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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 260.
FRICTION MAY RESULT.
Efforts of Belligerents to Define Con
traband of War.
Washington, Feb. 23.Officials here
are apprehensive that friction may fol
low the efforts of the belligerents in
Asia to deiine contraband of war in
a manner injurious to American trade.
While the matter has not yet been
treated in the negotiations had wj
Russia and .Japan on the one side and
tbe United States on the other there
is reason to believe that some of the
European powers already have been
confronted with threatened restric
tions upon their trade which they are
disposed to resist. A vast quantity
of American foodstuffs is now afloat
destined for. both Russia and Japan
and it is probable that the question
will be very speedily raised as to
whether or not these supplies are con
traband of war.
The United States has in recent
years insisted that foodstuffs were not
contraband and could not be seized by
a belligerent unless it were shown that
the goods were consigned to or clear
ly intended for a belligerent. This prin
ciple was recognized by the British
government during the Transvaal war
and British courts awarded consider
able sums of money to American
shippers on account of food seized by
CRANK AT WHITE HOUSE.
Had a Loaded Revolver and Box of
Washington, Feb. 23.Edward Rel
gar who gave his address as 271 South
Clark street. Chicago, was arrested at
the White house during the day and
locked up pending an inquiry into his
mental condition. Relgar evidently is
of unbalanced mind. He has written
many letters to the president suggest
ing that people be named in accord
ance with their occupations. For many
weeks the secret service officers have
been on the lookout for him and when
he appeared he was promptly placed
In custody. Relgar desired to see th
Attack on Russian Stronghold at Port
Arthur Repulsed With Heavy
RUSSIA N FLEE SINK S FOU
JAPANES E BATTLESHIP S
Sharp and Decisive Clash Between the
Shipping and Japan Comes Of
Port Arthur, Feb. 24.After a sharp ad decisive engagement
the Japanese fleet was repulsed in its attack on Port Arthur. The
Russian position in the harbor is strong and it was ably maintained.
The engagement was the most important of the several sea tights
that have occurred at Port Arthur. The Russian fleet was badly
damaged,but the defeat to the Japanese admiral was decisive. Two
Japanese transports and four battleships were sunk in ti.e attack
and many officers and men were taken prisoners. The engagement
demonstrates the tenability of the position of the Russian fleet and
the task the Jap has in dislodging it has been, greatly underesti-
mated up to the present time.
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Yesterday we placed in stock a large
part of our spring purchase, in men's
suits and rain coats. .Natty, well
made suits, new plaids and stripes at
$10, $15, $18, $20, $22, $22.50 and
Rain coats, dark colored, broken
plaids, warranted rain proof, price $15.
The new 1904 patterns are now in
stock. Good, common paper at 10 to
12" cents a double roll-- Gilts-at 15-
cents to 40 cents a double roll. In
grains at 35 cents a double roll. I aaa not been answerea. vvnen ne was
searched a loaded revolver and a box
I of cartridges were found in his pock-
WARSHIPS GO TO SHANGHAI.
Secretary Moody Orders American
i Vessels to Leave Chefoo.
Chefoo, Feb. 23.The United States
cruiser New Orleans and the gun
boats Wilmington and Annapolis,
which sailed from Manila on Feb. 15,
under command of Rear Admiral
Cooper, upon arriving here received or
ders from the secretary of the navy to
return to Shanghai. When the out
break of hostilities between Russia
and Japan occurred Admiral Evans,
i commanding the Asiatic fleet, dis
patched a cruiser squadron to Shang
hai and Admiral Cooper's squadron to
Chefoo. Secretary Moody has order
ed all the ships to Shanghai. They
left immediately after coaling without
giving any reason for their sudden
The Russian forces in Manchuria
are so far acting entirely on the de
fensive. Extensive preparations are
being made at Dalny, Port Arthur,
Newchwang and Laioyang to prevent
the threatened landing of the Japa
nese troops. A big force of men is
at work on the damaged vessels in
the Port Arthur harbor and efforts
are being made to raise the battle
EXPLOSION IN STEEL PLANT.
Three Men Killed and Several Other*
Buffalo, Feb. 23.At the plant of the
Lackawanna Steel company George
Reynolds, Michael Smith and Frank
Prenatt were killed and several per
sons were injured by the explosion of
a blast furnace.
The explosion occurred near power
house No. 2, where a large reservoir
is situated. The reservoir is a tube
100 feet long and about ten feet in
diameter, and was stored with gas to
be used as a motive power for a blow
Smith and RfivnnlrJa were working
You will find variety at this store, svich as is not show* at
another store in Northern Minnesota.
We carry the only complete stock of
carpets in Beltrami county. Granits.
Ingrains, Velvets, Axminsters, Stair
carpets. Matting, Rubber Matting,
Linoleum, Oil Cloth, Art Squares and
MENS FINISHING GOODS.
We are now showing a new line of
shirts, night shirty collars, ties and
This week we will have on sale
hundreds of vards of short ends in
in the reservoir behind a bulkhead. A
piece of bulkhead was removed in the
course of the operations. A valve
which the men thought had been closed
allowed gas to flow into the task. They
tried to escape, but were overcome be
fore they could reach the exit.
