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In the Senate Last Thursday After a Prolonged Debate by a Vote of 40 to 27. Senate Finance Committee Has Been Hearing From Heads of State Institutions for Weeks. St. Paul, March 21.In my last let ter, dated March 14th, I said that five weeks from tomorrow (April 19th) the fortieth session of the Minnesota legislature would adjourn sine die. The types made it read "two weeks from tomorrow." My guess was correct: The super tax on iron ore bill was defeated last Thursday by a vote of forty to twenty seven. The majority against was greater than was expected, either by the friends or foes of the measure. It was anticipated that the extreme "wets" would line up against the bill, but no one imagined that there would be a wholesale defection of the ex treme "drys" from the agricultural districts. Of course it is denied that the extreme "drys" or a majority of them formed a combination with the Steel Trust adherents, but it certainly looks as if there was some sort of an understanding between them. i Is ^IS Here is the line-up of senators for the bill: Alley, Baldwin, Benson, Blomgren, Bonniwell, Buckler, Camp bell, W. A., Carley, Dunn, R. C, Gan rvid, Gillam, Gjerset, Hilbert, Johnson, Knopp, Lobeck, Millett, Nelson, O'- Neill, Peterson, E. P., Potter, Rask, Rockne, Steffen, Vermilya, Ward and Weiss. Against the bill: Adams, An drews, Callahan, Campbell, Alex S., Denegre, Dunn, W. W. Duxbury, Dwinnell, Gardner, Glotzbach, Griggs, Grofae, Handlan, Hanson, Healy, Heg nes, Holmberg, Jackson, Jones, Lende, McGarry, Nord, Orr, Palmer, Pauley, Peterson, F. H., Peterson, G. M., Put nam, Ries, Rustad, Rystronr, Sageng, Sullivan, G. H., Surlivan, J. D., Swen son, Turnham, VanHoven, Vibert, Wal lace and Westlake. Only one senator out of ^twenty in the three large coun ties of Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis, voted for the bill. The excep tion was Senator W. A. Campbell of Minneapolis. Those who spoke against the bill were Adams and Griggs, of St. Louis county F. H. Peterson, of Moorhead Gardner, of Brainerd Dwinnell, of Minneapolis Alex S. Campbell, of Austin George H. Sullivan, of Still water and Putnam of Faribault coun ty. Senator James A. Carley, of Wa basha county, made a game fight for -& the bill his closing remarks were es pecially forcible and eloquent. Sena tor D. P. O'Neil, of Pennington coun ty, and Senator Gillam, of Cotton wood county, also spoke briefly in be half of the bill. But Senator Carley led the fight for the measure and he did not disappoint his friends. The deljate lasted nearly four hours. None of che speeches, however, changed a single vote. It was known several days in advance that the bill was doomed to defeat. it. V4 Hi ~i\ ~& It is almost certain that the super tax will be as much of an issue in the next campaign as constitutional pro hibition, and it is extremely probable that Senator Carley will be the dem ocratic standard bearer in 1918. In this connection it is an open secret that the democrats are already organ izing, and that they are determined to wage an aggressive campaign in every '-v congressional district of the state. On the other hand, the republicans are taking no steps to harmonize the sev eral factions within their ranks. Min nesota tepublicans must get together if they would keep the state in the republican column. & There was three hours debate in the senate last Friday forenoon over a resolution by Senator George H. Sul livan indorsing the president's policy in the trouble with Germany. Excep tion was taken to that part of the resolution that censured the senate obstructionists and Congressmen Da vis and Lindberg, and indorsed the actions of Senators Nelson and Kel logg, and the other eight congress men. Some argued in favor of ap proving the president's policy and not indorsing or condemning any of the Minnesota delegation. The resolution as finally adopted indorsed the presi dent and the members of the Minne sota delegation in congress who stood by him. From the discussion it was evident that not one of the senators regretted the retirement of Moses E. Clapp to private life. To keep the appropriations within reasonable bounds is the aim of the senate finance committee, and Chair man Rockne and his associates are laboring hard with that end in view. But to hold down the appropriations is something not easy of accomplish ment. The house has already passed a bill that appropriates over one mil lion dollars to make good the amount due the high and graded schools, and it is conceded that the deficit must be provided for. There is a large amount due the counties of northern Minne sota for the state's share of ditch as sessments where state lands have been benefited. The house has also passed a bill appropriating $500,000.00 for extra pay for the members of the national guard who served on the Mex ican border, and while the senate may pare down the amount, the boys will undoubtedly receive some extra com pensation, and they are deserving of it. The state university and