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Wahkql People Proud of New Hotel,
Nek Bank Building and Im-
posing High School.
Onanja, Isle and Surrounding Terri-
^ry Prosperous Room for
nany More Settlers.
Vahkon enjoys the proud distinc
tion of having the best hotel in Mille
L#s countythe Hex. It is a well
bult two-story solid brick structure
wth an ample office, sanitary wash
rtoni and water closets, spacious
olning room, neat kitchen and entic-
'Qg- cafe on the ground floor. On the
second flooi there are 25 well fur
nished sleeping roomssix of them
with baths attachedand two hand
some parlors. The building is heat
ed by steam and will be lighted by
electricity. The proprietor, Mr. W.
IP. Hackett, assisted by his amiable
wife, knows how to care for guests
and make them feel at home. The
Rex is a credit to Wahkon and a er
itable God-send to Milie Lacs lake
Right opposite the hotel the Soo
State bank is rapidlj nearing com
pletion. It is a beautiful structure
and is built of Menominee pressed
brick. Frank Morneau. the genial
cashier and manager, is very proud
of the new bank and not without
reason. But the most notable edifice
in the bustling little village of Wah
kon is the imposing new $25,000 brick
school house.
Last Saturday, by a vote of 34 to 5
W ahkon people decided to incorporate
and have their own governing board.
Heietofore Wahkon has been part
and parcel of the town of Isle Har
boi. Wahkon is bound to giow and
The little hamlet of Isle, a couple
of miles east of Wahkon, is also look
ing up and se\eral new buildings
have been elected since the scribe's
last visit to the place. Isle is soon to
have a flag station which will be a
Dig accommodation to the people of
the vicimtj.
Onamia also looks prosperous and
it^, citizens claim that it is larger
and tiansacts moie business than its
sistei village of Wahkon. Onamia is
a division point on the Soo railroad.
If all of its lesidences and business
houses vveie concentiated it would
show up to better advantage.
There has been a noticeable im
provement in the condition of the
roads in the past vear in the county
adjacent to Mille Lacs lake, espe
cially in the town of Kathio, but
there is still room foi further im
Moie settlers and home-makeis aie
needed in the lake towns and a great
el effoit must be put forth to obtain
Advocated by Development Association.
The Northern Minnesota Develop
ment association, ever alert to the
best interests of the state, has is
sued, through its energetic secretary,
W R. MacKenzie, the following cir
culai letter to the weekly newspa
oeis of the state.
"The most important thing foi
Minnesota the coming election is
on the amendment ballot, or what is
better known as the 'R. C. Dunn
One-Mill Road Tax.'
"'The constiuction of roads all over
Minnesota by the state highway com
mission, which will be the outcome
of the carrying of AMENDMENT
NUMBER ONE at the polls Novem
bei 5, will result in greater state
development than anything else ever
planned in this state. The carrying
of this amendment is of more impor
tance to Minnesota than the election
of president, governor, or any other
'I hope that in your next week's
issue, which will be the last befoie
election, you will carry the following
sentence in as large type as possible:
The Trials of Professor Ewing.
Our special correspondent at
O'Neill biook sends us the following
story and vouches for its truth.
'That gentlemanly scholar, Super
intendent Ewing, was here on a
visit to our schoolma'am, or, per
haps I should say. to our school, last
Fnday. Upon aniving he rapped
on the school house door, tried the
latch, and found that the door was
locked. He rapped again and again,
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harder each time, and finally a voice for the little insects to extract honey
came from one of the windows say- material from. According to
mg, 'This way, please.'
"Mrj Ewing approached the window
and the schoolma'am explained to
him that one of the bad boys of the
school had rushed off into the woods,
locking the door behind him and
throwing the key in the well, so that
he, Mr. Ewing, would be compelled
to enter bv way of the window. The
window sill was high, so she sent
out three of the tallest and strong
est boys to assist Mr. Ewing in mak
ing an entry. They tried their ut
most to lift him up, but it was not
until they had placed a pile of stove
wood beneath the window 'for a
starter,' as they said, that they
managed to push him into the room.
Je, he's an elephant!' exclaimed
one of the boys, as Mr. Ewing fell
inside on the floor.
'Having inspected the pupils and
the schoolma'am, he returned to the
window to make his exit. Climbing
upon a chair, he swung his legs out
of the window and, with his hands
clutching the window sill, let himself
down gradually onto the woodpile.
