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Minnesota Rich in Agricultural and
Commercial Interests but Back-
ward in Good Roads.
That is the Candid Opinion of a New
York Expert Who Has riade
Personal Investigation.
W. H. Campbell of New York,
special representative of the good
roads board of the American Auto
mobile association, is in Minneapolis
this week to make a study of road
cor /itions in this state, more partic
ularly in the vicinity of the twin
cities. The Minneapolis Tribune
quotes him as saj ing:
I spent a few days in this section
six months ago, and found out that,
while Minnesota is rich in agricul
tural and commercial interests, it
is somewhat backward in the build
ing of good roads. Since then, how
ever, there has been developed a sen
timent which is more favorable to
passable highways. This has proba
bly been brought about bv the edu
cational campaigns wnich have been
conducted by the \arious civic asso
ciations and apostles of good roads.
'New York state leads in road
building. Some 1,700 miles of bi
tuminous highways were built this
ear at an approximate cost of $27,-
000,000 and at the recent election the
voters carried the bond issue of
$50,000,000 for work in 1913. When
good roads were first agitated in the
east there was some objection from
the farming interests and extra leg
islation was necessary to pass the
highway budgets. But after a few
miles of roads had been built in
different sections of the state and
the farmers saw the economic value
oi good roads the sentiment gradu
ally changed. Todaj, if a farmer is
located too far away from a state
road, he is exerting every influence
to get a bianch road built through
his district. As a body the farmers
are today staunch boosters for high
way work, and the vote in the
countiy districts on the recent bond
issue was strongly in favor of it.
The business men throughout the
east as individuals are also strong
advocates of passable highwajs be
cause thev leahze that the state
highways permit the farmers to get
to the cit\ with their produce at all
seasons of the ear and return home
with their cit\ meichandise.
"There is probablj no one branch
of any state administration which
has advanced so much as that of
engineering and today specialists are
employed to get the best there is out
of the mateiials at hand and the
iorms of construction used. Eastern
states wasted money for years in
road vvoik on account of the heavy
maintenance charges and it was not
until a standard specification was
adopted for bituminous and concrete
roads that this waste was stopped.
The increased traffic on roads
throughout the country, caused
principally by the motor car and
motoi truck, not to speak of the in
creased wagon tonnage, has revolu
tionized road building and constant
revision of the highway laws has
been necessary to meet this condi
tion A dirt road remains always a
dirt road no matter how much money
is spent on maintenance. The cost
of upkeep on the bituminous roads
of the east is very small, notwith
standing that they are the neaviest
traveled roads in the United States.
They are built of various sizes of
stone which is held firm with a
natural asphalt and over this is
placed the binder which is from two
and one-half to three inches thick.
The roads are noted for their ducti
bilitj. The surfaces do not exude
oil or pitch under the heat of the
sun, and neither do they become
hard and brittle in cold weather.
"The state maintains a close su
pervision and every contractor is held
to his job as closely as possible in
order to get the proper mixture of
stone and materials.
"Pretty pictures, pleasing stories,
lantern slide lectures, resolutions
and talk are all right, but what is
needed in Minnesota if good roads
.i are to be built by the state is a dis
played loyalty on the part of the
business men and farmers. The
matter should be put squarely up to
each assemblyman and senator to
vote for bigger highway appropria
Library Aid.
State of Minnesota, Department of
Public Instruction, Saint Paul.
To Co. Superintendents of Schools:
You are advised that the appropri
ation of $22,500 for public school
libraries for the current school year
C. DUNK, Publisher. Terms $1.09 Per Year.
has been expended. No further
funds are available. You will there
fore not certify any more orders on
the state auditor for library aid for
the remainder of this school year.
Semigraded schools that desire to
secure special state aid for the cur
rent school year will nevertheless be
required to expend $7.50, and rural
schools of classes A, B, and will be
required to expend $5, in making
additions to their library. The ap
plication of each of these schools for
state aid next summer must be ac
companied by a receipt for the pur
chase of library books, unless the
books were bought from the state
library contractor, the St. Paul Book
& Stationery company.
That all schools may have this in
formation, you are requested to have
this letter reprinted and sent to the
teachers and the clerk of each semi
graded and rural school seeking state
aid, as well as to those of other
schools planning to purchase library
books. C. G. Schulz.
November 1, 1912. Superintendent.
