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THE PRINCETON UNION
BY R. C. DUNN. PiablisHed Every Thursday. TERMSSI.oo PER YEAR IN ADVANCE. S1.25 I NOT PAID IN ADVANCE. OFFICE: FIRST ST.. EAST OF COURT HOUSE. O. I. STAPLES. Business Manager. THOS. H. PROWSE, Editor. Evidently the lovable postmaster editor of the Heron Lake News views Senator Clapp from afar off and through powerful magnifying lenses. The Soo depot at Cass Lake was burglarized last week and $15 stolen from the safe. A little thing like the arrest of Dumas doesn't appear to throw much of a scare into the yegg men. This thing of plowing up public highways and planting them with corn and potatoes should be stopped. The roads belong to the public and not to the owners of abutting real estate. There will be no shortage in the hay crop of Mille Lacs county this year. There has been no dearth of moisture in the Rum river valley this season and the meadows promise an abun dant yield. Supposing Canada should by its own voluntary action or by the arbit rament of war become part and par cel of the United States, would Minne sota farmers and manufacturers go out of business? Some of Dr. Dumas' friends, says the Duluth News-Tribune, contend that he is a detective in disguise. The contention is in all probability correct with the exception of theIt word "detective." The testimony in the senate com mittee investigation of Lorimer gen erated so much torridity that an ad journment to the capitol basement was taken to continue the proceed ings. Hot stuff, that Lorimer testi mony. The United States circuit court for the district of Delaware has ordered the gunpowder trust to dissolve. The only way for the court to enforce this order would be to touch off the gun powder when the trust magnates are at the factories. It is pretty safe to bet that those country newspaper chaps who deveritable nounce Governor Eberhart for not passing more time in his office may be found almost any day down at thethe creek angling for bullheads while the devil runs the shop. Exodus 30, 23-5, furnished the recipe for the preparation with which King George was anointed. The ingredi ents were myrrh, sweet cinnamon, sweet calamus and cassia in distilled olive oil. And, after all, a dab ofThe goose grease would have answered the same purpose. The democratic wool bill passed by the house has gone to the finance committee of the senate with instruc tions that it be reported out on July 10 When it emerges from the" re cesses of the committee room the chances are that it will have taken on the form of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Dr. Neff of Philadelphia advises persons about to leave that city on their summer vacations to get vac cinated against typhoid fever. From what we have read of Philadelphia's drinking water we should infer that people who stay at home have greater reasons for being inoculated with a typhoid preventive serum. It is a burning shame that the tax payers of a country should be called upon to pay millions of dollars for such a display of pomp and tom foolery as constituted the ceremonies -and pageant when George and Mary were crowned. And the worst part of it is that the poor, and not the richj will be the actual sufferers. An increase of the passenger rate by Minnesota railroads will mean that the gross earnings tax of these roads will be increased from 4 to 5 per cent. The roads are making big profits by carrying passengers for two cents per mile, and the decision to raise the fare to three cents is a clear case of hoggishness. But it is within the power of the people to get even and they will take advantage of it. If you buy railroad mileage by wholesale you can ride for two cents per mile on trains in Minnesota even after July I. But if you are a poor devil, want to go somewhere and dol lars are scarcer than white black birds, you must pay three cents per mile or walk. From the stories in the dailies per sons not cognizant of the fact that one Sam Fullerton is largely com posed of gas and bombast are liable to arrive at the conclusion that he has blossomed into a Lecocq or a Sher lock Holmes. Fullerton knows as much about detective work as a tad pole does about its ancestors. The county of Hennepin made no mistake in engaging the services of John Barry, expert accountant, to in vestigate the books of J. D. Bren, al leged embezzler. When Mr. Barry hands in his report its accuracy can be depended upon. Mr. Barry is not a public examiner but an accountant thoroughly versed in his profession. Gardeners say that robins eat a considerable quantity of berries. But what if they do? Were it not for theschool robins and other birds there would not be half as much fruit for thein gardeners to market. The birds destroy the bugs which kill the buds and they are certainly entitled to