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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 241.
TAFT TAKES THE OATH
FORMER GOVERNOR OF PHILIP-
PINES SWORN IN AS SEC-
RETARY OF WAR.
CEREMONY SIMPLE BUT IMPRESSIVE
/WITNESSES LIMITED TO FRIENDS
OF NEW OFFICIAL AND THE
Washington, Feb. 2.Governor Will
iam H. Taft took the oath of office as
secretary of war during the day and
at once entered upon his new duties.
The ceremony took place in the large
reception room attached to the secre
tary's office in the war department
and the transfer of authority from
Elihu Root, the retiring secretary, to
Governor Taft, while simply made,
was more impressive than any similar
events in many years. Before noon,
the appointed hour, Governor Taft
came over to the department from his
hotel with a little party of personal
friends and of some of his immediate
family. They were ushered into Sec
retary Root's office, where the retir
4ng secretary, in a few well chosen
words and with a good deal of feel
ing, surrendered his portfolio to Gov
ernor Taft. The party then proceed
ed to the reception room, where Gen
eral Chaffee, chief of staff, in uni
form, took charge of the ceremonies.
The ropm was cleared of all except the
Participants In the Induction,
save the party of friends and mem
bers of the general staff. Governor
Taft and Secretary Root took their
places at the long table, where stood
John Randolph, a notary, who admin
istered the oath of office to the in
coming secretary. Then there were
congratulations showered upon Sec
retary Taft and goodbyes were said
to Secretary Root. Every army officer
on duty in Washington was aligned
at the doorway and the brilliantly uni
formed column passing before the re
tiring and incoming secretary formed
a pretty speectacle. Secretary Taft
was in the best of spirits and he had
One lot of Children's Caps,
worth from ^25c to 50c, for
One lot of
$1.25, for 50c
Men's Underwear, about"
100 pieces of odd garments
at three-quarters of their reg
One lot of Ladies' Under
wear at one-half of the reg
a smne ana gooa wora ror every one,
while Secretary Root showed in his
countenance the relief he felt in lay
ing down the cares of the great office.
After the military men had passed
through the room the heads of bureaus
and' finally" most' of the employes- of
the war department were admitted
and each of these received a pleasant
Takes Oath of Office as Governor of
Manila, Feb. 2.Governor Luke E.
Wright and Vice Governor Henry
Ide were inaugurated during the day.
There was an imposing demonstra
tion, including a brilliant military
pageant, about 3,000 troops being in
After taking the oath of office Gov
ernor Wright delivered his inaugural
address. It was a straightforward
speech, dealing with the most impor
tant interests of the islands.
Governor Wright invited attention
to the improvements that had been ac
complished in the Philippines under
American "rule and Tieriared- his in
tention of adhering to the principles
of the Taft administration. He urged
Americans to establish cordial per
sonal and business relations with the
Filipinos, who must constitute their
In conclusion Governor Wright
asked for the sympathetic co-operation
of" all classes, to whom, he said, were
assured equal opportunities for ad
LIFE SAVED BY ACCIDENT.
Boy Almost Swept Over Niagara Falis
Niagara Falls, N. Y., Feb. 2.Ed-
ward Murty, fourteen years old, of
this city, owes his life to a misfortune
that happened to an electrician named
Cromley. Both were enjoying the
winter scenery below the American
falls. Cromley was on the ice bridge
when a piece broke away, swinging
him out in the current above the
bridge. Just then Murty came coast
ing down the ice mountain on skates.
He was under such headway that he
plunged into the river in front of the
floating ice on which Cromley was
Bailing away. Cromley managed to
reach him and pull him onto the ice.
Men quickly threw a rope to Cromley,
who tied it about Murty, and he was
first rescued. Then the rope was
thrown to Cromley and he was pulled
to solid ice. Hundreds witnessed tho
incident and the rescuers were
we place on sale 150 pieces of Spring Ginghams
In this assortment you can find all of the popular
colors and designs to be found in the 1904 products. ___
We have received our Spring Stock of Pingree Shoes. We are showing the com-
posite in Vici Kid, turn or welt sole price, $3.
The Gloria, Vici Kid, Patent Kid or Corona Colt, turn or welt sole price, $3.50.
The Vogue, Vici or Patent Kid, turn or welt sole price, i_,
1904 Carpets and Lace C\irtains now in stock.
A few 1905 leavings.
THIEVES SECURE $60,000.
I Mysterious Robbery Occurs in a Lon
New York Feb. 2.Scotland Yard
detectives an confronted with, a mys
Jterious robbtiry entailing the loss of
$60,i)OO which just" occurred in the
Hotel Metropole, says a Herald dis
patch from London.
