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R. C. Dunn's Good Roads Bill Goes
Through House by Vote of
Ninety to Thirteen.
After a Battle Lasting Four Hours
C. H. Warner's Reapportion-
ment Bill Passes House.
R. C. Dunn's good roads bill, upon
which he has been working assidu
ously for months, was taken up as a
special order on Friday morning, but
it proved too formidable for the
house to digest in one session. After
Mr. Dunn had discussed it for more
than two hours it was continued un
til yesterday, when it was again
taken up for consideration with the
result that it passed bv the decisive
vote of 90 to 13, which showed that
the house lojall} stood b} the meas
ure. Under this bill Mille Lacs,
Isanti, Sherburne and Anoka coun
ties cannot get less than $16,000 and
may get a great deal more. There
were no amendments made to the bill
except those by its author, E. C.
C. II. Warner's reapportionment
bill passed the house last Thursday
by a vote of 84 to 33, after a battle
lasting more than five hours in which
several ot the giants of oratoi} took
part. Friends of the measure con
cede that there will be determined
efforts to kill reapportionment in
the senate, and foes of the bill are
canvassing for the purpose of amend
ing it to death.
II. II. Dunn's antitrust bill was
withdrawn from the house calendar
on Friday upon motion of its author
and placed on general oiders, where
it can be amended. The bill as it
stands is considered too drastic by
house members and, if passed at all,
will have to be materially amended.
The author of the bill recognized the
situation and saved his measure from
defeat bv putting if back.
V. C. Sundberg has introduced a
bill in the house prohibiting boys
under 21 3 ears of age from playing
pool, billiards or tenpins in any
public place.
A bill creating a public education
commission to revise the school laws
of the state has been introduced in
the house b} the committee on edu
William T. Coe, a former state oil
inspector, informed the house com
mittee on public accounts at a recent
meeting that the oil inspection b}
the state is useless and a waste of
money. He said that since gasoline
has become more "valuable than kero
sene there is no likelihood of any
mixture of the two and the old flash
test for kerosene is a waste of time.
The present gasoline test,' he stated,
is a quality test and does not deter
mine the degree of safety. The in
spection does not, in his opinion,
improve the quality of oil.
After a long discussion in which
man} telephone officials took part,
the house committee on telephone
and belegiaph on Friday \oted to le
port ioi passage the bill placing all
telephone companies under the su
pervision of the state railroad and
warehouse commission. By this
measure the commission is empow
eied to regulate telephone rates and
to compel competing companies to
make connections with each other's
system at junction points.
A bill prohibiting* the shipment of
cream more than fifty miles unless
it has been pasteurized or is conveyed
in a refrigerator car has been report
ed to the house without recommen
The most important tax measure
ol the session was passed by the
house on Tuesdaj. The bill was
that offered by the tax committee
providing for doing away with the
present dead-letter law requiring the
assessment of,all property at "its full
and true value in cash," and substi
tuting a classified percentage system.
Undei the provisions of the bill citv
homes owned bv the occupant would
be assessed at only one-fourth of
their full value, while other city real
estate would be assessed at one-half
of its value. Farm lands are to be
assessed at one-third value except
homesteads which aie limited by law
to eighty acres of land and the build
ings thereon, and the homesteads
are to be assessed like those in the
cities at one-fourth value. Other
classifications established by the bill
are as follows: Unmined ore, 50 per
cent stocks of merchandise, 33 1-3
per cent household goods and furni
ture, agricultural products, livestock,
tools and implements, 25 per cent
other personal property, 50 per cent.
L. C. Spoonner made a written argu
ment for the bill, reviewing previous
attempts at settling the question of
uniform assessments, and E. C. Dunn
advocated the bill as fixing a definite
and uniform assessment without
materially changing existing condi
Senator Crawford's bill to restrict
issue of interlocutory injunctions to
suspend state laws and orders of
state administration boards was
passed on Tuesday by the senate and
now goes to the house. It proposes
that all applications for such injunc
tions be passed upon by a commis
sion of three judges, one a justice of
the supreme court or a circuit court.
Temporary restraining orders could
be issued when it was shown that ir
ieparable loss would result to the
The house bill providing an addi
tional judge for the Fourth judicial
district has been reported out favor
The house and senate committees
on workingmen's compensation have
recommended for passage the bill
proposed by the senate committee in
conference with representatives of
labor and the employers. The bill is
largely the work ot Dan Lescohier
and Frank Hoffman of the state la
bor bureau and George M. Gillette of
Minneapolis. It provides a noncom
pulsoiy system of payments, but
should any employer in the state
elect not to come under the provision
of the bill he must file his refusal in
writing. The committees amended
the bill so as to eliminate casual em
ployment from its provisions.
