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The Little Village of Isle in Extreme
Northeasten Corner of the
County Sends $73.50.
Unless the Boys Are Ordered South
List Will Remain Open Until
Next Monday Evening.
The Union's subscription list for
the Company mess fund will remain
open until next Monday evening, the
27th inst., unless the boys are ordered
south in the meantimewhatever
the amount received will be turned
over to the treasurer of the company
before the boys take their departure.
As heretofore stated in the Union,
about $700 had been contributed to
the fund before the Union subscrip
tion list was started. Our aim was
to increase the fund to $1,500, that
would be an average oif $10 to each
member of the company. We still lack
considerable of the amount we started
out to obtain, but we are in hopes
that by next Monday evening, when
the list will be closed, that the amount
we aimed at will be subscribed.
Princeton people have contributed
liberally, and there have been many
drafts upon their generosity recently,
but this is the last call as far as
Company boys are concerned.
Company represents Mille Lacs
county as a whole, although it is cred
ited to Princeton for the reason that
the Armory is located here and Prince
ton is the Company headquarters.
The mess fund is for the benefit of
the entire company, regardless of
where any member hails from. The
Princeton boys will fare no better than
the boys from Onamia, Milaca, For
eston or Zimmerman. Let it be dis
tinctly understood that the fund is to
provide little comforts and necessities
for each and every member of the
company that all will receive the
same consideration.
Some will say, "Why a mess fund?
Does not the government provide for
the boys and pay them liberally?"
Yes, the government does provide for
the boys. But there are many little
necessities that the government does
not provide, and oftentimes there is
delay in purchasing suppliesdelays
In transportation, etc.then is when
the mess or emergency fund is very
essential. But it is needless to reiter
ate what has been stated so many
times before in these columns.
On Monday evening a check for
$73.50 was received from Mr. Charles
Malone, president of the village coun
cil of Isle, for the fund. The list of
donors is given below. In our own be
half, and especially in behalf of the
'boys of Company G, we return our
sincere thanks to Mr. Malone and the
big-hearted people of Isle and vicin
ity. We hope other towns in the
county will emulate the good example
set by the bustling little village of
Isle, and at once.
Annexed hereto is the list of sub
scribers to the fund up to date:
Previously AcknowledKed, Punceton $50 00
Kedron Chapter No 120, Eastern Star,
per Mrs Fred Keith, Princeton 5 00
E Higgins, Punceton 2 00
E A. Smyth, Zimmerman 5 00
Thos Piowse, Punceton 5 00
E Evens, Princeton 25 00
Calej, Princeton 25 00
Dr A McRae, Punceton 5 00
Princeton Co-operative Co 25 00
Odin Odegard 5 00
Per Chas Malone of Isle
E Boeck, Isle 10.00
Chas Malone, Isle 5.00
Nels Berg, Isle 5 00
John Carlson, Isle 5.00
O Berkland, Isle 1.00
A Matter, Isle 10.00
N A. Aimer, Isle 1,00
TJeo. W Ice, Isle 5.00
A Gaumnitz, Isle 2.50
M. Winter, Isle 2 50
A. O Peterson, Isle 5.00
N. E Sollen, Isle 1,00
Lars Matter Isle 1.00
G. B. Matter, Isle 1.00
Haggberpr, Isle 1.00
Chas Wicklandei, Isle 1.00
Emmet Wicklander, Isle .50
J. A Wicklander, Isle ,50
Knute Olson, Isle I.QO
Alfred Johnson, Isle 1.00
Wilkes, Isle 2.00
E A. Karlstrom, Isle 1.00
A. Nilson, Isle 2.00
John Haggberg, Isle 1.00
Herman E Holm, Opstead 1.00
Andrew Kalberg, Opstead 1.00
Oscar Haglund, Redtop .50
Resmus Skretting, Redtop .50
Julius Haglund, Redtop .50
Rev Goldberg, Redtop 1.00
M. E. Adam, Milaca 1.00
Will Engstrom, Opstead .50
Peter Sehhn, Redtop 1.00
Oscar Anderson, Redtop .50
Total 225 50
Exemptions Will Be About 10 Percent.
With the progress of deliberations
of local and district boards on the
claims for exemption, it becomes more
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apparent that there will be far fewer
exemptions and discharges granted
than has been indicated by the num
ber of claims filed by the registrants.
Preliminary consideration of agri
cultural and industrial claims filed
with the district board indicates that
not more than 10 per cent of all claims
will be allowed by that body, and there
is a possibility that the percentage
will fall below that figure.
