille Lacs lake region and the new townsite of Izatys. The writer of the subject matter contained in the booklet is Mrs. Halesia Sperry Foster, the wife of the well known Milaca attorney, and she depicts the beauties of the queen of Minnesota lakes so succinctly and so graphically as to lead one to believe that our sister village is the abode of an authoress of no mean ability. We quote a few paragraphs from Mrs. Foster's pen: "Of all the lakes of Minnesota, by far the finest and most impressive is the large body of water to which, two hundred years ago, the French ex plorers gave the name of'Mille Lacs,' it being then, as now, chief in size of the 'Thousand Lakes' of the region. "I well recall my first impression of tnis lake. Unaccustomed, as are most westerners, to large bodies of water, it was with a feeling almost of amazement that I stood at the top of the high tree-clad embankment over hanging the beach, and saw before me the wide-spread waters flashing back the smile cf the blue sky above. Gazing for the first time upon such a scene, imagination could readily give one at least a partial realization of what Balboa's feeling might have been, as he broke through the last obstacle that shut from his view the broad Pacific for truly it is a new sea of promise that spreads itself be fore the vision, and though less gi gantic, none the less certain are the possibilities it represents. I have since watched the effect of the first sight of Mille Lacs upon other amateur discoverers, and it is interesting to see that the impression is always the same. The 'question often arises, 'How is it that the spell of seclusion has so long kept this enchanted spot from the knowledge of the world? These waters spread their beautiful expanses within a few hours' journey from the busy cities that centralize our western commerce: why have they not been long since appropriated by the railroads, the ex cursionists and all the crowding life of the cities'?' "The answer of course is the famil iar statement, 'This is a big country.' We are only now at the dawning of the day when the ever-increasing stream of population and industrial development shall demand the com plete opening of its vast treasure houses. It has been the expansion of a single generation that has re vealed the West to the East. By the growth of great railway systems there have been opened up to the uses of commerce and agriculture vast terri tories hitherto practically unknown. The result has been an increase in national wealth and power that is the marvel of the world. "And what the swift expansion of railway enterprise has done for the prairies of the west, it is now doing for these fertile and promising regions surrounding Mille Lacs, which needed only to be made accessible in order to prove their great possibilities. This is already an accomplished fact: thrift and industry have here brought about a development that marks sure advancement toward a great prosperi ty. Coincidently there has been made accesible a place of refreshment and delight for the Nature-lover, the sportsman and the pleasure seeker, to which the state can show no equal. "To the mind given to philosophiz ing on the various aspects of life, the wide and sparkling waters of Mille Lacs with their forest-fringed shores and shining beaches inevitably call to mind the familiar truth that 'God made the country and man made the town.' The contrast suggested is not only physical: it is more. A touch of Nature lingers in the mental con stitution of even the most sophisti cated, and there are few persons, how ever absorbed in the stimulating ac tivities of our modern life, to whom there does not come at times a long ing for transition from the uproar of man's world to the peace of the good green world of Nature. This univer sal craving for relief from the life of the town finds one expression in the general rush to 'the country' as a place for Sunday relaxation. It is r~~ ^dftMi.ii^J^^^U.i^.h'^^M^^. becoming the custom among people of all classes and habits to turn more and more from our conventional Sab baths to 'God's first temples.' "And here the divine Architect has surely built in splendor. As I trod the rustling gold and crimson carpet spread by September, or watched the mellow autumn light sift through the interlacing tops of majestic pillars, or looked down long aisles whose broad and shadowy peace might well hush into rest the discontent of even the most world-weary, I thought, surely here is something better than the traditional golden streets and gates of pearla type in miniature of the earthly paradise, where abides not only peace, but the active and conscious joy of life in its freest and most natural form." The townsite of Izatys is located at the base of Mozomonie Point and fronts on both the main lake and Cove bay. The services of an expert civil engineer and a famous land scape architect were secured in de signing, laying out and platting the townsite, and well did they perform the work alloted them. The construc tion of roads and avenues and beauti fying the grounds has cost the com pany several thousand dollars. But the day is not far distant when Izatys will be dotted with handsome villas and cottages. Then the energetic and public-spirited townsite owners will reap the reward their enterprise so richly merits. The nearest railroad point to Izatys is Onamia on the Soo road, about four miles distant, but there is a good highway leading from Milaca to Cove bay over which automobiles can speed at the rate of 30 miles per hour. In fact it is less than a four hours' automobile trip from the twin cities to the shores of picturesque Mille Lacs lake. The Correct Tlgures From the report of the village re corder for the year ending Feb. 24. 