The wood silpped from under his
feet and he fell over backward, strik
ing the soft ground with his head
and making an indentation two
inches deep. He was very fortunate
in not striking a large rock which
reposed only a few inches away.
And all that Mr. Ewing said, as he
gathered himself up,' was 'Ding-the-
ding-ding'' Most other men under
such circumstances would have
sworn like troopers."
Mistaken for Deer and Shot.
John Norris, who was out hunting
on Monday near Redtop with James
Anderson, was mistaken by the lat
ter for a deer and shot through the
left lung. The bullet, a soft-nosed
missile, entered Norris' chest near
the fourth rib and came out at his
back. Dr. Swennes of Wahkon was
called and he, after diessing the
wound, phoned to Dr. Coonej, who
hurried to Redtop in an automobile.
It was then decided to wait 48 hours
to determine the effect which the
passage of the bullet would have.
Dr. Swennes phoned to Dr. Cooney
on Tuesdav night saying that the
patient's condition had improved.
Mr. Norris, accompanied b} Dr.
Swennes, arrived in Princeton on
last evening's train and was
taken to the Northwestern hospi
Isaac F. Walker.
Mi. Isaac F. Walker is well known
to a large majority of the readers of
the Union. He has resided in Spen
cer Brook, Isanti county, for more
than two score years and is recog
nized as one of the most intelligent
and best informed farmeis of that
county. As an officer of his school
district, as a member of the town
board and as county commissioner he
has made good. He will make good
as a legislator. No man or interest
will own or control him. He can be
trusted to act for the best interests
of his district and the state at large.
He is worthy of jour suppoit at the
polls next Tuesday.
Miss Gibbons Married.
Word was received here yesterday
that Miss Marj V. Gibbons was mar
ried at Rosemount on Tuesday last
to William Kelly, a well-to-do farmer
of that place. Miss Gibbons is
known to many Princeton people,
she having conducted a drug store
in the Cooney block at this place.
The Union tenders its heartiest con
gratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly
and wishes them a long life of unin
terrupted happiness.
Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson.
Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson died at the
home of her son, Erick Nelson, in
Spencer Brook township on Thurs
day, October 24, from senile debility,
aged 79 years. Funeral services
were held from the home on October
26, Rev. Fisher of the Princeton
Congregational church officiating,
and the interment was in the Berry
cemetery. She is survived by one
son, Erick Nelson.
Minnesota Scores Again.
Minnesota has, for the sceond con
secutive time, won the international
contest for butter and has carried off
the big silver cup valued at $500.
The contest was held in Milwaukee.
The state of Minnesota was repre
setend by 136 creameries and the
average score was 93.65. Tihs is an
other feather in the cap of Minne
sota's dairying interests.
Bees Flourish There.
The country around Onamia seems
to be particularly good for bee cul
ture, plenty of basswood, clover, etc.,
Lake Breeze, E. E. Price sold over
a ton of honey this season and start
ed in the spring with only 17
Orva Applegate and Irene Thompson
and Harry Olson and flyra Ap-
plegate Are ilarried.
Clair Kaliher and Rachael Townsend
ilarried at St. Edward's Cath-
olic Church Tuesday.
In the Methodist parsonage on Sat
urday evening at 7:30 Rev. Service
conducted the ceremonies which
joined in holy matrimony Harry C.
Olson and Mvra L. Applegate, and
Orva Applegate and Irene Thomp
son. The ring service was used.
The brides were gowned in light blue
messaline trimmed in cream colored
Myra and Orva Applegate are
children of Mr. and Mrs. William J.
Applegate of this village, while
Irene Thompson is a daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Thos. Thompson of Minne
apolis and Harry C. Olson a son of
Mr. and Mrs. Arnt Olson ot Orrock.
On Sunday the double wedding was
celebrated at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. William J. Applegate. when a
wedding dinner was served to 35
guests. Many gifts were received by
the young married people from their
relatives and friends.
Following a short bridal tour Mr,
and Mrs. Olson and Mr. and
Applegate will be at home to their
friends in the village of Princeton.