Golden Wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Drescher cele
brated their fiftieth wedding anni
versary at their home in this village
on Tuesday evening and upward of
a hundred persons were present to
tender their congratulations and
participate in the festivities. Eight
children and 27 grandchildren were
in attendance. Bev. Fisher delivered
a verj appropriate address, the boys'
band played several selections, a
number of old songs were rendered
by the guests, and a bounteous sup
per was served.
Mi. and Mrs. Drescher were born
in Posen, Germany, and were married
there. They came to the United
States 44 years ago and first settled
at New Ulm. After residing in va
rious places, they settled in Princeton
in 1899, where their eight children
reside. The children are William,
Charles and Edward Drescher, Mrs.
Richard Mount, Mrs. John Schlegel,
Mrs. Geo. Malkson, Mrs. J. Swanson
and Mis. Dan Mirick. Five chlidren
are dead.
Inadequate Provision for Voting.
A Minneapolis gentleman who
called at the Union office on Friday
said it was an outrageous fact that
many voters were prevented from
casting their ballots in consequence
of an insufficient number of voting
macnines and the unnecessary time
consumed by illiterates in manipu
lating the keys. The old system of
voting by means of paper ballots is
far ahead of the machine method,
said he, for a dozen or more could
mark their ballots at one time,ac
cording to the number of compart
ments provided in a booth,whereas
with the machine only one man can
vote at a time and he occasionally,
through ignorance, consumes half an
hour while scores are lined up behind
him awaiting an opportunity to use
the machine. Where men are actu
ally disfranchised because adequate
provisions are not made tor them to
cast their ballots they cannot be
blamed for entering forcible protest.
Products Exposition Open.
The Northwestern Products expo
sition opened in Minneapolis on
Tuesday and the show fills 40,000
square feet with the finest exhibits
of seven states and more than a
hundred county fair or commercial
club collections. Various bands and
other entertainment features, in
cluding moving pictures, enliven the
occasion. Minnesota, the two Da
kotas, Montana, Washington. Ore
gon, Idaho and Alaska have numer
ous exhibits on exhibition, and a
great opportunity is afforded the
people of the northwest to view the
resources of the territory named.
The exposition is fitted up with a
commodious rest room for women
and children, a lunch room and tele
graph and telephone booths.
The Official Election Returns.
The county canvassing board, con
sisting of F. C. Cater, W. C. Doane,
C. F. J. Goebel and A. Z. Norton,
convened at the court house on Fri
day and concluded its work on Satur
day afternoon. The Union this week
prints a complete table of the official
returns for the county as passed upon
by the board. A table of the official
returns from the Forty-fifth legisla
tive district also appears in this
104 Teachers and 3,000 Pupils.
County Superintendent Ewing con
cluded his work of visiting the schools
in Mille Lacs county on Tuesday and
he finds them right up to date. He
tells us that there are now 104 teach
ers in the county and that most of'
bhem are graduates of normal and
high schools, also that the number
of pupils now aggregates 3,000. This
is a good showing.
State Supreme Court Files Order Af
firming District Court and Up-
holding Right to Recover.
Action Resulted From Failure of Great
Northern to Furnish Cars for
Shipment of Potatoes.
The state supreme court has
affirmed the ruling of the district
court in the case of W. H. Ferrell
& Co. vs. the Great Northern Rail
way. The history of the case is as
It was commenced in August, 1910,
to recover damages on account of
the failure of the Great Northern
Railway company to furnish cars
to plaintiff in which to make potato
shipments from warehouses in
Princeton and other stations in the
territory. The railway company at
first demurred to the complaint,
thus taking the position that, as a
matter of law, it was in no respect
liable. This demurrer was over
ruled by the district court, the court
holding with the plaintiff on this
issue of law.
The railway company then ap
pealed to the supreme court, which
affirmed the lower court on the legal
question involved. The railway com
pany then answered and the case
came on lor trial before Judge Nye
and a jury at Princeton, the trial
beginning on November 23, 1911, and
ending on November 30, 1911. The
jury returned a verdict in plaintiff's
favor, on which a judgment was en
tered on March 25, 1912, for $6,239.-
24, including interest, costs and dis
bursements to that date.
An apppeal to the supreme court
was again made by the railway com
pany and the case was argued and
submitted in that court on October
23, 1912, and on November 8, the
court filed its order affirming the
district court and holding that
plaintiff was entitled to recover.
