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TRIAL COURT REVERSED
EX-MAYOR AMES OF MINNEAPO-
LIS GIVEN HIS FREEDOM BY
HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF BRIBERY
EVIDENCE HELD NOT SUFFICIENT
TO WARRANT CONVICTION
OF CRIME CHARGED.
St. Paul, Jan. 30.Dr. A. A. Ames,
tour times mayor of Minneapolis, is
again a free man. The state supreme
court has rendered an opinion up
holding the indictment, but declares
the evidence does not sustain the con
viction secured thereunder.
The court's opinion is unanimous
as to result, but divided as to reasorifc.
The majority opinion, written
Justice Lewis and concurred in by
Chief Justice Start and Justice Col
lins, is a surprise alike to defense
and state. It overturns the lowei
court on a point hardly emphasized
by the defense, while sustaining the
state on the contention which the
state feared most and which the de
fense based all its hopes upon.
The court says the indictment was
valid and charged but one offense.
but declares that the state did not
prove the offense charged.
Dr. Ames is now a free man unless
he can be indicted again upon some
Dr. Ames was under sentence of six
years in state prison on conviction ol
the crime of accepting a bribe from
women of the town.
ACQUITTED O MURDER.
Second Trial of Mrs. Lulu Prince
Kansas City, Jan. 30.Mrs. Lulu
Prince-Kennedy-Kramer, on trial
second time for the murder in Janu
ary, 1901, of her first husband, Philiil
H. Kennedy, was found not guilty by
a jury here. At her first trial she
was convicted and sentenced to ter
years in the penitentiary. The cas
was reversed and durine her release
on bond last February she mameo
John Kramer, an attorney, who had
defended her brother, Will Prince,
who later was' convicted on a charge
of conspiring with the defendant tc
kill Kennedy. Mrs Kennedy killed
Kennedy, who was local agent for the
Merchants Despatch Transportation
company, a month after they had been
married. He had refused to live with
her, bringing suit to have the mar
riage annulled on the ground that he
had been forced into it.
The first verdict was reversed on a
technicality. Mrs. Kennedy's defense
was emotional insanity and evidence
was presented to show that her grand
father and great grandfather had died
in insane asylums, one in New Hamp
shire and one in Connecticut.
The verdict of acquittal was found
solely oh the ground that Mrs. Ken
nedy was insane when she shot hei
husband. The jury, however, found
that "the defendant has since re
gained her sanity," which will save
her from being sent to an asylum.
Blackmailers Try to Secure $10,000
From Southern Pacific.
San Francisco, Jan. 30.It is stated
that the Pinkerton detectives who are
investigating the anonymous letters
sent to the Southern Pacific company
demanding $10,000 under threat to
dynamite trains have centered their
suspicions on five men now in the
Vicinity of Fresno and that one of
them has beep picked out as the au
thor of the letters. The men are said
to be under surveillance, but imme
diate arrests are not looked for owing
to the absence of positive evidence.
The detectives say that the activity
displayed by (he railroad in the effort
to apprehend the authors, of the plot
has frightened the would-be wreckers
and that the danger of the threats be
ing consummated is entirely past.
Great System for Freight Planned Un
der City of Chicago.
Chicago, Jan. 30 .The Illinois Tele
phone and Telegraph company has
sold all its property to the Illinois
Tunnel company, with an authorized
capital of $30,000,000. The sale gives
the latter company the control of the
tunnels, tracks, telephone cables, etc.,
forty feet underneath the city of Chi
It is the purpose to make the tun
nels terminal transfers. The railroads
will deliver freight at depot tunnels
and trains will carry it to business
After Inventory Sale
W have just completed our semi-annual
inventory, and on account of the unusually
large business done the past year we find a
large amount of remnants on hand.
Friday and Saturday we have designated as Remnant
Days. Our entire stock of remnants will be placed on
sale and a great reduction in price. There will be Dress
Goods, Wash Goods, Prints, Shewing, Lace, Embroideries,
Ribbon, Carpets and Oil Cloth,
Five hundred yards of 5,6 and 8 cent Outing Flannel
at 3 3-4 cents a yard.
One hundred Men's Fine Winter Caps, worth from 75
cents to $1.25, for 50 cents each.
