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R. C. Dunn's County Assessor Bill Goes Through the House by a Vote of 67 to 45. Initiative and Referendum Bill and Woman's Suffrage Measure Also Passed by House. Repiesentative C. Dunn on Fri day pulled his county assessor bill out ot the tire and secured its passage by a vote of 67 to 45. When the bill came up on general orders the pre ceding Tuesday it was attacked in all quarters of the house, and Mr. Dunn then stated that he realized the sentiment ot the membeis was against it. But he succeeded in get ting the bll laid over and had it made a special ordei for 11 o'clock Frida}. Meanwhile it de\ eloped that there was much sentiment for the bill in the country districts. The measure applies to all counties in the state except Ramsej, which has a county assessor under special law, but cities over 5,000 do not come under its provisions except by a three-fifths vote of the city council. The assessois are to be elected by county commissioners and their sal aries are graded with some latitude allowed in each class, the amount being fixed bj the county commis sioners. The count\ assessor super sedes all town assessors, but his work is reviewable, the same as now, by the town and county boards of equal ization, and fina'llv by the state tax commission. Arguments against the bill by J. T. Johnson, Thomas Frank son. Gerhaid Kimpel, P. A. Peterson and others were mainly on the ex pense of the county assessors, and the taking of the assessment away from local control. R. C. Dunn led the argument tor the bill, charging as he did the other day that "all the tax dodgeis in the state are against the bill." He was asked by Mr. Frankson whether his constituents favor the bill. Some of them do,'' said Mr. Dunn, '-but I think that a majority of my constituents, like the constituents of all of you, want to evade all the taxes they possibly can." Frank Hopkins secured an amendment changing the date of assessment from March 1 to April 1. A. J. Peterson got an amendment striking out the pro\ision that the tax commission may remo\e the assessors. Mi. Dunn himself amend ed the bill by striking out the allow ance lor the assessors' traveling ex penses. The senate on Friday passed Sen ator Frank Clague's bill extending the light ot local option to all cities of less than 10,000 population. The vote was 54 to 1. A fight was made for an amendment by Senator Glotz bach of Faribault but was defeated by a vote ot 32 to 22. The same bill was killed two vears ago by the re fusal of house officers to permit the turning back ot the hands of the clock the last night of the session. The bill had passed both houses and was waiting in the house for a con currence in a senate amendment. Fines up to $1,000 are proposed for persons who circulate tumors liable to injure banks in a bill by Repre sentative R. J. Henning. The meas ure applies to all persons who shall "make, circulate or tiansmit to others any false statement, rumor or suggestion written, printed or by word of mouth, which is directly or by inference derogatory to the finan cial standing of any bank, savings bank, banking institution or trust company." Street car conductors will be em powered to make arrests for drunk enness on their cars should a bill by Representative Knapp be enacted. Such powers are now conferred on railway conductors and has proved effective in suppressing disorders on railway trains. The law makes it a misdemeanor to board a train while intoxicated or to introduce liquor on trains, and the conductor may seize liq'uor found on trains, and this pro vision is extended to street cars. Six-year terms for all coroners in the state, the present incumbents to hold office until Januaiy 1, 1919, are proposed in a bill introduced by Senator Handlan of St. Paul. The Rines organization scored its ^rst big victory in the house last Thursday, when it put through the initiative and referendum bill as framed by the elections committee. Five amendments were offered and debated, but each was voted down. The vote was 110 to 7 those voting in the negative were W. Anderson, R. C. Dunn. J. P. Elmer, P. H. Mc Garry, John W. Papke, H. A. Saggan and I. F. Walker. Minnesota lfctslosivul Sniety A bill is being drafted by Senator Y. L. Johnson which will provide for a general judicial reapportionment. According to the present apportion ment of the districts the number "of persons to a judge runs all the way from 28,404, in the First district, composed of Dakota and Goodhue counties, where two judges serve 5b,808 people, to 109,175 in the Seventh district, covering a territory running irom St. Cloud and Prince ton on the east to Moorhead and De troit on the west, where two judges ser\e 218,350 people. The Johnson bill will seek to equalize these dis tricts on a population basis. That owners of automobiles should pay a substantial license on their machines in addition to the regular state, county and local taxes is the opinion of the house committee on taxes