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R. C. DUNN, Publisher
TOWMIPJESULTS Princeton Town Meeting Passes Off
Quietly With Many Farm-
ers in Attendance.
Election Returns From Various Points
in the Counties of Mille Lacs*
Sherburne and Isanti.
Princeton township's annual meet
ing was held in the old Ludden build
ing on First street on Tuesday after
noon and a goodly number of represen
tative farmers were present to have
their say in the proceedings and to
vote upon the various matters which
came up for consideration. August F.
Meyer, moderator, called the-meeting
to order at 1:15 o'clock and the fol
lowing routine business was consid
ered and disposed of:
To a question put by the moderator
Whether the township should elect a
poundmaster, which would necessitate
the building of a pound, there was a
unanimous sentiment in favor of every
farmer acting as his own poundmas
ter, and it was, upon motion, so or
It was decided, upon motion, to let
the bulletin boards in the township
remain where they areone at the
Long Siding cross roads, one on the
Boyne corner and the other on the
northeast Germany road.
The guide post report was read and
it was voted to place posts at two
other points than those at which they
are now located.
Clerk Albert Kuhfield read the an
nual report of the township auditing
board and the financial statement for
the past year. The statement is here-
iJltder given:
To balance in bank Mar. 6, 1917
Received from county treasurer for
year ending March 5, 1918
From Royal Berry for damage to
Total receipts for year ending March
5, 1918
rtaertfrnft Marrh 6 1917
Disbursements for year ending March
5, 1918
Total disbursements for year ending
March 5, 1918
Total receipts for year ending March
5, 1918
Total disbursPTKipnta for yp^r ending:
March 5, 1918
Balance March 5, 1918
Orders outstanding March 5, 1918....
$4,021.96 $1,073.64
Balance in treasury March 5, 1918.. $203.16
Amounts received by town officers for the
year ending March 5, 1918:
Wm. Klingbeil, assessor $140.00
Henry Marpe, supervisor
Henry Kunkel, supervisor
Jacob Ellenbaum, supei visor
/K. Boyne, supervisor
David Wetter, treasurer
Albert Kuhfield, cleik
Total $311.10
This report was deemed highly sat
isfactory and approved by a unanimous
On behalf of the supervisors the
moderator recommended that $500 be
levied for town revenue and $3,500
for road and bridge fund. The mod
erator stated that, in view of the
fact that several bridges would have
to be repaired this year, the super
visors did not consider the amount
asked excessive. The town fund was
voted upon and carried. There was
some dissension, however, as to the
amount proposed for road and bridge
purposes and a motion to reduce the
amount to $3,000 was made. This,
however, was followed by an amend
ment to levy $3,500, as recommended
the supervisors, and a vote of 29
24 in favor of the last figure settled
tie matter.
A motion to hold the next an
nual township meeting in the vil
lage of Princeton carried and the busi
ness meeting closed.
In the township election there was
a contest between David Wetter and
W. H. Gebert for treasurer, the first
named winning out by a mere 8 votes,
and the name of John Hjelm was
written in on the ballot for supervisor
in opposition to Clarence Young. Mr.
Young came out ahead by 20 votes.
The other candidates had no opposi
tion. Albert Kuhfield, who for several
years has been a faithful and compe
tent town clerk, refused to file for re
Following is the names of the candi
dates and the number of votes re
ceived by each:
Supervisor for 3 years
Clarence Young 53
John Hjelm 33
Supervisor for 2 years
L. K. Boyne 70
^^Henry Marpe 82
& Treasurer1
fji, David Wetter 56
Wm. H. Gebert 48
Total vote cast, 109.
GreenbushSupervisor for three
years/S. P. Shirkey clerk, Oscar
Erickson treasurer, John Teutz. Town
revenue, $400', road and bridge, $3,000.
Bogus BrookSupervisor for three
years, J. W. Hubers clerk, A. J.
Franzen treasurer, Frank Johnson
constable for one year, O. C. Witt
g-ren constable for two years, Hans
Moorlag justice for two years, G. F.
Liepitz. TowJi revenue, $500 road
and bridge, $3,500.
