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R. C. DUNN, Pablisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear.
Princeton Virtually Deserted and Res=
idents Go to the Lakes and
Elsewhere to Celebrate.
Befitting Celebrations Are Held at
Long Siding, Sandy Lake and
at Elk Lake Park.
Princeton was almost deserted on
the Fourth, the greater part of the in
habitants going to the lakes and
other places in an endeavor to find
relief from the sweltering heat which
prevailedit could scarcely have been
hotter on the equator than it was here
on the Fourth. Small boys ushered
in the day with firecrackers and other
detonators and in the evening set off
skyrockets, Roman candles, etc., and
this, with a flag displayed here and
there, were the only indications that
Independence day had arrived. So
far as we have been able to ascertain
there were no casualties either in
Princeton or the surrounding country
as a result of monkeying with ex
Of the places which celebrated the
Fourth in the country tributary to
Princeton Long Siding attracted the
laigest crowd. The principal features
were a couple of baseball gamesone
between Long Siding and Estes Brook
and the other between fat and lean
nines. In the Long Sidmg-Estes
Brook game Long Siding won by a
score of 8 to 6 and the leans were vic
torious the other contest Races of
various kinds were pulled off and
hundreds availed themselves of the
opportunity to trip the light fantastic
toe. The program throughout was a
good one.
Many people went to Elk Lake park,
where a ball game was played between
Blue Hill and Orrock, in which Blue
Hill won by a score of 20 to 14, and
there were launch excursions and a
program of races, dancing, etc. Elk
Lake park on the Fourth was one of
the coolest places to be found.
Out at Central park, Sandy lake, a
large number of people attended the
celebration, but there was no ball
game. There were, however, other
sports to interest the visitors, and
everyone seemed to have a good time.
Creamery Comparisons
United States Department of Agricul
ture, Washington, D. C.
West Branch Co-operaitve Creamery
Co., Princeton, Minn.
Dear Sir: The data below has been
compiled from the annual reports of
creameries in the state of Minnesota
for the year 1910, and will help to
give you an idea of the standing of
your creamery as compared with
other creameries of the state. This
statement is being sent out only to
those creameries co-operating with
this division by sending in reports to
be used in making these totals. The
-creameries reporting to this division
showed the following:
Average amount of butter made by
local creameries 114 198 lbs
Amount made by your creamery 105 910 lbs
Average price paid to patrons per
pound for butterfat 30 98c
Ai erage price paid at your creamery 30 90c
A\ erage cost of making, per lb of butter 2 46c
A\ erage cost of our creamery 2 30c
A\ erage overrun of creameries 19 37%
A\ erage 0% un of your creamei 20 00%
A\ erage shrinkage per tub was 0 58 lbs
The highest yearly average price paid
for butterfat per pound was 36 40c
The lowest yearly average price paid
for butterfat per pound was 24 30c
The highest buttermaker salary was $2 21Z 98
The lowest buttermaker salary was S378 00
The average salary was 5924 20
Side lines (selling milk cream, making ice
cream feeding or selling buttermilk etc were
reported from 9 per cent of the creameries
28 whole-milk creameries received per
pound of butter 30 06c
And paid patrons per lb of butterfat 32 84c
Their average overrun was 20 80%
Theiefore for 3 000 000 pounds of but
terfat haudled by these cream
eries the patrons received $985 200 00
2* hand-separator creameries received
per per pound of butter 27 93c
And paid patrons per pound of but
terfat 32 54C
Their average overrun was 22 56%
Therefore for 3 000,000 pounds of but
terfat handled by these cream
eries the patrons received 978 200 00
The details given above are based
on reports showing over ^54,000,000
pounds of butter manufactured.
Very respectfully,
S. C. Thompson,
In Charge of Dairy Manufactruing
Dumas Held to Grand Jury.
After a mass of incriminating evi
dence had been heard in the Dumas
case at Bemidji on Thursday last, in
which Behan, the captured yeggman,
and Smythe were the principal wit
nesses for the state, Dumas was held
to the grand jury in a bail bond of
610,000 furnished by his father.
Postoffice inspector H. P. Ormsby
of Bemidji, who has been actively en
gaged on the northern Minnesota
arson and robbery cases, but who has
resigned from the government service
on account of having reached the age
limit, declared that Mayor A. F.
Dumas of Cass Lake can never be
convicted in Cass county. "They will
have to get a change of venue," said
Mr. Ormsby. "They ought to get the
case over into Wadena or Hubbard
county." Mr. Ormsby declared that
Dumas is only a lieutenant of a Cass
Lake man who is the captain of the
arson gang, but has managed to keep
out of trouble so far. "Dumas is a
fool: he thinks nothing can flush
him" added Ormsby. "Dumas'
friends are working hard to create
sentiment in favor of him," said
Ormsby, "and so is his baseball
team. So is the lower element. Re
ports have been sent out that Dumas
is popular in his own townthat Cass
Lake is standing up for him. That is
true only of the lower element."