Geo. W. Stiles of the firm of Stiles
& Devaney, Minneapolis, and E. L.
McMillan of Princeton were counsel
for the plaintiff, and J. D. Sullivan
of St. Cloud and Jas. E. Markham
of St. Paul for the defendant.
The Balkan-Turkish War.
Europe is facing one of the most
critical weeks in her history. I
may end in a war in which the whole
of Europe will be involved or it
may be remembered as a week in
which diplomacy succeeded in solv
ing problems that appeared at first
insoluble. An epidemic of Asiatic
cholera, smallpox and typhus fever
is raging among the troops outside
of Constantinople and has also in
vaded the capital. Conditions with
in the walls of the city are described
in the dispatches a& horrible. People
are dying by thousands from disease,
wounds received in battle and sheer
starvation, and unless the struggle
is brought to a speedy termination
conditions will grow even worse.
The Balkan allies are gaining
ground steadily, carrying the Turk
ish fortresses and sweeping every
thing before them.
Retreating Turks, say the cable
grams, are perpetrating the most
diabolical outrages upon christians
and are encouraged in their butchery
by their fanatical priests, hundreds
of whom have been sent to the front
to stir up a holy war.
Merited Their Support.
Now that election is over, just in
order to keep the record straight, it
can be truthfully said that no one
in Mille Lacs county had any inti
mation that Mr. I. F. Walker of
Spencer Brook intended to become a
candidate for representative until
after he had filed. Princeton people,
however, were pleased when Mr.
Walker announced his candidacy and
gave him a loyal and whole-hearted
support at the primary and general
election. I might also be added
that Mr. Walker merited the support
that was given him in Princeton and
Mille Lacs county.
Why Teddy Carried Minnesota.
Two tillers of the soil were dis
cussing the election returns on the
Caley Hardware store corner the
other day and one of them asked the
other if he knew why Minnesota
went so strongly for Rooseyelt. I
ban no politicker," was the reply.
"Well, I'll tell you, Ole," said the
other. "Spuds be mighty low, don't
it? Und everypody who grows 'em
knows alretty yet dat Roosevelt vas
a brogressive und brogressive means
more brices for der farmer. See?, Ole
pulled his whiskers and replied, I
ban damned doubtful of such foolish
flachinery Being Installed in Starch
Factory and Completion Only
natter of Short Time.
Capacity Sufficiently Large to Handle
AH Waste Potatoes From the
Surrounding Territory.
The Princeton starch factory is be
ing pushed to completion as rapidly
as possiblethe big engine, boilers
and Iheavy machinery are being placed
in position and bricklayers, carpen
ters and other mechanics are putting
the finishing touches on the interior
of this great industrial establish
ment. Elmer Whitney is superin
ten&ing the construction work, while
August Jaenicke and Henry Heit
maii are doing the brickwork. They
are'jail efficient men. Considerable
difficulty was experienced in obtain
ing a good water supply but that has
been overcome and a more than suffi
cient flow of pure water obtained.
The well contractors ran their drill
down 271 feet, the last 100 feet being
in granite, but no water was struck.
The, tube was then perforated at a
depjih of 171 feet with the result
above stated.
li can be truly said that the
Princeton starch factory is equipped
with more modern machinery and
has a greater capacity than any
establishment of its kind in the
statein fact in the northwest.
There will be no necessity for farm
ers to permit small or scrubby po
tatoes to go to waste when this fac
tory opens for business. They can
then obtain fair prices for the pota
toes which would otherwise be left
in the fields to rot. Great expense
has been incurred in the construc
tion of the starch factory, and the
farmers of this section will doubtless
appreciate the enterprise of the
company in making it possible for
them to dispose of their waste pota
toes at fairxprices. A concern of this
sort is of much benefit, not alone to
the farmers but to the business men
wbo^furnish these farmers with mer
He Feels Grateful.
Mr. I. F. Walker of Spencer Brook,
member-elect of the legislature, re
quests the Union to thank the voters
ol Mille Lacs and the other counties
of the district for the splendid sup
port they ga-*
iSlfe^ %&- &
him at the primary
and general election. Mr. Walker
had a majority of 1,681 ovei his op
ponent, Mr. Victor Anderson.
That Mr. Walker will make a good,
useful member of the legislature goes
without saying. He is an old school
teacher, is a good business man and
is also one of the best and most
progresssive farmers of Isanti coun
ty. He is the only farmer member
on the delegation, and he proposes to
give especial attention to legislation
that will promote the best interests
of the farmers.