a few berries for the work they perform. Fullerton is quoted as saying that Dumas was only the catspaw of other men far smarter than himself and that the yeggs were the tools which he em ployed in turn, that he was a mere cog in an intricate criminal machine. was only last week that the dailies reported Fullerton as saying that Dumas was the chief instigatorthe guiding spirit of the yeggmen. But what can you expect from a man of Fullerton's caliber? Recently the national house of rep resentatives passed a law requiring publicity of campaign expenses be fore election instead of after, and in cluding the amount expended in se curing nominations. The senate promptly proceeded to pigeonhole the measure, which means that it will nob be brought to a vote. In this the senate acted wisely, for it would be no improvement on the corrupt prac tices act now in force, and that is a farce. In returningbis "first papers" to clerk of the district court in Min neapolis a Russian named Dukalsky wrote this: "Being in the truthful religion I rue the day that I was born for taking the government first papers. My oath that I have given was false. To be a citizen means for me to be against humanity, mankind, and against the learning of Jesus Christ." tallow-eating Muscovite should be put on board the first ship that sails for Russia and imprisoned if he ever returns. N. E. Chapman, the poultry spe cialist of the state agricultural col lege, says that 10 per cent of the eggs marketed in Minnesota have passed their usefulness. Then why don't the state food inspectors attend to their duties5 There is a penalty of $50 pro- vided by law for selling bad eggs and it seems an easy matter to bring those who violate the statute to justice. The inspectors are probably too busy selling side lines to give attention to a little matter like rotten eggs. And then, again, some of them would not know a bad egg when they saw one unless they looked in a mirror. For years the U,n i on has urged that the improvement of rural high ways would tend to make life more endurable to the farmers' boys. Her bert Mills, a prominent Oskaloosa, Iowa, farmer voiced the same senti ments to a Washington newspaper man the other day when he said: "Good roads in Iowa have been the means in a large measure of the great prosperity of our farmers. They have promoted social intercourse, and have done more to keep the young men and women at home than any thing else. For many years there has been a discussion of the problem of how to keep the farm boys from going to the cities, and I am firm in my belief that the building of good roads will do more to accomplish this than any other public improvement.'' SAFEGUARD PERMANENT FUNDS. At every session of the legislature there are members who insist upon the enactment of legislation that will require the state board of investment to dispose of the bonds of other states held in our permanent funds so that the proceeds may be loaned to home municipalities. At the last session a bill with that purpose in view passed the house but failed of passage in the senate. The original bill was amended in the house so as to require that state bonds held in our permanent funds could not be sold for less than par and accrued interest. THE PRINCETON UNION: THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 1911. The present state board of invest ment would never sanction the sale of any of the state bonds held in ournewspaper permanent funds at less than par and accrued interest, but we may not alall ways have such a state board of inpolitical, vestment, and if a large amount of the securities were unloaded on a detinctly pressed market at what they would bring the permanent funds would suffer great loss. On June 1st Massachusetts three per cent gold bonds were quoted in the marrket at 85%. Our permanent and university funds have in vestments to the amount of $2,725,000 these bonds. The bonds were bought at par and are a safe invest mentthey are as good as government bonds. But just at present they could not be sold for more than probably 85 cents on the dollar. In other words, if the state of Minnesota were to dis pose of its holdings in Massachusetts bonds today at market quotations it would stand to lose $408,750. Massachusetts bonds or any other state bonds in which the permanent funds of this state are invested should never be sold for less than par andpand accrued interest, for state bonds held by another state can never be repudi atedthey are as good as gold. As the law now stands investments in our permanent funds can be dis posed of by a unanimous vote of theof state board of investment, which board consists of the governor, presi dent of the board of regents of thea state university, the chief justice of the supreme court, state auditor and state treasurer, at any