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District Court Proceedings Ended Yes-
terday After Continuous Grind
of Over Two Weeks.
Resume of the Cases Disposed of Sub-
sequent to the Issue of Last
Number of the Union.
The ditsrict court concluded its
proceedings yesterday afternoon fol
lowing a strenuous session of over
two weeks. The calendar was an
unusually long one although but one
criminal case came on for trial, that
of George A. Presley for violating
the liquor laws. Five men bound
over from justice court for various
offenses, however, pleaded guilty as
charged and were sentenced as stated
in a previous issue of the Union.
There were 63 cases on the civil
calendar in addition to the criminal
list, and Judge Nye found it neces
sary to hold several night sessions in
order to expedite matters. In Judge
Nye the district has a jurist of whom
it should feel proud. The cases not
disposed of at the time the Union
was printed last week are hereunder
The jury in the case of W. H. Fer
rell & Co. against the Great Northern
Railroad company rendered its ver
dict on the evening of November 30.
In this verdict the jury found that
plaintiffs were entitled to damages in
the sum of $5,500, together with costs
and interest at the rate of 6 per cent.
While this is a victory for W. H. Fer
rell & Co. so far as it goes to show
the liability of a railroad company in
such cases, the amount of the jury's
award is a mere bagatelle compared
with the money loss of the plaintiffs
resulting from the defendant's omis
sion or negligence to furnish cars for
the transportation of potatoes when
required. The amount originally
sought to be recovered was something
like $40,000, but some of the causes of
action were eliminated, and this re
duced the sum to $19,500. From the
tenor of the judge's charge to the
jury, which was logical and explicit,
it was confidently expected that a
verdict for the full amount claimed
would be given. Whether either side
will appeal the case is not at this time
known to us.
John W. McClure vs. Minneapolis,
St. Paul & Sault Ste Marie Railway
-company. Suit to recover damages
of $7,000 for loss of sawmill by fire
alleged to have been set by de
fendant's locomotive. Lane & Malm
berg and E. L. McMillan for plaintiff,
Stewart & Brower, John L. Erdall,
X. K. Eaton and L. E. Fryberger for
defendant. Tried by jury and verdict
of $600 and costs returned in favor of
plaintiff. This was one of thirty-two
ases brought against the Soo road
for damages by fire and the only one
which will be tried at this term of
court. The others have been con
State of Minnesota vs. George A.
Presley. Indictment returned by
grand jury charging illegal sale of
liquor. County Attorney Ross and
E. N. Norton for state, C. A. Dickey
for defendant. Defendant was found
guilty and Judge Nye imposed a fine
of $50 and costs in addition to a term
of 30 days in jail. As the trial pro
gressed and the numerous witnesses
were examined it was plain to be seen
that the defendant would be convicted
the testimony was directly against
him. It was a surprise, however, to
the people who were present in court
when the evidence was taken that so
many of the inhabitants of Milaca,
which is ostensibly a "dry" town, ad
mitted that they had purchased
whiskey when they knew full well that
the sale of the stuff was prohibited by
law in the village. While George
Presley was convicted and will pay
the penalty for violation of the liquor
laws, there is every reason to believe
that he was not the only offender in
that village. The other violators
should be rounded up and given their
medicinethere should be no dis
The tax cases of the State of Min
nesota vs. Leon Bergeron and Theo
dore Jorgerson were settled. In cases
of like nature against Ezra Baker, C.
E. Erickson and D. G. Wilkes de
fendants failed to appear and judg
ment was ordered for the state. Jo
seph A. Ross was attorney for the
Princeton Mercantile Co. vs. Wood
cock & Sellhorn. Suit to enforce an
accounting. Chas. A. Dickey for
plaintiff, E. L. McMillan for defend
ant Case continued to next term of
L. S. Waller vs. C. H. MacKenzie
and Fred R. Burrell. Action to re
cover on breach of warranty. John-
son & Dennis for plaintiff, E. L. Mc
Millan for defendants. Case con
tinued over term.
