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VOLUME 2. NUMBER 107
Besiegers at Port Arthur Are In
creased by Me Force of
Thirty Thousand Men.
Cruiser Novik Attacked by Japan
ese Vessels and Runs Ashore
In Sinking Condition.
Chefoo, Aug. 2?,.It is asserted in
reliable quarters at Port Arthur that
the Japanese have received reinforce
ments of SO.ooo men from the north.
The steamer Victoria, which arrived
here daring the evening from New
chwang, reports hearing spasmodically
heavy firing at Louisa and Pigeon
bays, respectively northwest and west.
of Port Arthur, between 10 o'clock
Sunday night and 1 in the morning.
She saw searchlights playing freely
and skyrockets signalling at 1 o'clock
Monday morning. The ship was too
far away to hear or see anything fur
RUSSIAN CRUISER IS SUNK
JAPANESE WARSHIPS OVERTAKE
AND DESTROY THE NOVIK
AFTER HARD FIGHT.
Tokio, Aug. 23.After a severe en
gagement with the protected cruisers
Chitose and Tsushima, the greyhounds
of the Japanese navy, the fleet Rus
sian cruiser Novik has been van
quished. After the fight the Novik,
in a sinking condition, was run asho
in Korsakovsk harbor, off the coasi of
Siberia, 550 miles northeast of Vladi
The details of the fight are not
known here, but it is evident that the
Chitose and Tsushima caught up wirh
the Novik and that a running fight en
sued. A shell from the Novik struck
the Tsushima in a bunker. Temporary
repairs, however, rendered the Japan-j
ese cruiser seaworthy. The Japanese
suffered no casualties. i
The fate of the crew of the Novik is-j
not known, but It is thought they
abandoned their vessel and landed at
The Novik was one of the fleet
which steamed out of Port Arthur on
the morning of Aug. 10 to force its
way through the Japanese lines. She
entered Tsingtau the night of Aug. 31,
but got away from there the night of
Aug. 12, having remained less than
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reports of the destruction of the Novik
say that the gallant ship, which was
in the havbor of Korsakovsk, sighting
the two Japapnese ships, steamed out
to meet them and, upon finding her
self unable to sustain the unequal com
bat, ran back to the harbor and was
beached. Full details of the casual
ties are not ascertainable, except that
one officer was killed.
JAPANESE FALL BACK.
Believed They Plan General Engage
ment Near Mukden.
Mukden, Aug. 23.The belief is in
creasing here that the Japanese do not
intend to make a general attack on
General Kuropatkin's position at Liao
yang. The movements of the Japanese
and other information indicate that
they will try rather to force an en
gagement in the vicinity of Mukden.
The rains have not damaged the rail
way, but have destroyed a number of
A small fight occurred on Aug. 19
on the Motien pass road, seven miles
east of Liaoyang, but its results were
As the rains have rendered the lower
grounds impassable the main Japanese
army has fallen back to the hills.
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE DONE.
Jap Warships Bombard Korsakovsk,
Island of Sakhalin.
St. Petersburg, Aug. 23.The em
peror has received a report, dated
Sunday, from the Russian comman
dant at Korsakovsk, island of Sakha
lin, as follows:
"Since 7 o'clock this morning the
enemy has bombarded Korsakovsk.
The government houses have been de
stroyed. One of the enemy's ships
appeared on the horizon about o'clock
in the morning, approached to within
about five miles of the shore and bom
barded Korsakovsk until 8:15, whoa
the vessel turned and disappeared.
The damage done to the town w..s
quite considerable. There were i
WILL NOT FACE THE JAPS.
Russian Warships at Shanghai to Ca
St. Petersburg, Aug. 23.Dispat li
es saying that energetic action had
been taken by the American warships
at Shanghai to protect the neutrality
of China has aroused the liveliest s-nt
isfaction in official and unofficial _i. I
cles here. The protected cruiser As
kold and the torpedo boat destroyed
Grozovoi will be disarmed. The ad
miralty realizes that it would be foil/
to send the ships out to face the Jap
anese squadron in the offing and,
announced in. the dispatches last week',
bad already decided that the shi
.shall be disarmed.
TOLD BY CHINESE REFUGEES.