Representative A. S. Larson of
Sandstone told the house committee
on towns and counties that residents
of his county wanted to change its
name from Pine to Clover. He said
the word "pine" kept settlers away
as they thought the country must be
a wilderness. The coVnmittee recom
mended the passage of a bill calling
a special election on change of name
on petition ot 20 per cent of the vot
The Hillman bill, preventing the
acceptance of commissions for obtain
ing employment for others, a bill
which, it is claimed, would abolish
private labor agencies, was referred
to a subcommittee.
Three amendments proposed by the
senate elections committee to the
house initiative and referendum bill
were tentatively adopted on Monday
and another to prohibit the circula
tion of petitions was held up for
further action on request of Chair
man J. E. Haycratt. Amendments
changing the percentage for initia
tive petitions from 3 and 6 to 2 and
8 per cent, and fixing the percentage
tor a referendum petition at 15 per
cent to suspend the law were tenta
tively agreed to, when Senator W. S
Dwinnell asked the committee for
further time to study the question'.
The committee will discuss further
provisions of the bill today.
On the assumption that profession
al fishermen are clearing thousands
of dollars each year under state li
censes to seine the lakes for rough
fish, Michael J. Sullivan proposes
that the state take the money by
doing the work itself. In a bill sent
to the house the game and fish com
mission is required to remove rough
fish from lakes containing game fish
and to dispose of the catch to the
best advantage. It is clear that the
state has been a heavy loser by grant
ing licenses to seine rough fish.
B} a vote of 85 to 28 the house late
on Tuesday passed O'Neill *s road
house bill, which limits saloons to
incorporated cities and villages.
The bill prohibits boards of county
commissioners from granting licenses
to incorporated places.
A bill has been passed by the
house authorizing the employment of
county jail prisoners on county road
work. The bill provides that the
wages to be paid prisoners shall be
fixed by the board of county com
missioners and the state board of
control, and that part of the wages
shall go to the families of the prison
Madero and Suarefe Slain.
Francisco I. Madero, deposed piesi
dent of Mexico, and Jose Pino
Suarez, who served with him as vice
president, were shot and killed
while, escorted by a guard of 100
rurales, they were being taken from
the national palace to the peniten
tiary shortly after midnight en Sun
With instructions not to outdis
tance the escort, the car occupied
by the prisoners moved slowly, and
no incident occurred until they had
reached a point near the peniten
tiary, where, in an open place, the
guards' attention, according to
their version, was -attracted to a
group of persons following. Shots
were fired at the escort out of the
darkness. The rurales closed in and
ordered the prisoners from the car.
The city guards surrounded the
prisoners, while the remainder dis
posed themselves to resist an attack.
About fifty men, some afoot and
some mounted, threw themselves up
on the detachment guarding the cars
and the exchange of shots lasted
twenty minutes, when the attacking
party fled. The bodies of Madero
and Suarez were then found. The
body of Madero shows only one
wound. A bullet entered the back
of the head and emerged at the fore
head. The body of Suarez shows
many wounds, entering from in
In the official report issued by
Provisional President Huerta he
adds to the above that, "when the
attempt was made to rescue Madero
and Suarez, they attempted to escape
and were killed."
Broken-hearted and weeping pite
ously, Mrs. Madero, widow of the
murdered former president, sought
an audience with President Huerta
to request that the body of her hus
band be turned over to her. This
request was first ref sed, but later
the bodies were turned over to the
Huerta announces that he has or
dered a rigid investigation of the
affair, but the impression prevails
among many that he is alieady fa
miliar with the detailsthat he was
the arch instigator of a well laid
plan which resulted in the assassina
tion of Madeio and Suarez. Huerta
not only proved himself a traitor to
the late Francisco Madero by turning
him over to the enemy, but he is a
blood thirsty tyrant who would have
executed the deposed piesident had
not Mr. Taft called a halt. Hence,
thwarted in his intent to carry out
his nefarious purpose by a public
execution of Madero, it is reasonable
to believe that he resorted to the
diabolical plot of assassination.
Eighty-Five Settlers Arrive Here.
