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VOLUME 1. NUMBER l-38
Vague Romors of Big Land Engagement
in Which Czar's Army Is Repulsed
With Heavy Loss.
Port Arthur Deserted by Panic Stricken
Citizens, and Soon Only Garrison
London, Feb. 22.Vague ru-1burg
mors of land lighting have been
the feature of today's war news.
Many reports are circulating,
the majority of which lack official
confirmation. The St. Peters-
This week we will sell all
Muslin Underwear that has
been mussed by handling
at a discount of
Ladies' Muslin Gowns
worth from 50 cents to
$3.50, now two-thirds of
Ladies' Muslin Chemise
worth from $1 to $2.50,
now two-thirds of regular
worth from 50
cents to $1.50,
of regular price.
Ladies' Corset Cover
worth from 25 cents to $1,
now two-thirds of regular
correspondent of the Paris
edition of the New York Herald
cables the news of a decisive en
gagement between considerable
bodies of Japanese and Russian
troops on the Y.ula river. The
Russian army was repuised with
a reported loss in killed and cap
tured of 2,T)00 men.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 22.A dispatch
from Port Arthur says the first land
encounter occurred during the day. A
pickpt of Cossacks attacked a small de
tachment ot Japanese troops on Ko
territory. The Cossacks captured
some Japanese prisoners on whom
they found maps and papers.
The collision was presumably be
tween reconnoitering parties. A gen
eral engagement is not anticipated
A special Port Arthur dispatch says
the Japanese fleet was observed Feb.
IS cruising off that port.
Reports from Northern Korea say
the Koreans are showing a decidedly
friendly altitude to the Russians.
The Manchurian railroad is convey
ing troops without difficulty to the
.Various points of concentration.
Native reports say that the Chinese
pirates, since the outbreak of hostili
ties, have been displaying such activ
ity in Eastern Asiatic waters as almost
to paralyze the coasting trade.
Civilians Leave Port Arthur.
Further advices from Port Arthur
say that all the women, and children
and most of the male ^civilians have
left that place and that practically
only the garrison remains.
With reference to the sensational
stories of a disaster to Russian troops
at Lake Baikal (one report saying
that tnree regiments were drowned
while attempting to cross the ice cov
ered lake) it is explained that the
Transbaikal line was blocked at the
Baikal station during the night of Feb.
18 by an avalanche of snow which fell
from a neighboring mountain. A train
having troops on board dashed into
the obstruction, the Locomotive was
derailed and in the succeeding five
cars one soldier-was killed, five were
severely injured and fourteen were
slightly hurt. Traffic was expected to
be resumed the following day.
The wave of patriotism sweeping
over the empire seems to be swamping
racial feeling, even the wild tribes of
the Caucasus, the discontented Finns
and sullen Poles forgetting their griev
ances and coining forward to volunteer
their services to the common father
REPLY IS QUITE BRIEF.
Russian Acceptance of Secretary Hay's
Paris, Feb. 22.It is learned that
the Russian foreign minister, Count
Lamsdorff, has received from the
Washington government a communi
cation announcing that Russia's reply
was considered responsive to the
American note on China and would be
transmitted to the governments of
China and Japan. The terms of the
Russian reply are substantially as fol
"Russia will be glad to join with
the other powers in the recognition of
Chinese neutrality on three condi
"FirstThat China shall maintain
"SecondThat Japan shall loyally
support this neutrality.
"ThirdThat Manchuria, being the
field of military operations, shall not
The reply is quite brief, not con
taining any language beyond the fore
going three conditions and the intro
DISORDER IN NORTH KOREA.
American Women and Children Will
New York, Feb. 22.Disquieting
news regarding disturbances in North
Korea has been received, says a Her- i
aid dispatch from Chemulpo.
United States Minister Allen is
sending the transport Zafiro to remove
the American women and children
from the Pingyang district to Che
mulpo. The men will remain there
for the present. There are about forty
American residents in the district, in
A dispatch from Seoul says an
American gold mining company which
has been operating a valuable conces
sion sixty miles from the Korean fron
tier at Wiju and employs over sev
enty Americans fears trouble from
Chinese and Korean bandits infesting
that region, which is rough and moun
tainous. The local manager has tele
graphed for protection.
If the surface, machinery and worv-
Ijjgs are uestroyea tne company will
sustain heavy financial loss and work
be set back three years.