1911, we glean these figuresand they are absolutely correctrelative to the receipts and expenses of the village light and power plant: RECEIPTS Paid by private consumers of water and light 53,573.95 EXPENDITURES. Fuel. $3,415 11 On 2T5.02 Waste and packing 43 35 Engineer, electrician and extra help 2 51] 40 Freight drayage, tools, fixtures and miscellaneous expenses. 316 89 Repairs on lines 716 75 Insurance 435 67 Total $7,714 19 Insurance and repair of lines is hardly a proper charge against the plant. These two items amount to $1,152.42, which, if subtracted from the total expenditures, would leave a net expenditure for the support of the plant of $6,561.77. But it must be remembered that not a dollar is credited to the plant for light and water furnished the village and, ow ing to the extreme dryness last year, an immense quantity of water was used in sprinkling the streets. For a small village Princeton is certainly well lighted, and it has 35 hydrants for fire protection. The plant should be credited with $2,500 for light, water and hydrants furnished the village that would certainly be reasonable. Now add $2,500 to the $5,573.95 re ceived from private consumers of water and light and you have a total of $8,073.95 as the receipts of the 'plant for the year. Thus the expenses, counting insurance and repairs, amounted to $7,714.19,. while the re ceipts (allowing a credit of $2,500 for light and water for village) would amount to $8,073.95, showing a net balance in favor of the plant of $359.76 These figures are absolutely correct and are fair. There is no reason in charging interest, merchandise and permanent improvements against the plant nor is there any sense in charging an arbitrary sum for depreciation of the plantevery manufacturing plant de preciates in value more or less every year. Last year was exceptional. For two months, when improvements were being made in the plant, water was pumped from the starch factory at a considerable additional expense in the matter of fuel and oil. The plant was never in better condition than it is at present, and it is estimated that a great saving in fuel will be effected this yearprobably 33 per cent. Death of August Ploog, August Ploog died at his home in Pease on Wednesday of last week, aged 73 years He was born in Ger many and had lived at Pease for 14 years. Funeral services were held at St. Edward's church, Princeton, on Saturday and the interment was in the Catholic cemetery. Mr. Ploog is sur vived by a wife and two stepsons. VILLAGEJATTERS The Council Attempts to Grant a Twenty-five Year Franchise to an Outside Corporation. Ridiculous Opinions by the Attorney General's OfficeNo Cause Ex- ists for Unseemly Row. With all due regard for the attorney general of the state we doubt the correctness of his decision when he gives it as his opinion that a village council, in a village already possessed of a municipal light and water plant, can grant a franchise to a private corporation to come into said village, erect and maintain poles, wires, masts, etc., in its streets, alleys and public grounds, and compete with the plant erected and owned by the village. We would like to have the attorney general point out the section of the statutes that confers any euch authority upon a village council. Acting, we presume, upon the alleged opinion of the attorney gen eral, the village council of this vil lage has granted a charter to the Eastern Minnesota Power company to erect and maintain poles, wires, etc., in the village of Princeton for a period of 25 YEARS. For the in formation of the tax-payers of the village we give the franchise-granting ordinance in full: ORDINANCE No. 86. Granting permission to the Eastern Minnesota Power Company, a Min nesota corporation, to erect and maintain poles, masts, wires, and other fixtures in the streets, alleys and public grounds of the village of Princeton, for the purpose of furnishing light, heat and power by the means of electricity. The Village Council of the Village of Princeton, Mille Lacs county, Min nesota, do ordain as follows: Section 1. That there be and here by is granted to the Eastern Minne sota Power Company, their successors and assigns, during the period of twenty five (25) years the right and privilege of erecting and maintaining in the streets and alleys and public grounds of said village the poles, masts, wires, lamps, and other fix tures necessary to the business of furnishing electric light, heat and power for the public and private use of said village, its inhabitants, and others: provided, that any poles or wires used for furnishing light, heat and power or telephonic communica tions which are now. or may hereafter be lawfully erected and maintained in any street or alley of said village, shall not by the exercise