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He Was a Veteran of the Civil War
and an Old and Respected Cit-
izen of This Village.
Funeral Services Were Meld on Sun-
day at Residence of His Daugh-
ter, Mrs. Eva Keith.
George M. Smith, who came to
Princeton from Maine over 40 years
ago, died at the home of his
daughter, Mrs. Eva Eeitb, on Friday
evening, January 5, at 6:30 o'clock*
Death resulted from a breaking down
of the constitution incumbent upon
old age, superinduced by a compli
cation of ailments. The old gentle
man had been at the home of his
daughter for eight weeks and nothing
was left undone in an endeavor to
comfort him during his declining
The funeral services were conducted
at the home of Mrs. Keith on Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. E. B.
Service of the Methodist church, and
the remains were laid to rest in Oak
Knoll cemetery, where members of
Wallace T. Rines post, No. 142, G.
A. JR., under whose direction
sequies were held, performed
sad rites. Mr. Smith was a
of the Methodist church and of
Grand Army of the Republic.
the ob-
the last
was also an honorary member of the
Woman's Relief association. Many
beautiful floral offerings were placed
upon the casket by relatives and
friends who loved and respected the
good old gentleman. The pall
bearers, all members of Wallace T.
Rines post, were as follows: William
H. Townsend, P. M_. Campbell, A. Z.
Norton, Martin Leach, David Whit
comb and Anson Howard.
George Morrill Smith was born at
Brownsville, Maine, on February 23,
1827, and was consequently almost 84
years of age. He was married, in his
native village on September 21, 1854,
to Sarah Warren Gould. On April
21, 1881, hr unlisted \n the Sixth
Maine Vo II infantry and im
mediately JI ylj the front, where he
was promoted to a corporalship. He
served until May 3, 1863, when he was
mustered out in consequence of being
incapacitated from wounds received
in battle. Upon recovering he re
entered the army and served 11
months more, at the expiration of
which time he received an honorable
discharge. He saw much active
service and was a man of undaunted
courageit is related of him that he
was always one of the foremost in
battle. Among the engagements in
which he entered were the battles of
Fredericksburg, Antietam, Williams
burg and Chancellorsville. With his
wife and family he came to Princeton
in 1870, where he engaged in lumber
ing. Later he acquired a farm in
Wyanett and lived there 10 years,
when he returned to Princeton and
continued to reside here to the end of
his life. His wife died three years
ago. Seven children survive him,
namely, Mrs. Eva Keith, Fred and
John Smith, Princeton: Charles
Smith, North Dakota Merton N.
Smith, Bemidji Mrs. Harry Newton,
Seattle and Mrs. Bert Wetsel,
Spokane. He also leaves one brother
N. M. Smith, Princeton two sisters,
Mrs. Phoebe Soule, Princeton, and
Mrs. Hannah Perry, state of Maine
eight grandchildren and two great
George M. Smith was a quiet, un
assuming man who always had a
cordial greeting and a kindly word
for everyone. He was a good hus
band and father, a neighbor whom all
respected and a straightforward,
honest citizen. There are many who
will miss his cordial greeting and
kindly words.
Can't Forgive Him for Succeeding.
Theie must be a political campaign
brewing in this state, as all the demo
cratic and near-democratic papers
have begun to again abuse "Ed"
Smith. They have opened their vials
of wrath and bottles of vitriol and
are hurling them at his rotund figure
and the peace map which adorns the
front of his head.
Smith isn't a candidate for any
thing he is but the chairman of the
republican state committee he holds
no other office, wants no other and,
so far as is known, may nob again
take that. But the only things of
which the democratic press and their
assistants do not accuse him are
those things which are nice, honor
able, decent and honest.
He must, in fact, be quite a man,
one of ability, resource, courage,
influence, popularity and personal in
tegrity no other sort could have the
power, in such a state as is Minne-
sota, which he is accused of exercis
But if he is the demon he is pictured
to be the balance will soon be evened,
as Frank Day, the angel child of poli-
A. Day of Fires In Minneapolis
Sunday was a day of many fires in
Minneapolis and it was found neces
sary to bring the 400 members of the
fire department into active service.
In all 17 persons, including several
firemen, were injured, but there were
no fatalities. The largest fire was
that which destroyed the Waterman
Waterbury Heating and Ventilating
suppply house, the Continental hotel
and other buildings on First avenue
south and Second street, which en
tailed a loss of about $187,000. The
destruction of a tenement and a busi
ness building on Riverside avenue
involved a loss of $25,000, and there
were several other losses in smaller
fires. Frozen water hydrants, ice
coated apparatus and twenty-below
zero weather combined to make fire
fighting extremely difficult for the
brave men who toiled for hours to
subdue the flames and save lives, but
they stuck manfully to their work
until the flames were extinguished.