Official Vote of the County.
In another column appears the
official vote of the county by election
precincts. It will prove interesting
to the Mille Lacs count} readers of
the Union.
The total number of votes cast
was 2,097 and it appears there were
92 who failed to vote for any of the
presidential candidates, as
were but 2,005 votes for all
presidential candidates.
The two candidates for United
States senators, Nelson and Lawler,
received only 1,619 votes478 failed
to vote for either.
There were four candidates
congressman at large and their
gregate vote was 1,667430 did
vote for a congressman at large.
Five candidates for governor rep
resenting all shades of political opin
ion, polled 1,897 votes 218 voters
failed to vote for any candidate for
There were 200 voters who did not
seem to care for any of the congres
sional candidates, for the combined
vote of Miller, Jensvold and Kaplan
aggregated 1,897.
I was hardly to be expected that
a full vote would be recorded on any
of the constitutional amendments.
There was no valid reason why the
first amendmentthe good roads
amendmentshould not have re
ceived every vote cast. Mille Lacs
county had everything to gain and
nothing to Jose by the adoption of
that amendment under present val
uations the county would receive at
the very least not less than two dol
lars tor every dollar it would be
obliged to pay, and might receive as
high as six dollars for one. Yet there
were only 1,459 votes recorded in
favor of the amendment, 297 voted
of the
against and 341 practically voted in
the negative by failing to vote,
hence there were virtually 638 votes
against the good roads amendment
in Mille Lacs county. Princeton vil
lage out of a total of 386 votes, gave
the good roads amendment 358 20
voted against the amendment and 8
failed to vote either for or against.
The Union is proud of Princeton
village's record on the good roads
amendment. I is a record that no
other voting precinct of the state
will equal. On the whole Mille Lacs
gave a better vote for the good roads
amendment than any other county
that we have heard from at the
present writing.
Potato Market Sluggish.
Very little has been doing in the
local potato market during the week
although prices have shown an up
ward tendency. Farmers who have
potatoes in their cellars are appar
ently inno particular hurry to mar
ket them, believing, doubtless, that
a material advance in prices will
come later. Shipments of Triumphs
have been light in consequence of a
shortage of refrigerator cars, but a
number of box cars loaded with table
stock have left this point.
Members of Company G.
Company will be inspected by
the battalion commander on Monday
evening, November 18, 1912. The
service uniform with cap will be
Miss Ruth Briggs, who has
been here visiting her brother, L. S.
Briggs, and his wife and family for
the past six weeks, returned to her
home at Edgerton, Wis., on Tuesday.
Lloyd Briggs also left for Stevens
Point, Wis., upon the same day.
Miss Marjorie Dickey came down
from Hayland on Monday to spend a
week at home in consequence of
necessary repairs which have to be
made to the school house in which
she is teaching. The plastering fell
from the ceiling and caused a general
New telephone instruments are
being placed in the stores and resi
dences of Princeton by the Tn-State
company. They are of the latest de
sign and mu6h more convenient than
the old ones lor the reason that it is
not necessary to turn a crank in
order to call central.
Rev. and Mrs. Florell of the Swed
ish Mission church, Wyanett, leave
today for Winnipeg, Canada, to
which place Mr. Florell has been
called by one of his former congrega
tions. While in Wyanett he and his
good wife made many friends, who
very much regret their departure.
R. W. Freer was down from Milaca
on Monday settling up some business
matters, and said that he and his
wife are now comfortably ensconsed
in a quiet neighborhood and are well
pleased with their location. Mr.
Freer would have located in Prince
ton had he been able to purchase a
house that would suit him.
Over in benighted Benton county
there was a majority of 21 against
the good roads amendment. But
there were 1,043 sensible voters in
that county who voted for the amend
ment 407 voted against the amend
ment, and 657 voted in the negative
by failing to vote for the amend
M. K. Rudd of Milaca, general
manager of the Rudd Lumber com
pany, has purchased the holdings of
the Borgerding Lumber Co. at Roy
alton, and a deal has also been closed
by Mr. Rudd for the acquisition of a
lumber yard at Swanville. The Rudd
Lumber company operates something
like 65 yards in the state, and will no
doubt add to this number as time
Jay Herdliska, Os. King, George
Staples and George Coates autoed up
to Cove on Sunday morning and re
turned on Monday. It was a mere
fishing trip and they landed many
denizens of the deeppike and mus
callonge. Hunters, they said, were
as numerous as mice deposits on an
exposed piece of limburger cheese in
a cellar, and it looked like a danger
ous proposition to go into the brush.
