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AN ARMORY MEETING Commercial Club Convenes to Ascer- tain Sentiment of People on Armory Proposition. Business Men Unanimously in Favor of the Proposition but Council Appears to Ignore It. The Princeton Commercial club met on Monday evening to ascertain the sentimeut of the business men and others in regard to the armory propo sition. It was expected that the mem bers of the village council would be present, each having been notified by the secretary that such a meeting would be held and requesting their attendance, but the invitation was practically ignoredGrover Umbe hocker was the only member of the council who put in an appearance. President John Skahen called the meeting to order and Secretary Ira Stanley read letters from T. H. Caley and Charles Keith regretting their in ability to be present, but expressing themselves in favor of the armory proposition. The question of a suitable site was discussed and two locations were mentioned as being de sirablethe site upon which the Con gregational church stands and two lots across from the power house. S. S. Petterson, asked as to the Congre gational church site, said it could probably be obtained, but he was of opinion that the cost would be too great. In addition to the cost of the lots, which could not of course be se cured for less than the prevailing market value of property so desirably situated, the expense of moving the church to another site would have to be borne by the purchasers, and there would be other incidental expenses connected therewith. As to the other site suggested, op posite the power house, Mr. Caley had offered to dispose of it for $600 for armory purposes$200 less than he would sell it to private individuals. Grover Umbehocker said that if the armory were located at that point it could be heated by exhaust steam steam now wastedand that it would also be an easy matter to heat the school house from the same source. The idea is a good one. E. L. McMillan, W. H. Ferrell, Dr. Cooney, Dr. Small, A. M. Davis, Capt. Caley, R. C. Dunn and others expressed themselves in favor of the proposition and urged that im mediate action be taken. There should be no delay or hesitancy on the part of the council, said Mr. Dunn, for the armory would not only benefit the militia but the public at large. The meeting closed with the adop tion of the following resolution offered by Mr. McMillan: Resolved, that it is the sentiment of this meeting that it would be a wise thing for the village council to appropriate $2,000 for the purpose of securing an armory as provided for under the laws of 1911. It is now up to the council to act, and act promptlythere is no excuse whatsoever for dilatoriness or for refusing to respond to the citizens' demand. The state of Minnesota offers the village of Princeton $10,000 for the purpose of building an armory, provided a site is deeded to the state and $1,000 deposited with the state treasurer as evidence of good faith. Princeton is indeed fortunate in being one of the places selected for such a building and it would be a shame to let such an opportunity slip by without embracing it. Other places in the state which have been favored in like manner jumped at the offer and the village councils unhesi tatingly appropriated much larger sums than that asked of the Princeton council. A special meeting of the village council was held last night to con sider the armory proposition but no action was taken. After talking the matter over the council decided that if the militia desired an appropriation toward building an armory represen- tatTves of Company should make application in regular manner. Why this beating around the bush? The members of the council were each driven a written invitation to be present at the meeting Monday even ing to dicsuss the matter with repre sentatives of Company and our citizens generally, and only one mem ber, Mr. Umbehocker, attended. The citizens are as deeply interested as the members of the militia company. If it will expedite matters, however, we would suggest that the company ap pear on dress parade before the council and, with all due formality, present a prayer, petition or request such as a majority of the council seem to demand. Anything to get the armory. A .Decrepit Horse and a Dead Auto We would cheerfully give a couple of simoleons for a photograph of Henry Avery as he stooa in the road midway between here and Elk lake vainly endeavoring to coax Dobbin out of a well-defined case of balks. But to the story: It appears that Henry and Mrs. Avery decided to attend the dance at Elk Lake park last Thursday evening and that Henry in the darkness hitched up the wrong horse. He in tended taking Dr. Neumann's fastest traveler but, unfortunately, hitched up an infirm creature that the doctor was treating for a complication of diseases, among them being bony ex crescence, poll evil, foundered foot, ventral hernia, malanders and in flamed parotid glandsthe poor old horse was a patient. On the way to the lake Henry remarked that he couldn't imagine what the dickens had overtaken the horseit didn't have any life in it and couldn't be persuaded to travel at a greater speed