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Tragic Events
Of Week Past
Trio of Fatal Happenings.
An .Accidental Death,
a Murder, and a
Last weak a time of dire
happenings to several persons well
known In this vicinity. A fans hand
east death while intoxicated on the
eallroad trade near Evan Tuesday, a
Mankato polioeman was shot and in
stantly killed Friday morning, his
Slayer committing suioide immediate
ly, and a young man lost his left
hand In operating a circle saw on his
father's farm in Miiford Thursday.
The first of the three casualties was
diseovered when the Redwood train
reached Sleepy Eye Tuesday evening
at 6:12 and the wheels of the engine
were found to be spattered with blood
and bits of flesh. When the Marshall
train pulled in similar conditions were
found and an investigation
begun. Neitherfiremennor engineers
on either train had noticed any ob
struction on the track. The section
foreman at Sleepy Eye and Engineer
Webb took a handoar and lanterns
and ran back to where pleoes of a
man's body were found scattered about
she traea some two miles east of Evan.
The elothiog was torn to shreds and
the body ground into small pieces so
that it was past recognition but for
she finding of some small articles
scattered about which had been pur
chaeed by the unfortunate man during
the day in Sleepy E e. These pur
chases proved him to be Christian
Larson, a farm laborer employed by
Rasmus Peterson living west of Evan.
He had been in Sleepy Eye dorlnp the
afternoon and it seems missed the
train back and started to walk home.
He had been drinking and probably
sat or lay down upon the track and
fell asleep. Coroner Relneke was
called and decided no Inquest was
accessary as death was plainly acci
dental. The victim had been in tbis
country but two years and nothing
was known of his family. He was
about 55 years old.
Thursday afternoon Ed. Vogel was
working with a wood sawing outfit on
his father's farm. Suddenly he
•lipped and fell against the rapidly
moving saw and before he knew what
was happening bis left hand had been
severed from bis arm and he had sus
tained several cuts in the flesh of his
chest. His wouncs were dressed at
St. Alexander's Hospital.
The third in the trio of untoward
events of the week was the shooting of
Officer Budde of the Mankato police
force by Aloysius Scbuette, son of a
former Mankato polioeman. The
young man had become mentally de
ranged and has a mania that made
his parents fear violence as he con*
tiuually talked of his desire to kill
Governor Eberbart and President
Taft. He was finally persuaded by
his father to go to the Sacred Heart
Sanitarium in Milwaukee for treatment
and Officer jtludde was detailed to
accompany him. The two men had
been close fr'ends and it is supposed
that young Schuette became suddenly
insane and shot Budde. The Mil
waukee papers state that the other
passengers in the smoking car where
the tragedy was enacted heard a slight
dispute between the two men over a
seat and it is supposed the opposition
to Scbuette's wishes inflamed his
diseased mind, making a violent
maniac of him. After seeing Officer
Budde fall back in his seat following
the shot the insane men turned the gun
upon himself and fired two shots, the
latter causing almost instaneous
Officer Budde was 45 years old and
leaves a family. Schuette was 28 and
F. P. Starr is confined to his home
with a severe case of grippe. Mr.
Doebce is also suffering from alike
Mies Lulu Doehne entertained a
party of friends at a thimble-bee last
Wednesday. The decorations were in
pink and yellow and delicious refresh
ments were served.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Fesenmsier were
agreeably surprised Friday evening
at their home on N. Minn. Sir., in
honor of their silver wedding anni
versary. Cards were played and
prizes were awarded to the following:
Mrs. Chas. Engelbert, George Vetter
and Mrs. Otto Schneider.
Juvenile Court Needed Here
Concrete proof that Supt. Merica of
the Training School was correct iA a
statement made at his recent lecture in
New Ulm that children are forced into
crime by the prevailing social and
economic conditions was furnished
Thursday morning when Eugene
Small, a lad not quite 13 years old
was in Justioe H. Deters* court on
information filed against him for the
purpose of having him committed to
the State Training School. The lad
who was born here is the son of Ed.
