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THE PRINCETON UNION
BY R. Q. DUNN.
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Q. I. STAPLES,
THOS. H. PROWSE.
SQUARE, HONEST AND MANLY.
I am very grateful for the honors
the people have given me. I do not
affect to deny the satisfaction I should
feel, after casting up the totals pro
and con, and striking a balance, they
should decide that my first term had
been fruitful enough of good to war
rant their enlisting me for another.
Any man would be proud of such a
verdict. But I have not been willing,
nor shall I be, to purchase it at the
sacrifice of my freedom to do my duty
as I see it. My happiness is not de
pendent OD holding1
any office and I
shall go back to private life with no
heartburnings if the people, after an
unprejudiced review of my administra
tion, conclude that some one else can
serve them to their greater ad
vantage. "President Taft.
Organized labor must purge its
ranks of unworthy members. Public
sentiment will not tolerate lawless
The sixty-second congress opened
on Monday and the session promises
to afford equally as much excitement
as the football season.
Politics should be tabooed at the
meeting of the Northern Minnesota
Development association in St. Cloud
tomorrow and Saturday.
The epoch of universal peace is
upon us, says an exchange. Tommy
rot. There will be no such a thing as
universal peace until the time shall
come when the Lord destroyeth every
human being in existence.
Governors of ten western states
have been touring the country talking
themselves hoarse on "Universal
Peace" and other weighty problems,
but the good they have accomplished
will perhaps never be known.
That the average Minneapolis
policeman is a crack shot with a re
volver was demonstrated last week.
A patrolman discovered a burglar
trying to enter a residence, fired
twelve times at him and every shot
Hon. A. J. Rockne of Zumbrota is
the latest to receive "favorable men
tion" for congressman-at-large.
Senator Rockne is a clean, bright
man, but if he wishes to go to congress
next year he will have to go from the
Hon. James A. Peterson of Minne
apolis is talked of as the candidate of
the progressives for United States
senator Notwithstanding his poli
tical vagaries Mr. Peterson would
grace any position within the gift of
the people of Minnesota.
The State Anti-Tuberculosis society
will give a vacuum cleaning plant to
the city of more than 20,000 popula
tion which sells the'largest per capita
number of Red Cross Christmas seals,
the apparatus to be installed in a
school house. This excludes all cities
outside of St. Paul, Minneapolis and
Duluth. Why this discrimination0
At a clergymen's meeting in Mil
waukee the Methodist ministers were
set agog and aghast by the suggestion
of the secretary of the Boys' Busy
Life club that church parlors be
turned into dance halls for the young
people. Better this by far than that
the youthswho will dance anyway
frequent places of questionable repute
for their terpsichorean diversion.
There is a possibility that Mrs.
Sarah Piatt Decker, a suffragette,
may be elected United States senator
from Colorado to succeed Senator
Hughes. The situation seems to be
such that no male candidate can se
cure sufficient votes to elect and the
suffragists have consequently placed
a candidate in the field. A woman in
the senate chamber would likely prove
a blessingher presence should deter
the insurgents from belching forth
such volumes of firend brimstone.
Western apple growers should now
cease boasting of the quality of their
apples. Last week Minnesota skinned
them all. It went into their very
midst at the Spokane fruit show with
a small exhibit and carried off first
prizefor apples, mind you.
Executive departments of the United
States government ask for $21,000,000
less for the next fiscal year than last.
This is an example that the executive
departments of the Minnesota state
government would do well to follow
when the next legislature convenes.
Public sentiment in this state, we
believe, is opposed to the employment
of convict labor in the improvement
of our highways. It would be neither
feasible or profitable. There can be
no valid objection, however, to the em
ployment of prison labor in furnish
ing road material in the shape of
crushed rock at the "prisons.
Charley McCarthy, former halfback
of Brown university, believes that the
old football game will be recalled
that the so-called denatured rules will
be abandoned. Let's see. How does
this season's death list line up with
that of last? This should be the de
ciding point as to whether the old
game should be recalled or not.
A truce has been declared between
the state fair board and the regents of
the state university, and the cadets of
the U. can drill in any old building
on the fair grounds. Now that their
difficulties have been adjusted the fair
board and the regents can pool their
issues and marshal their forces for a
concerted raid on the state treasury a
Seeing that the "leaders" of the re
publican party of this state, the men
who represent the "big interests" and
the "progressives" are all either
openly or covertly opposed to Presi
dent Taft, it might be well for the
plain, everyday republicans of the
state to take a hand in the game of
selecting delegates to the republican
The Maine inspection board has
come to the conclusion that the vessel
was blown up from the outside. At
first it decided that the explosion oc
curred from the inside but has now
reversed its opinion. Whether from
the outside or the inside no benefit
will be derived from the investigation.
The raising of the old hulk was a
sheer waste of money.