than a walk. "Goodness," said Mrs. Avery, I can't understand it unless pa has driven the poor animal almost to death today." Henry and his wife were nearly asleep when they reached H. B. Pratt's place. No balkiness was, however manifested by the horse on the way downit seemed to be merely suffering from that tired feel ing. Henry put the horse in the barn and when he and his wife ascended the steps of the pavilion dance num ber 13 was announced. Looking at his watch Henry ejaculated, "By the great horned toad, we've been three hours on the road! but (in a whisper) don't tell any one." When the dancing was over they repaired to the barn and, going to the stall where he had left the horse, Henry struck a match, "Well, I'll be jiggered,"exclaimed he, "eithersome body's traded horses with us or else I hitched up one of Doc's patients. Just look at that decrepit bag of bones." Concluding, ultimately, that it was the same old fossil he took from Doc's hospital, he hitched up and he and Mrs. Avery commenced their homeward journey. It was not long before they were fast asleep. They were suddenly awakened an hour or two later by coming to an abrupt stop. Dobbin had decided to rest. Henry jumped out of the rig, pulled a big red apple and a piece of candy from his pocket, and endeavored to coax Dobbin into motion. But the horse refused to either eat or move. Then Henry tried to persuade it by the application of a sapling,he had no turpentine with him,but the skate refused to budge. At this time a be lated rig drove up which had room for one more passenger. "You go home," said Henry to his wife, "and ask Doc to come out with the ma chine." Henry waited patiently for an hour or more but Doc did not show up. So he left Dobbin to his fate and started to hoof it to town. When near the village limits Dr. Neumann hove in sight and he and Henry returned to where Dobbin had been left. The horse was still there and as obstinate as ever. "Get into the rig, Henry," said Doc, "and hold the lines tight: I'm going to ad minister a dose of activity." And a couple of seconds after the "activity" was injected into Dobbin the old skate started down the road with lightening like rapidity, merely touching the high spots as it sped along. Other troubles here commenced. Doc couldn't get his machine to go, and Henry miles away. The horse went home all right, but Henry wondered what had become of Doc he feared an accident had happened. So he called up Mark Stroeter and he and Mr. Stroeter proceeded in an auto to the doctor's assistance. When they arrived they found him, lying on his back in the mud under the machine, tinkering with its mech anism. The machine was hitched up behind Mr. Stroeter's and home was reached without further accident. All's well that ends well. Ssunday School Picnic The picnic of the Congregational Sunday school at Green lake last Thursday was greatly enjoyed al though the day did cot start very auspiciouslyrain fell in the morning but the weather cleared in the after noon. Ten automobiles conveyed the picnickers to and from the lake and some of the machines made three or four trips. Plenty of good things to eat was provided by members of the congregation and something like 150 partook of dinner and supper at the lake. No pains were spared to give the children an enjoyable outing. THE PREMIUM LIST Awards In Several Departments Are Increased From 50 to 100 Per Cent Over List of 1910. Exhibits Should Outnumber and Out- Class Anything in the History of the County Fair. The premium list for the Mille Lacs County fair, which will be held in Princeton on September 13, 14, 15 and 16, is now in the hands of the printer and will be issued in due season. The amount which will be distributed this year in awards to exhibitors and purses for races, ball games, etc., will approximate a couple of thousand dollars, and this should be sufficient inducement to make the fair the success which the management de sires. It should bring in exhibits which will outnumber and outclass anything in the previous history of the fair and tend to make the horse races and other field attractions the best ever. As a few instances of the increase in premiums it may be stated that cattle awards have been raised ap proximately 300 per cent over those of 1910, awards on horses 200 per cent, on sheep 50 per cent, on swine 100 per cent, on butter 300 per cent, on best collection of grain and vegetables 150 per cent, on collection of potatoes 100 per cent, and on bread and pastry 100 per cent. No farmer can certainly find fault with the list of exhibits upon which the committee on awards has seen fit to raise the amount of the premiums. Then, again, farmers must not overlook the silver cup, valued at $50, offered by the State Dairymen's asso ciation. It is a handsome trophy which will be awarded for the best dairy herd upon conditions printed in last week's Union. The cup is on exhibition in the windows of McMillan & Stanley. The amusement features of the fair will be better than ever. Three ball games will be playedupon the after noons of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectivelyand the purses will range from $50 to $100. The horse racing events are expected to