Belle G. Dickey vs. North Star
Lumber Co. Suit to determine claim
to title. Chas. A. Dickey for plain
tiff, Chas J. Traxler for defendant.
Continued over term.
The case of Dr. H. C. Cooney
against the village of Princeton, in
which he sued to recover $1,100 for
injuries to himself and horse result
ing from the negligence of the de
fendant, was tried on Monday and
the jury awarded the plaintiff the sum
of $125 and costs. E. L. McMillan
represented the plaintiff and Royal
A. Stone and C. A. Dickey the vil
lage. The facts in the case are as
follows: While Dr. Cooney, accom
panied by a nurse, was on his way to
answer an emergency call early on
the morning of May 29 at F. C.
Cater's residence, his horse ran
amuck of a wagon which had been
carelessly left in the road by an em
ploye of the village near L. S.
Briggs' residence. The night was
pitch dark and when the horse struck
the wagon its legs were forced by the
impact on top ofthe vehicle and be
came so entangled that it was found
necessary to cut the harness to pieces
in order to extricate the animal from
its situation. L. S. Briggs and F. C.
Cater assisted Dr. Cooney in
releasing the horse. Dr. Cooney
and the nurse were both thrown
out of the buggy by the impact
of the collision. The doctor re
ceived a severe sprain of an ankle
and of the right hand and the nurse
was also injured, while the horse sus
tained cuts and bruises. Dr. Cooney
brought the case to the attention of
the village council and offered to
settle for the sum of $300, which upon
its face shows clearly that he was
willing to do the square thing, but the
council refused to consider the propo
sition and engaged an expensive firm
of St. Paul attorneys, Young,
O'Brien & Stone, to assist the village
attorney in defending the suit which
Dr. Cooney brought for damages.
Hence the expense incurred by the
village will doubtless be much more
than had it accepted Dr. Cooney's
proposition. While the amount
awarded by the jury in the case does
not begin to cover the financial loss
sustained by the plaintiff, it is a
victory for Dr. Cooney and should
prove an object lesson to the village
Geo. A. Clark & Son vs. Henry
Uglem. Suit to collect bill. M. L.
Cormany for plaintiff, Chas. A.
Dickey for defendant. Appeal from
justice court. Defendant failed to
appear and judgment was ordered
for plaintiff.
The Wadena Cracker Co. vs. Henry
Uglem. Suit to recover balance of
account. O. Myron for plaintiff,
Rolleff Vaaler for defendant. De
fendant failed to put in an appearance
and judgment was ordered for
Rolla H. Malkson vs. Stover Rines
and Enna Rines. Action to de
termine ownership of strip of land
which defendant claimed by right of
adverse possession. E. L. McMillan
for plaintiff, C. A. Dickey for de
fendant. Verdict for plaintiff with
Nora Nichols vs. William J.
Nichols. Suit for divorce. Chas. A.
Dickey for plaintiff, Godfrey G.
Goodwin for defendant. Case heard
by court and taken under advisement.
Attorney Godfrey G. Goodwin was
over from Cambridge on Tuesday for
the purpose of trying a case in court.
The Great Northern and Soo
special cars which were on the siding
here pulled out immediately after the
disposition of the cases of the re
spective companies in court.
Among those here from Milaca were
Lloyd Wilkes, Alfred Schedin, Win.
McLaren, Wm. Peterson, A. T. Tufty,
Arthur Tourtillotte, F. Bourquin, H.
W. Christenson, Hans Dahl.
Those attending court from Onamia
were Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Lindquist,
Mr. and Mrs. Silas Lund, Chas.
Gish, Mrs. Schedin, R. Swedberg,
Stacy Orton, Ezra Johnson, Geo. Pry,
Mrs. Ranstrom, Chas. Plovitsch.
Court Reporter John P. Vander
sluis arrived here on Monday evening
from Fergus Falls to take the place of
Philip Woodward, who on Tuesday
returned to St. Cloud to report the
proceedings of the district court which
convened there upon that day.