Small and has lived in Denver, Col.
for the past three years. His mother
died several years ago and since then
the boy has had no real home and has
simply gone to the bad.
According to his own admissions be
was a member of a gang of juvenile
thieves at Denver and volunteered the
statement that be stole 115 from a
woman and used this money to defray
his expenses to New Ulm where be
arrived January ldth. He is a bright
little fellow and made a very favorable
impression on tbe various persons
that be called on. Two of our business
men were so favorably impressed that
they were planning to find a home for
tbe boy and send him to school but
tbe escapades of the young fellow as
they were related in Justioe Court
precluded any such action on the part
of our good citizens.
It appeared from the testimony that
the boy took $1.80 from his grand
father, B. Marsebner, $1 50 of which
he blew in on a slot machine. He
also took a watch from Sebeer, tbe
furrier, a compass and other articles
from the home of Dr. L. A. Frltsebe
and wound up by stealing a t40 gold
watch from tbe home of Herman
Mueller across the river.
At the hearing County Attorney
Frederiokson appeared for the State
and Richard Higgs represented tbe
accused. The evidence was so con
clusive that City Justice Deters could
not do otherwise than enter an order
committing Eugene to the State
Training School. Judge Olsen to
whom tbe evidence was submitted
approved thefindingson Tuesday and
Sheriff W. J. Julius will take thB lad
to tbe Training school this week.
That Ubiquitous Ghost.
Tbe "Ghost" story grows by leaps
and bounds until a goodly number of
New Dim's fairer sex hesitate about
going about alone after dusk falls.
The phantom is seen here, there and
tbe other place, and strange to say
the accounts of what he, (she or it?)
looks like quite generally tally with
one another and lend color to the
belief that someone is very foolishly
tempting fate by playing pranks. One
of our citizens on going to bed saw
his "Ghostly Highness" (all accounts
agree that the specter is exceedingly
tall) emerge from the alley back of
Postmaster Liesch's residence and
turn into Washington Street, Sunday
evening, gliding along in most ap
proved ghostly fashion. Others have
seen him appear, wraith-like, from
tbe rear of Buenger's furniture store.
Oae young woman going home along
German Street was terror stricken by
seeing what sbe believed was tbe dis
turbing creature. This latter ad
venture however was explained away
by those who said the girl had seen
the moon shining on a pile of ice.
Another story had it that one of our
brave young men had chased the
ghost and heaved a stone at it, where
upon the ghost leaped a fence in quite
human fashion. Persistent rumors
Monday and Tuesday had the ghost
lodged in the County Jail but if there
he must be a real ghost for our
sheriff declares that the ghost is in
visible to him. Equally persistant
rumors said tbe ghost had been caught
by someone and given a good
drubbing before being turned over to
Landlord Julius. A number of (he
North State Street residents where
the ghost seems to make himse'f most
numerous are said to be prepared to
give tbe offender a warm reception.
It is our opinion that the imprudent
night-walker will quietly cease his
pranks and disappear—as indeed
would be the wisest course considering
the satisfactory excitement he has
succeeded in stirring up.
Herman Bectzin of Cottonwood re*
cently sold bis farm of 153 acres to
Christ Stuiber of Miiford, tbe price
being something over $81 per acre, or
$12,600 in all. A son of Mr. Stuiber
will run the farm and will take posses
sion in March at which time Mr. Bent*
zin will move bis family into New Ulm.
They will occupy the house owned by
them at 406 South 8tate Street now
occupied by Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Starr.
tbe committee which at this session
at least will be as important, if not
more so, than the tax committee? I
Mr. Burnquist knew that one of
the most important measures would
be a public utilities commission.