every state institution are clamoring for new buildings and increased maintenance. More room in some of the hospitals for the insane is an imperative neces sity. Then every department of the state government is asking for an in crease in their allowances. It looks as if there were no escape from a sub stantial increase in the state tax levy for the next two fiscal years. For weeks the senate finance com mittee has been daily patiently hear ing from the heads of the educational, correctional and charitable institu tions as to their needs, and the house committee on appropriations has been doing likewise. Anyone who imagines that money will be lavishly appropri ated by the present legislature had better disabuse his mind of that idea. There is no desire to cripple any in stitution or department of the state go-" ernment, but there is an earnest ef fort being made not to increase the al ready heavy burden of taxation. The senate finance committee is composed of level-headed men,men who have the best interests of the state at heart, and it has the confidence of the sen ate, and when its appropriation bills are reported out every member of the senate will know and feel that every item contained in the bills has been gr\ en careful consideration. Last ses sion, when the finanee committee's bills were reported out, not a dollar was added to or substracted from by the senate. The membership of the senate finance committee is the same this session as it was last session. ?K ?S Several bills have been introduced in both houses dealing with the prim ary election law. The Rustad bill, which provides that conventions may be held to recommend candidates to be \oted for at the primary election was a special order in the senate Tuesday afternoon and was discussed for sev eral hours. Finally, when everybody was tired out, the special order was continued until a week from today. There is unquestionably considerable sentiment in both branches of the leg islature in favor of at least a partial return to the convention system, but I doubt if it is possible at this late day to secure the enactment of legis lation along the lines proposed in the Rustad bill. Last Friday afternoon the amended road bill monopolized the attention of the house from two until six o'clock. Several minor amendments were adopted, and the bill was passed by a vote of 100 to 14. The senate refused to concur in the house amendments and conference committees were ap pointed. The conferees got together Tuesday and speedily reached an agreement. The bill will be repassed by both houses virtually as it came from the senate in the first instance. A supplemental road bill was reported out of the public highways committee of the senate today. It contains some meritorious provisions that were over looked when the big bill was drafted, and it will undoubtedly pass if it can be reached before adjournment, fc While "no one was looking" a bill was rushed through the senate under a suspension of the rules on Saturday, which legislated George D. Hazard, superintendent of the Taylors Falls park, out of office. Mr. Hazard has been superintendent of the park since it was first established, and was re appointed by the late Governor Ham mond. When the bill came up in the house Monday Representative Bob Carmichael sought to have it amend ed so as not to have it take effect un til Mr. Hazard's term expired next August. The members who were pushing the bill objected to the amend ment. Their action aroused the ire of C. H. Warner, who made a spirited appeal to the house to kill the bill, and it was killed good and plenty by a vote of three to one. R. C. D. 'W R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms, $1.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1917 BETTER_SCH00LS WiH be Discussed at the Second Pro- gram to be Given by School and Home Association. All Forward Looking Citizens Should Attend Meeting at High School Next Tuesday Evening. (Communicated) The second program to be given by the School and Home association will be presented at the high school Wed nesday evening, March 28, at 8 o'clock. These meetings should be attended by every man and every woman in Princeton who is interested in the public schools and in the welfare of Princeton. Nothing else in a commu nity so clearly indicates the character of its people as does their attitude toward their schools. The surest sign of a backward community is a neglected school system. Nothing else so clearly indicates the progres sive man, the desirable citizen, the man who is working for the common people, as does the fact that he is a booster for the public schools. Such a man is a splendid asset to any com munity.' He realizes that the poor man's children are as much entitled to an education as are the children of the rich. He realizes that the im provement of society depends upon the education of its members. He knows that the productiveness of a people de pends on their intelligence, education and skill. Proper training of the young means more than anything else to the man