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quarter of a mill tax, arefiveper
cent from the sale of U. S. govern
ment lands, cream and milk testing
licenses and the income from the
permanent internal improvement
land fund. The total from these
three sources for the fiscal year end
ing July 31, 1912, aggregated $17,-
I was not until the 1911 session of
the legislature, when chapter 33 was
enacted, that provision was made for
the levying of the one-quarter of a
mill taxthe limit prescribed by
the constitution. For the first time
that tax became operative this year.
A the close of the fiscal year, uly
31, $204,744.51 had been paid into the
state treasury. So, for the first time
in the history of the state, we have
a semi-respectable state road and
bridge fund this year.
Now permit me to submit a few
figures to prove how utterly inade
quate the present road and bridge
fund is to meet the requirements of
the state, that is, if we intend to
better our public highways. Will
quote round numbers: Minnesota
has an area of 85,000 square miles.
I is estimated that there are 84,000
miles of roads in the stateone mile
to each square mile of territory.
There are 1,900 organized towns in
the state and the average road mile
age to each town is 44% miles. I
thickly settled towns the read mile
age reaches 65 miles. The average
cost of hauling over wagon reads in
the United States is 25 cents per ton
per mile average in Minnesota
about the same. The average cost
per ton per mile in European coun
tries is from 10 to 15 ceats. Govern
ment experts estimate the extra cost
of haulling over bad roads in the
United States at $300,000,edd an
The United States is the greatest,
richest and most powerful nation on
the face of the globe and it has the
poorest roads of any civilized coun
try. A proud distinction, surely!
Let us see what other states have
done and are doing to better their
road conditions, for the good roads
movement is nation-wide.
In 1909 the California legislature
passed an act. which was ratified at
the election that jear, authorizing
the issuance of $18,000,000 in bonds
for road purposes the bonds were is
sued and a splendid system of con
tinuous and connected state high
ways are being constructed. All hail
the sunshiny, golden state of Cali
The little "Nutmeg State," Con
necticut, hardlj as large as one of
ur northern Minnesota counties,
makes ample provision for the con
struction and maintenance of high
way s, by aiding towns to the extent
of $10,000not to exceed that
amountyearlj. Last September it
provided for the issuing of bonds to
the amount of $3,000,000 the same to
be expended on roads for the two
years ending September 30, 1913.
Conservative, backward old Mary
land, thiough its legislature, recent
ly authorized the construction of a
system of main artery roads, at an
expense, to the state alone, of $5,-rural
000,000. In 1910 the legislature ad
ded another $1,000,000 for the same
purpose. A fine record for sleepy old
New York, true to its motto,
"'Excelsior," leads all its sister
states in the good roads movement.
In 1906 a state bond issue of $50,000,-
000 was voted foi the improvement of
8,380 miles of countj highways and
3,300 miles of state roads Of that
amount $48,950,000 has already been
expended, and an additional state
bond issue of $50,000,000 for further
road-impro\ement is contemplated.
Washington, the most progressive
and most prosperous of ail the Paci
fic slope states, has a one-mill gener
al state road tax law upon its statute
books. That giant young common
wealth is rightlv named.
In none of these state has there
been any opposition from the large
cities to the tax for improving coun
try roads. I might mention a dozen
other states, where splendid work in
bettering the condition of country
roads is in piogress, but time will
not premit.
Shall the rich and prosperous state
of Minnesota lag behind its sister
states in the good roads movement?
Minnesota enjoys the proud dis
tinction of having the largest perma
nent school fund of any state in the
union, and that fund is constantly
growing and will eventually reach
$100,000,000 and over. No state
makes more ample provision for the
education of its children than Minne
sota. Our charitable and correction
al institutions will compare favora
bly with those ol any other state.
But, with few exceptions, our public
highways are woefully deficient. I
the good roads amendmentthe first
on the pink ballot is adopted at the
ensuing election, the next legislature
will be empowered to levy a oae-mill
road tax. That does not necessarily
imply that the state tax rate will be
materially increased in fact, I am
inclined to believe that, with the
natural increase in indirect taxes,
paid by corporations, and proper
economy on the part of the legisla-
ture, the state tax rate can be re
duced, even if a one-mill road tax is
levied. The railroad, insurance, in
heritance and other indirect taxes
will increase yearly, and while I
would not advocate a niggardly policy
on the part of the legislature, yet I
believe there is room for retrench
ment. But if by levying the maxi
mum load tax there should be a
slight increase in the state tax rate,
what of it? I requires means to
construct and improve roads, and to
what better purpose can the tax-pay
er's money be devoted? Can you
conceive of anything that would be
productive of more good to a greater
number of people than the improve
ment of our public roads?