PageSupervisor for three years,
G. Schublom clerk, Thor. Lundberg
treasurer, Chas. Isaacs justices, An
drew Swanson and Gust Weatherly
constable, Thos. Hunt.
MilacaSupervisor for three years,
C. A. Anderson for two years, Olof
Johnson clerk, H. A. Sandholm
treasurer, Ed. Seymour justice Arthur
Berglund constable, Wm. Berglund.
Town revenue, $500 road and bridge,
Isle HarborSupervisor for three
years, B. F. Congdon for one year,
W. G. Bulen clerk, S. Magaw treas
urer, J?. C. Brocker justices, B. Asten
and F. Schrauth constable, D. J. Zer
Sherburne County.
Blue HillSupervisor for three
years, Torkel Johnson clerk, M. B.
Mattson treasurer, John Olson. Town
revenue, $300 road and bridge, $2,200.
Total vote cast, 92.
BaldwinSupervisor for three ecrs,
years, O. T. Oscarson clerk, W. C.
Angstman treasurer, Martin Rossing.
Town revenue, $400 road and budge,
Zimmerman Vil.President of coun
cil, Harry Pratt trustee for one year,
Henry Swanson two years, John Kru
ger three years, Henry Martin re
corder, J. W. Mode treasurer, A. R.
Berglund constable, Herman Sten
Elk River Vil.President of council,
Chas. F. Finnam trustee for one year,
F. M. Plank two years, E. E. Scott
three years, E. J. Keegan recorder,
W. C. Chadbourne treasurer, L. K.
Hamilton. For license, 95 against
license, 139.
Isanti County.
WyanettSupervisor for three
years, Louis Palm clerk, C. V. Bengt
son treasurer, John Chilstrom con
stable for two years, E. J. Forss.
Town revenue, $350 road and bridge,
Spencer BrookSupervisor for
three years, Andrew E. Peterson
clerk, O. W. Blomquist treasurer, F.
W. Goodwin assessor, John Medin
justice of peace, P. B. Peterson con
stable, Chas. Babb. Town revenue,
$250 road and bridge, $2,000.
Benton County.
GlendoradoSupervisor for three
years, N. P. Kilgard clerk, H W.
Magnus treasurer, L. D. Larson con
stable, Perry Case. Town revenue,
$400 road and bridge, $3,000.
Mrs. O. G. Bengtson.
Mrs. O. G. Bengtson of Wyanett
died at the Northwestern hospital on
Saturday, March 9, from kidney dis
Mrs. Bengtson was born in Varm
land, Sweden, on January 22, 1851,
and was married to O. G. Bengtson
at that place on September 23, 1876.
With her husband she came to the
United States in 1882, and settled in
Wyanett, where she lived to the time
of her death. She is survived by her
husband and the following children:
Axel E., Oscar W., Carl V. and Mrs.
Signa Edwall.
Funeral services will be held at the
family residence tomorrow (Friday)
at 1 o'clock and the interment will be
in the Mission cemetery, Wyanett.
Mrs. Bengtson was a kind, neighbor
ly, industrious and home-loving wo
man who was highly esteemed in the
community in which she lived. She
will be greatly missed and mourned by
a host of friends.
Three Volunteer for Aviation Service.
In answer to the call for machanics
in the aviation signal corps at Kelly
field, San Antonia, Texas, three of the
boys on the selective service registra
tion list in Mille Lacs county prompt
ly volunteered and left St. Paul on
Saturday for their destination. They
are George S. Onstad, Milaca, and
John G. Daskam, Wahkon, truck driv
ers and George L. Kilmer, Milaca,
auto mechanic. These three husky
young fellows were very anxious to
serve their country and therefore de
cided not to await the* next draft. They
are just the kind of boys who are
bound to make good.
W. C. Doane went to St. Paul and
saw that they were furnished with the
necessary transportation, sleeping car
accommodation, meal tickets, etc., for
the journey.
Loans Farmers $50,000,000.
For the month of January the
amount loaned to farmers of the Unit
ed States by the government through
the medium of the federal land banks
on long-time first-mortgage loans ag
gregated $11,787,517. On February 1
the total amount loaned farmers since
the establishment of these banks was
$50,782,432, covering 24,020 loans.