Senator Wallace as chairman of
the committee on corporations, in
troduced a measure providing for
such a commission and it will be
his measure over which most of the
discussion will take place. It is not
tbe Intention of the writer to present
an argument for or against a public
utilities commission, but the iniqui
ty of Senator Wallace's measure
should be shown up in no uncertain
terms. Progressive democrats
the senate have an excellent oppor
tunity when this bill is up for dis
cussion to show their mettle.
That Senator Wallace did not
write the bill goes without saying.
It was penned by a skilled hand.
There is a serious conviction that
it was drawn in the lepl depart
ment of a big public service cor
poration. At any rate it is a bill
which could be endorsed by all the
legal departments of all the public
service corporations in the state.
The responsibility for this measure
is partly Mr. Burnquist's fault for
placing a man at the head of the
corporation committee whose convic
tions are such that he leans toward
the corporation side of every ques
A few features of the WaUaj
bill are 'sufficient ~fo convincfe
one of its source. The law provides
that the members of the proposed
commission, should be appointed.
Make them elective and Mr. Wallace
and those backing the bill know
that it will be lost. Another provi
sion of the bill provides that if a
municipality desires to acquire one
of the public service corporations,
it will take three-fifths of those
voting at the election to start the
action. Three-fifths of all voting at
an election is a safe margin for
the public service corporation Ai
ter the voters decide they want to
operate the utility, they must then
go into court and submit the neces
sity of the taking of the property
to a jury. This is only a portion
of Senator Wallace's bill. There are
other features equally hostile to the
best interests of municipalities The
wonder of it all is, however, why did
Mr. Burnquist, usually recognized as
a progressive, appoint Senator Wal
lace chairman of the corporation
committee? Will any progressive re
publican, or just plain progressne,
step forward with an explanation7
It might be well to say in this con
nection that the public utilities are
backing the Wallace bill. The demo
cratic side of both houses is in
full possession of facts. It is hard
ly likely that they will stand be
hind the forces agitating this meas
ure. The measure may be clothed
in progressive attire but it is a
reactionary bill and the democrats
should be on their guard Several
prominent members of the demo
cratic delegation are just itching to
get at the Wallace bill.
Senator Works of Mankato, prob
ably will receive the solid backing
of the democrats for his measure
to abolish the board of visitors
This board has been used by Gov
ernor Eberbart to harass the boaul
of control because that board is
controlled by the democratic mem
bers. As long as the board was
in harmon with the chief executive
the board of visitors was a quies
cent body. No sooner was it known
that P. Ringdal might oppose
Governor Eberbart than the board
became very active Its secretary.
James Matchitt, is a son-in-law of
Silas W. Leavitt, a former member
of the board, who would like to
fill Ringdal's shoes. Another mem
ber is J. T. Schain, Browns Valley
He is an applicant for Mr. Ringdal's
position. With these facts known,,
how much credit should an intelli
gent public give the recent lurid
reports of that board?
Is the Burnquist-Clague-Wallace
Haycraft machines in the senate af
ter Senator Moonan's recall bill? At
present it looks as though the ma
chine in the senate was out to rob
him of the credit his measure de
serves, and also to render impossible
his bill. Such a procedure was in
operation when the senate was dom
inated by S. T. Gordon. Unless a
bill originated from his side of the
senate it was promptly and effectu
ally riddled.
Senator Wallace's Measure
Branded An Iniquitous Scheme
BjII Said To Be Framed In interests O The
Private Secretaries For Burnquist and Rines
Cost State $2000.00
In deposing Senator Carl Wallace How the elections committee, of
from the tax committee and placing which Senator Haycraft is chairman,
him at the head of the committee and the elite of Burnquist's machine
on corporation*, Lieutenant Governor are associate members, proposes an
J. A. A. Burnqnist owes the pro- amendment to the Moonan bill which
gressive republicans an explanation., doubtless will kill it and clear the
If Senator Wallace exerted an
proper influence over
lion, and that he did,
to be little occasion
why was he placed at
tax legisla
there seuuio
to question,
the head of
decks for a new bill under the cham
pionship of the senatorial clique.