be exceptionally good, as the purses will be materially increased over those of 1930, and the minor field sports will be numerous. Lest the farmers forget, it is well to jog their memory on the necessity of selecting and preserving their exhib its of grains, grasses and vegetables now. Let them keep their best speci mens for the county fairtheir home fair. To exhibit at the state fair is all very well, but they should not do so to the disadvantage of the fair which is maintained by the county in which they reside. As the farmers are the men upon whom reliance must be placed to make the county fair a success it is to be hoped that they will put forth their best endeavors to bring about this end. The Bossy is Ojueen There was a time, not so long ago either, when pine was king in Milaca and the adjacent territory, and he was a robber king, too. But now the gentle bossy reigns at Milaca and the people are happy and prosperous under her benignant queenship. The Times is authority for the statement that $50,000 was paid out to the farmers in Milaca and vicinity for cream during the month of July, and a fourth of that amount was paid out at the Farmers' creamery in Milaca village. This is a little better show ing than Princeton can make but the Farmers' creamery here is a close second to the Milaca institution, and the Bridgeman & Russell creamery also does a thriving business. Mille Lacs county offers inducements to dairy farmers unequaled by any other county in the northwest. For diversi fied farming, dairying especially, Mille Lacs county cannot be excelled. A Surprise on Dan Spauldlng. D. W. Spaulding, better known as "Dan," is an old bachelor and also one of the best gardeners in this city. His widowed mother, with whom he lives, is away on a visit for a few weeks to the scenes of her youth, back to the old homestead farm with its purling brooks away down in Maine. Several of Dan's friends learned that he was temporarily an orphan, so, on Sunday morning early, they formed in column and marched to his abode long before slumber left his weary eyelids. Into the garden, with its abundance and profusion of vege tables, the procession went, traveling from one part of the garden to the other, selecting something from every variety, they sought the house, rapped loudly on the door several The Amusement Features at the Mille Lacs County Pair Will Eclipse All Previous Efforts PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1911. times and finally awoke "Old Dan" and informed him that something must be doing in the way of a break fast for thempointing to the sturdy array of vegetables they had piled on the door step, and informing the now awake Dan that they had brought plenty and desired its proper prepara tion for their epicurean palates. Their language was somewhat stilted for Dan, but after a little longer palaver they were admitted and work for breakfast was opened up. In exactly 68 minutes from the time they began to scrape the new potatoes, peel the onions, scald the tomatoes, chop the cabbage and make saleratus biscuits, the meal was ready. It was a feast for the hungry fellows and they did ample justice to everything on the boards. It was a glorious spot in the lonely time Dan has to put in Until his mother's return. He does not wish to hurry her from her girl hood scenes, but any time she turns homeward a new smile will come over his face. Those who made up the party are unanimous in praising Dan's cooking. They daubed up nearly every dish in the house. Dan's time was so taken up on Monday with washing dishes that the clothes wash for that day was laid over until Tues day, something that never happened when his mother was at home. J. A. Wetter Sells His Farm. J. A. Wetter has sold his 160-acre farm and some lots at Long Siding to Jas. J. Hill of South Dakota. The consideration was $10,800 cash. This is one of the best farms in Mille Lacs county. Mr. Hill ex pects to ship in about two carloads of registered stock and this is just what the country hereabouts is in need of. Besides, it will, without doubt, be a good investment. Mr. and Mrs. Wetter expect to leave for California about October 1. They bought a small fruit ranch there adjoining a town about a year ago. Mr. Wetter is a progressive farmer and a staunch good roads man. Largely through his individual efforts the roads in the vicinity of his farm have been greatly improved in recent years. Mille Lacs county can ill afford to lose men of Mr. Wetter's canbre. There is one consolation, however, Mr. Hill is said to be an ex ceedingly wide-awake farmer and the fact that he has invested in Mille Lacs county realty proves it. Birthday Anniversary Eleven friends of Miss Margaret I. King assembled at her home on Fri day, August 11, 1911, to assist her in befittingly celebrating her "eleventh" birthday anniversary. Tea was served by the hostess, who was primped up for the occasion, at 5:30 o'clock and the spread was equal to any ever placed before royalty. The house decorations were of flowers gathered from Miss King's garden and they produced a very enchanting effect. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Hartman, Dr. and Mrs. McRae, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Dickey, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Neely, Mr. and Mrs. C. Slater and Mrs. Nora Nichols. Mrs. Mary Rines, who came home on the evening train, joined the party later. Upon dis banding the guests pronounced Miss King the queen of entertainers Miss Clara Kittllson Passes Away. Miss Clara Kittilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Kittilson of Glen dorado, died at Thomas hospital, Minneapolis, where she had been since December, 1910, on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Death was caused by tuberculosis. She was 24 years of age. The remains, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. S. Kittilson, arrived here last evening and were conveyed to Glendorado, where funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon from the family residence at 1 o'clock and from the church at 2 o'clock. Rev. Langseth and Prof. Nels Kleven will officiate. Miss Kittilson is survived by her father, mother, four brothers and four sisters. Mre Sliockley Entertains On Monday Mrs. Harry Shockley entertained at dinner nine friends from Milaca and one from St. Paul. They were Mrs. A. Eberhardt and her aunt, Mrs. Chr. Eberhardt, Mrs. H. VanRhee, Mrs. Geo. Presley, Mrs. Albin Allen, Mrs. Henry Erickson, Mrs. Sirene and Mrs. Alfred Olson, all of Milaca, and Mrs. Andrew Erickson of St. Paul. Scheen' Confectionery Open Scheen's Confectionery is again open and the public is respectfully in vited to call and look over the new stock. The store has been refitted in first-class style and its contents in every department are the best to be obtained. In stationery, cigars, post cards, etc., there is a large varitey. Ice cream in all the popular flavors and combinations. FOR OURJOME BOYS Shall Princeton Have an Armory nalnly at the Expense of the State of Minnesota? The Proposition is Up to the Village CouncilTaxpayers Undoubt- edly in Favor of Armory. For the first time in its history Princeton is afforded an opportunity of securing a public building of which the state would defray nine-tenths of the cost of construction. Shall we embrace the opportunity? If the question could be decided by a vote of the tax-payers of the village the answer would be most emphatically in the affirmative. Under the provisions of chapter 302, general laws of 1911, "An act provid ing for the construction, purchase and disposition of armories, and making appropriation therefor," the sum of $30,000 is appropriated annually for the construction of armories, of which not more than $10,000 can be expended for one armory. In other words, only three armories can be cared for each year. Owing to the efficiency and high standing of Company of the Third regiment one of the three armo ries has been allotted to Princetona fine compliment to the boys and the town. Section one of the act provides that the governor, adjutant general and commanding officer of the regiment shall constitute an armory board, whose duty it shall be to approve the selection of all armory sites and plans and specifications, and to contract for the erection of all armories, etc. Section two reads: To every com pany of the Minnesota National Guard now or hereafter organized which shall have first deposited with the state treasurer at least the sum of $1,000 as evidence of good faith, and shall have conveyed to or caused to be conveyed to the state of Minnesota the title to a site for an armory, which site shall have first been approved by said board, there is hereby appro priated the sum of $10,000, which together with the said deposit shall all be used, for the purpose of build ing, erecting and equipping an arm ory building on said site. Section five provides that whenever any military organization which has availed itself of the provisions of this act shall be mustered out of the ser vice the municipality in which the armory is located shall be afforded the first opportunity of purchasing the armory by paying to the state the amount expended thereon if the municipality does not care to pur chase then the armory can be sold to a private individual, firm or corpora tion on the same terms. Section six provides that upon com pletion of the armory the control or use of the same shall vest in the ar mory board or commanding officer of such armory. We have quoted the salient features of the law. Company is required to furnish $1,000 in cash and a suita ble site to secure the $10,000 from the state. The site should cost not to exceed $1,000. Two thousand dollars must be raised. How? It cannot be raised by subscription. Our public spirited citizens have been drawn upon heavily of late for fair grounds, roads, churches, etc. The only pos sible way is for the village council to appropriate the money. Under the general statutes the council has ample authority to make such an appro priation. This is not a question of personal likes or dislikes, nor should the location of the armory be consid eredthe armory board will attend to that matter. There is no necessity for delay. If the armory is to be erected this year there is no time to be lost, for at best it would be along in September before active building op erations could be commenced. Princeton