Sheriff Shockley accompanied
George Presley to his home at Milaca
on Monday evening to bid his wife
good bye and make arrangements for
conducting his business during his
absence. On Wednesday morning the
sheriff escorted him to the Hennepin
county jail.
Petitions for Resurvey of Land In Mil-
aca Township Presented and
Date Set for Hearing.
School Petitions Heard and Granted
and Commissioners Designate
a New State Road.
The Mille Lacs board of county
commissioners met on Tuesday in
adjourned session and concluded its
work the same day. A synopsis of
the proceedings follows:
The board decided to guarantee the
expenses of Miss Anna Hokanson at
the Minnesota State sanitarium for a
period of three months.
A petition was presented praying
for a resurvey of section 20, town of
Milaca, and January 2, 1912,
designated as the time at which said
petition shall be heard. The same
date was set for the hearing of a peti
tion for a resurvey of section 8 in the
same township.
The petitions of D. N. Hunt and
Reed E. Sanford to be set off from
one school district to another were
heard and granted as prayed for.
January 2, 1911, was the date
designated for hearing the petition of
Mrs. Katie I. Libby to be set off from
school district 2 to district 1.
A petition signed by 17 freeholders
was presented to the board asking
that all of township 40, iange 26, be
set off from school district 1 and at
tached to district 25. The petition
was rejected.
It was resolved by the board that
the road beginning at a point in state
road No. 18, on a line between sec
tions 29 and 30, township 36 north,
range 26 west, thence running north
on line between sections 29 and 30 and
sections 19 and 20 and terminating
at the northwest corner of said sec
tion 20, be designated a state road.
The auditing of a number of bills
concluded the work of the session.
I'ercy Fox Laid to Re8t.
On the evening of November 30 the
remains of Percy Fox, mention of
whose tragic death was made in last
week's Union, arrived here accom
panied by the father and brothers of
the unfortunate young man, and the
funeral was held on Friday afternoon
from the Congregational church under
the auspices of the A. O. U. W. lodge.
A large number of the friends of the
family attended the obsequies and
many tributes in the form of wreaths
and flowers were laid upon the casket.
Rev. Fisher delivered an impressive
sermon and the church choir sang
selections of much impressiveness.
The interment was in Oak Knoll ceme
tery, the pallbearers being members
of the Workman lodge. All the
members of the family were present at
the funeral.
Percy Fox was born at New Rich
land, Minn., on May 28, 1891, and
consequently was 20 years and 6
months of age at the time of his death,
which occurred on November 28, 1911.
He had been employed in railroading
for about two years aud was a young
man highly respected by his fellow
men. His taking away was a hard
blow to his parents, brothers and
sisters and the whole community sin
cerely sympathizes with them in their
great loss.
The brothers and sisters who at
tended the obsequies from out of town
were Frank Fox, Madison, Wis.
Louis, Waseca Elmer, Janesviile
Albert, Minneapolis Sadie, Milaca
Beth, Onamia. Miss Laura Wiley of
Minneapolis was also in attendance.
The true story of the accident in
which young Fox lost his life is given
in the following excerpt from the
Dodge County Republican, published
et Kasson, Minn.:
Engine No. 782 with Engineer Geo.
Wyman of Waseca at the throttle,
jumped the track between here and
Mantorville at about 2:20 p. m. Tues
day, turned turtle, and killed Fireman
Percy Fox and badly injured Brake
men G. P. Schentzel and Emil Long
of Waseca, and Engineer Wyman.
The engine pulled way freight train
No. 83, fn charge of Conductor Thos.
Lahey, into this village from the east
at about 1 o'clock and was then taken
off the train to make the trip to Man
torville, which is done whenever there
is sufficient freight to warrant it.
They were shoving a cattle car ahead
of the engine with a car loaded with
freight trailing the engine.
