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<®>VOL. 27, NO. 27.
Judge Dancer opened the Jan
uary term of the District Court in
this city Tuesday morning at 9
o’clock. Twenty-six cases are on
the calendar and it is expected
that the term will last all of this
and next week and possibly longer.
Monday the Court held natural
ization hearings in the Washing
Auditorium. The ceremonies
opened here with the raising of the
flag, community singing and >
short talk by Judge Dancer. The
Judge dwelt on the benefits of
citizenship and the qualifications
necessary to become a good citizen.
The auditorium was filled with
those applying for papers and their
witnesses and all joined in_-<he at
tendant ceremonies. Naturalization
Examiner R. K. Doe questioned the
applicants and twenty-five citizens
were made. Twelve were continued
for further preparation and five
were denied. Those denied were
applications of men who had
claimed alienship at the time of
the war to evade the draft and
those continued were asked to study
up on the fundamental questions
necessary for citizenship and come
again. Those who were granted
papers, the country of which they
came and their residence were:
Matheus Otrin, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
Haakon Anderson, Norway, Ely.
Anton Knapp, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
Frank Skalar, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
Charles Klun, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
John Emil Keranen, Finland, Sou
John, Skantz, Finland, Ely.
John Olson, Finland, Winton.
John Algot Johnson, Sweden, Ely.
W. O. Lomasney, Great Britain.
Olof Paksyla, Finland, Ely.
Louis Ravnikar. Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
John Jurisich, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
Ludvig Kosorg, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
Axel W. Carlson, Sweden, Ely.
W illiam H. Pierce, Great Britain,
Ferdinand Pucelj, Jugo-Slavia.
Anton Poljanec, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
Gunborg Berglund, Sweden, Ely.
Frank O. Karasti, Finland, Win
Jos. Erchull, Jugo-Slavia, Soudan.
Anton Perme, Austria, Ely.
Ernest G. Anderson, Finland, Ely.
Eli Jandrej, Jugo-Slavia, Ely.
'Valdemar Wallberg, Sweden, Ely.
The District Court opened Tues
day morning at 9 o’clock. The
following jurors responded to the
roll call: Nels Peterson. Ole Peter
son, Duluth; John Williams, Edw.
C. A. Johnson, Lena Maryland,
Vincent Kirby, Virginia;. E. S
Woolfan, Chas. Aura, Hibbing;
Fred Gullett, J. O. Baker, Frank
Demel, Sr., Oscar Anderson, Buhl;
Jos. Gerzin, B. M. Lambert. Fly;
D. E. Sterling, Patrick Murphy,
Geo. Campbell, Martin Panian,
Eveleth: Mrs. A. J. Sullivan. Chis
holm. Accompanying Judge Dancer
were Bert Farrington, court report
er, Clerk of the Court Halloway
and Deputy Sheriffs John Lamuth
of Chisholm and J. H. LaVaque of
Anderson vs. Hackkela was the
first case called for trial and this
occupied the attention of the court
until Wednesday at noon when it
was given to the jury. The case
was the outcome of an automobile
accident on the Ely-Virginia road
sometime last summer. The jury
brought in a verdict for the de
fendant after two hour’s delibera
Wednesday noon the case of
Francis Luzar vs. J. W. Horn and
the St. Croix Lumber & Mfg. Co.
was called. This was also an auto
mobile case and arose when Mrs.
Luzar was hjt by an auto driven
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by J. W. Horn who was rushing
to the hospital with an injured man
from Winton! Owing to the fact
that the jury panel had been ex
hausted, several talesmen were
drawn in this case. The case was
given to the jury at noon yester
,day and a verdict w r as returned
for the plaintiff and damages fixed
in the amount of $1,458.33.
The cases listed for trial were as
follows: National Surety Co. vs.
Thomas Kearney et. al; Alice E.
