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BY R. C. DUNN. PttblisHed Every Thursday. TERMS$1.00 PE YEAR IN ADVANCE. Si.25 I NOT PAID I N ADVANCE. OFFICE! FIRST ST., EAST OF COURT HOUSE. a. I. STAPLES, Business Manager. THOS. H. PROWSE, Editor. Socialists were in evidence at the lections in several states Tuesday. There seems to be no limit to Mose Clapp's ability to generate poisonous gases. It would not be a bad idea to apply the recall to some of the women's new style hats. Mose Clapp says that a judge is only the people's hired man." What is Mose? A hired man of the in terests? Johnson, the negro pugilist, is said to have joined a fashionable London ^church. The congregation was prob ably minus a black sheep. Secretary of the Navy Myer in- spected 102 vessels of the line the other day. But what does Mr. Meyer know about battleships, anyway? A DeLacy Wood, the founder of 32 newspapers in this state and Wiscon- sin, died at Duluth on Tuesday even- ing. Mr. Wood was a native of Sauk Rapids. The Milaca Times was onetion. of DeLacy's offsprings. After all it appears that Maine still retains its constitutional provision which prohibits the sale of intoxicat- ing liquor. Th official majority against the repeal of the prohibition constitutional proviso is given as 758. Hundreds of defenseless women and children were hacked to pieces by Chinese imperial troops in the recent battles at Hankow. I it not time that the great powers stepped in and prevented a recurrence of such devilish deeds? Bemidji has shipped out 17 cars of potatoes this season. This is not so badfor Bemidji. I goes to show that the country contiguous is adapted to potato culture and that in conse- quence there is a bright future ahead of it. Potato culture pays. "Automaniacs" is a word which the Duluth Herald applies to fellows who steal automobiles. If these persons are really maniacs they should be given a dose of the same medicine which was administered to one Harry Thaw, for they are certainly criminals as well. Figures of the United States in- ternal revenue department show a steady decrease in the quantity of beer manufactured in Minnesotathere was an important falling off for the months of July, August, September and October. And it is pretty safe to predict that greater and greater will become this decrease as time rolls on. Proprietors of the New York shirt waist sweatshops, in which 143 girls lost their lives by fire last March, will be tried upon charges of manslaughter in the first degree. It seems from the evidence presented to the grand jury that these sweatshops were veritable fire trapsthat there was but small chance of anyone escaping-therefrom. The rascals who maintained the shops should be made to pay dearly for their criminal negligence. Members of the Railway Mail as sociation of the tenth division will meet in St. Paul tomorrow to discuss their grievances and make a demand that they be rectified. Their greatest grievances consist of the persistent policy of the postoffice department to underman mail cars and thus over- work the crews. Th men are cer- tainly entitled to a hearing, but the despotic Mr. Hitchcock does not seem inclined to give it to them. So Judge Hale, who is presiding at the Briggs trial in Minneapolis, would not stand for the testimony of one Bill Grimshaw and ordered it stricken from the records. Grimshaw testified in behalf of Briggs, charged with being an accomplice of the late outlaw, Jerry McCarthy, but the judge considered the evidence particu- larly fishy and ordered it wiped out. The judge seems to be familiar with Grimshaw's reputation. In his "swine around the circle" Mr. Taft traveled about 14,000 miles, beating his previous recbrd by several hundred miles. We scarcely think that the whole of Governor Eberhart's ''swings" would total this mileage, and yet he has been upbraided for traveling too much. Germany has recognized the right of France to establish a protectorate over Moroccoor at least Morgan has Mr Morgan is the gentleman who wielded a club over the kaiser's head and informed him that unless he proceeded as directed he would refuse to loan him another cent. As near as Secretary Simpson can estimate, the Minnesota State Agri- cultural society is $45,000 in the hole. But the business men of the twin cities have volunteered to advance this amount until the association has an opportunity of again pulling the leg of the legislature. The legislature is a particularly easy mark and the as sociation knows it. In the face of the fact that the government is working overtime chopping the great trusts into mince- meat the City Fuel company of Chi- cago is reaching out upon every op portunity and adding new concerns, until now forty-two coal and wood yards are included in the combina- mons. Combines in restraint of trade are being organized much more rapid- ly than they are being dissolved. Balfour has resigned the leadership of the opposition in the British parliament. Balfour is one of the most liberal of the Conservatives and a constructive statesman. Dissension within the ran ks of his party in parliament was the cause of his re- signing the leadership. He will con- tinue to represent a division of the City of London in the house