Village Council
At the monthly meeting of the vil
lage council on Thursday evening,
January 4, T. L. Armitage was
granted a permit to erect a brick
building on the west end of lot 6,
block 3, Damon's addition to Prince
A resolution was passed dividing
the village finances into three funds
road and bridge, general, and elec
tric also that $500 be transferred
from the general to the electric fund
and $1,000 to the road and bridge
Henry Newbert asked that electric
lights be placed outside of the new
postoffice. The matter was referred
to the village commission.
Among other bills allowed was that
of O'Brien, Young & Stone, amount
ing to $121.44, for services rendered
as attorneys in the Cooney damage
Why tne Farmers' Institute?
The production of one additional
ear of corn for each hill means the
addition of many bushels per acre to
the crop. The experts who are to
conduct the farmers' institute at this
place on January 26 and 27 will show
farmers how to get that additional
ear. And they will further show the
farmer how much more advantageous
it will be for him, after he sball have
produced that larger corn crop, to
feed it to the stock and thus enrich his
soil rather than sell it to the impov
erishment of his land. The institute
men are "on hand" not only to make
such showings as these, but to aid the
individual farmer in solving his in
dustrial problems of whatever nature.
And the more farmers there are
present with questions to ask the
better will the conductors be pleased.
Fred Howard's Two Close Vails.
At the big fire in Minneapolis last
Sunday night Captain Fred Howard
was struck on the face by a brick
when a wall collapsed. A deep gash
was inflicted in his mouth, but the
injury is not considered serious.
Again, at another fire early on Tues
day morning, Capt. Howard was
struck on the shoulder by a heavy
timber when the roof of a burning
warehouse caved in, but fortunately
he was not seriously injured. Fred
has had several narrow escapes since
he became a member of the Minne
apolis fire department, but he seems
to bear a charmed life. His friends
hope, however, he will take no un
necessary risk in the future, for he
may tempt fate once too often.
Leprosy at Cove.
It is not generally known that there
is ar case of leprosy at Cove in the
north end of this county, but such is
the fact. Last May it was discovered
that a member of the Andrew Brodin
family, Elmer, a boy of 18 years, was
affected with a strange disease which
was later pronounced leprosy. Since
last fall the boy has been isolated in
a little house by himself and away
from the rest of the family, but his
sister waits on him occasionally, and
the officers of school district No. 17
refuse to permit any of the four un-
tics, is soon to return to the state, to school facilities, and yet the school
take up once more the control of Min
nesota democracy for fear it may
stray from those paths of. unselfish
rectitude in which he has led it.
Soon after Frank gets here we will
know all about it who the democratic
candidate is to be and what the issues
of the campaign. We can almost bear
it all now, as we have heard it so
often before, and no wonder the demo
crats are waiting his return, with
nothing to do in the meanwhile but
cuss Ed Smith.Duluth News-Trib
affected children to attend school.
The matter has been brought to the
attention of the governor and attorney
general. It seems rather hard that
the children should be deprived of
board can hardly be blamed for tak
ing every precaution to prevent the
dire disease from spreading.
Suspended Until May 14
For several years potato shippers
in Minnesota have had a rate of 22
cents per 100 pounds to points on the
Ohio river, and 25 cents per hundred
pounds to interior points in Illinois,
Indiana and Ohio. A short time ago
notice was served on the shippers that
a new rate of 27 cents per 100 pounds
to Ohio river points and 32 cents to
interior points in the three states
above mentioned would go into effect
January 15. The new rate would
place the Minnesota potato shippers
at a decided disadvantage with their
Wisconsin competitors, and a vigor
ous protest was forwarded to the in
terstate commerce commission the
state railway and warehouse com
mission also protested Against the
increase in the rates. Last evening
a telephone message was received to
the effect that in order to give the
shippers a chance to be heard the in
terstate commerce commission had
suspended the rate until May 14. Last
year's crop of tubers will be disposed
of by that time, when it is hoped the
temporary suspension will be made
The Last of the Horse otes
On Friday a decision was handed
down in the state supreme court in
the case of the City National Bank
of Columbus, Ohio, vs. Samuel Win
sor, et al., respondents, in which the
verdict of the jury in the Mille Lacs
county district court was sustained.
This is the last of a series of cases
arising out of notes given for a horse
eight years ago. The horse was not
as repreesnted and the parties refused
to take the animal or pay the notes
they had given.