The valuation of the state for the
present year is in the neighborhood
of $1,344,000,000. A one-mill tax on
that valuation would produce a fund
of $1,344,000 which would mean an
average of over $15,000 to each of the
86 counties of the state. Of course,
every county would not receive $15,-
000 some would receive more and
some less but no county would re
ceive less than one-half of one per
cent$6,720. I is safe to assume
that each of the counties would
duplicate the amount of state aid.
Do you realize what $30,000, honestly
and intelligently expended in each
county, would mean in the matter
of road-improvement? Then, if the
counties desired to anticipate the
state aid and issued bonds, as the
Elwell law contemplates, thousands
of miles of good, permanent roads
could be constructed within the next
few years. Let us have good roads to
travel over while we are living. We
cannot enjoy them when we are
Occasionally some city man breaks
loose and protests that a one-mill gen
eral state road tax would be unfair
to the cities, and especially to the
three large counties of St. Louis,
Hennepin and Ramsey. The other
day there appeared a communication
in a Minneapolis paper in which the
writer asserts that, "it is the duty
of every tax payer and voter of these
three counties (St. Louis, Hennepin
and Ramsey) and of every honestsectional
voter in Minnesota to turn down
such an unfair proposition." That
Minneapolis man has a queer concep
tion of honesty. His argument is
that these three counties would pay
60 per cent of the one-mill tax and
could receive only 9 per cent. These
three counties would pay a trifle less
than 50 per cent, and not 60 per cent.
But the same argument advanced
by this Minneapolis man against the
road tax will apply with equal force
to all state taxes. I never received
any direct benefit from the state uni
versityour children were educated
in Hamhne universityset I pay a
direct tax of 23-100 of a mill every
year for the support of the state uni
versity, so does every taxpayer with
in reach of my voice and every tax
payer of Minnesota, and it is right
they should. Not a dollar of the
state road and bridge iund is expend
ed within the limits of any city or
village ot the state, it all goes to
roads, and there is where it
should be expended, for there is
where it will do the most good.
State taxes are uniform throughout
the state. Each individual, firm or
corporation pays according to the as
sessed valuation and, speaking from
eigth years' experience in the state
auditor's office, I assure you there
are as many tax-shirkers in the
cities as there are in the country
districts of the state. As a general
rule taxes are much higher in the
small counties than in the larger
ones. In the small cities and villages
the tax rate is especially high. I
venture the assertion that the tax
rate, for all purposes, is much higher
in Monticello than it is in St. Paul
or Minneapolis. The same is true of
almost every village in the state.
Because large wealth is concen
trated in the cities is no reason why
the cities should be exempt from
a general tax imposed for the good
of the people of the entire state.
The iron ore properties in St.
Louis and Itasca counties alone have
a taxable valuation this year of $255,-
537,130. considerable more than the
entire valuation of Hennepin county.
Is there any valid reason why these
iron properties, largely owned by the
gigantic steel trust, should not con
tribute to the road and bridge fund
of the state? The Almighty and not
the steel trust placed that iron ore in
the bowels of the earth.
There is not a city, village, hamlet
or town in Minnesota but what pays
great cities and hope to see them
continue to grow and prosper. Bu
the cities will flourish only as the
country increases in wealth and pop-1
ulation. Good roads mean more
farmers, more stores, more flour
mills and other small industries in
the country, which in turn means
of city and country go hand in hand.
must of necessity prove beneficial to
the great cities. Two successive
crop failures in the country would
paralyze business in the cities three
crop failures would cause grass to
grow on the main thoroughfares of
St. Paul and Minneapolis.
I have no patience with those
demagogues who attempt to array
the country against the cities. I
have always stood for a square deal
for both the cities and the country.
I have faith in the patriotism, the
fairness and the intelligence of the
people of the large cities. At the
last session of the legislature there
was only one city member who voted
against the one-mill tax proposition,
and, by the way, he was a radical
advocate of the initiative and refer
endum but he was unwilling to
submit the proposed amendment to
a vote of the people. The great
trouble will be that many people in
the country as well as in the cities,
through negligence, will fail to vote
the little pink ballot on election day.
An important national and state
election is impending men's minds
are occupied with candidates, party
policies and party issues after wad
ing through the long white and blue
ballots in the booths on election day
many will be so wearied and con
fused that they may neglect to vote
the pink ballot, and where one fails
to vote it counts in the negative.
