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The Princeton and Anoka High School
Teams Manipulate the Sphere
In a Drizzling Rain.
Anoka is Victorious but a Return
Game Next Saturday May
Result Differently.
In a drizzling rain the baseball
teams representing the Anoka and
Princeton high schools attempted a
game at the local fair grounds last
Saturday. Excellent baseball weatn
er had pievailed thioughout the
week and the managers of the two
teams had a good right to presume
that the weather would continue fa
vorable for the opening event, so the
game was arranged. Not until after
the Anoka team had arrived in town
did the weather man cut loose the
wet stuff and thereby put a damper
upon the early season enthusiasm.
A drizzling rain started in at about
11 a. m. and continued with more or
less regularity throughout the day.
Inasmuch as the Anoka team was
here and had to be paid their ex
pense money, anyway, it was decided
to attempt a contest in the rain.
In spite of the drizzle the grounds
vveie in fairly good shape but, owing
to the rain, the ball soon became
wet and slippery and the softened
ground was cut up into a quagmire.
In defiance of the wet ball and
grounds the two teams went at it in
big league style, and for the fiist
three innings neither side was able
to score. In the first half of the
fourth inning the Anoka lads suc
ceeded in getting several men on
bases and then pioceeded to score
three of their lunners. Thev did
this 311st simply bj hitting the ball
easy and letting the Princeton in
telders tty foi the man going
home. Owing to the wet and slip
pen ball and grounds it was haid
to make a good peg to the plate, and
before the side could be retiied the
Anokaites had slipped over three
At the end of the fifth inning the
score stood 3 to 0 in favor of Anoka
and, by previous agreement between
the captains of the two teams, the
game was called oft. Princeton had
several men on bases at different
times throughout the five innings,
out weie unable to score them for
want of a safe wallop at ciitical
times. However the teams looked
to be about evenly matched, and one
can only guess at what might have
happened had the game been allo-wed
to go the full nine innings.
On the coming Saturday the local
high school will go to Anoka to play
a return game with their opponents
of last Saturday. A good day and
fast grounds should bring out a
pietty contest between these two
teams, as they appear to be about
even up in fielding, batting and
Ditching strength.
Fined for Using Abusive Language.
Frank Dixon, a negio living in Mil
aca, who was brought befoie Justice
Dickey by Sherift Shockley last Fri
day charged with using abusive and
obscene language toward A. C.
Wilkes, and whose case was then
continued, was arraigned for a hear
ing on Tuesday afternoon. County
Attorney McMillan prosecuted and
Dixonwho appears to be a very in
telligent negroconducted his own
A. C. Wilkes, the complainant,
was the first witness to give testi
mony. He stated that while he and
Dr. Cook were in the lumber com
pany's office at Milaca on the morn
ing of April 4 Dixon opened the door,
peered in and called him a vile name.
Dr. Cook, who was next called to
the stand, corroborated Wilkes' evi
dence and was questioned by Dixon.
Albert Kiel, manager for the lum
ber company, stated that Dixon came
to his office and asked what Wilkes
and Cook were doing there and he
told him.
Deputy Sheriff Jo Schmitz said
that Wilkes had told him Dixon had
used abusive language and that he
intended swearing out a warrant for
his arrest. Upon going to see Dixon,
said Mr. Schmitz, he denied having
used such language. The defendant
then put a few questions to Schmitz.
Clarence Watt was next called and
stated that he had nevei heard
Dixon make use of any bad language,
and David Pierson testified to the
same effect.
Defendant Dixon testified that
Wilkes and Cook had been on his
trail and interfering with his busi
ness ever since he went to Milaca
to live, which was on March 10. He
stated that on the morning in ques-
tionApril 4he saw Wilkes and
Cook going toward the lumber yard,
and that he went there to get a few
shingles to use in hia business of
cleaning and dying. He opened the
door and exclaimed, "Purity
Squad." That was all.
A. C. Wilkes, recalled, in reply to
a question put by County Attorney
McMillan, said that no such words
as "Purity Squad" were uttered in
his presence, and Dr. Cook, recalled,
said likewise.
This closed the testimony.
Dixon then addressed the court,
saying that he had not been in Mil
aca more than two days before
Wilkes and Cook begun to interfere
with his businessthat they had
conspired to persecute him. He had
tried to earn an honest living but
they had done all they could against
him, even to the extent of ordering
him out of town. He had used no
abusive language and there was no
\iciousness in his nature. He had
too much respect for the laws of the
state to make use of obscene lan
County Attorney McMillan theie
upon addressed the court and said,
among othei things, that the only
point to decide was whether or not
defendant had made use of the lan
guage charged in the complaint
color or race was not, of course, to
be taken into consideration in pass
ing judgment. Defendant would be
given a square deal.
