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VOLUME I. NUMBER 196.
POSTAL AFFAIRS AIRED
SENATE AND HOUSE DISCUSG RE-
CENT INVESTIGATION OF
LOWER BRANCH ASKS FOR PAPERS
RESOLUTION MEETS OBJECTION
IN SENATE AND ACTION
Washington, Deo. 9.When the
resolution for the investigation of the
postofSce frauds came up in the sen
ate Mr. Gorman took the floor and
strongly opposed its reference to a
committee. He declared that the ma
jority should not shrink from an in
vestigation. He said there had been
positive assertions that men who had
unlawfully placed employes on the
rolls were to escape.
Mr. Gorman said fraud and corrup
tion were admitted and communicated
to the senate by the president. He
said the country was not satisfied
with the investigation, nor was the
senate. Those who had been accused
had said others higher up were as
guilty as they, while they have been
"Let us have all the facts," said Mr.
Gorman, "and see if the president will
turn the rascals out.''
Mr. Lodge, who made a motion to
refer the resolution, said that what
Mr. Gorman said only further con
vinced him that the resolution should
be referred. The investigation made
under order of the president, he be
lieved, had brought out all the facts.
There was a mass of evidence in the
department awaiting an order of the
senate for printing. i
Would Examine Evidence First.
Mr. Lodge said that as to the in-1
sinuatious against higher officials it
was well known that the postmaster i
general and the fourth assistant post-1
master general had made every effort!
to get all the facts and it would be!
well for the senate first, to examinej
Fifty pairs of Ladies' Shoes,
some hand turned, some
Goodyear welt, good assort
ment of sizes and widths
price stamped on bottom
$3, $3.50 and $4 our special
price this week $2.69 a pair
mm i nii.1111iinwi iwrnrimn iwiwniiiwrinn wn
Ladies' Walking Skirts.
A nice as-
Walking- Skirts in
and Scotch mixed, all
of 25 per cent from regular
the evidence to see if the' investiga
tion had been thorough.
Mr. Nelson, who had given notice
that he would move to refer, said that
it would be impolitic to take the evi
dence out. of the postoffice department
now and make it public. He said that
such procedure would furnish the de
fendants with the papers in th** de
partment and give them an opportu
nity to make a defense. He contended
that this would be improper while the
cases were pending in the courts.
Mr. Tillman claimed that an at
tempt was being made to whitewash
Mr. Hoar suggested that if the
frauds were as great as claimed some
body ought to be impeached and such
proceedings should originate in house.
Mr. Cullom cut short the discussion
on the resolution by insisting that the I
Cuban bill had the right of way. The
resolution then went over for the day
and Mr. Teller spoke in opposition to
the Cuban measure.
ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE.
Resolution Calling for Papers in Postal
Washington, Dec. 9.When the
house convened Mr. Overstreet, chair
man of the committee on postoffices
and postroads, reported the resolution
authorizing the committee to request
the postmaster general to furnish the
committee with all papers in connec
tion with the recent investigation of
the postoffice department and an
nounced that the committee was
unanimous in recommending its adop
The previous question was ordered
on the resolution by a yea and nay
vote of 172 to 116.
Mr. Williams (Miss.) moved to re
commit the resolution to the commit
tee on postoffices and postroads with
instructions to the committee to re
port with an amendment providing
"that the postmaster general be and
he is hereby requested to transmit to
the house all papers and evidence
touching the Investigations ol alleged
frauds and irregularities in the post
office department and postal service."
The motion to recommit was lost,
160 to 128.
The original resolution was then
agreed to without division.
PANAMA TO BE INVADED.
Colombian Army Reported on the Way
to the Isthmus.
Colon, Dec. 9.It is rumored that
3.000 Colombians are moving on Colon
Thursday, Friday and
We want you to see our stock of Christmas Goods.
It is the finest in town, and we are going to make it an
inducement for you to look it over whether you buy or
not, by offering extraordinary bargains in staple mer-
chandise Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Men's Heavy Ribbed Shirts
and Drawers, our regular
price 81, now
79c a garment
On lot of
Men's Heavy JJWCM'
W ol Under-
Ten pieces of 10c Outing.
light and dark patterns,
7 l-4c a yard
Eight pieces of 30 inch Flan
nelette, the 15c quality,
10c a yard
One lot of Ladies' Coats,
good assortment of sizes and
1-3 off from marked price
Men's and Bov's Suits and
1-4 off from regular price
THE DAILY PIONE
to recapture tnecity ana compel ran
ama to come back to the Colombian
The citizens are prepared and will
resist the encroachment of the Colom
American warships and gunboats pa
trol the coast on both oceans and will
lend assistance in case of trouble.