Reports of Recent Fighting Near Port
Chefoo, Aug. 23.The Chinese just
arrived, who bring the latest informa
tion from Port Arthur, were employed
by the Russian authorities carrying i
the dead off the field and also ammuni
tion, which they say is plentiful. They
also confirm the statement that the
Liaoti promontory was not assaulted
for the reason that it was impre^na-
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The Japanese main attack has been
the heaviest against the Russian cen
ter and right, particularly against the
center, fronting which the Japanese
have taken up a strong position at
Pigeon bay had been the scene of
fighting several days before the final
assault had begun, the Japanese never
being able to hold for long any terri
tory they might gain. Their attacks
were made mostly at night, during
foggy days and misty mornings.
The Japanese believe that their su
perior physical condition will win the
battle for them by the wearing of the
Russian garrison, which is constituted
of less hardened material, down to the
point of exhaustion by the persistency
of their attack and their refusal to ac
cept a repulse.
The temperament of the Russian
garrison is dogged and deter^iined.
The hospitals and Chinese houses at
Port Arthur are full of Russian wound
ed. The narrators say the dead, until
ready for burial, are stored in ware
houses and are then buried on the
outskirts of the town, quicklime being
used freely for the prevention of in
ADMIRAL STIRLING EXPLAINS.
American Torpedo Boat Did Not Inter
fere With Japs.
Shanghai, Aug. 23.Rear Admiral
Stirling says that the trip of the Amer
ican torpedo boat destroyer Chauncey,
from Woosung to Shanghai, was to
carry dispatches, Her movements
had no connection with the arrival of
the Japanese torpedo boat destroyer.
A dispatch from Shanghai, dated
Sunday, says that city was thrown into
a fever of excitement during the aft
ernoon by the arrival of a Japanese
torpedo boat, which was sighted com
ing in from the south at 4:30 o'clock.
She passed Woosung at full speed and
started up the river Ju for Shanghai.
The United States torpedo boat de
stroyer Chauncey slipped her cable
and followed the Japanese destroyer.
The Japanese boat was cleared for ac
tion. She anchored off the Cosmopoli
tan dock, where the Russian cruiser
Askold is undergoing repairs. The
Chauncey came to anchor practically
between the dock and the Japanese
Washington, Aug. 23.It is asserted
positively at. the navy department
that the American fleet at Shanghai
is not charged with the protection of
Chinese neutrality by any special in
structions. The officials "here are con
vinced that the Japanese have no in
tention of violating Chinese neutrality
and, furthermore, that they would not
jeopardize the immensely valuable for
eign interests in Shanghai by making
the harbor a naval battleground.
No instructions have been sent to
Admiral Stirling to interfere with the
action of Japanese vessels.
STORMING OF PORT ARTHUR.
Russians Praise Stubborn Resistance
St. Petersburg, Aug. 23.The storm
ing of Port Arthur, which the foreign
dispatches say is progressing, is rivet
ing all attention. The brave and stub
born resistance which General Stoes
sel is making is evoking high praise
and the war office officials and the
public are hoping almost against hope
that he will be able to hold out in
spite of the heavy odds against him.
The latest news that the Japanese are
unable to establish a foothold at Lou
isa bay, and at the most westerly fort
of the inner defenses, is considered
An official dispatch from Rear Ad
miral Prince Ouktomsky, at Port Ar
thur, by way of Chefoo, says that only
two officers were killed on board the
ships which returned to the harbor
after the fight of Aug. 10.
The loss of the gallant Novik in a
fight against two Japanese cruisers at
Korsakovsk, island of Sakhalin, is not
yet known here, as the authorities are
awaiting the report of Vice Admiral
Skrydloff before making the news pub
lic. The cruiser by her exploits had
endeared herself to the whole coun
try and her loss will create a more
sentimental effect than that of any
ship in the fleet.
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BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1904.
Score of People Killed Aad Many
Injured in Various Parts
Hundreds of Business Houses
And Thousands of Resi
VICTIMS OF TORNADO.
Place. Dead. Injured.