Adamson vs. Francis Oscar Adam
son; Jacob Varoga vs. Frank Ver
anth ; Margaret - Shoop vs. Abraham
Savolainen; Barbara Barich vs.
Frank Koschak; McElwain Chicago
Co. vs. Matt Herranen; A. A. Cut
ter Co. vs. Matt Herranen; Schra
der & Prena vs. Martimus Gunder
son; Eleven appeal cases from
Sewer Assessment of John Schae
fer, Herman Pohjanen, W. H.
Pierce, Miglio Colombo, Matt Maki,
Anton Laituri, Otto Tjader, Olof
Knutson, Axel Kattelus, H.' N.
Sutherland, Urho Salmjnen vs. City
of Ely; City of Ely vs. Mark
Zoretic with A. W. Nelson as at
torney for plaintiff and A. J.
Thomas attorney for defendant, was
added to the calendar for trial.
The cases of Elizabeth Pete vs.
Jacob Lampi; Frank Prijatelj vs.
Matt Dejak, Jr.; Foot Schultze &
Co. vs. Matt Herranen; The West- '
ern Shoe Company vs. Matt Her
ranen; were stricken from the cal
Yesterday after the jury in the
case of Luzar vs. Horn et al, had
retired the case of Margaret Shoop
vs. Abraham Savolainen was called
before a jury. Mrs. Shoop claims
that Savolainen substituted inferior
w'orks in a clock she had taken to
him for repairs. The case was
given to the jury this morning.
A jury is being drawn this after
noon in the case of Jacob Varoga,
etc. vs. Frank Veranth, et al. This
is another automobile case and
hinges on the death of the boy of
Varoga from injuries sustained by
being hit with an automobile driven
by Victor Veranth. The court will
adjourn tomorrow until Monday.
Frank Lozar Post Met.
The regular meeting of Frank
Lozar Post No. 248 was held Tues
day evening and a large number
of members and many visitors from
other towns were in attendance
The drive for membership for
the year 1922 is coming big. If
you have not paid your dues, you
had better do it. Dan Lake who
has the White Iron district under
his wing says there is nothing to
it. “Just go out and grab them
off.” is sure bringing in the
Oscar Friedsburg offered his re
signation as post adjutant and
gave good reasons. His resignation
was accepted after the Post had
given him a vote of thanks for the
work he had done. Joe Klobuchar
was elected to the place.
Earl West, chairman of the post
activities committee recommended
that some winter sports be inaug
urated and the committee was in
structed to go ahead and make
plans. In all probability skii races,
dog races, skating contests with
band music will be featured iater
in the season.
Poshak brothers gave an exhibi
tion of Cornish wrestling at the
meeting Tuesday evening and the
affair met with the approval of
those present. This form of sport
has not been seen here in years
although quite common in the earli
er days.
The Get-together committee
broached the idea of a big meeting
for a real good time was instructed
to make arrangements and set the
date. Wednesday night, January
18th, was settled upon and all the
fellows are invited to come out
and make it a good get-together.
The Auxiliary will be there and
you know what they can do. Bring
your best friend or come alone if
you wish. There will be dancing,
card playing, pool and billiards qnd
a lunch. The building is ours for
the night. Oh Bey!
Aurora, our hustling neighbor on
the south, has had a habit of walk
ing off with the long ends of the
several basketball games played be
tween that city and the Ely team
for the past two, years. Saturday
evening the Ely team went down
to Aurora and showed them how to
play the game to win and returned
with a 19 to 11 victory dangling
at their belt.
The large audience that wit
nessed the game was well satisfied
with the exhibition put up and pro
nounced the game the fastest ever
seen on the local floor. Isaacson
for Ely is credited with the long
■ end of the score getting having
four baskets to his credit. Heg-
! man made two baskets, Simonson
I one and Chinn has four free throws
on his side of the tally sheet and
Murn one. Carlson took the place
I of Mum in the last half for a short
I period. The Ely team is charged
with five personal and two technical
fouls. The excellent team work
exhibited by the Ely players is in a
large measure due to the coaching
of Tom Murn who has worked hard
and faithfully with the boys until
today the Ely machine is second
i to no non-professional team in the
country. Mr. Mum stands for
clean sport at all times and to the
credit of the Ely team must be
said that their reputation for clean
1 and fast playing is widespread.