The horse company had transferred
the notes. The holders of the notes
brought suit and in each instance the
jury found for defendants, and the
supreme court sustained the verdict
of the jury.
E. L. McMillan of this place was
the attorney for the defendants and
right ably did he represent his clients'
interestsbut that is something Mac
always does. He is pleased that, the
long drawn out litigation is ended
and that his clients won.
Wins Scholarship
Waldemar Berg, a graduate of the
Princeton high school, class of 1911,
won a $220 scholarship in Phillips'
Exeter academy, where he is now
attending school. There are over 500
boys in attendance at Phillips and
they come from the very best high
schools in the east. We are glad to
see our Princeton boys measure up so
well with boys from the eastern
schools. Waldemar thinks the money
will come in handy during the last
half of the year. Harold Caley, who
is also attending the ^ame school, re
ceived very fine marks during the fall
term and could have had a scholar
ship had he applied for it. Both boys
are well pleased with the school.
Frank Schilling Leaves for West
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schilling de
parted on Saturday for the west and
will visit friends at Spokane, Seattle,
Chelan and other points. Frank ex
pects to remain in Washington, but
his wife will return to Princeton and
go back with the children as soon as
her husband selects a suitable loca
tionthat is, providing he can find
one. Mr. Schilling owns 160 acres of
timber and fruit land in the state of
Washington which is worth a small
fortune. The many friends of Mr.
and Mrs. Schilling regret very much
that they intend moving away from
Young Native Mares.
My barns now contain a large
number of young native mares, weigh
ing from 1,200 to 1,500 pounds apiece,
which will be sold for cash or upon
terms to suit customers, and the prices
placed upon these animals are very
low considering the market value of
horseflesh. They are *U substantial
ly built, sound in every way and
guaranteed to give satisfaction. For
farm work or general purposes they
cannot be surpassed. Make your
choice now while the variety is large.
3-tf Aulger Rines, Princeton.
Railroad Settles With L. E Fox
The C* & N. W. railroad has
agreed to pay L. E. Fox the sum
$4,500 as compensation for the loss of
his son, Percy, who was killed in a
railroad wreck between Kasson and
Mantorville on November 28. With
expenses the sum will aggregate about
$4,750. This is better than resorting
to an action at law.
Advance Bulletin on Agriculture for
riinnesota Has Been Issued by
Director E. D. Durand.
Figures for Mille Lacs County for the
Past Ten Years Show a Note-
worthy Advancement.
*E. Dana Durand, director of the
census, has issued an advance bulletin
on agriculture in the state of Minne
sota which contains a mass of inter
esting information, including tables
showing the number of farms, farm
area, value of farm property, etc., by
counties. Anent the progress of the
stata^uring the decade 1900 to 1910
the bulletin says:
"Between 1900 and 1910 there was
an increase of 324,314, or 18 5 per
cent, in the population of the state,
while the number of farms increased
only 1,478, or 1 per cent. The land
in farms increased 1,427,325 acres, or
5.4 per cent, while the improved land
in farms increased 1,200,948 acres, or
6.5 per cent. The average size of
farms increased from 169.7 to 177.3
"Farm property, which includes
land, buildings, implements and ma
chinery, and live stock (domestic ani
mals, poultry and bees), has in
creased in value during the decade
$687,727,000, or 87.2 per cent. This
great increase is chiefly made up of
increases of $459,800,000 in the value
of lapd and $133,119,000 in the value
of buildings. There is also an in
crease of $94,808,000 in the value of
farm equipment, which includes im
plements and machinery and live
stock, of which more than three
fourths represents a gain in the value
of live stock, and the remainder the in
crease in the value of implements and
machinery. In considering the in
crease of values in agriculture the
general increase in the prices of all
commodities in the last 10 years
should be borne in mind.
"The average value of a farm with
its equipment in 1900 was $5,100, while
10 yaars, later it_ was $9 456. The
average value of land rose from $21.31
per aci$iti 1900 to $36.82 in 1910, this
advance being accompanied by in
creases in the average value per farm
of buildings, implements and ma
chinery, and live stock.
"The total wealth in the form of
farm property is over $1,476,000,000,
of which 85.5 per cent is represented
by land and buildings, 3 5 per cent
by implements and machinery, and
10.9 per cent by live stock."
The tables show the population of
Mille Lacs county in 1910 to be 10,705
and in 1900 8,066 number of farms in
1910 1,278, in 1900 1,022 approximate
land areas 373,120 acres, land in
farms 123,647 acres, improved land
in farms 48,438 acres, woodland in
farms 30,191 acres, other unimproved
land in farms 45,018 acres value of
all farm property $5,599,111, in 1900
$2,081,803 value of land $3,184,171,
in 1900 $1,379,540. The tables are ex
haustive and give in detail the value
of farm buildings, implements,
domestic animals, poultry, bees and
much other information.
