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'.•*- 0RMM6E IN THE SPOTLI6HT
Surprising Conditions Have Been
Brought to Light and Further
8ensations Are Promised.
St, Paul, March 6,—Tbe past week
has been a week of investigations in
the state legislature. Startling things
have been brought to light, and others
are promised. Interest-has centered
in tbe investigation of Engineei
George Ralph of the state drainage
commission, and the special investiga
tion committee is doing the best it
can to find the truth in the matter.
About all that has developed is the
fact that contractors in Aitkin county
began work on their contracts before
tbey had been formally allotted by the
drainage commission. It also devel
ops that George Welsh, state ..immi
gration commissioner Secretary oi
State Julius Schmahl, Senator L. O.
Cooke and others owned lands in Ait
kin county near the ditches excavated.
The answer of Mr. Welsh is that he
has faith in Northern Minnesota lands,
that the ditch was a judicial ditch and
that he can see .no reason why he
should not buy lands there as well as
The investigation of the state indus
trial school at Red Wing, started
through the statements' made at
Crookston by former Senator A. D.
Stephens, is also in progress. Boys
have appeared on the stand to tell of
whippings they received. They have
presented some rather damaging tes
timony, but the friends of Superin-
Bfia a W be e»r
pale gray? tirely understood and the criticism
withdrawn when his side of the story
Still another investigation is prom
ised in a resolution introduced by Rep
resentative Campbell in the house,
asking for an investigation of the ac
counts of former State Insurance Com
missioner J. A. Hartigan. Mr. Camp
bell asserts his resolution aims not so
much te criticise Mr. Hartigan as it
hopes to remedy the system of run
slag the office of the insurance com
missioner that prevails now. He
charges that Mr. Hartigan has gone
East on several occasions and has en
joyed himself at the expense of the
state. Mr. Hartigan stands high in
the state and is looked upon as a man
of the highest sense of honor and
The affairs of Secretary of State
Julius Schmahl are attracting consid
erable attention and much ugly talk
la heard, emanating mostly from the
committee room of the committee on
public accounts and expenditures. It
la charged that in addition to incur
ring the expenditure of something like
ey. No*v i-!
he had\con W.000 more than the law allowed him
his gre^tes=.j la the matter of printing, Mr. Schmahl,
found /want in handling automobile tags, bought
Tbe thouJ them at 36 cents when he could have
secured them for IS cents, and that
they were bought through a middle
man. Mr. Schmahl's defense is that
it was necessary to buy them in a
The matter of exempting policemen
and firemen from the prohibitions of
the anti-pass law came up for a hear
ing in the senate committee of the
whole. The spectacle of old guard
senators and progressive members
standing side by side was the result.
The senate supporters of the bill al
lowing policemen and firemen to ride
free could muster only thirty votes,
hut enough to recommend it for pas
sage. Senators Iiende and O. H. Sul
livan led the fight against the exemp
tion, charging that to exempt firemen
and policemen would result in nullify
ing the provisions of the law. The
street railway men have had a lobby
at work trying to defeat the measure
and in this they have been assisted by
g. it would defeat the intent of the anti
8 a a
»A They profess to believe also that to
make an exception now would be fol
lowed by requests for other exceptions
later and that after a while legislators
would be riding on free passes, just
an they were accustomed to do.
Employers* liability legislation seems
likely to go by the boards this ses
astn. There are four workmen's com
ponsatlon measures now before the
V. aenate and none of them seem satis
factory to all parties. The report of
tam commission anoointea by the late
Governor Johnson, composed of George
M, Gillette, H. V. Mercer and W. E.
McEwen has been split in two, Mr.
Mercer and Mr. McEwen signing one
report and Mr. Gillette signing an
other. The chief difference between
the Mercer bill and the Gillette bill is
that the Mercer bill is compulsory,
while the Gillette bill is elective. For
mer Justice Thomas D. O'Brien has in
troduced a bill, which has the back
ing of the State Federation of Labor,
Involving a classified list of dangerous
employments and abrogating the do
fense of assumption of risk, fellow
servant rule and contributory negli
gence. Still another has been intro
duced by Senator Swanson of Frldley.
which provides for the appropriation
of $300,000 by the state for the start
ing of an insurance fund. It also pro
vides for contributions from employes.