Engineer Wyman informed us that
he waB-going at the rate of about ten
miles an hour and when within half a
mile of Mantorville saw the stock car
jump the track ahead of his engine
just as it was going onto a short
bridge. This threw the engine off the
track to the left and the big massive
structure turned completely bottom!
side up and landed nose down in the
ravine below, carrying with it the
four trainmen, who were all in the cab
of the engine when it went over. In
an instant the men were enveloped
with" escaping steam and all were
more or less burned.
Fireman Percy Fox was pinned be
neath the engine and instantly killed.
His body was not taken from the
wreckage until about 11:35 p. m. that
Since the above was written Brake
man Schentzel died from the injuries
Spotter shine Hastily Decamps
N. A. Shine, one of the so-called
detectives in the Presley case, was ar
rested on Saturday and taken before
Justice Norton charged with furnish
ing beer to a minor. While being
examined in the Presley case Shine
admitted offering the boy a bottle,
but the boy returned ithe refused to
drink. From this admission the
justice court case resulted. It
seems that Shine and his brother
spotter came to Princeton from Milaca
in an automobile and took back with
them a number of bottles, one of
which Shine offered to young Schedin
as above stated. Shine pleaded not
guilty to the charge of furnishing
liquor to a minor before Justice
Norton and, knowing no one here
who would go on his bail bond, he
asked the justice to free him on his
own recognizance. This Mr. Norton
did, but told him to appear on Mon
day morning at 9 o'clock in district
court. But at that time Mr. Shine
was far, far away. He took time by
the forelockearly, very early, on
Sunday morning, before Old Sol had
shown his face, Mr. Shine departed
for Elk River in a livery rig. The
fact that Mr. Shine folded his tent
and silently stole away will naturally
lead most people to believe that he
was guilty of the offense charged.
Andrew Anderson Dead.
Andrew Anderson died at his home
in the town of Baldwin on Wednesday
evening, November 29, after an illness
extending over several months. He
was born in Sweden on October 2,
1872, and had lived in Baldwin about
two years upon a farm which he
purchased there. He is survived by a
wife and three daughters.
Awe remains, accompanied by de
caesed's widow and his uncle, Benj.
Johnson, were conveyed to Moline,
111., on Friday for interment.
Mr. Anderson was an honest, in
dustrious farmer who made many
friends during his short residence in
Baldwin. He built a substantial
dwelling house and barn on his farm
and was on a fair road to prosperity
when, unfortunately, he was cut down
by the hand of death.
Agricultural society Meets
The Mille Lacs County Agricultural
society met in the offices of McMillan
& Stanley on Tuesday evening and
the reports of the secretary and
treasurer were read and adopted.
A resolution was passed to amend
the articles of incorporation so that
the number of directors be increased
from seven to fifteen. This was done
with a view of giving all parts of the
county representation on the board
the additional members will be se
lected from among residents at the
lake and other parts of the county
outside of the village of Princeton.
This should tend to increase the in
terest manifested in the annual county
Another meeting of the society will
be held on December 29, when officers
for the ensuing year will be elected.
Pythlans Elect Officers.
At the regular meeting of Princeton
lodge, No. 93, Knights of Pythias, on
Tuesday evening the annual election
of officers was held and the following
were chosen for the ensuing year:
Chancellor commander, A. J. An
derson vice chancellor, Fred Manke
prelate, Solomon Long master of
work, Fred Newton keeper of records
and seal, Frank Goulding master of
finance, Louis Rust master of ex
chequer, J. W. Hartman master at
arms, Alfred H. Johnson inner
guard, P. O. Anderson outer guard,
E. K. Evens trustee for three years,
S. Briggs.
Get Tour Presents at Sadley's
Now is the time to do your Christ'
mas shopping and I have many
beautiful and useful articles to show
you. Here are a few suggestions:
Auto scarfs, handkerchiefs, damask
lunch cloths, linen towels, jabots,
children's muff sets, all in holiday
boxes. Also stamped pillow cases,
towels laundry b,ags, work bags,
towel, and tie racks, centerpieces,
knitted hockey caps, skating caps,
corsets and other things too numer
ous to mention. Am also selling my
hats at greatly reduced prices.