Martin Behan, captured in the
battle at Puposky on the morning of
June 17, was released from the county
jail at Bemidji on Friday morning on
a bond of $5,000, signed by his wife
and J. B. Meyer. The arraignment
is to be arranged by Fire Marshal
Charles Keller. The bail bonds were
passed upon by Thayer Bailey, who
appeared for the state, and were ac
cepted by Court Commissioner
Simons, before whom the proceedings
were held. Behan, who is in the last
stages of tuberculosis, has been taken
to Wisconsin by his sister and wife.
It was generally understood that his
release is a measure a reward for
having turned state's evidence.
Machine Sacked Mad.
Mark Stroeter, in order to test the
peed of his new benzine wagon,
started for Minneapolis one day last
week with the throttle wide open, but
when he tried to slow down he found
it was impossible to do so. The ma
chine had sucked so much mud into
its system that it would not respond
to the usual methods brought into
requisition to slow down. On it went
at a speed of something ilke 100 miles
an hour, and farmers ran out of their
houses wondering what the dickens
the streak which passed over the road
consisted of. The machine went at
such a terrific speed that from a dis
tance it was impossible to tell it was
an automobile.
Herr Stroeter hung on to the wheel
like grim deathhis grip was more
tenacious than that of an octopus.
Otherwise he would have been uncere
moniously pitched into the road as
the machine swung around the
corners. "It was mighty hard for me
to steer," said he, "going at that
speed, but I knew that if I made a
false move I would probably land in
kingdom come. I expected the car
would keep up that nerve-racking gait
until the gasoline had become ex
hausted or the batteries collapsed,
and that probably by that time I
should be somewhere in the vicinity
of Chicago or New York, but all of a
sudden the machine shivered and
came to a full stop. As you may
imagine, I received a greater jar than
did the machine when it made that
instantaneous stop. 1 was lucky, to
be sure, in not being instantaneously
transformed into an inanimate mass,
but I did not escape uninjured. Look
at this bump on my headthere's an
other just like it on my right elbow
and both my knees are lacerated.
And yet I merely struck mother earth.
Supposing that cussed machine had
hurled me against a telephone post!
I would never have lived to tell this
Despite his bumps and bruises the
story goes that, after Herr Stroeter
had said his prayers, he walked back
to Princeton.
The Late W. A Trask.
Brief mention was made last week
of the death of Mr. W. A. Trask,
which occurred at Monticello on the
morning of the 29th ult. He was born
at Vassalboro, Maine, November 27,
1838. He served in the U. S. navy
during the war of the rebellion, came
to Minnesota in 1867 and located in
Princeton on a farm immediately
south of the village limits, where he
resided until 1884, when he removed
to Monticello, where he resided until
the date of his death. In 1869 Mr.
Trask went to Maine and married
Miss Mary Phillips on November 9 of
that year. Two children, George A.
and Frank A., both born on the farm
in Princeton, died several years ago,
and Mrs. Trask is the only surviving
member of the family.
To add to Mrs. Trask's already
overflowing cup of sorrow her home
was destroyed by fire ion Friday
morning and the corpse of her
husband narrowly escaped being con
sumed by the flames, Thus one woe
doth tread upon another's heel.
Years ago, under the nom de plume
of "Barnacle," Mr. Trask con
tributed frequently to the columns of
the Union. He wielded a sarcastic
pen and was endowed with a fine sense
of humor but it was as a rhymester
that he excelled. He had many
friends in this vicinity who hold him
in kindly remembrance.
Q. A. O'Reilly, Representing Philip-
pine Commission, in America
to Establish flarkets.
Will Also Visit Commercial Centers of
Europe in an Endeavor to Ef-
fect a Like Purpose.
G. A. O'Reilly of Manila, P. I.,
brother of Mrs. J. J. Skahen and
Mrs. T. J. Kaliher, arrived here on
Monday evening from Chicago and de
parted for Washington, D. on
Wednesday. Mr. O'Reilly is superin
tendent of the Manila schools and is
in this country as a representative of
the Philippine government. His
mission is to establish trade relations
between the islands and large com
mercial houses of the United States
he seeks to find a market for the
handiwork of the Filipinos. There is
a strong movement on foot in the
Philipppines to make the natives self
supporting. They are being taught in
the schools to make many varieties of
useful and fancy articleshats, laces
and hundreds of other things.
