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TWO BLIZZARDS IN
WEEK STRIKE HERE
RAILWAY AND MAIL SERVICE
DEMORALIZED THIRD TIME
IN TWO WEEKS
COUNTY ROADS BLOCKED IN
EVERY DIRECTION FROM
Two blizzards within a week, and each
Jr.little bit worse than the previous one,
^/fras the experience of this part of the
country during the past week, and the
average citizen has decided that the
weather man is carrying his jokes a bit
too far. The first storm of the week,
which Wcs the second severe one in ten
days, began late Tuesday evening and
continued until,well into Wednesday.
A heavy snow was accompanied by a
40^nile gale, which piled the snow high,
and practically tied up railway traffic
from Wednesday morning until Satur
All Trains Held Up.
While the Chicago & Northwestern
succeeded in getting an occasional train
through, mostly from Mankato and St.
Peter, the Minneapolis & St. Louis had
no train from the Twin Cities from
Tuesday evening until about 4 o'clock,
Saturday afternoon. The train leaving
l^here early Wednesday morning did not
wwh Minneapolis until the end of the
week. The latter line was opened
Saturday as far south as this city, and
a train arrived at 4 p. m., and returned
at once to the Twin Cities. The second
train arrived from the north at 10
o'clock. That was the last Minneapolis
& St. Louis train until the possibility
of one this morning.
A second storm began shortly before
midnight Saturday, which grew in
tesity all of Sunday and far into the
night. The wind was of greater velocity
-v^and the cold more intense than of any
preVious storm of the winter so far.
As a result train service was again para
lyzed on both lines. The Northwestern
train which left Chicago Sunday night,
due here Monday morning at 10:30
"t did not arrive until early Tuesday morn-
ng, and that was soon followed by the
train due here 1:39 Monday
ernoon. The Minneapolis & St. Louis
^ects to get a tram out this morning.
ervice to the^East on the Northwest
/roa has been practically restored,
j/iile to the west it was still tied up yes
"terday. A snow plow and caboose
were derailed between Sleepy Eye
and Springfield, and owing to weather
conditions, restoring them to the track
was slow and it was hardly expected
that a train could be gotten beyond
that point before sometime last night.
Storm conditions, aside from demora
lizing the mail and tram service, has
worked great hardship on the business
world, and caused much inconvenience
to the people in general. There has
been little, if any, freight service for
the past two weeks.
Freight is Held Up.
The New Ulm Gas Co. exhausted its
supply of oil in the manufacture of gas
I and was obliged to use gasoline. The
finished product is just as good, but
the cost is considerably greater. While
the company's customers have been
served, the concern itself is out much
^P^The New Ulm Publishing Company
has had a ton or more of paper, on which
to print one of its several publications,
on the way from Minneapolis for ten
days. The last heard of the shipment
it was tied up at Chaska.
The milling companies have been un
able to ship their products for several
days and as a result the mills have been
shut down for more than a week.
The retail business has been practi
cally at a standstill for some time,
owing to the fact that the roads leading
into the city are so nearly impassable
that farmers refuse to make the attempt
+p reach the city except cases of ab
loute necessity. Hence the merchants
are depending only on the city trade
for the present.
Yesterday's weather forecast indicated
that today would be cloudy and colder.
Reports from the west were to the
effect that another storm was raging
in South Dakota, and no one need be
disappointed if it reached here some
Anti-Suffrage women of Minne
fare persistently working to stem
tide that has evidently set in favorable
to the movement in this state. Their
I press agent is one of the hardest worked
individuals that has so far been let loose.
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BAC ON THE JOB.
Chief of Police Adolph Klause resumed
his position at the head of the New Ulm
police department last Thursday, Feb
ruary 1, after an absence of over seven
months, during which time he was on
the Mexican border with the Minnesota
troops. Since his return from Texas
Chief Klause visited relatives and friends
before resuming his duties for the city.
With Mrs.. Klause and their daughter,
Miss Aurelia, he visited his brother,
A. G. Klause, who is connected with
the state hospital at Rochester. Tfcey
returned during the week, and Miss
Aurelia left the following day for St.
Peter, where she resumed her duteis
as nurse in the state hospital tnere.