Village Commission
The village light, water and power
commission held its regular monthly
meeting on January 2 and disposed
of the following business:
Henry Newbert asked that a reduc
tion be made on the rates of electric
light used in the new postoffice. The
matter was referred to the proper com
TbeCdd Fellows' lodge was granted
a rebate of $10 in consequence of a
defective electric light switch.
A number of bills were audited and
the commission adjourned.
Are You Looking for Horses?
"If so King & Kaliher can doubtless
supply your wants. They have just
received a carload of the prettiest
native mares you have ever seen, the
majority of them farm chunks. They
,weigh from 1,200 to 1,400 pounds
apiece, are in fine condition and
sound in every way. A more sub
stantial lot of horses it would be diffi
cult to find anywhere and the prioes
are right. Call at the barns and
examine them.
3tfc King & Kaliher.*
Jailed for Mot Paying Board Bill.
Boy Brown, who formerly worked
in Princeton, was brought up from St.
Paul last Wednesday by Sheriff
Shockley and taken before Justice
Norton on Thursday, charged with
beating a board bill of $49 at the
Ideal restaurant. He was sentenced
-to pay a fine of $50 and costs or in
default to serve 60 days in the Henne
pin county jail. Not having the
money, Brown was taken to jail.
If Princeton only had a hotel to
match its postoffice wouldn't it (the
hotel) be appreciated by the traveling
J. H. Hoffman returned last week
from Baraboo, W^is., where he secured
an order from Ringling Bros, for 60
sets of hand-made harness, to be de
livered within a year.
Who wants to be postmaster at
Bricktou? Mr. Morton having re
signed, Congressman Miller has been
requested to recommend a suitable
person for the position.
Dr. Cooney drove to Monticello on
Sunday and performed an operation
for appendicitis on the 10-year-old
son of William Hert. At last reports
the boy was doing well.
No sooner has one finished paying
taxes for 1911 than the first install
ment of the 1912 taxes become due.
Personal property taxes must be paid
before March 1, otherwise a tea per
cent penalty attaches.
On account of the intense cold
weather one of the steam pipes in the
basement of the Whittier building
burst on Tuesday evening, necessitat
ing the closing of the four rooms in
that building on Wednesday.
Alfred Munz leaves next week to
attend the state convention of the
hardware men of Oregon, which will
be held at Portland. He has not yet
decided where he will engage in busi
ness, but it will probably be in Idaho.
Avery's annual clearance sale will
commence on Saturday, January 13,
and continue until January 31, during
which time men's wearing apparel will
be offered at slaughter prices. Call
at the store- on Saturday and look
over the bargains.
Mr. R. D. Burr, writing from Mon
trose, S. D., says of our old Fores
ton friend, Mr. M. S. Cone, "He is
having a hard pull. We hope he will
be able to get out when warmer
weather comes." Mr. Cone's many
old friends in Mille Lacs county hope
for his speedy recovery.
John Newton arrived here on Mon
day from Minneapolis to see his
mother, Mrs. R. B. Newton, who has
been confined to her bed several-days.
The old lady has suffered from
rheumatism and other ailments for a
number of years and at present is in
a very weak condition. Her many
friends sincerely hope that she may
A. E. Allen & Co. 's annual clear
ance sale will commence next Satur
day morning, January 13, and last
until the evening of January 20. Big
cuts in prices have been made for the
occasion, especially on all winter
goods. The advertisement on page 8
will give you an idea of the reductions
in price which have been made for
this great sale.
And just as it began to feel
summery to uswith the temperature
a couple of degrees above zero
and we were about to discard some of
our raiment of camel's hair and
ermine, that rascally manufacturer of
frigidity, whose abode is said to be at
Medicine Hat, blew upon us another
of his polaric breaths and dissuaded
us from our purpose. D, d, dn
J. H. Hill, the gentleman who
purchased the Wetter stock farm at
Long Siding, called at the Union
office a few days ago and informed us
that he intends, in the spring, to bring
in a herd of blooded cattle. This will
doubtless prove a great benefit to
Mille Lacs county, which badly needs
more blooded stock. Mr. Hill is an
experienced stock raiser and he con
siders the farm which he owns at Long
Siding well suited for his purpose.