Of the agricultural claims, approxi
mately 10 per cent will be allowed,
with a possibility of, a slight increase,
while considerably less than 10 per
cent of the industrial claims will
Brave Gerald Petterson.
At the patriotic rally on Sunday
the writer referred to a little incident
that occurred on a French battlefield
in which one of our home boys, Gerald
Petterson, figured. Accidentally the
writer discovered that a young lady
visiting here had received a letter
from Mr. W. H. H. Childs, one of the
Harvard unit that went to France with
the Princeton University unit. He be
came acquainted with Gerald in
France. Pett is an abbreviation of
Petterson, and to the boys of the unit
Gerald is known as Pett. We quote
from Mr. Child's letter of the 26th
"About a week ago or perhaps a
little more two cars were stationed
at a Post De Secoure, one of which
was Pett's and the other mine. The
German artilleiy was concentrating
its fire on that sector. We were shown
a dugout in which we were advised to
remain until our cars were filled with
wounded. Thinking that he was not
doing enough for France he insisted
on going out and carrying the wounded
himself. This he did for three hours
while shells burst above him and
landed, as it seemed, at his feet.
When he returned his steel helmet was
dented by pieces of shells at three dis
tinct places. Lots of fellows for much
less have been decorated with highest
honors, but Pett seemed to think he
had only done his duty, but believe
me it was some duty as several French
army Brancardiers (stretcher-bearers)
were killed that very night."
Probably Gerald's family will not
thank the Union for publishing this
or the writer for relating the incident
at the Sunday meeting. But at this
time, while so many cowardly slack
ers and their equally cowardly rela
tives, are moving heaven and earth
to get exempted from service it is re
freshing to find red-blooded young
Americans of the Gerald Petterson
type who are not afraid to risk their
lives in a cause they know to be just.
In this connection it may be added
that Gerald did not enter the ambu
lance service from choice. He wanted
to go into the active fighting ranks
and was physically as sound as a nut
save his eyesightbut he could not
distinguish between colons, and he
was rejected. Then it was that he
joined the Princeton unit of the Am
bulance corps.
We have other Princeton boys who,
if the opportunity is offered them, will
do their duty as unflinchingly as brave
Gerald Petterson has done his.
Prospects for a Big Fair.
From the splendid crops of grain,
vegetables and some varieties of fruits
this year, it is readily seen that the
exhibits in these classes at the Mille
Lacs county fair will surpass in ex
cellence those placed on exhibition
last year, and at that time there was
a very good display. Then, again,
during the past twelve months farm
ers have added largely to their dairy
herds by introducing blooded stock, so
that better cattle on exhibition will be
the result.
The sum of $3,000 in premiums is
offered, which should, and will, prove
an inducement for exhibitors to place
on display the very best they have in
the various departments. Many of the
premiums offered areJarge, hence it
is reasonable to conclude that the
competition for prizes will be acute.
Prepare for the fair nowselect
your grain and vegetable exhibits
with care. Get ready for the big
event on September 12, 13, 14 and 15.
The Red Cross Needs You.
The local Red Cross chapter has
secured rooms in the Cormany build
ing in which to do sewing for the
soldiers, and asks the ladies of Prince
ton to assist in this good work. Com
mencing next Monday, August 27, the
sewing rooms will be open from 1 to
6 p. m. Supplies, which are now on
hand, will be furnished those who sew
or knit. Knitting may be taken home.
The chapter is expected to furnish
without delay 100 sweaters, 100 muf
flers, 100 pair of socks and 100 pair
of wristlets.
Address Over 5,000 People at Rousing
Patriotic Meeting on Prince-
ton Fair Grounds.
Autocracy is Denounced and the Dis-
seminators of Treason Are
Called to Account.
It was a patriotic rally in the full
sense of the termthe gathering at
the Mille Lacs county fair grounds in
Princeton on Sunday afternoon.
Thousandsat least fiveassembled
to hear the speeches of those able ex
pounders of truth, ex-Governor John
Lind and Senator W. A. Campbell. It
was a gathering that Princeton and
Mille Lacs county are proud ofan
assemblage that was intensely Amer
ican and heartily in sympathy with
the views enunciated by the eloquent
speakers. It was the first time that
either Gov. Lind or Senator Camp
bell addressed a Mille Lacs county
audience, and both gentlemen were
gratified at the close attention given
them and the enthusiasm displayed.
Almost every nationality was rep
resented at the meeting, the Scandi
navian element, of course, predomi
nating. No man stands higher in the
estimation of the Scandinavians of this
section of the state than John Lind,
and his speech will be productive of
much good.
Senator Campbell's throat bothered
him some, but, he had no difficulty in
making himself heard he had the
audience with him from start to finish
and his many telling points elicited
vigorous applause.
