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LAFOLLETTES BOOM The Executive Committee of the Min- nesota Progressives Launch His Presidential Boom. Not Much Progress Hade in Untan- gling Huddled Financial Af- fairs of the University. Union Special Correspondence St. Paul, Minn., June 21, 1911. The boom of Robert M. LaFollette for president has been launched in Min nesota. At a meeting held in Minne apolis Saturday night made up of the members of the executive committee of the Minnesota progressive league a resolution was adopted indorsing him for the presidency. It was notable that Hugh Halbert and other St. Paul progressives were not present. They are supposed to favor the candidacy of Theodore Roosevelt. The resolu tions adopted commend Senator La Follette as the recognized leader of the national progressive movement. The committee expressed itself as being unanimously and enthusias tically in favor of Senator La Follette's nomination for president and commended favorable considera tion of their action to other members of the league throughout the state. George S. Loftus of Minneapolis was the most prominent figure at the gathering. The first congressional district was represented by Thomas Frazier of Rochester. Following the action of the com mittee comes the news from Washing ton that Sidney Anderson, congress man from the first district, will sup port the candidacy of Mr. LaFollette. This is corroborative of statements made by the Tawney supporters in the last first district congressional fight that the Anderson movements repre sented a combination with LaFollette forces. It was claimed that LaFol lette men were aiding in the defeat of Tawney and that in return the Ander son forces would endeavor to throw the district to LaFollette. The action taken at Minneapolis is criticized by some of the progressive leaders on the ground that it is pre mature. They fear that the movement will fall fiat before it really gets started. An effort was made at the meeting to take up the candidacy of S. Y. Gordon for governor, but it was decided that the committee should confine its efforts at this time to se curing a delegation for LaFollette. The rumors that have come out from Washington to the effect that there is a differenco of opinion among the national progressive leaders as to LaFolJette's candidacy is looked upon as an indication of some connection between LaFollette campaign head quarters and the Minnesota group. Denial of such difference of opinion has been made by Jonathan Boorne of Oregon, Miles Poindexter of Wash ington, and Senator Cummins of Iowa. In spite of this, the rumors from Washington continue and the LaFol lette forces are evidently determined to take time by the forelock and pro duce a showing of strength as early as possible. The fact that the Minne sota resolutions recite that LaFollette is the recognized national progressive leader is regarded as an indication that Mr. LaFollette purposes serving notice on his progressive confreres that he regards himself of the leader and proposes to keep that position. The attitude taken by Knute Nelson in Washington apropos Canadian rec iprocity is giving the Minnesota La Follette supporters considerable com fort. They think that Senator Nelson either has gone so far or will go so far that it will be a difficult matter for him to give either aid or comfort to President Taft when a fight for the delegation occurs in Minnesota. Eberhart administration forces are saying nothing, but it is assumed the administration will be for Taft and will oppose the LaFollette movement. $- The university scandal in connec tion with the alleged robbery of J. D. Bren, former treasurer, is increasing in dramatic possibilities as the inves tigation of the case progresses. It is being freely rumored that the board of regents will have considerable ex plaining to do before the matter is definitely concluded. Bren claims the regents never gave him adequate office help, while previous recommen dations of the public examiner rela tive to the accounts of the university appear to have been ignored. The grand jury investigation of Bren's cases commences in Minneapolis this week and the public examiner will -uSaikJj .A K. A*tJkeMtA also begin a detailed investigation of the university accounts. Last week the public examiner sub mitted a preliminary report based on Bren's bwn figures and book accounts. Before commencing the examination it was explained that this was merely a hurried checking up of what is known as the "Breakage Fund." While the examination was in progress $4,990 was found mysterious ly tucked away in one of the pigeon holes of the university vault. The examiners say this money was not there when the examination com menced. While it was in progress Bren's attorneys placed in the hands of the public examiner $710 to cover any possible shortage. Taking this into consideration, and adding to it the $4990, mysteriously discovered, and not taking into account the $13,000 of which Mr. Bren claims he was robbed, there still remains a shortage of $360. Bren's attorneys promptly supplied this sum. This makes $6,060 that