A special tiain arrived here last
evening from the state of Iowa con
sisting of two passenger coaches and
16 freight cars. The passenger
coaches brought 85 personsfarmers
and their familieswhile the freight
cars contained their belongings, con
sisting of horses, cattle, farm ma
chinery, household goods, etc. All
of the men are practical farmers who
have bought farms in the territory
adjacent to Princeton, and they will
now take possession and cultivate
the same.
The special train set out two cars
at Zimmerman on its way to Prince
The Union extends a hearty wel
come to the farmers and their fam
Chart is Imperfect.
The state board of health h'as is
sued a chart purporting to show the
number ot deaths from tuberculosis
in Minnesota for the year 1911, but
it is of little value for reference.
For instance, the red dots on the
map indicate five or more deaths in
a city or village. Hence, the red dot
used to designate the deaths in Min
neapolis may mean either five or any
number above that, while the same
colored dot used to designate the
number of deaths in the village of
Princeton is equally indefinite. Min
neapolis, no doubt, had many more
deaths from the disease than Prince
ton. To make the chart of value it
should be revised and issued in a
more comprehensive form.
Will Probably Increase Weight Limit.
A radical change is contemplated
by the postmaster general in the
matter of the parcel post. The
weight limit will probably be in
creased and the zone system elimi
nated. This would make it, accord
ing to those versed in the matter,
more easy for mail order houses to
get in their deadly work. But, as
we said last week, country merchants
can compete with these houses by
quoting the prices of their goods in
the newspapers. If the merchants
fail to awaken to the situation the
catalogue houses will get them. A
word to the wise is sufficient.
Horse Auction.
A big auction sale of South Dakota
horses, ranging from 1,150 pounds up,
will be held at Spencer Brook, on
Tuesday, March 4, beginning at 1 p.
m. Wilson & Morton, Owners.
10-ltp Frank Smith, Auctioneer.
On Sunday Nels Forchem of Foley
was operated upon for strangulated
hernia. He is now convalescent.
Elmer Normandie was on Monday
operated upon for acute appendicitis
and is doing nicely.
Edward Anderson yesterday under
went an operation for an abscess of
the brain.
Zimmerman Farmers Hold Meeting
and Consider Organization of
1 Co.operative Creamery.
CoVnmittee Appointed to Canvass Ter-
ritory and Ascertain How Many
Shares Can Be Sold.
A meeting of farmers was held in
the M. W. A. hall, Zimmerman, last
Thursday for the purpose of consid
ering the organization of a co-opera
tive creamery at that place, and
those present seemed to be favorably
impressed with the proposition.
Dairy Inspector Johnson gave an in
structive talk on co-operation as ap
plied to dairying and O. M. Warner,
superintendent of the Princeton Co
operative creamery, gave some valu
able information to the farmers con
templating the establishment of a
It was decided by the meeting
that if 50 shares of stock at $15 a
share could be disposed of an organi
zation would be effected, and a com
mittee was appointed to make a can
vass of the territory to that end.
The disposition ot so small a num
ber of shares in so rich a dairying
territory as that tributary to Zim
merman should, it seems to us, be
an easy matter.
Story of a Bull Fight, Etc.
Our party arrived in Brownsville,
Texas, about 9 o'clock a. m. We
passed the tmie until about 3 p. m.
in looking over the place It is a
fine city of about 10,000 people,
mostly whitesbut few negroes are
allowed in Brownsville since the
shooting up of the town by the col
oied soldiers. The streets were clean
and lined with orange trees. It was
th^re I got my first taste of the ripe
fruit picked direct from the trees.
We found that the only way to get
over to Matamoros was by rowboats
across the Eio Grande river. 1 saw
only three boats, and they were
manned by Mexicans, and would car
rv about a dozen people comfortably.
TM fare was two cents "Moneda
Americana" or four cents "Mex."
The Mexican custom house in con
struction is a long low building on
the bank of the river, near the wharf
where we landed. Sitting in lront
of it was a squad of gold-braided and
brass-buttoned men, which we took
to be brigadier generals. They re
minded me of Governor Eberhart's
staff. There was a boy walking back
and foith in front of them loaded
down with a big carbine, a heavy
cavalry sword and a revolver. It was
rather amusing to see him try to
manage his arms while walking back
and forth on his beat and trying to
salute the gold-braided officers as he
passed them.