Friday and Saturday will be the last day of our
CARNATIONS We expect a shipment of Carnations
Friday morning for McKinley Day.
VOLUME 1. NUMBER 239. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA/SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 1904.
Chicago, Jan. 30.Governor Charles
N. Herded of South Dakota defended
the divorce laws of his state *t the
Palmer House, declaring that they
were misunderstood by the^public.
"To secure a divorce in South Da-
kota," said the governor, "a person
must be a bona fide resident of the
state. The only cases in which East
ern courts have held that South Da
kota divorces were not valid were ones
in which it was shown that the appli
nanta for a
Oaconra, S. D"., Jan. 30.About ram
years ago the commission firm oi
Becker -& Degan shipped into Lyman
county from Texas about 10,000 head
of cattle for the range. It proved to
be a bunch that was slightly affected
with the Texas itch. The result was
a contamination of the range cattle in
a greater or less degree. Stockmen
have "by great diligence wiped the dis
ease almost out, but still there is an
occasional case let run until the ani
Now comes a strange development
in the matter. Wolves and coyotes
that have eaten of the dead animals
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer
Governor of South Dakota Says Famous
Divorce Laws Are Misunderstood
by the Public.
were not bona fide
Disease Bids Fair to Wipe Out the
Coyote Pest in South
affected and it is no un-
residents or tne state, out uaa gone
to South Dakota for the express pur
pose of securing a divorce.
"There is no sentiment in the state
against the present laws governing di
vorce and I do not anticipate that
they, will be changed. Six mouths'
residence in the state is necessary to
become a bona fide resident and even
then residence is not considered bona
fide if applicants: have gone there sole
ly for the purpose of securing a di
Portfolio of the Secretary of War
Now in the Hands of
\Washington, Jan. 30. resiueut.
Roosfevelt, Secretary. Root and Gov
ernor Taft were the principal figures
at the day's meeting of_the cabinet.
All the members except Secretary
Hay were present
Governor Taft arrived at the execu
tive offices soon after the cabinet had
assembled and was shown directly
into the cabinetroom. He remained
throughout the session, leaving in
company with Secretary Root.
The meeting, after the transaction
of the usual departmental business,
SECRETA11T OV WAR HOOT.
developed into a farewell for Secre
tary Root and a reception for Govern
or Taft. The former formally pre
sented Governor Taft to his Colleagues
as his successor, expressing at. the
same time his personal regret at the
severance of official relations which
he so long had sustained to the presi
dent and members of the cabinet.
Tribute to Retiring Secretary.
President Roosevelt spoke with deep
feeling of the retirement of Secretary
Root. He wished it understood that,
while in the circumstances he could
make no public expression of his feel
ings without the appearance of trench
ing upon propriety, he was sincerely
indebted to Secretary Root for the
great work he had accomplished. No
one, not. even a member of the cab
inet, could realize the labor, self-sac
rifice. generosity and disinterested
ness which had characterized Secre
tary Root's entire career as a member
of the cabinet, or how much his devo
tion to his great task had meant to
the administration and to the coun
try. Especially had all this been true
of the secretary's work during the
past six months when he had expend
ed lavishly of his energy and ability,
without thought of credit to himself,
but solely with the idea of advancing
the interests of the president, his suc
cessor and the people of the United
In the president's tribute to Secre
tary Root the other members of the
cabinet cordially joined.
common tnmg to see a coyote siuver
ing on the prairie devoid of hair. fMany
of the animals have died from the ef
fects of the cold, and stockmen believe
that the entire extermination of the
pests is only a matter of a short time.
As the loss'from-the depredations
of wolves Is much heavier than that
from the itch the exchange is a good
one and cattlemen are not sorry ovei
VERY HARD PRESSED.
Kaffirs Join Hereros in Attack on
Berlin, Jan. 20.The commander of
the German gunboat Habi-jht, lying at
Swakopmund, German Southwest Af
rica, cables that he Las received news
from Lieutenant Zuelow, in command
oi the German forces at Okahandja.
that the Kaffirs have effected a junc
tion with the Hereros who are be
sieging that post. As Okahandja was
already" Mard" pressed-
Baenl has caused concern at the colo
nial office hero.
The following dispatch from Lieu
tenant Zueibwl sent by messenger via
Karibib, has been received hero:
'Okahandja, Jan. 0-Am holding
Okahandja Occupied it Jan. 15 with
20.0 men after heavy fighting. Am
waiting for guns from the Pabicht.