The amendment proposes to recall
appointive offices. As everyone
knows this would not be feasible or
right/ The elective officer and not
his subordinate should be the one
and the only one recalled. Through
him, the public can reach the of
fending subordinate and fix respon
sibility at the same time. Senator
Moonan. by showing his' ability in
fathering clean cut progressive leg
islation has offended the Burnquist
machine. Tbe senate organization
has proceded far enough now to in
dicate clearly that Burnquist is go
ing to give the democratic minority
the same old deal which character
ized Gordon's reigp. Will It prove
as disastrous to Burnquist's ambitions
as it did to those of Gordon?
W. I. Nolan, Speaker Rines' floor
leader was rebuked the other day
by H. H. Dunn. The political and
legislative "piety" of the Rines' or
ganization is getting offensive to
both the Dunns and their following.
The Lundeen motion for a committee
on committees was up for discussion
and Mr Nolan, who supported a
similar measure vigorously two years
ago, opposed the same principle
when directed against his own ma
chine This stirred H. H. Dunn, who
"I don't like to see any one mem
ber arrogate to himself all the tis
sue paper sweetness of progressive
It will be noted that when the
vote was taken several of Mr. Rines'
supporters broke away from the or-
Chief among these was
ofliasr«raiaBsi«)?*«At«M^Bg Tattey.
who is not pleased over his com
mittee assignment. Mr. Frankson is
too much in favor of tonnage tax
and other matters, which are op
posed by Rines and his immediate
lollowmg. Other breaks in the mot
lev group composing the Rines' or
ganization will be noticed from time
to time in this column.
Last week was progressive week
in St. 'Paul. The progressive Re
publicans met Thursday at the old
capitol bui'ding and listened to Sen
ator Kenyon Progressives or bull
moosers attended rallies at the Mer
chants hotel and the auditorium and
listened to Senator Bevendge and a
battery of speakers sent out by the
publicity department of the new na
tional party Republican members of.
both houses were kept busy running
between the t%o conferences. Some
stayed awav, others attended one
or the conferences and many went
to both of them In justice to the
bull moosers it should be said they
put up the best showing.
To parabhrase one of Bryan's char
acterizations of Colonel Roosevelt's
political e\o1ution. one nrieht say
of GoVernor Adolph Olson Eberhart
"He did not enter the protrressWe
un^vard at die eleventh beur, he
waited until a quarter to twelve"
During the prmary camoaign when
it was known that 'the initiative and
referendum composed the chief plat
form of Rinjrdal, Mr. Eber
bart was silent upon the issue. Dur
ing the election camoaign. he was
pouallv SLlent, although Mr. Ring
dal went up and down the state
expounding thp initiative and refer
endum. (Mr. Eberhart's friends count
ed noses in both the house and the
senate and after determining that
some kind of an initiative and ref
erendum measure would nrobabiv
pass they proceeded to advise the
governor to recommend it in his
Less than two weeks before the
session convened, Ralph W. Wheel
ock declared that Governor Eberhait
would not mention the initiative and
rofpronHnm. finvemor Eberhart
himself was silent. At a quarter
to twelve, however, he apnroves of
the initiative and referendum, say
"There is today a genuine de
mand on the part of the peonle for
direct legislation. No one Questions
the capacity of the American peo
ple for direct government"
Manv qupftioned, however, whether
Governor Eberhart sensed the "•de
mand" during the primaries or the
election campaign.
The convening of the .legislature
has revived gossip relative to Gover
nor Eberhart's political aspirations
It is practically certain that he will
be a candidate two years hence to
succeed himself as governor. Mayor
H. P. Keller has been urged to g«t
into the race, but has decided to
run for mayor under the new char
(Continued on back paste)
Citizens Bank Secures Option.
