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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 242.
Port Arthur, Feb. 3.~ Not since the
opening of ihe present controversy
between Russia and Japan has the
situation in the Orient taken on the
warlike aspect that has characterized
the past lew days. There can be no
mistaking the present preparations.
They are in anticipation of the open
clash that cannot much longer be de
layed under present existing circum
The Russian squadron which has
been riding at anchor in the port for
the past six weeks, weighed last night
and has taken its position outside the
harbor with the Russian fleet. This
move followed close upon the military
authorities taking possession of the
Not a pouud of commercial freight
has been moved since Monday. The
military authorities monopolize the
line and thousands of troops are
The impending trouble appears to
be near a realization. Japan's atti
tude in the matter has assumed the
aggressive and the measures looking
toward war which are being taken at
WITH LIMITED POWERS
RESIDENT COMMISSIONER FROM
PORTO RICO IS ADMITT ED
TO THE HOUSE.
ATTEMPT TO AMEND THE RESOLUTION
MINORITY LEADER WOUt-D GIVE
HIM RIGHTS AND POWERS
Washington, Feb. 3.A report from
the committee on rules giving the resi
dent commissioner from Porto Rico,
Mr. Pegetau, the privilege of the floor,
the right to address the house and
representation on committees on in
sular affairs, was called up in the
house i Mr. Dalzell as a privileged
matter when that body convened. Mr.
Williams, the minority leader, endeav
ored to have the report recommitted
to the rules committee with an in
structien for a resolution giving the
Porto Eican resident commissioner all
of the .powers and rights of a dele
gate from a territory. This, it was
stated, would give him A few addi
The previous question was ordered
on the resolution and forty minutes'
Mr. Cooper (Wis.), chairman of the
insular affairs committee, although
supporting the resolution, believed
Porto Rico, with 1,000,000 inhabitants,
was as much entitled to a delegate in
congress as Hawaii, with less than
The resolution was unanimously
aereed to*and the speaker announced,
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IN THE FAR EAST
Russian Squadron Inside Harbor of Port Arthur
Joins Fleet Outside.
the present time are taken merely as a
checkmate to the preparations which
Japan has been making without any
effort at concealment for some time.
Russia cannot longer delay its de
fensive measures. The outlook has
less of the reassuring at the present
than at any time since the opening of
JAPAN IS BUSY
Report from Vladivostok That
Japanese Occupy Seoul
St. Petersburg, Feb, 3.The most
amia appiause, tne appointment ui ir.
Degetau as a member of the house
committee on insular affairs.
On motion of Mr. Mahon (Pa.) the
house began the consideration of bills
on the private calendar.
Senator Fairbanks Discusses the Pan
Washington, Feb. 3.The day's
proceedings in the senate were begun
by adopting a resolution introduced by
Mr. Hoar permitting the committee
appointed to investigate the charges
against Senator Dietrich to employ a
clerk, to send for witnesses and to
take other steps necessary to carry
out the orders of the senate.
The Bacon resolution looking for
the arbitration of the claims of Colom
bia against the United States on ac
count of the Panama revolt was laid
before the senate* and Mr. Fairbanks
(Ind.) was recognized to speak.
Mr. Fairbanks' remarks were de
voted largely to a discussion of the
question whether the United States
was in complicity with Panama in the
revolt f last November, He spoke of
the importance of showing this charge
to be without foundation, saying:
"While we greatly desire an inter
oceanic canal we are far more anxious
that it shall be constructed without
any taint whatever of national dis
Mr. Fairbanks was followed by Mr.
Clarke (Dem., Ark.)., who made a
speech in support of the treaty. Mr.
Clarke lost no time in declaring his
absolute adherence to the policy of the
president. The question of the wis
dom of building an isthmian canal is
no longer, he said, a question for dis
Wealthy New Mexican Dead.
Albuquerque, N. M., Feb. 3.M. S.
Otero, probably the wealthiest man in
New Mexico, delegate in congress
from 1879 to 1888 and one of the lead
ing business men of the territory, is
dead at his home here of apoplexy.
He was a cousin of M. C. Otero, at
present governor of New Mexico.
Thousands of Troops Are Moving and Handling of Com
mercial Freight Is Suspended.
important news of the eastern situ
ation received at the foreign office for
the past two weeks was received this
morning in a report from Vladivos
tock, which says the Seoul Fusin rail
road has been occupied by Japanese
troops. The move is regarded as sig
nificant in the preemptory position
Japan has assumed during the past
Talk of the impending trouble i
rife. The recent occupation by Japan
ese troops of several important
strategical points can mean but one
thing. It will not recede from its
present position and its latest note to
the government is the finale of the
negotiations to avert, an open breach
which have been carried on for the
past two months.