Co. boys in their new uniforms
presented a splendid soldierly appear
ance and everybody was proud of
Lest we forget, it is well herewith
to say a few words anent the Third
Regiment band of Duluth, which ar
rived here via Cambridge, from
whence the boys were brought to
Princeton in automobiles furnished by
patriotic citizens. To say that the
utes to1
band is a splendid musical organiza
tion is not doing it justice, for it, impendence of little Belgium, to guaran
more than that'. It is a combinationv
of the best talent in the northwest
every man a virtuoso on his own par
ticular instrument. Three saxaphones,
four clarionets! Did you ever see a
band of 30 pieces with this number of
the particular instruments mentioned
Music? Well, the melodies were
among the most beautiful we have
ever listened to. The concert given by
the boys on the Armory grounds on
Sunday night was a rare treat to
Princeton people and Professor Al
fred Grimm, the director, is hereby
given a vote of thanks by the Union
for his courtesy in furnishing such a
splendid program of up-to-date selec
R. C. Dunn presided and introduced
the speakers.
Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentle
men It is a little embarrassing, even
for an old war horse like myself, to
rise before an audience after an in
troduction of this character. It is apt
to raise your expectations too high.
I have never been able to charm audi
ences. I shall not attempt to do so
today. But I rejoice to be here and
to see this vast concourse of people
assembled as you are for the purpose
that has brought you here. I am not
going to try to make a speech, in fact
I have not had time to prepare one.
I am going to talk to you briefly and
tell you how I feel about these things
as a citizen and how I think that you
ought to feel on reflection, and proba
bly most of you do so feel now.
I am pre-eminently a man of peace.
I believe in peace. Civilization be
lieves in peace. As we look back over
the pages of history, all the advances
that humanity has madeall the prog
ress in education, in arts, in science
have been made in times of peace and
by men of peace. But, my friends,
while I feel this^way, I also feel and
realize that I am an Americanan
American citizen. While I am a man
of peace, I believe in the right, yes,
in the duty of self-defense. If anyone
attacks my body or my honor, I am
going to defend myself to the extent
of my capacity. If anyone attacks my
state or my country, I will shoulder
up, even with old gray-haired men like
myself, and do my bit to defend toy
country, my state, and the institutions
which we all love. (Applause.)
My friends, that is our-privilege
yea, more, it is our duty. We are now
at war. Your fellow-citizen who in
troduced me said that it is hardly
I'worth while to discuss the whys and
wherefores. I will devote a few min-
that discussion, however,
agreeing with him that our nation
being at war, that our flag being at
tacked, that is enough for us to know.
As patriotic, thinking men, as right
eous citizens, we will feel better if we
know within our hearts that we are
fighting in a just and righteous cause,
that we are fighting the battles of
justice, liberty, humanity, as we are.
My friends, this nation has been pa
tient our President has been patient
we have been anything but warlike.
Mr. Dunn cited to you an extract from
a statement or an editorial by Mr.
Bryan. He was but a short time ago
our secretary of state. What did he
do as secretary of state? Why, he
got thirty of the nations of the world
to enter into arbitration treaties with
usto agree with us that if any dif
ferences arose between our nation and
their respective nations we would sub
mit the matter to arbitrationabolish
war, end war. England signed such
a treaty with us, France signed such
a treaty, Belgium, Russia, Norway,
Sweden, Holland, Spain, little Portu
gal and Italy. Just two nations in
Europe said, "None of your peace
treaties we rely upon our cannon and
our strength for our justice." No
arbitration, no peace treaties for Aus
tria or for Germany. That gives you
the key. Now, the question is asked,
"Who started the war?" Did France
start it? -Did we start it? Did Eng
land start it? The Germans say Rus
sia started it. The late Russian czar,
who is now hoeing potatoes, by the
way, according to newspaper reports,
says the kaiser started it. One thing
is certain, my friends: one of three
men started the war. It was not
started by the people of Germany nor
by the people of Austria nor by the
people of Russia. One of three men
started itthe emperor of Austria,
the czar of Russia or Kaiser Wilhelm.
The emperor of Austria said this is
a war for the protection of royalty.
They represent that. That is the
spirit in which the war started.
Now, what was done after the war
started? The German emperor
Emperor Wilhelm with his own hand
had signed a treaty with France and
with England to guarantee the inde-
0 guarantee the in-
tegrity ofa its people. Th first thing
that the German empire didthat the
German emperor did rather than the
empirewas to send his army into
that country, destroy it, burn its
cities, destroy its churches, destroy
its public property, destroy its shops
and warehouses, destroy its factories
blow up its mines. That which a short
time before had been the most popu
lous, peace-loving, kindliest country
in Europe, became a hell-hole fit for
neither man nor beast. That is the
first act, without provocation, without
justification. Why, his chancellor said
the treaty is a scrap of paper. A few
days ago it was disclosed in a com
munication sent by the emperor to
our President that he did it for strate
gic reasons!
