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MRS. R. C. DUNN, Publisher
Commends County Board for Letting
Printing So It Will Get the
Greatest Publicity.
Contrasts Bid of Times With That of
Union and Cites the Law as
to Award by Board.
Milaca, Jan. 19, 1920.
To the Editor of the Union:
The Milaca Times is considerably
worked up over the action of the coun
ty commissioners in regard to county
printing, and asks for an expression of
opinion from all who are "interested
in fair play, honest and decent govern-
ment," for the benefit of the commis
sioners. In so far as their action af
fects every citizen and taxpayer in the
county, I am interested in it, and so
'^\\m -writing, not merely to the commis
Tsioners, but to any others who care to
4' read it.
It appears from the official proceed-
ings, as published, that the bid of the
Times for such printing was for publi
cation in that paper only, while the
i bid of the Union was for publication,
not only in that paper, but also in six
other papers in the county. This bid,
therefore, contemplated the distribu
tion of the official reports, statements,
etc., over the county through the seven
different local papers, while the Times
proposed to serve only its own sub
scribers. The value of this condition
as an aid to soliciting new subscribers
would probably not be overlooked.
There was a time, a good many
years ago, when the official proceed
ings, etc., were published in the Union
only. While such was the case, the
writer appeared before the commis
"oners, at their meeting, to have such
ablications, personal tax statements,
^atc, made in the Milaca Times also,
it being at that time the only paper
in the county north of Princeton.
Some of the commissioners argued
that it would cost too much, to which I
replied that if it cost too much to
serve all the citizens of the county in
that way there was no justification
for serving a part and spreading the
cost over all. Besides such publication
it would somewhat increase the reve
nue. There will be less dodging j)f
personal taxes when all the neighbors
know what each one has to pay. We
secured the larger publication as re
quested, and it was a good thing for
all concerned, including the Times.
If the commissioners had now ac
cepted the Times bid, or any other,
whereby there would be only one paper
designated as a medium of publicity,
and put us back where we were so
many years ago, in this respect I
would think that they had very little
regard for the public interest, and such
act would be a reflection on their fit
ness for their office.
The Times has stated what it claims
to be the law in this matter, but it is
stated only in part, and the part omit
ted is important. In the same section
$tf the law which the Times refers to,
Jvith reference to the lowest bidder,
^Jiere is also the following: "The
board may reject any offer if, in its
judgment, the public interest so re
quires, and may thereupon designate a
i paper without any regard to any re
jected offer." In this case the public
interest did require a different pro
i posal from that contained in the Times
In advocacy and furtherance'of "fair
play, honest and decent government,"
one of the essential things involved,
surely, is equality of treatment. The
people of this county and country will
submit to any necessary tax, but the
burden of taxation must be equalized
as much as possible. They will also
insist that the services provided for,
j\ nd made possible by the taxes paid,
kail be distributed according to the
Ime rule. This applies to publication
o&'Aal proceedings of the county
jtaid, and must be considered by them
'&&> making contract for publication of
'me during the ensuing year. There
Lm be no fair play without equality.
The omission of important facts in
the case, facts which are essential to
any correct judgment of the matter,
is an unfortunate feature of the Times'
articles denouncing the commissioners
and these same facts, given in the
official report, reveal a failure on the
part of the Times to appreciate that
fundamental principle of ^equality in
our government, as having any ap
plication to all the people of the coun
ty who are outside of the Times' fam
of stockholders and subscribers.
Yours very truly,
Richard Hamer.
Potato Growers' Meeting.
^Credential forms for representation
27, can be obtained upon application to
can be obtained upon application to
county agents. Two forms are pro
vided. The first is for use of estab
lished shipping associations and the sec
ond for groups or communities of po
tato growers which have no organiza
tions. Ten potato growers may sign
a credential statement for a delegate,
who thus will be empowered to appear
before the credentials committee at the
Little Falls meeting. Delegates will
not be required to pledge their organ
izations or communities to any action
taken at Little Falls.
Every Candidate Should Boost It.
