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SHAKHE RIVER FIGHT
SKIRMISHES CONTINUE ALONG
THE HUN RIVER TERRITORY.
Japs Hold Forts—Kuropatkin Also Re
ports That He Has Repulsed Attacks
of Enemy—Cold Is Still Intense—
Mukden Hears That Another Mili
tary Movement Is Pending.
Tokio, Feb. 6. —There were a num
ber of serious skirmishes along the
Shakhe and Hun rivers Friday night
and Saturday. The Russians shelled
portions of the Japanese lines Friday I
night ,and small bodies of Russians at
tacked Waitao and Titi mountains, and
places in these vicinities. Reports re
ceived from Japanese Manchurian
headquarters say that all the attacks
Friday afternoon Russian batteries
stationed at Liuchientun and Wanpao
mountain, north of the Shakhe river,
and at other places shelled the Japan
ese positions. Saturday morning 600
cavalry, comprising one force, and two
companies of infantry and one battery,
another, simultaneously attacked Chit
aitse, on the right bank of the Hun
river. The Russians appeared to have
reserves. The Japanese garrison at
Chitaltse was defending the place!
when the report of the attack was for
Three hundred Russian cavalry with
two guns occupied Songchin, on Plak
sin bay, northeastern Korea, January
24, but abandoned the town January
28, and retired northward.
Russians Repulsed Attacks.
St. Petersburg, Feb. G. —According to
General Kuropatkin's last reports,
which indicate the wounding of a third
Russian general, Demobovski, me
operations at Sandiapu and the fight
ing at Shakhe have been momentarily
suspended. The Russians successfully
repulsed the latest attack of the Jap
anese eastward column with heavy
loss. The cold is still intense, there be
ing 24 degrees of frost. There are in
dications that the Japanese are prepar
ing to break the inactivity on their
account as soon as the weather mod
The war office is closed, and no fur
ther facts regarding the reports that
General Kuropatkin is about to give
up his command can be obtained.
Tachimi Fought Brave Fight.
London, Feb. fi. —According to the
Daily Mail's Tokio correspondent,
Lieutenant General Tachimi. in com
mand of the Eighth Japanese division,
bore the brunt of the battle of Heikou
tai. He was constantly opposed by su
perior forces, but continued fighting to
the last, with a total loss of 162 of
ficers and 5600 men killed or wounded.
Gen. Matsumara Is Dead.
London, Feb. 6. —General Matsu
mara, according to the Tokio corres
pondent of the Daily Telegraph, has
died at the front from congestion of
the brain. He commanded the opera
tions at 203 Meter hill, and was deco
rated and promoted for bravery.
GENERAL STOESSEL HOSTILE.
Charges That Pert Arthur Surrender
Colombo. —General Stoessel, the for
mer commander of Port Arthur, and
the Russian officers, prisoners, accom
panying him, have arrived here from
Japan by way of Shanghai on board
the French line steamer Australian.
In an interview the general denied
the statements published to tht JTTect
that Port Arthur was surrend^redpre
maturely. He was especially iW jnt
at the statement made by a ne«tfaper
that there were at the time of tlie sur
render 25.0UU able bodied men in Port
Arthur capable of making a sortie,
hundreds of officers, all well nourish
ed, plenty of ammunition, the largest
magazine being untouched and full to
the roof, and that there was an ample
supply of food for three months, even
if no fresh supplies were received. The
general viewed the statements as un- j
justified and unsupported by facts.
Agree Not to Swear.
With the declaration that they are
shocked at the Indulgence of their
neighbors in profanity, fifty men of
Waterbury, Conn., are reported to have
formed the "Oathless club." Among
the members are several merchants. A |
saloonkeeper is also on the roster. The'
society proposes to stop, If possible,.'
the use here of all bad language.
Driven Back by Cossacks.
Sosnovice, Feb. 6. —Strikers to the
number of 15,000 Sunday marched
from Dombrovo to this place and at- ■
tempted to reach the Warsaw station,'
but Cossacks drove them back without
using their weapons.
Joseph Prince Is Dead.