The sum total of the loans applied for
up to February 1 aggregated $260,-
556,981, representing 112,146 applica
tions. r-
He Has the Courage of His American
Convictions and Bids Defiance
to Disloyal Demagogues.
In a Ringing Letter He Paints the
Nonpartisan League Leaders
in Their True Colors.
Through its secretary, Arthur Le
Sueur, the Nonpartisan League invit
ed Governor Burnquist to address its
convention to be held in St. Paul next
week. Unquestionably the invitation
was not extended in good faith. Be
that as it may there was no pussy
footing on the part of the governor.
He declined the invitation, and in un
mistakable language voiced his opinion
of the demagogical and strife-breeding
leaders of the league. Annexed hereto
is the governor's letter in full and the
Union offers no excuse or apology for
publishing the same:
Dear SirYour invitation to ad
dress the Nonpartisan campaign 4 ally
is declined by me for the following
The name of your league implies
that it is nonpartisan, but in fact
there is no organization more partisan.
At this time when other political par
ties are trying to put aside, for the
good of the country, any factional
spirit that might exist, your organiza
tion is doing everything within its
power to increase it.
At the time of our entrance into the
European conflict your organizers
condemned our government for enter
ing the war. When it became appar
ent that this course would result in
disaster for their organization, they
changed their course and made an
eleventh hour claim to 'pure loyalty,
but notwithstanding this claim the
National Nonpartisan league is a par
ty of discontent. It has drawn to it
the pro-German element of our state.
Its leaders have been closely connect
ed with the lawless I. W. W. and with
Red Socialists. Pacifists and peace
advocates, whose doctrines are of ben
efit to Germany, are among their num
Those in charge of the league have
catered to that faction of labor which
has violated the law and been opposed
to compliance with just orders of duly
constituted authority.
The leading agitators in your party
have through their speeches and the
circulation of contemptible falsehoods
encouraged disrespect for honest and
patriotic men in public positions.
These self-appointed leaders with
whom you are associated have been
and now are endeavoring to get far
mers to oppose business men and em
ployes to oppose employers. They
state, in your party principles, that
"the great things the farmers need to
day to win is to stick by your organiza
tion, to co-operate with wage workers'
organizations in the cities and together
win control of the powers of the state
government and then the national
You, who sign yourself as the ex
ecutive secretary of the league, were
connected with the People's Peace
council, which through my proclama
tion of August 28, 1917, was barred
from holding meetings in this state
and thereafter in Wisconsin and Illi
nois, but which was invited to North
Dakota by its governor, who was elect
ed through the efforts of your league.
The cheeking and applauding of the
unpatriotic utterances of Senator La
Follette at your last convention put a
stamp of disloyalty on it that can
never be erased.
Your present publicity agent lost
the position he held at that time be
cause he supported La Follette's un
patriotic ideas and, after his descharge
by his employer, he was employed by
your Nonpartisan league.
Another of your leaders, Joseph Gil
bert, called a director and manager, I
believe, has been convicted by a jury
because of his disloyal utterances. He,
together with Mr. Manahan, an attor
ney for your organization, patriotical
ly used a strike situation here to ad
vance the political interests of the
These two men have maliciously"
slandered public spirited members of
the Public Safety commission in an ef
fort to bring together the farmers and
wage earners for the political purposes
of your political party's self-consti
tuted leaders who are neither real
farmers nor real laborers, but self
seeking demagogues whom the actual
farmers and the actual laboring men
of our state will sooner or later find
are nothing but pretended friends
wolves parading in sheep's clothing.
You, who appear to be the executive
secretary of this organization, were
the attorney who defended the mur
derers in the I. W. W. trouble on the
range two years ago and who has
assisted the I. W. W. organization
which has publicly announced that it
is its intention ultimately to take the
farms from the farmers whose head
quarters since the commencement of
the .war have been raided by the fed
eral government and whose members
are now taking refuge in such organ
izations as the National Nonpartisan
How, under the circumstances, the
farmers of Minnesota who have been
threatened with the loss of their
farms, who have time and again been
compelled to appeal to peace officers
for protection against the members of
this lawless, anarchistic organization,
can now join a league with promoters
whose sympathies have been with this
law-breaking Bolshevik element in
our society, is well- nigh incompre
liensible. The only explanation that
can be. given is the fact that some of
"the leaders and,organizers of the Non
partisan league are evidently not yet
known as well to the farmers and la
borers of our state as they are to those
who have had more experience with
them. t\ *__,
Another reason for declining your
invitation is the
ing my presencenat your partisan cam
paign rallyo by some as an indorsement'
a ga
da I is course
the duty of the governor to be fair to
all classes and to oppose any program
which is likely to result in a division^
of our state into classes. Such array
ing of class against class would be
welcomed by the enemies of our re
public, for such a course will tend to
defeat our nation in this war and will
eventually mean the dissolution of our
form of government and the undermin
ing of the economic and political free
dom of our people.