and tax laws and a bill has been prepared providing for such in crease. R. C. Dunn proposed a regis try tax in lieu of all other taxes at the rate of 50 cents a horsepower of the machine. This money is planned to be used for roads and bridges. It is deemed by many of the legislators as a fair bill, the big costly cars pay ing a much heavier tax than the little and inexpensive cars and at the same time it would provide a substantial revenue for the road fund. The tax committee, however, has substituted a bill of its own. With onlv two votes against it the house on Friday passed the Bendixen bill reducing railway fares to 2 cents a mile on all railroads earning more than $1,200 a mile per year on pas senger traffic. Yassaly's house bill providing for the making of Columbus day, Octo ber 12, a legal holiday, has been killed. There is no necessity what ever for any moie legal holidayswe have too many already. By a vote of 80 to 37 the woman suffrage bill passed the house on Monday. A shrill scream of triumph from the gallery and the clapping of a thousand pairs ot hands greeted the announcement by Speaker Rines that the bill had been indorsed by a two-thirds vote and was up once more to the less gallant senators. The vote followed nearly two hours of oratory by house members. I was a foregone conclusion that the house would pass the bill, and every body was good natured because the antis" are expecting that the senate will again kill the bill. Few voices were raised against suffrage, and the main argument used was that women should not be subjected to the con taminating influence of politics. The senate on Tuesday, by a vote of 52 to 9, passed Senator Moonan's bill proposing a constitutional amendment permitting the recall of all officials in the state, elective as well as appointive, and including judges. The bill as passed permits an election on the question of recall ing any official upon the petition of 20 per cent of the voters of the ter ritory the official serves. The vote is to be only on the question ot re calling the official and not on his successor, but the vacancy is to be filled in the usual manner provided by law for filling vacancies whether by appointment or a special election. Petitions are not to be circulated but must be left in public places designated by law where they may be signed. No petition for the recall of a judge shall be circulated within sixty days of the decision or ruling complained of. After four hours' deliberation on the Coates-Gilman election contest the house late Tuesday confirmed the title of Joseph H. Coates of Sauk Center as member from the Forty-seventh district by a vote of 70 to 43. The minority report from the elections committee in favor of Charles A. Gilman of St. Cloud, former lieutenant governor, was re jected. One of the closest questions in the way of a contest that ever came before the legislature, the case had taken an unusual amount of time and the debate Tuesday brought out some displays of feeling. The minority report seating Gilman was signed by six members of the elec tions committee, and the majority report, seating Coates, by fourteen members. The two reports agreed in the main, except as to four bal lots out of the eight that were sub mitted as in dispute. Aside from these four ballots, Gilman had a plurality of one. The majority re port counted two of the four disputed ballots for Coates, and threw out the other two, giving Coates a plurality of one vote. The minority report threw out three of the four ballots and counted the other for Gilman, giving Gilman a plurality of two. All eight of the disputed ballots were displayed before the house in a frame, and inspected by every mem ber. R. C.DlTNfl, Publisher. Terms $1.00 Per Tear. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1913. Ex-Governor Hubbard Dead. Lucius F. Hubbard, ex-governor of Minnesota and a veteran of the civil war, died at the home of his son, C. F. Hubbard, in Minneapolis, on the evening of February 5, aged 77 years. He had resided in Minne sota since 1857 and was elected gov ernor of the state in 1881, serv ing five years. In 1896 he was a member of the republican national committee and handled McKinley's campaign in Minnesota in 1898. President McKin ley appointed him brigadier general in the Spanish war and placed him in command of the Third division, Seventh army corps. Gen. Hubbard figured prominently in the civil war and especially was conspicuous as a colonel in the siege of Vicksburg. He contributed many articles to magazines and also wiote a historj of the Minnesota regiments in the civil war. He was a native of Troy N. Y. Bloody Battle Raging. A late dispatch from the City of Mexico says: With the center of the city shaking with the roar of scores of heavy cannon and machine guns, a desperate battle is raging. Firing was resumed at an early hour on Wednesday by the federals and the bombardment of the arsenal where the rebels, under Diaz, are stationed, and their return fire, has kept