of com- Highwaymen of Minneapolis appear to be perfectly familiar with the habits of the police in that city and they cer- tainly take advantage of their knowledge. It is a rare thing for a policeman to show up in Minneapolis when a hold-up is in progress. Th Journal tells of two highway rob- beries being committed last Thursday night directly under the arc lights in the down town district. Where were the police? The United States senate committee, which for the past month has been in- vestigating the alleged irregular prac- tices of Uncle Ike Stephenson at Mil- waukee, has tired of its job and adjourned to meet at some future time in Washington. Unless the investi- gation moves along with greater ra pidity than it has been doing Uncle Ike's term in the United States senate will have expired before the committee hands in its verdict of "not guilty." That will be the verdict just as sure as William H. Taft will be the next president of the United States. The so-called "progressive" in poli- tics is still an enigma personified, but not so the "progressive" in religion. We will permit the Emporia Gazette to tell what constitutes progressiveness in religion. The Gazette says: "It is the creed of hundreds of thousands of men and women who believe that re- ligion is not a matter of going to church or 'professing' or 'getting the power,' but rather that religion is a matter of human service to bring about the coming kingdom of righteousness. Modern literature is filled with the new religionthe re- ligion of progress." A great disturbance is due to take place in Minneapolis on November 11. Upon that day Mrs. Emmeline Pank- hurst, the leader of the English suffragettes, is billed to speak there- to urge the' hosts to action. Emme- line, it is said, declares, as did Na poleon, that if she is given time she will conquer the worldthat she will place women at the head of all governments, that women shall hold all important offices, in fact that women shall rule the earth. Then we presume that mere man is doomed to remain at home, darn the socks, do the cooking and rock the cradlethe very things that fair Emmeline should be doing now instead of galivanting about the country inciting femininity to riot. exchange. Of course it is, and if in- dulged in to excess invariably kills its victim. Take the case of Abra- ham Isaacs of San Francisco, for instance. He had been an inveterate smoker during his short career and died last week while puffing one of his favorite brands of cigars. Yes, smoking will get you in the end if you persist in it. Mr. Isaacs was 106 years old. The city of Duluth has passed transient merchant ordinance, and is evidently a very good measure, requires all transient merchants pay $10 a day and to give in writing a detailed statement of the goods con- tained in the stock and the probable duration of the transient's stay in the city. The ordinance is of course for the purpose of protecting resident merchants against the encroachments of itinerants, and every city and vil- lage in the country should have a similar law. ly preparing for the era of suffragism which is prophesied, when women's time will be occupied with politics and operating the machiney of the govern- ment, and men and boys will be com- pelled to remain at home and do the cooking. That time is coming, says Mary, and Mary is an authority. THE PIfclNCETOK TJOTOtf^TaTTRSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1911. "Is smoking injurious?" asks an Senator Coller of Scott county suggests that the state be reappor- tioned by giving each congressional district four or five senators at large and at least one house member to each county. Mr. Coller's plan would necessitate the adoption of a constitu- tional amendment, which would mean further delay. In the meantime, why should not Senator Coller and every other member of the legislature respect his oath of office and reappor- tion the state on the basis of popula- tion, as the constitution plainly pro- vides? The board of education of Water- bury, Conn., has established a cook- ing school for boys, and it will be made compulsory for them to attend. Their fathers may also take lessons free of charge. Waterbury is evident- "Nine-tenths of the poeple of this country favor the annexation of Canada," declares Champ Clark, "and I am willing to make this propo- sition: You let me run for president on a platform calling for annexation of Canada in so far as the United States can accomplish that end andof let President Taft run against me opposing annexation and I would carry every state in the union." Fire- belching spellbinders of the Clark type could probably incite nine-tenths of the people to declare for annexation but a vote taken at this time would not show that percentage by a long shot. MASTERS OF CHESS. Some of the Greatest Blindfolded Players of the Past. Playing at chess without seeing the board is a much older accomplishment than is generally known even among chess players. Buzecca, an Italian, as early as 1266 played three games at once, looking at one board, but not at the other two. His three competitors iwere skilled in the game, but he won two games and made a draw of the third. Ruy Lopez, whose name has been given to