He who in normal times needlessly
arrays class against class is most of
ten the ambitious demagogue, but any
individual who will do so when our
nation is in a life-and-death struggle
is knowingly or unknowingly a trai
tor to'his state and to his country.
In declining to speak at your party's
rally I wish to say further that for me
there are during this war but two par
ties, one composed of the loyalists and
the other of the disloyalists. The only
tfarty whose cause I shall strive at this
time to_a4vance \s the party composed
of those Americans, who, heart and
soul, are loyal to their country.
The only issue that to me is para
mount at this time is the winning of
this war, and that cannot be done if
our house is to be "divided against
itself" through false accusations on
the part of political agitators such as
those who head your organization.
The only party and politicians who
in this campaign I am going to oppose
aretthat party and those politicians
whofo party purposes,by innuendo or
otherwise, are discouraging our people
by claiming this is a war begun by the
rich or that the burdens of the war will
falgmore heavily on one class than
another or make statements which in
some, other way will lengthen the con
flict by creating dissatisfaction at home
and thus indirectly cause the death of
additional thousands if not millions of
our fellow citizens on European battle
We all agree that war profiteers
should be dealt with as drastically as
it is possible to deal with them. But
it cannot be said that this is a rich
man's war, for those who have gained
most from it would have made greater
profits if the United States had not
entered it.
ft$*h&ld no brief for any class, but to
make farmers or laboring men believe
their sons are discriminated against in
this war as claimed in your statement
of principles is treasonable conduct,
for the rich man's sons are conscripted
proportionately to a greater extent
than the sons of the farmers and labor
ers. This is apparent because of the
exemption of those needed to support
their dependents and the exemption
allowed because of agricultural and in
dustrial pursuits. Up to this date
about 5 per cent of the male population
of our country has been called and 50
per cent of the war taxation has come
from business profits and incomes,
falling mostly on those best able to
pay it. If anyone, for money reasons,
would strive to continue this war or
make unreasonable profits through
the carrying on of the same, such an
individual is as much of a traitor to
his country but no more of the traitor
than he who would use this time to
divide our forces through the creation
of class hatreds and factional discon
Your leaders are continually at
tacking what you term big business.
Personally I am as strongly opposed
as anyone to what is known as gov
ernment by big business. I would be
equally opposed to a government by
any particular industrial class. The
public official who would allow him
self to be controlled by the self-ap
pointed guardians of a certain element
of society would thereby render him
self unfit to hold public office.
If I, as governor of this state, would
permit myself to be put in a position
where I could be compelled to cater to
any particular set of men, or where I
could not be fair to organized or un
organized labor, to farmers' organiza
tions or any other organizations, to big
business or to little business, I would
be unworthy of the confidence of the
voters of our commonwealth who can
freely and secretly exercise the rights
of franchise without the payment of
$16 to unscrupulous schemers for the
privilege of voting or being told how
to vote.
Knowing as I do the political am
bitions of your organization and the
false charges that some of its leaders
and agents have made through your
official newspapers against honest and
patriotic officials, I cannot believe that
back of the invitation you have sent
me is any sincerity of purpose.
The failure on the part of anyone to
turn over the state government to
those of your officers who have as
sumed the organization of the alleged
Nonpartisan league and the control of
the millions of dollars collected from
its members will undoubtedly create
opposition, but I know that such men
pretending to be friends of some^par
ticular class and deceiving some well
intentioned people cannot long con
tinue their policy of deception, for the
patriotic farmers in the country and
the loyal laboring men in the city
know their true friends are among
those who strive for the maintenance
of law, order and justice, and especial
ly in this, the most serious hour of
our history, for that unity of the
American people essential to the suc
cessful termination of the war.