Thev have the best wishes of the
Clair I. Kaliher of St. Paul, son of
Mr. and Mrs. John Kaliher of Prince
ton, was married at St. Edward's
Catholic church on Tuesday morning
to Miss Rachael Townsend, daughter
of Mis. Alice Townsend of this vil
lage. Rev. Willenbrink conducted
the ceremony and the groomsman
and bridesmaid were Joseph Town
send and Annie Kaliher. The wed
ding march was played by Miss
Laurena Jesmei. The bride was
married in a traveling dress. Di
rectly after the ceremony a wedding
breakfast was served at the residence
of the biide's mother, at which was
present a tew of the relathes and
friends of the contracting parties,
Mr. and Mrs. Kaliher were the
recipients of many pretty gifts.
On the 11 o'clock train the same
morning the young couple left for
St. Paul, wheie the} will make their
home They wei" accompanied so
fai as Elk River by Mrs. Alice Town
send and Miss Annie Kaliher.
The Union tenders its congratula
tions to the bride and groom.
J. J. Skahen Addresses Pupils.
J. J. Skahen gave a very interest
ing and instructive talk to the high
school and eighth grade pupils on
Monday morning. His subject was
"How the President is Elected,"
and his starting point the call of
the national committee. He traced
the process step by step from that
point until the inauguration of the
president, which occurs on March 4.
Ordinarily one is inclined to think
that the election of the president
is a simple piocess. Asa matter of
fact it is quite complicated and all
the details aie understood by com
paratively few voters. At the close
of his talk Mr. Skahen gave an op
portunity for questions, many of
which were asked by both teachers
and pupils and answered to the sat
isfaction of all.
Mr. Skahen talked for one hour
and fifteen minutes, and his remarks
were strictly nonpartisan, so much
so that one could not imply from
what he said his preference for presi
dent in the coming election.
We consider these talks from citi
zens to be very valuable, and we
wish that we might have more of
them. The next talk will be given
by Hon. R. C. Dunn.
Most Important Proposition.
Hon. R. C. Dunn delivered an able
and convincing speech at Monticello
Friday in favor of the one-mill good
roads amendment on which the peo
ple will vote at the coming election.
I is the most important proposition
before the people of the state this
year. Every man who believes in
the general prosperity of the state
should vote for it. The adoption of
the amendment would mean a mil
lion and a third dollars spent in
making good loads in the state each
year, and would add more than twice
that amount to the real value of the
farm lands, and would be a direct
benefit to everybody using the public
roads. We hope to be able to give
some of the strong points in Mr.
Dunn's speech in the near future.
St. Cloud Journal-Press.
Political Candidates Explain Their At
tltudes at a Public fleeting in
ik the Odd Fellows Hall.
Vfftor E. Anderson, Prohibition Can-
didate for Legislature, is Op-
If posed to Good Roads.
I response to letters sent out by
the "MHle Lacs County Progressive
association," a number of candidates
for the legislature and for county
commissioner attended a public meet
ing!in Odd Fellows hall on Friday
evening to define their positions on
various questions of importance to
the people. Prior to the calling of
the meeting to order b} Chairman
C. A. Dickey the Zouave band ren
dered several excellent selections.
Ernest P. Moeger was secretary of
the meeting.
Rufus P. Morton, prohibition can
didate for the legislature, was the
first to address the gathering. In
his speech he practicall.v followed the
lines of the story which he calls his
platform, but, for reasons best
known to himself,' he failed to ad
vocate his prohibition planks. He
was particularly weak on good roads
in fact he was non-committal on
his important issue. On the initi
Iftive, referendum and recall he was
parfecularlj stronghe considered its
adoption necessary for the salvation
of tfhe country. He condemned the
house rules and took the legislature
to task for its extravagance, even
alluding to the trivial matter of jack
knives. He said that the affairs of
the state could be run for less money
but did not suggest am feasible plan
Henry Marpe. public ownership
candidate for the legislature, foi
lowed Mr. Morton and defined his
position according to the state plat
form of his party, every plank of
which, he of course, upholds. Among
other things, he favored the eight
hour day and the good roads amend
ment, saying that as good roads were
along the line of progress they were
in accord with the principles advo
cated, by his party. Considering the
faet that he had followed the plow
all daj', and was consequently tiled
Mr. Marpe made an address which
was well leceived bj the assemblage
R. C. Dunn, republican nominee
for the legislature, then took the
floor and gave his views upon everj
question embodied in the circular of
the "Progressive'' association, cover
ing taxation, state appropriations,
legislative expenses, referendum and
recall, corrupt practices act and good
roads. He explained the system of
taxation in vogue in the state and
village and expressed himself in
favor of an income tax and a law
providing for a county assessor. He
believed in state appropriations
where thej aie of benefit to the peo
ple of a community or the common
wealth at large. He did not think
the time vet ripe foi the adoption of
the referendum and recall. He be
lieved we should await the result
from these laws in states which are
now experimenting with them. He
touched upon legislative expenses,
the corrupt practices act and ex
plained the one-mill good roads
amendment, urging everyone to vote
for it.