needs such a building. We have halls sufficient to accommo date ordinary gatherings, for shows, dances, etc., but there are times when more spacious accommodations are necessary. If the building is erected, brick Princeton brickwill enter largely into its construction its building will furnish employment to a number of our brick-layers, carpenters and la boring men nine-tenths of the cost of the armory will be expended for labor and material right here at home. In this connection the Union wishes to remark that the people of the village have a right to express their views on this question without being accused of attempting to dictate to the village council. The members of the council are simply the servants of the people, and it is their duty to carry out the wishes of the people and 5CGIEYY, VOLUME XXXT. NO. 34 act for the best interests of the vil lage. The Union believes it voices the sentiments of an overwhelming majority of the voters and tax-payers of the village in this matter. In conclusion we believe $2,000 is the limit that the council should ap propriate. Some urge that at least $5,000 should be added by the village to the state's appropriation. We hardly think such an appropriation would be justifiable under present conditions. The tax rate in the vil lage is high enough now, and the streets and approaches to the same demand attention. For $11,000 a very respectable building can be erected, and undoubtedly some of our well-to-do citizens will contribute toward its equipment. But action, prompt action, is demanded on the part of the village council if Princeton is to have an armory. If we do not avail ourselves of the present oppor tunity of securing a respectable building mainly at the expense of the state it may be years before a like one is offered us, perhaps never. Veteran Road-Builder Here Again. Mr. W. T. Kerr, the veteran expert road-builder employed by the state highway commission, is back again in Princeton. Since leaving here he has been supervising the improving of a mile of road west of North Branch. He informed the writer that the vil lage council of North Branch con tributed $300 towards the improve ment of the road in question, al though it was outside the village limits, and the farmers donated the rest of the work necessary to haul and apply 33 car loads of crushed rock. North Branch is blessed with a governing body that appreciates good 'roads and is willing to co operate with the farmers. The object of Mr. Kerr's visit at this time is to suprevise the work of improving state experimental road No. 2 in Sherburne county, imme diately south of the village. The road will be rounded up and a coat ing of straw and weeds applied. Chief Engineer Cooley is anxious to demonstrate that even the sandiest stretch of road can be kept in fairly good condition at a comparatively small cost. Mr. Kerr was also instructed to see to it that the crushed rock which was sent here for the improvement of the horse-killing sand hill leading onto the Baldwin flats) was properly ap plied. But his services may not be needed in that connection. Mr. Kerr, accompanied by the writer, carefully inspected the state experimental road, the rock road across the Baldwin flats, the Cravens hill, and the Brickton road that had been improved under County Com missioner Cater's supervisionhe ex pressed himself as particularly well pleased with the latter piece of road. Everywhere he lias been Mr. Kerr says there is a good roads revival and residents of the villages and cities are heartily co-operating with the farmers in bettering the public highways. No Thanks Expected The farmers of Mille Lacs, Sher burne and Isanti counties, especially those tributary to Princeton, owe R. C. Dunn a debt of gratitude it will be hard for them to pay. In the last two years he has succeedeed in having a great many car loads of crushed rock shipped to Princeton from the re formatory at St. Cloud, to be used on roads leading into Princeton, and the Lord knows those sandy roads needed the rock bad enough, and, we repeat, the farmers are indeed fortu nate in having a man like Mr. Dunn who takes such an interest in the betterment of roads, not only in the part of the county in which he lives but for that matter the whole state. One might ask how Bob succeeds in obtaining so many car loads when others have to wait. This paper respectfully refers all such to those who Bob has had to get after to get what he wanted.Foreston Indepen dent. There Ought to be More Silos. Farmers in the vicinity of Elk River are building silos. Silos go hand-in-hand with creameries. Wherever silos abound there you will find well-patronized creameries and prosperous farmers. The Union would suggest that at least one of the speakers at the West Branch creamery picnic on the 27th inst. discuss the silo question. We believe there is no subject in which the dairy farmers, all farmers for that matter, are more vitally interested than that of silos. In Freeborn county, the greatest dairy county in Minnesota, there is a silo on almost every farm, and there are no more prosperous farmers anywhere than in the dairying section of southern Minnesota. No well equipped dairy farm is without a silo.