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MRS. R. C. DUNN, Publisher
State Supreme Court Files Opinion
Maintaining Act Creates a
Direct Obligation.
February First Stated to be Date Up-
on Which Board Will Begin
Paying Service Men.
The state supreme court has filed its
opinion upholding the validity of the
soldiers' bonus act, maintaining that
the law created a debt which is a direct
obligation of the state and for a public
The decision specifies that only Min
nesotans who served in the United
States forces are entitled to bonuses,
tstnd probably 1,000 bonus applicants
jfcho served in associated forces, but
in those of the United States, will
be barred from sharing in the bonus
Minnesotans who served with the
American forces organized during the
world war will begin receiving their
state bonus payments about February
1, according to W. Yale Smiley, secre
tary of the state bonus board.
He said payments will be made as
soon as the $7,500,000 bonus certifi
cates of indebtedness, to be offered for
sale January 23, are disposed of. Other
blocks of certificates will be offered for
sale at intervals of 60 days and the
bonus board expects to mail about
1,000 bonus checks daily.
The bonds will be offered for sale in
the office of J. A. 0. Preus, state audi
tor, at 11 a. m.,-January 23.
Senator Hamer Scores Again.
To the Editor of the Union:
The aims and policy of the non-
*l partisan league are such that in any
legislative district where they have
gotten a foothold they would tolerate
any non-league man in a legislative
office until they could get him out and
put their own pledged man in. In this
district there is added to the aforesaid
condition a personal element that
rnakes their fight all the more fierce.
1 Under such Conditions it would make
no difference to the gauge of battle
whether the present senatorial repre
sentative should lie down or stand up.
It is a battle to the death (polutically)
anyway, by any and all means deemed
most effective on their part.
In this fight the Milaca Times on
January 1 hurled a tremendous missle
in our direction. It was 65 inches
long and 2% wide. It occupied "valu
i able space" but was itself, of course,
more valuable than the space. But it
turned out to be a ''dud" of very
crude construction, perfectly harmless
and a huge joke. We have handled it,
examined its constituents and analyzed
it. We will not ask for space to report
on the whole, but only enough to show
the general character.
Jy, The first thing that we noticed was
iD/Jfe charge that Hamer "makes a bit
'Jer attack on farmers' co-operative on
-terprises in Milaca," and that the "at-
tack is really directed at the stock
Referring to this let me state that
"the statutes of Minnesota, under which
the "co-operative enterprises in Mil
aca" were incorporated provide that
the officers elected at the annual meet
ings "shall together constitute a board
of management and conduct its busi-
ness/' It is therefore the duty of the
board, directly, or indirectly, to manage
or "conduct its business," and no stock
holder who is not an officer has any
Tight to usurp the powers of the board,
neither are the stockholders blamable
for the board's neglect to perform their
Muties, though they may suffer there
We do not attach equal blame to all
tbthe board members, in the case re
ferred to, some of them may not have
"Tiown of the uninsured liability but
-^lose influential members, whose long
er experience gives them greater pres
tige and who are serving on the L. S.
& P. Co. and on the publishing com-
['pany's board these are the ones that
I censure. While neglecting or refus
ing to provide for compensation lia
bility themselves, and otherwise violat
ing the state workmen's compensation
law, their paper called the "Mille Lacs
County Times," came down to the use
of unprintable language, even in that
sheet, in denouncing mo because I
voted to amend the bill. See the issue
T- for April 17, 1919.
Further, we note that the Times^n
reasoning proceeds on a con
jgjption of conditions such as might ex
in a partnership or co-partnership
where every partner may take part in
ike ^management of the business, and
so would share the responsibility for
errors, mistakes, eteff but why try to
lug this into the idea of conditiors in
a corporation? Doesn't the Times
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have sufficient intelligence to make
any distinction between things that so
materially differ? This places the
matter between the two horns of a
dilemma if it is not due to their ig
norance it must be all the more an at
tempt to mislead. So the Times will
please take its choice.
