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THE CROPJUTLOOK Indications Point to a Good Average Crop of AH the Staple Prod- ucts of the Farm. Tame Hay Will Be Light in Places But There Will Be No Dearth of the Wild Variety. In Mille Lacs and adjacent parts of adjoining counties the crop outlook on the whole is good. This week rye will be all harvested, and although it ripened fast owing to the extreme warm weather the yield promises to be up to the average. A larger acreage was sown to wheat this year than usual and there are many fine wheat fields in this vicinity. The heads appear to be well filled. In the heavy clay soil wheat looks remarkably thrifty and there is every indication of a good crop. On the sandy soil the stand is somewhat thin and stunted, but there is very little wheat sown on light soil in this vici nity. Rust has affected some of the oat fields, but there is every prospect of a good average yield, especially so on the heavier soil along the river bot tom and in the timber land north of the village. Timothy and clover will be a light crop, although there are many fine fields on the clay soil. The natural meadows promise an abundant yield of wild hay. The severe drouth of last season was hard on timothy and clover. The tame hay crop will hard ly be up to the average. Wild hay will be fairly good. If the grass is all cut and saved there will be no dearth of hay in Mille Lacs and adjoining counties, but there will be little or none for shipping purposes. Corn and potatoes, the two staple crops, never looked better at this season of the year. In the country tributary to Princeton there is every reason to believe that an immense crop of potatoes wi'l be harvested. The drouth has seriously affected the potato crops in the middle states and the indications are that Minnesota spuds will command good prices this year. The writer has been over consider able territory in Mille Lacs, Isanti, Sherburne and Benton counties dur ing the past ten days and has no hesi tation in saying that on the whole the crop outlook is goodthere will be no bumper crops but there will be a good average yield. illage Council Meets At a regular meeting of the village council last Thursday evening the fol lowing business was disposed of: The council, upon G. A. Eaton's offer to construct a cement sidewalk alongside of the Carew property, agreed to move a quantity of sand taken out for the purpose of laying the walks at the Whittier schoolonto the place where it will be needed for such construction. A petition, signed by several prop erty owners, was read asking that permission be granted to make a road two rods wide, running north from the old cemetei'y for a distance of about half a mile. The hearing on the petition was set for July 20. Dr. Cooney's claim against the vil lage in the sum of $1,100 for personal injuries sustained and damages to horse, etc., by coming into contact in the nighttime with a wagon left on the public highway by village employes, was read and filed. The council refused to pay the bills presented by the commission for lights, hydrants, etc., upon the grounds that no arrangement had been made as to price and that the charges were excessive. M. L. Wheeler stated that a man had offered to run the electric light plant and pay all hired help for the sum of $150 per month. A committee consisting of Fredricks, Moeger and Wheeler was appointed to lay the matter before the commission. The auditing of a big batch of bills concluded the work of the session. Will Make an Exhibit Next Year. At the meeting of the county com missioners on Tuesday the matter of Mille Lacs county having an exhibit at the state fair this fall was thoroughly discussed in all its bear ings. The conclusion arrived at was that it was rather late in the day to attempt to make an exhibit this year. It requires time and money to get up an exhibit that would be a credit to the county, and better not attempt it than make a poor exhibit. The com missioners were unanimously of the opinion, however, that Mille Lacs county should make an exhibit next year and that arrangements should be made in the spring to secure choice specimens of everything the fertile soil of Mille Lacs county will pro duce. In this connection we take occasion to remark that for two years in suc cession, 1896 and 1897, Mille Lacs county, in competition with the entire state, won first prize for the best dis play of agricultural products. Mille Lacs county can do so again. It cost over $500 each year to get the exhibit together and properly arrange and display the same. A county might have the finest fruits, vegetables, grains and grasses imaginable, but if the same were not properly and taste fully displayed a county with inferior stuff, but artistically arranged, might take first money. Next year let the farmers and gardeners in every section of the county plant some stuff with the view of contributing it to the county ex hibit at the state fair, and we will make a showing that will cause the other counties of the state to sit up and take