George Marshall of Retford, a so
licitor for the Duke of Newcastle,
came to the city with the money in a
wallet. It was to have been used in
the purchase of some property for the
duke. Marshall left the wallet in the
hotel safe over night and after tak
ing it to his room in the morning he
went for a few minutes to the barber
shop, locking the room door as he
left. Upon his return the wallet was
found cut open and $60,000 of the
|90,000 it contained stolen. No defi
nite trace of the thief has been found*
but it is presumed a band of experts
had followed the solicitor for some
time seeking an opportune moment,
it being known that he made regular
visits and carried large sums.
COURT CROWDED WITH FRIENDS.
St. Louis Millionaire on Trial for Al
Fulton, Mo., Feb. 2.The trial of
Colonel Edward Butler, the millionaire
politician of St. Louis, on a charge of
having bribed nineteen members of
the house of delegates in connection
with a city lighting measure, began
during the day before Judge W. W.
Graves, on a change of venue from
the St. Louis circuit court. Colonel
Butler's entire family, including Con
gressman James Butler of St. Louis,
were present, as were also many of
his political friends. The courtroom
was crowded. Circuit Attorney Polk
of St. Louis, with Assistant Circuit
Attorneys Bishop and Maroney, are
here to conduct the trial, with the as
sistance of Prosecuting Attorney J. H.
Murray of Boone county. Before se
lecting a jury the demurrer filed by
Butler to the indictment for bribery
by wholesale was taken under consid
eration by the court.
General Reduction in Wages.
Philadelphia, Feb. 2.A general re
duction of wages went into effect dur-,
ing the day at the Midvale steel
works, affecting 3,500 employes: The
decrease is graded according to the!
wages received and ranges from 5 to I
25 cents a day. The congested labor'
market and overproduction are said
to have caused the reduction.
A few pieces of 8c outing
left from Saturday's sale at
3 3-4c a yard.
2bc quality for. 18c a pair.
One lot of Boys' shoes,
worth up to $2, for $1.25 a
Ladies' House Slippers,
worth up to $1.75 a pair,
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1904.
READY FOR HOSTILITIES
IN SPITE OF EXPRESSED HOPE
FOR PEACE RUSSIA IS FULLY
PREPARED TO FIGHT.
FORCE IN FIELD TO BE AUGMENTED
ORDERS FOR MOBILIZATION OF
MANCHURIAN RESERVES OF-
St. Petersburg, Feb. 2.In spite of
the expressed hope of the Russian au
thorities that the present crisis will
be passed and that a pacific solution
of the Russo-Japanese negotiations
will he reached it is no longer con
cealed that Russia is practically pre-1
pared for eventualities. During the i
day the mobilization of tho Mancuu
rian reserves was announced.
TO STRENGTHEN GARRISON. I
Fifty Thousand Russians Expected at
St. Petersburg, Feb. 2.Dispatches
from Vladivostock announce that 50,-
000 men are expected there this month
to strengthen the garrison, while or
ders for the mobilization of the re
serves in all the territories of the Far
East are shortly expected.
Preparations are making for the
mobilization of all the horses liable
to government requisition.
The Japanese, in alarm, are leaving
the territory traversed by the East
ern Chinese railroad.
According to the Port Arthur
Novykpan the Japanese are intriguing
to create disturbances in Korea so as
to have an excuse for intervention.
The Japanese reports of the inten
tion of the Seoul garrison to mutiny
were, it is added, circulated with the
object of inducing the emperor of
Korea to seek refuge in the Russian
legation. The only result, however,
was to determine the emperor to place
himself under the protection of the
United States legation in case of ne
WILL LEAVE PEKING.
Korean Minister to China Has Been
Peking, Feb. 2.The Korean minis
ter here has been recalled and will
leave Peking in a few days. The Ko
rean legation continues to receive dis
quieting news regarding the conditions
The Japanese in Peking discredit
the reports intimating that a peaceful
settlement will be arrived at, espe
cially in view of Russia's immense
Russian Answer Not Received.
London, Feb. 2.A dispatch to Reu
ter's Telegram company from Tokio
says the Russian answer has not yet
arrived there and that there is an ab
solute dearth of reliable news, but,
the dispatch adds, well informed per
sons continue indisposed to expect a
satisfactory answer from Russia.
MRS. MAYBRICK NOT RELEASED.
Reported Paroling of Noted Prisoner
London, Feb. 2.Further investiga
tion confirms the announcemenr. made
by the Associated Press, on the au
thority of the United States embassy
here, that Mrs. Florence Ma.'brick
has not been released. Though her
exact whereabouts has not developed
It is certain that she Is still a pris
oner. A letter received in London
^Saturday from the mother of Mrs.
May brick, the Baroness de Roques,
dated from her residence in France
Jan. 28, said she had just returned to
France after visiting her daughter at
Aylesbury prison. The baroness add
ed that she saw no possibility of her
daughter's release "until the end of
July and all reports to the contrary
are absolutely false."