an opening Mangiolini, Terone Medrano, Leonardi da Cutis, Paoli Boi, Salvia and others who lived between the thirteenth and seven teenth centuries were able to play the game without seeing the board. Father Sacchieri of Favia early in the eight eenth century played three games at once against three players without see ing any of the boards. It remained for Phillidor, the great est genius at chess known up to his time, to play blindfolded in England in 1783 against three of the best players then living, winning two games and drawing the third, surprising his an tagonists and the throng of onlookers by keeping up a lively conversation all the while. Phillidor's achievement as to the number of simultaneous games has been far outdone by Paul Morphy. Paulsen. Blackburne and several of their successors. Bu Phillidor. lively Frenchman that he was, still holds the palm as a conversationalist and player at the same time. Phillidor was the assumed name of Francois Andre Danican, born at Dreux in 1726. was educated as a court musician for Louis XIV. He com posed music to Dryden's "Alexander's Feast" and to many operas, all long since forgotten. Dunican's fame does not live in music, but as Phillidor, the chess player. As a chess player he vis ited Holland, Germany and England. In 1749, while in England, he published his "Analysis of Chess," a work which has taken its place among the classics of the game. He died in England Aug. 31, 1795.Exchange. OPINIONS OF EDITORS I I Shot to Pieces. With our foreman at home shot three times, a printer in the Blount ville jail half shot, another in the office not worth shooting, the Comet is issued under great difficulties this week.Johnson City Comet. $- Indian Warwhoop Music In Comparison. The Minneapolis Journ al says the "Rah! Rah! Rah Ski-U-Mah!" of the university mob made President Taft tired. He probably expected to hear intelligent sounds emanate from an "institution of learning. "Red Wing Free Press. Even the Dears Passed Her Up A disconsolate spinster of Lima, Ohio, decided to end her life the other day and jumped into the bear pit at the city hall park. The bears, how ever, refused to take even a tasteal though they jumped at the man whoButter tried to save her. There is something almost human about bears.Quentin in Minneapolis Tribune. 2* 4 Colonel Neff to the Rescue. So the guys hope to defeat in a measure the woman's suffrage move ment by having a law passed that the women must tell their ages? We guess nit. The same law that regulates the male voter will regulate the women voters. All the law asks is, are you 21 years of age? That's all that will be required of any voter as to age. Lake Crystal Union. How the New Law Works. Since hanging has been prohibited as punishment for murder there has been a startling increase in homicide in all parts of the state. Criminals arrested for an offense punishable by a state prison setence do not hesitate to take a further chance for freedom by slaying their would-be captors, knowing that if the attempt is in vain their sentence will not be much greater.Belle Plaine Herald. No Popular Demand for It. There is a good deal of buncombe about the noisy clamor of some northern Minnesota newspapers for an extra session of the legislature. There does not appear to be now, and has not been at any time, any particu lar public sentiment in favor of such a step, notwithstanding all the vigor ous editorial articles calling upon the governor to issue a call for a special session.Brainerd Tribune. $ 4* Rather Severe on Sam. Was it an evidence that Sa Gor don was "not afraid of the cars," and that he would not "dodge around the corner to avoid responsibility," that he did not attend any of the functions in honor of the president of the United States last week? Others may think it as they will, but this paper con ceives it to be a species of cowardice. He was afraid of getting mixed up in the factions in the^J republican party which exist by reason of fellows like him.West St. Paul Times. Seeing the Error of Their Way. Since men like Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop Ireland and Cyrus Northrup have spoken some plain truths on the subject of initiative, referendum and recall, the "progres sives" seem to have let go of this doctrine, and to have some doubt as to the expediency of shouting too loud in favor of the other vagaries and fallacies which have been so often in the mouths of "progressive" orators. With the exception of Moses Explosi vista Clapp, who seems to have gone "plumb nutty" over the subject, the orators are not shouting for initi ative, referendum and rceall so vocif erously as they were a while ago. Man in the Dome, West St. Paul Times. PATAG0NIAN Customs INDIANS. of a Ones of the Remnants Powerful Tribe. Normally the Tehuelches. as the Patagoninn ludians are called, area peaceable and kindly people, yet they are impulsive, capable of strong preju dices, very revengeful andoften with good reasonsuspicious of stran gers. They are not to be trifled -with and when under the influence of drink are brutal and dangerous. They show love for their children and wives and kindness to their old people. They are divided into numerous tribes or groups, each having its