London. —Joseph Prince, formerly
vice president of the Grand Trunk
railroad and who was connected with
railroads in the United States, died in
London recently of paralysis.
ENGINE BOILER, BLOWS UP.
Throws Passenger Cars off of the
Utica, N. V. —Two trainmen inst
their lives and a score or more of pas-
Ben gen were Injured in a wreck on
the New York Central railroad at
Whitesboro, three miles west of here,
None of the injured was dangerously
hurt, their wounds being mainly cuts
The dead are: John Allen, engineer;
John Brennan, fireman of the locomo
tive on the Western Express.
As the train was passing the Buffalo
special east bound, the boiler of the lo
comotive of the westbound train ex
ploded. The force of the explosion
and the upheaval of the engine threw
the entire 13 cars composing the
"special" from the rails. The west
bound train did not leave the track,
but stooped with a suddenness and
shock which threw the occupants of
the berths backward with great force.
The strangest feature of the acci
dent, as it appeared to an onlooker,
was that the boiler of the westbound
locomotive was resting midway be
tween the rails of the eastbound track
at a point where the eastern train
j bad passed. This suggested the theory
to trainmen that the boiler had struck
the second car of the eastbound train
as it rushed by at the rate of 50 miles
C. K. BECKWITH IS DEAD.
Cassie's Victim, the Oberlin Banker,
Oberlin, Ohio. Feb. 6.— C. K. Beck
wlth, president of the defunct Citi
zens' National bank of this city, died
at 10:45 o'clock Sunday after two
days of unconsciousness, during which
death was expected at any moment.
Only the family surrounded the death
bed of the banker.
Mr. Bockwith was about 65 years
of age. On December 14 last the fed
eral grand jury in Cleveland returned
five indictments against Beckwith
upon the charge of violating the na
tional bank laws in connection with
the loans made to Mrs. Cassie L. Chad
\ wick by the Citizens' National bank of
Oberlin, of which deceased was the
president. From the day of his arrest
Mr. Beckwith's health rapidly failed,
as a result of worry over his troubles.
He frequently declared during his ill
ness that he wanted to die. For sev
eral days prior to his death he refused
Ito take food in any form. Death re
sulted directly from heart trouble.
i The death, of President Beckwith
may materially weaken the charge of
I forgery and conspiracy to misapply
bank funds now charged against Mrs.
Cassie L. Chadwick.
INDIANS MAY SPEND CASH.
President Roosevelt Sees No Occasion
'. for Antischool Hubbub.
] President Roosevelt has sent a let
ter to Secretary Hitchcock on the sub
ject of authority for granting contracts
for the education of Indians in denom
The president says that inasmuch as
the legal authority exists to grant the
request of Indians unquestionably they
are entitled by moral right to have
their moneys used to educate their
children at the schools they choose.
The president directs that the interior
department continue the practice un-
I less congress directs otherwise or the
! courts hold that the decision of the de
partment of justice to this effect is
I wrong. The president also urges the
i passage of the Lacey bill authorizing
the allotment of annuities in severalty
to the Indians in the same way as
their land is allotted.
j For Schools in Philippines.
! Washington.— The house committee
on insular affairs has authorized a fa
vorable report on the bill providing
for the setting aside of 25 per cent of
all proceeds of all public land sales
hereafter made in the Philippines for
the purchase of sites for construction
and maintenance of primary and indus
trial schools, and an additional 5 per
cent for higher education in the isl
ands. It is provided that this measure
shall not apply to the proceeds from
the sale of friar lands.
Mystery in Her Murder.
Pittsburg. Feb. 7. —The dead body of
Mrs. John Kirkpatrick was found in
the back yard of an unoccupied house,
Allegheny, only a short distance from
her home. She had been murdered,
and the morgue physician stated to
night that the woman had been crimin
For Jap Miners Only.
After the most heated debate which
has yet taken place in the Japanese
house of representatives, the amend
ment to the mining law prohibiting
foreigners to work Japanese mines,
was passed during a recent session.
Shirt and Waist Factory Burns.
Fort Wayne, Ind. —Fire of unknown
origin has destroyed the Paragon shirt
and waist factory on East Columbia
street, entailing a loss of $110,000.