up steadily. Hundreds have been killed and are lying dead in the streets. Three thousand prisoners were re leased from prison yesterday and are scattered over the city. Anarchy prevails in every section. Six American battleships are steaming at top speed for Mexican ports and 5,500 soldiers have been ordered to hold themselves leady to sail on transports at a minute's no tice. Here Twenty-Five Years. C. A. Jack, the druggist, informs us that he came to Princeton 25 years ago on the 1st of this month and commenced business. There have been changes in the proprietor ship of every business in town dur ing that period with the exception of that of the Princeton Union and Solomon Long. A quarter of a cen tury ago Mr. Long conducted a shoe maker's shop, made footwear by hand and did repairing. The Union was established by its present owner more than 36 years ago. The Prince ton of today is altogether a different place than when Mr. Jack arrived here. Birthday Party. Little Dorothy Allen was hostess to a party ot her playmates yesterday afternoon, the occasion being her fifth birthday anniversary. The dec orations were of red and white as were also the favors. A -'hunt for hearts'' and other games were played, and Mrs. Allen served refreshments to the little guests, who enjoyed themselves as only children know how. Those present: Bonita and Bernard Avery, Ardres Anderson, Yvonne Goulding. lone Mossman, Mildred Davis, Ruby Randall, Camp bell Keith and Helen Staples. No Truth in the Story. Mr. Ewing informs us that there is no truth whatsoever in the sensa tional story published in the Minne apolis papers anent the punishment alleged to have been inflicted on a pupil in the Onamia public schools that the story was manufactured out of whole cloth. The dailies should endeavor to secure reliabie cor respondents in the conntry towns. Such stuff as that sent in from Onamia is highly misleading. Telephone Meeting. A general telephone meeting will be held at Princeton on Saturday, February 15, at 2 o'clock in the af ternoon. Presidents, secretaries and some of the board members of all telephone lines running into Prince ton are requested to attend this meeting. The object of the meeting is to get together and see if we can improve our telephone system. Hen ry Uglem, President of West Branch Farmers' Telephone Co. 7-2te Wheelock to Succeed Ringdal. Ralph Wheelock, Governor Eber hart's private secretary, will succeed Peter M. Ringdal on the state board of control. Members of this board receive $4,500 a year and the term is for six years. The governor's private secretarv receives from $5,500 to $6,000 a yearthe salary being $1,500 and the remainder fees for notarial commissions. Either job is a nice, soft snap. Unclaimed Letters. List of letters remaining unclaimed at the postoffice, Princeton, on Feb ruary 10: Mrs. Florance McCloud. Please call for advertised letters. L. S. Briggs, P. M." TBE^ILLAGECOUNCIL At Regular Monthly Session Andrew Bryson is Chosen to Succeed Himself on Commission. Upon Request Council Adopts New Method of Paying Firemen for Services Rendered. The village council, with all mem bers in attendance, held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday even ing and practically cleaned up the business for the year. It was voted to allow E. L. Mc Millan, village attorney, his salary for the year ending in March. The appointment of a successor to Andrew Bryson on the village water, light and building commission was taken up and Mr. Bryson unanimous ly chosen to succeed himself for a term of three years. Mr. Bryson has made a good, businesslike member of the commission, and the council acted wisely in re-electing him. A committee from the fire depart- mentRandall and Roosappeared before the council and asked that a change in the method of reimbursing the firemen for services be made. The proposition of the committee was that each member of the de partment who attends fires be paid one dollar for the first hour's work and 25 cents per hour for work there after, the chief to keep the men's time. The request of the firemen was granted. Heretofore a flat sum of $10 per fire was paid by the council, which was divided equally among the men engaged. Andrew Sjoberg and A. L. Scal berg were granted licenses to sell in toxicating liquors. Clifton Cravens and J. C. Borden were appointed clerks for the coming election and Grover Umbehocker, George Chute and C. O. Moore judges. The proposition of George Wood man to clean up the village park, his compensation for the work to be the dead and down timber on the grounds, was not accepted. Presi dent Byers said he had made an in vestigation and concluded that this was not a business way of perform ing the work. The auditing of a number of bills concluded the work of the session. Proposed Co-operative Creamery. Every farmer interested in the re organization of the Zimmerman co operative creamery should be in at tendance at the M. W. A. hall, Zim merman, next Thursday. February 20. A