As to my remarks being a "bitter
attack on farmers' co-operative enter
prises," it is too absurd for serious
consideration, so we will have to treat
it as an absurdity. Let me relate a
supposed conversation:
O. to A.What have you been doing
A. to O. lAhave been helping C.
O. to C. What is doing?
A. to O. Oh, nothing.
A. and C. were co-operating in the
"enterprise" of doing nothing. How
much enterprise does it -take to do
nothing when something ought to be
done? How much enterprise is there
involved in the neglect to insure for
workmen's compensation or otherwise
to comply with that law? And the
Times calls this "enterprise" of doing
nothing a "farmers' co-operative en
terprise!" Wonder where the Times
got such an idea, and how many of the
"organized farmers" share it.
But, seriously, who ever heard of the
term "enterprise" being used in such
sense before What's the matter with
the Times' intellect that it functions
in this manner? And is the conlition
congenital or is it one of "intellectual
degeneracy" induced by mental strain,
business cares, financial embarrass
ment, political disappointment, etc.?
We cannot ask for the space to con
sider the whole 5 feet 5 inches of this
monstrous effort, but what we have
given may be taken as a sample of the
whole, even the last paragraph. What
ever little gleams of intellectuality
there are they reveal the fact that any
intelligent construction put upon it
must be by the application of the rule
of contraries or reversals. This will
be necessary not only in regard to
terms used, but to statements also, in
order to make them conform to actual
facts. Yours very truly,
Richard Hamer.
Schmahl Files for Governor.
""Julius A. Schmahl, secretary of
state, has, after due consideration, ac
ceded to the urgent request of the
"Schmahl for Governor Booster club"
of Redwood Falls and filed as a candi-
date for the republican nomination for
governor of Minnesotarepublican
without prefix or suffix.
For a period of 19 years Mr.
Schmahl has been in the official ser
vice of Minnesotasix as chief clerk
of the house of representatives and 13
as secretary of stateand has at all
times performed his duties well. He is
a true blue American, a man of keen
executive ability, and is in every way
qualified to handle the reins of the
state government. In seeking the
nomination he stands squarely upon
his official record, which is an open
book without a blot on its pages.
Mrs. Ewing Painfully Injured.
Mrs. Ewing on Thursday afternoon
fell into the basement of her store
and sustained painful injuries from
which she was confined to her bed un
til Monday. She was taking some
books from a shelf when she stepped
backnot noticing the cellar door was
openand fell into the basement,
striking her head on a tub and ren
dering her unconscious. Her limbs
were badly bruised by the fall. Upon
regaining consciousness shortly after
she with difficulty ascended the steps
to the store and was conveyed to her
home. There was no one in the store
at the time the accident occurred.
Ads in the Union make, interesting
reading for the economical shopper.
Firms that advertise are always re
liable. The adhere to- state-
Professor Burt L. Newldrk Will Dem-
onstrate That Wonderful De-
vice, the Gyroscope.
While Entertaining to All, Lecture is
Especially Interesting to
Next Monday evening at 8 o'clock
the fourth number of the lyceum
course furnished us by the university
will be put on in the high school audi-
torium. Prof. Burt L. Newkirk will
lecture on the gyroscope and demon
strate with apparatus.
This lecture, while being scientific
ally accurate, will be couched in such
simple language that it will come
within the comprehension of all.
Prof. Newkirk, who is with the uni
versity of Minnesota, is not unknown
to us in Princeton as he delivered a
lecture here during the time his sis
ter, Miss Iris Newkirk, was teaching
in the high school. He v/as well re
ceived at that time, and those who
have heard his lecture on the gyro
scope assure us that he does not talk
"over the heads" of the uninitiated
He makes his lecture instructive to
those who are interested in mechanics,
but at the same time it is entertain
ing to all. Young people, as well as
their elders, find this lecture most in
The gyroscope, as almost everyone
knows, is one of the most wonderful
mechanical devices known to science.
Prof. Newkirk not only explains its
system but demonstrates with special
models its working. Gyroscopes are
being installed in our latest airships,
is compasses on our large battle
ships, and are used in our submarine
torpedoes. This will be your oppor
tunity to learn just what a gyroscope
is and just how it works.
This lecture is of great value to
students, and in order that the pupils
of our public schools may all take ad
vantage of this opportunity the Civic
Betterment club has made- a popular
admission price to them of 15 cents
including the war tax. The usual
single admission price for adults re
mains 50 cents.
