THE PRINCETON UNION
BY R. C. DUNN.
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OFFICE: FIRST ST.. EAST OF COURT HOUSE.
O. I. STAPLES.
THOS. H. PROWSE,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
permanent funds at less than par and
accrued interest, but we may not
ways have such a state board of
vestment, and if a large amount of the
securities were unloaded on a
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
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
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-
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
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
OPINIONS OF EDITORSt:
We Second the Motion.
It is too hot to launch gubernatorial
booms. Let us have peace for
months at least.Cambridge North
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
The choir of the 'Methodist church
will give a 10-cent ice cream social
on the court house lawn tomorrow
Markgraf will give a dance in his
hall at Brickton on the evening of
July 4. Good music. Ice cream and
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.
"Wbat does the man do over there
at the desk who seems to be working
"He cbecks the cash."
"And what does the man do who is
leaning back in the easy chair smok-
"Oh, he cashes the checks."Balti
"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.
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
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