Ask for a division of artillery. Weak
relief corps with machine gun -from
Windhoek repulsed 12th and 13th.
Loss reported eight reserves. In order
to establish connections with the rear
and bring forward military transports
we attempted today with sixty men
to reach Karibib by rail."
A later dispatch, dated Jan. 21,
"Yesterday afternoon, near Kawa
tuerasane. between Waldau and Oka
sise, there was a sharp fight. A divi
sion about seventy men strong, sent
forward by rail, lost four dead an'
three slightly wounded. The enemy
lost twenty to twenty-five death"
WOMEN BECAME HYSTERICAL.
Fire in Chicago Building Results in a
Chicago, Jan. 30.Notwithstanding
recent experience with smoke and
flame tenants of the Masonic Temple,
a twenty-story structure, failed to
scare when a fire broke out in the
Cosmopolitan building adjoining. The
occupants of the Cosmopolitan made
a hasty exit. On the upper stories of
the Cosmopolitan a number of women
became .hysterical and. blinded by the
smoke, made efforts to spring from
the windows. Cooler heads, however,
prevented this and the women were
carried down the fire escapes.
Mina Henna Verba was so severely
burned that it is believed she cannot
live. Chemicals she was mixing on
the sixth floor exploded and caused
the fire. The woman in a dying condi
tion was carried down a fire escape
by C. W. Randolph secretary and
treasurer of (he Cosmopolitan Light
company. Several other persons were
burned, but not seriously. The fire
was confined to the fifth and sixth
Edward Stokes, who assisted in the
rescue of Miss Verba, was probably
fatally burned and was taken to the
county hospital. Of the thirty-five
people on the door where the fire
started twenty-five were girls and
ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT.
Bechtels Make Charges Against Pros
Allentown, Pa., Jan. 30.Counsel on
behalf of the members of the Hechtel
family has made formal complaint be
fore Judge Trixler against District At
torney Edwin J. Llchtonwalner, charg
ing gross and willful negligence in his
conduct of the prosecution of the
cases growing out of the murder ot
Mabel Bechtel and the suicide oi
Mrs. Catherine Hechtel, her daugh
ters and Mrs. Henry Nowhanl, a
neighbor of the Bechtels, made/affi
davits before Commissioner Leidy al
leging that the district, attorney was
in a state of "beastly Intoxication"
during two days of the trial, making
a postponement of the case7
It is alleged that he repeatedly
kissed Mrs. Bechtel during a visit to
the Bechtel home on Tuesday after
noon. Oct. 27, tho date of the finding
of Mabel Bechtel's body/
Mrs. Mrs. "Bechtel's daugh
ter, alleges that the district attorney
made improper proposals to her and
Martha Bechtel shears that Mr.
Lichtenwalhcr endeavored to make
an appointment wirti her.
HAS NO SECOND CHOICE.
Olney Insists Cleveland Should Be
Washington,'Jan. 30. Former Sec
retary of State Richard Olney of
Massachusetts, who is in Washington
in connection with the meeting of the
trustees of the Peabody educational
fund, is still of the opinion that (hover
Cleveland, should be the Democratic
nominee /for the presidency. Asked
for his reasons in believing the former
president should bo renominated he
"I can only repeat what I have al
ready said. There is no Democrat in
the country who has as much strength
among the conservative people as Mr.
Cleveland. I am-still satisfied that, if
he were nominated he would be elect-
/The former secretary, had no second
choice and he declined to discuss the
position of William Jennings Bryan in
regard to theChicago and Kansas City
platforms and his intention to an
tagonize the Eastern Democrats, or
"reorganizers"' as he terms them.
UNIVERSITY TRU8TEES MEET.
Those of Catholic Institution Decide
on a Liberal Policy.
Washington, Jan. 30.The annual
meeting of the trustees of the Catho
lic university fwas held here during
the day. Among those In attendance
were Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop
Ireland of St. Paul and Archbishop
Keane of Dubuque.
A decision was reached to add a de
partment of pedagogy and a bureau
of statistics in Catholic education to
the university. This announcement
was interpreted by Catholic students
and beneficiaries as indicating a liber
al and broad policy and a healthy con
dition of the finances of the univers
Thursday's action will mean tho ad
dition of a new corps of Instructors.