TRYING TO LAUNCH A BOAT.
Two Men Lost by the Steamer York
New York, Feb. 23.Two men wera
lost by the steamer York Castle, which
arrived during the day from Delagoa
bay, in an attempt to give aid to the
American schooner Willie L. Newton,
about 200 miles southeast of Sandy
Hook. The Newton was lumber lad
tn from Brunswick, Ga., for New York,
and lost her rudder head. The steam
er tried to launch a lifeboat in charge
of Chief Officer Alexander Turner
with four men. The falls became
jammed, and as the ship was rolling
violently the five men were throwr
into the sea. After considerable dif
flcwlty three of the men were rescued
but Turner and Carpenter Gray were
THREE PERSONS PERISH.
Fire Partially Destroys Chicago Hotel
Chicago, Feb. 23.Fire partially de
stroyed the building occupier) by the
Alaainbra theater, hotel and apart
merits. The structure was three sto
After the fire was extinguished the
remains of three persons, two men
and a woman, were found in the ruins.
The loss is estimated at $75,000.
The Alhambra theater, around
which the hotel is built, was partly
TRAIN STRIKES CUTTER.
One Man Killed and His Brother Is
Winnipeg, Man., Feb. 23.A cutter
occupied by David and James Under
wood was struck by a delayed Cana
dian Pacific train near Rokeby sta
tion, on the Yorkton branch. David
was instantly killed and Barnes so se
riously injured that he is not expect
ed to recover. It is supposed that the,
brothers wore driving on the track and
were turning off to go to their home
when the accident happened.
HUNDREDS OF LIVES LOST,
Dam Bursts on the Hwangho River ir
Tientsin, Feb. 23.A telegram from
Tsinanfu, Shantung, says that hun
dreds ol lives have been lost by the'
bursting of a dam at Hwangho.
Several villages were destroyed.
To Divide Providence Diocese.
Rome," Feb. 23.At the day's meet
ing of the congregation of the propo
ganda it was decided to propose to the
pope that the diocese of Providence
(R. T.) be divided, Fall River to be se
lected as the see of the new diocese
and the Rev. Wililam Stang of Prov
idence to be chosen as the new bishop
LEADER SENTENCED TO HANG.
Majority of Deserting Constabulary
Manila, Feb. 22.Corporal Ayala.
ringleader of the members of the con
stabulary force who recently revolted
at Vigan, Luzon, was captured last
Monday He has since been tried,
convicted and sentenced by the court
at Vigan to be hanged. Very few of
the men who deserted their posts re
main uncaptureU and most of the
arms and ammunition taken with them
have been recovered.
A reward of $2,500 has been offered
for the capture of Ricarte, the revolu
Passes the Billion Mark.
New York. Feb. 22.This week's
bank statement is another record
breaker, the grand total of deposits
aggregating $1,028,025,600. The specie
item also exceeds all previous records,
with a grand total of S213.fi0fi.700
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer
wnife tne casn gain ispecie 'lfi
1 1 1
tender) is increased to $284,513,000.
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 24. L904
TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
FIRING AROUND PORT ARTHUR.
Believed to Be From Attempted Ap
proach of Torpedo Boats.
Port Arthur, Feb. 23.Sounds of
desultory nriug at sea are heard al
most nightly and Sunday morning fir
ing was again heard. This is doubt
less duo to the attempted approach of
Japanese torpedo boats, but nothing
serious has devoleped.
The garrison is in excellent spirits
and is fhmly convinced of the ultimate
I success of the Russian arms.
The Jvovi Krai prints a long article
Invoking historical precedents to prjua
the illegality of the Japanese declara
tion that fuel and vituals will in all
cases be treated as contraband of war.
I The paper describes Japan's attitude
as presumptions and urges the neutral.
powers to disregard it.
DECISIVE BATTLE FOUGHT.
Dominican Government Troops Defeat
Washington, Fob. 23.Late last
night the state department received a
cablegram from Minister Powell,:
dated at San Domiugo. Feb. 1G, say-'
"A decisive battle has been fought
between the government forces and
the insurgents. It extended over two]
MAPS AND PAPERS STOLEN.
American Adviser of Korean Emperor
Forced to Resign.
Loudon, FebT"2n.According to~tho
Nagasaki correspondent of the Daily
Telegraph, while William F. Sands,
the emperor of Korea's American ad
viser, was entertaining officers of the
French cruiser Pascal and a number of
other friends at dinner in his official
residence nt Seoul, aime geographical,
statistical and military maps and pa
pers were stolen. This caused a
great scandal and necessitated
Wealthy Farmer Murdered.
Dingess, W. Va., Feb. 23.John
Stepli, a wealthy merchant near here,
shot and killed Elmer Brewer, a weal
thy farmer and neighbor. Two hours
after the murder a torch was applied
to Steph's large store and it was to
tally consumed. Steph's home was
also fired, but it was saved from de
struction. Steph is in hiding.
1 resulted in a victory for the
government. The siege has been
raised and the insurgents are in re
FACTORY GUTTED BY FIRE.