The Dixie has already landed ma
rines to defend the city.
A company of marines from the
United States auxiliary cruiser Dixie,
under Captain "Wirt McCreary. landed
at Colon during the day and took a
train for Empire, a town on the rail
way near Panama, where a camp will
be established, using the canal com
pany's buildings. The purpose of the
landing of the marines is to get the
men ashore after their long confine
ment on the Dixie. It is expected
that other detachments will be sent
PROTEST AGAINST CANTEEN.
Resolutions From Minnesota Present
ed by Senator Nelson.
Washington. Pec. 9.Senator Nel
son presented in the senate during the
day a large number of resolutions
from various branches of the Woman's
Christian Temperance unions in Min
nesota protesting against the re-estab
lishment of the canteen in the army.
OLDEST CHILD ESCAPES.
Father. Mother and Three Children
Perish in Fire.
Freehold, N. J.. Dec. 9.Nearly a
whole family perished in the flames
that destroyed a dwelling at Clarks
burg, ten miles from here. Clayton
Fowler, his wife and their four chil
dren, aged from sixteen years to six
months, lived in the house, which was
a two-story frame building. The blaze
started on the lower floor and when
the family awoke the whole lower
part of the house was in flames. The
oldest child, a boy, jumped from the
second story window and escaped
with slight bruises.
PERISHES FROM STARVATION.
Aged Recluse Dies Possessed of $50,-
000 In Cash.
Derby, Conn.. Dec. 9.Possessed of
$50,000, all in money, Eugene Crofutt,
Bixtj'-two years old, a recluse of Hun
tington, is dead from starvation. The.
town selectmen tried to send him to a
hosnital. but he refused all aid.
Envelopes. 5,000 No. 1 Hag
Stock 1-2 Envelopes, pur
regular 10c gO0(1s at
5c a package of 21
Thread. Coats" 200 yard Cot
ton and Belding 50 yard silk,
six spools for 25c
Lyons' Tooth Powder, per
Witch Hazel per bottle 15c
Frostella per bottle 15c
Cuticura Soap per cake 19c
Adamantine Pins lc a paper
10c Crepe Paper 7c a roll
Belding Bros.l Skein Silk
three for 10c
Belong Hooks and Eyes, the
10c kind 5c a paper
5c Sewing Needles 4ca paper
Fancy Crochet Cotton
4c a ball
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA., WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 9, 1903.
10c per ball
FAMOUS PHILOSOPHER AND AU-
THOR-PASSES AWAY AT HIS
HOME IN ENGLAND.
HAD BEEN AILING FOR SOME TIME
ILLNESS TOOK A CRITICAL TURN
A FEW DAYS AGO, TERMI-
London. Deo. 9.Herbert Spencer,
the famous author, died during the
morning at his home in Brighton. His
health had boon failing for some]
months The illness took a critical
turn a lew days ago and he became
unconscious during the night, passing
away without pain.
By his own desire the least possible
information was given out during Mr.
He was born in 1820.
The newspapers all publish long ap
preciations and anecdotes of Mr.
Spencer, whom they universally de
scri.be as the "last of the great think
ers of the Victorian age."
Bold and Original Thinker.
The death of Herbert Spencer re
moves from the active domain of phil-.|
osophy one of the boldest and most
original thinkers the world has pro
duced. While generally regarded as
the apostle of evolution he was not
the originator of this theory of crea
tion. Ancient sages had elusive and
shadowy ideas on the subject.
The influence of Spencer's philoso
phy has been felt in every department
of thought. The material for his syn
thetic philosophy was drawn from
every scientific source its deductions
were from data gathered by the mas
ter minds in mathematics, biology,
psychology and anthropology it was.
in brief, a generalized theory of the
universe based on recognized facts in
every branch of human knowledge
a synthesis embracing in a symmetric
whole the stable elements of all pre
ceding systems. Such a revolution as
it inaugurated was bitterly fought by
the theologians, but its liberalizing
tendency speedily made itself ap
parent in that broader theology of the
times which seeks to reconcile science
to religion and finds profound consola
tion in the fact that the grand discov
ery that not only the globe and its in-1
habitints, but their companions in
boundless space, are the result of a I
universal law of progress and change,
deepens instead of clearing the mys
tery'of an omnipotent first cause.
REV. JOHN LANAHAN DEAD.
Widely Known Minister of Methodist
Baltimore, Dee. 9.Rev. John Lana
han., one of the most widely known
ministers of the Methodist Episcopal
church in the country and "nestor" of
the Baltimore conference, died during
the day at his residence in this city.
He was eighty-eight years old.
