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Some eight thousand visitors gathered
?t*' in New Ulna last Tuesday evening. Some
came to pledge their loyalty to the
United States and others to see the
crowd, hear the music and have a good
time. At least all are agreed that
people from far and wide will come to
this city whenever there is anything
going on. The visitors were from all
over this part of Southern Minnesota—
from Mankato, St. Peter, Madelia
even from Fairmont, where they are
so afraid of a German that Frank Day's
hair stands up straight whenever he
sees German fried potatoes on a restaur
ant bill of fare. In fact there is scarce
ly a city or village hereabouts that was
not represented at the big gathering.
Mankato sent the largest number.
The attendance figures are taken
from reports made to the Review
by newspaper men from each city or
village, and the figures appear here
exactly as they were reported by the
Sbes in the places mentioned*
fKnkato .. 2,500
Sleepy Eye 1,500
Redwood Falls 600
St. Peter 500
Morgan and vicinity 200
Springfield. 100
Cambria 7 5
Lamberton 60
Comfrey •. 75
Hanska and vicinity 1,500
Mapleton 30
Towns not reporting (estimated) 1,000
Total 8,140
Add to these figures New Ulm's entire
population of 7,000 and the total at
tendance would figure up to 15,140.
Came by Special Trains.
The committee had worked hard for
ten days and everything went as smooth
ly as could be wished. The people
began gathering early in the afternoon
they came by automobile and by tram,
two specials being run into the city,
from Mankato via Mankato and
other frcm Red-wood Falls via Sleepy
e, each bringing large numbers from
ie villages and towns along the line.
There ^ere two military companies—
Company of Redwood Falls and
Company of Mankato, and the Home
Guard company of the latter city. The
soldiers came by train, while the guards
were driven over in automobiles. Gover
nor Bumquist came at noon, accom
panied by Julius A. Coller of Shakopee.
The affair was planned ostensibly to
give the drafted boys of Brown county
a banquet and a friendly farewell, but
the plans were extended by the pro
moters to give vent to the pent up
"patriotic" feelings of the Minnesota. The
banquet was served at the Armory at
5 o'clock. The committee was some-
what disappointed because less than
one-third of the intended guests of honor
$"" accepted the invitatlor extsnded
Ten Bands in Parade.
Following the banquet a parade was
"N^v puBed off in which ten bands participated
^The column was something like twenty
I blocks long, and the Tiumber participat
ing was variously estimated at from
1 1,500 to 3,000. One man who made
ga attempt to count them, said there
were 1,560 men in line.
The banquet for the men who are
soon to go to the front was the be
ginning of the day's doings. The pre
ceedings at the Armory lasted until
nearly 7 o'clock, and consisted of a
number of addresses, the principal
speaker being Dr. J. C. Rothenberg of
Springfield. The following resolution
was presented by Dr. Rothenberg and
as adopted by a rising vote of the
—-^rafted men, only two refusing to stand
when the vote was taken:
Pledge Loyalty.
"We, the drafted men of Brown
county, Minnesota, who "are about to
alter the national army of defense of
the country which we love and the
government of which we are a part,
solemnly pledge our loyalty to the
country's cause, and a willing obedience
to the laws enacted for th^ defense cf
flag, holding ourselves in readiness
cheerfully perform whatever service
may be required of us, and we ask of our
fellow citizens their hearty co-operation
that his war may be speedily won.
"We earnestly believe that any
(Continued on page 2 col 1)
Brother and Sister From Distant
State Meet on Street Here.
*One day last week Mr. and Mrs.
Jake Schmidt of Havelock, Iowa,
decided to make a visit to the farm home
of Mrs. Schmidt's brother, Fred Schultz,
in Lafayette township, near Klossner,
and at once started in their Ford car,
for that place. Arriving in New Ulm
in mid-afternoon Wednesday, they
stopped their car in front of the Dakota
House to inquire the way to the Schultz
place. While Charles 'Stuebe, Sr., was
drawing a map of the road to be followed,
another car stopped along side of the
Schmidt vehicle, intent on the same
purpose. The occupants of the two
cars took a casual glance at each other,
and then in one breath they all ex
"For Heaven's sake, where did you
come from?"