Naturally they are ingenious and turn
out some beautiful works of art.
To find a market for their products
a market where such products can
be readily disposed ofwill mean
much to these natives. They will re
ceive pay for their wares, and this
will do more than any one thing to
make them self dependent. Hereto
fore, and in fact at the present time,
the supply of Filipino wares are
greater than the demand, but when
Mr. O'Reilly completes his mission
he expects that markets will have
been established which can handle not
only the present output but a greatly
increased one.
Not alone in the United States, but
in the great marts of Europe Mr.
O'Reilly will make an effort to estab
lish markets for Filipino wares.
From here he went to Washington, D.
to report to the bureau of insular
affairs upon his progress, and within
a few days he will sail for Liverpool.
London, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and
other large commercial centers will be
visited by him before he returns to
the orient.
Mr. O'Reilly is a highly educated
man and is perfectly familiar
with conditions in the Philippines.
And, be it said to his credit, his sole
ambition is to do whatsoever is in his
power to better the condition of the
Fire In Scheen's Confectionery.
At 2:45 on Monday afternoon
people in the vicinity of Scheen's
store were startled by what seemed to
be a premature Fourth of July cele
brationit sounded like a fusillade of
firecrackers. And that's what it was.
By some means or other a box of fire
crackers became ignited and the
flames therefrom quickly communi
cated to other Fourth of July noise
makers and to the shelves containing
fancy stationery and other goods. In
a few minutes everything was ablaze,
but the fire department arrived in
short order and saved the goods in
the back part of the store.
Several hundred dollars' worth of
goods, including fancy stationery,
was destroyed, a showcase was
ruined, soda fountain damaged, win
dows broken and the interior of the
store scorched.
The stock was insured in a com
pany represented by the First Nation
al bank.
Almost an Angel
George Ade was talking at a June
wedding in Chicago about matrimony.
"Matrimony is perhaps a little too
much idealized," he said. "These
June brides, radiant under their white
veils in a glitter of June sunshine,
seem capable of changing earth to
heaven, but as a matter of fact, they
are not capable of anything of the
I am heartily in sympathy with
old Brown, to whom young Black
said at a wedding:
'A good wife can make a veritable
angel of a man.'
"'Ye s, that's so,' old Brown
agreed. 'My wife came near making
one of me with her first batch of
Story of Grimm's Alfalfa
Speaking of romances, here is one
which the United States department of
agriculture believes is destined to
play an important part in the agricul
tural evolution of that vast prairie
country in the United States and
Canada north of the forty-second
parallel, which runs just north of Des
Moines, Iowa:
In the grand duchy of Baden, Ger
many, a certain strain of alfalfa has
been grown for 300 or 400 years.
More than half a century ago Wen
delin Grimm farmed a little plac
near the village of Kulsheim in
Baden. Of course, he raised alfalfa,
but there it is called "everlasting
From wind or insectno one knows
whatthe pure bred alfalfa in
Grimm's field was touched with wild
bloodthe blood of the yellow
flowered sickle lucerne, known botan
ically as medirago falcata.
It chanced at that time that Grimm
decided to emigrate to America, and
it happened that he had a lot of
farmer neighbors in Carver county,
Minnesota. He decided to settle near
his friends in Carver county.
As Grimm was packing up to leave
the fatherland he remembered that he
had a few pounds of alfalfa seed in a
sack. It was the seed carrying the
drop of wild blood. Crowded for
room, he searched and found a hole
in Pfhich he poked the bag of seed. It
was a crucial moment for the prairie
Grimm landed in Carver county,
Minnesota, in 1857. He lost no time
putting in crops on a little farm of
scarcely more than a hundred acres.
The "everlasting clover" or alfalfa
was planted that year. Baden is a
much warmer country than Minneso
ta. The trouble with alfalfa north of
the forty-second parallel is that the
plant freezes out: it cannot stand the
severe winters. So Grimm's everlast
ing clover passed a "powerful bad"
winter. The next spring Grimm's al
falfa field was almost ready to join
thehald-headed crew. But two things
saved the day north of the forty
second parallel. Grimm was bull
headed for one thing, and the alfalfa
had the touch of wild blood for an
other. Grimm had always raised al
falfa over in Baden, and he could
not understand failing here. He left
the ground in alfalfa as a matter of
course. The wild blood in the alfal
fa produced diversity in the plants.
They bloomed in colors of the rain
bow. That gave nature quite a vari
ety to select from. So nature kept
what it could use in that hard climate
and killed off the others.