price the board may determine upon, but the lawthey should be changed to impose the re striction that bonds held in our per manent funds can not be disposed of for less than their par value with accrued interest. In this connection we believe it would be good business policy on the part of the state to hold on to its inWhile vestments in the bonds of other states. There will be sufficient funds to care for all legitimate applications for loans by the home municipalities without disposing of our gilt-edged securities at a sacrifice. It is not good business policy to loan to some municipalities all that the law will permit them to borrow. Our permanent school and university funds must be safeguarded by the men who are entrusted with that sacred duty not a dollar should be loaned to any municipality unless the sewater, curity offered is ample and all recobbler quirements of the laws governing the granting of loans have been complied with in every particular. Plans to bury the last vestige of war talk by pensioning confederate civil war veterans are being discussed by G. A. R. men in Duluth, and it is expected that the Minnesota delega tion to the next national encampment will introduce a resolution advocat in a pension bill to include the wearers of the grey. While this shows the goodness of heart of our old soldiers, we cannot see any reason for pensioning the confederatesthey have done nothing to deserve it. If more money is expended in pensions let it be in the shape of increased stipends to the old boys in blue. Were those pictures of King George's coronation pageant pub lished in American newspapers on June 22the day of the big show in Londonsecured by means of one of the powerful instruments with which astronomers are taking snapshots of Halley's comet, and was the focus ob tained from an aeroplane stationed miles above the earth? No, the pic tures were photographs of King Ed ward's coronation, changed here and there to suit the oocasion by Ameri can newspaper artists, the most re sourceful humbugs of the age. MERIT THE SOLE QUALIFICATION. Under the caption of "Capitol Gos sip" the St. Paul Dispatch asserts that "Bob Dunn's notice tnat the highway commission and politics have been divorced arouses com- ment," and then adds: "Some of the state officials are wondering how Dunn got his informa tion that there was ever a union be tween the state highway commission and politics upon which he predicates his notice of a divorce. No one at the state house has ever suspected that such a union existed until Mr. Dunn, who is one of the hardest workers for good roads in Minnesota, chronicled the divorce." No one ever suspected that such a union existed save a few irrepressible writers. The general im pression exists that the appointees of state departments are more or less and to combat that im pression the Union wishes it dis understood that the appointees of the highway commission are an ex ception to the rulethey are ap pointed solely on their merits. While we have no particular admiration for Governor Eberhart to his credit be it said he has steadfastly refused to urge the appointment of any indi vidual to a position under the high way commission on political grounds, although he has been frequently im portuned to use his influence in that direction. Road engineering is at this time a good profession for young engineers leaving the universities, colleges and technical schools to specialize in. The profession of road engineer is al ready an important one but is certain to become more so as the good roads movement expands. That it will ex rapidly is a foregone con clusion, and hence road engineers will be in great demand. Even now there exists a scarcity of experts in this line In the agricultural depart ment at Washington there is a bureau public roads, and this bureau has adopted the policy of giving instruc tion in road construction each year to number of graduate engineers. In his last report Secretary Wilson says of these students: "During the first year of their connection with the office are given a most thorough train in in all branches of the work and in many cases are retained as junior highway engineers. The bureau is in constant receipt of requests from states, counties and townships to recommend suitable young engineers to take charge of road improvement. the operations of the bureau are handicaped to a certain extent by this constant drain, the exact pur poses of this course of instruction are thereby served in the highest degree. If a greater number can be appointed and trained each year, the result will in time have a very material bearing upon the progress of road improve- ment." Dr. Wiley, the government's chief cheimst, advises people not to use ice in their drinks, whether they imbibe cold tea, mint julep, sherry or other