It looks now as tbo the Ciizens*
State Bank of New Ulm might give
up the idea of remodeling their present
bankingbouse and enlarging it by
erecting an addition on the adjoining
*i5 feet recently purchased from M^s.
Toberer. On Saturday they secured
an option on tbe Leibold block next
to tbe Dakota House. This option
will be good for 30 days only and the
directors of tbe bank must decide
within this time limit whether the
location is suitable and the price
secured by the building committee is
acceptable. It is planneddo put up a
modern banking house sriWairootace
Of 38 feet.
At tbe annual mcetimja* *he State
Bank of Essig held lata Tuesday tbe
following officers and electors
elected: Pres., EmilG. Sage Vice
Pres., W. C. Heimann Cashier, Christ
Dabl Directors, Herman Albrecbt,
Louis Spelbrink, Peter Purtb, Henry
Mueller, Gottlieb Oeisler and E. A.
At the annual meeting qf the
Security State Bank of Hanska held
at tbe banking bouse Tuesday after
noon the following officers and
directors were elected: Pres Iver
Stone Vice Pres., Emil G. Hage
Cashier, Alfred B. Ouren Ass't.
Cashier, Clifford Belliug Directors,
Iver Stone, Emil G. Hage, Ellef
Bjerteaoo, Ener Tborsen, B. L,
Bjeresen and Einar Toeober*. The
change in the cashiership was due to
the resignation of Einar Toenberg
which goes into effect Feb 1st. A
10% dividend was declared, tbe surplus
fund was increased to $4,00 and
$2,500 will be carried as undivided
profits. Casper Olstad who was at
one time manager of tbe Minnesota
Central Telephone Co. at this place,
will succeed A. Ouren as cashier of
the State Bank of Courtland.
Otto E. Naegele, one of our entbusi
astic out-of-town Junior Pioneers,
who has been in tbe active banking
business in Minneapolis for the past
27 years has retired to private life.
At the time of his retirement he was
Vice President of the Metropolitan
National Bank which position he has
filled wlttr credit to hlfoselt since
April 1911. Mr. Naegle feels that he
needs a rest after a long business
career and has no intention at this
time of re-entering active business
l'fe. Mr. Naegele was one of tbe
guests during Home Coming Week
last summer and is a loyal son of New
Ulm. At tbe time of the IndianMassacre
be was 5 years old. His mother took
him and two of the other children to
St. Peter in an ox cart on the after
noon of August 19ih and this team
was the last to cross the river ferry
before the Indians attacked the town
Steps Taken To Increase Capacity
of Plant.
At the special meeting of the City
Council held last Tuesday evening a
contract was entered into between tbe
City and tbe Oscar Claussec Engineer
ing Co. of Kt. Paul thru tbelr repre
sentative, J. F. Druar. According to
tbe terms of the contract tbe Claussen
Engineering Co. is to prepare a pre
liminary report showing the different
ways open to tbe city to increase the
output of tbe electric light plant, with
an estimate of tbe cost of installing
each method. The advisability of en
tering into a contract with the Con
sumers Power Co. of Mankato to sup
ply the electric current, is also to be
considered by tbe engineers in their
initial report.
For tbis service tbe City obligates
itself to pay tbe sum of S12S. If the
City should take favorable action on
any one of tbe plans submitted, tbe
Engineering Company is to prepare all
the necessary plans and specifications.
For this service they are to receive 5%
of the contract price of each Improve
ments if they do not exceed the sum of
12,000 4% if they are between 812,000
and «15, 00 and 3i% if tbey are in ex
cess of 815,000. Thecontract also pro
vides that a competent engineer is to
be furnished to superintend the work
while under construction if tbe City de
sires it for whose compensation an ad
ditional life of the contract pnoe will
be allowed.
