Will Do It.
VOLUME 2. NUMBEE 12
SITUATION IS SERIOUS
FOREST FIRES RAGING IN PRIN-
CIPAL TIMBER SECTIONS OF
CITY OF SANTA CRUZ THREATENED
FLAMES SWEEPING EVERYTHING
BEFORE THEM FROM MOUN-
TAINS TO THE COAST.
Sari Francisco, Sept. 12.Forest
fires are now raging in many of the
principal timber sections in the north
ern district of California and in the
immediate vicinity of *his city. In
the Santa Cruz mountains the situa
tion is serious in the extreme and it
is believed at present that the state
park in the Big basin, which contains
some of the finest redwood timber in
the state, is doomed.
Down the mountains to the coast
line the flames are now sweeping
everything before themranches and
property of all kinds, and it is only
hoped that the conflagration may not
extend to the city of Santa Cm/.. The
fire in Marin county is now cheeked,
it is believed, after devastating an
area of 14.000 acres.
From Tehama, Butte and other
points up north come reports of loss
by flames, which have swept the moun
tains. So far no loss of human life
has been reported, but it is feared that
in many instances it must have been
impossible for people to escape.
ALL TRAINS DELAYED.
Snowsheds on the Central Pacific Rail
Sacramento, QM., Sept. 12.There
is a most disastrous fire in the sno
sheds of the Central Pacific railway
on the Blue canyon track, which ai
burned for four miles. The loss is
estimated at $25,000.
The situation is serious as almost
the entire country in the vicinity of
the sheds is ablaze. Forest fires
threaten to sweep away the remaining
Overland trains are delayed. Many
eastbound Knights Templar are stalio
and wires are down.
POISONED BY TOADSTOOLS.
Minneapolis Minister Mistook Them
Minneapolis, Sept. 12.Rev. William
Francis, for five years assistant pastor
of the First Baptist church, is dead of
ptomaine poisoning and the entire
family, consisting of his wife and
three children, are seriously ill.
The family had what they supposed
were mushrooms prepared for dinner
and shortly after eating them they
were taken ill. It now develops' that
the supposed mushrooms were, toad
stools of the most poisonous variety.
They were gathered by a friend of the
Mr. Francis was state secretary of
the Y. M. C. A. for nine years previous
to his accepting the assistant pas
torate at the First Baptist church.
FATAL TRAIN WRECK.
Two Men Killed and Another Serious
Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 12.Two
men were killed and another seriously
injured in a wreck on the Southern
railway between Dogwood and Wilton
on the Birmingham and Selma division
Friday. The dead are W. II. Cherry,
engineer Will Ivey, negro brakeman.
Fireman N. L,. Snow, white, was
The train was running thirty miles
an hour when the engine jumped the
track, turning completely over, crush
ing the engineer beneath it. Several
other employes of the road are said
to have been bruised but not seriously
injured. CRUSHED BY FALLING BRIDGE.
One Man Killed and Another Receives
Crookston, Minn., Sept. 12.A
threshing outfit, crossing a culvert
near the Rush schoolhouse, six miles
Boutheast of the city, crashed through
a bridge. The outfit was, owned by
Rockestad & Estenson. Rockestad
was caught under the wreck. One leg
was severed from the body the other
was badly fractured. John Holum,
one of the crew, was caught between
the flywheel and a large drivewheel
and killed instantly. One other man
was hurt. It was several hours before
help from the city came to the rescue
of the men.
SALMON PACK LIGHT.
Alaskan Canneries Turn Out Smaller
Quantity Than Last Year.
Seattle, Sept. 12.The pack of all
varieties of salmon in Southeastern
Alaska up to Sept. 1, according to in
formation received by local houses,
aggregated-393,000 cases. Very few
Df the canneries have equaled their
pack of last year.
Treasure From Southern Alaska.
Seattle, Wash., Sept. 12.One hun
dred and fifty passengers, including
heavy operators from every important
mining and oil district throughout the
Northland, and Klondike treasure val
ued at $500,000 came on the steamers
Dolphin and Cottage City, which
bave just arrived from Southeastern
Alaska. The Cottage City brought a
gold shipment of $225,000 and the Dol
phin brqught $275,000.
Lived Nearly a Century.
St. Paul, Sept. 12.---Hezekiah Parker,
probably the oldest colored man in the
city and possibly in the state, died"
during the morning at the age of nine
ty-five at the home of the Little Sisters
of the Poor, where he had been for
the past two months. He was the
father of Frederick D. Parker of the
QUIE A TH E
WAR SITUATION SUMMARIZED.