liquids. "Cool your drinks in the refrigerator," says the doctor, "don't risk the disease germs which lurk in ice." He contends that the process of freezing does not destroy germs, that they merely hiber nate in ice, and when released are as active as ever. And there are thous ands of people taking into their sys tems every day millions of microbes released from ice which has been cut from polluted lakes and streams. Dr. Wiley's advice should be followed. Sam Gordon's Organization to Blame After simmering it all down it is found that the senate, and not the house, is responsible for the defeat of the progressive measures in the last legislature. The house passed the re call, the initiative and referendum, the direct primary election bill, the federal income tax amendment, re apportionment, the Bob Dunn road house bill, the waterways legislation and several other measures of general public benefit, all of which died in the senate. The house has many sins to answer for but the senate has many more.Mora Times. The Knockers Are Mostly Cheap Grafters Owing to a new law the state fair association now has to make month ly reports to the state treasurer. The North Star has not "knocked" the legislature as much as some other papers and it feels as if its position were being endorsed. Many good laws were passed.Cambridge North Star. MM MMMaMMMM OPINIONS OF EDITORSt: We Second the Motion. It is too hot to launch gubernatorial booms. Let us have peace for sixof months at least.Cambridge North Star. Too Hot to Think. Don't expect the scintillating wit, the profound wisdom, the feast of reason and the flow of soul from any editorial pen these days.Little Falls Transcript. $- Nor Cow Cress From Horse Radish. We dare say that some of those pro fessional and political farmers who interviewed President Taft on reci procity don't know turnip tops from potato vines.Owatonna Tribune. Uncle Fred Prefers Eberhart. Many of our state exchanges of county option proclivities are boom ing Gordon as the next republican candidate for governor. Between Eberhart and Gordon give us thebe former.Chaska Valley Herald. Billy's Brand of Humor Is Reactionary And now, right in the middle of the hot weather, W. I. Nolan takes charge of a boom for a fat man for governor. Truly a humorist is notU without humor except in his party and among politicians.Quentin in Minneapolis Tribune. Here Too We defy any one of those automo bile drivers to run over us, but forboys the sake of the children and older persons who may become confused, would ask the drivers to slow up a little. We see autos breaking the speed laws every day.Ortonville Journal. $* Board of Regents Blamable? Pretty soon the people will get inling quisitive and want to know things about the state university. We have been shelling out by the million for years and it never occurred to any body to ask what became of the money. It is possible that the art of "grafting" is not confined to the hor ticultural division.Delano Eagle. $- Quit Kicking: and Knocking Well, what of it? What if the gov ernor does go out on speaking tours'J If the people did not invite him he would not go and not to go when in vited would lay him open to thement. charge of being stuck up. Whether at his office or at some country picnic he is the servant of the people just the same, so quit your kicking.Madison Press. $- Popular Between Elections, Are the republicans of Minnesota to permit George Loftus, Jim Manna han, Lynn Haynes, and the few agi tators of this state led by them, to organize Minnesota for LaFollette in 1912? We think not. LaFollette is, like our own Ignatius Donnelly used to good naturedly say of himself, "Very popularbetween elections." West St. Paul Times. $- $- We All Notice Them These ready-made editorials are being offered at a discount to many of the newspapers. Possibly they are better, deeper and more profound, but the man who hasn't time to write his own editorials should drop some of his other duties and remain on thefrost, job as the real head of his paper. We notice a number of original edi torials in our exchanges that are identical, reminding us that great minds run in the'same channelat so much per.Stillwater Gazette. 