Contents Valued at $350,000 Entirely
I New York, Feb. 23.The factory of
the Frazer Tablet company at Kigh
teenth street and Figbth avenue,
Brooklyn, was completely destroyed
I by lire at night. The lire started on
i the top floor from some unknown
cause' an.d spread rapidly to adjoining
buildings. The factory was entirely
gutted, all the contents being destroy
ed. Loss, $350,000 insurance $^5U,-
BLIND MUSICIAN'S CRIME.
Wounds His Daughter and Then Killb
Sioux City, la., Feb. 23.Steven
Mauck, blind violinist, shot and dan
gerously wounded his sixteen-year-old
daughter Eva and then blew out his
brains. He is believed to have been
ly^s una ueen inaugurated as
first president of the republic of Pan
A dozen United States warships are
at Guantanamo, Cuba, preparing foi
Sir Leslie Stephen, president of the
Ethical society, is dead in London. Ha
was born in 1832.
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THAT IS RIGHT.
Our stock of Douglas shoes for men.
Pingree and Seize, Schwab shoos for
ladies Little Giant and Shaft Pierce
shoes for children is now complete.
Special for this week, a few cases of
Lumbermen's Hurons regular price
$1.50. for $1.19.
WAITERS AND BARTENDER'S
Vests, silk, .wool and duck coats,
aprons, coats and sleeves.
DICK HAS CLEAR FIELD.
Herrick and Cox Out of the Race for
Cleveland. Feb. 22.A conference of
Republican leaders was held here
during ihe day, attended by Governor
Herrick. George & Cox of Cincinnati
and others, to discuss the situation
in connection with the election of a
United States senator from Ohio to
succeed the late Marcus A. Hanna.
At the conclusion of the conference
Governor Herrick, who had been
strongly urged to become a senatorial
rnndidnte and who was generally ad
mitted to hold the key to the entire
situation, issued a formal statement
saying he Would remain: in uie gov
George B. Cox of Cincinnati, who
has also Been frequently mentioned in
connection with the vacancy, said:
"1 am not and will not be a candi
date for the place."
It is now generally admitted among
those who stand high in the CQinfclla
of the party that the action of Cov
entor Herrick and Mr. Cox leaves the
way clear for Congressman Dick to
become the candidate of the party for
the vacant seat in the United Suites
BRIEF BITS OF NEWS.
Fire at Columbiana. O., destroyed
half a dozen business houses, causing
a loss estimated at from $'.",00 to
Emperor William starts on his Med
iterranean heliday March ,i. joining
the imperial yacht llohcn/.olleni at
The Abbot, 2:03V,, John J. Scan
nell's celebrated toti-vciar-old trotter.
The Lesson of the Past
I is a-eao at uie Sca'n'nell stock farm at
Fishkill Land, N. V.
About Sl.t~.no worth of jewelry and
$150 in cash have been stolen from the
hotel apartments of -Postmaster Get**
eral Payne at Washington.
In less than a week the Portland
(Ore.) Japanese have raised $10,260
to send to the assistance of their coun
try in her trouble in the Far Kas,t.
Thomas F. McCovern. a fugitive
from Oneida N. Y.. and under eleven
Indictments for forgery, according to
the poiica. hw bea arrested in Ch
For eight years we have been
telling of the wonderful future of
Bemidji. Man have been unbeliev
ing. They have lost fortunes. Every
year proved our prediction many
times over. Bemidji will one day
be a great city, and townsite lots,
now to be had cheap, will be worth
big money. Bu now.
Bemidji Townsite &
JOHN F. GIBBONS. Local Agent.
Commander William P. Kendall. LU
S. N.. retired, died at New Becffdrdj
Mass.. Sunday, aged seventy-one years,
Owen F. Fawcoti. the veteran co
median, died Sunday night of BrTgfifa
disease at Flat Uock, Mich., aged
President Roosevelt has signod an
art authorizing Uie sale of a part 61
the Red Lake Indian reservation in
G. A. Brooke of Philadelphia won
the rautiot hanipioiis.hip of the United
States by defeating Qutncy A. Shaw
Jr. ot Boston
A six story building on Fast Ninty
ninth street, New York city, was
st roved by lire Sunday night, entailing
a loss of $75,000.
i ae i.iioue ig .iiinOunceu or ui
grain linn of Johaiin Lahusen at Ilro
men. Germany. The llabiljtiea are es
timateu at $25-0,000 and the assets fist
George A. Mali, for many years com
ne. ted with the young Men's Christ
tia.ii association and with certain
Christian commission during the Civil
war, is dead at Monl Clair. N.
A Hint for the Future I
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Naturalist and Taxidermist
20H .Second St. Portofflc* Box No. 6S6
BIRDS. WHOL.I2 ANIMALS, PISH, FUR RHUS AND ROBES
and (1AMR HEADS mounted to order und for sale. carry a
all times a jjood assortment ol INDIAN RELICS and CURIOS
PUR OARMENTS made to order, repaired and remoJeled
PURS In season bought.
1 guarantee my work mothproof and
the most lifelike of any in the state
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