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DIPLOMASJWARDED Class of Fourteen Receive Scrolls at Graduation Exercises on Fri- day at Opera House. Excellent Program Rendered and Rev. Father O'Connor Delivers a Very Able Discourse. High school graduation exercises were held at the opera house on -Fri day evening, May 31, and at that time 14 pupils were presented with diplomasthree less than last year. This is, however, a good showing for a town the size of Princeton, and speaks well for the capabilities of the faculty and the intellectuality of the students. The story of the graduates' aptitude is told in the high percenage which they received in their "various studiesit is also in controvertible evidence of the ex cellent tutelage they received. To Superintendent Marshall and his corps of instructors are due much credit for the excellent work which they accomplished during the school year. The graduates, too, are en titled to praise for so close an appli cation to their studies. The opera house was crowded to its full capacity during the com mencement exercises and many people were unable to gain ad mission. Upon the stage were seated the graduating class, speaker and members of the school board. The decorations were of flowers, ierns and class colors arranged so as to present a pretty effect. An excel lent program, with the musical parts arranged by Mrs. H. C. Cooney, was presented and e-\ery number was thoroughly enjoyed. Rev. J. L. O'Connor of Rochester, Minn., was the speaker of the evening and he delivered a most masterful address which bristled with good, common sense advice. Rev. O'Connor has spoken in Princeton beforelast year he delivered the memorial sermon to the old soldiers at St. Edward's church and a lecture at the opera house on ''Kindness, both of which were highly appreciated. A synopsis of the graduation program, in its order of presentation, is hereunder given The exercises opened with an over tuie, splendidly executed, by the Princeton orchestra. Rev. E. B. Service of the Metho dist church imoked the divine blessing, and he was followed by Miss Grace Herdliska. who delivered the salutatory. It was a very pleas ing rendition in which the young lad demonstrated considerable ability. This was followed by a \ocal number especially arranged by Mrs. H. C. Cooney for a double quar tet, and was rendered in a most ad mirable manner. Mrs. Soule was the accompanist. Rev. O'Connor was then introduced by Chairman J. J. Skahen and gave his address. Among other things he said: "You young graduates are about to begin your life work, and the future is a dark as well as a bright future. Every previous class has gone out to meet this future. With what success? How many have failed? What will be said of the class of 1912 by those of the future? 'Trials you will haveexperience fully teaches this. But why so many trials? Because God knows they are the best master for a thorough education and for success. He permits these trials to keep us nearer to Himself and also to draw us nearer to each other. "Let us be brave, bear one an other's burdens and so live that we will be a credit to our God, to our religion, to ourselves, and to our country. In .your hour of affliction remember the helping hand of Christ. Write to your pastor, your friends, your teacher, and always re member that you have a friend to tide you over the trials of life." Upon the conclusion of Father O'Connor's address another pretty vocal selection was rendered and the valedictory, "Tint Your Own Sky, by Miss Mabel Lind, followed. Miss Lind's address w^as delivered in a very creditable mannershe showed that she had taken much pains with her subject and her efforts were ap preciated by the assemblage. Following the valedictory came the presentation of the class bv Prof. J. C. Marshall, and Dr. F. L. Small, president of the school board, in a neat speech, presented diplomas to the following graduates: Julia Anderson, Etta L. Davis, Margaret G. Herdliska, Anna G. Alickson, Eleanor V. Anderson, Clara L. Rosin, Peter Schmidt, Bessie O. Hull, Lawrence Angstman, Mabel A. Lind, Josephine R. Henschel Eugene C. Kalkman, Wm. Reuben Stay and Clarence M. Stay. Dr. Samll said: "It is, indeed, a pleasure for me to be present on this occasion, and I am glad that we have all had an opportunity of listen ing to such an elevating and inspir ing address. It seems to me that the program of this evening is a fitting climax to your life in the Princeton public schools. For twelve years you have been pursuing faith fully those subjects that are to tit you for the work of life. I assume that during those twelve years you have all been faithful to .your duties. This assumption must be correct, otherwise you would not be here to night for the purpose of having the honors of graduation bestowed upon you. We are proud of you and we are likewise proud, and justly so, of the school system through the in strumentality of which you ha^e been enabled to develop your char acters and by which you have been given a broader outlook upon life and all its possibilities. In a re public such as ours the schools are the bulwarks of liberty and, if our country is to maintain its place in the vanguard among nations, the de velopment of the schools must keep pace with those other agencies that are attempting to build up a more perfect