As years went on the alfalfa that
stored became accustomed to 20 and
30 degrees below zero. Without know
ing anything of the why or the where
fore of it, Grimm finally got a stand
of alfalfa. Thus the work of ac
climatization and selection went on
for nearly fifty years before anybody
knew what was happening. Grimm
himself had not the slightest idea that
he was creating a new race of alfalfa.
He died some years ago without know
ing that his name was to be linked
with a plant designed to help build an
agricultural empire.
The deparment of agriculture has
now taken Grimm's alfalfa in hand
and is jealously guarding the few
thousand acres known to contain the
pure strain.
Alfalfa stands so high among
wealth-producers on the farm that it
has become known as "the mortgage
lifter." Starting in America only
about fifty years ago, alfalfa now
produces an annual crop valued at
$150,000,000, with an acreage covering
about 800,000 square miles. Very
little of this acreage is north of the
fory-second parallel, between the At
lantic and the Rockies.
To the People of Zimmerman and Sur
rounding CountryGigantic Undertak-
ingThe Retfring from Business of
A. SmithThe Big Event of the Year
in Zimmerman
Mr. Smith, who has been doing busi
ness for several years in Zimmerman
and has established an enviable repu
tation for reliability and square deal
ing, and never carried any except the
most dependable merchandise, has
positively concluded to retire from
business. Hence, with the object in
view of making a clean sweep of the
entire stock in the next ten days he
has contracted with the T. K. Kelly
Sales System, the renowned merchan
dise bargain givers, to close out every
dollar's worth of stock regardless of
cost, loss or profit.
The people of Zimmerman and
vicinity will be greatly benefited by
the tremendous sacrifice in prices at
the closing-out sale at J. A. Smith's
store, which will begin on Wednes
day, July 12, 1911, at 9 o'clock a. m.
It is safe to say that a sale such as
this comes but once in a lifetime, and
the public no doubt will buy out the
combined clothing, dry goods, shoes
and grocery stock quickly. The T. K.
Kelly Sales System's representatives
are now on the ground rearranging
and marking down the entire stock.
Store now closed, and positively
nothing will be sold until the opening
clay, Wednesday, July 12, at 9 a. m.,
and lasting ten days only. Come
prepared to get great bargains.
Insurgents of Twin Cities Are at Log-
gerheadsMany of Them Are
Opposed to LaFollette.
Twin City Paper Digs Up Corpse of Van
Sant and Would Like to Run It
Against Knute Nelson.
Union Special Correspondence
St. Paul, Minn., July 5.This is a
week of investigation at St. Paul. On
July 6 commences the investigation of
the state training school at Red Wing
and the continuation of the express
company hearings before the railroad
and warehouse commission. The first
hearing is the result of the complaint
filed by Private Secretary Ralph W.
Wheelock. A new angle has developed
in the case by the discovery of a
statute which authorizes the governor
to order the board of control to in
vestigate state institutions. This dis
covery was made by E. P. Sanborn,
who is acting as attorney for the peo
ple interested in bringing the investi
gation. The governor has issued an
order accordingly. The board of con
trol has stated that it was uncertain
as to who should pay the expense of
the witnesses that are to be brought
and the attorney general's office ruled
that both sides should pay for their
own witnesses. The order of the gov
ernor makes the investigation a state
investigation and will make it un
necessary for either side to pay for
their own witnesses
The express company hearings are
a continuation of those started over
a month ago, where startling testi
mony was produced relative to the
profits of these companies. Iowa and
South Dakota, which have similar
cases pending, will have their attor
neys general present. The hearing
will have special interest just now in
view of the voluntary reductions by
the express companies in their rates,
and the agitation which is going on
relative to the establishment of a
parcels post.
*$* *$*
Political dopesters ia the twin cities
are busily engaged in bringing out
candidates for the United States sen
ate. It is not certain that Knute
Nelson will be a candidate for re
election. It is known that he has long
been desirous of retiring at the close
of his present term. His farm at
Alexandria looks pretty good to the
senator. But strong efforts are be
ing made to keep him in politics and,
with the senator's well known pugna
cious tendencies, it is more than prob
able that he will decide there is still
just one more good fight in him. One
of the twin city papers has shaken
the mouldering cerements from the
political figure of former Governor
Van Sant and has come to the con
clusion that be would make a good
candidate. Still another candidate
who is being mentioned is Fred B.
Snyder of Minneapolis, formerly in
the state senate and later president of
the Minneapolis council. James A.
Peterson is looked upon as a tenta
tive candidate although the LaFol
lette supporters are said to be making
an effort to induce him to run for
mayor. They are said to regard his
senatorial candidacy as dangerous
to the LaFollette movement.