has been discovered or returned since the examination commenced. The public examiner has been un able to find any verification of the fact that Mr. Bren had with him the $13,000 of which he claims he has been robbed. The state will probably hold him responsible for this money, which would make his tot al shortage not counting the money returned, ap proximately $20,000. An attempt was made to get the public examiner, the board of regents, and the office of the county attorney at Minneapolis in conference on the preliminary report of the examiner, but it was not held. Various excuses were alleged by the regents and the county attorney's office for not participating. & During the past week United States senatorial politics has come to the front, former Mayor Daniel W. Lawler of St. Paul having announced that he will be a candidate under the Keefe bill, or Oregon plan, for the place now held by Senator Nelson. He announces he will engage in a speaking campaign and will endeavor to visit every county in the state. There are also rumors that John Lind will be another candidate for the place, and that James A. Peterson of Minneapolis and C. J. Gunderson of Alexandria will endeavor to land the toga as progressive candidates. Mr. Lind refuses to acknowledge any such intention at this time. Concerning Mr. Peterson's possible candidacy, George F. Loftus of Minneapolis claiming authority to speak for Mr. Peterson, who is now in Europe, says that Peterson will not be a candidate and that it is probably Mr. Peterson's intention to become a candidate for mayor of Minneapolis. 5* $- $- In this case the wish is possibly father to the thought. Mr. Peterson has a habit of monopolizing the lime light and the progressives are re ported to entertain the fear that his candidacy for the senate might inter fere with the chances of success of the LaFollette movement. Mr. Peterson is expected to make his position clear on his return frcom Europe. $- The Lawler candidacy is being treated as a joke in some quarters, although it will possibly be found otherwise when Mr. Lawler gets into the field. He is a powerful and elo quent speaker and is bound to com mand a hearing. Mr. Lawler had planned to become a candidate for the democratic nomination for mayor of St. Paul. During his incumbency of the mayoralty three years ago he be came a bull in the china-shop so far as the democratic organization is conerned. The result was the election of Herbert P. Keller, republican, as mayor. R. T. O'Connor, head of the St. Paul democratic organization, is anxious to resume political control of the city and it is said, probably with truth, that he encouraged Mr. Lawler's intention to become a candi date for senator in order to get him out of the way. This leaves the field open for Otto Bremer, the democratic organization candidate for mayor, who will oppose Mayor Keller in the latter's effort to secure re-election. There are rumors that the progres sives will seek to elect a congressman at-large from Minnesota under the new apportionment of congressmen, which would give Minnesota an addi tional number. The name being men tioned in this connection is that of State Senator Oali Lende of Marshall. The name of James A. Tawney is being discussed in the same con nee- Continued on Page 4. BURGLARSM WORK Thieves Break Into Caley Hardware Store and Carry Off Quantity of Silverware, Cutlery, Etc. Crude Methods Resorted to by the Robbers Indicate That They Were Here Amateurs. Early Sunday morning burglars entered the Caley hardware store and carried off goods valued at several hundred dollars They made good their escape. The articles stolen con sisted of Keencutter razors, pocket knives, revolvers, Rogers Bros.' silverware, Community silverware, Gillette safety razors, carving sets, scissors, etc. The robbery was discovered by Al fred Munz, who had occasion to enter the store between 8 and 9 o'clock on Sunday morning, and the first thing which attracted his attention was a heap of grass and other seeds on the floor which had been dumped from sacks. Mr. Munz then commenced to make further investigation and found that many articles had been taken from the showcases and that three guns were missing. He made known the burglary to Mr. Caley and Sheriff Shockley by phone and it was not long before several people had gathered at the store. An examination of the premises showed that the burglars had entered by a cellar door, had ascended the stairs and were there confronted with two sliding doors, the first of which they succeeded in opening. The sec ond, however, a fireproof door cov ered with metal sheets, failed to re spond to their efforts, although they used a heavy well pointseveral of which were standing in a corner near at handin an endeavor to pry it open. The metal on the door, which had several deep indentations, showed that they had labored assiduously in an attempt to enter the front part of the store. Finding the attempt futile they left the building the same way they en tered and went around to the outside of the tinner's shop. There they opened a window and easily gained access to the hardware