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•Mfijertou, - "Wisconsin. F. W. COON, - Editor and Publisher. PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY Knte red as Second-class Mail Matter at the PstoEflcein Edgerton. Wisconsin. FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 1915 An Illinois editor told a great truth in a brief space when he wrote the fol lowing paragraph: “Don’t attempt to ask the editor to write up and rebuke every evil in the community, but when convinced that such duties need attend’ ing to, write an article for your paper and sign your name to it for publica tion. Don’t expect the newspaper to fight all the battles.” The special legislative investigating committee have turned in four bills re organizing and consolidating twentv department commissions and boards of the state, all in line with the adminis tration’s program of economy. If the functions of these twenty minor boards and commissions can be efficiently car ried on or eliminated by four new com missions, a long step will be taken to wards a saving in state expenses. Let the good work go on. Gov. Philipp is turning his best endeavors towards making good his pre-election promises. Democrats of the legislature are rising to the emergency splendidly. They are frankly and cordially co-oper ating with Governor Philipp to effect economy and simplicity in government. Indeed, they are acting in a truly pa triotic spirit, subordinating party to the public welfare. No such laudable spectacle has been witnessed in Wis consin since war times; and what a royal home-coming awaits these honor able, upright, public-spirited men! Clearly they know what they were elected for-to reduce taxes and to bring back government to a plain dem ocratic basis.—Madison Democrat. Local exhibitors at the National Dairy show, Chicago, last October, whose prize herds were ordered slaugh tered and afterwards placed in quaran tine, where they are now held, were notified last Wednesday that the gov ernment had heeded the appeal for re imbursement which eminated from Waukesha and had appropriated $250,- 000 for that purpose. It was intimated that at the next session of congress as much more as will be needed to pay the losses sustained through the preserva tion of the dairy prize herds will be ap propriated. The apportionment was made in the senate committee, which had the budget for the Agricultural de partment in hand. The provisions of the Cooper bill were attached to the appropriation bill by the senate com mittee, in half the sum asked, for the purpose of getting some part of the ap propriation through this session. Wau kesha Freeman. The Unites States Public Service has just issued an 18 page pamphlet on “Scarlet Fevor, Its Prevention and Control,” which ought to be thorough ly read and circulated by every parent, health officer, school superintendent, teacher and librarian in the state. This publication is sent free upon request to the above named department, Wash ington, D. C., until the allotted num ber of free copies is distributed, after which time a charge of but five cents per copy will be made. Were the in formation set forth in this splendid booklet understood, and the teaching religiously followed, hundreds of chil dren, now doomed to die of this dis ease, would be saved. School boards and other public officials can effect a great saving of the taxpayers money by substituting such easily acquired knowledge for existing and very costly ignorance. Invest a postcard and a few minutes of time and let Uncle Sam do the rest. Immigration is one of the most im portant problems which confront the American people. While the country needs strong men and women in its de velopment, we are securing too large a proportion of the other kind. The in spection at our ports of entry is too rapid to permit of as thorough an ex amination for disease, mental defects and degeneracy as is desirable. Intel ligent admission or exclusion is of far reaching importance, inasmuch as it is now a well established fact that today’s mental degeneracy must affect the sanity and stability of future genera tions. According to the report of the United States Immigration commission, “there are in the United States many thousands of insane or feeble-minded persons of foreign birth.” President Wilson has disapproved of the proposal to make the ability to read one of the tests of fitness of the immigrant. The investigations of the above commission have shown that literacy is no guaran tee against insanity or mental degener acy. On the contrary, the report says, “In general, the nationalities furthest advanced in civilization show, in the United States, a higher proportion of insane than do the more backward races.” Assemblyman Nelson has intro duced a bill which deprives any state commission or board of all authority in the control or management of public utilities owned and operated by munic ipalities, such as waterworks and light ing plants. We believe Mr. Nelson’s position is well taken. The local gov ernment is better acquainted with the needs of its own village or city than the far removed state body. The in terference of state commissions and boards in local affairs so far has reslted in only red tape and increased expenses of management. Complicated book keeping and a multiplicity of reports as required by the state commissions have brought local management to such a state that people will not serve in local offices except for greatly increased sal aries. Every municipality has local conditions which do not fit well into a blanket state government, and there can be no good reason w T hy a munici pality should yield up the management of its strictly local affairs to any out side government. D is this useless in terference in local affairs too that has so greatly increased the cost of our state government. So that cutting off the state control will result in two ben efits—better local management and more economical state government.