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tittle Interest Shown in State
Primary Campaign.
andidates Find Farmers Too Busy
Harvesting Crops to Attend
Political Meetings.
(Special Correspondence.)
St. Paul, Aug. 12.If Minnesota, as
some seem to think, is in the throes
f a political campaign, with the
voters eager for every scrap of news
relating to the candidacy of this and
that aspirant farmers everywhere
debating economic advantages to be
gained by having this or that man at
}^e head of the ship of state, and
*Breet corner debaters hoarse from
werexertion for certain favorites,
then a score or more of wise ones
now traveling over the state are not
aware of the fact. If their observa
tions are correct, and their views
seem to be borne out by the few
farmers who do straggle into the
cities these days, the primary cam
paign of 1912 is going down into his
tory as the quietest ever. There is
absolutely no enthusiasm in a polit
ical way in Minnesota, traveling men
say. The farming community gener
ally, they declare, cannot be cajoled
into talking politics and this disinter
ested condition even extends to the
Jew candidates who are now out on
a speaking campaign. The expected
orowcte will not come. They are too
busy during the day harvesting the
biggest crop Minnesota has ever
fcnown and they are too tired at night
to wander beyond their own door
steps. W. E. Lee, the first of the
Republican gubernatorial candidates
to take to the stump, stopped the
hiring of halls in which to speak some
weeks ago and L. C. Spooner came to
that conclusion last Saturday. Both
he and Mr. Lee are now interviewing
the farmer voter direct. E. T. Young,
the last to get into the game, left for
a tour of the First district and he
said that his trip would be a hand
shaking one exclusively. "No empty
halls for me," he declared. With the
daily prints perpetrating columns of
drivel about this and that candidate
for office and the candidates them
selves working overtime in an effort
to impress upon the voting public
their qualifications and fitness for
office the disinterested condition
spoken of seems impossible of belief
James A. Larson, assistant secretary
of state, best describes the situation
as the result of a trip taken by him
upstate some days ago. "I could not
get a farmer to talk politics," said
Jim "They all declared that thev
were too busy with their crops and
besides they were not interested.
Later I met a friend who I knew was
generally touch with current events
and especially the political situation.
He was a subscriber to several daily
papers and I was confident that
would learn from him the political
feeling in his particular section He
had not been paying much attention
to the national game, he said, for the
reason that he was busy with his crop.
Then I asked him who he thought his
district favored for governor. 'Jim.'
he answered, 'I am ashamed to admit
it, but I do not know who is running
for governor. I know Eberhart is
governor and I have heard that he is
going to run again. My wheat mean*
more to me than who is going to be
elected and I simply hare been too
busy to read up on the situation.'"
The situation outlined above is the
result of a painstaking effort on the
part of your truly to find out political
conditions in the state. No one knows
and what is more few care Of course
there are people who do talk and
their views run from Roosevelt to
Wilson for president The guberna
torial situation gives A. O. Eberhart
the best of it President Taft just
now is looked upon as a poor betting
proposition, but his followers say his
strength will increase with the days
So forcibly has the present apathy im
pressed some that thev are betting
that the vote at the coming state pri
maries will not be in excess of 100,-
000. I saw several boxes of cigars
wagered on this figure Lieutenant
Governor Gordon is using every effort
to get a big vote out, but it is an up
hill job Another who is laying down
on the voters is E. T. Young. In the
meantime Governor Eberhart say?
nothing and saws wood. His friends
say that he will announce his candi
dacy in a few weeks. Just now he if
touring the state as governor, attend
ing county fairs, speaking at school
gatherings and meeting the taxpayers
as their governor, please note.