department. In addition to helping themselves to articles in the store they tapped the cash register,but only secured a small amount of change. They also made a weak attempt to open the fireproof vault, apparently using a hammer or some such tool on the door and mak ing an effort to force a screwdriver between the door and the steel casing. In the course of their work they lighted several matches, which they scattered around on the floor. Mr. Munz and others tracked the robbersthere were two of themfor a short distance across back lots but lost the trai'. They however found the three guns which had been stolen leaning against a fence. The swag appeared to be too heavy for the thieves to conveniently carry off. Sheriff Shockley phoned to all sur rounding points requesting tqhe police to be on the lookout for the burglars and then, with his deputy, T. J. Kali her, started out in his automobile to endeavor to round them up. They went to Zimmerman, Bethel, Braham and other points, but could find no clue to the depredators. Whether the burglars were profes sionals or not is impossible to deter mine, but from the fact thai their work was so crudely execute^that they used matches instead of a flash light, a well point instead of a jimmy, a screwdriver instead of steel wedges, and that they overlooked the' most valuable silverware in the showcase it would seem that they were ama teurs. 1 Generous Appropriation by County fiioard. The generous action of the county commissioners in appropriating) by a unanimous vote, $500 to aid in! the erection of new buidlings on the Ifair grounds is highly commendable and is duly appreciated by the officer^ of the fair association and the people of Princeton generally. The liberal Ap propriation by the commissioners supplemented with $1,000, which is]to be raised by the citizens of Princeton, insures the erection of a spaciohs horticultural hall for the display bf exhibits. Last season the grounds were enclosed with a neat and sub stantial fence, new cattle sheds and stables were built, the half-mile track was put in good condition and othel improvements were made. With an expenditure of an additional $1,500 this season the grounds and buildings will be in fine shape for the holding of the best fair in the history of the organization. This year more than double the amount ever before offered PRINCETON, MILIE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1911. ^^2^^ will be paid for premiums. The premiums will be liberal and will in sure greater competition and more and better exhibits than at any former fair. Now that the society owns its own grounds and is permanently improv ing the same, and that the state gives such liberal assistance to bona fide county agricultural societiesthe last legislature nearly trebled the state appropriationthere is no reason why the Mille Lacs county fair should not be one of the best held in northern Minnesota. A good display of the products of the farm at the fair, where it will be viewed by thousands, is one of the best possible advertise ments for a county. We hope every township in Mille Lacs county will be represented in the exhibits at the county fair next September. Cutworm Destroyer Discovered. Charley Murrayor rather his son has aaade a discovery that may prove valuable to the farmer. The boy, while walking through the cornfield last week, espied a flattish brown worm about an inch and a half long with a cutworm in its clutches and im mediately became interested. He watched the worm and discovered that it annihilated its victim, sucked its bloodor whatever it has in its systemand went on a search for its relatives. In the space of a short period of time the boy saw it repeat the operation on four or five other cutworms and he ran to the house to apprise his father. Mr. Murray ac companied the boy to the cornfield and there saw several other cutworm assassins industriously at work. To ascertain whether the destroyers could tell a cutworm at a distance, Charley dug around and found one. He placed the cutworm a couple of feet away from one of the other worms and that chap pounced upon it with alacrity and quickly killed it. The iestroyer is a brownish colored worm, rather flat, jointed, and has powerful mandibles with which it rips open Ls prey. Mr. Murray intends sending a sample of the strange worm to the state entomologist. If it is possible to propagate these worms they should prove a boon to the farmer. Joseph Borden was out at Mr. Murray's place on Sunday and Charley told him of the discovery his son had made. Fire Caused by Wind Storm Mr. I. F. Walker of Spencer Brook was in town last Thursday. Talking about the destruction of his residence by fire the previous Saturday, he said: "We had just finished break fast, about 7 o'clock, when one of the boys discovered that the roof was on fire close by the chimney. In a few minutes the entire roof was ablaze. The flames spread so rapidly we saved very little furniture." Mr. Walker thinks the heavy winds of the night before had loosened the brick in the chimney and opened up cracks that permitted sparks to ignite an ex posed piece of wood. The