ORDERED BACK TO KRONSTADT.
Russian Fleet at Jibutil Not Going to
Paris, Fob. 22.The St. Petersburg
correspondent of the Figaro cables
that the Russian squadron at Jibutil,
French Somaliland, on the Gulf of
Aden, has been ordered to return to
Island of Perim, Red Sea. Feb. 22.
A squadron of warships passed here
at midnight, bound for Suez, It is said
to be the Russian squadron recently
at Jibutil, French Somaliland.
SAIL FOR SHANGHAI.
Cruisers Cincinnati and Albany Leave
Manila, Feb. 22.The United States
protected cruisers Cincinnati and Al
bany of Rear Admiral Evans' fleet
have sailed for Shanghai.
Koreans Attack an American.
Washington. Feb. 22.United States
Minister Allen has cabled the state
department from Seoul that a company
of Korean soldiers attacked an elec
trie carriage belonging to an Amer
ican citizen Wednesday night, damag
ing it and injuring the operator.
American seamen quieted the disturb
Political Suspects as Soldiers.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 22.According
to the terms of an imperial order just
issued political suspects under polico
surveillance ore permitted to enter the
army in the field as privates, after
which the minister of the interior and
the minister of justice can order the
withdrawal of police supervision oyer
TUfiK^GAlXYlCTOIlS ALBANIANS DEFEATED WITH A
LOSS OF FIVE HUNDRED
DEAD OR WOUNDED.
Salonica, Macedonia, Feb. 22.An-
other battle occurred between the in
surgent Albanians in North Albania
and the Turkish troops Feb. IS. The
Albanians were beaten, losing 500 men
killed or wounded. The Turks also
Shemshi Pasha, who was in com
mand of the Turks at Diakova, has
been superseded owing to the sultan's i
displeasure at his unduly severe treat
ment of the Albanians.
HURTS GERMAN TRADE.
Grain Merchants Heavy Losers on Ac
count of War.
Berlin, Feb. 22.The effects of the
war already are noticeable on Gorman
commerce. It is reported from Kq
nigsberg that the importation of grain
from Russia into Germany has come
to a standstill. The grain merchants
are unable to obtain the execution of
their orders, Russia having divert c"
all the rolling stock on the state rai
ways to government use.
The German export trade is also
affected. The Alsatian textile industry
records an appreciable falling off i:i
exports to Russia and large Russian
firms have not sent their usual orders
FOURTEEN PERSONS KILLED.
Explosion Occurs in a Paris Celluloid
Paris, Feb. 22.Fourteen employes
of a celluloid comb factory at the cor
ner of Boulevard Sevastopol and the
Rue Etienne Mariel lost, their lives
during the day in a fire which was
started by an explosion of gas. About
twenty other employes were injured.
STATEHOOD OR INDEPENDENCE.
Federal Assembly of Porto Rico Makes
San .Juan, Porto Rico, Feb. 22.The
federal assembly, by a vote of 60 to
15, demanded that Porto Rico be ad
mitted to statehood or that the island
he granted independence.
Mormon Elder Suicides.
Kansas City, Feb. 22.Lorenzo
Crossby, said to be an elder in the
Mormon church, while en route from
Atlanta, Ga.. where he had been sta
tioned until recently, to Holbrook,
Ariz., shot and fatally wounded him
self in a berth in a Pullman on the
southbound Chicago and Alton train
near Higbee, Mo.
Liquor Dumped Into Gutter.
Bloomington, 111., Feb. 22.-A supply
of whisky smuggled into Colfax to be
used in a political celebration was
discovered by the temperance women
of the place. They marched into a
restaurant where the intoxicant was
stored and seizing the supply emptied
it into the gutter.
Morgan's Last Canal Speech.
Washington. Feb. 22.After routine
business in the senate the Panama
canal question was taken up and Mr.
Spooner, who held the floor, yielded to
Mt. Morgan, who spoke in opposition
to the ratification of the canal treaty.
saying this would be his last speech
on the subject.
House Considers Naval Bill.
