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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 247.
UNFAVORABLY AFFECT TRADE.
I Weather Conditions Retard Transpor
tation and Cause Depression.
New York, Feb. 8.Bradstreefa
weekly review of trade says weather
conditions unfavorably affect trade
.jitnd transportation throughout most of
the West, while wildly fluctuating
markets of cotton, coffee and the
Cereals make the speculative situation
of those staples a matter of concern.
The feeling grows that a later opening
spring trade and conservative buying
are to be looked for in many lines.
Exceptions are to be found at the
South, which reports wholesale trade
active. Next to this may be classed
the .Southwest, which, despite cold
weather, reports trade satisfactory,
outlook good and bank clearings very
large. Eastern trade reports are good
as to retail winter trade, but spring
trade is irregular. Men's wear wool
ens are not moving quickly for fall de
livery. Clothiers are buying conser
vatively. Wool is firm, with stocks
light and 5 to 10 per, cent higher
prices at London sales. The iron trade
shows little change, Agricultural
hardware is in good demand' at the
West. The other metals, copper, lead
and tin are all lower in prices.
'OPEN SHOP" DECREED.
Sioux City Employers' Action' May,
i Sioux City, la, Feb. 8.An an
nouncement made by the Contractors
and Builders' Exchange, the Master
Plumbers' association and several
other organizations of employers to
the effect that on March 1 the "open
shop" will be declared in full force in
this city has caused much turmoil ia
the many labor unions and from the
nature of the expressions of the union
workmen there is going to be trouble
when the decree of the employers
goes into effect.
All Previous Records. Broken.
New York, Feb. 8.For three con
secutive weeks the bank statement
has broken all previous records as re
gards aggregate of loans an depos
its. The grand total of loans is now
$998,850,800, while deposits have grown
to the unprecedented sum of $1,027,-
BRIEF BITS OF NEWS.
Baron von Horst, former Austriaa
minister of defense, is dead.
Robert Ellen, who had an interna
tional reputation as a stone and wood
carver, is dead in Yonkers, N. Y., from
Charles Olander, a Superior (Wis.)
woodsman, was found dead near Gran--.
Marias, Minn., and a wound on his
head indicates foul play.
Colonel George W. Johnson, chaplain
of Clarence MacKenzie post, G. A. R.,
Brooklyn, who served in the Civil war
with the Fifth Minnesota volunteers,
Henry W. Oliver, the well known
iron and steel master, is lying criti
cally ill at his home in Allegheny, Pa,
*He is suffering from an affection of
Twenty-four midshipmen of the
fourth class at Annapolis are to be
dropped from the naval service, the
academic board having reported them
deficient in their studies.
During February we
will give a decorated
dinner plate with
every $2 purchase
TWELVE WARSHIPS ARE SUNK
St. Petersburg, Feb. 9.-2:30
p. m.The Russian admiralty
has-just received information that
a desperate encounter between
Russian and Japanese vessels
took place this morning in an at
tack upon Port Arthur. The re
port has it that 11 Japanese war
vessels and one Russian warship
were sunk. The number of
killed and wounded is great, and
the Russians, suffered the most
severely in this respect. Port
Arthur is now in flames,
St. Petersburg, Feb. 9.An
earlier dispatch from port Ar
thur declares that the Japanese
torpedo boats attacked the Rus
sian fleet at midnight and badly
damaged the Russian battleships
Retvizan, Gzarevitch and the
cruiser Pallana. 'The Japanese
New York Feb 9 -Investigation of the St. Petersburg dispatch, claiming that 12 warships were
sunk at Pott Arthur, proves that the story is incorrect, Three Russian warships were damaged by
the Japanese torpedo boats. ".,....n. tnmitit
fARMSR LOSES $1,500.
iowan Gagged and Robbed by Twe
Des Moines, Feb. 6.Two masked
men bound and gagged Fred Snyder,
a farmer residing near Clive, a small
town five miles west of here, while he
was milking, and secured $1,500, the
proceeds of a live stock sale. Uncon
scious from the cold Snyder was dis
covered three hours later and brought
to his home. Th money was drawn
from the bank to meet some obligation
due. There is no clue.
FIREMEN NARROWLY ESCAPE.
Whole Company Nearly Suffocated Be
Cleveland, Feb. 6Three firemen
were injured and a whole company
cut off by flames and nearly suffo
cated by gas and smoke as the result
of a fire in the Severance building at
278 to 288 Seneca street. The fire
men were cut off from the exits by an
explosion of gas and were rescued
through a basement window just in
June to save their lives.
FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER.
Verdict in Blydenburgh Trial at El
dora, fa. Jfa
Eldora, la., Feb. 6.The jury in the
Blydenburgh murder case came in at
1 a. m. with a verdict of guilty of mu
der in the first degree and recom
mending life imprisonment.
The defendant appeared stolid when
the verdict was announced and sat
nonchalantly in his chair.
He is suspected of having killed
WILL AGAIN BE DEPORTED.
Slxto Lopez Refuses to Take Oath of
Manila, Feb. 6.Sixto Lopez, the
well known Filipino agitator, whose
unfriendly disposition toward Ameri
can rule in the Philippines has been
exhibited upon occasions in the past,
has arrived here and refused to take
the oath .of allegiance. He will be
Entire Town on the Island of Java
Wiped Out by Eruption.
Amsterdam, Feb. 6.Advices re
ceived here say that an entire town in
the island of Java, Dutch East Indies,
is reported to have been swallowed up
by a volcanic eruption and that hun
dreds of persons- were killed.
SIX DWELLINGS BURN.
Half a Dozen Persons Perish at Tren
Mahanoy City, Pa., Feb. 6.Six per
sons, all foreigners, were burned to
death at Trenton, near here. The fire
destroyed six double dwellings. The
blaze started from an overheated
German Officials Murdered.
Berlin, Feb. 6.Telegraphic com
munication with Windhoek, German
Southwest Africa, has been restored.
The authorities, there cable that the
Hereros murdered Assistant Directoi
Hoepner of the colonial bureau and
Herr Watermeyer, an agricultural ex
Russian Report of a Desperate Naval
Conflict off Port
Eleven Japanese Vessels and One Rus
sian Warship Said to
Many Russians Killed and Wounded
and Port Arthur Is In
Commercial Circles Fear General Eu
New York, Feb. 8.Prospect of a
great war in the Far East, which is
acknowledged even in hitherto most
''pacific quarters, has been brought ap
preciably nearer by the developments
of a day or two. That a Russo-Jap
anese conflict will be followed by a
Balkan outbreak later, likely to de
velop into a widespread European con
flagration, is also considered extreme
ly probable and increases the depres
sion pervading all political and com
Official circles, the press and the
public have already practically decided
nothing can avert war and probably
the termination of the long delay and
suspense, when the first gun is fired,
will cause a sense of relief and pos
sibly business improvement. Already
Tokio dispatches announce that relief
is felt there at the fact that all doubts
regarding the outcome of the negotia
tions have practically been set at rest.
Prices on the Stock Exchange fell
again during the morning, consols
opening three-eighths lower, Japanese
1% lower and Russians 1 point lower.
Later consols improved one-sixteenth.
LAST ARMY FLAG COWERED.
Emblem of American Military Occupa
tion of Cuba Taken Down.
Santiago de Cuba, Feb. 8.Quarter-
master Williams during the day com
pleted the sale by auction of the army
effects, including the city warehouse,
and invited the American colony to
witness the lowering of the last Unit
ed States army flag on the island. Con
sul Holoday made a short address,
during which he complimented Cuba
and pointed to the fact that American
promises had been fulfilled.
FIRST TRAIN IN TEN. DAYS.-
Four Locomotives Drive Snowplow In
to Lewistown, Mont.
Lewiston, Mont., Feb. 8.Pushed by
four locomotives, a great snowplow on
the Montana railroad headed the
first train that has reached Lewis
ton in ten days. During these ten
days three express trains have been
tied up between Lewiston and Helena
and some of the passengers suffered
I for food. Two trains are still tied up.
In some places snow is twenty feet
JURY UNABLE TO AGREE.
Case of Banker Leland of Duluth Still
Duluth, Feb. 8.The jury in the
case against Charles F. Leland,
charged with receiving deposits in his
private bank when'he knew that he
was insolvent, failed to reach a ver
dict. They were thereupon discharged.
ft is understood that they stood seven
to five and did not vary materially
Hay Leaves for Washington.
