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THE PRINCETON UNION
BY R. C. DUNN. PubliaHed Every Thursday. TERMSSi.00 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE. S1.25 IF NOT PAID IN ADVANCE. OFFICE! FIRST ST.. EAST OF COURT HOUSE. Q. I. STAPLES. Baslness Manager. THOS. H. PROWSE, Editor. And now there is a rumor in Lon don that the militant suffragettes were supported in their depredations by the plate glass trust. Frank Day has married again and is coming back to Minnesota to settle down, eschew democratic politics and become a respectable citizen. Respectable Mexicans are heartily wishing that Porfirio Diaz would re turn to Mexico and resume his place as president and dictator of that dis tracted country. Why unload securities of the state on a depressed market? Who is it that is clamoring for the sale of the Virginia bonds held in the permanent funds of the state? If the half-tone pictures in the dailies faithfully portray the looks of Carnegie's "most beautiful girl in the world," it is evident that the laird of Skibo possesses exceedingly poor taste. Kaiser Wilhelm, of course, has his enemies, but the worst type are those who have presented him with aero planes with the request that he personally test their practicability. When the democratic state conven tion meets in Duluth next June the delegates will find that they are well taken care ofhospitably entertained. No better natured citizens than those of Duluth can be found under the face of old Sol, Immense areas of land in the south, where early potatoes are usually raised in large quantities for the northern markets,have been inundated and will be flooded for some time. The indications are that new potatoes will command unheard of prices early in the summer. "If a man is arrested for the com mission of a crime and is guiltless he should demand a trial by the judge," says a court habitue, "but if he is guilty he should insist on a trial by jury." Verily, there is a good deal of philosophy in this. It is suspected that Senator Knute Nelson's friends are behind the move ment to make Fred B. Snyder of Minneapolis the republican nominee for governor. For obvious reasons Senator Nelson would like to have the governorship go to Hennepin county. Announced and active candidates for the republican gubernatorial nomination up to date: A. O. Eber hart, Wm. E. Lee, S. Y. Gordon, Edgar Weaver and L. C. Spooner. Received favorable mentionlack of space prevents the mention of their names. There is one thing certain: As a "contributing editor" and a lecturer Dr Wiley will prove of much more benefit to the public at large than has Theodore Roosevelt. Wiley's sub jects will be pure food and health while Roosevelt has confined himself largely to big game butchery and slippery politics. Why not dispose of the $2,725,000 Massachusetts 3 per cent bonds held the state's permanent school and permanent university funds at any old price that a Wall street broker may see fit to offer, and invest the pro ceeds Minnesota 3 per cent ditch bonds? It would be just as sensible as selling the Virginia bonds at $300,- 000 below their par value. Roosevelts' manager, Senator Dix on, charges that postmasters in Ken tucky have stolen districts for Taft. The general public is becoming weary of the continual and vociferous cries of fraud by Teddy and his henchmen. The real truth of the matter is there is no general demand for Roosevelt's candidacy. He mistook the croakings of a few disgruntled politicians of the Pinchot stripe for the voice of the people, and now when the people are beginning to express their real prefer ence for presidential candidates he is sorely disappointed. Roosevelt is & strong candidate,'' says an exchange. It certainly looks that way when in bis old home state of North Dakota a comparative strangerBob La Follette of Wiscon sindefeats him in the presidential preferential election by nearly 10,000 plurality! The United States supreme ^court upholds the right of the government to bring action to have set aside the conveyance of 3,000 Cherokee Indians of their allotted lands. The govern ment should have taken this action ere the lumber sharks had grabbed off all the timber. If the constitutional amendment authorizing the loaning of school funds on farm lands is adopted, some one will propose the sale of all the bonds in the permanent school fund ati any old price and the reinvestment of the proceeds in farm lands at a higher rate of interest. In reply to the Union query, what is the matter with Tom Davis? the Belview Independent intimates that we might as well have Billy Hamm for lieutenant governor. That is matter sufficient if true to preclude the nomination of Mr. Davis. But the allegation is groundless. Because his horse refused to pro ceed as rapidly as he desired, a black guardely Minneapolis teamster tied the tail of the poor beast to the singletree of the loaded wagon which it was drawing and lashed it severely with a whip. As a consequence every hair in the horse's long tail was torn out by the roots. The brutal driver deserves 100 lashes with the old-time cat-o'-nine-tails. The police commission of New York has decided to publish daily a list of crimes committed in the city for the preceding 24 hours together with the names of those arrested for such crimes. A list of this sort published by the police department of Minne apolis would make interesting reading for the public but not for the cops. The crimes would show up conspicu ously but the arrests would make an odious comparison. Major Archibald Butt, President Taft's aid, is in Europe butting into court circles for the purpose of familiarizing himself with the various styles of etiquette. It seems to us that Archie is a trifle hasty. He should have waited until the general election is over, for if a democrat be comes president all his acquirements will come to