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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,-
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
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
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-
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
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
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.
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
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.

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