— Deerfield News. A Lunatic Crew By M. QUAD Copyright. 19H, by the McClure Newspaper Syndicate. We were due east of the island of Luzon, one of the Philippine group, and heading down the China sea with a cargo for London when we caught the tail of a typhoon. We were lying to and making fairly good weather of it when a Spanish ship, also lying to. hove into sight. She was lighter and drove faster to leeward. She was about a mile to windward of us when first sighted, and no great attention was given her until it was seen that she was drifting squarely down upon us. As she came nearer we saw that her crew were dancing about on her decks like a lot of drunken men and paying no attention to the storm. Hei foretopmost had gone overboard, and much of her canvas had blown away, and she was being held in the wind's eye by a tarpaulin set in the rigging. A sheer of the wheel would have sent the Spanish ship clear of us by halt a cable’s length, but the fellows drifted flown without paying us the slightest attention, and she did not move by ten feet. As she rode past we could look right into the eyes of her crew. They were about thirty in number, and they yelled and screamed at us like so many lunatics. Brief as was the time, we all noticed one peculiari ty about them. Beyond cursing the Spanish crew for a gang of idiots we had little to say. The idea of fear of the storm had made them take to drink, as is otten the case, and they were going to Davy .1 ones' with a jag on. Six hours later the storm broke, and we headed our course, but within six hours we were pitching about oil the troubled sea without way enough to ruffle a feather. 1 turned in at 8 o’clock that night and turned out again at midnight for the morning watch. After midnight the sea began to go down very fast, and at 2 o’clock there was only what you might call a tumble on. It was then that we faintly caught the sound of voices in whooping and singing to the soutli of us. It was thick night, and nothing could be made out. but ;it 4 o’clock we got a light breeze and had not been wafted along a knot when we had the Spanish ship again under our eyes. All her topmasts were gone now. while a portion of her bulwarks was smashed in. and she looked a had wreck. We headed for the wreck at once, and when we came within hailing distance we asked if help was wanted. The reply was a chorus of shrieks and screams, while mauy of the men shook their fists at us in defiance. It looked like a case of mutiny, and our captain was at a loss to know what step to take. Before he could make up his mind the Spaniards had lowered a boat and pulled for us. Every one of the crew piled into the boat, and we saw them grab up belaying pins, capstan bars and whatever else could be used as weapons. The boat came dashing at us with every man yelling and whooping, and they tried boarding U3 at once. We had no better weapons with which to beat them off. and we were three less in number, but when we looked into their fierce eyes and saw murder there we struck to kill. They fought like tigers and seemed insensible to blows, but we beat them off at last. Four of their number went to the bottom of the sea with broken skulls, and of those pulled away all were more or less hurt. We knew now that they were lunatics instead of drunken men. and we stood by till noon in the hope that they would calm down. They appeared to after awhile, but just as soon as we lowered a boat they woke up again and raged like wild beasts. We could understand nothing of their shouts except that they were oaths, and In the face of their deter mined opposition we could not hoard their craft. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon before we squared away and left them, and then a fierce fight was going on. and at least one man had been thrown overboard to drown. You may well guess that we aboard the Bristol were astonished and mysti fied by the singular incident, but the explanatiou when it came was very simple in a sense. The Spanish ship had a Filipino for a cook. He find trouble with both officers and men and was determined to have revenge. Be fore sailing from Luzon he had provid ed himself with a quantity of seed from the plant known as aripe. It is a wild kelp, and a decoction makes a madman of the drinker. How he man aged to serve it out to the whole crew at once will never be known, but that was what he did and perhaps drank a share himself. The