civilization than the world has yet known. I may say in this connection that it is the aim of our school board here in Princeton to continue our school on its present high plane of efficiency, and it is our desire to adopt innovations just as soon as we discover that they have genuine worth. I wish to congratulate all of you on the completion of your high school course. At the same time let me charge you that increased knowledge and intelligence brings increased responsibility. You are each a factor in this work of life. You each have a station to fillno one can fill it for you. You each have a work to dono one can do it for you. To fight successfully the battle of life you need grit, you need courage, you need determination, and, above all, you need to be armed with truth and honesty of purpose. Having these attributes. I predict for each of you a useful life. I hope, that to a useful life, may be added, for each one of you. a happy life. I firmly believe that the joy and pleasure that we derive from living is in direct proportion to the good works we do. A kind word spoken kindles a kind thought in your heart. A kind act makes you feel better and at the same time adds a friend, while a bitter word makes an enemy and also causes a rankling in your own heart. "In conclusion I wish particularly to congratulate you on having had such a faithful band of instructors during your high school course. I am sure that you appreciate already ^^l^ to wi TTn^^ A this phase of your high school life, but I know that as the years go by and are numbered with the departed, you will appreciate more and more their unceasing efforts as they have endeavored to instill within your minds and hearts those principles of true manhood and womanhood. "It is with the best of feelings and the kindliest of wishes 'that I present to you these diplomas.'' A selection by the orchestra fol lowed, and- the pronouncement of benediction by Rev. Service con cluded the exercises. Improvements at Fair Grounds. grounds Andrew Bryson and his assistants Memorial have commenced making impro\e ments at the fair grounds ior the 1912 exposition. Tho irame work of the new horse barn, which will be 40 by 120 feet, is already up and it will be completed within a short time. A phone booth, ladies' rest room and machinen shed will also be built, and an exhibit hall con structed where the machinery was displayed last 3 ear. This hall will be 1(3 b\ 120 feet. Another necessary improvement is the widening of the track, upon which men are now en gaged. Several other improvements will also be made. The fair grounds now are 'among the very best in the northwestern states, but it is the aim of the Mille Lacs County Agricultural association to excel all others, and this aim ill doubtless become an accomplished fact. In President Bryson the as sociation has a man who knows ex actly what is required to effect this, and he is working diligently and en thusiastically on the proposition. A more exhausti\e write-up of the improvements will be given later. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COl'NTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY. JUNE G, 1918. GROUP OF OLD SOLDIERS ON MEMORIAL DAY, FA:LW Z,Norto Malkson Botto ard, Owen Bracken, Arthur Panchot, A. Schwartz, David Whitcomb, Aug. Gerth. 30 VETERANS IN LINE Old Boys in Blue Attend Impressive Ceremonies at Fair Grounds in Honor of Dead Comrades. Large Concourse of People Listens to Patriotic Address of Rev. Em- ery of Third Regiment. It was indeed an imposing proces sion that wended its way to the fair CITIZENS' BAND LEADING MEMORIAL DAY PROCESSION. Photo by Clement and the cemetery on day to do honor to the old soldiers who have departed this life In the line of march were a number ot veterans who tramped along to the time of the martial music discoursed b\ the Citizens' bandold heroes who mustered all their strength to enable them to cover the long distance, and for some of them, no doubt, it ill be the last time they will march over that ground upon alike occasion. It was a hard task for them, but none would'ham it that they were fatigued thereby. Some of the old boys in blue were, however, too feeble to tramp to the fair grounds and re luctantly took their seats in the automobiles prowded. The G. A. R. contingent was under the com mand of Commander F. A. Lowell, while Martin Leach, and M. E. i went through their military evolu- Bern of the Eleventh Maine regi-1 tions with a precision equal to that ment, who was here on a visit, were I of soldiers of the regular army. the standard bearers. In all there were'.10old soldiers in attendance, 12 less than last year, and so their ranks will continue to dwindle until, eventually, there will be none left to attend Memorial dav observances. W. H. Townsend, T. H. J. A. F. row: HarveJohnMcClure, Martin, Anson Howard, W. J. ApplegateCaley, M. S BerryStevensonLeachMA.Campbell, Martin G. How But the nation will nevertheless see that their memory is honored and their graves kept green. One of the old veterans missed at the Memorial day observances this year was Joseph Young of Milaca, who, through sickness, was unable to be present. Mr. Young is 92 years of age, and this was the first occasion upon which he failed to participate in Memorial day cere monies since Wallace T. Rines post was organized. Owen