Washington, Feb. 22.The house,
upon convening, went into committee I
of the whole, with Mr. Hepburn (la.)
fil the chair, and resumed considera
tion of the naval appropriation bill,
Mr. Dayton fW. Vsr), a member oithe
naval affairs committee, spoke for the I
CAR OF DYNAMITE BLOWS UP AT
Ogdon. Utah. Feb. 22.Twenty rive
persons have been killed, fifteen oth
ers injured, several, it is believed, fa
tally, and a great amount of railroad
property destroyed by an explosion of
a carload of dynamite at Jackson., a
telegraph station on the western end
of the great Ogden-Luclen cutoff on
the Southern Pacific railroad. Tho ex
plosion was caused by a collision be
tween two freight trains, due. it is
said, to the failure of the airbrake ap
paratus to operate. Eight of the dead
and five of the injured are Americans
the others are Greek laborers.
BKMID.II. MINNESOTA. MONDAY. FEBRUARY TEN CKNTS I'M I! WEEK.
EXPLOSION IS TERRIFIC
JACKSON, UTAH, CAUSING
TWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE ARE KILLED
OF THE FORTY-SIX PERSONS IN
THE PLACE ONLY NINE ES-
The explosion following the collision
between the two trains, which met
head on almost in front of the tele
graph station, was terrific. F.voiy
thing within a radius of half a mile
was wrecked. The town of Terrace,
fifteen miles to the north, was shaken
as though by an earthquake window
panes in the station at Colon, fifteen
miles away, were shattered and the
sound of the explosion was heard in
this city, eighty-one miles from the
scene of the disaster. The ground
upon which the trains were standing
was torn up for over a thousand feet,
leaving a great excavation
Thirty Feet in Depth
fragments of a dozen freight cars and
two engines were thrown for Incredible
distances over the surrounding coun
try, the station building was blown to
splinter., and the dead and injured
were scattered for hundreds of feet in
all directions, most of them having
their clothing torn off. Telegraph
wires and pules were torn down for a
thousand fee' and the first knowledge
of tin' disaster came from Terrace
fifteen miles away, the operator at
that point reporting to headquarters
that he saw an Immense cloud of white
smoke as end from Jaekson and spread
at a great height. A relief train with
doctors and stretchers was hurriedly
dispatched from this city. The Haiti
returned with the injured, who lyere
placed in the company's general hos
The great loss of life among the
Greeks is accounted for by the fact
that they occupied out lilting cars
which were standing near"tlie"STKTt
where the explosion occurred. Of the
forty-six. persons at Jackson at the
time of Hie explosion only nine es
caped death or injury. The great rail
road trestle over fli'e lake was not
damaged, the explosion Occurring a
short dlstanee beyond the western end
of that structure.
ALL THE INMATES ESCAPE.
Insane Asylum Near Racine, Wis., De
stroyed by Fire.
Racine, Wis., Feb. 22.All that re
mains ol the Racine county insane
asylum is smouldering ashes, with a
loss aggregating $115,000- The laun
dry, stables and pumpbouse were
saved. All of the 133 patients escaped,
the rescue in many cases being made
with the greatest difficulty! The fire
originated in the attic and was dua
to a defective Hue. The (lames spread
rapidly and soon the entire main struc
ture was enveloped in flames. The
local fire department dispatched two
full companies to the scene and one
steamer and hose wagon were also
sent, the asylum being four miles from
the city. The water supply was soon
exhausted and the firemen could do
little to cheek the (lames and turned
their attention towards the adjoining
The patients of the institution were
finally corraled and brought to the city
on a special train, where they are be
ing temporarily cared for at the city
hall, police office and the courthouse.
Many of the patients were thinly clad
and suffered much from the- severe
The fire started about. 8:15 p.
and was fpttght for nearly an hour be
fore an alarm was sent to this city.
By that time the bla'ze was beyond
control. Meanwhile the keeper and
attendants fought heroically in rescu
ing the inmaies, many of whom ye!l
and hooted like wild beasts and want
ed to pluntre back into the (lames.
THREE PERSONS KILLED.
Thirty-four Others Injured in Powder
Paterson, X. J., Feb. 22.An explo
sion at the Laflin & Rand powdei
mills at Wayne, seven miles from
here, caused the death of three men.
Three mills were wrecked.
Al Jackson and James Weir were
killed instantly, their bodies being
blown to pieeea."'-Frederick Weimer
died an hour later. Thirty-five othei
employes were injured, several seri
ously. The cause of the explosion is
unknown. Its force was felt here, in
Newark and in other nearby cities.
The town of Little P'alls, five miles
from the mill, was badly shaken and
many windows were broken and sev
eral large brick chimneys coHaps-f-d.