The second car contained William
Schultz, of Enid, Oklahoma, another
brother of Mrs. Schmidt, who had come
with his family across the continent,
also to visit his brother in Lafayette.
Neither knew of the other's intended
visit, and met New Ulm by the merest
The two families proceeded to the
home of their brother shortly after the
meeting, where another surprise was in
store, as then* coming was a complete
surprise to Fred Schultz and his family.
There was a doubly happy family
reunion at the Schultz farm that evening.
The most important change in Ameri
can Red Cross organization since the
appointment of the War Council is
announced this week by A. R. Rogers,
manager of the new Northern Division
of the American Red Cross, with head
quarters at 202 Essex building, Minne
apolis. The change is the creation of
13 new divisions in the United States,
with managers as chief executives, who
will exercise the authority for their
divisions that heretofore has come from
Four States in Unit.
The Northern Division comprises
Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota
and South Dakota. Mr. Rogers, as
division manager, will have complete
control of all American Red Cross
activities in those states. His office
will be final authority on all American
Red Cross matters. All questions that
have been referred to National head
quarters will now come to him. Chapters
and American Red Cross officials should
address their reports and inquiries to
his office.
Facilitates Business.
"The change is made in order to
facilitate the transaction of the business
of the American Red Cross, which has
been doubling every few weeks since
the war started," Mr. Rogers an
nounces. "It became physically im
possible for National headquarters to
direct the detail of the work. It tcok
weeks sometimes for a state or local
chapter to get a decision on a question.
Washington was too far away. Much
valuable time was lost in waiting. So
it was decided to decentralize the
source of final authority by creating
13 divisions, with managers empowered
to decide any question."
Well Known Lumberman.
Mr. Rogers, manager of the Northern
Division of the American Red Cross,
is widely known in the states of his
division. He is president of the Rogers
Lumber Company, with main offices
in Minneapolis, and has been prominent
in the Northwest for years. He is
giving his entire time to the American
Red Cross. The work under him has
been divided into seven bureaus. The
directors of these bureaus will compose
the manager's staff, as cabinet.
•The local members of the Order of
the Mystic Schrine served supper at the
Masonic Hall, to about thirty brother
Schriners who came ^eia Mankato to*
attend the loyalty meeting Tuesday
James E. Roberts, Sleepy Eye *r
Emil Bethke, Jr., New Ulm
Edwin J. Wilfahrt, New Ulm
L-rs L. Melheim, Hanska
John J. Callanan, Springfield^
Simon P. Scheid, Sleepy Eye
Nick J. Manderfeld, Jr., New Ulm
Alexander T. Waibel, New Ulm
Paul C. Kjolstad, Hanska
Anton Stabler, New Ulm "M .'
Arthur L. Haugen, Hanska"
Lewis H. Fudge, Sleepy Eye
Mike PobL Sleepy Bye*&i
Neb Kjeldsnr, -Comfrey
Walter J. Gareis, New'Ulm
t~ it
Next Wednesday, September ^19,
about seventy Brown county drafted
men will leave for Camp Dodge, near
Des Moines, Iowa, to begin training for
the army. This constitutes the first
quota, 45 per cent, of drafted#oen to
leave for camp, and become soldiers.
The date of the departure of the remain
ing 55 per cent, is not known, and it
may be several weeks before they are
called out. Sheriff Julius received his
orders Wednesday to this effect. With
the frequent changes in the orders of the
War Department it is not known here
whether the above plans will hold good
or not until the time set for the men to
leave for Camp Dodge.
First Ones to Go.
The men who passed the local exemp
tion beard, and w.re accepted by the
district board in session at Mankato.
Only a very few of the men accepted
by the Brown county board were re
jected, so far, by the district board
While no specific orders have yet been
received by Chairman W. J. Julius of
the local board, it is expected the first
seventy men of the following list wi|l be
the ones to be sent to Camp Dodge on
September 19. Following is the list:
John F. Groebner, New Ulm
Frank Wandersee, New Ulm
Charles H. Youngeen, Comfrey
Michael Leonard Helget, Sleepy Eye
Lawrence Carl Posz, Springfield
Nicholas W. Fischer, Sleepy Eye
Erick S. Strcm, Springfield
Carl F. Bubmann, Hanska -p?