notice. In the meantime let us unite in mak ing the ensuing county fair the best and most successful since the organiz ation of the society. Many strangers will visit our county fair this fall and it will be a splendid opportunity to advertise the productiveness of our soil. Annual School Meeting. Annual school meeting next Satur day evening. The only advice the Union has to offer is to make wise selections of school officers. Elect men and women who are competent in each and every district. If you have a good school officer, one who has attended to the duties of the position faithfully, re-elect that officer. Poli tics or religion, your personal likes or dislikes, should not be taken into consideration when you come to vote for a school officer. Vote for the candidate whom your own good judg ment tells you is best qualified for the position. Remember, about one-half of all the taxes you pay are paid for the support of our public schools, hence it is absolutely essential, for the best interests of the schools and the taxpayers, that school officers, in town and country, should be honest and competent, and possessed of some business ability. A Good Job and One Not So Uood. A good job has been done on the stretch of road between the East and West Branch bridges under the direc tion of the village council. It is a pity that there are not sufficient funds available to round up and gravel the road between the foot of the Umbe hocker hill and the East Branch bridge. There should be volunteer labor enough to complete this little job. In moist weather the piece of road in question is generally in a de plorable condition. While we do not like to find fault we are afraid an expert road builder would not approve of the work that is being done on the street leading north from the West Branch bridge. There is too much debris being used as a foundation and the roadway proper is too high and too narrow. Noticeable Improvement in Roads. In riding around the country tribu tary to Princeton one cannot help but notice a decided improvement in the condition of the country roads, but there is plenty of room for still further improvements. We under stand there is also considerable good road work being done in the central and northern end of the county this season. With a system of good high ways the population of Mille Lacs county will double in the next decade, for there is no county in the state that offers better inducements to people looking for a place to locate and make a comfortable living. Mrs J. Sadley Sustains Injuries. Mrs. J. T. D. Sadley.while descend ing the stairs of the cellar at her home on Sunday morning, slipped and fell to the bottom. Her neck and shoul ders were bruised and she sustained a severe shock from the concussion. Medical aid was summoned and in the meantime Mrs. Sadley was placed in bed, where she still remains, but we are pleased to state that she is rapid ly improving and there is every prob ability that she will be convalescent in a few days. Must File Partners' Names In order to have legal standing in the state courts after July 15 each firm, co-partnership and corporation must file with the clerk of the district court of every county in which it does business the names of all "silent" and "active" partners. The attention of busines men all over the state has been called to chapter 271, house file No. 365, laws of 1911, which provides for this. The act was approved April 19 and will go into effect July 15. OUR COUNTY FAIR Coming Fair Promises to be the Best Ever Held in Any County of Northern flinnesota. Aiready $1,000 Has Been Secured for Permanent Improvements and $1,500 More is Needed. It is up to the business men and citizens generally to make the Mille Lacs County fair the best of any held in northern and central Minnesota. The association now owns its own grounds, over 20 acres, with a half mile race track. Last year comforta ble barns were erected for horses and cattle, a neat wire fence was placed around the grounds and other im provements aggregating over $2,000 were made. This year a new horti cultural hall must be provided, the old grand stand must be torn down and rebuilt on a more extensive and substantial scale and other necessary improvements must be made. The estimated expense of these improve ments will aggregate $3,000. Of that amount the county commissioners have generously contributed $500, and $500 more will be received from an unlooked for source it is expected that $500 can be spared from gate receipts, etc., and that will leave $1,500 to be raised by public subscrip tion. Can that amount be raised? Of course it can. A good county fair where the products of the county can be exhibited annuallyis worth thousands of dollars to the county. Hundreds of strangers, many of them home-seekers, will visit our fair for the express purpose of seeing what the county can produce. Think how a fine display of fruits, vegetables, grains, grasses, live stock, poultry, butter, etc., would appeal to home seekers. Then, again, neatly laid out and well-equipped