There is one campaign issue that all
condidates for office can safely sub
scribe to this year and that is the Bab
cock system of hard-surfaced high
ways, or, to be more specific, constitu
tional amendment No. 1. It should be
che principal plank in every candidate's
platform, and the indications are that
it will be. No candidate for high office
can oppose it without harm to his in
terests. The progress of the hard
surfaced highway idea and the trunk
system of roads, as proposed in the
Babcock amendment passed by the last^
legislature, and which will be voted
upon next November, has been most
encouraging. County after county has
fallen in line with bond issues for im
mediate road work in anticipation of
the passage of the big amendment, and
where such have not been attempted
increased road aid for local purposes
has been the rule. This alone prac
tically assures the passage of the
amendment. While amendment No. 1
has the call and is a safe slogan for
any candidate for office who has the
best interests of the state at heart,
such must not be taken as meaning
that the good roads movement is not
without its enemies. It would not be
a real improvement if there was not
some opposition. Running over the
list briefly there is the poor fish who
is peeved because the entire road out
lay is not upon some insignificant lat
eral that passes his particular proper
ty, the fellow who is positive that it
will mean higher taxes, and last but
not least, the individual who is against
any and all public improvements. Per
haps the most dangerous of the op
position is the increased tax shouter.
This individual fortunately, however,
can be easily met in the case of the
amendment as he is without the neces
sary argument to bolster up his claim.
Amendment No. 1 does not mean the
infliction of one cent in the way of
the regular tax levy. The redemption
of any bonds issued under the terms
of the amendment and the entire cost
of the system of trunk highways pro
posed will be met entirely by the pro
ceeds from motor vehicle licenses, and,
for your benefit, dear reader, they to
taled last year over $1,250,000. Under
a new licensing system which will be
made possible by the passage of the
amendment this figure will be trebled.
The Babcock amendment is a safe
vehicle and the wise candidate will
climb aboard without delay.Vance
Chapman. Removal of Dead Opposed by Bishop.
Bishop Charles H. Brent, senior
chaplain with the American expedi
tionary forces, has addressed an open
letter to Secretary Baker and the next
of kin of the American dead in France
regarding the return of the bodies of
American soldiers who fell overseas.
The letter is as follows:
"America has left to the decision of
the nearest of kin in each case what
the final resting place of our dead is to
be. But it is conceivable that there
are those who, after learning the plan
to establish and maintain in France
an American field of honor for those
who are 'forever overseas,' may con
sider this the more excellent way.
"A bill to be introduced shortly will
provide for an American central field
of honor. Here each year on an ap
pointed day commemoration of the
dead will be observed.
"Those of us who have given care
ful consideration to the American field
of honor believe it aims to pay high
honor to those to whom high honor is
due. It would express to all who are
bereaved the undying,-value of the
sacrifice made."
Rejected Draftees Barred.
The state bonus board has ruled that
drafted men rejected by the army
medical officers at mobolization camps
were not in service within the mean
ing of the law and, consequently, are
barred from sharing in the $20,000,-
000. Between two and three thousand
applicants for bonus come within this
It has also been ruled by the board
that, with the exception of cases
which? errors were made, honorable
held at Little Falls on January 26 and establish bonus claims.
One Hundred and Fifty Children Are
Examined and Teeth of Only
One Found Perfect.
Dr. Allison of Minneapolis Conducts
Clinic and Also Lectures on
Care of the Teeth.
The dental clinic held here last Fri
day under the auspices of the Mille
Lacs County Public Health association
was a success in every way. This clinic
offered the opportunity for the free ex
amination of -any child's teeth to as
certain if trouble existed and to
advise what to do to correct any de
Dr. Card, who had expected to con
duct the clinic, was prevented from
coming by illness in the family, but he
sent an able substitute in the person
of Dr. J. H. Allison of Minneapolis.
Dr. Allison is a specialist in chil
dren's dentistry, being associated with
Dr. Thomas, who is known all over the
United States as an authority on den
tal work for children, and is therefore
ably qualified to examine children's
teeth and to diagnose any trouble he
The object of these dental olinics is
to stimulate the interest of parents in
the care of their children's teeth.
Science now finds that much of
the ill health and many illnesses are
directly traceable to bad teeth. The
old-fashioned theory that first teeth
were not worth "wasting" any care or
money on has been uprooted. And
now that it is known that the quality
of the permanent teeth depends upon
the condition of the first teeth, it is no
more than fair that this truth should
be made generally known. Much dis
comfort, pain and probably illness can
first teth are given proper care. Den
tists' bills will also be smaller, as the
preventive measures in dental work
as is true in most linesare far cheap
er than corrective measures.
That the children in any community
do not, as a rule, have the proper care
given to their teeth is evidenced by the
fact that in these clinics, which are
being Conducted quite generally pve:
the state, very few children are found
who are not in need of some dental
work. Among the number examined
here in Princeton but one child, a girl
of 13, had a perfect set of teeth, there
were less than six -who did not need
dental attention, and a number of chil
dren were found whose teeth were in
such a condition that they were a
menace to their health.