Th next speaker was Victor E.
Anderson, prohibition candidate for
the legislature, who said he believed
in everything that is right between
God and man. He confined his re
marks largely to the initiative,
referendum and recall, which he said
he favored, but to a man up a tree
it appeared evident that he did not
understand the proposition which he
was talking about. He placed him
self on record as opposed to good
roads, saying that the money could
be expended to better advantage in
other channels. He knew how to
build roads, he said, and if the legis
lature would place the money in his
hands he could save the state thou
sands of dollars by building cheap
roadsgood roads were unnecessary.
His speech throughout was a jum
ble of incongruities and unintelligi
bility. For a man of his caliber Mr.
Anderson is certainly assuming a
role of much importance. Ander
son's opposition to good roads is
clearly nonprogressive and this alone,
without taking into consideration
the question of his competency for
the office to which he aspires, should
be sufficient to defeat him.
Isaac F. Walker, republican nomi
nee for the legislature, followed with
a brief speech, but it was eloquent
and to the point. His address dealt
largely with good roads, of which he
is an ardent advocate and has been
for more than a quarter of a century.
He advised his hearers to vote for
the one-mill amendment, as it would
eventually mean a system of splen
did highways throughout the state
he wanted to see a good road run
ning past every farm. He paid a
high tribute to the work of R. C.
Dunnto his persistent efforts to
bring about better road conditions
and cited instances of what he (Mr.
Dunn) had accomplished in this di
rection. Mr. Walker is just the sort
of a man this district needs to repre
sent it in the legislature. Besides
being a fluent orator, he is a man
who can be depended upon to fur
ther the best interests of his constit
uentsto work energetically for
their welfare.
George Schmidt, republican nomi
nee for county commissioner in the
First district, made a few remarks
in relation to the poor farm. He
said he thought an unnecessary ex
pense was incurred by having only a
part of the paupers on the farm
while others receive outside aid.
F. C. Cater, independent candi
date for re-election as county com
missioner from the same district,
replied to Mr. Schmidt and stated
that the pool house was filled to its
capacity at this time, but it was
being enlarged and, when completed,
every dependent person would be
taken there.
This concluded the evening's
speaking, and Chairman Dickey
thanked the candidates and the audi
ence for their attendance and told
them they were welcome at any of
the association's meetings. A col
lection was then taken up for the
benefit of the Zouave band and the
meeting adjourned.
Association is Doing Good Work.
At a meeting of the Princeton
Commercial club on Friday evening
W. R. MacKenzie, secretary of the
Northern Development association,
told of the work which had been ac
complished by the association during
the past year by means of systematic
advertising, and asked that a per
capita of two cents be raised as Mille
Lacs county's share of next year's
working expenses. This per capita
amounts in the aggregate to $215,
and the Commerical club promised
to take up the matter.
The association contemplates, says
Mr. MacKenzie, going into develop
ment work on a larger scalein
creasing its territorv and establish
ing offices in Iowa and other states.
Through its pioducts exhibit rooms
in Minneapolis, and the advertising
matter distributed over manj states,
the association has been the means
of bringing many settlers into north
ern Minnesota. "It has done more
good work for northern Minnesota
along the lines of development, im
migration and good roads," says Mr.
Mackenzie, "than any other organi
zation in the state, and the cost of
its maintenance for the three years
of its existence has amounted to onlv
Mr. MacKenzie is an enthusiastic
advocate of good roads, and has not
only distributed a large quantity
of literature explaining the one-mill
tax amendment and advising its
adoption, but has delivered a number
of addresses on the proposition. He
is untiring in his development work
and a gentleman of very pleasing per
Wheat Demonstration Plot Selected.
The Great Northern's agricultural
extension agent, Mr. B. B. Lawshe,
was in town Tusday and made final
arrangements whereby a five-acre
plot on George Schmidt's farm was
selected for a wheat-demonstration
plot, and samples of the soil were
taken and forwarded to the head
office at St. Paul. As announced
last week the oats and barley Dlots
were selected on the farms of H. A.