of any right or privilege herein granted be inter fered with, and that the location of said poles, wires and other fixtures herein authorized shall be designated by the village council of said village, or by its duly authorized agent. Section 2. The rate charged by the Eastern Minnesota Power company, its successors and assigns, for light, heat and power furnished within the corporate limits of said village to consumers of 5 H. P. or less, shall net to the power company on the 15th day of each month, not more than the following schedule for the preceding month's service. The first 30 kilowatts, per month, 10 cents per kilowatt. The next 20 kilowatts, per month, 8 cents per kilowatt. The next 50 kilowatts, per month,7 cents per kilowatt. The next 300 kilowatts, per month, 6 cents per kilowatt. All over 400 kilowatts, per month, 5 cents per kilowatt. The minimum charge under this schedule shall be $1.00 per month, for residences and commercial lighting and 10 cents for each 40 watt lamp equivalent, connected in churches, halls and other irregular lighting. On all bills not paid before the 15th day of each month, the Power com pany shall be allowed to add ten per cent to the above rates and in event the amount due after the fifteenth of the month shall not be paid by the first of the following month, the Power company shall be allowed to discontinue the service to the delin quent consumer, without further notice. The rate charged to the village of Princeton for municipal use, or for redistributing to consumers, shall not exceed four and one-half cents per kilowatt hour, the electric current to be delivered and measured at a pres sure of approximately 2200 volts, and this rate is subject to a contract to be entered into between the Village of Princeton and the Eastern Minnesota Power company. Section 3. In event that the Eastern Minnesota company, its successors or assigns, shall not within ten days af ter the passage and publication of this ordinance file with the recorder of said Village of Princeton its ac ceptance in writing of the terms and conditions hereof, and also within eighteen months thereafter be pre pared to furnish heat, light and power in the exercise of the rights and priv ileges herein granted, shall at the election of said Village of Princeton, become void and of no effect. Section 4. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication. Talking with a member of the vil lage council Tuesday, he assured the writer that the council simply in tended to enter into a contract with the Eastern Minnesota Power com- PRINCETON, MULE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1911. pany to furnish the village with elec tricity at 4*4. cents per kilowatt, and that the village could retail the same at a reasonable price to private con sumers through its own plant. If such was the case there would be no ob jection to the granting of the fran chise, providing it could be done le gally, for certainly this village cannot generate electricity at the price men tioned, neither can any other small village where steam power is used. But the ordinance speaks for itself. If the contention of the councilman is right why grant the privilege to the Power company "to erect and main tain poles, masts, wires, and other fixtures in the streets, alleys and pub lic grounds of the village?" The fact of the matter is the council has attempted to grant the Power company the right to charge private consumers 10 cents per kilowattlarge consum ers a little less. Mark the words, "Shall net to the power company." "Those words mean that the charges permitted shall be net charges. What the gross charges would be to the pri vate consumers no one knows. It is hardly worth while to discuss the ordinance. It is not worth the paper it is printed on. But assuming that the ordinance is valid the village council has given to an outside cor poration what it would not give to one of our own citizens, and which ought not be given to any private citizen or corporation, a valuable franchise for a period of 25 years without money and without price. Moreover, it is a jug-handled agree ment: The power company can file an acceptance within 10 days and bind the village, but the company is given 18 months in which to fulfill its part of the contract. Even if the village council has the authority to grant such a franchise it does seem as if it would have been the proper thing to have first submitted such an important proposition to the voters of the village. The people of this village have about $28,000 in vested in their water and light plant, represented by a bonded and floating indebtedness, every dollar of which must eventually be paid by the tax payers of the village. this connection we wish to call attention to another absurd ruling by the attorney general. In reply to Mr. C. A. Dickey, village attorney, he says: "You further ask, are the village bonds and interest thereon issued for such plants as come under the control of the commission and issued prior to the creation of such commission, pay able by the commission through its warrants or by the warrants of the village council?" The attorney general answers: "It is my opinion that the same should be paid by the commission as it is the in tention, as before