Upon due consideration the court
found Dixon guiltv of a misdemeanor
and imposed a fine of five dollars and
Good Roads and School Attendance.
While it is true that various
factors contribute to increase or de
crease the attendance at schools in
given sections of the country, it is
worthy of comment that in the state
having a high percentage of im
proved roads a much larger percent
age of the students enrolled regulaily
attend the schools than in the states
having a smaM percentage of im
proved roads. In five eastern and
western states, which have a large
mileage of improved roads, the aver
age attendance of enrolled pupils in
1908-9 was 80 per cent, while in four
southern states and one northwest
ern state, which are noted for bad
roads, the average attendance for
the same year was 64 per cent80
per cent in the good roads states as
against 64 per cent in the bad roads
states. In the states first named 35
per cent of the roads have been im
proved, while in the latter group of
states there are only 1% per cent of
the roads improved.United States
Department of Agriculture.
The Readjusted Passenger Rates.
Readjustment of passenger rates
on all interstate railroads in the
United States in conformity with
the long and shoit haul prov-ision of
the law, under orders of the inter
state commerce commission, will
become effective May 1. The new
tariffs filed by the roads with the
commission indicate a material re
duction in fares, particularly from
important terminals and rate-basing
points to intermediate points.
It is estimated by officials of the
commission, after an analysis of the
tariffs, that 95 per cent of the
changes in fares will be reductions
and 5 per cent increases. Such ad
vances as are made are between ter
minals, or basing points, and in such
instances the increases are made
only when the tariff to interme
diate points is so great as to affect
seriously the revenues of the roads.
William Greenwood and Dora
Burke, both of Brickton, were mar
ried at St. Edward's Catholic church
on Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock.
About 50 friends of the young people
were present. Irle Branchaud was
best man and Minnie Greenwood
The bride's dress was of white silk
and the bridesmaid's of light-colored
material, and both carried bouquets
of roses.
A reception was given in Brickton
after the ceremony and a bounteous
wedding feast partaken of by numer
ous relatives and neighbors. Many
presents were bestowed upon the
young people.
Mr. and Mrs. Greenwood will* re
side at Brickton. The Union wishes
them a life of happiness.
We have purchased the Steffaus'
harness business and respectfully
solicit a share of the public support.
The best of goods will at all times
be carried in stock and repair work
will be promptly executed. Every
one will receive a square deal at our
establishment. Come in and see us
whether you need goods or not.
18-l^c Hoffman & Hass.
United States Forces Are Now in Pull
Possession of the City and
Firing Has Ceased.
duns From Big Battleships Pour Solid
Shot Into City While Harines
Are Being Landed.
Dispatches from Vera Cruz say
that the American forces are now
in complete possession of that city,
that 200 Mexicans, two A merican sea
men and two marines were killed in
the investment of the city, and a
number wounded. No non-combat
antt, however, lost their lives.
Before daybreak yesterday 2,700
marines were landed at Vera Cruz
from the transports and battleships
in addition to the storming party of
1,500 which upon the previous day
captured the Mexican custom house
and shipping district. The marines
were landed under cover of the big
guns from the battleships, which
fired solid shot, demolishing the
houses upon which federal "snipers"
had taken up positions for the pur
pose of picking off the invaders.
Within a half hour after the bom
bardment started the center of the
citv bad been taken. The marines
and bluejackets marched through the
streets, using machine guns and
rifles in dislodging sharpshooters,
and sweeping the thoroughfares of
small squads of peons who resisted
advance. Before 2 p. m. yesterday
Vera Cruz was under the entire con
trol of the American forces and fir
ing had ceased with the exception of
a few desultory shots.
The Americans lepoited kiled are:
Private Daniel Aioysius Haggerty,
Eighth company. Second advance
base regiment, United States ma
lines, le-enlisted at Boston. Next
of kin, father, Michael Haggerty,
Cambridge. Mass.
Private Samuel Marten, Sixteenth
company, Second advance base regi
ment, enlisted at Chicago. Next of
kin, father, Mayer Martin, Chicago.
George Poinsett, seaman United
States steamship Florida, born April
10, 1894 next of kin, William Poin
sett, father, Philadelphia, ~errlfstetr
at Philadelphia.