Very truly yours,
J. A: A. Burnquist.
Only One Contest on Princeton Ticket office.
and but Little Interest is
Taken by Voters.,
Council and Clifton Cravens
Re-elected Recorder.
Other Villages.
WahkonPresident" of council, O. A.
Robbins trustee for three years, J. L.
Gerrish for two years, A. L. Gott
werth for one year, O. Peterson re
corder, O. M. Halgren treasurer, J.
M. Thorstad justice, O. S. Martin
constable, Cha's. Young.
OnamiaPresident, W. J. Eynon
trustee for three years, Robert Swen
son for two years, John Homme for
one year, Wm. Albright clerk, A. B.
Phelps treasurer, James Warren.
MilacaPresident, D. F. Phillips
trustee for three years, Martin Swan
son two years, Wm. Stromberg
one year, J. J. Ulrich recorder, M. G.
Warren, treasurer, C. C. Eberhardt
justice, D. J.' Lundholm constable,
Wm. Trumble. Total vote cast, 170.
IslePresident of council, Chas. Ma
lone trustee for three years, John
Haggberg for two years, P. P. Hagg
berg for one year, C. A. Nason re
corder, G. H. Wilkes treasurer, L. A.
Matter justice, M. G. Berman con
stables, Selmer Leland and Gust Hagg
Back From the Land of Flowers.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Steinbach arrived
from their winter home at Lake Ham
ilton, Florida, on Tuesday. They own
a fruit grove at Lake Hamilton and
have some orange and grape-fruit
trees now bearing. From a tree four
years old Mr. Steinbach gathered 31
grape fruit a short time agp. Both
oranges and grape fruit which Mr.
Steinbach brought back with him are
splendid specimens. A chain of lakes
runs near the Steinbach farm and
black bass weighing eight pounds and
over as well as three-pound crappies
and alligators abound therein. The
thermometer registered 75 degress the
day Mr. and Mrs. Steinbach left Lake
Hamilton for Princeton.
Final Game March 15.
Humphrey is Elected President of the Mrs. A. E. Grow, has,, spent much time
and patience in preparing a play en
titled, "Tony, the Convict," which they
In Princeton village but little inter- They have generously consented to
est was manifested in the electionit give it here in Princeton, in the Arm-
was the quietest in years and only ory, the proceeds to be divided 50-50
about half of a normal vote was cast.
This disinterestedness resulted from
the fact that there was only one con
test on the official ticket, that of public to show its appreciation by
Joseph Craig and S. R. Jones for turning out in goodly number, espec-
trustee for the one year term, in ially as the reports from the previous
which Jones defeated Craig by a vote performances are most flattering to
of three to one. There were many
scattering votes,cast for the various
offices, J.W.Mossman receiving 17 for
president of the council and Ray Bock
oven, for justice of the peace, 52. For
constable O. B. Newton and Arthur
George received 10 votes apiece.
The vote accorded those who filed
and whose names were printed on the
official ballot is as follows:
President of Council
H. A. Humphrey 144
Trustee for one year
S. R. Jones 137
Joseph Craig 43
Trustee for two years
Fred Newton 152
Trustee for three years
George Koss 157
Clifton Cravens 164
J. C. Herdliska 158
Justice of the Peace
R. P. Morton 112
Total number of votes cast, 192.
The high school basketball cham
pionship contest will be decided to
morrow (Friday) night at Sandstonf
_,v,_^ njm -p.- *a
when a
Pine will again
Minneapolis will be the referee.
supremacy was played by the above
named teams at Milaca on March 1,
when the Milaca team won by a score
of 21 to 8. The second game was
played at Pine City on March 8, when
the tables were turned, Pine City win
ning by a score of 22 to 12. H. A. Gar
rison refereed both of these games.
The first game of the contest vfor
At Carleton college, Northfield, on
March 21 and 22, the state basketball
tournament will be held.'".
Should Change His Habitat.