The new statewide primary law won
first blood in a decision handed down
by the supreme court Friday and it
now looks as if the legality and con
stitutionality of the entire act was
assured. The only possible other/at
tack is on the first and second choice
provisions and it is hardly likely that
any one will go after that section of
the law for the present at least. The
class provision was the feature of the
new law upheld by the court and the
language covering its findings were
tjA* ,V f*j f^, t$
any fear that the law will fall as a
whole. In brief the court's decision
Is that the primary is not an election
in the sense of the word and that the
constitution governing the right of
the individual to vote has no applica
tion. The law is held to be an orderly
way of selecting candidates for the
regular election and without the un
warranted interference with the rights
of the voter described in .the com
Attorney General L. A. Smith, in in
terpreting the provisions of the new
primary law, has insisted on keeping
away from any comment on the so
called unconstitutional features of the
act. He says his duty is to explain
and not to say what is good or bad,
but he does admit that his department
may have some trouble if the first and
second class provisions of the law are
ever attacked in court. However, he
will hold them good law until shown
otherwise by the proper tribunal. The
exercise of the first and second choice
is held to be giving a man two votes
on the same subject or candidate and
this has been held unlawful in some
states. Whether the Minnesota courts
would so hold remains to be sean.
4- 4* 4*
Frank L. Glotzbach of Fayibault, at
present a Democratic member of the
state senate, some time ago filed for
the Democratic nomination for con
gress from the Third district. In com
pliance with the new oomipt prac
tices act he announced his campaign
committee at the same time, but it
seems since that in naming the com
mittee he forgot to secure their per
mission. Friday Donald Grant, N. S.
Erb and William McReid, all of Fari
bault and selected by Mr. Glotzbach,
filed their resignations with the secre
tary and asked to be refoased. The
reasons advanced by each was- that he
was a Republican and could not very
well stand sponsor for a Democrat.
Up in this neck of the woods the
chances seem good for a vigorous con
test for Congressman Davis' Washing
ton job. Senator Julius Coller of
Shakopee, a Democrat, is grooming
himself for the job and as the district
is pretty much of his political faith he
may get the St. Peter man if nominat
ed. Frank Glotzbach of Faribault is
already out for the place. One thing
in Davis' favor is that no Republican
as yet has seen fit to throw his hat
into the ring. Mr. Davis, who came
into prominence with the retirement
of the late Joel P. Heatwole from con
gress, has remained in office undis
turbed ever since, but it looks pretty
much as if he would have to fight for
an extension this time. Congressman
Davis, however, is not the only Wash
ington representative who is in dan
ger. Frank Nye of Minneapolis ad
mits that he will have to hustle to get
back F. C. Stevens of St. Paul al
ready faces opposition and Congress
man Anderson of the First district
may never see his Washington job
again. Even Congressman Steener
son of the Ninth district has trouble
in this respect. A Becker county law
yer wants his job.
*f* *5*
Frank E. Minette of Stearns county,
who is a candidate for a return trip to
the legislature, announces that he has
had prepared a public utilities bill and
will make it a part of his campaign for
re-election. Mr. Minette has patterned
his measure" after the Wisconsin idea.
There all public utilities, which in
clude gas, electric light and water
power, are subject to control and
regulation by a commission with state
wide powers. Under such a commis
sion the recent gobbling up of many
water power in the state by an out
side corporation would be impossible.
A Jt, S.
*S 1
The anniversary of the death of
Governor John A. Johnson, Sept. 21,
may be selected as the date for the
unveiling of the statue now being
constructed and which will be located
at the main entrance to the state cap
itel. It seems out of place to mention
the fact, but it is said that the occa
sion may see the gathering of a large
number of political notables in St.
Paul. The date will be immediately
following the primaries and will be
excellent for campaign plan making
4* 4* 4-
Capitol gossips have been busy the
past week with the name of R. C.
Dunn of Princeton as a Republican
candidate for governor, but Bob re
fuses to give the rumor any confirma
tion. The Princeton man has been too
long in the ame to take such a fool
ish step, as he knows any more addi
tions to the field would simply mean
a greater cinch for Governor Eber
hart. Some weeks ago he said he
might take a flyer at the game if
either Mr. Eberhart or some of the
field would withdraw, but that is pret
ty near an impossibility now. All of
the candidates have put too much
money in the game to pull out at this
time. According to friends the
Princeton man is receiving hundreds
'of letters promising support if he will
get into the game.
