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Turning Down of Preferential
Plan Generally Resented.
Retirement of Edgar Weaver From
Gubernatorial Race Strength
ens Executive's Position.
(Special Correspondence.)
St. Paul, April 16.Something like
ten years ago Minnesota adopted the
primary plan for the nomination of
candidates for public office. The idea
was in its infancy then and the legis
lature practically enacted it under
protest. I have not at my finger ends
the executive who gave it his official
signatureit could not have been
Dave Clough and it might have been
S. R. Van Sant who came nextbut at
any rate it has been on the statute
books ever since with little change as
to its provisions. The author of the
law, who was one of the first to seek
its aid in a return to his legislative
job, went to the discard never to ap
pear again and its active supporters
are now plying other vocations, many
of them dead. As I said that was ten
years ago and since then the biennial
elections of candidates for public of
fice held under that law have been
more replete with hypocrisy and cor
ruption than ever in the history of the
state The theory of the primary was
all right, but the draft of the act as
placed on the statute books and which
has remained intact ever since failed
in the matter of results. Five sessions
of the legislature have seen bills di
rected at its correction, but they
failed Few advocated its repeal, but
they wanted it bettered Those who
did want it repealed knew better than
to push their demand. The public
would not stand for a return to the
convention system So it has con
tinued until running for office has
come to be looked upon as something
only for those properly financed and
backed What was an abuse has prac
tically been legalized.
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The abo\e looks like an attack on
the whole primary election principle,
but it is not It is simply for the pur
pose of serving notice on a few ob
structionists that they are playing a
poor game and that they will rue the
day they started a back fire, for if
public opinion counts for anything a
bill for a statewide primary will be
introduced at the next session of the
legislature and it will be passed Woe
be to the individual who opposes or
causes its defeat He will be over
whelmed in the deluge that will fol
low As the old saw runs, "might is
right," and the true sport seldom
hollers even if he is aware that some
shaip practices have been used in
bringing about his defeat That is
about where the minority in the presi
dential game in Minnesota stands to
day and it is ready to take its medi
cine, but those in chaige resent ab
solute indifference to its rights. I
refer to the machine tactics now be
ing resorted to for the purpose of
heading off any action by the districts
looking to the adoption of some form
of a prefeiential primary All this
tends to a curtailment of power and
it is what will bring about the exten
sion of the primary law. As far as
Minnesota is concerned hardly one
voter in a thousand cares a rap wheth
er he casts his franchise under a pref
erential primary or not, in fact the
whole pnmai question is the least
of his troubles, but he hates to be
handed something that is uncalled for,
and so there you are The primary
is coming, fellows, so prepare for it
You are making your own bed and
you will have to He it
Governor Eberhart's political sky
was cleared somewhat by the an
nouncement of the withdrawal otf Ed
gar Weaver of Mankato from the Re
publican gubernatorial field Mr
Weaver said he did so in the interest
of party harmony, though he refused
to retract his original declaration that
Governor Eberhart was in bad in his
own county Down here Weaver's
sincerity as a candidate was ques
tioned from the start and the opinion
is general that he has voluntarily re
tired himself from public life for good.
He left himself open to the charge
that he had been seen, something that
so impressed the Minneapolis Journal
that it devoted two whole columns to
sn expose of the Republican machine
and its methods, which was not en
tirely to the credit of Governor Eber
hart and his advisers. It was capital
campaign material from a Democratic
standpoint and will be extensively
used this fall.
Gossip concerning the much sought
for job of leading the state G. O. P.
to victory would not be complete
without the announcement that k. C.
Spooner of Morris has listened to the
call and has decided to give heed. The
announcement of his candidacy is old
as news runs these days, but it per
mits the tip that he is due to hear a
lew things from his neighbor, S. Y.
Gordon, one of the first to enter the
field against Governor Eberhart I
am told Mr Gordon is filling his am
munition locker, and it is not bird
shot either. Gordon is too canny a
Scot to speak his mind regarding the
entrance of a rival from his home dis
trict, but his friends are not so care
ful and they have been indulging in
some statements not entirely to the
credit of the Stevens county man.
They openly say Mr Spooner's candi
dacy is simply for the purpose of em
barrassing Mr. Gordon and in the in
terest of a certain crowd that they will
expose later. When in the legislature
Mr. Spooner's bulldog tenacity was the
one asset that often forced from a re
luctant majority support for measures
which he advocated, but no one ever
accused him of not being on the
square. He was never of the milk
and water sort. As I once said he
was not generally liked, but he com
pelled admiration because of his fight
ing qualities. Mr. Spooner, I figure,
will be heard from soon and whether
he is the candidate of some particular
interest or not he will have a jolt com
ing for some one. He is bad medicine
to tackle.