John F. Schumacher, coxswain,
United States steamship Florida,
born December 5, 1889 next of kin,
Isabella McKinnon, mother, Brook
lyn. Enlisted at New York.
In response to Wilson's appeal to
congress to approve of the use of
armed force in meeting the Mexican
situation the following joint resolu
tion was passed on Mondav night by
a vote of 337 to 37
"A joint resolution justifying the
employment of the armed forces of
the United States in enforcing cer
tain demands against Victoriano
'Resolved by the senate and house
of representatives in congress assem
bled that the president of the United
States is justified in the employment
ot the armed forces of the United
States to enforce the demands upon
Victoriano Huerta for unequivocal
amends to the government of the
United States for affionts and indig
nities committed against this gov
ernment by General Huerta and his
Local Military Notes.
"I'm ready!" is the exclamation
you hear from almost every militia
boy as, with patriotic pride, he ex
pands his chest.
Sergeant Doane says he would
rather be a gunner on one of the
big battleships, and assist in the dem
olition of Vera Cruz or Tarppico,
than a mere infantryman, weighted
down with accoutrements, trudging
across the scorpion-infested cacti
plains of Mexico. "There'd be more
fun in it,'' says Bill.
Lieutenant Claude Morton has
erected a dummy about the sizle of a
Mexican in George Newton's pasture
and every Sunday morning takes a
couple of dozen cracks at it with his
Krag-Jorgenson and pierces its body
with his sword.
The only thing that keeps Joe
Mossman from making application
for admission to Company is that
he is afraid the enemy could descry
him at too great a distance and thus
prove a handicap to the rest of the
boys. But Capt. Johnson says he
does not believe Joe would pass on
account of his excessive adiposity.
Bob King has offered his services to
Company as chief of the commis
sary department. He says he is not
an adept in sprinting and would
therefore have to fall behind when
pursuing the enemy, but is confident
he could make good as ration dis
penser and keeper of the key of the
canteen. He thinks he could ^do
better than did John Lind when he
was commissary chief down south
during the Spanish-American war.
Heine Plaas, although not a mem
ber of the militia, thinks he could
be of some service down in Mexico.
He would know, he says, how to in
sure a painless death to the Greasers
who fell into our hands.
"Old Man" Warner would wil
lingly enlist for duty could he only
get rid of the bunions on his feet.
Hank Newbert ditto.
Lena E. Dalchow, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Dalchow of Bogus
Brook, was married at 2 o'clock yes
terday afternoon at Zion German
Lutheran church, in Princeton town
ship, to Carl W. Peterson. Rev.
Otto Strauch, pastor of the church,
performed the ceremony and many
relatives and friends of the young
people were present. The bride was
attended by her two sisters, Ida and
Elma Dalchow, and Helen Peterson,
and the groomsmen were George
Peterson. Ernil Dalchow and Ed
At the close of the ceremony the
wedding party diove to the home of
the bride's parents, where a recep
tion, attended by a large number of
the friends of this popular young
couple, was given. A bountiful
feast was spread in the dining loom,
which was tastefully decorated, and
the numerous guests ate, drank and
made merry. Presents, of value and
usefulness, were lavishly bestowed
upon the happy young people.
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson will reside
on a farm in Bogus Brook. The
Union congratulates them upon
their choice of one another and
hopes that their lives may be imbued
with happiness
Doing Good Work.
The biennial report of the state
highway commission, just issued,
shows that the value of the work
performed under its supervision dur
ing 1912 and 1913 aggregates $3,524.-
The woik done on state roads dur
ing 1912 was: Grading, 511.7 miles
&ravelingJ__175.72 miles: sand clay,
35.07 miles macadam, 6.92 miles:
ditching, 170,373 lineal feet: clearing
and grubbing, 389.16 acres concrete
culverts, 192 corrugated metal cul
verts, 360 bridges, 108.
During 1913 the following work was
done on state roads: Grading, 584.03
miles graveling, 216.95 miles: sand
cldy, 11.4 miles macadam, 6.84
miles concrete road. 6.29 miles
ditching, 164,699 lineal feet deal
ing and grubbing, 458.12 acres: con
crete culverts, 182 corrugated metal
culverts, 509, and bridges, 100.
First Rank Conferred on Six.
The local Pythian lodge engineered
six candidates through the complexi
ties of the first rank on Tuesday
evening. The initiation was fol
lowed by a lunch, smoke social, and
"sermon" by Harry Pratt. Upon
being applauded at the close of his
dissertation, which savored largely
of Billysundajism, Harry remarked
that sermonizing was particularly
easy for him, as at one time his am
bition was to become a minister of
the Holy Rollers and he studied the
doctrine of that seel which con
sisted largely of "vocal gymnastics."