Thomasville, Ga., Feb. 8.Secretary
of State Hay left for Washington dur
ing the morning. The secretary left
by the Atlantic Coast Line via Savan
nah and is due to arrive in Washing
ton in twenty-four hours. He is well
and in excellent spirits.
croods on our shelves During the past week we have received partial shipments of Laces, Embroideries, Beadings
and All Overs Ginghams, Chambries, Waistings, Linen Suitings, Corsets, Hosiery, Gloves, Collars, Trimmings and
Men's Furnishing Goods, Carpets, Draperies and Shoes. It was our intention to announce at this time the opening of
our Sming Line of Dress Goods, but the recent storms have delayed traffic to such an extent that we have not received
goods that were due here last week.
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer
New idea fashion
sheets for March
It's rather cold to be talking about
Spring Goods, but we are busy un-
_. packing, marking and placing 1904
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BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1904. TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
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tCopyrlght, 1903, by T. C. McClure.]
They had been standing beneath the
plum *tree when they quarreled, or,
rather, when they parted.
They had set out for the plum tree
with the full intention of gathering the
great purple damsons which weighted
its branches, but when finally they
stood in the long shadow which the
tree made in the afternoon sun dam
sons were the last things in the world
of which they thought.
Betty, scurlet to the roots of her cop
per colored hair, withdrew all censor
ship from her tongue and said things
which she would have indignantly dis
claimed had any one repeated them to
her an hour later. Jorrold listened
silently, but in his eyes was a strange
look which she had never seen before.
When in the midst of the tirade she
paused for breath, be had turned sud
denly,, on his heel, aud with .a curt
"goodby" cast over his shouldermuch
as a.bone would be thrown to a stray
dog, Betty thoughthe bad vaulted the
low fence und gone wrathfully across
Betty watched him until a clump of
scrub oak hid him from view. Then
she sat down with her back against
the trunk of the plum tree and thought
it all over. As she thought angry
tears came to her eyes, coursed down
her cheeks and splashed impudently
on the hands clasped tightly in her lap
She sat there until the shadow of .the
tree had reached the fence, aud the
breeze coming in from the water made
her shiver. She rose and turned her
face toward the scrub oaks behind
which he had disappeared.
"You left rather abruptly, Mr. Jer
rold Neil," she said between her white
teeth, "and you may stny away as
long as you please. You're hardly
worth crying over," she added as alio
brushed away her tears.
Neil next morning sat on the veran
da of the casino, solemnly rolling and
smoking innumerable cigarettes, which
utterly failed to briug him the peace
of mind he sought. Catboats with
trim white sails were darting to and
fro in the bay, and each one suggested
the joys of a morning sail with Betty.
But the memory of the parting at the
plum tree was still strong within him.
A wretched hour dragged past, and
he gave up his vain attempts to inter
est himself In the columns of the morn
ing paper. He flung away his ciga
rette and, getting to his feet, strolled
down the gravel path.
"I'm a fool," he mused, "and a brute.
I needn't have left her in that fashion.
By George! I'll go over to the plum
tree and get some of those damsons.
I'll send 'em up to her by Tom. She'll
Mr. Jerrold Neil strode across the
fields whistling a gay aria. He emerged
from the clump of scrub oak in the
pasture and made straight for the
plum tree. As he spied the tree one
note of the aria was prolonged into a
whistle of* surprise. Against the base
of the tree was a stepladder, and
among the branches he caught a mo
mentary dash of white muslin. Then
he resumed the aria, quite as if this
delightful bit of information had not
been vouchsafed to him.
He took down the stepladder, folded
it up and calmly sat down on it. Some
thing suspiciously like a gasp of dis
may came from the branches above his
head, but to this he gave no heed.
With his chin in his palm he sat. on
the stepladder und sighed ponderously
before ho began to muse aloud.
"'Tis strange," said Mr^iwerrold Neil
beneath the plum tree"'tis passing
Strange bow the human heart will al
ways seek the scenes of its affliction.
It was here we quarreled"another
sigh. -'She saidO Lord, what didn't
she say? II I'm all she made me out
she's well done with me"sighs ad
He drew out a pipe and filled aud
lighted it. By vigorous pulling he
managed to send quite a respectable
cloud of smoke up among the branches.
A little choking cough rewarded his
efforts, and it was with ditficulty that
he restrained a chuckle. Presently a
wee, small voice crept down from the
Neil slarted violently.
"Ah," he said, "my trouble has
brought ou hallucinations! Methought
I heard my own name. Twas Betty's
voice, but far too small and weak."
"Mr. Nell!" This time the'voice was
loud and clear.