Wlllemstad. —There is good reason
here to believe that revolution In Ven
ezuela is contemplated.
WASHINGTON, IDAHO, MONTANA,
AND OREGON NEWS ITEMS.
A Few Interesting Items Gathered
From Our Exchanges of the Sur
rounding Country—Numerous Acci
dents and Personal Events Take
Place —Outlook Is Bright.
John G. Brady, governor of Alaska,
was in Spokane last Friday.
Colonel A. J. Blethen, editor of the
Seattle Times, is reported ill.
An effort is being made to reorgan
ize the Pullman commercial club.
Senator-elect S. H. Piles will prob
ably visit Spokane on February 16.
The session of the legislature was
half over Tuesday, but thus far few
bills have become laws.
Senator Foster has introduced the
interior depart merit bill providing for
opening the south half of the Colvllle
A new Office, representing the pur
chasing commissary department of the
United States army, has been opened
The annual meeting of the Retail
Lumbermen's association was held In
Spokane Tuesday, Wednesday and
Orders have boon issued by Chief
of Police Waller of Spokane to saloon
keepers who run winerooms that box
rustling must cease.
Preliminary work to raise the $:?0,
--000 for the Young Men's Christian As
sociation building to be erected in Wal
la Walla Is progressing.
Scott Hively, a rancher, living near
Everett, was sentenced to 12 years in
the penitentiary for attempted murder
of his wife last December.
The Washington fair commission
was not satisfied with the site given
by the Lewis and Clark fair manage
ment and a now one was chosen.
G. M. Landerkin, aged 35, and chief
engineer of the tugboat Juneau, is said
to have attempted to kidnap Ellen Bas
kett. aged 15 years, at Seattle recently.
Fire in the tule swamp at the lower
end of Lake Colville, about 10 miles
west, of Spraguo, caused a good deal
of excitement in neighboring towns
It has been decided by citizens of
Coif ax to unite with all the towns of
Whitman county in preparing and
maintaining a Whitman county exhibit
at the Lewis & Clark exposition in
Portland this year.
Loyal Branham, 12 year old son of
Charles Branham, living five miles
north of Pullman, had the sight of one
of his eyes destroyed recently, when a
playmate threw a nail which struck
him in Ihe eye, destroying the sight.
Detectives ar^ scouring tho country
for Arthur Ansorge, the missing assis
tant cashier of the Alaska Fisheries
union of Seattle. He left about a
month ago and was, according to the
report of the bond company, about
Recently Anthony Rookhill of Day
ton celebrated his 81st birthday by
inviting his children to a big dinner
prepared by Mrs. Roekhill. This old
couple have 46 grandchildren and 20
great grandchildren and are still ha!e
The fourth annual assembly of the
Inland Registered Stock Breeders' as
sociation, which met in Pullman Wed
nesday and Thursday, was the biggest
meeting in the history of the season.
Stock breeders from all parts of the
Inland Empire were present.
The Bellingham police have captur
ed a gang of three counterfeiters, who
have boon operating there for the last
two years. The men give their names
as Walter Packwood, Fred Smith and j
Fred Miller. They have been ostensibly
working as shingle weavers.
The proposed legislation limiting tho
amount of contingent fees to be col
lected by attorneys to 20 per cent and
fixing the maximum amount to be re
covered in case of death through acci
dent at $5,000 was denounced at a
recent meeting of the Spokane bar as- ]
The teachers' institute of Umatilla;
county was held at Weston at the nor- j
mal school building.
An addition of three and one half
acres to the original Lewis and Clark
exposition t-ite has been made.
The Pendleton Sportsmen's associa
tion will not hold Its annual shoot In
February, as planned a few weeks ago, j
as the members do not seem as enthu
siastic as heretofore.
Mrs. Johana Kurden, 50 years old
and living alone In a small house In
Portland, recently, burned to death oy
flames that totally destroyed her home.
It Is believed the fire originated from
the explosion of a kerosene lamp.
The Portland baseball team has been
completed and the list of players has
been made public. With the excep
tion of one or two, the players are
all new men in Portland.