Dr. McRae kindly turned over his
offices for the day to the clinic. The
use of the dental chair and other con
veniences greatly facilitated the ex
aminations. The clinic lasted from 9
in the morning until 5 in the_afternoon
and 150 were examined during the day.
The clerical work was handled by
members of the Civic Betterment club
and it kept three or four of them
busy all the time filling out the rec
The children who wished to be ex
amined were sent over from the school
house in relays. .Twenty-six children
from district 5 in Greenbush were
brought in by Mrs. A. E. Grow and
Miss Payton. A photograph was tak
en of these rural school children,
which will appear in the State Health
association magazine. Besides the
school children there were a number
of little children, whose mothers
availed themselves of this splendid
Owing to the stormy weather Dr.
Allison's lecture at the high school
auditorium on the evening before the
clinic was very poorly attended. At
this lecture he demonstrated with lan
tern slides the need of constant care of
the mouth and teeth from earliest in
Both Dr. McRae and Dr. Stacey, our
local dentists, gave up their work for
the day to be in attendance at the
These clinics should not be consid
ered in the light of charity affairs in
any way. They are financed from the
proceeds of the Red Cross Christmas
seals, and when a community epjoys
the benefit of one it Is simply reaping
the reward of having subscribed to the
buying of the Christmas seals. Prince
ton has now had the benefit of twoa
baby clinic in October and the dental
clinic of last (Friday. They are under
the management of our Mille Lacs
County Health association, of which
Rev. W. B. Milne is president and Olof
Wasenius secretary. The association
is planning to hold next a nutrition
clinic, and it is hoped that the public
will take an over increasing interest in
these climes, which are of such value
to the community.
Annual Meeting of Farmers' Company.
About 200 farmers from the sur
rounding country were in attendance
at the annual meeting of the Farmers'
Co-operative company in Odd Fellows
hall on Saturday afternoon and a con
siderable amount of business was dis
posed of, chief among which was, per
haps, a proposition to raze the hard
ware store of the company and erect
a brick- 'building to connect with the
grocery department. It is estimated
that such a building would cost from
$10,000 to $15,000, and the matter was
left with the board of directors to
make a decision.
Secretary Marpe read the financial
statementwhich showed a prosper
ous business for the past yearand
the same was approved.
i O. A. Tincher, president Louis
Rochefordv vice-president Henry
Marpe, secretary and David Wetter,
treasurer, were re-elected, as well as
Torkel Johnson, director. The other
two directors elected were Louis Palm
and Arthur Moline.
Val Sausser is manager of the hard
ware department of the company and
E. S. Erickson of the grocery.
i Silver Wedding.
be spared the child in after life if his spent in games, songs and dancing.
On Wednesday morning, January
14, Lewis Jesmer and Rosaline Jesmer
celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary
of their wedding. Accompanied by
Louis Mallotte and Mrs. Wm. Kaliher,
who were their attendants at their
marriage 25 years ago in Greenbush,
they entered St. Edward's church,
where the pastor, after a few fitting
remarks, reblessed their union and said
a mass of thanksgiving, during which
the jubilarians, their daughter, Ernes
ta, and the attendants received holy
In the evening a reception was given
to their many friends at their home.
Supper' was served shortly after 6
o'clock, and an enjoyable evening was
Mr. and Mi's. Jesmer were the, recipi
ents of mariy valuable gifts and their
friends fondly wish that the Giver df
all good gifts will bless them, wffch
many more years of happiness%n this
community. May the silver threads
which bind them, gradually blend into
the goldmay it be their lot, after
another 25 years, to celebrate their
golden adding.
County Board Acts Wisely.
The good judgment of the commis
sioners in their action awarding the
county printing to ^he paper which
agreed to give the greatest publicity
to official proceedings will not be de
nied by right-thinking people.
Under the Union's agreement with
the commissioners these proceedings,
as well as the delinquent tax list and
financial statement, will be furnished
in supplement form free to the follow
ing six papers: Wahkon Enterprise,
Onamia Lake Breeze, Milaca Tribune,
Foreston Herald, Isle Advance and
Bock News. Hence every part of the
county will be well covered.
Last week the Union printed the
proceedings of the annual meeting of
the county board. This week the six
papers above named will publish these
proceedings in supplement form. So
it can be readily seen that this affords
an opportunity to all the people of the
county to keep posted on county mat
ters, which is only fair to the taxpay
An Obsessed Paper.