or woman that is truly in terested in his fellow men. The Princeton schools should be so housed and so organized as to meet the needs of all our children, and to be good enough for all classes. At present our schools have no man ual training, no domestic science and no agriculture, some of which subjects are offered by nearly every high school in Minnesota and have been for the past five to twenty years. Attend the School and Home asso ciation meeting next Wednesday even ing and boost for a larger Princeton and a more up-to-date system of schools. Go to the meeting and take? someone with you. The program appears hereunder: Piano Solo Miss Lola Scheen Paper "Education and the People" Mrs. Sophia Stroeter. Vocal Solo Miss Schmidt School Sanitation Dr. H. C. Cooney Ladies' Quartet Mrs. E. L. McMillan, Mrs. Geo. P. Ross, Miss Ella Stearns, and Miss Ida Mae Schmidt. Paper "Economy in School Buildings" Mr. H. A. Garrison. Vocal Solo Mrs. James A. Geer General Discussion ST. PATRICK'S ENTERTAINMENT Pleased a Large Audience at the Arm ory Last Saturday Evening. The St. Patrick's entertainment at the Armory Saturday evening for the benefit of the library fund was a de cided success. The attendance was more than gratifying to those in charge of the affair, considering the drifted roads, and the entertainment simply delighted those present. Ev erybody was satisfied. There wore about 300 paid admissions, and the to tal receipts amounted to $50.15. A selection by the high school or chestra was the opening number, and a vocal solo"There's Only One Ire land"by Mr. H. A. Garrison was next. Mr. Garrison has an exception ally pleasing tenor voice, and the audience insisted upon an encore. A flag drill and song by 24 little girls from the Whittier school was another hit of the evening. Eight of the girls were dressed In red, eight in white and eight in blue, and the pat riotic colors blended most beautifully as the various steps of the drill were executed. A song was also a part of this number. The audience expressed its approv al of the vaudeville number, which fol lowed, by vigorous applause. A dis consolate son of the ould sod occupied the center of the state, and those who looked close noted that he bore a marked resemblance to Winn Davis. While he was lamenting the fact that he was not back in the land of sham rocks, four charming maidensMisses Eleanor Kaliher, Dolly Branchaud, Anneta Davis and Erma Steevesap peared on the stage, singing a song. "In response to a request from the downhearted son of Erin, the quar tet sang, "Where the River Shannon Flows." This appeared to have a soothing effect on the disconsolate one, who audaciously insisted on a dance. Miss Steeves gave an Irish clog, while the others kept time, clap ping their hands. Each participant ft- "i At- 35 did splendidly. A well executed piano solo, "Irish Medley," by Mrs. L. F. Wilkes, was well received by the audience, and as an encore Mrs. Wilkes played "Ti- tania." The St. Patrick's scarf -drill by 16 girls of the 3rd and 5th grades was not the least interesting number on the program. Marches and calisthen ics with green and white scarfs in the hands were the features. "Now Say Good Night," was then sang by a ladies' quartet composed of Mqsdames E. L. McMillan, Geo. P. Ross, M. M. Stroeter and Miss Ella Stearns, and a trio made up of the first three named also sang "Beauteous Night." Both numbers were well re ceived. Four boys and four girls from the classes in the Armory $hen gave a Ruth and Rachel drill in a manner that reflected credit upon the partici pants and instructors. They were dressed in quaint Quaker costumes, with bonnets and broad brimmed hats for headwear. The song, "Reuben and Rachel," was a feature. "Tim's Downfall" was the title of a reading by Miss Eva Ross, given in her usual expressive manner, and she responded to an encore. One of the hits of the evening was a vocal duett by Miss Rita Byers and Dr. Stacey, both attired in Irish cos tume. "Come Back to Erin," was sang, and in response to the unanimous applause, "Because You Are You" was given, while the singers danced. This fairly brought down the house, and it was repeated. A selection by the ever popular high school orchestra, harmoniously ren dered, concluded one of the most en joyable entertainments Princeton peo ple have attended. The members of the Civic Better ment Club, who were in charge, and Mrs. J. F. Petterson in particular, are deserving of commendation for the success of the affair. Of course the teachers, who prepared the pupils for the drills, should not be overlooked, nor should any or all of the partici pants in the entertainment. WORST BLIZZARD IN YEARS Rages Over the Northwest Friday -Train Service Suspended. A blizzard, the like of winch defies the memory of the oldest inhabitant, raged all day Friday throughout the northwest. A gale from the north carried the snow flakes in blinding fashion, and huge drifts were piled upsome of them resembling small mountains. Train service was suspended on various lines, and the Princeton pas