"There It goes again!" cried Neil.
"Surely Betty's, yet/be always called
me Jerry, with such a pretty accent."
"Jerry, youyou wretch!" came the
voice, accented to the queen's taste.
"Oho!" said Neil, "So it's really you.
"Yesno. Don't look up. Jerry,
please put the ladder against the tree,
then walk across the pasture, and don't
"Don't look up, don't look back," said
he mockingly. "Suppose I comply.
What do I get for it?"
"What do you want, you haggler?"
"A half hour's talk under the tree."
"Youyou've got me cornered," she
said. "I'll have to capitulate."
A few minutes later Betty sat on the
stepladder, and Nell sprawled comfort
ably at her feet.
"Bet," he said, "I spent the most mis
erable morning of my life until I came
over here. Tell me, wheu I came along
were you thinking of me, or what?"
"I was-wishing I-might fall out of
the plum tree and break my neck," she
"Madam," ha said gravely, "since you
are so reckless with your own life you'd
belter give it into my keeping."
And once more the damsons were for
gotten. BARKY PRKSTt\V.
PASSENGER TRAINS COLLIDE.
A Dozen Persons Injured in a Wreck
Near Lockport, N. Y.
Lockport. N. Y., Feb. 6.A dozen
persons were Injured, five of them
seriously, in a roar end collision be
tween two passenger trains on the
Niagara Falls branch of the New
York Central hist night at the Lock
port junction, near this city. The for
ward train was stalled in a snow
bank, when a theater train following
It plunged into the rear coach.
Heavy winds blew the snow-so that
It was impossible to see far ahead.
The theater train was hauled by two
heavy locomotives. The leading en
gine plowed nearly half way through
the rear passenger coach and drove
it ahead with such force that it tele
scoped the coach ahead whore most
of the injured were found.
TRAGEDY IN MICHIGAN.
Frank Dunham Shoots a Woman and
Adrian, Mich., Feb. 6.Frank Dun
ham, former superintendent of sewer
construction, Thursday shot the wo
man who has been known as his w^'e.
He later shot himself through the
head when brought to bay by a posse
of citizens and died Instantly. The
bullet entered the woman's back and
passed out of her mouth. She may
die. The couple eloped in 1895 from
Sodus, N. Y., where Dunham induced
the woman to desert her husband,
William Dunn. The .shooting occurred
on the business street of the town.
Dunham was forty-five years of age.
The woman is younger.
REYES MAY BE DEFEATED.
Believed Joaquin Veiez Is Elected
President of Colombia.
Colon, Feb. 6.The Royal Mall
steamer Trent has arrived here from
Savanilla and Cartagena and brings
reports of great excitement at both
these places over the presidential elec
tion. It is understood that General
Rafael Reyes will cany the depart
ment of Bolivar, but it is believed
generally that Joaquin Veiez Is elect
ed. There is still much war talk both
at Savanilla and Cartagena, and it is
asserted that, Colombia will attack
no opposition co cocKran.
New York, Feb. 6.No nomination
was made by the Republican congres
sional convention of |h Twelfth New
York district, and it is probable W.
Bourko Cock ran (Dcm.) will have no
opposition at the polls. The vacancy
is caused by the resignation of George
Canadian Town Scorched.
Ottawa, Ont, Feb. 6.A fire at
Buckingham destroyed the center
part of the town. Between twenty and
thirty buildings, including business
establishments, private residences and
Masonic hall, were burned to tho
ground. The loss is estimated at
Must Close on Sunday.
St. Paul, Feb. 6.The state supreme
court nas hold that tho law passed by
the iast legislature prohibiting grocery
stores, butcher shops and other busi
ness places from being open on Sun
day is constitutional. The court up
holds Judge .laggard of the Ramsey
county district court.
Admiral Schley, who has been suf
fering with a slight attack of grippe,
is reported better. He is able to leave
All the Michigan railroads report
traffic conditions, which have been
greatly interfered with by snow for
the past few days, as much impromd,
More than half a century ago a com
pany of United States cavalry station
ed at Fort in what is now Arizona,
bad a pet bear they called Uncas. Un
cas was as tractable as a Newfound
land dog, moving freely about the post,
usually spending his time either beg
cinz the cook for .somethlna to eat or
Bleeping in the sunshine in winter and
the shade LB summer. One day UUCas
strayed away from the post and did
Then came news that the ueighbor
Ing Indians bad left their reservations,.
and Uncas was forgotten in the pre
vailing excitement. In those days many
of the forts in the wild west wore little
better than blockhouses, and Fort
was one of this kind. As soon as the
Indians were known to have broken
loose, the gates were kept closed aud
the usual precautious in time of hos
tilities were observed.