Wisconsin's state board of health
has wisely decided to issue no permits
to hotel keepers to use roller towels
in their establishmentsonly indi
vidual towels will be allowed. The
law of 1911 leaves this discretionary
with the board of health. All sorts of
skin and other diseases are dissemin
ated through the medium of the hotel
roller towelit savors of filthiness.
Even the roller towel in the print shop
has its drawbacks.
It has come to light that "Pussy
foot" Johnson, the hireling who
caused so much trouble in northern
Minnesota, did not resign voluntarily
from his position of special Indian
agent. Charges of insubordination,
inattention to duty, attempts to mis
lead the department and reckless use
of government money were preferred
against him, and he resigned rather
than face these charges. Johnson
should not be let off so easily if
the Indian department, and there
no reason to doubt his statement.
So Jack and Bob, the faithful old
Minneapolis fire department horses
which had outgrown their usefulness,
have been sold to a farmer in Free
born county and, in all probability,
will have to again buckle down to
hard work despite the efforts of kind
hearted ladies who were raising a sub
scription to purchase them. It was
the intention of these women to place
the veterans on a farm near Excelsior,
where they would have to do no labor
during their few remaining days, but
Barrett & Zimmerman, it seems, tired
of the delay occasioned in raising the
funds necessary for their purchase
and disposed of them after promising
not to do so. The glitter of gold ex
pels the good qualities from many a
We were disappointed to find that
the Lake Crystal Union of last week
was devoid of all semblance of edi
torial matterthere were none of
those dagger-pointed paragraphs
which Colonel Neff is wont to drive
into evil-doers. As this is the first
time within our recollection that the
colonel has slipped a cog in this
respect we will overlook it, but we ad
vise him not to let it occur again.
There are things in human form in
habiting this world with whom the
hog is a greatly superior animal in
comparison. Take that fellow up at
Lawrence, Mass., for instance. To
begin with he boasts of being the
champion eater of New England, and
on Thanksgiving day he proved his
right to the unenviable title by de
vouring for dinner 15 pounds of
turkey, two loaves of bread, three
quarts of tea, six bananas, 12 dough
nuts, two bunches of celery, 10 large
potatoes, a half pound of butter, one
squash, two quarts of cranberry sauce
and two mince pies. If that dose
doesn't kill the glutton in should.
Fourteen cardinals were on Thanks
giving day created by Pope Pius in
the Vatican at Rome and more than a
thousand Americans were present to
witness the imposing ceremonies.
John Farley, archbishop of New
York William O'Connell, archbishop
of Boston and Diomede Falconio,
formerly apostolic representative of
the Vatican at Washington, were
among those who received the red hat
It was at one time believed that Arch
bishop John Ireland would be selected
as one of the prelates to receive pro
motion, and many of his friends were
somewhat disappointed when they
learned otherwise. The Union is
among the archbishop's friends that guilty of the offenses enumerated by
Samuel Adams, assistant secretary of would have been much pleased had he
been honored with a cardinalate.
McKENZIE FOR COMMISSIONER.
Owing to the regrettable death of
Mr. George Welsh, state commissioner
of immigration, the board of immi
gration will be called upon to name
his sucoessor within a few days. The
board consists of the governor, secre
tary of state, state auditor, E. A.
Nelson of Minneapolis and George
B. Barnes, jr., of Campbell.
As the bulk of the vacant lands
owned by private parties, and prac
tically all of the unsold state land is
located in northern Minnesota, it is
meet and proper that a man from that
section should be appointed to suc
ceed Mr. Welsh, and who is better
qualified for the position than the
wide-awake secretary of the Northern
Minnesota Development association,
W. R. MoKenzie of Bemidji?
THE PBINCBTOK TJMOKTTTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1911.
The formal offer of the United
States government to furnish China
with 2,500 troops seems at this time to
be ill-advised. A struggle for
supremacy between the so-called
revolutionaries and the despotic Man
chu dynasty is being fiercely waged
and they should be permitted to fight
it outthe United States should re
frain from intreference. Our soldiers The next legislature can
die fast enough without loaning them
to foreigners to be butchered.
The London city council has de
cided that oriental wriggling and
twisting, styled on the billboards
"dancing," must cease in amusement
halls or be so modified that the exhi
bitions are divested of all suggestive
indecency. In this the council is to
be commended. These oriental con
tortionists should not be permitted to
present their filthy, demoralizing ex
hibitions in any public place. United
States authorities could learn a les
son from the action of the London
At the regular session of the legis
lature the Congdon reapportionment
bill passed the house by a vote of 85
to 31, and was defeated in the senate
by 36 to 27 votes. Assuming that a
like measure could be repassed in the
housethat is assuming a great deal
in view of the subsequent passage of
the "seven senators" bill by that
bodywhat assurance has any one
received that five senators have
changed their mind? In other words,
will 61 house members and 32 senators
pledge themselves to vote for a reap
portionment bill based on population,
as provided by section two, acticle IV
of the state constituiton9
In a recent issue of the St. Paul
Dispatch there appeared an article,
based upon figures obtained from the
state auditor's office, in which it is
shown that the increase in the state
tax levy is mainly attributable to
special appropriations made by the
We are well aware of the fact that
the legislature is blamable for the in
crease. The legislature gave too
much heed to the recommendations
and demands* of state boards and
state officialselective and ap
pointive. If one-half the demands
made upon the legislature had been
acceded to the state tax levy would
have been trebled.