building was insured for $1,200 and the con tents for $500. The insurance on furniture will not cover more than half the loss. It was only by the most strenuous endeavors that the barn and other outbuildings were saved. A Minnesota Pioneer Dead. David A. Adams, for over half a century a resident of Hutchinson, this state, died in St. Luke's hospital, St. Paul, last Thursday. He was born in the county of Norfolk, England, in 1838 and came to this country in 1854. In 1864 he enlisted in Company B, First Minnesota infantry and served until the surrender of General Lee. He was appointed a justice of the peace at the age of 21 and held the office until his death at 73, except only the time spent in the army. He was town clerk for many years, re corder many terms and served as a member and president of the village council. In the years 1872-73 he served in the state legislature and later for two years officiated under Governor John Lind on the board of equalization. He was president of the Bank of Hutchinson from the time of its establishment. No Celebration In Princeton Village. There will be celebrations at Long Siding, Elk Lake Park and other places in this vicinity on the 4th of July, but there will be no celebration in Princeton. This is not beacuse the residents of the village are lacking in patriotism, but Princeton has the county fair every year and our people are perfectly willing that the other places should have celebrations on the great national holiday and they will help them celebrate. The county fair this year will be the biggest and best since the organization of the ^society. Over $1,000 will be paid out in premiums. The premium list and program will soon be published. KING OF THE YEGGS? Dr. Dumas, Mayor of Cass Lake, is Ar- rested on Warrant Charging Arson and Burglary. Alleged That He Is Ringleader of Gang of Veggmen Who Have Com- mitted Many Crimes. A desperate gun fight between a sheriff's posse, aided by Pinkerton detectives, and yeggmen at Puposky, 16 miles north of Bemidji, on Fri day night, precipitated the arrest of Mayor D. F. Dumas of Cass Lake at Hibbing, and apparently disclosed the identity of the "man higher up" in the campaign of arson and safe cracking which has been going on in northern Minnesota for several months. To the Pinkerton detectives is due most of the credit for running the conspirators to earth. It seems that the detectives were given a tip by R. C. Smythe, the Puposky store keeper, who asserts that he paid Du mas $100 in marked bills and gave him a check for $200 on the agreement that heDumaswould see that his store was burned. Hence the detec tives and sheriff's posse went into hiding and shot the two yeggmen af ter they had entered the storeone of whom they captured and the other es caped in the woods. On Monday Dr. Dumas' safe was searched and in it were found several sticks of dynamite the supposition being that the doc tor, who is said to be an expert chem ist, boiled the dynamite and manufac tured the "soup" for the organization of yeggmen of which he is alleged to be the chief and guiding star. When Dumas faces trial on charges of arson and robbery brought by men who assert that he was the ringleader of a gang which deal in wholesale arson and robbery, he must explain a mass of testimony which will be used in an attempt to send him to prison. Against him the detectives say they now have the following evi dence: Dynamite found in Dr.Dumas' office safe in Cass Lake. Letters to Dr. Dumas from Ed Le Claire, said by the detectives to be a notorious yeggman, and letters from Dumas to La Claire, in which Le Claire is asked to come to Cass Lake and bring a "good man." Exact transcript of a saloon con versation between Dumas, Behan and a third man in which the Puposky robbery was planned. Receipts showing Dumas had been buying explosives and an affidavit of a Cass Lake hardware merchant that dynamite was purchased by the phy sician two weeks ago. Evidence that Dumas was a friend of Fred Hunter, now serving a seven year sentence in Stillwater for rob bery. A confession from William Behan, shot and captured at Puposky, impli cating Dumas in the case. The testimony of R. C. Smythe, who asserts that Dumas agreed to burn his store for $300. The finding of two valises, contain ing yeggmen's tools, in the Bemidji saloon in which the robbery is said to have been planned. The detectives also say that Dumas received during the past half year as his share of the fruits of incendiary fires and burglaries not less than $25,000. Dr. Dumas was arraigned before Court Commissioner* Simons at Be midji on Monday and, after a brief ex amination, was released on bonds of $10,000 furnished by two Cass Lake merchants and a saloonkeeper. Dumas' hearing was set for June 28 before the same commissioner. About Completed. Several teams are still engaged in hauling gravel onto the Germany road and in a few days the work of covering the crushed rock will be finished. Then there will be a little patching up necessary where the rock protrudes in places and the entire stretch will be thoroughly rolled and the work will be completed. Engi neer