An effort is being made to pass a
primary law for the direct nomination
of state officers. The Moonan (Dem
ocratic) bill, which was withdrawn by
the committee on elections, became
the bone of contention during the last
of tbe past week. Senator Moonan
asked to have the bill recalled to the
floor of the senate on the 'ground that
it had come to his ears that the elec
tions committee would so treat it that
it would be worthless. The elections
committee is prepared to come -for
ward with a bill of its own, but all
parties are at sixes and sevens on the
matter and no one seems to know
what is wanted. The elections com
mittee promises to report out the
Moonan measure in a few days.
The Anderson statewide prohibition
bill was a special order the other day
in the house. An effort was made to
kill the bill when it showed itself on
the floor, but out of courtesy to the
author it was decided to give it a
Capital punishment has been abro
gated In Minnesota by the action of
•the house in adopting the McKenzie
bill. It is thought likely the senate
will pass the measure and it is known
that the governor is heartily in favor
of such a bill. This means that Mar
tin O'Malley, the Le Sueur county
murderer, sentenced to death for the
murder of bis two stepchildren, will
not- hang, a a a
The senate has passed the two tax
commission measures, fixing the basis
of assessed valuation for the entire
state at 50 per cent and doing away
with the local assessor and providing
for a county assessor. In the house
there are several revenue raising tax
measures under consideration, such
as the tonnage tax, inheritance tax.
etc. In the senate Senator Coller has
Introduced a concurrent resolution
asking the tax commission to evolve a
system of income taxation in lieu of
other forms of taxation.
National politics is beginning to
make itBelf apparent in Minnesota. It
is expected the Eberhart administra
tion will align itself with the Taft
forces and work to secure the renomi
natlon of W.- H. TaXt. The progres
sive forces will as certainly support
the candidacy of Robert M. La Fol
lette. The Democrats are at sea, some
of them desiring to support Judson
Harmon of Ohio and others planning
to support Woodrow Wilson of New
Jersey. A definite movement is on to
make S. D. Works of Mankato chair
man of the Democratic state central
committee to succeed Frank A. Day,
who has removed to Montana. During
the past week Edward C. Johngen of
Cincinnati has been in St. Paul con
sulting with Democratic leaders in the
interest of Judson Harmon's candi
dacy. The Democrats are planning to
bold a Jefferson day banquet, when
something is likely to develop along
the line of possible alignment of
The country members of the legisla
ture are enjoying themselves at the
benefit of the city members just now.
Botb St. Paul and Minneapolis would
like the hour of closing saloons ad
vanced from 11 o'clock to 12 o'clock
and in Minneapolis an effort is being
made to include the new hotels, tbe
Radisson and the Dyckman, within
what is known as the patrol limits. At
present liquor cannot be legally served
in either hotel. Last week when the
tri-county delegations met they were
hopelessly divided and a compromise
finally resulted in putting the two
measures out on the floor without rec
ommendation of any sort.
The express companies doing busi
ness in the state are due to receive a
severe grilling. Beginning sometime
about March 20 hearings will be com
menced before the state railroad and
warehouse commission, under the di
rection of Attorney General Simpson,
to determine whether or not the rates
charged by the express companies are
exorbitant It is expected the case
will go to the supreme court of the
United States before it is finally de
cided. The state has already ex
pended about $20,000 in collecting evi
dence and it is understood that it has
ainassea enougn or
case in any fair court
Warfare between Minnesota and
Wisconsin relative to the boundary in
Lake Pepin has been called off.
seemed for a while that it
necessary, as the attorney general
lacetiously suggested, to send the
Gopher, Minnesota's ship of war, to
make a demonstration off Ashland.
The Wisconsin people have finally de- Backer (Cap)
They have had a record of "no
defeat" on an outside floor in three
years, and were confident of winning
from New Ulm on the latter's home
floor. Especially after having won
from tbem the week prior at Minne
New Ulm put in some extraordinary
practice the last week to bring up
their windTsod beconW mors aeurate
The first half was as fast in the line
of Basket Ball ever witnessed by New
Ulm fans. The Ascensions were
fortunate enough to get the first
basket and one loud groan was issued
from the side lines, A. Barry being
entirely responsible. But soon
Skantling Blume edged out of a
bunch and tied the score, this caused
the fans to cheer and clapp.