Reports are still current that the
Russian army is making a retrograde
movement from Mukden, though St.
Petersburg officials say they are un
able to confirm them. Only brief dis
patches have been received during the
day from the seat of war and they
leave ^hesituation rather vague. No
fighting' has occurred beyond occa
sional contacts of outposts, a condition
probably due largely to the heavy
rains, which dispatches say now pre
vail, preventing any extended move
ments of either army.
No official figures on the losses of
the battle of Liaoyang have been
given, but estimates still place the
casualties on both sides at not. far
from 50,000 to 60,000.
The news silence continues un
broken from Tokio, no advices bear
ing directly on the operations having
been received from that source for
Japanese Postpone Proposed Assault
on Port Arthur.
Chefoo, Sept. 12.Japanese who leit
Daluy Friday say that tue giand as
sault on P6it Arthur, wliicn it va.-,
rumored was planned by the japane^
for Saturday, has been postponed umu
Tuesday next, bept. lo, and that a s....
tur'Cner" postponeTnent" is possible, as
tbe Japanese intend to make every
possible preparation before again hurl
ing themselves upon the worn out gar
rison. A Chinaman who left Port Ar
thur on the evening of Sept. 5 con
firms the reports of heavy fighting
from Aug. 27 to Aug. 31, when he and
many others worked night and day
burying the dead, which included Chi
uese, Russians and Japanese indis
criminately. He says that during this
fight four forts in the vicinity of Rih
lungshan were captured. The Russians
signalled the garrisons of these forts
to retire, whereupon the Japanese oc
cupied them, but were compelled to
retire later under a heavy bombard
ment. Previous reports said that the
Japanese had only entered one fort
during this attack. Since Aug. 31
fighting has been comparatively unim
portant. The Russians have since re
mounted guns upon the four forts
The Chinaman also confirms the re
port of a three hours' attack upon Fort
Itzshan on the morning of Sept. 2.
VVhen he left the Russians were pre
paring vigorously to resist the next
assault for which their spies said the
Japanese are making elaborate prep
WILL BE SENT NORTHWARD
RUSSIAN TRANSPORT AND BAG-
GAGE AND A PORTION OF
St. Petersburg, Sept. 12.There was
no specific news from the front dur
ing the morning, but it continues to
be reported that the Russian army is
moving northward from Mukden. Gen
eral Kuropatkin is said to be at Tie
pass. The evacuation of Mukden,
however, is not officially admitted.
The general staff has no news con
firming the report of a retrograde
movement from Mukden, though it is
frankly admitted that whether General
Kuropatkin intends to remain at Muk
den, or not. the transport and, baggage
Heavy Rains Prevent Extended Move
ment of Russian or Jap Troops.
and a poiliou of the troops will be Bent
The report that Kuropatkin himself
has gone to Tie pass is positively de
nied, as also is the current rumor that
Major General Orloii will be courtmar
tialed tor disobedience of orders.
EPIDEMIC IS FEARED.
right bank an/complete^y1
J. J. REGAN,
Republican Candidate for Nomination Superintendent
from Generals Oku and Nodzu on the
other side of the river. Only an acci
dent, upset this plan. General Stakel
berg's corps, which was still on the
left bank, at the extreme right, failed
to stand up against the superior force
of the Japanese. When Stakelberg
reported that he was retreating it
seemed to Kuropatkin that a portion
of his army, which he had faced east
ward, with the right resting on the
river and the left unprotected, might
be enveloped by the Japanese in pur
suing Stakelberg. He 'therefore drew
off and reformed his front and the
retreat from Yentai began and con
tinued the rest of Sept. 3, the Russians
reaching Shakhe Sept. 4.
The losses on both sides from Aug.
26 to Sept. 5 are estimated at from
60,000 to 70,000 killed or wounded.
Many of the killed and wounded were
left behind in the Chinese corn.
The Japanese are experiencing
great difficulty in bringing up supplies
WILL VISIT UNITED STATES.
Japanese Prince Who Commanded
Division at Nanshan Hill.
Tokio, Sept. 12.Lieutenant Gen
eral Prince Fushimi will sail for Amer
ica on the steamship Manchuria in
October. Prince Fushimi will visit the
St. Louis fair and Washington as the
special representative of the emperor
of Japan. Prince Fushimi commanded
the First division at the battle of Nan
shan hill. He has returned to Tokio
to make the trip to America at the re
quest of the emperor, He will remain
in America one month and he will be
accompanied by a numerous suite.