fair grounds indicate thrift and prosperity and is a splen did advertisement for the county. The county fair affords the farmers an opportunity to meet and greet each other and discuss matters pertaining to the farm, personal and social affairs. This year, thanks to the good sense of the last legislature, the state aid to county fairs will be more than double what it has been heretofore, thus enabling the county fairs to offer larger premiumsevery cent received from the state must be paid out in premiums. Work must be commenced on the proposed new buildings and new grand stand at once, and the fair officers must know the amount of money that will be at their disposal. A committee consisting of S. S. Pet terson, E. K. Evens and R. C. Dunn will call upon the business men of the village tomorrow and it is hoped that the response will be prompt and lib eral. Let there be no holding back. Let each contribute as his means will permit. But the money must be raised. The coming fair must be the most successful in the history of the association. The grounds and build ings must be put in readiness. We must make the Mille Lacs County fair one that will be talked about in every nook and corner of the state. Put aside all minor differences of opinion and let all unite and pull together with the end in view of making the Mille Lacs County fair one of the best in the entire state. To accomplish this requires means and hard work. We confidently believe the means will be forthcoming, especially when $1,000 is already secured. And let it be remembered that our fair is not a merely local affairit is for the en tire county and the adjacent parts of adjoining counties. All will be wel come to compete for the premiums that will be offered and to share in the festivities. Machine Turns Turtle. On Sunday afternoon while Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Svarry and daughter and Miss Erickson were out for a ride the automobile in which they were seated turned turtle and they were lucky in deed in escaping serious injury. It appears that Mr. Svarry was turning a sharp corner in the road about three miles east of town, and was going at a good speed, when the machine failed to respond to the steering apparatus and turned turtle, landing in a ditch. Mr. and Mrs. Svarry and their daughter were hurled clear of the ma chine but the Erickson girl was not so fortunateshe was wedged beneath the upturned car. However, by sheer strengthand it takes considerable muscle to perform the featMr. Svarry lifted the machine sufficiently to effect the girl's liberation. Aside from receiving a few minor bruises the girl was uninjured. PRINCETON, MULE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1911. COMPANY^ IN CAMP Princeton Boys Come Out Second Best In the Rifle Team Shoot for the Regimental Trophy. In the Marksmanship Contest the Princeton Boys Forge to Front and Eighteen Qualify. On account of the delay in moving from Minneapolis to Lake City, the first day of the Third regiment at Camp Lakeview was lost as far as work of a military nature was con cerned. The train that was due to leave Camp Lowry Siding at 9:15 a. m. 05 July 5, was two hours and a half late in pulling out. Lack of proper transportation facilities for transfering baggage from camp to train and inconvenient loading tracks were responsible for the delay. The train, which was made up of seventeen carsthirteen coaches and four bag gage carsreached the loading plat form at Lakeview at 3 o'clock. As the original schedule would have brought the troops to their destina tion in time to prepare the noon mess at camp, no arrangements were made for lunch on the train, and it was a hungry lot of soldiers that piled out of the cars at the station. The bag gage was quickly unloaded and din ner prepared with all possible speed. Among the promotions made in the regiment are the following: Privates Peter Daml and Alva G. Bemis of Company G, Princteon, to the rank of corporal. The Third regiment is more fortu nate than the First in that it has two officers instead of one detailed from the war department for instruction and inspection. Captain E. R. Stone of Fort Lincoln, N. D., who was with the First regiment, is assigned to the inspection in all departments of the regiment and will make a report of such to the department at Washing ton, while Major Johnson will super vise the drilling of the men and officers' schools of this and the second reigment's companies this season. The Third regiment has introduced the regular army way of selecting the guard. Each company in rotation furnishes all the officers and men for the guard of the day, where formerly each company furnished only its por tion of men daily. Third regiment men are greatly disappointed over the poor facilities for rifle practice, due to the abandon ing of the short range rifle pits be cause they are not regarded safe, as all the bullets from the high power rifles now in use are not stopped by the hill to the rear of the pits and en danger the lives and property of farmers living on the bluff