The Mora-Princeton Game.
On Friday, January 9, the local high
school basketball team journeyed to
Mora to scrimmage with the fast team
there. The Moraites have a team that
has played together for two years
and they put up an exceedingly fast
game. Princeton was playing under
a handicap in that one of her regular
team was*So eligible and Nelson, our
big guard, was injured early in the
game. Besides this the fact that the
team was playing on a strange floor
that is considerably larger than our
own put the team under still greater
In spite of these things, however,
the boys showed the best of team work
at limes, and it was often difficult to
tell which team had the best of it
so far as passing and handling the
ball was concerned. The Mora team
seemed to be able to locate the basket
and made most of their shots from long
distances. Our team showed that they
are just beginning to get together.
Only two of them are old players while
Mora's center is the only new man on
the team this yeai* He is six feet
three inches tall and a very fast man.
Our boys feel that they can beat the
Mora team on their own floor and, if
the show the improvement in the
few weeks that they have shown
lately, the Mora team will have to put
up some of the finest grade of basket
ball that has been seen in Princeton
for a long time to win. In fact it
would seem that the winner of the
Mora-Princeton game down here on
February 20 will stand a good chance
I So Princeton *folks are sure to see
^something worth while when
game is played.
Our big center dribbled all around
the Mora men time after time but
seemed to be unable as a rule to get
quite close enough to the basket to
make a sure shot. Mora did not play
as clean a game as some of our worthy
opponents and one of the Princeton
men got a punch over the eye to re
member the game' by. Our guards
held the Mora forwards down so well
4 hat they had to bring up the center
and guards to do considerable of the
shooting for the baskets.
The final score wasMora 23 and
Princeton 8.
Next Friday the high school team
will play the fast Beutner team of Min
neapolis. They were the winners of
the 1919 championship in the city and
have already defeated some of the best
high schools in the twin cities. They
may be a little too fast for us, but as
the game does not count in the con
ference title that does not matter, and
it will give the people here a chance
to see some high-class basketball this
Prizes Worth While.
An opportunity is now presented to
young men and women of 25 years and
under to win a prize worth competing
for by writing suggestions for a re
publican platform. A first prize of
$6,000 will be given for the best manu
script, $3,000 for the second best and
$1,000 for the third. The following
rules govern the prize contest:
1 Submit four typewritten copies
of your manuscript. Sign only one.
Write on one side of paper.
2 Manuscripts must not exceed*
six thousand words.
3 Send all manuscripts to Walker
Blaine Beale Contest, Division of
Young Voters, Republican National
Committee, 923 Woodward Bldg.,
Washington, D. C.
4 All manuscripts must be in
judges' hands nol^ later than March 31,
5 Announcement of prize winners
will be made prior to the opening of
the republican national convention
in 1920.
The* 3 prizes are being offered,
through the republican national com
mittee, by Truxtun Beale, former
United States minister to Persia.
Dr. David Jayne Hill, Dr. Nicholas
Murray Butler and Hon. Albert J.
Beveridge have been selected as judges
in the contest.
Now, young men and women, put on
your thinking caps and endeavor to
win one of those prizes. Such oppor
tunities are but seldom offered.
New Alarm Siren Installed.
The village council has installed an
electrically-controlled siren for fire
alarm purposes at the intersection of
First and Main streets. It has been
placed in position at the top of a high
telephone pole.
In case of fire persons are requested
to turn in an alarm to central, giving
their names, the number of the ward
and the location of the building where
the fire has occurred. The operator
at central will then set the siren in
motion, which will designate, by the
number of blasts blown, the ward in
which the fire is progressing. She
will also summon the firemen, for
which an apparatus is available in the
telephone office to so do simultaneous
The telephone company requests
that in case of fire persons do not call
central to ask the location of such fire
or other questions pertaining thereto.
Such questions will not be answered
as the operator has all the work she
can handle in the ordinary run of
Swedish Lutheran Annual Meetings.
The annual business meeting of the
Swedish Lutheran church of Princeton
was^held on New Year's day, that of
Zimmerman on Thursday, January 8.