stated, that the said commission should have the complete control over all the business affairs of the municipality, involving the proper management of its water, light, power and building plants." If the attorney general will step into the state auditor's office he will learn that the permanent school fund of the state holds bonds issued for the erec tion of the plant to the amount of $10,000, and he will also discover that the state auditor directs the county auditor of Mille Lacs to extend a tax annually against every dollar of tax able property in the village of Princeton for the payment of the prin cipal and interest due on those bonds. A more ridiculously absurd ruling was never promulgated from the attorney general's office. In justice to Attorney General Simpson we will state that the opinion was written by one of his subordi nates. There is no occasion for all the fuss that has been raised over the appoint ment of a water, light, power and building commission in this village. Ever since the law (Chap. 412, Gen. Laws of 1907) was enacted there has been talk of appointing such a com mission in this village. We think it was a mistake to appoint such a com mission immediately after a new coun cil had been elected. It would have ben far better, in our judgment, to let the new council have complete control and hold its members responsible for the management of village affairs. Then if the members made good the voters would have retained them in power as long as they cared to serve, but if they failed to live up to their promises the voters could have been trusted to apply the remedy at the next election. The old council, however, deemed it wise to appoint a commission, and the law gave the council that right excellent men were appointed on the commission, and it seems to the Union that the com mission should be given an oppor tunity to demonstrate its usefulness. If the commission can effect a saving THE KEWJOAD LAW R. S. Chapman and F. W. Nickerson Engineers for Mille Lacs-Kana- bec and Anoka-Sherburne. Important Provisions of the LawAs- sistant Engineers at Disposal of County and Town Boards. Already more than a dozen deputy state highway engineers have been ap pointed under the provisions of chap. 33 laws of 1911. R. S. Chapman of this place has been appointed deputy engineer for the district com prised of the counties of Mille Lacs and Kanabec, and F. H. Nickerson of Elk River has been appointed for the Anoka-Sherburne district. The duties of the assistant engineers con sist in making all necessary surveys, estimates and specifications for work to be done on state roads, and in exercising proper supervision over the repair or construction of state high ways. Another important provision of the law makes it the duty of assistant en gineers, upon the request of any board of county commissioners or any board of town supervisors, within their respective towns and counties, to advise and consult with such county or town board in the construc tion or improvement of county, town or judicial roads to make plans and specifications when so required: to exercise supervision over such con struction or improvement, and lend every possible assistance to the local road authorities in bettering the pub lic highways. Thus the services of a competent engineer is placed at the disposal of any town or county board without cost to the town or county. Another provision in the law that will result in great benefit to the tax payers provides that final payment shall not be made on any contract for road work, where the amount involved exceeds $200, by any county or town board, until the district engineer has certified that the work has been properly done and completed accord ing to contract, and his certificate to that effect shall be filed with the county auditor of the county or the town clerk of the town where the work has been performed,as the case may be. Now. if the county and town boards will co-operate with the state highway commission and its engineers a marked change for the better will soon be noticeable in the condition of the rural highways of the state. Next year, when the receipts from the one quarter of a mill state road tax come into the treasury, five times as much state aid will be received by each of the counties as has been extended in the pasteach of the counties will average about $3,500. Later on, if the one-mill tax amendment is adopted by the people and enacted by the legislature, each of the counties will receive on an average $14,000. It should be the aim of every town and county road official in the state to heartily co-operate with the state highway commission and its officers in making the law a success. The best argument that can be adduced in favor of the one-mill state road tax is to faithfully carry out the provisions of chap. 33 general laws of 1911. "Indiana Folks." Next Saturday night, at Brands' opera house the Perry Amusement company will put on the splendid four-act comedy drama entitled, "Indiana Folks," with singing and dancing specialties and "Polly Woggles" in her Rubentine dance. The play is a beautiful story of rural life with all the types represented true to naturethey look just like the people down in that section of Indi ana where the data for the play