The work to be done by the bureau of
statistics of Catholic education will
cover the entire United States.
TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
ANSWER IS DELAYED
RUSSIA'S REPLY TO JAPANESE
NOTE WILL NOT BE SENT
UNTIL NEXT WEEK.
ADMIT THE- SITUATION IS CRITICAL
RUSSIAN OFFICIALS SAY EVERY-
THI NG DEPENDS ON AT-
TITUDE OF JAPAN.
St. Petersburg. Jan. 30.The au
thorities here now say that the Rus
sian reply to Japan will net be .trans
mitted until next week.
It is said that the delay was neces
snry In consequence of the extreme
care taken in drafting the document.
Viceroy Alexieff'S views arc also
awaited before its transmission to tho
It is fully realized hove that tho
forwarding of the answer will mark
another critical stage in thj negotia
tions, everything depending on Japan's'
attitude.- It is feared that, despite
pacific Influences, the hands of the
authorities may be forced on account
of the extreme excitement of the pvss
and people. A high official sai.K:
"Of course we cannot prevent war.
Russia will do her utmost to offer
Japan a basis for durable p/ace, but
there arc limits beyond whh/h we can
not go. In Korea we grant/ practically
everything and in Manchuria we al
ready recognize all the/treaty rights
of Japan and all the/other powers.
Should Japan reject -our conciliatory
propositions the world must place the
responsibility upon Japan."
An important fact In connection
with the lnation has been learned by
the Associated I'rbss. Within a fort
night both RuBjBia ami Japan have
Officially communicated to the United
Stales and to/the European chancel
lors their positions regarding somo of
the points al/issue. This course wad
considered necessary in view of the
wi'l ami varying reports disseminated.
Conference of Russian Official and
Pails, Jan. 30.It Is understood
that the conferences between Foreign
Minister Lamadorff and M. Kurluo,
the Japanese minister at St. Peters
burg, have permitted the lattor to ad
vise his government concerning the
position Russia is likely to take In the
forthcoming answer, but tho officials
here say this was merely an Inter
mediary step towards adjusting the
remaining differences, as the answer
Is subject to change until officially
communicated. It is further said that
Russia will not answer until she feels
reasonably assured that her answer
will not have the effect of precipitat
The officials hero ant gratified at an
apparently authoritative statement
that Japan does not. intend to fortify
the straits of Korea. They say it will
remove one of the main obstacles, as
the most recent negotiations showed
that Russia was unalterably opposed
to the creation of any condition in
Korea which would lead to closing
that outlet from tho sea of Japan. A
strong intimation has been-made that
the maritime nations of Europe and
the United States would have taken
up the (inestlon unless this declara
tion had Iieen made.
Korean Disturbances Spread.
New York, Jan. 30.Internal dis
turbance in Korea is spreading, cables
the Herald's Seoul correspondent. It
Is the result of Increased taxation.
The governors of three provinces re
port that their officers have been cap
tured by organized bands and govern
ment funds taken.
FOUR DEAD AND NINE DYING.
Many Girls Poisoned in German Cook
Berlin, Jan. 30.A medical inquiry
1B being made into a sWange case of a
number of girls belonging to a cook
ing schoyje al Darmstadt who were
poisoned recently by eating salad
made from canned beans. Four of tho
girls are dead and nine dying. Up
to the present the investigation has
failed to defino tho exact nature of tho
poison, whether it was due to some
new plant poison or whether it devel
oped from decomposed meat used in
making the salad.
MONEY NEEDED IN FAK ca
Flotation of Proposed Cuban Loan
New York, Jan. 30.Negotiations
for the flotation of the proposed J35,-
000,000 Cuban loan have come to a
temporary halt. Tho banking inter
eats which have this matter under
consideration declare that the Russo
Japanese situation makes such a
transaction inadvisable at this time
because it would tie up a large sum
of money which might be used else
where to better advantage.
Bryan Hastening Home.
Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 30.W. J. Bryan
is hastening home from the Ea^t in
order that he may see his sister, Miss
Nannio Bryan, who is very ill. Miss
Bryan has tubercular peritonitis and
an operation may have to be per
formed to save her life, although she
is now too weak to undergo iL