chief or cacique, upon whom the burdens of government rest but lightly. They believe in a good and an evil spirit, whom they propitiate, and have many stories, myths and superstitions connected with the sun. moon and stars, while the slaying of horses and drinking of blood form a conspicuous part of their superstitions, birth, mar riage and death ceremonies, many of which are most repulsive. When Magellan first passed through the strait there were perhaps no fewer than 10,000 Patagonians roaming from the Rio Negro to the strait, while to day, driven back, from the littoral to the high pampas and the foothills of the Andes, altogether they would probably not total over 500.Harper's Magazine. ARMY OF PEOPLE ON THE PAYROLL State's ExpensesIncrease Enor mously in Ten Years. BOB ISSUES WARNING Declares the Time Is Near at Hand When the Taxpayers Will Make Vigorous Protest. St. Paul, Nov. 7.Boh Dunn, he of many a hard fought battle and who now proposes to add the word potato to the title, "Minnesota, the Bread and State," penned an editorial the other day that may figure heavily in the next campaign when, in language that the Sage of Princeton alone is master of, 'he argued that the govern mental machinery of the North Star state was becoming top heavy. What with new boards and departments, bi ennial additions to the payroll in the shape of hundreds of employes and salary increases running up into the thousands, he declared that the whole was reaching a stage that was well nigh the bursting point and that soon the voice of the taxpayers would be heard in protest. When the Princeton man wrote that editorial he perhaps did not know that the Democratic state leaders have had this same thing in mind these many months. Like Bob, they have seen this costly bit of fabric grow, noted the expensive ad ditions and chuckled. And while they chuckled, and I might add, helped their Republican brethren in the work of creating these additions, obedient lieutenants, with pencil and paper, put it all down, in cold figures and filed the whole away. With these bits of penciled paper Democracy will build its platform next year and I un derstand the marching song of its army will be economy. Democracy, too, is not the only one who hopes to gain political power and some sheckles from this swelling wave. There are others politically ambitious and I am told that the air will soon ring with their cry of halt. A little ever six years ago the gov ernment Machinery of the great state of Minnesota, now boasting a popula tion of over 2,000,000 and an industrial and agricultural output that has dis tanced many of its much older neigh bors, was housed in a building that covered less than a half block of ground. The force of janitors could be counted on the figures of one hand and the state auditor's department was regarded as having the largest payroll in (.he building On a hill to the north the legislature was building a great marble palace. It was neces sary, for the old building was burst ing with life and the plan of govern ment by boards was then getting its start and the opinion was that they should be properly housed. In Jan uary of 1905 the officers and depart ments were moved to the marble pile. The then attorney general had so much room that he looked upon the vastness of his quarters as a joke. The state treasurer had a spare parlor and he loaned it at times to the state auditor. There was space galore and departments vied with each other in adding to their holdings. The halls were a case of magnificent distances 4- 4- That was less than six years ago. Today vault and living space is at a premium and the old building, aban doned then It was presumed for good, is again bursting with life. All the old offices in it are filled. Since the transfer to the new building was made has come into being an immi gration board, a state banking de partment, formerly connected with the public examiner's department, a nti\ forestry force, a state highway com mission and a department for ta testing of weights and measures. I could not begin to enumerate the small boards which meet occasionally and draw their per diem from the state's strong box. The last session of the legislature made fully three hundred additions to the payroll, and there are more to come. The other morning, standing in front of the big marble pile, I saw this great army straggle in by twos and threes. From 8 o'clock until near the noon hour they passed through its massive carved portals, and as I watched them I thought of Bob Dunn's editorial And they told me, too, that fully seventy five girls and women earned their daily bread in this big building and that their salaries ranged from $1,000 to $1,800 a year. Enough, you say, to keep a bread winner and his six kiddies in comfort. In the old state capitol the activity was just as marked, but the numbers were not so great. 