co-operative creamery, rightly managed, would prove a good thing for the farmers living in the terri torj adjacent to Zimmerman, and the number of cows in that territory is ample, if farmers stand together, to make such an establishment a success. The dairy business, in its various ramifications, will be fully elucidated at the meeting next Thursday by an expert from the state dairy depart ment, and O. M. Warner of the Princeton Co-operative creamery has consented to assist the farmers in reorganizing. There is not a co-operative cream ery in Mille Lacs county that is not paying its stockholders a good divi dend and its patrons the highest price possible for cream, and there is no apparent reason why a creamery at Zimmerman, Sherburne county, could not do likewise. Rightly man aged, as we said above, a farmers' co-operative creamery cannot fail to prove a successful financial venture. Mille Lacs Dam Opposed. An unfavorable report on the pro posed improvement of Mille Lacs and Onamia lake by the construction of a dam across Rum river was on Sat urday submitted- to the speaker of the national house of representatives by General Bixby, chief engineer of the army. Two of the principal ob jections urged to the construction of such a dam were that the lake was not an attractive reservoir site, and would be subject to great loss of water through evaporation, and that the proposed improvement would be of no benefit to navigation on the Mississippi. Report ol Sunday School Missionary. Rev. C. Larson, American Sunday school missionary, with headquarters at Princeton, has furnished the Union with a report of the work ac complished by him during the three years and ten months he has been with us. The report gives the fol lowing interesting data: There are eight counties within the scope of Rev. Larson's field of operation, viz., Benton, Sherburne, Anoka, Chisago, Iasnti, Kanabec, Pine and Mille Lacs. In those coun ties there are 91,454 pupils24,000 of whom attend the public schools. Out of this 24,000 but 6.000 attend Sunday school. Thirty-three Sunday schools with 1,263 pupils have been organized by Mr. Larson and 128 teachers instruct them. To perform his duties Rev.. Larson drove 11,694 miles, visited 5,933 families and de livered 448 addresses. Seven prayer meeting places have been established and 178 Bibles, 268 Testaments and 499 New Testament-Hymns sold. A hundred and nine persons have con fessed to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Anniversary Club Entertained. The Anniversary club members were entertained at the Avery resi dence on Friday evening and all members were present with the ex ception of Mr. and Mrs. Stark. Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Skahen were guests ot the club. Card games, a guessing contest and a music reading contest were the chief features of the even ing's entertainment and Mrs. Avery served an excellent supper. Heine Plass, the cut-up of the club, ever on the lookout for some deviltry to perform, invited some of the boys into the basement for a social smoke,. In the basement were long tables upon which pies and cakes had been arranged, and smoke flavor ing does not improve such delicacies. Mrs Avery, however, discovered Heine and his associates in time and promptly chased them out into the cold and stilly night. Whether they helped themselves to the aerated waterseveral cases of which were in the basementwe have been un able to ascertain, but it is very likely that they did. Everjone had a jolly time and went home feeling 'bully,'' as the big bull mooser would say. $53,000,000 From the Cow. Dean T. L. Haecker, chief of the division of dairy and animal hus bandry of the state agricultural col lege, estimates that the value of dairy produce for 1912 in Minnesota aggreated $53,000,000. In his report Professor Haecker says: "Tlie oufejMjfe of dairy products of last year established a record, and each cow in the state produced an average of 175 pounds of butter, which sold at an average of 27 cents a pound, making the average produc tion from each cow $47.25, an in crease of more than 10 per cent over the individual record of 1911. The total income from poultry for last year was approximately $30,000,000. an increase of $3,000,000 over the preceding year, making a grand total for dairy and poultrj, products in the state last year of more than $83,000,- 000." Woodrow Did Not Swear. The New York World plausibly argues that President-elect Wilson was not guilty of profanity in say ing: I am doing what I believe to be best for the country and myself. I'll be damned if I do anything else." Mr. Wilson was simply stating a fact, based on the orthodox belief which he holds in its most severe form. The man who does not con sciously do what he believes to be right will get into the pickle Mr. Wilson describes. If there were more statesmen who believed in this eventuality so strongly as to make it a rule of action, the country's condition would be safer, while the English language would