St. Paul 3 43
Minneapolis 1 14
Waconia, Minn 4 20
St. Louis Park, Minn. 3 25
Glencoe, Minn 4
Bryant, S. 1 10
Brownton, Minn ...3 10
Dallas, Wis 1
St. Paul, Aug. 23.Eleven dead. 104
injured and a property loss of over
$2,000,000 is a verified record of the
damage inflicted by the cyclone which
passed over St. Paul and vicinity Sat
urday night, leaving in its path a
scene of desolation and a calamity
In this city 3 persons are dead and
43 injured in Minneapolis 1 man is
dead and 14 persons injured in Waco
nia 4 are dead and 20 injured, and in
St. Louis Park 3 are dead and 25 in
jured. The list of victims is as fol
St. PaulGeorge Keaton, aged sev
enteen Lourien S. Johanson, aged
twenty-two Viola Robertson, aged
MinneapolisAlfred W. Hilgedick,
operator at Minneapolis Junction,
struck by lightning.
WaconiaAugust Moy, forty years
old Mrs. August Moy, thirty-eight
years old Baby Moy, one year old
Robert Lohman, thirty-nine years old.
St. Louis ParkAlbert Ohde, saloon
keeper John Hedger, six years old
The damage to property is estimated
at over $2,uuo,000^divided as follows:
Si. Paul, $1,000,000 Minneapolis, $300,-
U00 St. Louis Park, $75,000 Waconia,
$75,000 Stillwater, $100,000 outside
High Bridge Partially Destroyed.
The greatest single property loss at
St. Paul was the destruction of two
spans of the high bridge, a burden
which will tall upon the city at large.
The other damage is distributed
among thousands of residences and
hundreds of ousiness houses.
The. storm confined its area mainly
to the* localities where fatalities are
reported, although Stillwater reports
a loss of $100,000. In both St. Paul
and Minneapolis the business districts
suffered severely, several wholesale
houses being unroofed and hundreds
of plate glass windows being blown
in, causing immense damage to stocks
In the residence district of St. Paul,
principally in Lower Town and Ar
lington Hills, many houses are com
plete wrecks and others are seriously
In Minneapolis, considering the in
tensity of the storm, the residence dis
tricts of the city escaped with com
paratively slight, damage. Although a
few structures were unroofed and the
contents of the buildings drenched
with water as a rule the people of
these districts suffered no great loss.
At Waconia, of the 100 houses, resi
dences and stores, seventy are more
or less demolished and in the country
for a strip one-half mile in width ex
tending four miles along the Minne
apolis and St. Louis tracks east and
west there is scarcely a building stand
At St. Louis Park nearly all of the
large manufacturing establishments
were more or less wrecked and houses
were razed to the ground. The heaviest
loser is T. B. Walker, the Minneapolis
capitalist, who owns most of the twen
ty houses which were overturned and
some of the manufacturing buildings.
Storm Divides at St. Paul.
The scene of wreck and ruin in St.
Paul extends from the Minnesota
transfer through to the eastern limits
of the city and no locality escaped
without some damage. The storm, be
lieved to have been a genuine cyclone
as it approached Fort Snelling from
the southwest, divided at the fort and,
rushing onward in two main sections,
made a clean sweep of the city. The
section which taused the greatest
wreck followed down the Mississippi
close to the south bank, wrecking two
100-foot spans of the high bridge, leav
ing a trail of ruined trees and build
ings on beautiful Harriet island, veer
ing across to the north end of the
Wabasha street bridge and destroying
the Tivoli theater like a eardhouse,
killing two, thence taking a course
due northeast through the heart of the
wholesale district and on through
Lower Town and out across Arlington
Hills to the city limits, where it
yeered again and twenty minutes later
caused tremendous loss of property in
The second portion of the tornado
cloud followed the Minnesota river for
a short distance, then swept down on
the Minnesota transfer, leveling two
huge grain elevators to the ground.
From that point the clouds seem to
have distributed themselves and taken
a more easterly course over the Mer
rlam Park and St. Anthony Hill dis
incts, covering a tremendous area and
inflicting almost equal damage every
Children's Dormitory Demolished.