By some unknown means Gymp
Blume steered clear of the bunch and
btiog tall enough for the rest to see
qui kby,received the passes with much
ease and shot four baskets in the first
spasm with that "fade away" shot of
Captain Backer was exceptionally
good on the jump, something unusual.
Re seemed to have springs in his shoes
for Von received the ball very few
times at the toss-up. But, Von
followed him so close that he was
only able to secure two baskets in the
first half.. Von securing one In a
Cyrus that (U-No) guard made a
very sensational basket which caused
the rooters to go into another spasm
of cheers and yells.
Riley for the Ascensions made a
bonny basket after a bit of splendid
teamwork. John Barry,also, secured a
basket from the field and a free throw.
The first half ended with New Ulm in
the lead, score being 16-9.
During the halves the High School
girls all clad in similar raiment, put
on a drill, singing the school song.
After which they formed the much
honored letters "N U. H. S." which
is very dear to all attending and the
graduates of the New Ulm High
School. -While in this position they
gave several school yells and waved
their lavender and white banners
above their heads.
In the second half tbe side line
spectators expected the Ascensions to
come in strong but it seemed im
possible for them to keep the ball for
any length of time, as our star guards
Groebner and Anthony, were "Johnny
on the spot". Anthony never left the
opponents basket the entire half.
Groebner went up and did the
mixing. He was always with the ball
and blocked to perfection when Blume
threw for basket.
Amann, Backer and Blume came in
strong in this half, breaking away
and shooting many nice baskets.
They seemed to work better than in
the first half, being able to break
away and shoot.
The over confidence of the Minne
apolis boys is what they claim to have
caused their defeat. Yet they seamed
to be glad to have been defeated be-
a* r^ ~&£s. *ev
cided to arbitrate and a commission
consisting of three from the house A to
and one from the senate of the legisla
tures of both states will adjust the
The Dunn road and bridge bills are
QOW ready for final action by the state
Benate. The finance committee has
voted to recommend the high\yay com
mission bill for passage with its an
nual appropriation of $150,000.
ASCENSIONS DEFEATED 40-23.
Sleepy Eye Loses 37—9.
The Sleepy Eye Basket Ball team
was defeated by tbe High School
secord team. For the visitors, Blake,
was the star. For tbe locals, Oetting.
Fritsche, Neumann and Sep. Groebner
played good ball.
The High School Orchestra rendered
several selections from Wagner and
other noted composers between halves
and before the games.
The New Ulm High School defeated
tbe famous Ascension team of Minne
apolis at the Armory, last Saturday
JSEW ULM, BROWN COUNTY, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1911. NUMBER 10
«t!l1 cause tbey have several bard games
case any fair court The hearing to play before they close the season,
will be brought directly against the JT
Wells-Fargo company as a
A O a
Brothers played the 6tar game trying
to keep their high standard but some
how were unable to do much team
work. The final score was 40-23 in
I a a
N,iU. H. S. Ascensions
A. Barry (Cap)
Blume R. F.
Amann L. F.
_-._._ R. G.
Ffeld goals: Blume, 8 Backer,
Amann, 3 A. Barry, 3 'J. Barry, 2
Von) 2 Riley, 2 Collins, 1 Groebner
1 .Anthony, 1. Goals: Amann, 1
Bourne, 1 J. Barry, 2. Officials,
referee and umpire, Hodgins and
Groebner timer, Roessler scorer,
Berg. Time-halves 20 min.
~. P. V. I.
Mgr. Russel Johnson is trying to
close tbe season with Madison, Minn.
If they are to play, it will be the
fattest game ever witnessed by the
local fans, as the Madison boys are
out for the State championship.