W. H. Thielen came up from Min
neapolis on Friday to spend a few
weeks. Mr. Thielen is a son-in-law
of Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Brands, whose
wife is here visiting her parents, and
is now a member-elect of the state
legislature from the Thirty-eighth
district. He is a democrat, an ener
getic young business man, and should
make a good member of the house.
Mr. Thielen is a partner in the
printing establishment of Thielen
Printing company and is a member
of the International Pressmen's
AH But Four Counties Roll Up Fine
ilajorlties for the One-mil
Road Tax Amendment.
Majority Will Exceed 25,000Five
Per Cent Railroad Gross Earn-
ings Tax Also Carries.
Special to theUnion.
St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 14, 1912.
Minnesota has declared for good
roads in no equivocal terms. The
one-mill tax amendment has been
adopted by a decisive majority. The
seven senators bill has been over
whelmingly defeated.
Hennepin county gave the good
roads amendment a bad black eye,
but St. Louis and Ramsey rolled up
fine majorities in favor of the meas-
ureSt. Louis 5,328 and Ramsey
8,552. Anoka gave a majority of 629,
Isanti 385 and Mille Lacs 821 in favor
of the amendment. Up to date the
only black spots in which the amend
ment failed to carry were Cotton
wood, Wilkin, Benton and Hennepin
At 12 m. today the vote of 71 coun
ties had been tabulated at the state
capitol and out of a total vote of
229,574 votes 135,948 were in favor of
the road amendment. The other 15
counties, one of which is Hennepin,
will break about even. Unquestion
ably the good roads amendment has
a safe majority. The five per cent
railroad gross earnings proposition
also carries. I is thought all the
other amendments will be defeated.
Distaict Court Convenes Monday,
The November term of the district
court will convene next Monday with
Judge Carroll A. Nye on the bench
and P. M. Woodward official reporter.
There are 14 new cases on the calen
dar and 32 continued cases, all civil.
Thirty-one of the latter are Soo rail
road cases. In addition there are a
couple of tax cases. A grand jury
has been subpoenaed and among
other matters which will be brought
before that body for consideration is
the assault case of State vs. Wil
liams, the defendant having been
bound over from justice court.
Payette's Studio Opens Saturday.
Joseph L. Payette, the well-known
photographer, has fitted up the store
recently vacated by the Armitage
Drug Co., opposite the bakery, as a
photographic studio, and is fully
equipped with apparatus for doing
work of the finest quality. The
studio will be open to the public
next Saturday and an invitation is
extended to every one to call,
whether thev require work done or
not. Being on the ground floor the
studio is more conveniently located
than was Mr. Payette's old gallery.
They Made Votes for Wilson.
About all the old fossils of the
republican party in this state were
''suckers" on the Taft train Wednes
day afternoon as it passed through
this city. Van Sant, William Henry
Eustis and some others about as
noted in politics composed the party.
Lord deliver the people from such
rump personalities. These are men
who were workers against R. C.
Dunn in 1904 and they style them
selves republicans. Lake Crystal
Motion Picture Exhibitions.
Tomorrow and Saturday nights
moving picture shows will be given
at Brands' opera house and, begin
ning next Monday, there will be
shows every evening during the week
with changes of program on Wednes
day and Friday. For the week's
series Mr. Brands has secured a num
ber of the best films manufactured,
1 among them some of the celebrated
"101 Bison" features.
Plagues Galore.
If Doctor Wilson will announce
that he will call no extra session of
congress, he will assure the country
several months of prosperity. Turn
ing loose upon the country a wild
and woolly democratic congress would
near terrorize every industry in the
United States, and would give great
encouragement to the chinch bugs,
the Colorado beetles and the grass
hoppers.St. Cloud Journal-Press.
Inebriatizing the Cow.
The silo is alleged to be a menace
to the cattle. I is alleged that cows
fed from the silo are showing unmis
takable evidence of intemperance
and if this continues dealers in milk
will soon be obliged to take out a.
license to sell intoxicating liquors.
Stilrwater Gazette.

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