' The Captain of the Denver team
which recently played here said
that Tom Mum was the best guard
encountered in their travels through
J the country and that the Ely boys
ias a whole played a clean game.
, Stuff like this sounds good.
Aurora put up a valiant defense
I and at the conclusion of the first
I half the score stood 8 and 8.
However, they were played off
; their feet in the last half and
i coupled with unlucky shots at the
basket only succeeded in getting
; three scores in this half. Aurora
used seven men in fhe game and
■ changed around considerably. The
Now that the holidays are over,
the Miner will continue to receive
contributions for the M. J. Dowling
Memorial Fund. So far there has
been $29 contributed to the Miner
list for this fund and we are in
hopes of being able to send in at
least SIOO before the fund closes.
Receipt for the $29 has been re
ceived from H. S. Bordewish,
treasurer, Olivia, Minn, with the
following notations:
“The fund is very far from
complete, only about a third of the
desired amount—sloo,ooo —having
been raised to date, but we do not
think this is from any lack of
interest, but simply because there
has not been, in some districts, an
organized effort to solicit funds
for the Memorial.
“The money raised is for the
very finest kind of a memorial,
one which, while it honors the
memory of the dead, still in its
operations cares for the living who,
by their great physical handicaps,
need especial care. It is not put
into something in marble or stone
to rest in some cemetery, but into
a living, working unit given to
the State, and dedicated to child
ren who like Mr. Dowling constant
ly struggled against physical ills
as well as material ones in the
“Mr. Dowling was a man whom
the State should be pleased to
honor because it owned him as a
citizen and because his example
lives in most men, and which, they,
reading and hearing of him, will
encourage to the point where it,
instead of the body, will rule their
actions. The contributions given to
this memorial will “bless both
them that give and them that
The story of M. J. Dowling is
worth reading and should prove a
lesson to the young people who
imagine thev are being abused in
this life. He labored under the
most severe handicaps and yet con
tinued to smile and made of him
self, through indomitable tenacity
and grit, one of the most noted
men of the state. For the benefit
of the reader who may not have
heard or read the story of M. J.
Dowling we herewith publish the
The Story of Mike Dowling.
Here is the story of how Mike
Dowling lost his hands and feet.
He had a pony that he used to
ride in taking care of cattle for
the farmers when he was 14 years ,
old, but he was going away to
school and he wanted to say good
bye to the pony before he went
One afternoon in December he
started from the little town of
Canby to go to the farm where
the pony was .to be kept while he
was away. It was nine miles and
he rode in a lumber wagon with
two farmers. The only seat they
had for him was on an empty soap
box in the back of the wagon.
They had gone several miles
when a terrible blizzard came upon
them, almost smothering them with
snow so thick that they could
scarcely see the horses’ heads.
They lost the road and drove
faster and faster, hoping to find
shelter from the storm. Suddenly
thev ran into a plowed field with
such a bump that the boy and Hie
soap box were jolted out of the
Little • Mike was stunned by the
personal score for Aurora is Olson
0; F. Kovach 3; Zimmerman 2;
Peterson 0; Rye 0 Gilbert 6. Nine
personal fouls are charged to
Aurora. R. H. Cross refereed the
game in his usual efficient manner
and Farley umpired. The Ely
team was accompanied to Aurora
by Manager Skala, Secretary Olds
and Umpire Farley.
Tonight the Ely team takes on
the Christy team from Superior
for two games, tonight and tomor
row. The Christy’s come with a
string of victories to their credit.