senger, which left on schedule time, arrived here more than a day late at 10:30 o'clock on Saturday night to be exact. The train almost reached Dayton Friday evening at 6:30 o'clock, and was hung up there in a snow drift un til the next day. About 12 Princeton people were on board, including J. C. Herdliska, A. B. Gramer, Ray Bock oven and Val Sausser. All the fruit and other eatables carried by the "newsy" were purchased and eaten by the passengers, and Mr. Sausser went to a farm house and secured lunch for children on the train. At nine o'clock the next morning an N. P. train came along, and the pas sengers on the stranded train were carried to Elk River. All partook of dinner at Elk River, and it was their first square meal in 24 hours. The Princeton "jerky" wheezed in that af ternoon, and pulled out to complete its run to Sandstone at -8:30 o'clock. A snow plow preceded the train, hav ing come down from the north. All day Saturday Princeton resi dents cussed and discussed the blizzard of the previous day, and not a little speculation was indulged in as to when the passenger would arrive. Few farmers were in town, and the roads were drifted something "fierce." The finest kind of weather has pre vailed since, and the hope is expressed that the backbone of Old Man Winter has been broken beyond repair. "The First Easter." A chorus of 30 voices are preparing for a sacred cantata, "The First Eas- ter," to be given at the Congregational church on the evening of Easter Sun-, day. Mr. H. A. Garrison is directing the chorus, being assisted by Mrs. J. S. Anderson. The indications are that it will be a musical treat, as some of Princeton's most talented singers are represented. Besides full chorus numbers there will be solos and chorus numbers of ladies' voices. Satisfactory progress is being made, and the chorus should be at its best when Easter arrives. MEETINGOF FANS To Be Held at the I. O. O. F. Hall Next Tuesday Evening to Discuss Ball Prospects. Movies, Talks, Songs, Smokes and Cards to be Features of an Entertaining Program^ The annual get-together festival of the baseball fans of Princeton will be held at the I. O. O. F. hall next Tuesday evening, and it will be decid edly different from those of former years. Owing to the high cost of living ,the usual banquet will not be a fea ture, but there will be plenty of enter tainment. The head-liner on the program will be "movies"a stirring base ball drama in two reels, and a corking one reel comedy. Then there will be songs, piano solos and talks. Of smokes there will be a-plenty, and there will also be ample opportunity for those who play auction 66, whist, pitch or other card games to meet the cham pions of the village. The only business that will come up before the meeting will be the elec tion of a board of directors to suc ceed Messrs. Clifton Cravens, A. G. Osterberg and Claude Morton. Each one of these did splendid work last year, and as there is no salary con nected with the positions the probabil ities are that there will be no gum shoe campaign to unseat them. The indications are that the affair will be a winner in every way, and it is expected that the attendance record at the banquet a year ago will be shattered. The admission fee has been fixed at the moderate sum of 25 cents, which will barely cover expenses. The idea is not to make money, but merely to get together and talk over base ball prospects. No funds will be so licited nor will season tickets be of fered for sale. Your presence is all that is desired. Prospects were never brighter for a winning ball team in Princeton, and if the fans accord the boys the loyal sup port of last year Princeton will be in the center of the base baH map Three Patrols Organized. The boy scouts of troop No. 1, un der Scoutmaster Stacey, have organ ized into three patrols. The first pajtrol under the name, Otter, is under the leadership of The ron Nelson, with Morris Davis as as sistant, and the following are mem bers: Paul Westling, Ben Whitney, Julius Anderson, Roy Busch, Geo. Foltz and Walter Magnus.,v Red Fox is the name of the second patrol. Geo. Hardin is leader and Ben Soule is assistant. Allen Henschel, Marion Mark and Roy Swanson are members. Milton Nygren is leader of the thirdOwlpatrol, and Kenneth Urn behocker* is assistant. Other members follow: Ralph Bradford, Walter Da vis, Fred Steeves, Henry Holthus, Harold Anderson and John Goodbau. All the above have taken tender foot-tests except Ben Soule. A scout scribe has been appointed in the person of Ben Whitney. District Court Next Week. The spring term of the district court for Mille Lacs county will convene in Princeton next Tuesday. Judge Win. L. Parsons of Fergus Falls will pre side. The petit jury has been summoned for Wednesday, but the grand jury will commence its labors Tuesday. The calendar is a short onethere being only eight civil cases and four tax cases. When the grand* jury com pletes its labors, however, there may be some criminal cases. Twelve applications for citizenship will be considered the first