4* 4* 4*
Quoting Mr. Dunn, indirect taxation
is the worst torm of raising state
revenue and he points out that the
taxpayers will soon come to a realiza
tion of the fact. He says if only en
courages extravagance. It is direct
taxation that keeps the expenses
down. Just now the state is facing a
heavy deficit in its revenue fund, due
to over anticipation of the state's reve
nues, and Mr. Dunn's remarks are in
answer to that condition. The tax
rate is now the highest in some years
and there is every reason to believe
that it will be substantially increasc-d
next year.
The Intruder Wanted Bread, but He
Got "Thumbs Down."
Sometimes the bullfight in Spain is
used to compel the attention of the
authorities to grievances that would
otherwise go unnoticed, as Is seen in
the following incident described by
Harry A. Franck to "Four Months
Afoot In Spain:"
"The newcomer will long remember
his first bullcertainly if, as in my
own case, the first banderillero slips
at the moment of thrusting his barbed
darts and Is booted like a soccer foot
ball half around the ring by the snort
ing animal. Still less shall I forget
the chill that shot through me when,
with the fifth bull at the height of his
fury, a gaunt and awkward boy of fif
teen sprang suddenly over the barriers
and shook his ragged blouse a dozen
times in the animal's face. As many
times he escaped a goring by the clos
est margin.
"The toreros did not for a moment
lose their bead*. Calmly and dex
terously they maneuvered until one of
them drew the bull off, when another
caught the intruder by the arm and
marched him across the ring to the
shade of the mayor's box. There the
youth, who bad taken this means of
gaining an audience, lifted up a
mournful voice and asked for food,
asserting that be was starving a
statement that seemed by no means
improbable. The response was thumbs
down. But he gained his point, in a
way, for he was given a fortnight in
"Incidents of the sort had grown so
frequent of late in Seville as to make
necessary a new law, promulgated in
large letters on that day's program.
Printed words in ail probability meant
nothing to this neglected son of Se
The Uncertain Apple Tree.
An apple tree is the result of a graft
from the tree that Is known to be a
producer of a certain kind and flavor
of apples. If the seed were planted
and one relied on it to produce a select
grade of fruit the result would be dis
appointing, for the reason that from
the seed the most remarkable varieties
will be shown Perhaps they will be
miserable little crabapples or misshap
en. bitter fruit or a useless conglomera
tion The seed somehow or other harks
back to its origin, notwithstanding
years of cultivation. The varieties of
apples known today are a result of
careful selection and constant grafting
of the better kind from year to year
until the present development has been
Handsome Goethe.
Goethe was pronounced "the hand
somest man of Europe." He was a lit
tie over six feet in height but so well
proportioned that he did not seem tall
His features were of the Roman type,
his hair rather light than dark, bis
whole appearance commanding. Even
to extreme old age he retained a large
share of the personal good looks that
earlier in life had made him so at
The Unexpected.
Prizefighter (entering school with his
son)Von give this boy o* mine a
thrashing yesterday, didn't yer? School
master (very nervous)WellIer
perhaps PrizefighterWell, give us
your "and. You're a champion 1 can't
do nothm' with 'im myself.London
Its Characteristics.
"The principal characters in that
play are a baby and a horse."
"That dramatist is evidently doing
things with mite and mane."Balti
more American.
Merely a Brother.
Young LadyPlease show me some
ties. ClerkA gentleman's tie? Young
LadyOh.' no it's for my brother.
Fliegende Blatter.
The Force Exerted by Its Formidable
Sucker Lined Arms.
Both the octopus and the cuttlefish
have arms that are clothed with a
formidable array of suckers, which are
wonderful pieces of mechanism. When
the sucker comes into contact with an
object the central piston, having pre
viously been raised so as to complete
ly fill the cavity of the sucker, is at
once withdrawn and a perfect vac
uum produced, explaining the great te
nacity with which the suckers cling.