It is probable that Lieutenant Gen
eral Hast Gawa, commander-in-chief
of the imperial guards division, will
be promoted to a generalship and ap
pointed military governor of that por
tion of Manchuria occupied by the
Crews Will Remain on Board.
Shanghai, Sept. 12 The Russian
Irotected cruiser Askold has been
laken from her dock and moored along
side the Russian gunboat Mandjur and
ihe torpedo boat destroyer Grozovoi.
it has been decided that the crews of
these Russian ships will remain on
froard under the supervision of the
bcal customs authorities and a Cui
Russians and Japs Sleep in Mire
St. Petersburg, Sept. 12.The Red
Dross officers fear an epidemic of dis
ease will break out in both armies,
ihe torrents of rain which fell after
the ten days' battle at Liaoyang hav
ing compelled the worn out and hun
gry troops to sleep without shelter in I
tnire by the roadsides. In any case it
Is believed to be certain that the
hardships endured by the soldiers will
tesult a great increase in sickness.
ACCIDENT UPSET THE MOVE.
Kuropatkin's Attempt to Isolate Ku
roki Beautifully Planned.
Tie Pass, Manchuria, Sept. 12.The
breakdown of General Kuropatkin's
strategy, when he had withdrawn his
main army to the right bank of the
Taitse river, after General Kuroki had
crossed the stream above Liaoyang,
is explained as follows:
The movement was beautifully
planned. Kuropatkin intended, to
age Kuroki, push a column up the
SEEK WORK AT CHICAG0
IMPORTING NONUNION MEN.
Special Train Carries Small Party to
isolate him J^S/V tdetective
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 125 1904.
FEW ARETAKEN BACK
THOUSANDS OF OLD EMPLOYES
POLICE MASSED AT STOCK YARDS
CLASH BETWEEN UNION *AND
NONUNION MEN FEAREI
Chicago, Sept. 12.Thousands of
old employes applied at the (stock
I yards durijug the morning for thsir old
places. Fearing a clash with theMrike
breakers police were massed $t the
yards in an effort to maintain |order
among the workers. J.
At one plant eighteen form
ployes were put to work. At 1
mour and Morris plants old me
taken back slowly.
Members of the Sheep Bu
union said they would not
unless all the members were
back at once.
Four teamsters went to woilc, but
were called out again. It is thetlhten
tion of the leaders to get all thJ team
sters taken back at once. i
emidji Daily Pioneer
Septt.a 12.^-Sixty- Capi
a Pittsbur^ agency arrived
here on a special train from Pit|sburg,
having been engaged by the Carnegie
company to work in their stegl hoop
mills here. About one-third of the
number were negroes. Later Aen of
the new men deserted.
Three colored strike breakerB were
caught early in the clay outside the
Carnegie mills and severely beaten.
An important announcement was
made during the day by the officials
of the Carnegie Steel company: to the
effect that regardless of any gluctua
tions in the iron market they| would
pay the present rate of puddling, $5.25
per ton, for the next sixteen^tnonths
to all puddlers in their emplojt.
HELD BY BRIGANDS.
Texas Banker Has SensatfonarExperl^
ence in Mexico.
Fort Worth, Tex., Sept. 12.After
twenty-four days' imprisonment in the
Mexican mountains John Eiland, pres
ident of the Bank of Portales, who dis
appeared suddenly from his home a
month ago and held in Mexico by
brigands for ransom, has arrived
During all that time he was held a
prisoner, bound with ropes, by the
The outlaws were constantly on the
move and the prisoner was fed solely
on meal in the twenty-four days of his
captivity. As a result he lost between
forty and fifty pounds in weight.
Eiland finally effected his escape
from his captors at night, after spend
ing hours in rubbing his hands against
the sharp rocks till the thongs were
worn, when he managed to break them
by exerting all his force. Procuring
weapons from the sleeping outlaws he
mounted a horse and made his escape.
KILLED ELEVEN MEN.
Young Negro of Louisiana Confesses
to Having Bloody Record.
Shreveport, La., Sept. 12.Within
nine years Jim Lee, a negro, thirty
years old, has committed not less than
eleven murders. He confesses his
crimes and can give no other excuse
than that he cannot refrain from seek
ing human blood.