ship was manned by a lunatic crew when she drove down on us before the gale, and they Were lunatics when we left them fight ing and drifting. Ten days later tho ship, which had become a wreck below and aloft, was picked up by a steamer and towed into port. Not a man liv ing or dead was found on board. They had fought each other to the last and then the sole survivor had sought death beneath the waves. The cook had probably mixed the poisonous de coction with their coffee or wine soon after the storm had struck them, though not before she was in shape to ride it out. How long it was after we left them no one could say. but very •likely not more than a day or so had passed when the last of the lunatics gave up his life and the ship went drifting and drifting with the sun dry ing up the hundred bloodstains on her littered deck. Select That New Furniture Now House cleaning time will be upon you very soon along with all the other spring calls upon your time. \ou know the new articles that you want to get for the home when cleaning time is on. Why add to your burdens then. You can easily select the Furniture you want right now and we will hold it for you until wanted. Lots of them are doing this way —why not you. We are showing big values. When in need of Dry Goods, Furniture, Groceries, Shoes, Carpets, etc., think of PRINGLE. BROS. COMPANY Department Store. Edgerton, W'is. The absorption of the Beloit Free Press by its other daily competitor, The News, only confirms the general impression that there are too many newspapers struggling for existence and too few profits in the printing business as compared with other business enter prises. The Wisconsin idea germinated some fourteen years ago. The state expen ditures were $4,000,000 per year. The idea—which was that Utopia is merely a question of putting platitudes and good intentions into legal phraseology —began to expand. So did the ex penditures. The idea developed into the attempt to make a statute book the father and mother of the common wealth. The expenditures trotted right along to keep pace with the prodigious buncombe. The idea hired those most fitted for meddling by virtue—or rather by the antithesis -of reform tendencies to inquire into the business of all other people. The expenditures paid the sal aries. The idea postulated that only physicians were qualified to select a husband for the blushing maiden. But eugenic infants didn’t win any special prizes at the baby shows. The idea grew into an enormous political ma chine with a steam roller. But the cit izenry was weary. Wisconsin was re garded as the jester of the union; its reforms had failed in everything but expense. What the state wanted was some good, old-fashioned conservatism, and an old-line republican—Emanuel L. Philipp-a business man who never held office or wanted it was nominated and elected. All of the freak amendments and propositions submitted on the bal lot were clouted over the head and knocked out. Wisconsin was vindicat ed. Conservatism was restored to the high place of authority, and the re formers, with nothing else for them to do, are minding their own business. — Los Angeles Times. Town of Albion Caucus. Notice is hereby given that a caucus for the town of Albion to nominate candidates for town offices to be voted for at the election to be held April 6, 1915, will be held in the town hall, Al bion, Wis., on Monday, March 29,1915, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and to transact such other business as may come before the meeting. By Order of the Committee. Town of Fulton Caucus. Notice is hereby given that a caucus to nominate candidates for town offices to be voted for at the election to be held April 6, 1915, will be held in the town hall in Indian Ford, Saturday, March 27th, at 2 o’clock in the after noon, and for the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting. By Order of Town Committee. Auction Sale. Anson Bliven will sell at auction on his farm, 1£ miles north of Edger ton on Tuesday, March 30, at 10 a. m.: Six horses, 5 milch cows, 3 brood sows, a full line of farm machinery, 400 bu. oats, 8 bu. timothy seed, seed corn and many other articles. W. T. 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It will please us to show you our stock and you will be pleased in seeing it. Remember Our Carpet & Rug room is filled with patterns, styles and sizes that are selected with care to obtain quality. Oil Cloths, Linoleums, Mattings, Stair Car pets, room size and small Rugs, yard Carpets —all in wide varieties. L. N. POfIEROY CO. New Line of Wall Paper Now Complete Our assortment covers the widest range in color ing, design and price. Cut-Out Borders one of our specialties. Designs in beautiful colorings for your Living Room, Library and Hall. Ex ceptionally pretty and dainty Bed Rooms in Stripes and Florals. Fruit and Foliage designs for the Dining Room. * Besides many other de signs equally appropriate. Ribbons and Bind ers, Independent Ceilings, etc. * \ We have a few odd lots —just enough for one room —which we are anxious to close out at a price you will appreciate] Telephone 257 L N. POmGfOy GO. 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