4 *I- Should be Moved Along. Cutworms are not the only nuisance abroad in the land. The dark skinned people who wander the earth over, known as gypsies, are abroad in the land, and while they do not go down into the earth and work their sharp teeth on the roots of the grow ing vegetables, they are quite likely to pass an appropriation bill imme diately on seeing anything they can successfully conceal in their wagons. They are not in the class of desirable citizens and should be passed along without any' hesitation.Stillwater Gazette. $- Vilifying Public Officials One of the most offensive practices of modren times is that of attempting to discredit public officials by charges of venality and graft the assumption that all men in pubilc life are striving solely for wealth, and are controlled by money considerations. Those guilty of this action ought to under stand its injustice, and the evil effect such reckless charges have upon the rising generation, whose minds are poisoned by these false accusations, and whose political life will thereby be naturally forced to a lower plane. The Labor World is not infallible but it never yet took any stock in the practice of accusing public officers of graft simply because they were pub lic officers. We much prefer to take the optimistic view.Duluth Labor World. The irrepressible E. I. Davis was, down from Milaca yesterday circu lating among his friends. V. E. Haglund is laying a cement sidewalk on the south and east sides the Whittier school house. Walter Angstman is home from South Dakota, where he has a claim, on a visit to relatives in Baldwin. Miss Bertha Dugan left yesterday morning for Indianapolis, where she will visit friends for two or three weeks. The choir of the 'Methodist church will give a 10-cent ice cream social on the court house lawn tomorrow evening. Markgraf will give a dance in his hall at Brickton on the evening of July 4. Good music. Ice cream and soft drinks. Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Smith and two children are visiting Rev. and Mrs. I. N. Goodell. Mrs. Smith is a sister of Mrs. Goodell. During the month of July there will no evening services at the Methodist church, but morning services will be held at the usual hour. Peter Sehlin of Opstead, one of the prominent farmers of that town, was in Princeton yesterday and made the nion a pleasant call. Denny Byers arrived home on Fri day from Dennis, Montana, and will remain for the summer. He has been holding down a claim at Dennis. Crowds of men, young men and have taken advantage of Kopp & Bartholomew's special suit and hat sale. Have you? See their ad. The St. Anthony & Dakota eleva tor will close tomorrow and remain closed until the new crop begins to come in. P. J. Wikeen, manager. Louis Erickson and Andrew West of Wyanett departed yesterday morning for a combined business and pleasure trip to Brainerd. They ex pect to remain away a week. Adolph Steinbach returned yester day from Pine City, where he has been working as bricklayer on the new Catholic church. He will go back to Pine City after the Fourth. Kopp & Bartholomew's price reduc tion sale is still in progress and cloth ing is going fast. Avail yourself of the opportunity to buy raiment while the prices are low. See advertise- Harry Mott arrived here on Tues day evening from Baldwin, Wis., where he is running a hotel, and re turned this morning. He says busi ness is fairly good and that prospects are bright for big crops this year. The Avery Clothing House adver tises a big cut in the prices of men's clothing in tihs number. There are hundreds of suits to select from and the variety of fabrics is large. Get a fine new suit while you can obtain it for a small sum. A farm of 130 acres at Silver lake was sold last week to Elmer Giffings of southern Minnesota by McMillan & Stanley, and the purchaser will take possession in the fall. The farm is a fertile one and adjoins S. W. Williams' place on the north. On Tuesday morning a person with average eyesight could scarcely avoid seeing his breath. There was no as was reported from Duluth last week, but the northern blast made people shiver, hunt up heavier cloth ing and start fires in the stoves. A band of gypsies invaded the vil lage on Tuesday but they did not tarry longMarshal Post proceeded to move them on as soon as he dis covered them. Gypsies are undesira bles, in fact most of them are thieves and will steal anything from a spring chicken to a family mule. Death of W. A Trask W. A. Trask, who was at one time sheriff of Mille Lacs county and lived on the old Chute place in the town of Princeton in the early seventies, died this mornUg at 8 o'clock at his home in Monticello. He is survived by his wife, who is a sister of Mrs. Wesley Page of this village. Different Positions. "Wbat does the man do over there at the desk who seems to be working so hard?" "He cbecks the cash." "And what does the man do who is leaning back in the easy chair smok- ing?" "Oh, he cashes the checks."Balti more American. An Exception. "Happiness," declaimed the philoso pher, "is the pursuit of something, not the catching of it.' "Have you ever," interrupted the plain citizen, "chased the last car on a rainy nigbt ?"Toledo Blade. Sensitiveness. The smallest bird cannot Jlght upon the greatest tree without sending a shock to its most distant fiber. Every mind is at times no less sensitive to the most trifling words.Lew Wallace In "Ben-Hur."