That the legislative session of 1911
cost too much cannot be gainsaid.
reduce its expenses below those of the
last session by at least $40,000. The
salary of members, which was in
creased at the 1907 session, is none
too high he is a poor member, indeed,
whose services are not worth $1,000 to
the state. There are those, however,
who will dispute this assertion.
In the Dispatch article particular
stress is laid upon the additional ap
propriation to enable the highway
commission to employ a corps of com
petent men to supervise and direct the
work of road-improvement throughout
the state. That appropriation, if
properly utilized, as it doubtless will
be, will be productive of greater good
to the people of the state as a whole
than double the amount appropriated
for any other purpose.
At this time we do not care to enter
into a discussion of state finances, but
we reiterate the charge that there are
too many tax-eaters in the employ of
the state. As the population and
valuation of the state increases it is
to be expected that the cost of state
government will be increased but the
increase in the cost of government
during the past decade is out of all
proportion to the increase of popula
tion and valuation.
We also maintain that state ex
penses can be materially decreased
and that the interests of the state will
not suffer thereby. There are many
leaks that can be stopped there are
sinecures that can be wiped out there
are boards and bureaus that can be
abolished or consolidated there are
departments that can be made self-sus
We do not advocate that a niggard
ly policy should be pursued by the
state. In some directions there
should be more liberal expenditures.
The helpless wards of the state must
be well cared for, and ample pro
vision must be made for their needs.
Properly equipped buildings must be
maintained for the conduct of the
state's business. The improvement of
our public highways is a matter of
prime importance. But, we repeat,
there is a large field for retrenchment
in state expenses.
THE McNAMARAS PLEAD GUILTY.
Friends of organized labor every
where are shocked and grieved over
the confessions of the McNamara
brothers at Los Angeles.
It will be remembered that the
Times newspaper office in Los Angeles
was wrecked last summer and 21 lives
were lost. The Times had been viru
lently opposed to labor organizations
and it was claimed that the building
had been dynamited by emissaries of
organized labor. On the other hand
the labor people professed to believe
that an explosion of gas wrecked the
Several weeks after the catastrophe
at Los Angeles, on the strength of
evidence furnished by an informer,
Ortie E. Mc Manigal, the McNamara
brothers were arrested in Indianapolis
and kidnapped to California. The
sensational arrest and abduction of
the McNamara brothers created great
excitement at the time and organized
labor protested vigorously against
the high-handed proceedings.
Clarence S. Darrow, Chicago's
noted criminal lawyer, and other emi
nent attorneys were,tretained to defend
the McNamaras, and $190,000 of a de
fense fund was raised by members of
labor unions all over the country.
of every hundred
laboring men honestly believed that
the McNamaras were not guilty and
that they were being unjustly perse-
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cuted, and the writer of this article
shared in that belief. We could not
believe that men who stood so high in
the ranks of organized labor as the-
McNamara brothers would be guilty
of such a heinous crime.
In due course of time the case came
on for trial at Los Angeles. Six
weeks had been consumed in the
attempt to obtain a jury, and only
eight jurors had been secured when,
owing to the confessions last Friday,
further proceedings were suspended.
James B. McNamara plead guilty to
the charge of murder in the first de
gree, and his brother, John J. Mc
Namara, plead guilty to dynamiting
the Llewellyn Iron Works in Los
Angeles on Christmas day, 1910.
The confessions were the result of a
compromise. Attorney Darrow was
convinced that there was little or no
chance of clearing James McNamara,
and if the verdict was guilty he would
be hanged. On Tuesday he was sen
tenced to imprisonment for life in
San Quentin penitentiary and his
brother, John, was given a term of 15
years in the same institution.
Organized labor contributed liber
ally to the fund for the defense of the
McNamara brothers, and labor
leaders unhesitatingly declared their
belief in the innocence of the accused.
Numerous buildings have been
wrecked by dynamite bombs in cities
all over the United States within the
past two years, and the gang with
which the McNamaras were affiliated
is held responsible for the outrages
More arrests are expected soon.
The enemies of organized labor will
gloat over the revelations at Los
Angeles, but no fair-minded person
will hold members of trades unions as
a whole responsible for the dastardly
deeds of a few unworthy members.
Law-abiding trades unionists every
where condemn the Los Angeles out
rage and demand that the dastardly
perpetrators shall suffer condign
Senator Gronna declares that
Roosevelt could not carry North Da
kota against La Follette. Queer how
much a United States senator knows
and with what assurance he speaks.