Anna Sadley*
Leonard n. Reed of Virginia, flinn.,
and Blanche S. Harrington of
Princeton Take Vows.
John T. Vernon Harried to Ida C. He-
ruth at Home of Bride's Pa-
rents in Greenbush.
Leonard M. Reed of Virginia,
Minn/, and Miss Blanche S. Harring
ton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C.
Harrington of Princeton township,
were married by Rev. Emerson B.
Service at the Methodist parsonage at
6:30 o'clock on Thursday evening,
November 30. The witnesses were Mr.
and Mrs. H. J. Harrington.
Immediately following the ceremony
the bridal party repaired to the home
of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Harrington,
where a sumptuous wedding supper
was served to the relatives and friends
of the young people. Many pretty
presents were bestowed upon the bride
and groom by the guests as tokens of
On Sunday evening a farewell party
was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs.
Reed, and on Monday evening they
left for Virginia, where they expect to
make their future home. The Union
wishes them happiness.
John T. Vernon and Ida C. Heruth
were married on Thanksgiving day at
the home of the bride's parents in
Greenbush, and many relatives and
friends of the young people were
present at the ceremony, which was
performed by Rev. Eugene Ahl of the
Princeton German Lutheran church at
3 o'clock in the afternoon. The
bride's attendants were Emma Ray
man and Ida Vernon and the groom
was attended by Paul Heruth and
Marion Shrode.
A reception followed the ceremony
and a bountiful wedding feast was
provided by the parents of the bride.
Wedding presents in great variety
were bestowed upon the young people
by their friends and relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon will make
their home at Warba, Minn. The
Union congratulates the young
Judge A Nye Addresses Audience.
At the Congregational church on
Sunday evening Judge Carroll A.
Nye gave a very interesting talk upon
his experience and observations dur
ing his circumnavigation of the globe.
In his address Judge Nye demon
strated that he is a close observer and
that he possesses a remarkable mem
ory for details. He described the
customs of the inhabitants of the
various countries which he visited,
gave an account of the daces of note
and lucidly explained everything
which he considered would prove of
interest to his hearers. It was a most
instructive address and the people of
Princeton owe Judge Nye a debt of
gratitude for his kindness.
Celebrate Silver Wedding
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Grapentine of
Princeton township celebrated their
silver wedding last eveningthey were
married in Germany on December 6,
1886. Many friends and neighbors of
the good people were present to con
gratulate them and a very pretty
wedding ceremony was performed by
Rev. Eugene Ahl of the German
Lutheran church, Princeton. It was
a truly delightful event, and Mr. and
Mrs. Grapentine were presented with
many tokens of esteem in the form of
silverware as mementoes of the happy
occasion. A bountiful supper was
served by Mrs. Grapentine, which was
followed by a pleasant period of
Best Show of the Season.
In writing to Manager Brands con
cerning Will H. Bruno and his com
pany, to be seen at the opera house
for three nights starting next Monday
night, Manager Hanson of Rush City
says: "Bruno has given us the three
best shows we have ever had here.
Every one of the plays is new and the
company exceptionally strong in all
of them. It is the first show I have
seen in years which did not have one
poor actor." Like letters have been
received from every part of the state,
and it is very evident that a treat is
in store for our theater-goers in the
engagement of this company.
A Peculiar Accident.
Frank Schilling, who is visiting
Louis Larson at Park Rapids, was
last week prevailed upon to lead an
orchestra at a classy dance. Frank,
as is his custom, mounted a chair,
tuned up his fiddle, and started the
music. Frank is a wonder when it
comes to leading an orchestra but he
has one faulthe sways to and fro
more than is necessary. While en
gaged in this motion the chair upon
which he was standing collapsed and
skinned his shins. But this was not
the worst of ithis Sunday pants,
which were built to fit snugly on the
other side, gave way and Frank was
in consequence greatly abashed.