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The position of governor, with its
salary of $7,000 a year and a $5,000
contingent fund, not to speak of the
honor, may look good to some people,
but if those aspirants now so indus
triously engaged in trying to wrest the
job from Governor Eberhart would
spend a day at the big marble pile in
St. Paul they might change their
minds. If between begging letters, in
sistent solicitors and campaign con
tribution demands his excellency
V.^WI.J.UU. ucuuuiuo ui excellency
gets away from an expenditure of at
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With the fight for the Republican
nomination for governor on those now
occupying the minor offices and who
are candidates for renomination have
what might be termed a cinch, but
they do not want to be too positive in
the matter. Their nice things have
been hidden by the smoke of battle. It
comes on good authority that the two
places on the railroad and warehouse
commission which will be filled this
fall will be contested for and even the
job as state treasurer may figure as
the contention between several. Judge
Mills and Charles Elmquist, at present
members of the railway commission,
want to be returned and it looks as if
they might have a clear field, but word
comes that their right to a renomina
tion may be protested
If the Virginia state bonds, valued
at over $2,000,000 and now held by
Minnesota to the credit of the perma
nent school fund, are sold it will be
over the vigorous protest of former
State Auditor Dunn. The old warrior
aided the state in purchasing them,
and at a figure far below par, and in
his official organ, the Princeton Union,
he jumps on State Treasurer Smith
with both feet for even suggesting
their sale This is the third time the
sale of the Virginia bonds for reinvest
ment in local securities has been pro
posed and Mr Dunn asks the question
why these particular bonds always
are selected whenever the agitation
for more money for loaning purposes
comes up He insists that if the bonds
are sold it be at par and he wants a
law passed making such compulsory
in the case of all outside securities
held by the state.
4. 4. 4.
It looks as if Fred B. Lynch of St.
Paul, national Democratic committee
man, might have to fight to retain his
present official position in the party
councils. The rumor is that several
candidates are being groomed, among
them T. T. Hudson of Duluth and
Judge Willis of St. Paul. The position
is one that carries with it an expense
account that the holder alone must
meet and if Mr. Lynch cared to en
lighten the public with an itemized
statement since he has held the office
it might stagger a few of the curious.
The St. Paul man is generally credited
with a fair amount of the goods of this
world and his long stay in Chicago and
the East, while trying to promote the
presidential interests of the late Gov
ernor Johnson, undoubtedly represent
ed a tidy sum. If any one passed the
hat for the purpose of reimbursement
it is not of record. Mr. Lynch is said
to have incurred the enmity of the
O'Connor machine in St. Paul and its
followers are said to be after his
Champ Clark, who is being boomed
fer presidential honors, also has added
to his prestige in Minnesota, through
the vote given him in the Illinois pri
maries and no one would be surprised
if local headquarters were opened
shortly by the Missouri man. He is
said to be exceptionally strong in Hen
nepin county and he has a decided fol
lowing in the Capital City. W. W.
Williams of Minneapolis, former state
labor commissioner, is said to be look
ing after his interests in the North
Star state.
4. 4. 4.
The memory of Jefferson was hon
ored with a banquet by Minnesota
Democrats at the St Paul hotel April
15. J. Hamilton Lewis of Chicago was
the principal speaker and there were
other speakers of note.
ren a saint Would Have Sworn.
"Gosh dem this allured new me
chanical intricacy!" ejaculated Dr.
Cooney as his machine came to an
abrupt stop somewhere between Min
neapolis and Anoka the other night
"ifc takes the touch of a slide trom
bone player to accurately manipulate
it." It was somewhere near midnight
and the doctor, accompanied by his
friend, W. H. Ferrell, was speeding
toward Princeton with a new touring
car equipped with all the latest im
provements.* The auto expert in Min
neapolis, it seems, had npt fully ex
plained the operation of these new
appliances to Dr. Cooney, and to this
was indirectly due the antics of the
'Now, we're in a h of a fix," ex
claimed Mr. Ferrell "but, may be, we
shall find the combination ere the sun
comes up. Patience, doctor pa
tience. Patience is a virtue that the
fool who buys an automobile and
tries to operate it cannot possibly get
along without." So the two of them
went to work with a will, but, from
the brimstonious light which at the
end of an hour played around their
heads, it was evident that patience
had ceased to be a virtue. Suddenly,*
however, without warning, a rip, rap,
bing, bang noise was emitted by the
machine and it darted up the road
with a rapidity that would have put
least $25 a day he is lucky. The gov
ernor of this great state is legitimate ing wheel, doctor,don't try to slack
prey for every man and woman with her up,"advised Mr. Perrell, "and,
a hunch to detach him from some
ready money. Then there are the
seekers for office and when they are
not on the job applicants for release
from Minnesota's various penal insti
tutions have the floor. One up state
paper, in an effort to perpetrate a joke,
remarked that the present governor gasoline, and gave up the ghost
was not afraid of the cars, and anoth
er, in answer, said there was good
reason for the statement, as he was
car broke. Between you and me it
pays to stay on the cars if you are
Fire Destroys a Residence.
The Edmison house, situated in~the
west end of town, which was occupied
by Mrs. Matilda Edmison, her son
Wayne and his wife, was destroyed by
fire early Monday morning. Very
little of the furniture was saved and
the building was a total loss.