back of the range. The pistol range, which is inconvenient for rifle practice, is being used for the 200 and 300-yard ranges and a mound has been thrown up on the long distance range for the 500-yard range. But notwithstand ing these hindrances, all the old-time shots of the regiment are doing some remarkable work. This season's marksman's record was surpassed by three members with straight scores that look too good to be true. Lieutenant Colonel F. E. Resche of Duluth, the most enthusiastic and perhaps the most dependable rifle shot in the state, fell only seven points short of making a possible 150 points for the marksman's course. His score was tied by Sergeant Charles Helmer of the band, with Sergeant E. G. Simpson, also of the band, close be hind. Sunday was visitors' day at camp and it proved to be a success, as the grounds swarmed with friends and relatives of the men, and there were numerous auto parties from nearby towns present. In the company team shoot Duluth won the trophy with a score of 845. The band team made a score of 868, but it was not entered for the prize under the rules of the match. Com pany did some first-class shooting in the trophy contest, scoring 824 points and making it second. The in dividual scores of the Princeton team in this shoot were as follows: Sell horn, 119 Johnson, 103 Dorn, 126 Lessard, I26 Smith, 115 Tomlinson, 106 Sanford, 129total, 824. The marksman's course, consisting of ten shots at the 200, 300 and 500- yard ranges, was completed on Fri day by the entire regiment. Those making 98 points out of a possible 150 are entitled to the marksman's badge, and those who scored 120 or better are entitled to continue in the next higher course, the sharpshooters. Altogether the Third regiment quali fied 184 marksmen, one more than the First. Thirty-four of the men were allowed to continue, having made 120 or better. Company qualified 18 marksmen, 14 of whom scored 120 points or better. Those qualifying as marksmen are Sellhorn, Bullis, Sanford, S. Dorn, J. Dorn, Lessard, Ege, Marks, Russell, Johnson, Tom linson, Steinbach, Smith, Sidney, Daml, Jones, Maggart, Sunhome. Company went on guard duty yesterday morning and, during the absence of Captain Sellhorn, Lieu tenant A. H. Johnson was the officer of the day and Lieutenant Chas. E. Bullis officer of the guard. The scores on the sharpshooters' ranges made yesterday by Company were as follows: Johnson, 236 S. A. Dorn, 244 Russell, 244 Sanford, 247 Lessard, 276. Uncle Sam and Good Roads Senator Swanson of Virigina is a good roads advocate. He is to con gress what R. C. Dunn is to the Min nesota legislature. He is anxious to have something definite done. Mr. Dunn secured the passage of two bills at the last session of the legislature that pave the way to an expenditure of $1,200,000 a year by the state. The Virginian would have Uncle Sam spend $20,000,000 a year for five years in aiding the various localities to im prove post roads and rural delivery routes. They agiee as to the urgent impor tance of action to the greatness and wealth of this country in everything excepting roads. Our wealth is greater than that of any other nation. We are supreme in finance and fore most in the world's commerce. We surpass in the money expended for primary and general education, and in the mileage of railroads, navigable rivers and improved harbors. Yet we are behind all other great nations in the matter of public highways. The condition of nine-tenths of our roads is a disgrace to us. While both gentlemen seek results, the Minnesotan has the better plan. Uncle Sam has the constitutional authority to establish post roads, and under that undoubtedly might expend money on highways. But good roads are so very near to being local im provements that it seems likely that the best results would be accomplished by arousing the states to do the work. If the government once undertakes to construct good roads there is almost certain to be waste, if experience is a criterion. Every representative and senator will feel called upon to get some of the appropriation for his district. A good roads program on the part of Uncle Sam would be quite likely to have "pork barrel" features in spite of the best that conscientious engineers might do. Let us have good roads, but not necessarily at government expense.St. Paul Dis patch. Good Roads and the Nation. Senator Swanson of Virginia has introduced in the senate a bill pro viding annual apppropriations of $20,000,000 for five years to be used in improving the post roads and rural routes of the country. He explained that his bill would open up a million miles of road to government aid, and that his plan would go far toward re deeming the country from the igno miny of having the poorest roads in all the civilized world. Good roads mean so much to the producer and the consumer that there is room in the work of getting them for everybody and everybody from the nation down to the state, from the state down to the county and from the county down to the township, ought to join in that work. If