Rev. Hobn suffered a very severe at
tack of Grippe and rheumatism Satur
day and Sunday and is just able to be
sitting up at this writing Rev. Wheel
er filled tbe pulpit at the Methodist
church Sunday evening and tbe Con
gregational church members attended
service there. It ia expected that a
similar joint service will be held at tbe
Congregational church next Sunday
'^^f^^J^l^jm^v^k mmmh^m^^t'm^
Reds and Blues
PlayWar Game
Matters Military. Ne E
quipment Received By
Machine Gun
Friday evening Major Arthur John
umpired the seeoM) -mar
which was played in our wlty. Se
was assisted by Wm. «. «aand ot
Winona. Tbe eeaoe 4f the .conftfet
was laid in tbe state of Kaaeae, east
of Ft. Leavenworth, aloa* thePiatta
ilieer. Major John Sneebesa waa In
command of tbe Reds of Missouri and
Cap*. Oliver D. Quaae of St. Peter
commanded the Blues of Kansas. The
game opened at 9 o'clock before it
was finally concluded. Ho decision is
rendered by tbe umpire and) we are
therefore unable to state who got the
worst of tbe eonliot. Cap*. Pfaeoder,
Lieut. Robert Smith of Worlhingtoa,
Lieut. Robert Ervin of Maaaato and
Capt. Alfred Larson of Madison sup
ported Capt Quane ia the strategic
work while Lt. Klause, Capt Vogel
and Lt. E. E. Miller of St. Friar were
In charge of the troops under Major
Busehers. It waa quite generally
conceded that the Blues had the best
of tbe argument when time waa called
Their part of the problem was, how
ever, not quite so difficult to solve as
that of tbe Rede.
Caps. Wm. Kinae of North field,
Lieut. Wm. Biarbaum and Dr. L. A.
Friteohe were interested spectators.
After hostilities had ceased tbe entire
party repaired to Turner Hall where a
fine lunch waa served them in the
Dutch Room. It is expected that the
next war game will take place here in
the middle of February.
Sunday, members of the Machine
Gun Company and Second Regiment
Jgand indulged in a short bike. This
was done mainly to show of the new
olive-drab overcoats which had
arrived tbe previous Wednesday, The
Machine Gun Company^ reastged 50
and the mid2*T" *~~?v
Tbe first mule for the Machine1 Gun
Company arrived the other day. It is
made of wood and is the product of
the shop of Weilandt & Stegemano.
Fbr tbe recruit this will prove more
convenient and more safe to practice
on than tbe tricky army mnie. The
real article is expected to arrive la
early spring.
Fifteen of Co. "A's" crack shots
took part in the indoor practice shoot
at Star Hall last Wednesday evening.
Lt. Adolf Klause made tbe highest
score, securing 47 points out of a
possible 50. With tbe exception of
two. ail of the boys made 40 or more
which is certainly some good shoot
School Building Bonis
The Lincoln schoolbouse caught
fire Friday morning and is a total
loss. Fire was discovered shortly be
fore 10 o'clock and tbe teachers
marched the children out to safety
without the lesst difficulty. People
living in the vicinity saved most of
the books and much of the furniture.
The fire department was soon on the
scene and encountered some difficulty
in securing water, tbe first hydrant
being frozen aud some time was lost
in making connections at the next
Tbe destroyed building was of brick
veneer construction and has been con
sidered afire trap. It was built nearly
twenty-five years ago and was a two
story structure with four .class rooms.
The fire had apparently started over
tbe boiler and was communicated to
tbe wooden partitions. Considerable
headway has been made before the
alarm was turned in.
The loss is partially covered by in
surance to the amount of $6,500.
Tbe pupils attending tbe school will
report at the Central building Wed
nesday morning and provision will
be made for them at the Washington
building. The school board will hold
a special meeting to consider ways
and means for the future.—St. Peter
Free Press.
Miss Grace Dignin, teacher of tbe
First Grade in the Union Building re
turned Saturday evening after a weak
spent at her home in Merriam Park on
account of tbe serious illness of bar
mother. Miss Aotooia Zieber substi
tuted for Mise Dignin during her ab

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