Though the letter was written to a
most intimate friend no mention was
made by the baroness of any removal
of her daughter from Aylesbury.
ACCOUNTS SHORT $241,000.
President of Bank Says Creditors Will
Not Lose a Cent.
Cincinnati, Feb. 2.The report of
the experts who have completed their
examination of the books of the Frank
lin bank shows former Cashier Henry
Buckhold to have been $241,000 short.
John J. Kilgour, president of the
Franklin bank, says there will be no
prosecution and that the bank and
the creditors will not lose a cent.
DEPOT AGENT SHOT.
Fight With Men Who Had Rifled Safe
Joplin, Mo., Feb. 2.In an exchange
of shots with two masked men who
bad rifled the depot safe William H.
Broadstreet, station agent on tho
'Frisco system at Granby, near here,
was fatally wounded. The men es
caped with $100. Bloodhounds have
been sent to the scene from Jopliu.
Uruguayan Troops uereated.
Buenos Ayres, Argentina, Feb. 2.
Advices received here from Monte
video, Uruguay, say it is officially ad
mitted that 1,500 government troops
operating against the insurgents havfl
met with a reverse at San Ramon.
Alexandretta, have been ordered to
sail for Culebria to join in the com
bined naval maneuvers about to en
It is stated in official circles that
this withdrawal of the fleet from Turk
ish waters is but temporary and that
at tho conclusion of the maneuvers it
will return strongly reinforced and
prepared to make a more vigorous
There has been some evidence of
late that tho presence of these Amer
ican warships in Turkish waters was
never relished by the Turkish govern
ment, but the reason assigned for the
withdrawal is said to be the desire to
mako the maneuvers as impressive as
possible and that it is not caused by
any request from the Turkish govern
ment. Just when the European squad
ron is to return, strongly reinforced,
is not stated.
OUR MINISTER PROTESTS.
Cubans Show Disrespect for American
Havana, Feb. 2.United STates
Minister Squiers has called tho atten
tion of the Cuban government to tho
action of the rioters at Cienfuegos,
who, continuing the disturbances
which broke out as tho result of dis
putes over the election of registrars
on the previous day, Sunday vented
their ill feelings by flinging mud upon
the United States escutcheon hanging
over the entrance of the United
States consulate, practically covering
the escutcheon. President Palma said
he deeply regretted the incident and
added that he and Secretary of State
Zaldo would issue directions that the
culprits be arrested and punished. Al
though all other reports agree in say
ing that the situation at Cienffiegos
Is critical those received by the gov
ernment from tho mayor of that plaeo
persist that the riotous doings oFJan.
28 wero nothing beyond a light be
tween drunken men, that no shots
were fired and that all is' quiet at
THOUSAND MEN AFFECTED.
ms of the employers.
WHITNEY UNDER THE KNIFE.
Former Secretary of Navy Undergoes
New York, Feb. 2.William C.
Whitney, former secretary of the navy,
has undergone an operation for appen
dicitis. At his Fifth avenue hoi it
is said he Is doing as well as count be
expected after the shock, which is al
ways consequent on this operation,
however skilfully performed.
Mr. Whitney's illness was so sud
den and developed so rapidly that his
condition was not generally known.
Only members of his family and a few
immediato friends had knowledge of
iho operation. The illness had its be
ginning in a cold he contracted head
ing a band of fire fighters while ex
tinguishing a blaze on a place adjoin
ing his South Carolina estate two
Mr. Whitney passed a very poor
night and his surgeon says he is by
no means out of danger.
IN PURSUIT OF GOLD.
Alaskan Town Being Undermined by
Seattle, Wash., Feb. 2.A special
from Dawson to the Post-Intelligencer
The town of Grand Forks is being
undermined in the pursuit of gold.
The town stands on what was orig
inally claim No. C, above Discovery,
on Bonanza creek.
Grand Forks has a population of
500. The town has one long street,
lined with business houses. A num
ber of the owners of tho business
houses and lots on which they stand
have been digging under their own
buildings in quest of the yellow metal
and are having success.
OVERCOME BY FUMES.
Three Firemen Dead as Result of
New York, Feb. 2.Fire in the ware
house of the American Manufacturing
company in Brooklyn cost the lives of
three firemen, who wero overcome by
the fumes of burning jute and hemp
with which the warehouse was filled,
one dying almost immediately and two
others passing away during the night.
Twenty-five firemen in all wero over
come, two of whom are now in a crit
ical condition. The property loss was
American Warships Leave Turkish
Waters for a Time.
Washington, Feb. 2.The European
squadron, composed of the Brooklyn MONTANA SUPREME COURT RE-
at Aloxandretra, the San Francisco at'
Beirut, the Machlas. on her way to
Port Said and tho collier Alexander at
General Lockout in Chicago Wagon
and Carriage Factories.