He has been arrested upon com
plaints of having during the past year
committed four murders as follows:
James Johnson, a white camp foreman,
in Concordia, Parish, La. Tice Lyons,
a negro, at the same place Bud de
Witt, a negro of Boscier Parish, and
May Seabrooke^ a negro woman, near
Donaldsonville. Although these deaths
occurred within a radius of 100 miles
Lee was not before suspected.
So cleverly did he conceal his iden
tity that it was only when he mur
dered Johnson in daylight before sev
eral workmen that he was charged
with other crimes.
BILLS OF LADING FORGED.
Nearly Half Million Dollars Worth
Floated in Larger Cities.
St. Joseph, Mo., Sept. 12.Forged
bills of lading for an amount aggre
gating nearly $500,000 have been is
sued from St. Joseph in the last six
months and disposed of in many banks
and trust companies of Chicago, St.
Joseph, Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis
and New York.
Boy Returns Stolen Cash.
Waterbury, Conn., Sept. 12.Albert
H. Norther, aged fifteen, the son of
the superintendent of a brass foundry,
who stole $800 in cash and notes and
departed with them to St. Louis, has
returned the money and is now on the
way to his home in Waterbury to face
the man he robbed and suffer the con
sequences. Norther gave himself up
and returns voluntarily.
No Definite Clew Obtained.
Pomeroy, O., Sept. 12.The authori
ties are still hard at work in conned
tion with the robbery of the county
treasurer's office here, but up to this
time nothing in the way of a definite
clew has been obtained. Treasurer
Chase is greatly prostrated as a result
of the robbery.
Steamer Discovery at Plymouth.
Plymouth, Eng., Sept. 12.The Brit
ish Antarctic expedition steamer Dis
covery arrived at 3:30 p. m. She was
heartily cheered by the crews of thg
warships in the harbor. The officers
and men of the Discovery all appear
IS OFFICIALLY DENIED.
Report That Judge Parker Would Per
sonal Manage Campaign.
Esopus, N. Y., Sept. 12.Judge Par
ker has no intention of going to New
York to personally take charge of the
campaign^ as reported from New York.
It is true that after his letter of ac
ceptance has been made public he may
visit New York frequently for the pur
pose of meeting delegations and con
ferring with political managers,
though no definite plans have been
adopted. If such an arrangement is
made it will be because of the inac
cessibility of Rosemount for the enter
tainment of large delegations. The
following authentic statement was is
sued at Rosemount by Arthur Mc
Causland, Judge Parker's- private sec
retary. He said:
"The stories to the effect that Judge
Parker is to go to New York to take
personal charge of the canvass or to
assist the committee in its conduct, or
that he is dissatisfied with the work of
either the national or state committee
are untrue. He is gratified with the
efforts of both committees. He be
lieves the members of all of them are
working intelligently, harmoniously
and effectively and that they are wise
in not telling about it. The judge has
thought of going to New York for a
day or two after the publication of his
letter of acceptance, but he may not
even do that."
THE MILWAUKEE LAUNCHED
MISS JANET MITCHELL CHRIS-
TENS LATEST ADDITION TO
San Francisco, Sept. 12.The new
cruiser Milwaukee was launched suc
cessfully from the ways of the Union
iron works in this city at 11:50 a. m.
A large flotilla of small craft, steam
and sail, had taken up position to
greet the latest addition to the Amer
ican navy when she took her maiden
plunge and the yard was packed with
an immense crowd to witness the cere
mony, including a large number of
Knights Templar and visitors attract
ed to the city by the grand triennial
encampment of that body. The chris
tening ceremony was performed by
Miss Janet Mitchell of Milwaukee,
daughter of the late United States Sen
ator Mitchell, who was surrounded by
a party of visitors from Milwaukee.
Not a hitch occurred in the proceed
ings and the Milwaukee gracefully
-saoved down the ways_ and into the
waters of San Francisco bay as the
customary bottle of champagne re
leased by Miss Mitchell broke on her
The keel of the Milwaukee was laid
on July 30, 1902. She is a protected
cruiser and with the exception of her
two sister ships, the new Charleston
and the St. feouis, is the largest vessel
of her class in the United States navy.
Her length is 424 feet,' extreme
breadth 66 feet, mean draft 22.6, dis
placement 9,700 tons. She is designed
to maintain a maximum sea speed of
22 knots, with 21,000 indicated horse
power. She will carry 40 officers and
631 men. The cost of the Milwaukee's
hull and machinery is $2,885,000.
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