naughthe will lose his job and probably never be called upon to display his great knowledge. St. Paul's town meeting occurs on the 7th of next month and there is a lively campaign on. Mayor Keller has given the city a good business like administration during the past two years and ought to be re-elected. But he has offended some of the im practicable law and order people and "Cardinal" O'Connor's gang is putting up a great fight. The out come is in doubt but the odds are in favor of Keller. According to Dominick Pasquale, an alien who appeared before Judge Kapper in New York to be examined as to his fitness to become a citizen of the United States, Roosevelt is the mayor of Gotham, governor of the state, president of the United States, both houses of congress and the con stitution. To every question asked him by the judge he replied, "Roose- velt." And the judge admitted him. The recall would be a good thing in Kapper's case. On the floor of the national house of representatives last Friday Congress man Randell of Texas thrust this javelin into his colleagues: I make the assertion that nearly every member of this house is in the employ of some interest or is subject to some influence, and what holds true of the house is equally true of the senate. I say this with the hope that I may hurt no one's feelings." Naturally, a protest was made by some of the members, but Randell refused to with draw his assertions. There are few congressmen so frank as the gentle man from Texas, especially when it comes to telling the truth in so deli cate a matter as this. One branch of the state legislature went on record last winter as being unanimously opposed to the sale of securities held in the state's perma nent funds.at less than the face value of the same. The other branch of the legislature would have done likewise had the members understood the proposition. State officers who favor the sale of Virginia state bonds at $300,000 below par had better be ware. "As we expected, Governor Eber harb has taken a stand against a special session for the enactment of a presidential preferential primary on the ground that there is no particular call for it. Of course the organiza tion does not want it, bub the people do, but it seems that they don't count." The above extract from an exchange is a fair sample of the silly and un just criticism that is being indulged in bv newspapers unfriendly to the governor. The Union does not know neither does it care what the organization or the politicians want, but we do know that there is no general demand for an extra session of the legislature for any purpose whatever. When Morse, the ex-banker, was discharged from Leavenworth peni tentiary upon orders issued by Presi dent Taft, government physicians said he was suffering from a multi plicity of incurable diseases and pre dicted that he would die within ten days. The defaulter is now in Flor ence, Italy, and, according to press dispatches, is in the best of health and having a high old time on money which virtually belongs to his vic tims, many of whom he ruined. Strong public sentiment prevailed against the liberation of Morse and it is now evident that he should not have been released. Were the doc tors who diagnosed his case incompe tent or did they profess to find him near unto death for ulterior reasons? THE PRINCETON UNION: THUBSDAX, APRIL li 1912. The Union has been asked who its favorite candidate for president is. Like our good democratic friend, William J. Bryan, we have not yet arrived at a definite conclusion. However, we would not be inclined to throw any obstacles in the way of Charles E. Hughes. But he is not a candidate. At a meeting in Morris last Satur day evening Hon. Lewis C. Spooner, in response to numerous letters and petitions, announced himself a candi date for the republican nomination for governor. Mr. Spooner is an ex ceedingly able man, understands state affairs, and would make an excellent chief executive. In his announcement speech Mr. Spooner said in un mistakable language that, if chosen governor he would be free to act for what he believed to be the best inter ests of the people of the whole state, and that he would be governor in fact as well as in name. Anyone who is at all familiar with Mr. Spooner can readily believe that he spoke the truth when he said that if he were chosen governor he would be governor. No question about it. An instance of the grasping, greedy nature of the express companies was manifested last wek at Hickman, Kentucky, when 200 army tents ar rived at that place from the war de partment to furnish temporary shelter for the homeless flood sufferers. There was a charge for expressage on these tents of $820, and the company refused to deliver them into the hands of the citizens' committee until this amount was paid. As a consequence of such proceeding the committee was compelled to borrow the money from a local bank in order that the situa tion might be relieved. Express com panies are "soulless corporations" in the true sense of the word. Even in a case of dire npcessity, like the one at issue, where hundreds of people were compelled to sleep out of door, the combine insistently de manded its money. Humanitarianism has no place in the heart of this voracious, extortionate trust, to whom the carrying of the tents free of charge would have been bub a small matter. Blame, it seems, also at taches to the war department for not prepaying, under such circumstances, the express charges. At any rate there is no excuse for the despicable action of the express trust. yvr THOSE VIRGINIA. BONDS. At the last session of the legislature a bill passed the house which provided that the state board of investment might dispose of the bonds of other states held in our permanent funds in committee of the whole on motion of R. C. Dunn the bill was amended so that no securities could