Mike Mahoney says that Dan
Carmody has acquired Swedish
notions, begorrah. At any rate Dan
sent to Stockholm for a hand- knitted
Swedish coat which now adorns his
person. "I do not take any perticler
offinse at that, howiver," remarked
Mike, "but I protist against the con
tintion of Dan that it is a better ooat
than can be got in old Ireland. So,
bejabers, it is my intintion to git hold
of the spongy garment and burn it
A few days ago Robert Clark re
ceived a letter from his son, who is
located in California, the land of
roses and humming birds. Among
other things the letter contained the
information that icicles two inches in
circumference were hanging from the
eaves and glistening in the midday
sun. And down in Florida sufficient
ice has formed on the alligator
swamps to afford 'skating for the
pickaninnies. The equator, begad,
seems to, be the only place left where
a man may expect' relief from the
I penetrating breath of old Boreas.
Portable Shops on Wheels a Curious
Feature of Cuban Life.
Among the many interesting things
to attract the attention of the tourist
in Cuba are the traveling stores, con
sisting of all sorts of queer vehicles
which traverse the city and rural dis
These portable shops are constructed
in an ingenious manner so as to dis
play their wares to the best advantage.
Every article used in a household and
wearing apparel of all kinds are on
sale, and the owner of the wagon,
which resembles a department store,
boasts that he can supply dry goods
and notions of all kinds, from a paper
of needles to a ready made gown. The
sides of a shop on wheels are maddp
of glass and so arranged as to give
them the appearance of a shop window.
Perfumery is one of the leading ar
ticles sold in this way, for, however
poor the natives may be, they always
have money enough to purchase co
lognes and generally the most expen
sive varieties.
During carnival season a plentiful
supply of masks, caps and grotesque
suits is added to the stock. Men with
pushcarts laden with linens and laces
or cooking utensils go about the streets
of Havana, offering their goods to the
women who cautiously peer out from
behind barred windows. These carts
have the appearance of a street organ
and are pushed among the splendid
smooth avenues of the city with ease.
Often men will carry their stock, dis
playing it on a pole to which cross
wise sticks have been fastened, like
the old fashioned clotheshorse. Toys
also form a part of the stock of these
human delivery wagons Leslie's
What an Infield Double Play Means In
Time and Action.
In an article on baseball in Every
body's Magazine the writer shows the
wonderful speed that is used in making
some of the plays. He says:
Making first base, though more dra
matic to watch, is an uneventful ex
pedition compared with the trip to sec
ond. It takes a fast man to negotiate
the journey in 3 3-5 seconds. No thrown
ball goes over 300 feet, and if a batted
ball travels beyond the safe limits of a
single throw it must be relayed by the
fielders. While you are watching the
outfielder scamper" affer the ball the
relay line is being swiftly formed in
the infield. There could be no such
quick and accurate fielding of deep
outfield hits if tne outfielder taking the
ball did not know that behind him was
ranged his line of relays ready to take
the ball the instant he could turn and
throw it. The relay line in a profes
sional team forms almost automatical
To make a double play in the infield
the shortstop, for example, must field
a ball that has been batted about 135
feet He passes the ball from ten to
twenty-five feet to the second base
man, who must then throw it ninety
feet to first. All this while the batter
is running ninety feet, a trick that, as
we have seen, it takes a snappy run
ner to turn in 3 35 seconds It's a
close call and a case of utilizing the
fraction of a second, but with sharp
fielding the margin is all on the side
of the fielders The double play is the
menace ever threatening the runner on
Where the Fruit Grows.
A politician in San Francisco who
has been in office and on the city pay
roll for many years was addressing a
meeting of his fellow citizens It was
a labor meeting.
"You men must know," spouted the
orator, "that you are the great body
politic in this city. You are the roots
and trunk of our great municipal tree,
while we who represent you in office
are merely branches on that magnifi
cent tree."
"True for you," piped a man in the
back of the hall. "But did ye ever
notice all the fruit grows on the
branches."Saturday Evening Post
As Far as He Got.
One day when William M. Evarts,
secretary of state under President
Hayes, was a college student he was
called on to read Vergil in class.
He started out bravely: "Three times
I strove to cast my arms around her
neck, and and" adding lamely
"that's as far as I got, professor."
"Well, Mr. Evarts," said the profes
sor, "I think that was quite far
Too Good to Lose.
"Will you be my wife?" asked the
star boarder.
"Let me see," mused the landlady.
*Tou have boarded with me four years
You have never grumbled at th& food:
You have always paid promptly. No
I can't accept you. You are too good
a boarder to be put on the free list"
London Telegraph.
"Were there laughter and cheers
during your speech?"
"Well,'' answered the youthful states
man, "there weren't many cheers, but
now and then people in the audience
looked at one another and laughed."
Washington Star.-

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