Iksee Paulson, New Ulm
Martin J. Mohr, New Ulm
Emil K.-W. Janke, Sleepy Eye
Adolph J. Hansen, Sleepy Eye
Nels Oscar Bekken, Hanska
Anton M. Maidl, New Ulm
Albin R. Johnson, Ccmfrey
Alf ed W. Peterson, Springfield
Henry J. Pechtel, New Ulm
Albert J. Kroschel, Sleepy Eye
Andrew F. Berger, New Ulm
Roy Raymond Frohnp„ Morgan.
Peter Roy Rhines, Springfield
Walter J. Engel, New Ulm
William H. Fritsche, New Ulm
Walter G. Hale, Chrisman, 111.
Joseph A. Foster, Evan
Frank L. Pinzka, Sleepy Eye
Charles Lingenhag, New Ulm
Lester S. Gleason, New Ulm
Adolph G. Amann, New Ulm
Wayne G. Potter, Springfield
Albert M. Pinzka, Sleepy Eye
Carl H. Beyer, New Ulm
Frederick V. Bott, Springfield
Oren F. McCrew, Springfield
Henry M. Ranweiler, New Ulm
Otto M. Lehrer, Springfield
Oliver M. Helling, Hanska
Edward A. Banker, Sleepy Eye
Herbert A. Pederson,Xomfrey
Alfred Preshel, Springfield
Thoger Thompson, Comfrey
Oscar A. Blien, Hanska
John Olson, Comfrey
John Christopherson, New Ulm
Lawrence D. Schultz, Sleepy Eye
Peter Goblirscb, Sleepy Eye
Charles J. Wilfahrt, New Ulm
George A. Wurmstein, Springfield
Richard E. Wendt, Springfield
Alfred G. Kissner, Sleepy Eye
William A. Lipetzky, Springfield
George W. Kraus, New Ulm
Carl G. Wee, Hanska
Henry G. Dahms, Ne-fr Ulm
John M. Seifert Morgan
Oscar Sam Lee, Jessie Lake, Minn.
Fred L. Dobberstem, Sleepy Eye"5
William Rewkzer, New Ulm
Max E. Meidl, Springfield
John G. Thorsdon, Hanska
Rudolph W. Sydow, Sanborn
Edward Farrington, New Ulm T.
Arthur Paukon, Sleepy Eye
(Continued on page 2, col. 8)
Vance Chapman, the well known
wspaper writer of St. Paul, sums up
suit started last week, the Ramsey
unty district court, against the State
High School board, in which the country
schools as well as high and graded schools
are deeply interested. Mr. Chapman
"Patrons of the humble 'Little Red
School House' and its more affluent
neighbors, the high and graded schools,
will be much interested in a school
suit filed last week at St. Paul in the
Ramsey county district court. Every
school district in the state is concerned.
"The suit in question was instituted
by J. F. Mushel, a taxpayer of Foley,
Benton county, thru Harris Richardson,
a prominent attorney ofH3t. Paul, and
is for the purpose of determining the
right of the state high school board to
use state school moneys for purposes
qther than that intended by the legis
lature. Incidentally the veto of his
wkcellency the governor which reduced
available state school moneys to the
'ektent of nearly $2,000,000 is involved,
addition to the state high school
ard C. G. Schulz, state superintendent
education, State Auditor J. A. O.
us, and Henry Rines, state treasurer,
custodians of the state school fund,
are made'defendants.
I Questions Right of Board.
"To explain briefly, the court is asked
by Mr. Mushel in his application for
a restraining order to pass on the right
^thelHigh School board, which, is
erafIe only to~tne governor, to
pay out of current school funds available
for the next two years a deficit of nearly
$2,000,000 covering the past two school
years. It was the legislative appro
priation for the deficit named that the
governor vetoed, he explaining that
the times demanded retrenchment and
that the next legislature, if it saw fit,
could provide the needed money.
"Umder pressure frcm the governor
the state high school board, with the
exception of two of its members, C. G.
Schulz and Eh Torrance of Minneapolis,
decided that any past indebtedness
confronting the high and graded districts
could be met frcm the current school
funds and it is at this action that the
suit instituted by Mr. Mushel is directed.