4* 4* 4* All this undoubtedly surprises you, dear reader, but for jour further in formation will say that what I saw was only a fraction of that great army employed in keeping the state's ma chinery running. It was the heads and their assistants that were housed in the two capitol buildings. The pri vates were scattered over the state and when Uncle Sam's mails were in adequate to the job a network of sires served to keep them in touch with the powers that be. That the flWS&W growth of the state has necessitated "vast additions to those needed for the enforcement of the laws and the car rying out of its policies is admitted, hut there are many who believe that selfishness lather than good business has figured in the increase, and Bob Dunn is only voicing their sentiments. AAA Dame Rumor is Sytill busy with the name of Congressman C. A. Lindberg in connection with the Republican nomination for governor. The Sixth district congressman, however, re fuses to give the "talk confirmation He, howler, has net entered any de nial. It may not be generally known, but the Sixth district progressive is credited down here with much of this world's goods and there are those who say that if he wanted to get into the game outside help in the way of fi nances would not be necessary. Ke has been much in the Twin Cities of late conferring with local progressive leaders. 4* 4* 4* One of the features of the inquiries for state lands received by State Auditor Iverson these days is the re quest for information covering acre age that has a lake frontage. Noth ing is required of the purchaser under the present law other than that he pay the stipulated price, and the fancy of prospective buyers in consequence seems to run to pleasure spots. In a report just filed Mr. Iverson says that from May to October of the present year he disposed of 102,758 acres of state land at an average price of $6.S2 an acre. The whole realized the state school fund the tidy sum of $679,- 261.37. AAA Some of Governor Eberhart's critics have been fussing with his contingent fund and they find that since Aug. 1 he has spent of the state's money $27 for taxicabs, $191 in visiting county fairs and other state points, several hundred dollars in telegraph and tel ephone tolls and nearly $125 for clip ping bureau service. The latter tells him what the country and city press has to say regarding his conduct of the executive department and the state's affairs. Some have been try ing to hold that many of the expendi tures are illegal, but State Auditor Iverson says it is the governor's fund and what he does with it will not be questioned by him. Attorney General Simpson will soon leave the service of the state to en gage in the private practice of law. "If I do say it myself," said Mr. Simp son, commenting upon his early de parture, "the state legal department has grown to be one of the most im portant i the list. It is now earning many times its cost and if those who succeed me keep up the work fully $750,000 in inheritance taxes alone can be added to the treasury within the next year. I have in mind several New York estates from which this sum can be collected, but which I cannot reach now because of my lim ited time 4- 4* 4- This never appealed to me, but a wise head at the state capitol offers this political advice: "If a political career is your ambition and the peo ple make favorable answer, do not stick to one office, keep climbing. I have seen more than one hope blasted through sticking to one thing. Jim Tawney is an example of one class Senator Nelson the other. Knute never stopped until he reached the top." And I had to admit there was something in it. The name of Judge John C. Neth away of Stillwater is figuring consid erably these days in the matter of the Republican nomination for attorney general. When the present attorney general arrived on the scene Judge Nethaway was looked upon as picked for one of the assistants, but at the last moment some unknown power in terfered and the place went to Alex Janes, then county attorney of Pipe stone county. It was a great disap pointment to Nethaway's Fourth dis trict backers and they have ever since been threatening to get even. 4* 4* 4* At the next national Republican convention a national committeeman for Minnesota will be selected and the gossips are busy with the name of E. E. Smith of Minneapolis as the probable successor of Frank B. Kel logg, who now holds down the job. Mr. Smith is chairman of the Repub lican state central committee. Mr Kellogg's fame is nationwide^ but the politicians generally do not take kindly to him. He was close to the Roosevelt administration, but the pass ing of the big stick seems to have left him out in the cold. 4* 4* 4* I learn that there is more than talk in the proposition to offer Alvah East man, the well known St. Cloud pub lisher and editor, as a candidate for the Republican nomination for con gressman at large. Mr. Eastman would be the last man in the world to seek the office and friends aware of this, it is said, vrill take up the task of pushing his candidacy. In the same district is Cash Sprague of Sauk Cen ter, who aspires to the lieutenant gov ernorship, and his friends do not like the Eastman movement. It means trouble for their favorite. 4- 4* 4 A member of the state legal depart ment is credited with imparting to a friend the information that the state anti-pass law is unconstitutional. He declares that it is clearly class legis lation. He would not speak for pub lication though and did not care to have the matter put up to him offi cially. HE COUNTY CHAIRMAN.