co-operation of that kind could be established, it wouldn't be long before the country that now has to admit with shame that it has the poorest roads in the world would be able to boast that it has the best. And every dollar wisely spent in good roads will return enormous divi dends to be divided between the pro ducer and the consumer. Slowly, it is true, but nevertheless truly, the states are awakening to the need that they enter on the work of road-making on a large scale. Min nesota, which has been distributing driblets of state aid for years without making noticeable impression on the situation, has lately awakened, and the people at the next election will vote on an amendment to the constitu tion authorizing a state road tax of 1 mill a year. In the meantime, under the Dunn bill, it has provided a com prehenisve system of state aid and state supervision which needs only a more liberal allowance of funds to make it of enormous value. The government is heartily welcome to participate in the vitally im portant work. Senator Swanson's bill should be made the basis for an earnest consideration of the subject on the part of congress.Duluth Herald. VOLUME XXXV. NO. 29 THE COUNTY BOARD Commissioners Levy Taxes, Aggre- gating Twenty-four Thousand Dollars, for Year 1911. County Road and Bridge Fund is Ap- portioned and Other Matters Receive Consideration. On Monday the board of county commissioners met in semi-annual session and concluded the work of the session, of which the following is a synopsis, on Tuesday: The board's order of assessment on the resurvey of section 26, town of Milo, was confirmed. Commissioners Ugiem, Dalchow and Sholin, the committee appointed to ascertain whether any necessity existed for a vacation of part of a road near the McDougal bridge in the town of Milo, recommended that the petition praying for such change be rejected. Such vacation would neces sitate a new bridge across the Rum river. A hearing on the matter will be held on July 20. The board agreed to pay one-half the cost of repairing the bridge across the Rum river at Page. A resolution was unanimously adopted that hereafter petitioners for resurveys of sections be required to accompany their applications with a bond of $100. A petition for the resurvey of sec tion 15, in the town of Bogus Brook, was rejected. Names for the grand and petit juries to replace those drawn for the April, 1911, term, were selected. The county auditor was instructed to notify town boards of delin quencies in the payment of ditch as sessments existing against such towns. The board made the following tax levy for 1911: County revenue, $12,800 county poor, $3,100 county poor farm, $3,100 county road and bridge, $5,000a total of $24,000. An apppropriation of $250 was made to defray the cost of complex ing the graveling of state highway No. 6. The road and bridge fund of $5,000 was divided among the towns of the county as follows: Princeton, $500 Greenbush, $500 Milaca, $500 Borgholm, $500 Bogus Brook, $500 Milo, $500 Page, $500 Hayland, $250 Lake countryFifth commissioner district$1,250. A petition from South Harbor ask ing that an examination of the town records and books be made by the public examiner was turned down. Two roads, one in the town of Page and the other in the town of South Harbor, were designated as state highways. County Auditor Doane was author ized to employ extra help to put papers in shape for making a series of loans on county ditches. This work was permitted to run behind be fore Mr. Doane's time in the county auditor's office. A hearing on the petition to con struct county ditch No. 10 was held yesterday before the commissioners and the prayer of the petitioners was granted. The main ditch follows the course of the Vondel brook in the town of Borgholm for a distance of about six miles, with a branch about a mile in length which will drain the swamp land north of the village of Milaca. A slight change was made in the original survey. About 25 persons appeared before the commis sioners, some in favor of and others averse to the proposition. The view ers and engineer reported unanimous ly in favor of the ditch. No Space for Doggerel The Union is in receipt of a string of sentimental jingles from Kobo, Japan, with a request that they be published. Jay P. Herdlicka, nephew of J. C. Herdliska of this village, a seaman on the cruiser New Orleans, is the composer of the rhymes and offers to furnish more. For various reasons we are compelled to decline the contribution. During the past year over a hundred such "poems" have been consigned to the big basket near our desk which con stantly yearns for that sort of stuff. Dietz Gets Writ of Error A writ of error in the case of John Dietz, the Cameron dam man now in Waupun, has been granted by Chief Justice John Winslow of the state su preme court. Attorney McKenna, counsel for Dietz, will immediately prepare his bill of exceptions, to be submitted at the court's January term. He expects an early decision and if it is favorable the second trial will be held in May.