We soon sighted a street car and
got aboard. The car was a cross be
tween a prairie schooner and a Min
nesota hay cart, and its "motive
power" was one little mule and a
black-snake whip in the hands of the
baieheaded driver. There was a
spare whip under the seat, which
was a puzzle to some of us as to its
use. But soon we found out that it
was a necessary article, as the "mule
was inclined to be somewhat balky.
About twenty us boarded the car
and the mule started off at a pretty
fair pace on a little down grade.
However, we soon met trouble, as
there was more or less muddy water
between each tie, and every time
the mule's hind feet struck the
ground a shower of mud and dirty
water would fly over us. One of our
paity, having a rain coat, volunteered
to hold it up in front and save the
rest of us from getting covered with
the sacred soil of Mexico. It was a
very kindly act, and we Voted unani
mously to have his statue made of
Matamoros mud and set up behind
the car barns in Houston, Texas.
When we struck the railroad crossing
the mule decided to stop. Our driv
er pushed hard on the lines and
slung a lot of lingo at the mule, but
it was no go. Then he brought his
black-snake whip into play. He
would hit him on the right side and
the mule would jump around at
right angles with the car, which
came very near upsetting us, then he
would hit him on the left side and
the ornery cuss would jump the other
way and tip us back again. After
our driver had worked that plan sev
eral times and we had begun to get
nervous for fear we should not get to
the bull fight on time, he called on
the conductor for help. We then
found out what the spare whip was
for. By working both whips vigor
ously on both sides of the mule at
the same time they succeeded in get
ting him to pull straight ahead be-
tween the irons, and he soon landed
us near the Plaza de Toros.
Our party got seats in the palco,
near the band standprice four
dollars "Mex." The men composing
the band were all Mexicans and good
musicians, and in the opinion of
most of us if was the only good thing
in the whole program. The fight
itself was only a farce, and a poor
one at that. There were six bulls
and twelve horses on the list to be
killedone bull and two horses in
each fight. The hroses were old,
worthless scabs and were brought in
blindfolded to be killed to start the
show. This was soon done by letting
the bull gore them, and they were
hauled out of the ring, with their
entrails dragging on the ground, by
a pair of mules. It was a revolting
and a sickening sight. Then the
banderilleros, picadores and matadors
commenced to maltreat and torture
the bull by waving red cloths in
front and over his head and sticking
barbed irons into his shoulders.
Atter they had completely exhausted
him he was killed by order of the
marchenero, which was done by
sticking a long straight sword
through his heart. This was done
by a particular matador and was
considered an honor by the party
selected. I witnessed the killing of
three of the bulls and six of the
horses. It was enough bull fight
for me, and I hope the Lord will not
lay anything up against me for going
to this one. However, if I am pun
ished for it I will probably have
lots of company, for, like myself,
halt of the audience were people that
came from the northern states. The
other half was about equall} divided
between Texans and Mexicans. One
of the party who went out with me
said he would stay for another fight
if he thought the bull would get a
whack at one of the matadors.
We then took a stroll about the
city, went into the market place and
found the first bull killed dressed and
hung up for sale. Matamoros is a
queer old town. Although it was
Sunday the bars were wide open and
peach brandy was plentiful and
cheap. The dwelling houses are
mostly one-story with iron barred
front doors opening on the sidewalks.
The senoritas, with their chaperones
standing beside them, did not seem
in any way averse to or backward in
chatting with the people as they
passed along the streets.
Oil ou return to God's country our
party got by %he custom house all
righ't. but it was a close call with
some of them. There were others
who were not so lucky. I reckon
they tried to get away with all the
peach brandy there was in town. We
did not stop to learn how much duty
the Mexican custom house officers
collected from them.
M. S. Berry.
Arrested for Forgery.
John C. Olson, known as "Joe"
Olson, son of Carl Olson of Baldwin
township, was on Tuesday taken to
Minneapolis by a dtecetive sent from
that city to answer to a charge of
On Saturday evening Sheriff Shock
ley received a telegram from the
chief of police of Minneapolis asking
him to be on the lookout for Olson
and, it possible, to arrest and hold
him. The sheriff had little difficulty
in locating his man and placed him
under arrest to await the coming of
the officer from Minneapolis.
Olson was at one time a member
of the Minneapolis police force but
for a year or more, and until recent
ly, had made his home temporarily in
various parts of the country. When
arrested he was living at the home
of his father in Baldwin and taking
daily treatments at the Northwest
ern hospital for an injury to one
of his legs, which he sustained in a
hay press.
Milk Trust Men Fined.