SENT TO THE POWERS
6UBSTANCE OF RUSSIA'S REPLY
COMMUNICATED TO INTER-
BELIEVED WAR WILL BE AVOIDED
JAPAN WOULD INCUR ENTIRE RE
SPONSIBILITY SHOULD HOS-
Paris, Feb. 3.The Havas agency
has circulated a dispatch to tbe effect
that Russia's reply to Japan, the sub
stance of which has been communi
cated to the foreign, chancellories
everywhere, has made an impression
that war will be avoided.
Views have been exchanged be
tween the United States, France and
Great Britain on the subject. The
concessions therein go beyond general
expectation and illustrate the senti
ments of equity and loyalty actuating
"If, in spite of the very large satis
faction Japan will receive," continues
the dispatch, "the issue of the crisis
should be war Japan will incur the
whole responsibility and find herself
Reply Not Finally Drafted.
The reply, the Havas agency says,
only awaits its final drafting and will
be presented Feb. 6.
The French foreign ofllce authorizes
a denial of the report, printed in New
York and emanating from Paris, to the
effect that the French and British gov
ernments had agreed to exert pres
sure on Japan for the acceptance of
the coming Russian reply. It is spe
cifically asserted no exchanges relat
ing to the Russo-Japanese situation
have occurred between the French and
British governments for more than
ten days. Some time ago, whSe re
ports of mediation were current, a
general understanding was reached
by which, in their own way. Great
Britain at Tokio and France at St.
Petersburg, would seek to secure a
pacific adjustment, but this related to
the former condition when the Japan
ese note was pending. Since then
there has been no agreement and no
negotiations toward an agreement
concerning the coming Russian reply.
Japs Believe War May Be Postponed
Tokio, Feb. 3.Russia's reply is not
expected to reach here before the
middle or latter part of the weeK.
From' remarks dropped by high offi
cials little hope is entertained that
Russia will in any degree relinquish
her claims in Manchuria, but is sup
posed to be simply prolonging the ne
gotiations in order to strengthen her
forces in various points.
A large force of Russians is said to
have occupied Antung, on the Yalu
river, a strategic point of great impor
tance in the event of Russia deciding
to carry the war into Korea as she is
expected to do.
An impression prevails here that
hostilities may be postponed until
March, but will surely come about
theE, as both countries will by that
time be fully prepared in all points
for an extended struggle.
Conditions in the Korean capital
are said to be far from Ratisfartnn'
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1004
and it Is said that only the presence
of a large number of foreign marines
guarding the various legations has
prevented a" serious outbreak, which
may come at any moment, notwith
standing the presence of the troops.
As has been pointed out -before this
is regarded as the danger point of the
Eastern situation and may furnish the
spark that will start the conflagration.
IN THE CZAR'S H^NDS.
Russian Ruler Considering the Reply
St. Petersburg, Feb. 3.The czar
now has before him the report of the
special council on the Russian re
sponse. All the papers relating there
to were submitted to him by the
Grand Duke Alexis and the czar is
giving them earnest consideration.
He had not rendered his decision up
to 6 p. m. and it is authoritatively
said it may possibly be several days
before the response is forwarded to
Prices on the bourse are again weak,
4 per cents falling a point.
WHEREABOUTS A MYSTERY.
London Papers Unable to Locate Mrs.
London, Feb.3 Tbe^wherenbouts
of Mrs. Maybrick are variously an
nounced in the newspapers as Corn
wall, HoJloway prison, at sea, bound
for the United States, etc.
The Daily Chronicle, which is under
the same ownership as Lloyd's Week
ly Newspaper, the journal that on
th story of Mrs.
Maybrick's release, declares the
statement that Mrs. Maybrick has
Sailed for the United States to be un
true, and adds that she is still in Eng
lang and that certain conditions at
tached to her liberation impel her to
exercise great discretion in her atti
tude toward the public and, for a time
at least, it will only be possible for
her to acknowledge through the press
her gratitude for the efforts of her
sympathize in. obtaining her release.
The Daily Naws says that the
whereabouts of the institution in
which Mrs Maybrick is recuperating
is kept a profound secret, because she
is still in the custody of the authori
"In fact," the paper says, "Mrs. May
brick and her custodiana are conceal
ing their identity, and this is necessi
tated by her being privileged to walk
abroad with her female wardens. It
is understood that,after a period of
rest she will return to either Woking
or Holloway prison to receive her
formal discharge on special lioense."
HIQH WINpS PREVAIL.