not suffer at all.Minneapolis Journal. Rural School Agriculture. The third annual junior course for Minnesota boys and girls will be held at university farm, St. An thony Park, at Crookston and at Morris, from March 31 to April 5. The work will commence on Monday afternoon, March 31, with registra tion and classification of students. The cost of the week's course will be two dollars for board and room, and each student will be expected to take with him about one dollar extra to pay street car fare on the various excursions. School Notes. Wednesday of this week being a legal holiday school was closed for the day. The total enrollment of the high school department for the present year has reached 127. This is about double the enrollment of six years ago. There has been a great improve ment in the daily attendance and in punctuality, not only in the high school department, but in all the grades during the last six years. Miss Koch has been obliged to re sign her position as normal instruc- VOLUME XXXYH. NO. 8 tor because of illness at home. We will feel her loss very much. When Miss Koch came to us last fall it was upon the recommendation of one of the high school inspectors. He said that she was one out of the six or seven best normal instructors in the state. We agree with him. Mrs. Pentland, who comes highly recom mended, is to take Miss Koch's place. Her home is in Minneapolis and she is a teacher of many years' experi ence. J. J. Skahen of the school board visited school on Tuesday of last week. He spent the entire forenoon visiting the high school and the grades in the high school building. Mr. Skahen is a live wire when he gets into the school room. One does not need to be told that he is a born pedagogue. He talked in some of the rooms on the Panama canal and questioned the pupils about the les sons. We are always glad to have him visit us. Ped. Supreme Court Decisions. The state supreme court handed down decisions on February 7 in the cases of Giles C. Peck vs. Milaca State bank, W. J. West and Charles R. Frost, and William C. Hopkins against the same defendants. This was an action for malicious prosecu tion and false arrest and was brought in district court at Princeton in April, 1912. At that time a verdict was rendered giving Peck damages in the sum of $201 and Hopkins in the sum of $300. In its decision the supreme court sustains the verdict of the lower court. Chas. L. Lewis and J. H. Whitely of Duluth and E. L. McMillan of Princeton were coun sel for plaintiff and McDonald, Bern hagen & Patterson of St. Paul for defendants. Wrestling Match. Jimmy Potts of Minneapolis, the welterweight champion wrestler of the northwest, will tackle Tommy Krieg, who is now making his nome in Princeton, at armory hall on Mon day evening, February 17. Potts has an enviable record for scientific wrestling and Krieg, who is also a W-elterweight, has engaged4n contests throughout the western states and won many laurels. When these two skilled wrestlers come together on the mat a hot match may be ex pected. Lovers of matwork should not fail to attend the match at aimory hall. Scott, Antarctic Explorer, Perishes. A New Zealand dispatch to the London papers says that Captain Robert F. Scott, the antarctic ex plorer, with tour members of his expedition, perished in a bliz zard while on their return from the south pole. They reached their goal on January 18, 1912, about a month after Captain Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian, had planted the flag of his country there. They then turned back toward the base they had formed on the outward journey, but were overwhelmed by the blizzard before reaching it. A Lesson to Combines. A. R. Ruhnke and the Minneapolis Milk company, found guilty of violat ing the state anti-trust law. were on Monday fined in the aggregate sum of $6,500. Ruhnke was fined $3,000 and his company $3,500. The defen dants were charged with conspiring with 12 other milk dealers and com panies to raise the price of milk from 7 to 8 cents a quart. The state has already asked forfeiture of the cor porate franchises of the companies involved and Attorney General Smith says that actions will be brought to enforce the law. AT NORTHWESTERN HOSPITAL. Edla Peterson of Greenbush is at the hospital for medical treatment. Mary Saldin underwent a success ful operation last Thursday for the removal of one kidney, which was made necessary in consequence of a chronic abscess. She is doing well. Oscar Johnson of Foley is at the hospital for surgical treatment of an abscess of the brain. William Martineau, 8 years old, of Zimmerman, who was operated upon on February 5 for acute appendicitis, is convalescent. John Pederson of Santiago under went a surgical operation for hernia last Thursday. He is now convales cent. Enoch Swenson of Snake River^ was operated upon last Thursday for the removal of a piece of dead bone from the thigh. Mrs. Andrew Sjoberg was yester day operated upon for chronic ap pendicitis and an abdominal tumor.