The Minneapolis milk trust cases
were all cleaned from the district
court docket with one sweep on Mon
day, when pleas of guilty were en
tered by four'men and three compa
nies indicted for violating the state
antitrust law by conspiring to raise
prices. Cases against two other men
and one company were nolled by the
Each of the seven defendants
pleading guilty was fined $700 by
Judge C. S. Jelley, and President
Oscar Erickson and the Minneapolis
Dairy company, found guilty by a
jury last week, were fined $800 each,
bringing the total of all fines assessed
in the milk prosecutions up to $13,-
000. The fines assessed were all
paid in currency which the milk
dealers took to the courthouse in
rolls of bright new banknotes, as
their plan-to plead guilty had been
agreed upon at a meeting of the in-
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dicted men Saturday. All fines have
now been paid except those of $3,000
against President A. E. Ruhnke of
the Minneapolis Milk company and
"",500 against the company itself.
In these cases an appeal may be
taken. Evidence in the cases was
obtained through the use of a dicta
H. F. 687 Incorrectly Reported.
The following letter speaks for
St. Paul, Minn., Feb. 20, 1913.
Mr. Charles Keith,
Princeton, Minn.
Dear Sir: In reply to yours of yes
terday asking the purport of "H. P.
687R. C. Dunnallowing the city
of Princeton to make tax levy for
support of municipal water and light
plant," would say that the bill was
wrongly reported in the city papers.
H. F. 687 is a general bill intro
duced at the request of the citizens
of Milaca in aid of that municipality
and does not apply to Princeton more
than any other village in the state.
I was not aware that the water
and light board of Princeton needed
or desired any aid at this time.
Very truly,
R. C. Dunn.
Extra Session April 1.
President-elect Wilson has an
nounced that an extra session of con
gress will convene on April 1. He
says in connection therewith: I
will make no announcement of the
subjects I will recommend for consid
eration by the extra session until
after I get to Washington -in fact,
until I send in my message.''
I is assumed that tariff revision
will be urged and it is believed prob
able that currency reform will be
suggested for simultaneous enact
ment. It is understood that Mr.
Wilson feels it necessary that the
currency be reformed as soon as pos
More Than He Wants.
Guy Ewing ordered maple wood
from five or six different farmers last
fall, thinking that some of them
would forget to show up, but they
all brought the full amount and. as
a consequence, Guy has so much on
hand .that people, are, asking him
whether he has started a wood yard.
He informed us yesterday that he
has a good mind to give away 20 or
30 cords to his neighbors, as the pile
is so high it excludes the sunlight
from his dwelling house.
Market Shows Increased Activity.
Increased activity has been notice
able in the potato market during the
week so far as the quantity brought
to the warehouses is concerned. This
is likely attributable to the tact that
the season is drawing to a close and
that.growers are anxious to dispose
of the greater portion of their stock.
We are told, however, that large
quantities of potatoes still remain in
the cellars of farmers living in the
country tributary to Princeton.
Wants Monument for Mozomonee.
Theodore Beaulieu of White Earth
has written Senator Martin of
Barnesville urging that the legisla
ture erect a monument to Mozom
onee, the Indian chief who kept the
Chippewas from joining the Sioux
in the massacre of 1862. Beaulieu
suggests that Mozomonee point, Mille
Lacs lake, the former home of the
chief, be set apart as a state park
and that an appropriate monument
to the chief be erected there.
Twenty Head of Young Mares.
Now is the time to secure sound
young native mares, ranging in
weight from ^1,200 to 1,400 pounds.
Splendid animals for farm or general
purpose work. This is the best
bunch of horses brought to Prince
ton for many months. If you need
horses you should lose no time in
making your selection as thev will go
fast. They will be sold either for
cash or on time.
10-tfc Rines Horse Oo.
Highway Commission Selects Route.
Minnesota's federal highway, to
be built with money appropriated by
congress, will be along the M-innesota
river from the Omaha bridge, near
Mendota, to Mankato, a distance of
50 miles. The state highway com
mission has decided this to be the
best route among those considered.
Owatonna and Austin -were strong
competitors for the road, but they
have been advised that they can't
get it.
Charley Malone Visits Princeton.
Charley Malone of Isle was here
circulating among his friends last
Friday. Chariey was at one time a
Creat Indian fighter, but the lake
country is now enjoy ing-an epoch of
peacefulness and his services are no
longer required in the subjugation of
the painted warrior of the wilds.

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