Everyone should turn out and by
their presence help the Ely team
win these games. Should we carry
off these contests, we will be in
line for a gume with the Tank
Corps team of Duluth, one of the
strongest aggregations in the north
The High School boys took the
Biwabik team into camp Friday
evening on a score of 39 to 11.
Both teams played good ball but
our boys were too much for the
visitors. After the game, Troop I
of the Girl Scouts entertained the
boys with a dancing party at the
Community Center at which a fine
time was had.
Now General Manager.
W. P. Chinn, a former Ely boy,
who has been assistant general
manager -of the Pickands, Mather
Co., has been promoted to the
position of general manager. The
appointment became effective on
January Ist. C. H. Munger who
had been general manager has re
moved to Cleveland. W. A. Rose
has been named assistant general
manager. The many friends of Mr.
Chinn in this city and on the
ranges tender congratulations. He
has been with the Pickands, Mather
& Co., since 1901. Prior to’ that
he was with the old Minnesota
Iron Co., and was bookkeeper at
the Elba iron mine, on the Mesabi
range. He continued in that
capacity but a short time after
Pickands, Mather & Co. took over
the Elba, when he was appointed
superintendent of the property.
Three years ago, Jan. 1, 1918, Mr.
Chinn was appointed assistant
general manager of mines.
fall but, when be came to, he could
still hear the wagon.
He yelled but the men did not
hear him and he was alone in the
He ran and ran after the wagon
but the horses went faster "and
faster and soon he could not hear
He tried to find the track in the
snow but the wind filled it up and
he was lost. He had lost his cap
and his face and hands were be
ginning to ache with the cold so
he struggled on hoping to find a
farm house but scarcely able to see
his next step.
He came to a wood pile and he
knew that a house must be near by.
He did not dare to leave the wood
pile but taking the sticks of wood
one at a time he threw them as
far as he could, hoping to hit a
house or some other shelter but no
sound came.
Then he walked a little way from
the wood pile and threw the sticks
again, but finally he lost his bear
ings and could not find the wood
pile again.
His hands and feet were numb
with cold and he stumbled blindly
about until suddenly he came to a
straw pile.
Here was a sort of shelter, and
he dug his way head first into the
straw. He knew that he was freez
ing and that he began to grow
drowsy, but he ’ dared not go to
sleep because he knew he would
never wake up again.
All night long he stayed in the
straw stack, and the storm beat
about it.
After, a long -time it began to
grow light. The sun shone and the
storm ended.
There in front of him a little
distance away was, a farm house
he knew.
He scrambled out of the straw
stack and tried to stand up, but
his feet were like wooden blocks
and he fell down. He struck his
hands together to warm them but
thev sounded like blocks of wood.
Then walking as if on stilts be
cause of his frozen feet he strug
gled over to the farm house. A
woman he knew well came to the
door. She took him in and filled
a tub with icy water to thaw out
his hands'and feet.
A docter was sent for, and after
all the of having his hands
and feet thawed out, he found they
would have to be cut off.
Both legs were taken off below
the knee, the left arm below the
elbow, and the fingers and part of
the thumb of the right hand.
The doctor thought he would die,
but he hung on to life and recov
ered. But people began to pity
him, saying that he would be help
less all his lift and that it was too
bad that he didn’t die.
He did have to be taken care of
by charity for a little while, and
his pony had to be sold to pay the
doctors and nurses, but he told the
county men that if they would
send him to Carleton college for
two years he would take care of
himself after that. They took him
at his word and he made good.
He began by teaching school
Artificial legs w?re made for him
: but they did not fit well He did
i odd jobs..He ran a roller skating
nnk and learned to skate even with
his wooden feet.
Then he war made Superintend
ent of Schools in Renville, and
from that time he was on hie way
i to be a famoue mow
The following statement is issued
by Collector of Internal Revenue,
L. M. Willcuts, for the district of
The Revenue Act of 1921 con
tains two new and important pro
visions, which are the subject of
frequent inquiry. The first relates
to the personal exemptions allowed
married persons, and the second to
the provision requiring that a re
turn be made of gross income of
$5,000 or more.