be disposed of for less than par and accrued in terest. The bill was killed in the senate. Perhaps the wise senators who could not see the necessity for such a law will realize their mistake when they discover that the sale of the Vir ginia bonds held in our permanent funds is again being agitated. And what is the proposition? The state has in its permanent school, perma nent university, internal improve ment land fund, and swamp land fund Virginia state bonds to the amount of $2,145,000that is their par value. Those bonds cost the several funds $1,867,748.80. The state treasurer has an offer of ,$1,850,062.50,$17,686.30 less than the bonds cost, and $294,- 937.50 less than their par valueand we understand some members of the investment board are in favor of ac cepting the offer' But there are other members of the investment board who will never con sent to such an unbusiness-like and unprofitable (to the state) transac tion. Those Virginia bonds have been sold at par, and they will go to par again. There has not been a large demand for low interest-bearing se curities during the past few years, and this is not the time for the state to dispose of its holdings in Virginia bonds. The argument advanced in favor of selling the Virginia bonds at a loss at nearly $300,000 less than their par valuethat a higher rate of inter est might be obtained from home municipalities is rather far fetched, At the present timesome of the capi tal certificates bear only 3 per cent interest, and ditch loans are author ized at 3 per cent. The next or some subsequent legislature may fix the maximum rate at 3 per cent. Why is it that Virginia bonds are always singled out for sale? Is it be cause there is a larger prospective profit in the transaction for the broker? We have $2,725,000 of Mas sachusetts 3 per cent bonds in our permanent school and permanent uni versity fundsthe Virginia bonds pay 3 per cent interest. Why not dis pose of the Masaschusetts bonds as well as the Virginia bonds? The next legislature should enact a law governing the sale of securities in our permanent state funds similar to the one that passed the house but failed in the senate at the last ses sion, and the proviso that no secur ities should be sold at less than par and accrued interest should be incor porated therein. Considerable is being said in the newspapers with reference to the in crease in state expenses. The Union called attention to the matter more than ten months ago. The large in crease in state expenditures com menced with Governor Johnson's first administrationmore especially the increase in the number of office holders and the salaries paid. But in making comparison with other states it would be well to remember that Minnesota paid out to the schools of the state in the March and October apportionments of 1911, $1,197,416.90. The appropriations for educational purposes for the fiscal year ending July 31, 1912, will amount to $1,332,- 900this is in addition to the March and October apportionments and does not include a dollar for the Universi ty or Normal schools or the several state agricultural schools. One reason why the per capita expenses in this state is apparently so high is be cause of the liberal provision made for educational purposes, especially for the common schools of the state. The agitation about fly swatting will soon begin. Now is none too early to begin the agitation about re flucing the premises to such a degree of cleanliness that the fly will not be. Clean up and save much swatting later in the season!Little Falls Transcript. Better discontinue knocking the grand army of suffragettes, Sister Fuller, or Sister McFadden may camp on your traik -^fa^f^^^ii#W|f' mm t?**% WHAT CAN BE DONE. Hon. E. Adams of Fergus Falls favors the issuance of a quarter of a million dollars' worth of bonds by Otter Tail county for road-improve ment in that county. Mr. Adams wants roads nownot ten or twenty years henceand Mr. Adams, as usual, is right. If the one-mill tax constitutional amendment is adopted next Novem ber, a year hence there will be nothing to prevent Otter Tail county from issuing road bonds, if its people are willing, to the amount of $250,000, to run for ten years, and the state would pay half the amount$12,500 a year for ten years. The state would also make the loan out of its permanent funds at four per cent. Then Otter Tail county could have two hundred and fifty thousand dollars' worth of good roads right away. If the one mill tax amendment is adopted a law will be placed upon our statute books which will enable Otter Tail and every other county in the state to do as we have briefly outlined. Mr. Adams simply voices the senti ments of all who have given the ques tion of road improvement any intelli gent thought when he says: "If we could have intelligent engineering and abolish the plan of working out road taxes in Minnesota, we would very soon make great progress in im proving the roads, but there will not be much progress until there is a change in the method of doing the road work. So long as the roads are made in the present haphazard way and taxes are worked out at any time when it is most convenient, there will not only be a great waste of money, but we will continue to have poor roads." At the last session of the legislature a bill passed the house in which were embodied the ideas set forth by Mr. Adams, but it failed of passage in the senatei Minnesota has just com menced to place progressive road legislation upon its statute books. A good beginning has been made. Let the good work be continued until Min nesota leads all its sister states in the number of miles of good roads within her borders. ED. 1VE4.VER WITHDRAWS. Ed. Weaver is no longer a candi date for the republican gubernatorial nomination. He has given out the following statement to the press: "About two weeks ago, after re