They number upward of 100 pairs to
each arm of the octopus, and once they
obtain a grip on the victim, unless the
arm is actually torn away from the
body of the octopus. It is practically
Impossible for its prey to disentangle
In addition to these suckers the octo
pus has a powerful pair of jaws, shap
ed like the beak of a parrot, behind
which is a formidable armor plated
tongue used as a rasping organ. The
octopus will attack and kill crabs and
lobsters of considerable size, ripping
open the body by means of its power
ful Jaws and devouring the contents.
In spite of being a creature of sucb
awe inspiring looks the octopus has
several enemies In various species of
whales, sharks and conger eels. In
fact, the latter are particularly fond
of devouring the smaller octopuses.
Conger eels hunt for the octopus and
when found proceed to browse on its
limbs. The octopus tries to hug the
slippery, slimy conger tight but in
vain, and. finding its limbs growing
less, discharges its ink in the face of
the foe and under cover of the turbid
water beats a hasty retreat It is to
escape the too pressing attention of
its foes that the octopus possesses the
power of changing its color to corre
spond with that of Its surroundings.
The above picture, taken by
Clement, the photogiapher, shows
four generations of the Thompson
family, and the house in the back
ground is that of W. H. Thompson,
in Blue Hill township.
The cential figure, seated, is Mrs.
Louise S. Thompson, 81 ears old,
and mother of William H. Thompson.
She was born in New York state,
came to Minnesota in 1856, and has
lived with her son 10 years. In the
Remarksble Surgical Work.
Baltimore, Aug. 12.Phjsicians at
Johns Hopkins are performing a new
treatment for Pott's disease, com
monly known as hunchback, elimi
nating the old mechancial devices.
Grafting of bone forms a conspicuous
pait. The operation is performed in
a similar manner to that for the
stiffening of the knee joint, as was
done recently by mortising the knee
plate to one of the tendons of the leg
and into the joint, after the tough
and fibrous tissues sui rounding the
bone had been remo\ed. thus gener
ating the necessary bony tissue.
The fibrous tissues as removed, were
preserved and returned to the upper
and lower joints, where a continuous
bone was produced, thus obliterating
iiSllibVyW^ ETWEEN
back row, beginning at the left, the is Edna and the thiee others, run-
adults are Mrs. Marion Northway.
daughter 'of W. H. Thompson
Mai ion Northway, her husband:
Mrs. Marion Godfrey of Sioux Palls.
Iowa, daughter of Mrs. Mary Dun
can W. H. Thompson Mrs. Mary
Duncan of Sioux Falls, mother of
Mrs. W. H. Thompson and Mrs. W.
H. Thompson. The four children in
the group are those of Mr. and Mrs.
Marion Northway. The baby's name
the joints.
New York. Aug. 12.A 2-year-old
baby boy, wiio came to the post
graduate hospitil, New York, live I
weeks ago a helpless cripple from
club feet since birth, went to his
home in Waterbun. Conn., yester-'
day, wearing in each foot the bone
of another child, but stiong and
well. For the first time, Dr.
Frederick H. Albee took bones irom
the feet of the dead bodies of two
children, inserted them inside the
feet of the little cripple and restored
his distorted leet to normal shape,
size and utilitj. Hitherto surgeons
cut the feet of such cripples and
gradually straightened them with
braces, but in club feet some bones
are always lacking, and the old cuie
'is&sri^ 7 ISM"
ning from left to right, are Nettie,
Francis and Ruth. Mr. and Mrs.
Marion Northway and famih live in
Blue Hill with Mr. and Mis'. W. H.
I is not necessan to come to town
for youi family groups or photos of
the old folks. Send for Clement and
have them taken at home and get
up-to-date photos. Call at mv office
over Mark's store or send postal. E.
L. Clement.
never put the leet into such condi
tion that they could be used, because
it never attempted to supply the
missing bones.
Hot Weather Items.
Not far from Thief Eiver in Pen
nington county there is a town
called Strip. It ought to be mighty
papular on warm da\s.Bemidji
Yes, and our local man handed in
the following personal, which he had
to kill for fear the jam at the depot
might wreck the building: ''Miss
who has been visiting here
lor the past week, is going to Strip
on the Soo train this afternoon."
Thief Ri\er Press.

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