The act provides that a married
person, living with husband or
wife, whose net income for 1921
was $5,000 or less shall be allowed
a personal exemption of $2,500.
If the net income of such person
was over $5,000 the exemption is
$2,000. Under the Revenue Act
of 1918 the personal exemption al
lowed a married person was $2,000,
regardless of the amount of net in
come. The normal tax rate re
mains unchanged, 4 per cent on
the first $4,000 of net income
above the exemptions and 8 per
cent on the remaining net income.
In order that an income slightly,
in excess of $5,000 shall not be
subjected to an inordinately dis
proportionate tax because of the
reduction of, the exemption to
$2,000 thereon, the law provides
that such reduction shall not oper
ate to increase the tax, which would
be payable if the exemption were
$2,500, by more than the amount
of the net income in excess of
For example, on a net income
of $5,010, the tax, without this
saving clause, would be $120.40,
which is 4 per cent on $3,010, the
amount of net income less an ex
emption of $2,000. The actual tax
is $110.40, computed as follows:
from the net income of $5,010 is
deducted $2,500 leaving * $2,510,
the 4 per cent tax on whidh
amounts to $100.40. To this is
added $lO, “the amount of net in
come in excess of $5,000.”
The personal exemptions allowed
married persons, apply also to the
head of a family, a person who
supports in one household one or
more relatives by blood, marriage
or adoption.
Heretofore, a person whose net
income was less than his exemption
(SI,OOO if single, or $2,000 if
married) was not required to file
a return. Under the Revenue Act
of 1921, if the gross income of
an individual equalled or exceeded
$5,000, or if the combined gross
income of a married couple and
that of dependent minor children
equalled or exceeded $5,000, a re
turn must be filed, regardless of
the amount of net income.
“Net income” is gross income,
less certain deductions. The fact
that allowable deductions from
gross income, for business expens
es, losses, bad debts, etc. may re
duce the net income to an amount
below the personal exemptions of
SI,OOO or $2,000, does not alter
the requirement to file a return
of gross income, if such gross in
come equalled or exceeded $5,000.
• ••
Following is a statement from
Commissioner of Internal Revenue,
David H. Blair, relating to the pro
cedure with respect to inquiries
received by the Bureau of Internal
Revenue regading tax liabilities.
“Requests are being received
daily for rulings add advice upon
abstract cases or prospective trans
actions involving questions of in
come tax and profits * liability.
These requests are so numerous
and the insistance on prompt action
so great that it seems advisable at
this time definitely to outline the
Bureau’s policy which will govern
the consideration of these results.
“The Revenue Acts of 1918 and
1921 depart widely at many points
from prior law or practices and
have given rise to new questions
of such importance, complexity,
and number that the resources of
the Bureau are no more than ade
quate to advise taxpayers promptly
of their present liabilities arising
out of past transactions. It is im
possible to answer every question
which the invention or ingenuity
of the inquirer may devise without
neglecting the fundamental duty of
determining tax liability upon the
basis of actual happenings. Under
these circumstances, the adminis
trative necessity is obvious of giv
ing precedence over abstraet or
prospective cases to actual cases in
which the taxpayer desires to know
what are his immediate liabilities
under the law.
“It will be the policy of the
Bureau not to answer any inquiry
except the /following circumstances:
“The transaction must be com
pleted and not merely proposed
or planned.
“The complete facts relating to
the transaction, together with
abstracts from contracts, or
other documenta, necessary to
present the complete facts, must
be given.
“The names of all the real
parties interested (not “dum
mies” used in the transaction)
must be stated regardless of who
presents the question, whether
attorney, accountant, tax service,
or other representative.”
Rotary Club Met.