At this House of the Good Shepherd,
north of University avenue, a dormi
tory in which fifty young girls were
sleeping was crushed like an eggshell,
yet the children in the little white
cots escaped, except for one. The
crushed and bleeding form of Viola
Robinson, twelve years of age, was
recovered by a squad ol firemen with
in an hour On Summit avenue, more
than a mile due south, the storm at
the same instant swept the finest resi
dence street in America, demolishing
trees that are the work of a half cen
tury, tearing up beautiful lawns and
causing damage which it will take
months to repair.
The tornado, during its course
through the city, was marked by pro
nounced cyclonic characteristics. There
was a tremendous suction in the wake
of the winds, which caved in walls,
broke every sheet of glass in dozens of
buildings and carried away the roofs of
many more. There was the same
crashing impact of the tornado cloud,
followed by a brief lull, and a second
impact, which was even more violent
than the first. There was the same
crashing rush, over within a few mo
ments, revealing a work of ruin little
short of marvelous, considering the
time within which the destruction was
STORM IN WISCONSIN.
Lightning and Wind Causes Consider
Hammond, Wis., Aug. 23.At 9
o'clock Saturday evening a severe wind
storm, accompanied by rain and hail,
swept over this village. Buildings
were unroofed, store fronts blown in,
outhouses demolished and trees twist
Cumberland, Wis., Aug. 23.This
section of Wisconsin was visited by a
terrific wind, rain and electrical storm
Saturday night and Sunday morning.
All the electric light and telephone
wires in this city were put out of busi
ness, leaving the city in darkness and
without telephone service. Consider
able damage was done to crops in
shock and stack and farm buildings
were demolished in many localities.
Many farmhouses in the vicinity of
North Wisconsin Junction were swept
away, the storm assuming the propor
tions of a tornado in that district.
FOUR DEAD AT GLENCOE, MINN.
Tornado Did Great Damage to Grain
Glencoe, Minn., Aug. 23.A tornado
struck the township of Rich Valley
and Bergen Saturday night about 8
o'clock, killing four people, Mary
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Many others sustained heavy losses.
The greatest damage was confined
to a section ten miles long and a mile
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Corn was completely stripped and
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SEVERAL PEOPLE KILLED.
Tornado Does Immense Damage Near
Brownton, Minn., Aug. 23.At 7
o'clock Saturday night the people about
four miles north of here experienced
one of the most severe storms of wind,
hail and rain that ever visited this
part of the country. Grain stacking
was just finished and now there is not
a stack to be seen The grain is scat
tered for miles across the fields and
piled against fences, which are also
badly demolished. Houses, barns and
oul buildings are completely demol
ished, several people were killed and
many injured, and dead horses, cattle
and hogs mark the path of the storm.
Telephone wires and poles are down.
MANY BUILDINGS WRECKED.
Tornado Kills One and Injures Several
a* Bryant, S. D.
Sioux Falls, S. D., Aug. 23.A tor
nado has visited Bryant, S. D., and
vicinity. Many buildings were wrecked.
Mrs. H. S. Hilling was killed, her
daughter, Nellie, injured, probabl3r
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tally. A number of others were seri
ously injured. Loss of crops is heavy.
It is reported that Willow Lakes was
entirely destroyed, but the mport is
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Chicago. Aug. 23.Wheat prices
cavorted over a range of 4% cents
during the day as a result of opposing
influenceslow temperatures in the
Northwest and strong claims that the
Canadian crop was safe. September
sold at $1.12 and broke to fl.08%
December bounded to $1.14 soon after
the opening and sold at $1.09% dur
ing the session. Temperatures at
various places in the Northwest were
low enough to make fear of frost a
factor in the early operations, but
alarm over the ravages of rust was
less acute and still higher prices on
its account did not seem to be confi
dently expected. There was more dis
position to regard the previous ad
vance as sufficiently representing the
damage done. Wires were working
badly to Minneapolis and that may
have been the reason the trade was not
so completely submerged as for the
past week. At any rate traders ap
peared more willing to take cognizance
of optimistic news and a disposition
was apparent to refuse to follow prices
higher until confronted with smaller
receipts and decreasing stocks. The
close showed a net loss of five-eights
for September delivery, at $1.09%.
December closed at $1.11, a decline of
l-"& cents from the previous final fig
Capital and Surplus, $30,000
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