Where the 'little Red School House',
and the debts confronting it stands
however, is still a matter of controversy,
but it is sufficient to say that the school
moneys coming to it will not be impaired
if Supt. Schulz has his way. Court
action only, he says, will sway him
from his determination to see that such
are provided for as he believes the legis
lature intended.
1915 Legislature Blamed.
"The present mixed condition of the
legislative appropriation in aid of high,
graded and rural schools, which was in
excess of $6,250,000 harks back to
the last session of the two legislative
bodies when the law makers and the
governor clashed on a number of mat
ters. Chief among these was the crea
tion of a department of public domain
which his excellency very much desired
and which was denied and moneys in
aid of the several school divisions. To
the latter he gave evidence of early
hostility in the shape of a marked re
duction in the school budget, as sub
mitted for his approval, and the former
he supplemented with a legislative
message to the effect that executive
displeasure in the shape of his veto
would follow non-compliance with-his'
demands. How he made good a much
scratched appropriation act testified.
Included was a goodly chunk of the
legislative aid for state schools, and
which is now in a measure the basis
of the suit begun last week in St. Paul.
Budget System is Wrong^*
"Prior to 1913 state aid for the
schools of the state was met jthru the
medium of standing appropriations.
With the adoption of the budget system,
however, standing appropriations be
came a thing of the past and it was in
accordance with such that the last
legislature specified in detail the amounts
to, be expended In setting aside
$1,070,193 to- cover a deficit for the past
was not stated and this fact features
(Continued on Page 6.)
Farmers Around New Ulm Claim
Inquiry by Trural teleph^nedlsc^ses
the fact that there was but little, if any,
damage done to corn or other late crops,
except in rare cases where there were
spots of low land. From Essig came the
information that in a few places the
frost touched the corn, but it was be
lieved the small freezing received would
be of more benefit than damage, as it
would stop the growth and cause the
ears to ripen more rapidly.
From newspaper reports it is learned
that the district around New Ulm is
more favored than in other portions of
the Northwest. Twin City papers re
port that heavy damage was done thru
out portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin,
North and South Dakota. The Minne
apolis Tribune of yesterday morning
says that Southern Minnesota suffered
the heaviest losses, and estimates the
damage in Washington, Steele, Dakota,
Goodhue, Faribault and Freeborn coun
ties at $10,000,000.
The thermometer in Northern Wis
consin ranged from 30 to 22 degrees.
Weather Observer Alex. Henle reports
the lowest the government thermometer
registered here was 37 on Sunday night
and 36 Monday night.
Mrs. August Hummel and son re
turned Monday evening from Minne
apolis where they had visited for a few
days with relatives and friends.
L. C. Ives, one of the defenders of
New Ulm, during the Indians uprising
in August, 1862, read the slanderous ac
count of an alleged barrel of "poisoned
whiskey" with which it is claimed New
Ulm people would have exterminated
the Sioux Indians, at the time of the
evacuation of the town, and is somewhat
indignant. The story was written by a
son of the gallant Colonel Flandrau.
Mr. Ives, who is probably one of the
best posted men on the early history of
this part of the country, in the entire
northwest, is now engaged in locating
various IndJan trails and gathering
darta for the state historical societies
of both North Dakota and South Dakota.
Very few of the defenders now alive
knew that there was a particle of whiskey
in New Ulm at the time of the massacre.
In fact it is said that many people who
were ill during the seige were unable get
what was necessary for medicine.
Writes of Whiskey.
Mr. Ives has written to Adolph Meile
an account of the whole matter, which
makes Mr. Flandrau's story sound
ridiculous in the extreme. He says:
"I think Judge Flandrau must have
been mistaken about that poisoned
whiskey. I was one of the party that
was spilling that whiskey in the street.
The Leavenworth company, of which
history does not mention, and of which
I was a member, was detailed to take
the whiskey from a store and destroy it.
There was not a German in the company,
but it was made up of Frenchmen, Half-.