Visiting Rotarians at the meeting
Wednesday evening were Bert Far
rington of Duluth and Edw. C. A.
Johnson of Virginia. Besides these
the club had as its guests. Judge |
Dancer and Court Officer LaVaque.
The M. E. church ladies served a:
fine dinner after which Boys Work
was further discussed and reports
from the members on the progress
of the survey being made were re
ceived. Harry E. White was chair
man of the meeting. Talks were
made by all the visitors and many
of the local members.
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EE For Whom? - / - - Everybody ||
= When? - Saturday, January 21, 1922 S
== Time? - - 5 o’clock until all are served EH
EE How Much? - 25 Cents |e=
= Jitney Dance in Assembly Room s
HE Music by Girl Scout Orchestra.
== Spend Your Supper Hour at the Com* =H
= munity Center. ||
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Nearly twice as much money
available now for improvement of
county and town roads as is pro
vided regularly for use on the
trunk highways in Minnesota,
Charles M. Babcock, state highway
commissioner, this week urged early
good roads conventions in all
counties of the state at which
county commissioners, K town super
visors and the county highway en
gineers can agree on a definite
program of co-operation to get the
biggest possible results for county
town road expenditures.
“St. Louis county can secure a
complete system of good local
roads in the shortest time and with
least expense,” said Mr. Babcock,
“by adopting a deUnite plan of
systematic improvement covering
several years and then pooling
town with county funds to carry
it out under modern road-building
methods, with the right equipment
and so forth. Funds for local road
purposes—exclusive of trunk high
ways—in St. Louis county last
year exceeded >3,250,000 and the
importance of prompt action is ob
vious. Renville, Carlton and some
other counties already are work
ing with success in this direction
but I believe that good roads con
ventions in these counties will ac
complish much as in all counties.
The plan will end patchwork road
development and the public will
gain in every way.
“County and town road authori
ties and the engineers can consider
at these meetings the needs on
every county and town road and
make provision for them in the
longer term program. Township
lines should be ignored, just as the
state disregards county lines on
trunk route plans. Counties will
assist the towns as the state depart
ment advises and works with the
counties on state aid and other im-
portant undertakings. The town
funds may be pooled with those of
the county and used uader the di
rection of the engineer. Heavier
machinery and better methods can
be employed generally to get big
ger results at less cost, and farm
ers can be given more jobs than in
the past. *
“Public road officials are all
working to get the best results now,
and, I am confident, will co-operate
to adopt the new plan and make it
yield maximum results. The fault
has been with the old-time methods,
not with the efforts of our present
local road authorities.”
John H. Mullen, deputy commis
sioner and chief highway engineer,
supported the co-operation proposal
with official figures showing the
large funds now provided fpr road
work in Minnesota.
Current funds last year in Min
nesota totalled $18,790,000 for
local roads and $8,690,000 for state
trunk highways, Mr. Mullen said,
and the greater local funds prove
that the so-called Babcock plan is
mainly a farmers’ road plan.
Taxes brought $10,843,682 of
county and $6,862,560 of township
funds and $2,084,000 of state aid
for local road purposes, besides
$1,308,794 of city and village
street and road funds outside of
St. Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth.
Regular state trunk funds were
made up of $5,750,000 of motor
vehicle taxes and $2,840,000 of
federal aid. ‘ Considerable bond
money was used last year, but laws
under which it was voted are no
longer in effect, and if included
the trunk fund total still would be
smaller than that available for the
local roads. The local rptd mile
age is the greater, it was explained,
but that is fairly offset by the
higher cost of improvements and
maintenance necessary on the trunk
With the liberal funds provided,
Mr. Mullen added, county engineers
will carry out the programs agreed
upon by county commissioners and
town supervisors in systematic plans
and Greater efficiency and 'economy
will follow to give the maximum of
good results.
Fresh sweet whipping cream 60e
per quart. Fresh milk, quart 10c.
Sweet fresh skim milk, gallon 10c

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