Cooley or his capable assistant Mr. Mullen, is expected either the last of this or the first of next week to in spect the job. Supervisor Schmidt has given the Union the list of the subscribers to the fund to assist in improving this piece of road and the same will be published next week. A force of men and teams under the direction of the village council are at work improving several of the ap proaches to the village. The street committee of the council should see to it that the work is properly done a top-dressing of gravel or coal ashes should be applied to every piece of road or street when improvements are mil niiiiiniiiiMi mli Hni.BimiM VOLUME XXXT. NO. 26 made. Any judicious and intelligent expenditure of money in improving the approaches to the village will be sanctioned by the taxpayers. Mary Whitney Passes Away Mary Magdelene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Whitney of this village, was called to the realms above at 3 o'clock on Saturday after noon, June 17, following an illness of about two months' duration. The cause of death was spinal meningitis superinduced by tuberculosis and, notwithstanding every effort was made to effect a cure, the disease baffled the endeavors of the best medical skill. On Friday evening Dr. Walsh of St. Paul, one of the renowned medical specialists of the northwest, was called to see the patient, and he found that Dr. Caley, the local physician in charge of the case, had pursued the only known course by which it was possible to save the patient's life. A very small percentage of persons suffering from this disease, says Dr. Walsh, survive. On Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock funeral services were conducted at the family residence by Rev. I. N. Goodell of the Methodist church and three very pretty selections were sung by a quartet consisting of Mrs. C. A. Caley, Mrs. Briggs, Guy Ewing and Claude Briggs. Many beautiful floral offeringsamong them wreaths from the K. O. T. M. and the boys at the power plantwere receivedthe casket was literally embedded in fair blossoms. The procession which fol lowed the remains of this beloved young lady to their last resting place in Oak Knoll cemetery was a long one, signifying the high esteem in which she and her parents are held in the community. The active pall bearers were Johnnie Schmidt, Still man Oakes, Oliver Ross, David Urn behocker, Henry Milbraith and Ernest Nelsonall classmates of Mary in the high school. There were also six honorary pallbearers, members of the Wide-Awake club, to which organization she belonged. They were Misses Grace Moody, Carroll Howard, Sadie Penhallegon, Pearl Moore, Allie Saxon and Blanche Lanery. Mary M. Whitney was born in Princeton on April 14, 1896, and at tended the high school of this village until compelled to give up her studies in consequence of sickness. She is survived by her father and mother, three brothers and three sistersMrs. F. R. Burrell, Onamia Charles, Jennie, Ralph, Bennie and Madge. Mary Whitney was a girl of very studious inclination who always stood high in her class. She was of a good-natured disposition who en deared herself to all her classmates and others with whom she was ac quainted. During her illness she at times suffered intensely, but her hope ful young heart never permitted her to complainshe bore her affliction with courage. That she was removed from those who loved her, and whom she loved, in the bloom of her youth is to be much regrettedthe blow is a hard one for her parents, brothers and sisters to bear. But God in His wisdom knoweth that which is best, and the bereaved family should find consolation in the knowledge that her suffering is o'erthat she is now in a realm where trouble abideth not. The relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Burrell of Onamia and Mrs. O. J. McCarriel of Minneapolis. White Sewing: Machine Art Exhibition Throughout last week Ewings' store was crowded daily with ladies who attended to view the remarkable works of art which were made on the White sewing machine and displayed by Miss Gaffney, one of the com pany 's experts. There were beautiful curtains in lace and embroidered silk of the most artistic designs on exhibi tion, and patterns were shown which for excellence greatly surpassed hand work. Every description of fancy work was shownthe variety was too extensive to here enumerateand everything was executed on the White rotary, a fact which surprised many a lady present. There is not the shadow of a doubt that this machine is the acme of perfection and the very best that has ever been invented. Come! Come! Come! To the Mcllhargey Hardware & Furniture Co.'s store on Saturday, June 24, when the wonderfully won derful Wonder Washer will be demon strated. We take the streaks out of dirty shirts in less than a minute and do more work and better work with less work than you ever saw before. The demonstrator from the factory will be here and lower the world's record for fast and easy washing. Don't forget that the place is the Mcllhargey Hardware & Furniture Co. 's store and that the date is Sat urday, June 24. Come, come, come.