What was the next step? Invaded
poor France. Civilization owes more
to Trance than to any other nation.
We may speak of what England has
done, of what Germanys
has done,
what Sweden has done yea, even
what America has done. But what
country in the world has led civiliza
tion, given us letters, given us arts,
given us culture, and finally given us
our ideas of human freedom? It is
that one nation of the world, the
French nation. The object of the
kaiser was to destroy her. His grand
father had been crowned emperor of
Germany near Paris. He wanted to
be crowned emperor of the world.
That is his ambition. But, thanks to
God, the good men of France stopped
him at the Marne. But look what has
been done since. The whole country
side has been laid waste. Villages,
cities, churches, schools, factories
have been destroyed. The people have
been driven from their homes by
thousands, with no place to shelter
them. That is not all.
We were pursuing our ordinary
methods of business and living. We
were doing only those things we had
a legal right to do. We were trading
with the nations of the world, as we
had a right to. He said to us, "Keep
off the high seas let not the Stars and
Stripes float in the Atlantic we will
not have them if you do, we will pun
ish you." Without warning he sinks
ships and ruthlessly murders hun
dreds of our innocent women and
children. Can you think of anything
so cruel? There has been nothing so
outrageous since the times of, well,
for five hundred years, not since the
times of the Crusades and Thirty
Years' war. It is horrible. Our ships
(Continued on page 2)
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Company Boys Receive New Uni-
forms and They Now Look
Spick and Span.
Bull Pup Has Been Made Mascot
and Will be Trained to
Rush Trenches.
The new uniforms were given out
last Thursday afternoon, and since
the men started wearing them there
has been a marked improvement in
the appearance of the company. The
odds and ends that characterized the
wearing apparel of the men a week
ago have disappeared and the com
pany presents a trim front. Each
member was given a pair of shoes, a
hat, a pair of leggings, two shirts,
two pair of breeches, two suits of un
derwear and four pair of socks. Sup
ply Sergeant Wm. Burrs had a good
sized job on his hands during the dis
tribution, but he kept strict tab on
everything, and his accounts in ship
shape order. Sergt. Burrs is the right
man in the right place.
Capt. A. H. Johnson, Lieutenant
Kalkman and Sergeants Burrs and
Carmody attended the socialist meet
ing at Green lake Monday evening,
and reported that the main object
seemed to be to transfer coin of the
realm from the pockets of the hearers
to those of the glib-tongued organizer.
The officers found little difficulty in
turning a deaf ear to the bunk.
Co. now has a mascot and it is a
real fighter. A white bull pup has
been adopted by the company, and Me
chanic Satterstrom is training the
Private Mike Susie is a thrifty cuss,
and is now engaged in business. He
has set up a shoe shining stand, and
most of the men give him their work.
An army paymaster and his assis
tant were here yesterday and doled
out half a month's stipend to the boys.
But they were mighty glad to get
that, so enthusiastic in fact, that the
band gave a "concert" on the street
and part of the company showed the
citizens some very fancy drilling.' As
the band is short of instruments,
washboards and other makeshifts
were used to supply the "soft" parts
of the music.
The dance Friday evening was a
delightful one and $22 was cleared.
Considering that the soldiers were
admitted free this is a good showing.
Mrs. C. S. Scheen has the sincere
thanks of 45 members for neat towels
with the respective initials sewed in.
Sergt. Burrs distributed the towels
immediately after retreat Tuesday
The men expect to have some good
music in camp. They have all donated
to a fund to buy a phonograph and
some records. Then, too, there will be
the regimental band, which made such
a hit at the patriotic rally Sunday.
Mess Sergeant Olsen reports that
various villagers have given green
vegetables to the mess supply, and the
gifts are certainly appreciated.
Chef Mitchel and his assistants
fairly outdid themselves Sunday and
served a dinner the thought of which
makes the soldiers mouths water.
Mitchel, Bemmelman, Westling and
Barns are certainly there in the cook
ing department.
The soldiers are all contented and
there are no whiners. The men are
well fed, the officers are efficient and
drill is proceeding nicely.
There are now two Wm. Lees in the
company. A second man by that name
joined the company last week. He is
from this vicinity while the older
member claims Ironton as his home.