The Milaca Times is a funny paper
its got an idea that every news*
paper in the district is hostile to the
farmer except itself. As a matter of
fact every paper published in the dis
trict is a friend to the farmers. The
Milaca Times is overworking the anti
farmer racket.W. V. Daveej Editor
Clear Lake Times.
Of what tangible benefit has the
Milaca Times ever been to the far
mers? Howling does not mean help
James L. Kistler of Atlanta, Ga.,
and Miss Essie Pierson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Pierson of Green
bush, were married at the Methodist
parsonage yesterday afternoon by
Rev. Geer. The young people were
accompanied by Otto E. Schlee, a sol
dier in the late war. The groom is a
marine on one of the American bat
tleships and has enlisted for a four
year term.
The Union extends congratulations
and best wishes.
No One Else Does.
The Minneapolis Tribune, and a very
stalwart paper at that, believes Nich
olas Murray Butler of Columbia uni
versity is of presidential size. And to
think what th^ountry has withstood
ttie past three years from a college
professor president.Blue Earth Post.
Prof. Burt Newkirk Explains Device
and Demonstrates It by Means
of a Working Mgdel.
Little Playhouse Company of Cincin-
nati Will Be Next Attraction
in the Lyceum Course.
Those who braved the stormy weath
er last Monday evening to hear Prof.
Burt Newkirk's lecture on the gyro
scope felt more than repaid for the
Dr. Newkirk presented his subject
in simple enough language to be un
derstood- even by ,the children. His
explanations were simple and his dem
onstrations most interesting. He
brought with him three trunks full of
apparatus for use in the demonstra
tions. He first explained, at some
length, the fundamental principles of
a gyroscope, clearing up the misap
prehension that it is an unusual in
strument, by pointing out that many
common, everyday things are gyro
scopic in nature, such as a revolving
car wheel, a rolling coin, a spinning
bicycle wheel and other like things.
Even our old mother earth serves as
an example of a gyroscope.
His explanations were so pleasingly
interspersed with demonstrations that'
the interest of the audience never
flagged. He illustrated the working of
the stabilizer, such as are placed on
ocean vessels to prevent their rollingr
by placing a gyroscope on a trunk
which had been fitted out with a pair
of rockers. The spinning of the gyro
scope halted the rocking almost in
Dr. Newkirk's miniature gyroscopic
monorail car, the finest piece of mech
anism among his models, exhibited its
ability to travel at a good speed and
to^preserve its equilibrium under all
circumstances. This demonstration
was cut short by the unfortunate
breaking of the cable which was serv
ing as a rail.
Dr. Newkirk had with him a large
model of a gyroscopic compass but it
could not be seen in action as it re
quires 45 minutes to adjust itself. He
was, however, able to picture to the
audjence^ust how it Avorked and to
elucidate the reasons for its superiori
ty over the magnetic compass. A
tiny compass mounted on a miniature
world revolving on its axis, gave a
good idea of how it works.
The lecturer said he was more inter
ested in the experiments for the use of
the gyroscope on peace time improve
ments, but explained that it had been
utilized to some extent during the war
principally on submarines as a, com
pass and as a steering device for the
deadly torpedo.
At the end of his lecture, with the
help of a number of men who had
assisted him during the evening, Dr.
Newkirk set in motion the gyroscopes
in the different pieces of his apparatus
and sent thorn out into the audience
that all who wished might inspect
them and test out the peculiar powers
of this most interesting piece of mech
anism, which he had proven to be but
controlled by the laws of nature, laws
which control all revolving bodies.
Many staid to avail themselves of
this opportunity.
This lecture was a decided depar
ture from anything Princeton has ever
heard before and it is hoped that we
may at some future time have the
pleasure of again listening to Dr. New
kirk on some subject equally as inter
This was the fourth number on the
Lyceum course furnished us by the
university. The next number will be
given on February 19, and it bids fair
to be a very popular numberr The
Little Playhouse company of Cincin
nati will put on a program which will
consist of musical numbers and of the
splendid play entitled, "The Passing
of the Third Floor Back."
Near East Campaign.
The United States is preparing to
raise thirty millions of dollars for the
near east sufferers. Two hundred and
fifty thousand war orphans of Armenia
and Syria are dependent on American
charity for life, health, clothes, food,
education and all else that goes to
make children self-supporting. The
quota for Mille Lacs county is $2,477.
The county is organized according to
voting precincts. The following are
some of the committees:
State of MinnesotaGov. J. A. A.