Train Blown Over and Great Damage
Done In Co lorado.
Denver, Feb. 8.High winds pre
vailed during the day along the east
ern slope of the Rocky mountains in
Colorado and Wyoming and much
damage to property was wrought. In
Denver two men lost their lives as a
direct result of the gale.
Charles Ormsby and William Dan
iels came in contact with a live elec'
trie wire, which had been thrown
from its fastenings into the street,
and were instantly killed by the shock.
A special to the News from Idaho
Springs, Colo., says:
A passenger train on the Colorado
and Southern railway, which left Den
ver for Georgetown, was wrecked by a
gale, two coaches and a combination
baggage car and express car being
blown over and badly demoralized.
The engine and tender remained on
the track. Four of the train crew
and one nassenger were injured.
VICTIMS OF WOOD ALCOHOL.
Three Chicago Colored Men Dead and
Three Others Dying.
Chicago, Feb. 3.A number of col
ored men living in a rooming house on
Dearborn street drank wood alcohol
Sunday night and as a result Cyrus
Robinson, J. C. McCarthy and Thomas
Smith are' dead. George Jenkins and
Edward Thompsofi are dying and
Richard Fletcher $ In the hospital
with a faint chance for his life.
The men purchased the alcoh^F in
a drug store and friends of the men
declare that the bottles were not
properly labeled. It is claimed by men
in the rooming house that all of the
men who drank the wood alcohol
knew that it was poison, but supposed
that they had grain alcohol.
AGED WOMAN ROBBED.
Jewelry Store Looted and Owner
Beaten and Gagged.
Philadelphia, Feb. 3.Four men en
tered a small jewelry store at No.
4736 Market street, West Philadelphia,
late in the afternoon and beat, bound
and gagged the aged owner of the
place, Mrs. Annie Ilasler, and then
gathered up jewelry to the value of
about ?500 and escaped. The robbery
was committed while persons were
passing the store:
Mrs. Hasler, who is seventy-one}
years old, is seriously injured.
The police have a good description
of the men.
SHORT IN HIS ACCOUNTS.
Warrant for Arrest of Altamont (Mo.)
Altamont, Mo., Feb. 3.A warrant
has been sworn out for the arrest of
Lee de Ford, cashier of the Bank of
Altamont, charged witLV the embezzle
ment of $7,000 of its funds, but he
left the city before he could be se
cured. The bank has been placed in
the hands of John Meade as tem
porary receiver. De Ford, who is
thirty years old and married, is the
son of a wealthy Altamont man. It is
believed that be lost the money in
CHICAGO THEATER OPENS,
First Plaj^ouse to Do So Since All of
Them Were Closed.
Chicago. Feb. 3.McVickcr's tfoeaj
ter. complete with safeguards against
fire and loss of life, reopened with
largo attendance in the evening, be-1
ins the first of the popular playhouses
to do so since all of them were closed
following the Iroquois theater fire. An
aldernianic committee, Building Com
missioner Williams and assistants and
Fire Marshal Musham made a thor
ough examination of the house and of
the stage in particular, to see that
they met the requirements of the pro
visional ordinance, designed to allow
an early resumption of business. The
arrangement of the seventeen exits
was found to be excellent, and the
steel curtain worked properly.
GRANTED TO MADAME NORDICA.
Interlocutory Decree of Divorce by Su
New York, Feb. 3.Madame N'or
diea, the prima donna, who in private
life is Mrs. Lillian M. Doeme, has
been granted au interlocutory decree
of divorce by Justice Blsohoff. in tha
Justice TUschoff's decree was grant
ed on the report of William M. Turner,
the referee who was appointed by the
supreme court to take the testimony
in the suit.
All the papers in -the case except
the decree were sealed up by order of
the court. The decree states the
referee has found Zoltan Doemo. the
defendant, and well known tenor,
guilty of adultery.
BOSTON STRIKE MAY SPREAD.
Affiliated Organizations May Assist
Boston, Feb. 3.With the close ot
the first day of the strike of the book
and job compositors in this city and
vicinity 250 men and women are out
and indications point to more than as
many others leaving their work in
the next few days. Some of the
smaller firms belonging to the Ty
pothetae accepted the new schedule,
but for the most part the demands of
the union were refused.
Thus far the strike extends no far
ther than the compositors, but other
organizations affiliated with the print
ing trades are likely to become in
SOUTH DAKOTA THE WINNER.
Court Decides North Carolina Must
Pay Its Obligations.
Washington, Feb. 3,The case of
the state of South Dakota and .the
state of North Carolina has been de
cided by the United States supreme
court favorably to South Dakota.