From the days of the revolution the
Lees have ever been in the front ranks
in times of peril.
Theodore Matteson, a former U. S.
regular, enlisted' the first of the week.
Branch Humane Society for Princeton.
A letter from W. W. Bradley, secre
tary of the State Humane society, to
the Union, states that a branch of the
association, under a 1917 law ap
propriating $9,000* for extension
efforts, will be organized in Prince
The local organization will require
the special aid of one man and one
woman besides the co-operation of all
friends of charitable undertakings,
and upon the interest shown in the
proposal will depend the scope of the
work, Mr. Bradley explains.
The Union is requested to ask that
interested persons send their names
and those of others eligible, together
with recommendations of those quali
fied to give special assistance. Names
are desired at once, the secretary
added, to avoid any unnecessary delay
VOLUME 41, NO. 35
in bringing Princeton into the list of
places to be organized. State head
quarters are at 202 Wilder Building,
St. Paul.
More Anarchistic Lies.
Under the caption of "Shock Kills
MotherSon Suicides,"there appeared
an item in last week's issue of the
Union the publication of which we sin
cerely regret. The item stated that
one Reuben Krafve of Maple Ridge,
Isanti county, had been drafted that
his mother died from the shock and
that Reuben hanged himself. The
story appeared in several of the Twin
City papers, and that is what misled
the local editor of the Union. As a
matter of fact Mrs. Krafve died, but
as far as we can learn the drafting of
her son was not the cause of her death.
Reuben Krafve was in Princeton the
other day and is a very live corpse.
He did not, however, come to the
Union office to offer any explanation
as to why he was alive. The canard
was put in circulation for the sole
purpose of creating sentiment against
the draft in Isanti county. The de
praved wretches who gave currency
to such a gruesome story and for such
a purpose are fit subjects for a lunatic
asylum or the penitentiary.
Potato Market Steady.
The Princeton potato market re
mained steady throughout the week
at prices ranging from 60 to 75 cents'
per bushelthe higher price for ripe
Farmers are busy harvesting grain
and consequently not many potatoes
are being dug. But this is for the best
as it will give the tubers an oppor
tunity to thoroughly ripen. Only
about a third of the quantity received
daily at the warehouses last week is
being marketed now. About a dozen
cars have been shipped since the last
issue of the Union.
There are so far this season only six
buyers in the field.
Company Boys to Get $10 Apiece,,
A patriotic rally is being held today
(Thursday) on the Benton county fair
grounds, near St. Cloud, in honor and
for the benefit of Company K, First
Minnesota infantry. Speeches, a
sham battle and a ball game have been
arranged for the occasion. The chief
reason for the gathering is, however,
to take up a subscription for the boys
of Company K. It having been decided
to present each member with a ten
dollar goldpiece upon the departure
of the contingent for the training
camp. This idea was conceived at a
meeting in St. Cloud and it is a good
Red Cross Picnic.
A picnic for the benefit of the Red
Cross so'ciety will be given in Olof
Anderson's park, Glendorado, on Sun
day afternoon, August 26. The Glen
dorado band will furnish music for the
occasion and E. L. McMillan, R. C.
Dunn and E. E. Indrehus will address
the assemblage. Refreshments will
be served. Everyone is invited to be
there. The picnic is for a most worthy
cause and there should be a generom
Loyalty Meeting at Mora.
A big loyalty meeting is announced
for next Sunday, the 26th, at Mora, on
the fair grounds, commencing at 3
o'clock p. m. A parade, led by three
bands, will precede the meeting.
Speakers of state reputation will de
liver patriotic addresses. The rally at
Mora promises to be a big affairan
attendance of several thousand is ex
Roosevelt Coming to Minnesota.
The following telegram from I. A.
Caswell, publicity director of the
Minnesota Loyalty lyceum, was re
ceived by the Union last evening:
Chas. J. Moos wires from Oyster
Bay that Colonel Roosevelt will speak
at the St. Paul auditorium on August
28 and try to deliver an address in
Minneapolis the same day.
New Ulm Officials Ousted.
Acting upon the recommendation of
the Public Safety commission, Gover
nor Burnquist has very properly re
moved from office Mayor Fritsche,
City Attorney Albert Pfaender and
County Auditor Louis G. Vogel of New
Ulm for participating in the antidraft
meeting on July 25.
A Remarkable Provider.
"Is your husband much of a pro
vider, Malindy?"
"He jes' aint' nothin' else, ma'am.
He gwine toNgit some new furniture
providin' he gets de money he gwine
to get de money providin' he go to
work He gwine to work providin' de
job suits him. I nevah see sich a pro
vidin' matt in all my days."

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