was obtained by the author, Mrs. Adaline Perry. "Cy" Simpkins, the village cut-up, will be there, and if "Cy" fails to make you laugh there is no laughter in you. The comedy drama, "Indiana Folks," is highly recom mended by the press of the country. The curtain will rise at 9 p. m. sharp. There will be no moving picture show this week. to the tax-payers let it be continued indefinitely if, on the other hand, the commission fails to make good, there can be no excuse for its existence. In the meantime the commission should be given a fair trial and should not be needlessly embarrassed. The Union has no feeling in this matter. We are not concerned in the piques or quarrels of any individual. Our only concern is the best interests of the village, and those interests will not be furthered by unseemly jangling and unnecessary litigation. In the last analysis the tax-payers will be called upon to foot the bills. MINNESOTA AIISTORICAL SOCIETY, lIIL VOLUME XXXY. NO. 21 THE GERMANY KOAD. Farmers and Villagers Alike Should Unas Helping Hand In Making This Needed Improvement. It will be conceded that Princeton's main artery of trade is the Germany Wyanett-Dalbo-Maple Ridge road. It will also be admitted that the first one and one-half miles of that road, commencing at the village limits, is in a deplorable condition. Through the efforts of the publisher of the Union a large consignment of crushed rock has been secured free of cost for the improvement of the road in question, and the State Highway Commission has sent one of its most expert road-builders, Mr. W. T. Kerr, to supervise the work. At present the road is being graded and straightened after the grading is completed a coating of clay must be applied before the rock can be spread, then after the rock is laid a top dressing of clay and gravel will com plete the jobthe gravel will act as a binder. But the town of Princeton cannot stand all the expensethere are many other stretches of poor roads to care for, and only a limited amount can be expended on the Ger many road. Now, it is up to the farmers who are obliged to travel that road to lend a helping hand: and the business men of the village, too. Let the farmers and villagers unite and assist in this good work. Do it now commence tomorrow. Now is the appointed time. If you can't send a team send a man to assist in load ing and unloading. Mr. Kerr can only remain ten days, and the job should be finished in that time. Let each one do his part and do it now. Any members of the town board George Smith, Wm. Klingbiel or Henry Dalchowwill tell you when and where to go to work. Everybody get busy, and commence tomorrow. Silver Wedding: Celebration Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hoehn of the town of Princeton are celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary today. Rev. Father Levings con ducted the ceremony customary upon such occasions at St. Edward's'church at 9 o'clock this morning in the presence of many relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Hoehn. There were probably 150~persons present. At Mr. and Mrs. Hoehn's resi dence, following the ceremony, a splendid dinner was served and en joyment reigned supreme. Many pretty presents of silver were received by the good people who had lived happily together for a quarter of a century. Mr. Hoehn, who came to America from Germany in 1869 and first settled near Mankato, was married at that place to Miss Catherine Bruels 25 years ago today. Mr. and Mrs. Hoehn have lived in the town of Princeton eleven years and are among the most highly respected people in the community. The Union extends its congratula tions and hopes that they may live to celebrate the golden anniversary of their wedding. Baccalaureate Program. The baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class of the Princeton high school will be delivered by Rev. Father Levings on Sunday evening next, May 21, at 8 o'clock, at Brands' opera house. All are cordially in vited to attend the exercises. No ser vices will be held in the other churches on that evening. The fol lowing is the order of exercises: Two Selections Orchestra Quartet Mesdames Caley and Brigers. Messrs Ewing and Briggs Scripture Reading Rev. O Fisher Violin Duet Donald Marshall, Herbert Fisher Prayer .Eev I Goodell Quartet .Mesdames Caley and Briggs, Messrs. Ewing and Briggs Baccalaureate Sermon. Rev. Father Levings Benediction Rev. I. N. Goodell Selection Orchestra M. E. Church Sunday Morning Program. The following program has been arranged for the morning service at the Methodist church next Sunday: Prelude Miss Edna Boyn Song Hymnal Apostles Creed Prayer Eev. I N. Goodell Anthem. Choir Scripture Lesson Male Quartet Accompanied by Mrs. Ewing Anthem Choir Solo Miss Seward of St. Paul Sermon Rev. E. H. Nicholson Song Hymnal Benediction Mrs. C. A. Caley, director Miss Boyn, accom panist. Candidates Examined. On Saturday Postmaster L. S. Briggs held a civil service examina tion at the postoffice here for rural mail carriers and the following were put to the test: Reno W. Diedrich, Wm. T. Hofferbert, Edward B. John son, Rueben A. Johnson, Petrolus J. Erickson, Leroy L. Hudson, Albert Kiel, Milaca John D. Timmer, Pease. A new route is to be estab lished at Milaca. mamma