Burnquist, chairman Joseph Chap
man, treasurer I. Martinson, secretary
and director of campaign.
Mille Lacs CountyJames A. Goer,
Princeton VillageRev. Charles A.
Mayer, Rev. A. N. Aimer, Rev. W. E.
VOLUME 44, NO. 5
Vogel, Rev. W. B. Milne, E. H. Peter
Princeton TownshipRev. O. A.
Strauch, Gordon Sanford, W. H. Gcb
GreenbushA. E. Grow, Louis Nor
mandin, Peter Abrahamson.
Pease and part of MiloRev. G. I.
Haan, J. Toiissaint, J. A. Jetsinga, Geo.
Alderink, Johnnie H. Hubcrs.
Bogus BrookC. M. Peterson.
BorgholmRev. J. H. Marsh, Rev.
C. J. Penn, Carl Eckdall, R. F. Smith,
Alex Hedin.
MilacaRolleff Vaaler, Rev. A. P.
Lawrence, Rev. L. W. Lindcr, Rev. A.
J. Oliver, Rev. O. O. Rem, Rev. E. A.
Nauss, Prof. Thompson, John Norberg,
Carl Sholin.
ForestonThomas Joseph, Rev.
Father Krai, C. E. Gilbert, A. R.
Thorsen, Fred Newmann, J. A. Lynch.
PageR. R. Moore, Louis M. Olson.
The lake town committees will be
anounced later. Jas. A. Geer.
James A. Kenely.
James A. Kenely died at his home
in Greenbush on Friday, January 16,
aged 60 years. For many years he
had been a great sufferer from rheu
matism which attained such a stage
that he became helplessunable even
to raise his hands to his head.
Funeral services were conducted by
Rev. W. B. Milne in the Princeton Con
gregational church on Tuesday after
noon and the interment was at Oak
James Kenely was born in Wisconsin
on October 10, 1860, and in 1868 came
to Mille Lacs county with his parents,
who settled in Greenbush, and there he
resided to the time of his death. He
is survived by one son and three
daughters. His wife died about a year
"Jim" Kenely, as he was familiarly
known to his friends, was an honorable
man, respected by his neighbors for his
square dealings and his generous im
pulses. He was kind to his family and
a splendid example of a hundred per
cent American citizen. It is a pity
that he has been called by death, but
his relatives have the consolation of
knowing that his suffering is now at an.
Mrs. Albert Wilhelm.
Mrs. Albert Wilhelm, senior, died
at her home in Princeton township on
Monday, January 19, and the funeral
was held this (Thursday) afternoon
from the German Lutheran church at
2 o'clock. The interment was in the
German Lutheran cemetery.
Mrs. Wilhelm, whose maiden name
was Catherine Lcmmer, was born in
Liedenhofen^ Germany, on December
16, 1849, and was married to Albert
Wilhelm in 1872. In 1894, with Hter
husband, she came to Minnesota and
located in Princeton township, where
she continued to reside until called to
her reward. She is survived by her
husband and the following children:
John and Albert Wilhelm, Mrs. Otto
Milbrath and Mrs. Frank Stahnke.
In the death of Mrs. Wilhelm a kind
hearted, motherly old lady has passed
into the realms of eternal happiness
it was the will of her Creater that
she leave this world of sorrow to re
ceive her well-merited reward in
heaven. Her family and friends, to
whom she was at all times kind ad
-generous, will sadly miss her and
long revere her memory.
School News Budget.
Zoology and botany examinations
were given on Friday. Nearly every
body looked at the questions with
wrinkled foreheads.
The sewing girls took their final
test last Thursday. Many happy girls
have been seen coming out of the sew
ing room since Thursday.
Dr. Allison gave an interesting
lecture on the care of the teeth in the
auditorium of the high school last
Thursday night, January 15.
Mrs. Steward is substituting for
Miss Allen, who is ill.
A new basket ball team, which con
sists of the teachers, has been orga
nized in school. They have a very
good team and a very promising and
appealing team. We hope that in the
future they will win many games.
Students' Press Committee.
Aftermath of Schafer Swindle.
Le Roy Sargent, who was fiscal
agent for the Commonwealth Mort
gage company of Minneapolis, one of
the financial institutions manipulated
by William H. Schafer, now serving a
term in Stillwater penitentiary, is un
der arrest at Cleveland, Ohio, and will
be brought to Minneapolis to be tried
on indictments filed in district court
charging that he sold stock to the
amount of $1,500,000 in the company
named and received commissions ag
gregating $500,000.

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