He never, however, succeeded in be
ing consecrated and therefore failed
to get a pulpit.
Jim Hartman then passed around
the salt box, remarking, "This cer
tainly needs a grain or two,'" and
shortly thereafter the meeting dis
bandedtime, 2:50 a. m.
Two Fires.
There were two small fires during
Saturday nightone at Mrs. Ek
lund's on the north side and the
other in Stumm's barn.
The Eklund tire gutted a couple of
rooms, burning through the walls,
but the fire department succeeded in
preventing it from spreading further.
The rooms damaged contained no
furniture. Mrs. Ecklund earned in
surance on her house*
Stumm's barn, which burned so
rapidly that it was practically de
stroyed before the firemen could
reach the place, was also insured.
Tennis Club Meets.
At a meeting of the Princeton
Tennis club last week it was decided
to put the court in good playing con
dition without delay. The fees for
new members will be $1 instead of
$3, which was charged last year. The
fees for old members will be 50 cents
a year. The following officers were
elected for 1914: W. Roos, president
W. G. Grierson, secretary A. Roos,
Hiram Whittier, an Octogenarian, and
Charles H. Smith Are Gath-
ered to Their Fathers.
Biographical Sketch of Even Thomp-
son, One of First Norwegians to
Settle in This County.
Hiram C. Whittier died at his
home in thjs village last Thursday
morning at 11 o'clock. He was
nearly 85 years of age and death re
sulted from a general breaking down
of the constitution.
The funeral was held from the
residence on Saturday morning at 11
o'clock and the remains were laid to
rest in Oak Knoll cemetery beside
those of Mr. Whittier's father.
Hiram C. Whittier was born at
Nashua, N. H., in 1829 and came to
Minnesota about 50 years ago, set
tling on a farm in Greenbush. In
19U he moved into the village to live.
He was twice married, first to Miss
Hanson of Glendorado, who died
manv years ago. His second wife's
name was Mary A. Gould, and he
was married to her in December,
1891. He is survived by his wife and
two stepsonsJohn Hanson of Spo
kane, Wash.: and John R. Wood of
Kalispell, Mont.
Charles H. Smith.
Charles H. Smith, who went to
North Dakota from Princeton about
10 years ago and has lived there
most of the time since, died on
April 15 from pneumonia and on
the 16th Fred Keith, his nephew,
went to Fargo and returned the fol
lowing day with the body. The re
mains were interred in Oak Knoll
cemetery last Friday afternoon.
Charles Smith was born in Bruns
wick. Maine, on Decembei 24, 1861,
and came to Princeton with his par
ents in 1869. He is survived by two
brothers, John and Fied Smith of
Princeton, and three sisters, Mrs.
Eva Keith of Princeton, and Mrs.
Bert Wetsel and Mrs. Harry Newton
of Washington. Mr. Smith never
Raymond Anderson.
Raymond Andeison^daged 16 years,
son of Mr and Mrs Martin Anderson,
died yesterdav morning from pneu
monia. He was taken sick on Sunday
and moved to the hospital on Tues
day evening. He is survived bj a
father, mother, and two brothers.
The funeral will be held from the
Catholic church tomorrow morning.
Even Thompson.
The Union is indebted to Rev. P.
Langseth of Glendorado for the fol
lowing biographical sketch of Even
Thompson, who died in a Minne
apolis hospital on Apiil 9 from ne
Even Thompson was born at Ring
saker, near Hamar, Norway, on July
15, 1835, and his Norwegian name
was Even Thoistenson Kvarberg.
At the age o'f 22 he married Maria
Torgersdatter Skapel, and the young
couple had three children when they
left their home on Apiil 14, 1867, for
the United States. They sailed
from Christiania 10 days later on the
Carolina, and after a 10-weeks' sea
voyage and several days' railroad
travel, they arrived in St. Paul. At
the immigration hou* a Mr. Froy
seth, an agent for the railroad com
pany who had undertaken to locate
35 Scandinavian families in this terri
tory, got hold of them and, with the
Ole Solberg and Martin Erickson
families, conducted them to the .St.
Francis river district for the purpose
of locating them on lands. A few
Americans had settled in that part
of the state, but the Norwegians
wanted forest lands, and so took up
homesteads in Greenbush.
Even Thompson built himself a log
house during the next spring and
this house now forms part of T. W.