The Management of Co. A is trying
to make arrangements to play Co.
of St. Peter at Mankato next Satur
day". ... ,-
Base Bail season will soon open
and it is expected that all the fans
will support the team in a loyal
manner. It is a great advertisement
tot a town to have a good Base Ball
team. The team will be composed of
local boys. No salaried players will
Esler Dirks, Roland Mayer, Herbert
Huevelmann, Arthur Seifert, Edgar
Zelle and Melvin Vogtel of the Min
nesota "U traveled to New Ulm to
see the Ascensions meet their Water
jn Madagascar a kind of writing
Jtefcei-' used by some of' the native,
notables and the fetish priests is
made from the bark of a shrub named
hahova. The bark fiber is boiled and
macerated until a thin paste Is ob
tained. Then a leaf of the plant called
ravlnla, or traveler'!) tea, is coated
with pulp, formed from a particular
kind of rice, and over this Is spread
the hahova paste, on both sides of the
leaf. After the coating has thorough
ly dried and adhered, It is polished
with a smooth shell, and the paper is
ready for use in writing. The manu
facture of the ink employed, like that
of the paper Itself, Is a monopoly of
the notables and priests who use It.
This paper may be bought by travel
ers at about a cent and a half per
sheet, but only a few hundred sheets
& nroduced In a month.
As usual County Auditor Vogel was
the first one to render a statement of
distribution of the taxes collected by
tbe county treasurer from Nov, 1, 1910
to March 1, 1911. The auditor bad
his work completed on the morning of
March 3d. The distribution is as
State Rev $ 2,268.02
State School 1,891.38
Co. Rev 3,879.32
Co. Poor 1,537.40
Co.R. & 1,559.68
Co. Ditch 1,509.51
CITIES A N VILLAGES
New Ulm $ 6,597.00
Eden 315 40
L. Haaska 148.15
North Star 151.58
63 .. 85.68
fi, A. OTTOMEYER
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receiving new garments almost every
day, we are showing the best and larg
est up to date Dresses, Suits, Skirts
and Waists in this part of the state.
It will be to your interest to call and
see our line. We guarantee the fit of
every garment, as we have an expert
fitter who has charge of this depart
ment. This is an important item in buy
ing the Ready to Wear Goods. We can
sell you the Garments cheaper than
you can make them, and besides, they
are all made in the latest styles and of
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We should be pleased to have you visit our store and see
the department of the latest styles in ready
made Dresses and Coats.
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Transac Routine Business.
Report on County Poor a
S a verj Lo Rate for
Maintaiueuce of Poor,
Juro List not to be Published.
The Board of County Commis
sioners met in special session last
Saturday. The following were
present: Tower, Erickson, Steinke,,
Polkow, Henle. Commissioner Pol
kow was elected chairman and Nels'*'
Erickson vice chairman for the en-£
John Torgrimson, Lake Hanska,'~
asked to be set oil with his lands fromv
school district No. 67 to school
district 33. Hearing was set for July
11th, 1911. H. G. Hiliesheim, Leaven
worth, wishes to be set off from school,
district No. 32 to school district No.
12. A hearing was granted for July.
Auctioneers licences were granted to
A. S. Dorn for one year.
The resignation of H. J. Eogelmannj
as overseer of the county poor farm'*!
was accepted. A special meeting fori
the purpose of considering applica
tions for overseer will be held March
18. Mr. Engelmann's resignation
will take effect April 1st, 1911.
A resolution was adopted to the
effect that the newly appointed com
missioner Henle shall act on all com
mittees of whica commissioner Eck-,
stein, resigned, had been a member.
County Auditor Vogel submitted a
report relative to the number of days,
for each inmate at the Poor House
and tbe actual cost of maintenance of
these. The total number of days,
that the 21 inmates were boarded
during the past year was 5,770.
The cost of maintenance of the
poor 1B .47 per inmate per day or $3.29.
per inmate per week
to $3,300 for books supplies etc. having!
been used during bis term of ofllce as
county surveyor for over twenty years!
was rejected. Tbe Co. Commissioners!
adopted a resolution according tol
which the juror list as drawn by tbe|
Co. Commissioners and filed with the
Clerk of Court shall not be made pub-|
"Are these stooklngs fast colors 7"f
"Positively rapid, ma'am." .:.-:*'-
Points of View Differ.
In Finland the women consider a
M.HS on the lips as the greatest Insult
even from their own husbands.