Dor-tors and nurses were sent from
here to the scene of the disaster.
LOSS 13 VEr.Y HEAVY.
Fire in Brooklyn Destroys Property
NoW York Feb. '2.. C^rSSTTu'cTn S
file broke oat In tho extensive paint
works ol the W. Deynu and C.
T. U.yno.lds CC!UiPJVn.Y Ui BJ lyn.
The fire started from auafo unknown
cause and owiug to highly in*
nammahle character of the contents
of the buildings tho works wcra
soon desi royeil. TJiv-iirenien dire to,l
their efforts to preventing the spread
of the fire to adjacent property, con
sist inu of tenement houses.
families were evicted from
the tenements and given temporary
refuge i\\ neighbors. There was no
loss of life.
it is believed the loss will be be
tween $400,upfl and. $500,000, on which
there is said to be $240,000 Insurance.
MONEY FOR INDIAN3.
House Committee Completes Annua)
Washington, Feb. 22 The house
committee on Indian affairs lias com
pleted the Indian appropriation" bill.
The measure carries a total appropria
tion of $7,GJ0,S31, based oh estimates
amounting to $7,732,252. The amount
of the last bill was $8,52-1.30$. For
current expenses this bill carries $732,-
Mir. fulfilling ueat\ nliligiitjnris, $2,-
077.764-: gratuities, $5C6,000 incidental
$615,808 schools, $3,551,8tiS.
Murder Is Suspected.
ChfcagO Feb. -2-2. L. I Kirk. Jr., a
yoiinu stockman of Kumler, ill., was
found dead beneath the South Side
elevated structure near Twelfth street.
It is believed by the police that the
man was slugged on the 61ovated sta
tion platform and his body tin own
over the railing,
WHEAT GOES O 1.0.7
SENSATIONAL ADVANCE ACCOM-
PANIED BY ENORMOUS
Chicago, I'Vb. 22- Wheat for May
delivery during the day sold at $1.07
a bushel. The market was extremely
active and the volume of trading was
of enormous proportions. The sensa
tional advance was due largely to the
anxiety ol sliorts, who were afraid to
maintain open trades over a two days'
recess of the board.
The pit win. tin' (enter of uproar and
clamor which never ceased or abated
from tho opening of the session iint.il
the gong announced its (lose. In one
respect the day was unlike any prev
mis day since excitement over the
Russo-Japanese war began there were
no varying degrees of Intensity in the
excitement which reigned and the
nerves of every trader were at tl
highest tension every minute ol He
session. The advance was Irresistible.
Armour, who for months has been the
almost undisputed monarch of the
wheat pit. sold millions of bushels of
the grain, bul [or every bushel offered
there were, two demanded by the pro
fessionals or outside traders, imbued
with a desire to buy that was little if
anything less than frantic.
The market hesitated somewhat a!
the outset and a momentary calm pre
vailed, but suddenly a buying wave
struck the pit. It falply swept brokers
off their feel. By leaps and bounds
the May price.""which slipped from
$1.04 at the opening off to $1.02%,
went soaring to $1.07. Pandemonium
accompanied the advance.
PERRY HEATH IS OUT
TENDERS RESIGNATION AS SEC-
RETARY OF REPUBLICAN
Cleveland, Feb. 22.-Perry S. Heath,
former first assistant postmaster gen
eral and secretary of the Republican
national committee, has wired his res
ignation of the latter position leoxa
here to Acting Chairman 1'ayne at
Washington as follows:
"Due to the death of Chairman
Hanna I tender to you my resignation
as secretary of the Republican nation
al committee, effective Immediately."
Mr. Heath stated that the telegram
told the entire story and he bad noth
ing to add to it.
TRA MP SECURES DAMAGES.
Court Decides He Has Rights Train
men Must Respect.
Des Moines, Feb. 22.The' Iowa su
preme court has decided that a tramp
has rights which a trainman must re
spect, affirming a decision from Potta
wattamie county, in which Joseph
juries sustained by reason of forcible
Johnson secured judgment for in
ejectment from a moving train.
The lower court first held that a
tramp had no rights and that the train
roan was justified in throwing him
from the train, no matter what the re
sults' might be. A new trial was
granted and a favorable decision ren-
Four Passengers Seriously Hurt.