day. A Remonstrance. The good name for orderly conduct our young people have always borne is in a fair way to be lost through the behavior of some of them, at the mov ing picture performances. Bean and pea shooters are certainly not articles to be carried into and put into use in any theater and it cannot be possible that the parents of the children are aware that such is a practice here. The audience at the Crystal is often disturbed by the shooting of different missile* about the room. It is presumed that the children are animated by a spirit of mischief and do not realize that by shooting back into the crowd while the lights are out that they are endangering people's eyes. And also they surely do not mean VOLUME IXL NO. 13 to be wantonly destructive when they shoot or throw things at the electric fixtures and at the screen, which is one of the best to be had and has been a big expense to Mr. Kruschke. There have been several holes made in the screen one of which is a particularly bad one and often shows when a pic ture is running. This disorderly behavior is not con fined to the small boys as the older ones are often the aggressors. Shrill whistling and other rough manners often make the performances unpleasant for the older people. The writer of this article, who was at one time a teacher here in our pub lic schools, and who has an affection for Princeton young people, feels that by calling attention to these things they will be eliminated, for the older ones among the young people are too courteous to continue anything that is considered discourteous, and the par ents surely need only to have things brought to their attention that they may investigate and put a stop to any disorderly practices. Let us all work together to keep the high standard of the town where it has always been. Powdered Milk Plant for Princeton. Princeton is to have a powdered milk plant, and same will be ready for business 60 days after the frost is sufficiently out of the ground to start building operations. Mr. M. P. Leak, of the Powdered Products Co., Minneapolis, manufac turers and distributors of milk powder and composition butter, was here Tuesday ami interviewed several of our citizens. He definitely decided to locate here. No bonus was asked for, but Mr. Chas. Keith, Mrs. J. M. Johnson and Miss Mildred Rutherford, who owned JSL triangular tract of land directly east of the Whitney lumber yard, do nated same for a site. It is alongside the Scenic Highway. A solid concrete building, 30x60, two stories, with full basement, wings and sheds will be erected, and the plant will be a credit to the com munity. The company will buy the whole milk from the farmer and manufac ture this milk into milk powder. The plant will have ja capacity of from 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of milk per day, for which the market price will be paid on a 3.8 test, and farmers will be paid for any butterfat in excess of this amount. The company does not dock farmers unless their tests run below 3.5. Princeton now has a splendid co-- operative creamery that has proven its value to the farming community as well as the village. But there may be room here for a powdered milk plant. At any rate, after looking over the field, the representative of the plant in question decided that Princeton is a good location. Smith-Runsten. Saturday evening at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Smith, in this village, a pretty wed ding was solemnized, when Rev. C. Larson spoke the words that made Mr. Elof A. Runsten ane* Miss Bessie E. Smith man and wife. The ring cere mony was used, little Ward Smith be ing ring bearer. Only near relatives and friends of the bride and groom were in attendance. The bride was at tired in a pretty gown of Alice Blue Taffeta and Georgette Crepe. The .decorations were pink and white car nations and sweet peas. Mr. and Mrs. Runsten have gone to keeping house in the Wicktor resi dence, and friends wish them many days and good days. The Hayes Family to Leave. A. E. Hayes returned from Minot, N. D., Monday evening, and his wife also returned from a visit in Toledo, Ohio. While in Dakota Mr. Hayes rented 120 acres of land near Upham and pur chased a potato ware house there, in partnership with his employer, Mr. Geo. B. Higgins. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes and daughter will leave for Dakota early next month, and will make that place their home. Mr. Hayes will plant potatoes in the 120 acres of land. Friends here will regret the departure of these good people, but all wish them success. What Do You Think About It. As you read of the shame and crime and brutality, as you try to' comprehend the destruction of human life in the European war, have you, not felt that the world is surely grow ing worse. Next Sunday evening, Dr. Peatfield will preach on this topic. (See the church notices.) Instead of devoting the whole Sabbath to this subject as announced last Sunday, it will be condensed into one address for 2 the evening service. Everybody come. 3 T3 "rM 3?