Out in Kansas a wife asked the
courts for a decree of divorce on the
grounds that her husband is a violent
pro-German that he rejoiced at the
news of the sinking of the Tuscania
that he had made unpatriotic remarks
about the inability of American sol
diers to whip the kaiser's men and that
he had ord/ered her not to aid the Red
Cross or to pay attention to the food
administration's requests. The court
promptly granted the decree and then
turned the husband over to the fed
eral authorities for investigation and
prosecution. ^'k^tW^M '%$&%&
JgThat man evidently made a mistake
in locating in Kansas. If he had lo
cated in Minneapolis and properly ex-
his,^hostility to the war and to
the government, he might today be a
socialist nominee for some state
Minneapolis Tribune. '"r.
"Tony, the Convict."
A patriotic group of young people
in Greenbush, under the direction of
have put on in three different places
to raise money for the Red" Cross.
by the two branches.
As they are doing the lion's share of
the work it remains for the Princeton
the amateur actors.
To add to the excellence of the pro
gram there will be an orchestra to en
tertain the audience as well as vocal
and other numbers suitable for St.
Patrick's eve, to fill the intermissions
between acts.
The performance, which will be put
on Saturday evening, will begin at 8:15
sharp. The admission will be 25 cents
for children and* 35 cents for adults.
The cast of characters is as follows:
Tony Warrena many-sided character
who has an honest heart beneath his
ragged coat Neil Grow"
Weary Waysidehis henchman, too fired
to work Frank Shirkey
James Barclayhard hearted and vindic
tive S. E. Insley
Philip Warburtona social leader.
Roy Robideau
Judge Van Crugerof the supreme court
Real Robideau
Warden Burrowsof Sing Sing prison....
Leslie Robideau
Jacksonthe negro footman
Harold Plumondore
Lenathe reputed daughter of Judge Van
Cruger Elsie Grosvenor
Mrs. Van Crugerthe judge's wife
Anna Lloyd
Miss Sedleywho takes pleasure in being
disagreeable Rhea Grow
Sallywith a soul above hash
Lillian Wikman
10,000 Skilled Mechanics Needed.
The signal corps has authorized ther
following statement:
Ten thousand machinists, mechanics,
chauffeurs, and other skilled workers
are needed at once by the aviation sec
tion, signal corps.
The present call of 10,000 men is to
fill an immediate need and may be re
garded as the precursor of others as
the service is being built up. Even at
that the actual strength of the service
todajr is over one hundred times what
it was on April 1, 1917.
The dependence of the air service on
the most highly skilled men is.being
brought out more emphatically with
every week of development. Where in
the first rush there was little experi
ence to indicate this fact, it has since
developed that practically 98 men out
of every 100 in the service must be
skilled in some branch of work.
Irish Names on the Tuscania.
Irish names are numerous in th
American army and were borne by
many of the splendid young fellows
on board the Tuscania when she was
torpedoed. How vivid must have been
their emotions when they neared the
green isle of their ancestors! How
fondly they must have pledged
selves to visit Ireland on returning-rthemthei
from the war! And what must have
been the feeling of those who after the
blast suddenly found themselves in the
heaving waters, with only a few mo
ments between time and eternity! It
is possibl t- imagine thait for somiesom
.J1Cit?amiltn MilacO thos
**t th0
imaginma xor
there was con
fa hwinds id be wafteed bsy thet of wou
God to the hospitable shore, and re
ceive burial in the sacred soil of Erin.
Evening Wisconsin.
Corn and Wheat in Farmers' Hands.
The bureau of crop estimates' re
port of the United States department
of agriculture shows that there were
19,800,000 bushels of corn in the hands
of Minneosta farmers on March 1 as
compared with 19,162,000 bushels on
year ago. Farmers of the state ac
cording to this report, also hold 13,-
912,000 bushels of wheat as compared
with 5,546,000 bushels in 191T.
1917 School Apportionment.
The total amount of special aid to*
be distributed to high, graded, consoli
dated, semi-graded and rural schools
in Mille Lacs county for the year end
ing July 31, 1917, is $27,528.20. This- k]
is the amount held up last year in con- 4fM
sequence of a question of law.
The Third Liberty Loan.
The campaign for the third Liberty
loan will open April 6, the anniversary
of the declaration of a state of war
between the United States and Ger

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