During Chief Klause's absence in the
South he has won honorable mention
from his superior officers for the success
ful manner in which, as provost mar
shal, he organized the police force of
John Herzog, who has been acting
chief, has resumed his station on the
COMMISSION IS TO
SOLYE GAR FAMINE
PLENARY POWERS ARE GIVEN
RAILWAY MEN, TO ACT WITH
I. C. C.
CONTINUED STORMS HELP TO
TIE UP FREIGHT TRAFFIC IN
The American Railway Association
has decided upon a new plan for handling
the car.-shortage problem, which for
months has been the bane of existence
for railroad man and shippers. A com
mission of fi\e is to be appointed that
will have plenary powers to co-operate
with the Interstate Commerce Com
mission in the. administration of a new
set of car service rules, adopted with a
view to solving the car shortage problem.
This was decided at a meeting of the
association the latter part of the week.
Submitted to Railroads.
The new rules have been submitted to
the railroads of the country and it is
expected they will be approved at once.
The commission will deal with all car
service problems until May 1.- The new
rules provide, among other things, for
the forwarding to destination of foreign
cars under load and the prompt handling
of empty foreign cars within certain pro
visions said to be calculated to relieve
the present situation.
The new rules, which become effective
February 21, are based upon per diem
rules also effective on that day. In a
circular letter to the railroads the asso
ciation asks that the committee of five
be given power to make such necessary
modifications in the rules as may be re
quired to prevent undue hardships.
Storms Tie Up Traffic.
Added to the car shortage the shippers
and railways of the northwest, and es
pecially of this part of the country, have
the storms to contend with, which have
practically tied up freight traffic for the
past two weeks. But little freight is
moving at all these days and with present
conditions, which are likely to continue
for most of the balance of the winter, the
prospect is anything but bright. Even
with plenty of cars at their disposal
business, and especially that which has
to depend on the freight traffic, must
of necessity be tied up at intervals for
The snow is piled so high that the cuts
are quickly filled in with every storm of
any note, and traffic again cut off.
BANKERS HOLD MEETING
The regular quarterly meeting of the
Brown County Bankers' Association
wa^ held at Springfield one day last
week. Owing to the uncertainty of the
train service, the attendance was not
as large as usual, but what the gathering
lacked in numbers was made up in en
thusiasm, and a very profitable meeting
was the result.
Matters of interest to the banking
business were discussed. The talks
were of an informal nature.
Besides the Springfield bankers the
following were present: W. W. Smith
and Hans Mo, Sleepy Eye O. M. Olsen,
L. B. Krook, and E. A. Stoll, New Ulm.
The following are the officers of the
association: President, O. M. Olsen,
New Ulm vice president, W. W. Smith,
Sleepy Eye secretary and treasurer,
E. L. Nippolt, Springfield.
The next meeting will be held in this
city sometime during May.
WILL HOLD MEETING
NON PARTISAN ORGANIZATION
TO GATHER AT COURT HOUSE
OBJECT IS THE EDUCATION OF
PEOPLE IN NEW POLITICAL
The Non-Partisan Political League
will hold a meeting at the Court House
in this city next Saturday afternoon,
February 10, at 2 o'clock. A large num
ber of farmers and others are expected
to be present.
The meeting is to be educational
in its nature and all those who wish to
learn more of the plans and objects
of the leaders in the movement are
invited to be present.
N. F. Randall of North Dakota, is
to be the principal speaker at the meet
Meetings for Next Week.
Meetings have been arranged for next
week, as follows: Cobden, Monday,
February 12 Springfield, Tuesday, Feb
ruary 13 Sleepy Eye, Wednesday,
February 14 E\an, Thursday, February
15 Hanska, Friday, Feb. 16. A meeting
will probably be arranged for
Saturday, February 17, but that has
not been decided.
Headquarters for the state organiza
tion will soon be opened in St. Paul.