Fatal results may attend the goring
of six year old Ruth Chappell's face by
an Infuriated row at Ashland recently.
The little girl entered the pen where
the cattle were corraled while her fa
ther was attending them. she wore
I naming rod waist. Tho first tne
father was aware of it was when he
hoard the bellowing of the cows, and
he found the little girl being goreu.
He drove off tho beast, but not until
great injury had been wrought.
A plot to defraud the state, out of
about 3200 acres of state land was dis
covered through the confession of one
W. C. Randle of Salem, who stated to
Governor Chamberlain, before whom
he had been summoned, that he had
been induced to sign applications for
the lands and swear to the necessary
affidavits. Handle, It is said, confessed
to the governor that he had received
$200 in cash today for his services,
and was promised a one-tenth interest
in the property after it had been se
A $0,000 (Ire in Jullaetta occurred
Saturday morning. The citizens saved
the town by hours of hard work.
A train of 11 cars of beef and hogs
were shipped from Stites one day last
week, consigned to Spokane and coast
Sixty thousand volts are now being
carried by the line of the Washington
Water Power company, which supplies
the Coeur d'Alene mines with electric
Revelry by day and revelry by night
is the program at Potlatch junction,
where nearly 500 Indians have gather
ed from all points on the reservation
for a big powwow.
Farmers who raised hogs last year
are being well repaid for their trouble,
realizing a handsome prout. Live hogs
are much more in demand this year
than last, and are bringing better
C. T. Stranahan, formerly Indian
agent of the Nez Perce reservation, is
organizing a company to purchase the
townslte of Kamiah. If ho carries his
project to success the town will be
moved bodily about a quarter of a
Contracts have boon lot by the Fan
handle Smelting company for the fur
nace and engines for its new silver
lead smelter on Lake Pond d'Oreillo.
The plant should be running in May
with an initial capacity of 200 tons
Lottie Frazer, aged 14, daughter of
Charles Frazer, living near noise, took
strychnine last night and died. She
had boon out without permission, and
j when she returned her parents scolded
her. The poison had been used in the
house to kill rats.
The Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining
& Concentrating i company, operating
silver-lead mines ijit "Wardner, has paid
dividend No. 88, 'Of $75,000, payable
this week. This makes the total paid
since January 1, 1903, $150,000, and
total to date $2,421,000. s
A man giving his name as Frank
; Sharp is under arrest at Weiser on
the charge of forging a check on the
First National bank of Vale for $200
and disposing of the same. It is said
he sold the check to Thomas Press
field of this place for $150.
The bodies of Walter W. Riggs and
Albert Overman of Weiser were found
recently at Portland in a downtown
lodging house. An open gas jet ex
plained the manner of their death, and
from all appearances their demise was
accidental. The young men wore for
merly engaged in the leather business
George W. Crane is the new post
master at Fort Ben ton.
The coldest weather of the winter is
being experienced this week through
, out the state.
A case of smallpox has been dis
covered at Forest Grove, 18 miles
southeast of Livingston.
The racing committee of the Bozo
man Interstate Fair association have
I planned several races for the fair to be
hold the last of next August.
The report of County Treasurer H.
A. Denny shows the finances of Deer
Lodge county to be in better condition
than in many years. The taxes of last
year are almost all collected.
Mrs. Wm. A. Rumsey died of pneu
monia at her home in helena recently.
| Mrs. Rumsey was one of the pioneer
women of Montana, having lived in
this state since 1866.
Joseph Gontier of Big Sandy was
i brought to Havre by Stock Inspector
| George Hall, charged with Illegally
branding cattle. He had a hearing be
fore Judge Dyper and was bound over
to the district court in the sum of
The state ooard of health has remov
ed the smallpox quarantine placed over
the city of Billings January 11, the
improved health conditions now war
ranting such action. . During the epi
demic there have been 102 cases of
smallpox and 11 deaths.
The house of representatives has
passed the Dixon bill, granting 1280
acres of land in the Flathead Indian
reservation to Catholic educational and
charitable institutions. The grant also
includes 160 acres which are turned
over to the Montana state university
at Missoula for a biological station.
Southern California recently experi
enced its greatest rainstorm in years.