One day au order came for the com
mand to march against the Indians.
The garrison, including the families of
the officers, was left in charge of a ser
geant and eight men. Sergeant Winter
was one of those better born and edu
cated young men who in those days
rarely entered the ranks of the army.
As soon as the command left he shut
the gates of the fort and directed them
to be kept shut.
The second night after their depar
ture a sentinel was shot. No one heard
a report, but this was not considered
remarkable, for but one sentry was on
post and he could not see for a great
distance, tlrst, because all the trees
near by had fcgen felled and, second,
because the moon was approaching the
full in a clear sky.
Sergeant Winter kept the soldier's
death from the women, for it indicated
that Indians wore planning an attack,
and lie did not wish to create an alarm.
Tho next night be watched with tho
sentry, who was relieved every two
hours. Winter toward morning went
into quarters for a few minutes to get
a cup of coffee, and when lie returned
the sentry was lying on his back with
a bulletin bis brain.
Winter resolved to sit up aud watch
the next night himself. He slept sev
eral hours during the day, directing
the men to make a sentry of straw and
Clothe it in uniform. At 10 o'clock,
while the moon was obscured by a
cloud, the dummy sentinel was set up.
Then the sergeant posted a real sen
tinel in concealment, and after arrang
ing a signal for bis admission he crawl
ed out-some distance from the fort and
took position behind a stump. Ho
chose a point before the gate because,
there was evidence that the sentries
had been shot from that direction.
Winter waited tiil after, midnight
without experiencing anything unusu
al. Then he saw something approach
ing When it came near enough for
him to see it plainly, lie discovered that
it was a bear. It was waddling along,
occasionally pausing to nibble, but
gradually working nearer. The beast
passed within a hundred feet of the
sergeant who then recognized the gar
rison's pet, Uneas. He watched it si
lently, not daring to make a sound for
fear of a hidden enemy, and saw It
draw closer to the fort than he was
Winter made up his mind that the
i wily Indians had sent Uncas In. expect
lng the garrison to.open the gates for
him and they would be ready to make
a rash at the same time. Doubtless at
that "very moment they were lying in
concealment near by. Worst of all. ho
feared that Chose in the fort, seeing
their old friend Uncas coming, would
not deny him entrance. What should
While he was deliberating Uncas sat
up on his hind legs, bear fashion, and
tin" sergeant caught sight of a black
line about a yard long extendlpg tvdm
the bear's nose toward the fort. Sud
denly a bit of flame shot out from tho
fan her end of the black line, and a
moment later came a crack. The dum
my sentinel on the fort toppled over.
Winter changed his surmises. Tho
Indians hud doubtless killed Uncas and
wen? using liis skin for a cover under
which to pick off the garrison one by
one till all were killed: Cautiously tho
sergeant stole forward toward the dis
guised savage, the latter meanwhile
waddling on toward the' fort. '1 hen
I Winter espied ofT to bis left, but near
or tie fort than he, an Indian crawl
up from behind the bank of a creek.
Then came another anil another till
Winter counted twenty savages.
It now flashed through the sergeant's
brain that the Indians had killed the
sentinel this time with a view to sur
prising the garrison before they were
aware that the only man on guard was
dead. Winter's blood ran cold. The
garrison would be murdered while he,
their commander, was outside and un
able to help them. There was but one
fcipe. By firing on the Indians they
Alight think there was a force without
on which they bad not counted, but in
doing so he would give away ids pres
I ence and would probably be taken and
tortured to death.
Winter resolved to take his chances
!on the first of these two suppositions.
Raising his rifle, he took a sure aim,
'with a rest on the stump, and fired at
the pretended bear. It sprang up with
ja yell and In a heap. Winter wait
led, expecting to hear from the Indians,
I but, whether they did not catch the di
rection from which his shot was fired
and supposed that it came from the
fort or whether they feared a conceal
ed force without, no sign of an Indian
was seen again. At daylight Winter
got up and walked to the fort. On Ids
way he found a dead Indian in Uncar
Before sunset the command returned*
and before three months had passed:
Winter was a commissioned officer.
MARK a BENTLBT.