The different reports proved the
churches to be in good and prosperous
condition. Thirty-one persons have
been added to our roll of membership.
The pastor's salary was raised both
in Princeton and Greenbush and Zim
merman decided to enlarge its church
building during the year. In many
ways members and friends of the
churches have shown their good will
toward their pastor and his family. A
large sum of money was presented to
the pastor at Christmas by the differ
ent churches. Wny other gifts of
money have been given the pastor and
the Ladies' Aid societies of all three
churches have each presented large
gifts of money to Mrs. Aimer the past
year. Besides all other good things
that we have received from members
and friends and for hearty co-opera
tion we desire to express our most
sincere thanks to, one and all.
N. A. Aimer, Pastor.
Twenty-Three Young Men Initiated
Into Mysteries of Order and
Officers Elected.
Ceremonies Under the Direction of
Will L. Seism, State Deputy
Grand Chancellor.
Last Thursday night marked a new
milestone in the path of progress of Tribune.
Princeton lodge No. 93, Knights of
Pythias, the occasion being the reopen
ing of the lodge after a vacation of
several months during the war period.
The ceremonies attendant upon the
revival were under the personal su
pervision of Will L. Seism, state depu
ty grand chancellor, ably assisted by
some of the leading, members of the
order from Minneapolis, Anoka and
other places. A delegation of ten
from the new lodge at Milaca came
down to join in the festivities, and
take part in the interesting work.
A class of 22 of the energetic and
progressive young men of the town en
gaged the attention of those who es
sayed the task of piloting them along
the mysterious and sometimes danger
ous paths that lead to the summit of
modern knighthood, and those fortu
nate enough to be included in the se
lected party will long remember their
At midnight a bounteous and tempt
ing lunch was served. Then followed
the formal closing up of the busi
ness affairs and the election and in
stallation of officers. The following
fill the official stations for the current
C. C, S. R. Jones V. C, Evan H.
Peterson prelate, Calvin Olson M.
of W., Frank Blair K. R. S., Joe L.
Townsend M. F., Joe L. Townsend
M. of E., J. A. Jorgensen M. at A.,
A. J. Anderson I. G., F. W. Schilling
O. G., F. W. Manke trustee for one
year term, Geo. I. Staples trustee for
two-year term, W. C. Doane trustee
for three-year term, Harry F. Pratt.
There is room in Princeton for this
fraternity because it inculcates les
sons that are of practical benefit in
everyday lifelessons which, if heed
ed, tend to develop character and es
tablish a fixed integrity of action in
all things, that inure to the betterment
of the individual, his family, his
friends, and the public in general.
Practical Pythianism means absolute
E. B. Anderson Sells Interest.
A business change was made on Jan
uary 1 whereby Max Young and Mrs.
Lillian VanAlstein became the sole
proprietors of the store formerly
known as that of E. B. Anderson &
Co., Mr. Anderson retiring from the
business. The new firm will be known
as Young & VanAlstein. Mr. and Mrs.
Anderson expect to leave for Cali
fornia in the near future to spend the
winter months and contemplate re
turning to Mora later. They have been
among our best citizens, always wil
ling to assist in any worthy cause and
it is hoped they will, after a few
months vacation, return. The mem
bers of the new firm have a wide ac
quaintance and both have taken an ac
tive part as partners the store for
several years.Mora Times.
The Cost of Stupidity.
The beets from which the present
beet sugar supply was made were
planted last spring when sugar re
tailed at 11 cents. They were con
tracted by the factories before the
seed was sowed. Does anyone doubt,
has anyone questioned that they were
contracted on the basis of 11-cent su
Sugar was still selling at 11 and 12
cents when the farmers delivered their
beet crop. The sugar made from these
beets contracted on that basis is the
sugar for which the consumer is now
paying 20 cents or more
A year ago the government could
have bought the present Cuban sugar
crop at from 5 to 6 cents a pound.
It would have retailed at 10 to 11
cents. President Wilson refused to
authorize this though no less an au
thority than Herbert Hoover urged it.
He now refuses to exercise the au
thority just given him by congress
and buy what remains of that crop.