THE PAST WEEK OF THE WAR.
Battle of Hun River Was a Fiercely
Last week witnessed the close of
what will probably be known as the
battle of the Hun river. The Russians
had shown activity all along the line,
but the most aggressive work was
done against the Japanese left wing.
Oku's defenses were heavily bombard
ed for several days and there were con
stant clashes between advanced bodies
of troops that were attempting to se
cure strong positions. The Japanese
finally took the aggressive and the re
sult has practically been a failure of
Kuropatkin to gain a single advantage
by his winter movement.
The fighting has been fierce and un
der the worst conditions possible. A
low temperature and blinding snow
storms have subjected both sides to
great suffering and ouch misery of war
has probably not been endured since
some of the Napoleonic campaigns.
Wounds of every sort have been agon
izing and the impossibility of giving
quick relief in the freezing atmosphere
has resulted in large mortality.
Despite the adverse conditions, the
activity has continued in a desultory
way all through the week. The Rus
sians have been driven to the right
bank of the Hun, and while the Jap
anese may not feel like following up
any advantage they have gained, the
moral effect, of this Kuropatkin fail
ure has been bad. It has shown that
the boasted Russian superiority in win
ter campaigning is as much a myth
as many other things have been shown*
to be, and the news of the failure
comes to European Russia at the most
Wednesday night Mrs. Thomas Ehr
hart, wife of a forraei cook at the Wis
consin Lumber company mill, four
miles west of Chehnlia. Wash., satur
ated her clothing with oil, went to mi
onthouse and set her clothing on fire.
Th ■ woman was burned to death before
aid could reach her. Despondency was
the cause of the suicide. It is believed
that Mrs. Ehrhait adopted this method
of uncide from reading of a sucide
which occurred at Covington recently.
The means of death and the mode of
carrying out the plan were the same in
both instances, and it is believed to be
a case of snoide by suggestion.
Indicted in Chicago.
Chicago.—Albert G. Wheeler, presi
dent of the Illinois Tunnel company;
former City Clerk William Loeffler and
Assistant City Clerk Edwin Erhorn
were indicted by the grand jury on a
charge of forgery in connection with
the franchise for the underground rail
road system in this city. Alderman
Novak and John Hlggins, a printer,
were indicted in the same connection
on charges of perjury as well as for
Lucy B. Young Is Dead.
Salt Lake City.—Lucy B. Young, the
sixth wife of the late Brigham Young,
former president of the Mormon
church, died of pneumonia. She was
born in Illinois in 1830, and was mar
ried to Brigham Young nt Omaha in
1848, coming to Utah immediately af
ter. She was a descendant of the Bige
lows of Massachusetts, was a Daught
er of the American Revolution and a
member of the National Council of
Jars Country for Miles Around.
By the explosion of 2250 quarts of
nitroglycerin in one of the magazines
of the American Glycerine company,
three miles north of Montpt ier, Ind.,
two men were seriously Injured and
the concussion was felt frr a distance
of 50 miles. Farm hou ec within a
radius of 25 miles were slightly dam
Maximum Speed of G2 Miles.
The Prussian railways will Introduce
increased speed as a result of the re
cent experiments on the Sossen. road,
the highest speed on which hitherto
was 60 miles an hour. The new
schedules will provide a maximum of
62 miles an hour and nl*i longer trains.
In the meantime heavier rails will be
laid and curves and bridges strength
More Trade in Philippines.
The customs receipts of the islands
for the month of January were approx
imately $1,000,000 in sold, a decided
increase over the receipt! for the
month of December. The indications
are that during the succeeding months
there will be an Increase in the Impor
tations and exportations, though the
volume of rice imports will fall off
according to the marketing of the
home crop. < 4
First Paper in Japan.
The first Japanese newspaper was
published in 1863, only 41 years ago,
and contained some news translated
from the Dutch papers. Today Japan
has 1500 daily newspapers and peri
Suicide of George Bcaucliamp.
Reno, Nev.—George Beauchamp, one
of the leading officers of the Salvation
army of this city, committed suicide
by taking strychnine in the presence
of his wife and two young children.
Bad health was the cause.