Pittsburg, Feb. 22.A blazing Lari
mer avenue electric car, with all
brakes off and carrying twenty passen
gers, raced madly down Fifth avenue
from Grant almost to Market street.
For fifteen minutes after the car came
to a s*op it bla-zed-Iike-a farcae*-. Four
of the passengers were seriously hurt.
The blowing out of the motors caused
FEAR EUROPEAN WAR
WILDEST EXCITEMENT ON PARIS
BOURSE AS A.RESULT OF
ALL SECURITIES DEPRECIATE HEAVILY
RUMORS INCLUDE POSSIBLE MOB-
ILIZATION OF FRENCH AND
FEELING NOT SHARED BY BRINKS
ARE PREPARED FOR EVENTUALI-
TIES BUT DO NOT EXPECT
Feb. 22 Wil e\c ilenient
prevailed en the lionise as the-result
of startling, contradictory ropi cts *'"1'-
cernlng possible world complications
growing out oi tho Oriental war I 1
rumors Included the prqs-pecl ol the
mobilization of the tlei man an I
French armies. The evening papers
also said that serious Influence was
exercised 13 the repoit of difficulties
between the United States and Bus da
in const ''quern of the rein-a! of Rus
sia to gram an exequatdr Id Mr. Mor
gan as ''nited States consul at Dalhy.
Financiers asserted the market was
in such a sensitive condition that tho
Wildest rumors were taken Up and
might bad 10 serious complications.
The financial authorities claimed that
not since 1882 lias a wilder scene oc
curred on the bourse.
Almost from the opening the lead
ing 111 it'.(- began to fall. French
rentes were particularly off acted. Rus
sian imperials also dropped, as did
other foreign bonds. During the ..early]
hours hea\ depreciations occurred' oq
al! sid leading up to brutal sacri
fices of value- Spanish rentes were
spot uilly unci tod b) the great con
fusion which prevailed over the fear.
oj International complications. Thin
state wan ai,- iavated during the clos
ing hour, and th'e excitement, which
amounted to a panic was rodoublod.
Were oilieo-d 1
the close the market was very agi
sp.iLjjksh and Turkish routes
wuid a' great uproar. At
NOT SHARED IN LONDON.
Uneasiness on Continent Regarding
London. Feb. 22. The uneasiness
on the Continent In regard to the pos
sibility that a Kuropean war may en
sue from 1 be struggle in tho Far Bast
is not shared by Great Britain, No
power has made such complete naval
preparation S Creat Britain and yet
nowbeit is confidence greater that tho
hostilities may be confined to Russia
and Japan than it is In London. The
naval and military preparations' an
nounced from the Continental capitals
are regarded here as being mete com
mon sense imasures, which any power
must adopt however remote the con
tingency ot 1 heir employment may ap*
pear, it is also thought that the In
in the actual war news has led many
Kuropean correspondents to use their*
spare time Ili exaggerating the Con
tinental action and In applying such
steps as have been actually taken to
erroneous motives. The latest of
these, the dispatch from Madrid an
nouncing that preparations have beer*
made to send reinforce merits to th^
Balearic islands! meets with an em
phatic denial in interested quarters!
and the additional statement from
Madrid that Great Britain intends to
seize Spanish points lu the^r-vent of
war has not even the semblance of
The stock market was heavy ami
yery weak during the day.
IS OFFICIALLY DENIED.
Report of the Mobilization of tho
Paris, Feb 22.The foreign office
denies the report circulated on tho
bourse of the mobilization of tho
French army and no information has
been received that such a step has
been taken by Germany. All that has
been done has been to take measures
of a precautionary character, not be
cause of any tear of immediate trou
ble, but to be prepared for possible
eventualities. The foreign office offi
cials also declared that the bourse
naui teas utterlv without reason.
iTAKING DEFENSIVE MEASURES.
Unusual Naval and Military Activity
Stockholm, Sweden, Feb. 22.Un-
usual naval and military activity is
displayed in connection with neutral
ity measures. The coast artillery has
been ordered to bo in readiness, war
ships are being sent to Gothland isl
and and the coast defense battleshipsi
and torpedo boats have been ordered*
to be prepared for active_service.
One Death in Baltimore Fire.
Baltimore, Feb. 22.It was thought
that not a life was lost in the fire here,
but a charred body, supposed to be*
that, of a colored man, has l\eea~ fouwfi
In the water at Bowleys wharf. The*
body is so badly burned as to he uix