Bracken of Greenbush. aged 92, and Michael Scanlan of Wyanett, aged 85, were in attendance as usual, as was A. J. Pooie of Milaca, but Tom Warren and T. E. Potts of the lake country were absent. There were very few veterans present from outside towns. Heading the procession to the fair grounds was the Citizens' band, under the leadership of S. P. Skahen, which rendered music of an excellent nature. R. E. Jones' drum corps was not present upon this oc casion, having been engaged to play at Elk River upon that day. This was the first time in the history of the corps that it has failed to furnish patriotic music in Princeton on Memorial da\. A contingent of Company G, under command of Lieutenant Johnson, made a \ery fine showing in the pro-' cessionthe boys demonstrated that they were well drilled, and thev Lieutenant Chas. Bullis of Company was the marshal of the day and performed his duties in a very creditable manner. A very pretty sight was the con tingent of school children, wearing Photo by,Clement. VOLUME XXXYI. NO. 24 carrying flags, white dresses and who marched in line. Then we must not forget the boy scouts of Milaca, under Scoutmaster George Van Rhee, who tramped down to Princeton to participate in the observances. There were 12 of them in all and, attired in their khaki uniforms and carrying the banners of their company, they made a very attractive appearance. The boys returned on the evening train Committeeman Hummel treating them to ice cream before their de parture. The attendance of the boys is greatly, appreciated and they have the thanks of the old soldiers and the citizens generally. There were at' least 3,000 people at the fair grounds, where a short but appropriate program was rendered. Mrs. C. A. Caley arranged the musical part of the program and directed the singing, which was most impressive. Several numbers were rendered by the large choir and each one was appreciated and ap plauded. Rev. Will Emery of Amboy, chaplain of the Third regi ment, M. N. G., delivered a forceful oration which at tirrfesr broiight tears to the eyes of the old soldiers. While Rev. Emery has a strong, clear-toned voice, many people in the grandstand were un able to hear him in consequence of the disturbance made by children who were running around,' laughing and talking. Someone was certainly at fault for permitting such disturb ance. Rev. Emery said in part: "'If I am to believe what my father has told meand he served in the civil war three years and eleven months"War is hell." The most of us, I presume, dread and fear war but if wars, like offenses, must come, then let us play the part of true women and true men. We seek to show today a loving remembrance. More, we seek to show our gratitude to God, and to our fathers and mothers. If, as we look back to the emergency of the civil war, the events of that war, the greatness of which we are coming to realize more and more: if, as we look back we do not feel our hearts stirred with both religion and patriotism, gratitude to God and man, then we are unAmeri can. '/A memorial is anything intended to preserve the memory of a person or event. The great King of Kings gave to us this principle when he said: 'This do in remembrance of me.' The governor of our state a few years ago took a long journey and spoke fitting words at the unveiling of a memorial to the heroism and ability of Minnesota troops. Let memorials be erected throughout our dear land, and in answer to all inquries concerning them, we will say: Memorials of God's hand in our nation's history, and of the bravery, heroism and ability of our fathers and mothers, "This is Memorial day. All through our land memorial services are being held memorialI trust also memorableaddresses are made*. We all are in a more or less con,-, templative mood. A well known magazine recently contained a pic^ ture called 'Memories.' A veteran carrying the flag. The veteran's eyes closed. The back-ground of the picture was what the veteran was remembering. The ranks of the Grand Army are being rapidly thinned but today, before the mind's eye of thousands, are scenes of long marching columns tramp tramp, tramp tramp, dusty, tired, hungry, thirsty, the men stride along. There are trotting cavalry troops with the jangling of accoutre ments there is a great roar of thundering artillery there are long lines of intrenchments there are ruined cities and villages are des olate. All this is passing before the mind's eye of the thousands. "Oh! you veterans you have memories, and we, because we are our father's own sons, have our visions of the future. We shall not fail, even as you won. ''A whole lot of us folks' are going to have today a sort of choking sen sation, caused by the fact that only a representation of the Grand Army of the Republic is left. Once these men were strong and could endure. Oh, could they not endure? How often. :.have I heard father tell it, how often have I thought of it, his marching thirty miles in one day and going into battle at sunset. The veteran can do this no more. But because he has done this, because the veteran of today was the soldier inblue at Cold Harbor, Antietam, Gettysburg, we are' rich today through the laithfulness.to^duty of the menrof'sixty-one^to sixty-five let us love the^veteran^andj do^him, good, and may it be true of us,. Hr/ jar 'M '*sgj 5-f as &