Thompson's residence. In that small
abode the Thompson family was
rearedTonette, Johanne, Theodore,
William, Tomine, Edwin. Mathias,
Julia and Karen Maria (Cora). All
of these sturdy pioneer children,
except Mathias, married and have
prospered. Besides a wife and the
above named children, Even Thomp
son is survived by 28 grandchildren
and 15 great grandchildren.
Mr. Thompson was a Norwegian of
the old school and abided by the cus
toms of the fatherland, so that when
his oldest son, Theodore W., married
Miss Elsie Rusness on June 30, 1898,
he gave up his home and farm to
them, and he and his wife moved
into a new brick home which had
been built for them. The old gentle
man, however, reserved 40 acres of
wild land for his own use. This is
another Norwegian custom which
has been adhered to for hundreds of
years in the old country and has
proven a very wise proceeding.
Even Thompson was the last one
of the'first Norwegian settlers in this
part of the country. His funeral,
which was held at the Lutheran
church in Glendorado on Friday
afternoon, April 17, was attended by
a very large number of people.
The Farmers' Co-operative Company.
Saturday was a poor day for a
meeting of those interested in the
newly-organized Farmers' Co-opera
tive companyit rained continuously
and the roads were in bad condition,
consequently the attendance was not
large. However, all those present
came prepared to pay for the stock
for which they had subscribed and
the afternoon was devoted to receiv
ing their money, which amounted to
several hundred dollars. With what
had already been paid in this gave
the company sufficient to make the
first payment on the Peterson build
ing and to start in business.
I was decided to hold another
meeting at the court house next Sat
urday afternoon at 2 o'clock for the
purpose of adopting the by-laws of
the corporation, receiving money for
stock and conducting other necessary
business. All persons interested jn
the new company are asked to put
forth an effort to be present.
At a meeting ot the board of di
rectors on Mondav Oscar Peterson
was engaged as business manager and
other matters were arranged for
commencing business, including
making the first payment on the
Peterson property. A committee of
directors will go to the cities this
week for the purpose of ordering
farm machinery and hardware, and
the company expects to be read} for
business within a few days.
Company Ready to March.
There was a goodly number of the
bojs of Company on hand for drill
Monday night. This was not a spe
cial occasion to prepare for the inva
sion of Mexico but a drill to perfect
themselves for the annual inspection.
However, the boys are imbued with
a remarkable amount of patriotism
and are ready to pack knapsacks,
shoulder arms, and march away
whenever ordered. They are a splen
did lot ofjoung fellows and Prince
ton should feel proud of having such
an organization.
Militia Bill Passes Senate.
On Monday the senate passed the
militia bill which provides for tak
ing into the regular army National
Guard regiments in time of war.
The bill had already passed the
house and the president's signature
makes it law. This law will em
power the government to send mili
tia troops outside of the country.
The old law under which the militia
was organized, allowed state troops
to be called out to repel invasion
but not to be sent out of the country
unless, of course, they volunteered.
Fine Farm Mares.
We have just shipped in a carload
of first-class blocky farm mares,
sound and well broken, ranging froia
4 to 7 vears old and weighing from
1,300 to 1,400 pounds apiece. This is
the best lot of horses ever brought to
Princeton, and persons who contem
plate buying should lose no time in
so doing as they will go fast.
18-ltc Kaliher & King.
Cement Blocks, Etc.
I am now prepared to furnish ce
ment building blocks, well curbing
and all other kinds of cement work
on short notice.
18-4tc Louis Wicen,
Tri-State phone No. 1. Princeton.
Unclaimed Letters.
List of letters remaining unclaimed
at the postoflfice, Princeton, Minn.,
on April 20: Mr. Roy Henson, Mr.
Harry E. Harrington Please call
for advertised letters.
M. M. Briggs, Acting Postmaster.
R. D. Fitch of Elk River, who sus
tained a fracture of the thigh bone
on Monday by a fall down stairs, was
brought to the hospital on Wednes
day night.
Mrs. Ambrose Stanley, admitted
to the hospital on Monday for med
ical treatment, is improving.
Carl Abrahamson, aged 12, of
Greenbush, was operated upon Mon
day for acute appendicitis. He is
doing well.
Mrs. Martin Johnson entered the
hospital on Sunday for medical treat
Born, on ADril 16, to Mr. and Mrs.
Reuben Molberg, a son.
Milton Sohlin of Dalbo, who was
brought to the hospital on Sundar
suffering from pneumonia, is doing
Arthur Larson, admitted to the
hospital on Sunday to be treated for
pneumonia, is getting along nicely.

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