Speaking of the LaFollette boom,
the insurgents of St. Paul and of
Minneapolis are said to be at logger
heads. The Hugh Halbert insurgents
of St. Paul bow only to the name of
Roosevelt and do not take kindly to
LaFollette. In Minneapolis they are
strong for LaFollette. In both cities
the sentiment is strongly in favor of
Canadian reciprocity and Senaor La
Follette's objection to the pact is
causing trouble all along the line.
In Minneapolis there are rumors of
a coalition between the LaFollette
men and the supporters of Van Lear,
the socialist candidate for mayor,
who made such a good showing in the
last election.
LaFollette boosters are hoping for
great things from the second district.
They think they have a good chance
of securing some LaFollette dele
gates because of the torn up condi
tions among the republicans. There
have been rumors of a tentative effort
to get together there among the re
publicans and the name of Sam B.
Wilson of Mankato has been men
tioned as the man who might be able
to carry off the nomination. Since
then other possible candidates have
become very busy. Franklin L. Ells
worth, candidate in the last election,
has moved to Mankato and will be a
candidate. F. E. Putnam of Blue
Earth is a willing Barkis. Senator
Canfield of Luverne is looking the
field over while Senator Haycraft of
Madelia is angling for the congres
sional fish.
Edward E. Smith, chairman of the
republican state central committee,
has been reported in Washington
during the past few weeks. It is ex
pected that the Eberhart forces will
line up back of the president and
Chairman Smith's presence in Wash
ington is causing considerable curi
osity. He will be home this week.
Former Mayor W. H. Eustis is
beng discussed as a Taft delegate to
the next national republican conven
fr $-
Senator Nelson's opposition to
reciprocity and to the administration
is starting a good deal of discussion.
The senator has taken so strong a
position that it will be difficult for
him to get into the fight for a Taft
delegation from this state, even if he
should desire to. If not Taft he will
have to support LaFollette and a good
many are wondering where the sena
tor is "going to get off."
There are rumors that Attorney
General Simpson would like to be a
candidate for governor. There are
also rumors that he will resign and
go into private practice. The rela
tions between his office and that of
the governor are said to be strained.
But the election is a long ways off
and Mr. Simpson has not yet re
The Gordon boom, which was
started in Jim Arneson paper at
Chisholm in the form of a bitter criti
cism on Governor Eberhart, has
suffered an early frost. The attacks
on the governor are continuing, but
Mr. Arneson is busily explaining that
he didn't mean it.
A Dastardly Proceeding
As Frank Michaels and son were
proceeding down First street in a rig
on Monday afternoon, on their way
to their home west of town, a vehicle
occupied by a couple of drunken fel
lows going ia the same direction ran
into Mr. Michaels' buggy and tore
off the right hind wheel. The spokes
of the wheel were smashed to pieces
and Mr. Michaels was compelled to
purchase a new one before he could
proceed on his journey. The col
lision occurred near Will Hatch's
residence, and the horse attached to
the rig in which the two drunken men
were seated was going at a gallop
when it ran into Mr. Michael's con
veyance. The fellows did not stop to
see what damage they had caused
they whipped up the horse, which was
covered with foam from fast driving
and, with a whoop, galloped away on
the road leading north from the site
where the Princeton hotel stood.
The fellows should have been pur
sued and brought backit is a shame
that the perpetrators of so dastardly
an outrage should be permitted to go
free. They could have been easily
run down with an automobile. Who
the fellows were no one seemed to
Peary Missed the Pole
According to the report adopted by
congress Peary did not reach the
north pole, even according to his own
figures, within one and one-sixteenth
miles. So as an exact fact neither
Cook or Peary actually stood on the
top of the earth. They came about as
near to it as some people do to buy
ing the most perfect beer when they
do not buy golden grain belt beers,
the most perfect by scientific test,
made in the most prefectly hygenic
brewery in the world. Get a case for
your table, and visit the brewery
when you are nearby. Order your
supply from Sjoblom Bros., Prince
Reeve Made a General.
C. McC. Reeve, for twenty years
colonel of the First regiment, M. N.
G., was on Monday made brigadier
general of the Minnesota National
guard. The choice was made by field
and staff officers. Colonel Reeve's
resignation from the First regiment
was announced last week and he will
retire from the National guard
August 8. Colonel Reeve was made a
brigadier general of United States
volunteers after the battle of Manila,
but after the war returned to active
duty as colonel of the First regiment.
The Heat Kills Grandma.
'Grandma" Greenblat, aged 107
years, and said to be the oldest
woman in Minnesota, died at the
Jewish home for old people in St.
Paul yesterday from heat prostra
tion. She comes of a long-lived
family, her father having reached
the age of 115 years a month before
he died.

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