peated and earnest solicitation by many friends throughout the state I permitted the announcement of my candidacy for nomination for the office of governor by the republican state convention. During the interval I have made a careful canvass of the situation, the result of which, with other developments that have taken place, has caused me to alter my de berminabion. ''I, therefore, take this opportunity to announce my withdrawal from the contest, and to request that no further consideration be given my name in connection with that or any other political office. This announcement is made only after mature delibera tion, and is influenced solely by a sincere desire on my part to promote, so far as possible, that harmony so essential to success, and in the belief that the interests of the republican party should be made paramount to the personal exaltation of any indi vidual member. I am thoroughly sensible of. and fully appreciate, the great honor my friends would confer upon me. For the interest that has been manifested in my behalf, especially the kindly, unsolicited support that has been ac corded me by the press and particu larly by that of my home county, I shall always be truly grateful." Had Mr. Weaver remained in the field in all probability he would have carried Blue Earth and more than half the counties of the second district against the governor, and if the governor were to lose his home county and home congressional dis trict it is hardly probable that be could be nominated. But while Mr. Weaver might have defeated Governor Eberhart wherein would he have been the gainer? Mr. Weaver showed good judgment in withdrawing from the race. The governor's good luck still attends him. He sure is a man of destiny." THE RESULT JA ILLINOIS. At bhe primary election in Illinois on Tuesday, Roosevelt received 230,- 000 votes, Taft 119,000, La Follette 37,000. On the democratic side Speak er Champ Clark had 220,000, and Gov- ^a- ^Pff? i^^S-^^J ernor Woodrow Wilson only 80,000 votes. fc The result in the great state of Illi nois should eliminate both Roosevelt and Taft from the contest for the republican presidential nomination Neither of them can be elected if nom inated. The republican state convention of New York was overwhelmingly for President Taft, but refused to instruct for him. The man who can lead the repub lican party to victory next November, if any man can, is Justice Charles E. Hughes. Minnesota should send an unin sbructed delegation to the republican national convention, but if instructed the instructions should be for the man who can command the support of all factions of the party, that upright, fearless juristCharles E. Hughes. James Wilson, secretary of agricul ture, defends bhe department's action in connection with its Florida Ever glades report. This report oc casioned much adverse criticism of Wilson and his department throughout the country. The secretary declares that the excerpts from Major Wright's favorable report on the Everglades, which have been used by land sharks to aid them in selling their alligator swampsor words to that effectwere given out without his consent. If this is true it shows on its face that Wilson is not the proper person to preside over the agricultural department. It shows a laxity, apd even an incompe tency, on his part. As he is re sponsible for the official acts of his subordinates, his statement is obvi ously a lame excuse. FKOD!FBOU!FROL! Frod!f rod!f rod!" Yells the raging, ranting Teddy, "To a frazzle" licked already Frod!frod!frod!" And his howling, hungry squad, Fightin' for free-lunch, And their fetish demi-god, In shattered ranks unsteady, "To a frazzle" licked already Echo "Frod'frod Ifrod I" But the people only grin At the rattle of his bin Chinee gong, and wild "chin-chin, As he swings his old "big stick," Now a bent and broken rod, And gives his pants a kick: And they shout in phalanx steady "We're onto you, ole Teddy You're the'Frod.' H. L. Gordon. Los Angeles, Cal., March 28. 1912. s* H? A *%*ae*a** OPINIONS OF EDITORS I Roosevelt, For Instance Usually a man is a poor judge of his own importance.Belle Plaine Herald. $- Would Make an Ideal Governor. The Anchor would be sorry to see L. C. Spooner of Morris get into the fight for governor. We- believe that he is worth more to the state and his. district in the legislature than he can possibly be in the governor's chair, although we haven't a doubt but what he would make an ideal executive. Dassel Anchor. 4* 4* 4* The Only Ideal Life. "Back to the Farm" sentiment is gaining ground. No wonder, when every farmer can have his lawns and modern improvements in his house, his telephone and mail deiiveiy, and enjoy the big, airy privacy of an iso lated home at that. Life on the farm is the only ideal life anyway. And if you don't believe it try living through a summer in a city flat.Mary Mc Fadden in Duluth News Tribune. Bryan the Best ot 'Em A We don't want to be accused of butting into the politics of our friends, the democrats, but why should they seek further than W. J. Bryan for a presidential candidate Mr. Bryan is the leading democrat of the times. He has done more for his party than any other man, and in spite of his three defeats he retains his premier position. It takes a really great man to retain the respect of the people after thrice meeting defeat. Winnebago Enterprise. s* $- $- Committee Acted Wisely. The prevailing hysteria as to pref erential primaries does not seem to. have hit the state central committee very hard. *The proposition was turned down on a vote of 28 to 7 even after all the fireworks of the most ar dent "progressives." There is a good deal of noise about the primaries which reminds one of the characteris tics of the coyote. One makes as much noise as a regiment. The com mittee did the proper thing in turning it down cold.West St. Paul Times. I is. Ha?