The adoption of the good roads
amendmentthe first amendment on
the pink ballotmeans more to the
people of Minnesota than the elec
tion of any candidate or the triumph
or defeat of any ism.
Do not understand me as urging
the adoption of all the proposed
amendments to the constitution
there are several of them, in my
judgment, that should not be adopt
ed. But I wish to center your at
tention on the first amendmentthe
good roads amendmentthe most im
portant of all.
I have made no appeal to the auto
mobilists of the state. None is nec
essary. Every owner of an automo
bile is a good roads enthusiast, and
every friend of good roads will work
and vote for the adoption of the one
mill tax amendment.
The good roads question is not a
question. Every section of
the state will derive equal benefits
from road-improvement. Good roads
are just as essential in thickly set
tled communities as in the sparsely
settled regions. The farmers of
southern Minnesota are just as much
interested as those of the northern
part of the state. I have stood and
always will stand for a square dael
for every section of Minnesota. Let
us place Minnesota in the van ot
progressive good roads states. Bet
ter roads will do more towards de
veloping and upbuilding Minnesota
than all other agencies combined.
There is nothing that will prove
more conducive to the happiness and
prosperity of more people in our be
loved North Star State than GOOD
Of Unredeemed Lands in Mille Lacs
County, Minnesota, Under Sec
tions 936, 937 and 938, Revised
Laws of 1905, as Amended by
Chapter 430, General Laws 1907,
and Chapter 30, General Laws
Pursuant to the provisions of sec
tions 936, 957 and 938 of revised laws
of 1905, as amended by chapter 430,
general laws 1907, and chapter 30,
general laws, 1911, notice is hereby
given that on Monday, the 11th day
of November, 1912, at 10 o'clock in
the forenoon, at the office of the
county auditor in the county court
house at the village of Princeton in
Mille Lacs county, Minnesota, all
tracts or parcels of land situate in
Mille Lacs county, bid in for the
state, and not assigned to purchasers
or redeemed within three years from
the date of the tax sale at which
said parcels were offered and so bid
in by the state, will be offered at
public sale, and will be sold to the
highest bidder therefor. The cur
rent taxes shall be included in all
cases. No parcel will be sold for a
less sum than the aggregate taxes,
penalties, interests and costs charged
against it, unless the cash value
thereof, fairly determined by the
county board and approved by the
Minnesota tax commission, shall be
less than such aggregate, provided^
however, that all parcels bid in for
the state, fox the taxes of 1905 or
prior years, and not assigned to pur
chasers, or redeemed as aforesaid,
may be disposed of for one-half of
the total taxes as originally assessed.
Purchasers shall forthwith pay the
amount of their respective bids to
the county treasurer. Said sale will
begin at the time and place named
above and will continue from day to
day until every such tract or parcel
shall have been offered for sale, un
der the provisions of said statutes.
nft^aS said eotmtv auditor anrt rf thA d-ot
Tril f a ?i* i**i
tribute to bt. Paul and Minneapolis redeem their Dronerfcv bv Davins- t,hp ?t Princeton, county of Miiie Lacs, state of
and contributes to the upbuilding of fullr amount d5~5?Se^u^ IrS $rSS&S"JF$S &"S?$ S&
these cities. We are all proud of our
within sixty (60) days after proof of
service of the Notice of Expiration
of Redemption has been filed with
the county auditor.
After the notice of Expiration of
Redemption has been served, as pro
vided in section 956, revise. laws
1905, thQO|5
The list of said real property, subject necessarey and for the, best interests of said
to said sale and whirh will an estat1 and of all interested therein that certain
fZJcl^ imen Will S lands of sai minors described therein
Ottered lor sale, unless previouslbe reO and prayingdthat a license be to him granteddsoleb
deemed, is now on file in the office of
thereto (Se
governor) is authorized to
issue a deed in the name of the state,
more business for the manufactur-, Dated^at Princeton, Minnesota,
er, the merchants, the bankers, the October 17th, 1912.
mechanics and the professional men I W. C. DOANE,
of the large cities. The prosperity
Auditor, Mille Lacs County,
{fk)%i Coun
Anything that benefits the country Mille Lacs Countyu, Minn.) 43-3t
A private Institution which oomblnes all the
advantages of a perfectly equipped hospital
with the quiet and comfort of a refined and
elegant home. Modern in every respect. No
insane, contagious or other objectionable cases
received. Rates are as low as the most effi
cient treatment and the best trained nursing
will permit.
