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
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.
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
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.
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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
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.
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
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,
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.
R. C. DUNN, Publisher. Terms, $1.00 Per Year. PRINCETON, MILLE LACS COUNTY, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1917
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.
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
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
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
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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-
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
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
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
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-,
Mr. H. A. Garrison is directing the
chorus, being assisted by Mrs. J. S.
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
Satisfactory progress is being made,
and the chorus should be at its best
when Easter arrives.
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
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
Owing to the high cost of living
,the usual banquet will not be a fea
ture, but there will be plenty of enter
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
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
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.
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
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
And also they surely do not mean
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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
Let us all work together to keep the
high standard of the town where it has
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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