The alarm was turned in at 12:30
o'clock, and while the fire department
was prompt in getting to the scene it
was evident that the flames had gained
such headway that the building was
doomed, especially as there was no
hydrants within reaching distance and
only the ohemical extinguisher could
be used in fighting the fire. The de
partment confined its efforts largely
to saving the adjoining buildings.
How the fire originated is nob known.
The building and its contents were
insured as follows: $1,000 on the
house, $300 on Mrs. Edmison's furni
bure and $800 on Wayne Edmison's
household goods.
Accidentally Speared
Geo. E. Rice, Ira G. Sbanley, Tom
Kaliher and Fred Keith went out to
Elk lake one evening last week on a
fish-spearing expedition. Tom Kali
her speared a sucker and in attempt
ing to shake the fish from the spear
accidentally jabbed the prongs of the
spear into Fred's leg just above the
knee. They immediately went to
shore and succeeded in cubbing the
spear out, after which they went to a
nearby farm house and washed the
injured member in hob water and alco
hol. Dr. Cooney dressed the wound
as soon as the party reached town
aud Fred is getting around now al
though he had to resort to the use of
crutches for a few days.
Pass the Night In an Automobile.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. F. Palthen, Mrs.
Caroline Naering and Miss Emma
Kriesel started for Crown lasb Satur
day evening in Mr. Palthen's recently
purchased automobile, and they ar
rived at their destination Sunday
morning just in time to go to church,
which is going some.. The machine
stopped about midway between
Princebon and Crown and bhe parby
was forced bo spend the night in the
car. In the morning a team of horses
was hired to convey the ladies to
their destination, and Mr. Palthen
telephoned to Princeton for an ex
pert. The car was nob fixed in time bo
make bhe reburn trip, however, and
bhe parby returned to Princeton be
hind a team of humble horses.
"Flying Dutchman" to shame
"Just give your attention to the steer-
by merely touching the high places,
we'll be home in 15 minutes. Gee,
whiz, this is fine riding." But, when
they reached Anoka, for some reason
not clearly apparent at the time, the
ponderous machine coughed, spat
A hunt about town was then made
for a garage man and eventually one
was aroused from his slumbers, but
he was nob in the best of moods when
he came down stairs demanding in a
rasping voice, "What in h and d
is the matter?" He looked over the
machine, found nothing wrong with it
except that it had been improperly
operated, and, calling Mr. Ferrell
aside, remarked in a contemptuous
tone, "That guy the garage people
sent up with you doesn't know as
much about the machine as you do."
The Anoka man called, "All
aboard!" jumped on the machine and
started toward Princeton. After he
had proceeded a couple of miles and
found that the machine was running
all right, he advised Dr. Cooney and
Mr. Ferrell not to monkey with the
machinery and then jumped off while
the car was in motion.
They arrived in Princeton at 5
o'clock in the morning, and just as
the car reached the Cooney block it
shivered, sighed and diedthe doctor
had disobeyed orders and monkeyed
with the machinery. As luck would
have it, however, the machine came
home to die.
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Local Dealer
Princeton Minnesota
(April 18-2)
Tax Judgment Sale.
Pursuant to a real estate tax judg
ment of the district court, in the
county of Mille Lacs, state of Minne
sota, entered the seventh day of
March, 1912, in proceedings for en
forcing payment of taxes and penal
ties upon real estate in the county of
Mille Lacs, remaining delinquent on
the first Monday in January, 1912,
and of the statutes in such cases made
and provided, I shall on the 13th day
of May (being the second Monday)
A. D. 1912, at ten o'clock in the
forenoon at my office in the court
house in the village of Princeton and
county of Mille Lacs, sell the lands
which are charged with taxes, penal
ties and costs in said judgment, and
on which taxes shall not have been
previously paid.
(Seal) W. C. DOANE,
Auditor of Mille Lacs County,
Dated at Princeton, Minnesota,
this 16th day of April, A. D. 1912.
For Service.
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Farm Mortgages,
Insurance, Collections.
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Farm Loans
First National Bank
of Princeton, Minnesota.
Paid up Capital, $30,000
A General Banking Busi
ness Transacted.
Loans Made on Approved
Interest Paid on Time De
Foreign and Domestic Ex
S. S. PETTERSON, President.
T. H. CALEY, Vice Pres.
J. F. PETTERSON, Cashier.
Stroeter will conduct farm auctions either on commission
or by the day.
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Princeton State Bank
Capital $20,000
Banking Business
Interest Paid on Time Deposits.
Security State Bank
Princeton, Minnesota
Capital $32,000 Surplus $4,000
JOHN W. GOULDING, President G. A. EATON, Cashier $
HcMillan & Stanley
Successors to
Princeton, Minnesota
We Handle the Great Northern Railway Co. Lands
If You Are in Need of a Board oral
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The Princeton Boot and Shoe Man
V*7TE are sole agents for the Florsheim
Shoe in this town. Any man who
puts his money into a $4.50 or $5.00 Flors
heim Shoe need not wonder if he will get it
out again. This shoe never disappointed a
wearer. We have also the
Buster Brown Shoe
for children, and many other good brands.
Come in and see for yourselves.
Yours truly,
Solomon Long

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