Minnesota is one of the nine northwestern
em states in which the league is being
organized, and it is growing very rapid
ly in every one where the work has been
"Whereever we find a farmer who
reads and keeps abreast of the times,
we are sure of a member of the league,"
said a prominent league member. "It
is only those who simply work, eat
snd sleep that fail to take an interest
in the movement which is growing
so rapidly, and vhich -wfll -sweep the
whole country within the next two or
"There are some business men in
New Ulm as well as elsewhere, who
have an idea that the Farmers' Non
partisan Political League is going to
injure the town, but this is absolutely
groundless. The league has no idea
of tearing down the towns or injuring
the business, of any legitimate business
man. We do think, however, that the
farmer who raises the food that feeds
the world, should have something to
say. about fixing the price of his products.
Successful in North Dakota.
"The Non-Partisan movement was start
ed in North Dakota, and has been very
successful in that state. They elect
ed the entire state ticket and the lower
house of the legislature, which I think
is going some" for the first year.
"Within the next three years oi less,
we will hold the political power in the
United States.. There is no question
about it. From now on the big capi
talists will have to come to our terms
and let us haVe a little something to
say about how the affairs of the country,
state and county should be managed!"
Not only members of the league, but
all others are urged to be present at
the meeting next Saturday and decide
for themselves whether or not its aims
are worthy of their support.
BATH HOUSES TO BE BUILT
ON COTTONWOOD RIVER
G. A. Ottomeyer, H. N. Somsen and
J. A. Ochs, who sometime ago purchased
a four-acre tract of land on the Cotton
wood, have arranged to build bath
houses and prepare a suitable bathing
beach on that stream, and .work will
be begun .as soon as the weather will
permit, in order that the bathing place
".ill be ready when the bathing season
opens next summer.
James Douger, Jr., has prepared
plans for the bath houses, and it is prob
able they will be built _in accordance
with the plans presented, although they
may be somewhat less elaborate than
at first contemplated.
AFTER BETTER SERVICE
The citizens of the towns along the
Evan-Marshall branch of the North
western railway, have for sometime been
up in arms because of the unsatisfactory
train service on that branch. Through
the efforts of Representative A. J.
Praxel of Lamberton, a hearing has been
called by the State Railroad & Ware
house Commission, to be held at Sleepy
Eye, tomorrow. It is expected that a
large number of people from the towns
and villages affected will be present at
NEW ULM, BROWN COUNTY, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY, PEBUARY 7, 1917.
GERMAN SHIPS ARE
SEIZED AT MANILA
UNITED STATES AND CENTRAL
POWERS ARE AT BREAKING
EVERY INTERNED VESSEL IN
Berlin, February 6—American Am
bassador James Gerard at Berlin re
ceived notification from the American
goVernment of his recall Sunday night.
Washington, February 6—Austria has
sent to the State Department a note
identically the same as that sent by the
German Government, announcing its
unlimited submarine warfare. Every
effort will be made to avoid a break with
Austria if possible. The United States
naval authorities have seized seventeen
German merchant ships in the harbor
at Manila, Philippine Islands, according
to dispatches received here yesterday.
All of the German crews were removed.
It is reported that the machinery in
all of the ships had been damaged by
The damage is said to have been done
at least thirty-six hours before the break
between the United States and Germany
,, Americans Are Safe.
Berlin, Germany, February 6—Amer
icans in Berlin take the view that war
between the United States and Ger
many is about to break out. News
of the break between America and Ger
many was first published by The Berlin
Zeitung Ammittag. The excitement on
the streets was intense. Newspapers
sold Juriously. The report spread thru
Berlin like wild fire. Germany has
now mobilized every ounce of her mili
'*0Gnfanttt&n6& fo- eaftry 6r* Fight".
For the time no talk on the streets
was heard on any other subject than
the break with America. While news
has been coming in of the successes
of the German submarines against the
commerce of the allies, and of the re
pulses of the allies' attacks by land on all
sides, the German people appear more
than ever determined to carry on the
fight. Germany now seems like one
vast powder magizine, the explosion
of which is likely to shake the universe.
Embassy Home of Gloom.
The American embassy at Berlin,
since the receipt of the news of the break
between Germany and America has been
a home of gloom. Secretary Grew and
other members of the embassy were
yesterday noticed pacing restlessly back
and forth thru their offices. They have a
great problem on hand, and that is how
to get the vast number of American
diplomats, Red Cross nurses and Ameri
can private citizens home to their o#n
Spain Only Safe Avenue.