H. C. COONEY, M. D.,
Hedical Director,
IDA M. THIEL. Superintendent.
Winter is approaching and
you will need blankets for
your horses. I have a fine
line, as well as robes and
auto shawls. This is a
good time to have a har-
ness made to order.
J. H. Hoffman
The Harness Man
Licensed Auctioneer
If you contemplate selling your
Horses., Cattle, Farm Machinery,
Household Goods, etc., call and get
my rates. *p s*
Princeton Minn.
Have Yo Been to See
About Your Case?
I ara successfully treating all dis
eases without drugs or surgery.
Call and talk your case over with
me. My Examination is Free, and
you. may gain more knowledge of
your own case.
Offices: I. 0. 0. F. Building
Princeton, Minn.
These are a few of the diseases I
treat: Appendicitis, Asthma, Ca
tarrh, Constipation, Diseases of Ear,
Epilepsy, Diseases of Eye, Female
Disorders, Gallstones Diseases of
Heart, Kidneys, Liver and Muscles^
Lumbago, Pleurisy, Pneumonia,
Rheumatism, Sore Throat, Diseases,
of the Stomach and Paralysis^
(First Pub. Oct. 17)
Citation for Hearing on Petition to
Sell, Mortgage or Lease Land.
Estate ol Jav N. Berg, Waldemar I* Berg,
Robert O Berg and John L.. Berg
State of Minnesota, County of Mille Lacs
In Probate Court.
In the matter of the estate of Jay N. Berg,
Waldemar Kerg Robert O Berg and John
L. Berg, minor wards.
The state of Minnesota to the next of km
and all persons interested in the sale of certain
lands belonging to said minors
The petition of Swan S. Petterson, as repre
sentative of the above named minors, being
duly filed in this court, representing that it is
a hereby cited to cause if any shoulannorequired be grantedshow
auaiTOr Ot saia State. have, before this, court, at the probate
Owners, or interested parties maV court rooms In the court house, in the village
before sale, and Pyou
Witness the judg** of said court, and the seal
of said court, this 14th dav of October 1912.
THTTBSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1912,m%mm w^ffm^m^w^F^^
therefore you and each of you, are
(Court Seal) Judge of Probate Court.
Attorney for Petitioner,
Princeton. Minn.
Fortunes in Paces.
There's often much truth in the
saying "her face is her fortune," but
it's never said where pimples, skin
eruptions, blotches, or other blem
ishes disfigure it. impure blood is
back of them all, and show the need
of Dr. King's Uew Life Pills. They
promote health and beauty. Try
them. 25 cents at C. A. Jack's.
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First National Ba
of Princeton, Minnesota.
Paid up Capital, $30,000
A General Banking Busi
ness Transacted.
Loans Made on Approved
S. S. PETTERSON, President.
T. H. CALEY, Vice Pres.
J. F. PETTERSON, Cashier.
M. M. Stroeter will conduct farm auctions either on commission
or by the day.
Princeton State Bank
Capital $20,000
0* a Gnral
Farm Mortgages,
Insurance, Collections.
Banking Business
Interest Paid on Time Deposits.
I Security State Bank
Princeton, Minnesota
Capital $32,000 Surplus $4,000
$ JOHN W. GOULDING, President G. A. EATON, Cashier
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Farm Lands
Princeton Lumber Co.
We can sell you at a lower price
than anv other yard. All that
we ask is that you will call and
give us an opportunity to con
vince you. *4 ^f
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I ricMillan & Stanley
Farm Loans
Successors to
Princeton, Minnesota
We Handle the Great Northern Railway Co. Lands
GEO. A. COATES, manager 3
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^gWill Photograph Anything, Anywhere at Any Time, Day or Night.
Cl.ment's Photographs are as good at. the best He makes a business of'
photographing family groups at th ir homes Old people a specialty Stock, buildings.
4. etc Send a post card to box 34 or call on me over Mark's store and 1 will be with you.
fl Post card printing Bring in jour negatives or films and I will print your cards for 5
cents eacb.
Farmn Loan|M
If You Are in Need of a Board or a 3
Load of Lumber see the
CLEMENT, Princeton I
$ ^"OU can see the 3 horse power engine called
Dan Patch, from the M. W. Savage Fac-
tories, Inc., at my place, also the Dan Patch
$ manure spreader. These sample machines for
I sale at cost.
Farm Lands

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