Humphrey and Fred Eggert. The
results obtained on these demonstra
tion plots will be awaited with in
terest by the farmers of this vicinity i-changed
next year. The Union will keep its
readers posted as to the yield, cost of
fertilizers, extra labor, etc.
Mr. Davis Visits Princeton.
Hon. Andrew Davis came over
from Elk River on Monday to size up
the political situation. Mr. Davis
and Mr. I. F. Walker spent a few
hours in Blue Hill and Santiago
Monday afternoon, and intended to
take in points further west in Sher
burne county Tuesday, but the dis
agreeable weather prevented. Mr.
Davis has served three terms in the
house and has proved a valuable and
hard-working member. He will en
counter little opposition at the polls
next Tuesday. There are but few
members of the last three legisla
tures who da not speak well of An
drew Davis,
A Resume of Good Roads Legislation
in This State by R. C. Dunn at
Monticello October 25.
Strong Arguments in Favor of One-
mil Tax Amendment and Why
All Should Favor It.
At a harvest festival held in Mon
ticello on the 25th inst., R. C. Dunn
made a strong argument in favor of
the one-mill road tax constitutional
amendment. Here is what Mr.
Dunn said:
I does not require an able or an
eloquent speaker to convince any in
telligent man or woman of the im
perative necessity of good roads. I
is a proposition that admits of no
Until the legislative session of 1897
there was no attempt at good roads
legislation in this state. The only
aid extended by the state was
through the medium of the legisla
tive "pork barrel," and, it is needless
to add, little was accomplished to
ward bettering the public highways.
At the 1897 session a constitutional
amendment was submitted which
provided for the establishment of a
state highway commission and auth
orized the legislature to levy a state
road and bridge tax of 1-20 of a milL
The amendment was adopted by
the people at the November election
in 1898. No action was taken by
subsequent legislatures until the
session of 3905the tax of 1-20 of a
mill was so insignificant and so to
tally inadequate that the legislature
ignored it. In 1905, however, the
legislature provided for the establish
ment of a state highway commission
and for the levying of a state road
and bridge tax of 1-20 of a mill
(Chap. 163 laws of 1905).
At the same session chapter 212
provided for the submitting of a new
constitutional amendment empower
ing the legislature to levy a state road
and bridge tax of one-quarter of a
mill. That amendment was voted
upon at the general election of 1906,
and was declared lost. At the same
election the so-called wide-open tax
amendment was also voted upon.
Owing to a mistake in the printing
of the tally sheets many votes cast
for the road amendment were credit
ed to the wide-open tax amendment.
A recount of the votes in more
than half of the election precincts of
the state demonstrated that the road
amendment had carried and that the
tax amendment was lost, and the St.
Louis county district court so decid
ed. The supreme court reversed the
district court as far as the wide-open
tax amendment was concerned, but
did not pass upon the good roads
amendment, hence the latter amend
ment became a part of the consti
tution. (Sec. 16, Art. 9).
At the 1009 session of the legisla
ture a new amendment was enacted
and submitted to the voters at the
1910 election which simply provided
that the state might pay out of the
road and bridge fund one-half in
stead of one-third the cost of con
structing or improving any road or
bridge. That amendment was
adopted with less than 2,000 votes to
At the 1911 session of the legisla
ture another new amendment was'
enacted (Chap. 390) which proposes
to amend section 16, article 9, of the
constitution. This is the amend
ment that is to be voted upon a
week from next Tuesday it pro
vides that the legislature may levy
a one-mill road and bridge tax, and
removes the constitutional restric
tion as to the amount the state may
pay to aid in the construction or im
provement of any road or bridge.
The restriction that no county shall
receive more than one-half of one
per cent in any year remains un-
The omission of the amount the
state may expend, was in the inter
est of the smaller counties. A
county with a large valuation could
easily comply with the present re
quirement to defray half the cost,
but counties with small valuations
might be unable to do so. But that
I is a matter that can be cared for by
^legislative enactment or by a rule
of the highway commission.
Under our constitution, as inter
preted by our supreme court, the
state is prohibited from contracting
any debts for works of internal im
provements hence the act of the
legislature of 1909 appropriating
$300,000 for roads and bridges was
held to be unconstitutional and void.
The only source from which the
state road and bridge fund derives
any revenue, outside of the one-
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