Chicago, Feb. 2.Carriage and
wagon workers to the number of 1,000
have been forced out of work by a gen
eral lockout in the factories of the
Carriage and Wagon Manufacturers'
association. Tho men had been noti
fied by the employers that the lockout
was inevitable unless the workers'
union agreed to renew for the coming
year an agreement expiring at mid
night Sunday night, with a new clause
providing for conciliation and arbitra
tion in settling disputes. This the
union refused to do. Its officers pre
sented demands for an average in
crease of 10 per cent in wages.
At the office of Charles D. HCPl,
secretary of the Employers' associa
tion, it was reported that tho lockout
was a success and the shops, 101 In
number, would remain closed tin
the worker? were ready to meet the! Securities merger case.
TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
CONCERN NOT A TRUST
VERSES JUDGE CLANCY IN
SUIT HAS NO LEGAL STANDING
ACTION BROUGHT BY AN INDI-
VIDUAL ONLY MAINTAINA-
BLE BY THE STATE.
Helena, Mont., Feb. 2.The Montana
supreme court has reversed the deri
sion of Judge Clancy, in Butte, in the
injunction suit, of John MacGinuis
against the Boston and Montana com
pany. This is the suit which caused
the shutdown of all the Amalgamated
properties in Montana last summer.
The case involved the injunction is
sued by District Judge Clancy against.
the Amalgamated Copper company's
holding and voting stork in Montana
companies. The decision is very
voluminous and farreaching. The sub
stance is that MacGinuis is a private
individual and has no right, to main
tain an net ion against the Amalga
mated company doing business in
Montana or on the point, as to whether
it is a monopoly, such act ion is only
maintainable by the state that un
der tho evidence in tho record tho
Amalgamated Copper company is
neither a trust nor a monopoly: that
under the laws of Montana one cor
poration may hold as completely as an
individual stock in other such cor
porations and that the same is not
against public policy. House bill 1S2
is incidentally discussed and its con
stitutionality upheld. The .case is re
manded for further proceedings not
Inconsistent with the supreme court's
House bill 182 was passed in 180'J
and vetoed by Governor Smith on tho
ground that it was a corporation meas
ure. It was then passed over the gov
ernor^ veto. Tho law gives corpora
tions the right to acquire stock in
other companies and to vote it.
Tho decision will release the Boston
and Montana dividends, provided (he
supreme court does not grant a re
hearing. Remittitur of tho supremo
court will not be handed down for
fifteen days. In the meantime coun
sel for MacGinnis, it is expected, will
ask for a rehearing. If the motion is
denied the dividends of the Boston
and Montana hocome available.
WILL CONSIDER MERGER CASE.
United States Supreme Court Adjourns
to Feb. 23.
Washington, Feb. 2.After a brief
sitting the supremo court of the Unit
ed States adjourned to meet again on
Feb. Z'.i. The adjournment is for tho
purpose of affording opportunity to
give consideration of cases which have
been argued, Including the Northern
Justice Brown during the day occu
pied his seat on the bench of the
United States .supreme court, for the
first time since last fall. His absence
was necessitated by an affection of the
eyes, which threatened loss of siuht.
lie luis recovered the use of his eyes
and upon taking hlB seat spoke to
many ncunaintances before the bar
whom he recognized without the use
AFTER LONG CONTEST.
Creditors of Vast Estate Get Decision
Denver, Feb. 2.James P. Brown
and bin lather, Henry C. Brown, have
been defeated in their long and bitter
fight with the New York Life Insur
ance company and.other creditors of
the Jane C." Brown estate over the
right to dispose, as they saw fit. of the
Brown hotel and other vast interests
belonging to tho estate.
The supremo court during the day
handed down its decision in the famous
case. The decree of the county court,
which was in favor of the Browns, Is
reversed, the foreclosure proceedings
In reference to a largo portion of the
Brown property are abrogated and
the case remanded.
STRIKES PAYING ORE.
Poor Miner of Northern Minnesota
Faces a Fortune.
Dulutb, Feb. 2Separated from hia
wife and children for seven years, dur
ing which he has kept up a brave
struggle for the necessities of life for
himself and family, Louis Murray, a
former resident of Duluth, is about to
come into independent wealth through
the discovery, on his claim south of
Ely, of a valuable iron mine. Suffi
cient ore has already been uncovered
to assure him a fortune and the ex
plorations indicate that still further
discoveries will be made.
FAIL TO SOLVE PUZZLE.
Detectives Try to Locate Chicago Ho
Chicago, Feb. 2.- -Two detectives,
present for a week la the guise of
guests at the Grand Palace hotel.
North Clark and Indiana streets, have
failed to solve the puzzling circum
stances surrounding four fires that
have occurred in the building in a
fortnight. The latest fire occurred
within twelve hours after the detec
.taken away for other work.
The police have reached the conclu
sion that a pro-maniac is a guest at