Spain appeared to afford about the
only safe avenue, whereby the Americans
could take passage for the western-world.
Reports on the sailing of vessels from
Spanish ports came in continually from
Madrid. Another plan was to have the
Americans sail from Norway by way of
Bergen and have the same ship bring
back Count Bernstorff and the German
Announcement from Austria.
Washington, February 6, The Amer
ican state department has received from
Austria an announcement in regard to
submarine warfare, a declaration that
is practically the same as that of Ger
many. The administration, however,
has as yet taken no steps in the direction
of severing its diplomatic relations with
Austria, but appears to be working for
some change in the Austrian policy, so
as to make it possible to continue these
Americans in Germany.
Washington, February 6. It is the un
derstanding of the war department that
there are 2,000 to 6,C00 Americans in
Germany. No more definite informa
tion than that is available.
Mrs. J. H. Vogel was hostess yester
day afternoon to the Current News
Club. Mrs. G. F. Reineke acted as
leader and read a paper on "Dust and
its Dangers," Mrs. A. J. Vogel also
had a paper on the same subject. Mrs.
H. H. Walters was on the program for
a paper and Mrs. J. H. Vogel furnished
the musical number.
S. H. Oversea of-Lamberton, was here
CANCER CAUSES DEATH.
Rev. and Mrs. C. G. Hohn have re
turned from Minneapolis, where they
went to attend the funesal of Raymond
6 uetzmacher, whose death occurred
in that city recently.
Mr. Gruetzmacher was quite well
known in this city, many people here
having met him when he appeared
before New Ulm audiences in leading
parts in the plays presented by the
University Lyceum players, during Uni
versity week last June. At that time
he was the guest of Rev. and Mrs.
Hohn, and before leaving for home he
made an automobile trip with Mr. Hohn
to several places in the county, at which
time he complained of a pain in one
of his legs. A medical examination
later proved that cancer had developed.
Several surgical operations were per
formed, and finally the leg was ampu
tated in the hope of saving the young
man's life, but to no avail and a week
ago deatn relieved him of his suffering.
He was 22 years old, and was the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gruetzmacher
REV. J. H. NAUMANN
DIES IN ST. PAUL
HEAD OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OF MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE
END COMES SUDDENLY AT HIS
HOME, FROM A STROKE OF
by an attack of apoplexy while engaged
in conversation with his brother-in-law
at his home in St. Paul. He was 50
years of age.
Well Known Here.
Mr. Naumann was especially well
known in this city from his connection
with the local college, he having been
a member of the Board of Directors
for more than ten years, and chairman'
of that body for the past four and a
half years. He visited New Ulm in
connection with that office at least
once a month and frequently much
oftener. His last visit here was on
Saturday, January 27, having stopped
over while on his way to the west on
business in connection with the synod.
He was apparently in excellent health
at that time. He had always been an
active and very robust man. He was
still in the prime of life, and had not yet
r.ached his 52 birthday, which would
fall on March 14th of this year.
Mr. Naumann had long been very
active in church work. He began his
ministerial career at Wolsey, South
Dakota,, when a young man. His
next pastorate was at Gibbon,- Minn.,
after which he was located at Wood
Lake and still later at Goodhue. From
there he went to St. Paul, on becoming
identified with the Dr. Martin Luther
College. He was also assistant pastor
of the Emanuel Lutheran Church at
West St. Paul, in addition to his duties
in connection with the college.
Many people in this community were
shocked Monday by a telephone mes
sage announcing the sudden death
early that morning, of the Rev. Justus
H. Naumann, president of the Evangeli
cal Lutheran Synod of Minnesota, and
also chairman of the board of directors
of the Dr. Martin Luther College of
-this city. Mr. NaumamMms- *trie£en- S
badly off for food others have more than
they need. I suppose that depends on
where they are stationed. But food
Daughters in College Here.