However, his brother musicians were
equal to the occasion and threw a big
fur overcoat over him. Thus ca
parisoned he left the hall and failed
to return. He said he had been
sufficiently humiliated for one night.
Recital by Miss Peterson.
Miss Frances Peterson, formerly
principal of our high school, will
give an evening recital on "Hia
watha" at the high school assembly
room on Friday evening, December
15. This recital will have a musical
accompaniment. Miss Peterson was
a fine elocutionist when in Princeton
and has been doing special work
along that line for the last three
years. The following is from the
Monticello Times: The "Hiawatha"
recital at the Presbyterian church last
evening was one of the most delight
ful of the entertainments of the
season. Miss Peterson showed a dis
criminating and delicate conception
of the beauties and the pathos of the
great poem and she had the elocu
tionary training to present to her
audience her own interpretation of
the thoughts of the poem.
Finds Honey fn the Chimney.
Upon kindling a fire in a fireplace
which had not been used during the
summer B. Fritzell of Green lake dis
covered that the chimney was ob
structed and he proceeded to ascertain
the nature of it. He then found that
a swarm of bees had taken possession
of the chimney and manufactured
several pounds of honey. Mr. Fritzell
managed to save eight pounds of the
product and thinks there must have
been at least 15 pounds there before
the heat and smoke destroyed a por
tion of it.
Lecture by Frederick S. Attwood.
Frederick S. Attwood, known as
"The Blind Optimist," will give his
great lecture on "Happiness" at the
Knights of Pythias hall next Tuesday
evening. A committee of the lodge
has been appointed to issue invita
tions to the lecture.
Mr. Attwood has attained much
fame in the lecture field and the sub
ject upon which he will discourse next
Tuesday is considered bis best.
Music will be furnished by the
Princeton orchestra.
Horses That Will Suit You
Last Monday my special represen
tative arrived here with a carload
of young native mares which are
strong, sound, and adapted to vari
ous kinds of work. They have been
selected with great care from among
hundreds by an expert horseman and
they will stand close inspection. On
the whole these mares cannot be ex
celled in this part of the country. Call
at my barn on Monday and judge for
yourselves. 47-tfc Aulger Rines.
Fred Hass Throws Bell
At the armory on Saturday evening
Fred Hass engaged in a wrestling
contest with Jack Bell of Boston and
threw him in two straight falls. The
time was 7 and 2 minutes respectively,
and the hold with which the heavy
weight was thrown was the body
lock. Hass displayed some pretty
scientific tactics in his contest with
Bell and seemed to throw his op
ponent with comparative ease.
A Prime Bunch of Horses
A carload of horses, the greater
proportion young mares, have been
received at our barn and are being
sold at reasonable prices. They are
all young, sound native horses, suita
ble for farm work and general pur
poses. If looking for reliable horses
call at our barn and look over this
45-tfc King & Kaliher.
Odd Fellows Elect Officers.
The local Odd Fellows lodge on
Monday evening elected the following
officers for the ensuing year: Noble
grand, J. A. Ross vice noble grand,
Wm. Steadman secretary, F. C.
Foltz financial secretary, J. C. Herd
liska trustee for 18 months, R. D.
G. A, Election.
Wallace T. Rines post, No. 142, G.
A. R., will hold its regular meeting
next ^Saturday, December 9, at 2
o'clock. As the annual election of
officers will be held at that time all
members are urged to be present.
F. A. Lowell, Commander.
A. Z. Norton, Adjutant.
Dr. Cooney- performed surgical
operations upon the following patients
during the past week:
Mrs. John Looney, Zimmerman
Mrs. Adolph Holm, Dalbo Mrs.
Halvor Stinson, Princeton Henry
Kunkel, Princeton. The last named
operation was for appendicitis.

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