More than this because Louisiana had
a short cane crop its refiners are al
lowed a wholesale price of 17 cents.
They are protected from loss the
consumer can "go hang." In prewar
times there was seldom a year when
sugar did not sell at 5 cents a pound
or 20 pounds for $1. Now this is re
versed, it sells at 20 cents a pound and
five pounds for $1. Who makes the
difference? It is not the farmers who
raised the beets,T.or is it the retailer.
VOLUME 44, NO. 4
It would be interesting to kr.ow what
the canncrs have pr.id or will poy for
this year's sugar supply. As for the
householder, the 20-cjnt price is prom
ised for the year and certainly the
housewife will do no can^ipg or pre
serving of fruits. She will have to buy
of the canners or go without.
Altogether it is a joyous situation
for the United States of America and
a delightful fulfillment of the admin
istration's promises to lower the price
of foods, all of which, except for meat,
are steadily advancing Duluth News
Delegation Descends on Senate.
Washington, Jan. 14.Forty well
known men and women, speaking for
26 great organizations, comprising
20,000,000 members, descended upon
the senate late yesterday and made a
determined effort to break the dead
lock on the peace treaty. So far as
could be ascertained today, they did
not budge a bolt.
After drawing up resolutions calling
upon all parties to the treaty conflict
to make sacrifices in the interest of im
mediate peace, the delegation appeared
at the capitol and presented their pleas
to Senator H. C. Lodge, the republi
can leader, and Senator G. M. Hitch
cock, the democratic leader. Two of
their number went to the white house
to ask the president to abate his un
compromising stand, but got no farther
than a parley with Secretary Joseph
Senator Lodge told the petitioners
that he and his republican associates
are ready to consider any compromise
proposals the democrats desire to sub
mit and made clear his belief that an
understanding speedily could be
reached if the president would permit
the democrats to vote their convictions.
Senator Hitchcock informed the dele
gation he was doing the best he could
to reach a compromise under the limi
tation of concessions laid down by the
president. "i
Dental Clinic Tomorrow.
Dr. W. H. Card, chairman of the
oral hygiene committee of the Minne
sota state dental association, will con
duct the dental clinic at Princeton to
morrow (Friday). Children from one
year to high school age are eligible.
Examinations are free and cases need
ing special care will be referred back
to the family dentist for such care.
Dr. ard is an expert in this line of
work and we are fortunate in securing
him for this day. This clinic is given
tinder the auspices of the Mille Lacs
County Public Health association. Dr.
McRae has kindly donated the use of
his office for the day, which assures
ideal conditions for carrying on the
examinations. Hours from 9 a. m. to
5 p. m. Mothers are especially wel
come to bring their children.
Palmer Ou,tmaneuvered.
Widespread demand is coming from
farmers' organizations and from live
stock interests that there be enacted
legislation to control the packing in
dustry. In the same connection the
recent plan announced by the depart
ment of justice for a peace agreement
between the government and the pack
ers is meeting with criticism. The
feeling which is manifest in these
criticisms is that the packers have out
maneuvered Attorney General Pal
Princeton Potato Market.
Prices of some varieties of potatoes'
have advanced since our last week's
quotations while others remain virtu
ally the same. A considerable quan
tity has been received by warehouse
men during the week but shipmentb
have been light in consequence of the
continued shortage of cars.
Notice of Annual Meeting.
The annual meeting of the Long
Siding Live Stock & Produce Co. will
be held at Long Siding on Wednesday
Januar 28, at 1 o'clock p. m., for the?
purpose of electing officers, hearing
shipping report and such other busi
ness as may come before the meeting.
4-lc Paul Reissig, Sec'y.
Martial Law in Germany.
Berlin, Jan. 14.The government to
day had proclaimed martial law in all
sections of Germany following the mob
demonstration late yesterday in which
at least 20 persons were killed and*
many others wounded by machine gtnr
fire from guards in front of the reich
stag building.
Many people who depended upo.n Joe"
Craig's mill whistle to awaken them
o'morns overslept themselves and were
late arriving at .work, for the big noise
failed to materialize. ^And, strange^
but true, some of these persons are the
very ones who protest when the whis
tie awtises them from their slumbws.
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