The case involved the validity of a
mortgage on stock of the North Caro
lina Railway company, given by North
Carolina to secure the payment of
state bonds given in the aid of the
road in 1807. South Dakota holds ten
bonds of $1,000 each under a gift from
Simon Schafer and Samuel M. Schafer
of New York city and the amount due
on the bonds and coupons attached is
VV. C. WHITNEY DEAD
FCRMER SECRETARY OF THE
NAVY SUCCUMBS AS RESULT
New York, Feb. 3.William C.Whit
ney, secretary of the navy under Pres
ident Cleveland, died late in the after
noon as a result of an operation for
WILLIAM C. WHITNEY.
appendicitis performed several days
Mr. Whitney rallied from the opera
tion and seemed to improve in condi
tion until shortly before the end.
Committee on Arrangements Meets at
St. Louis, Feb. 3.Pursuant to call
the committee on arrangements for
the Democratic national conventior
consisting of members of the Demo
cratic national committee met here at
the Southern hotel with all the mem
bers present except John R. McLean
of Ohio. Those in attendance are
Senator James K. Jones, Arkansas,
chairman officio William J. Stone,
Missouri, vice chairman, ex-offlcio J.
M. Guffey, Pennsylvania D. J. Cam'
pau, Michigan Norman E. Mack, New
York J. G. Johnson, Kansas J. M.
Head, Ternessee John E. Osborne,
Wyoming,, and C. A. Walsh of Iowa.
The committee will probably be in
session two days perfecting arrange
ments for the convention.
TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
BAD BLOW TO PRICES
DANIEL SULLY, BULL LEADER IN
COTTON, DECIDES TO TAKE
FRANTIC EFFORT TO SELL H0LDIN6S
MAY OPTION TUMBLES A CENT
AND A QUARTER IN AN
New York, Feb. 3.What was be
lieved to be the long predicted cul
mination of the recent bull specula
tion in cotton came during the day's
market, which, after opening lower, a
remarkably sudden and violent drop
In prices came in the early afternoon,
while the scenes on the floor of the
exchange were the wildest seen in
years, if. indeed, their like was ever
seen there before, and as prices melt
ed away the brokers seemed frantic
to sell. For tho time all were sell, is
and there were no buyers and as the
news spread throughout the cotton
PANIKli J. HULliY.
district that Daniel Sully had decid
ed to take a vacation every man who
owned a contract for delivery of cot
ton seemed desirous to sell it at once.
Without regard to the price it would
bring. In less than an hour tho May
option fell a cent and a quarter a
pound, or as much as would have been
considered a Rood sized movement for
a fortnight's trading only a few years
Along with the liquidation of bull
aneeuiators there was some selling
for short account.
The fall was checked about an hour
after it begun by renewed bull sup
port, said to Be for the account, of New
Orleans Interests, and those who had
sold short hurriedly started to buy
again. Those purchases caused a
quick rally of from 70 to 75 points and
there-the market steadied, alter prob
ably the most exciting hour's trading
the New York Cotton Exchange had
LETTING FINANCES ALONE.
Little Hope of Passing Measures for
Washington, Feb. 3.No measure
on finance other than that, permitting
the deposit of receipts from customs
in national banks and providing addi
tional forms of security for deposits
of public moneys will be enacted into
law at this session of congress.
As a matter of fact it is not certain
that the bill referred to_wIJJJjfLnjaaaejL
llilfih H. Ilahria and other prominent
advocates of currency reform are not
hopeful of inducing the lawmakers to
act, although it is generally admitted
that something should be done. Speak
er Cannon deems it inadvisable at this
time to enter upon the revision or
even amendment of the present finan
cial laws and it is quite certain thar
his influence will bo thrown against
any such proposition. His idea, as he
has informed the president, Is that no
radical legislation of a financial char
acter should bo entered upon at this
KNOX AGAINST THE BILL.
Attorney General Opposes Change in
Washington, Feb. 3.Attorney Gen
eral Knox in answer to inquiries as to
whether the bill recently introduced
into the senate to amend the interstate
commerce and antitrust laws so as
to relieve foreign commerce from their
operation and so as to enable contracts
to bo entered into in reasonable re
straint of commerce, was introduced
with the knowledge and approval of
the administration replied: "Abso
In response to a question as to his
views on the wisdom of such an
amendment of the law, he replied to
the effect that it would not be a wise
course of procedure.
Given Maximum Penalty.
Minneapolis, Feb. 3.Antonio Cal
derone, who killed Salvator Battalia
Nov. 18 on the Franklin avenue bridge,
has received the maximum penalty of
twenty years. He was convicted of
manslaughter in the first degree.