Breed Indians, Irish and-Yankees, or
Americans» as we sometimes call our
selves. Our captain was the Redstone
ferryman, named Mantell. When we
were getting ready to evacuate there
Was not only one, but several barrels of
whiskey rolled out of that store and
spilled In the street. It was feared that
the Indians might get ft and make them
uglier than S S S S S
I saw one of the half-breeds get
down on his stomach and drink some of
the whiskey. There was nothing said
about poison. It was aH done by the
order of the French clerk.
"As far as I could see those half-blood
Indians were more revengful than the
Company Forgotten in History..
"The reason the Leveanworth com
pany never was mentioned in 'Minne-
..sota hi Indian and CivmJjWars' was be-
W years, a the governor^yj^oed, mbn\ltoUm^m&faQmi
however, .specific use of, the amount
:min 1 0
Minnesota who took any internt in it.
I was in Oregon at the time."
-, c*. KNIGHTS.
Last Sunday was a big day for the
members'' of St. Patrick's Council,
Knights of Columbus of this city. The
day opened with the initiation of about
seventy-five candidates into the order,
it requiring nearly all day to work the
three degrees, and ended with a banquet ,:
to the local members and the visitors.
The number who sat down to the banquet
numbered 560. A few more had been
expected, but the disagreeable weather
interfered with their plans.
Many Towns Represented.
The Armory was ingaged for the
banquet, but the initatory ceremony
was performed in the auditorium of the
Catholic school building. The visitors,
as well as the candidates, represented
New Ulm, Springfield, Sleepy Eye,
Comfrey, Madelia, Lamberton, Wabasso,
Redwood Falls and a few scattering
The first tavo degrees were exemplified
by the local team of the Knights of
Columbus, the first of which was at the
forenoon session. In the afternoon the
second and third degree was put on, the ._
latter by the crack degree team from
La Crosse, Wis., and it is said by the
local Knights to have been especially
impressive. The entire afternoon was
-consumed in the work.
At 6:30 in the evening the Knights
assembled at the Armory for the big
"doings" of the day, a company of 660" ,J:
members of the order sitting down to^«
the dinner served by the local council.
in a most pleasing manner. Hofmeister's
Orchestra furnished the music and
opened the program with an appropriate
Pleads for Patriotism.
Rev. L. S. O'Connor of Worthingtori
was the first speaker on the prograir
and his address was devoted larg«ly
to a plea for patriotism at this tin e.
Many of the new members of the ore nr
who had been initiated during the .y
sessions and the Rev. Mr. O'Connor
made a special plea to these young men
who are soon to enter the service of the
government to stand by their eolors, and
help to bring the war to a speedy end-
The address by the Rev. Mr. O'Connor
was followed by a vocal solo by Mrs.
B. O'Mara of this city, which was
heartily applauded.
District Deputy A. H. Schubert of
La Crosse was the next speaker who
spoke on the good of the order. Mr.
Schubert is an eloquent orator, but his
address was a straightforward talk to
the members, old and new as to their
duties as true and tried Knight'
Patriotism was also dwelt on by tl
speaker, and rang thruout his entile
Then there was a selection by th
orchestra after which Rev. James Kle'i
of Sleepy Eye delivered a stirring a
W. H. Dempsey also made an addre
which is said to have made a big hi
as Mr. Dempsey's after-dinner tal*
always do. Some of the Knights ha\
given out the information to some of
us fellows who couldn't break into a
Knights of Columbus doings that Mr.
Dempsey told a lot of stories and even
sprung some of his old jokes that he ha*
been working off on the Commercial
Club banquets for these many years.
The best of it was, according to the
Review's informant, he got away with it.
Fund For Soldier Knights."3*
Grand Knight H. J. Berg was ne£*^ v.
called on for a speech. He
his remarks mestly to the new membeii**liLtl
especially those who are about to ent
the army. He explained that it hs-.
been the object of the local council,
working up the present large class, 1
secure as many men who have bee
drafted or have enlisted as pcanbl. ..
The national order of the Knights
Columbus is at present engaged in rai
ing a large fund for the benefit of t)
members who are to be in the army ar
for.those dependent on then. Gran?
Knight Berg impressed the necessityT
keeping the officers of local council ii
formed as nearly as possible, where the
are or at least how they nay be kept 1
touch with that any assistance need«
may be speedily forthcoming.
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