Mr. Naumann leaves, besides his
wife, one son and two daughters. The
,, ,, IBW men uau me power 1o
former is a student at the: Northwestern
Lutheran College at Watertown Wis.,
while the latter two, the Misses Hedwig
and Catherine, are students at the
local college. Prof. Aqkermann, presi
dent of the college, received a telephone
message Monday afternoon, apprising
him of Mr. Naumann's death, and ar
rangements were at once made for the
Misses Naumann to leave for their
heme at St. Paul, but owing to the rail
way blockade they were detained until
The funeral will be held Thursday
afternoon at 1 o'clock. Prof. Ackermann
and several of the local Lutheran clergy
men are expe«%d to leave for St. Paul
this afternoon to attend the services.
The services willbe conducted by Rev. C.
Gausewitz of Milwaukee, President of
the Joint Synod and Rev. J. Schaller,
President of the Theological Seminary at
Wauwatoosa. Pof. Ackermann will read
the Obituary. The body will be taken
to Wood Lake for burial.
Carl Stone was at Hanska on business
a lew days ago. r.
LETTERS TELL OF
ENGLISH FOLKS HARD PRESSED
FOR ENOUGH TO EAT, WORD
BRITISH AND GERMAN WRITERS
ANXIOUS FOR CONFLICT
Postmaster Fred Pfaender has re
ceived two letters, part of the contents
of which are of especial interest to many
New Ulm folks and other people.of this
vicinity. One is from his sister, who
before her marriage to a resident of Ger
many, was Miss Minnie Pfaender, born
and reared in New Ulm the other is
from Mr. Pfaender's cousin, Miss Emma
Pfaender of London, England, who
lived for a short time, several years ago,
in this city, and later returned to her
native city. Both letters were opened
by the British censor, and that some of
the statements passed that worthy in
dividual are somewhat surprising.
The two letters are more than interest
ing from the fact that they show at first
hand, the contrast between actual con
ditions in the two warring nations, and
how the people feel toward the war and
both sides are hoping, down in their
hearts that the great struggle will soon
come to an end.
Commodities Are Scarce.
The letter from Miss Emma Pfaender,
in London remarks on the high prices for
which all classes of living commodities
are sold, and says that even at the high
prices'many things are unobtainable at
"We cannot get the things brought
over from abroad," Miss Pfaender says,
"and we don't produce much here in
comparison to what we consume. Many
of us have scarcely bread enough to eat.
Nearly everybody has relatives out at the
is very scarce here in London also all
over England. We can get scarcely any
sugar, not even at a high price of course
we can get along without that up to a
certain point, but on the other hand, in
some cases it is really a necessity. Very
few people can afford any meat and vege
tables are also very dear.
"I hope the war will soon end. If not
I do not know what will become of us all
here in England surely all sides ought
to be satisfied now. What is the use of
their going on and on until all countries
"One cannot go out much in London
in the evenings, because the streets are
darkened so much, and with so many
crossings and plenty of traffic it is rather
The letter from Mr. Pfaender's sister,
whose home is at Homberg von der Hoehe,
Germany, is of quite a different tone. Since
the war began many people in that coun
try have raised their own vegetables and
the majority of people are well provided
for in the matter of eatables and there is
but little worry there from that source.
War Is Horrible.
Speaking of the, war, Mrs. Loenholdt
"I sincerely trust that you may be
spared a war with Mexico or any other
country either now or in the future. This
most horrible of wars is the worst sin that
man has ever committed, considering
our enlightened age. And to think that
had the power bring this
to upsett anyys
sane man. But enough of
I try not to
a a a
thinkd opfr its atg alls,u aned have had plenty,
with my housekeeping duties to keep my
mind pretty well occupied, and besides
all last summer I tried to »ork in our
vegetable garden, which has really
been a great success."
In Germany one of the greatest con
cerns for the people, especially those
who have friends or relatives living in
the United States, is the delay and
difficulty in receiving or dispatching
their mail. Letters are frequently many
weeks or even months in reaching their
Nicollet folks are rejoicing because
her soldier boys who went to the border
as members of Co. A, of New Ulm, have
returned home, safe and sound. The
Nicollet contingent of Co. A are the
following: Carl Joern, Harry Joern,
H. C. EUingson, Peter Morson, William
Zimmerman, August WaJdow, John
Stolt, Edward S. Obon, and Herman