Mr. Lanahan had been ill since last
February. He suffered from no chronic
trouble, but his end was due to a grad
ual wearing away of the physical be
Dr. Lanahan was licensed to. preach
in 1S 8 He was a pastor tq both Pres
ident Hayes and President MeKinley
when the latte:- was a member of con
gress He was :n intimate friend ol
President Lincoln, who often called
him to Washington for consultation.
Several years ago Dr, Lanahan
achieved fame throughout the countr}
by unearthing the frauds perpetrated
on the Methodist Book Concern In
New York, during which controversy
he was arrested and passed one night
in the Tombs prison.
WANTS RECEIVERS DISCHARGED.
Dowie Makes Motion in United States
Chicago, Dec. 9.John Alexander
Dowie appeared in the United States
district court during the afternoon
and through an attorney moved that
the receivers in bankruptcy for the
Zi"n City industries be discharged.
Miier Killed by I rain.
Mount Vernon, N. Y., Dec. 9.An
unknown woman, undoubtedly a miser,
who had |1,500 in gold and bank notes
concealed in bags hung about her
net and under her skirts, was struck
and killed by the Pittsfield express at
the Mount Vernon station of the New
-York and Hariem railroad.
STORY OF BRIBERY GROWS.
3rar.d Rapids Municipal Scandal In
volves New Interests.
Grand Rapids, Mich.. Dec 9.The
anamination of ex-Ald.erman Mol was
taken up in police court during the
day. Former City Attorney Salsbury
testified thai he not only gave Mol
t'ooO for aiding the water deal, but also
gave him ?S0 to vole tor him for lily
Salsbury denied that he gave money
for their campaign expenses to all the
aldermen running for re-election in
1901. He went over the list of those
who were running, however, and said
he gave campaign money to Aldermen
McCooll, Kinney. Schriver, Ghysels,
Johnson. Deck, Lozier anil McLachlan.
"Where did you gel this money?"
"Some from the street railway com
pany and soun1
from the Bell Tide
Salsbury testified that tie ontero1
into attempted jury bribing When he
was on trial He said he gave Alder
man Mol Sir.it to pay to a (urpr named
Meyers, who was expected to sil in his
case. Meye~s was stricken off the
jury by the prose ution an I he
wards returned $75 of the money, so
Salsbury swore. Salsbury further tos:
"I gave ?7r to John Kienter, who
was in the poor department. He was
to fix a juror, whoso name I do not
remember. 1 am satisf'o'a, however,
that lie never gave the-nior.ey. 1 also
gave William D. Pugh several hun
dred dollars for the same purpose and
it never reached I he jurors."
"They were all trying to do you up,
"That's about the size of it."
"Have you told the prosecutor all
Prosecutor Ward refused to either
admit or deny that this testimony was
to be the basis for issuing another
batch of warrants for jury bribing.
KILLED ACTRESS AND HIMSELF.
Crime of French Manufacturer in Ho
tel at Cologne.
Berlin, Dec. 9.-It has just become
known that the leading female darner
at the Metropole theater. I-Ynuloin
Frieda Rdelke, was murdered at a ho
tel in Cologne Dec. 2 by Ferdinand
Tessler, a manufacturer of machinery
at Vichy, France, who bad several
times been a Nationalist candidate
for member of the chamber of depu
ties. They were engaged to be mar
ried and dined together at the hotel
and quarreled In a private sltttngroom
because the woman had looked too
frequently, as Tessier thought, tit an
other man in the diningroom. lit1
first tried to chloroform the dancer.
but she was a strong woman and
pushed him off Tessier then took a
hatchet, which he had concealed about
him, and struck the woman once in
effectually and then stabbed her fa
tally three limes with a dagger. The
hotel people heard the struggle and
rushed to the spot, whereupon Tessier,
with his back to the door, shot and
Upon Tessier's body were found a
variety of weapons, several sorts of
poison and crosses and amulets from
I.ounles. Though the tragedy oc
curred Dec. 2. through the influence of|
Tessier's family, the facts were not
published until the dancer was burled
STRIKERS SHOT IN BATTLE.
Fight Between Italian Miners and Coal
Trinidad, Colo, Doc. p. Word
reached here at midnight thai a
pitched battle occurred ai Sosundo, aj
Colorado Fuel and iron camp, between 1
about thirty striking Hal,an miners on
one side and sev ol the company's.!
guards on the other. Three of the
strikers were shol and two of them
probably will die. Non of the guards I
were hurt, though one had his hai
The fight occurred at the coke ovens
at the edge of Che camp. The miners:
went to the ovens, .nut wen- ordered 1
to stop by the guards. Almost Imme-J
dlately the shooting began, each side]
claiming that the other fired first.
After the affair was oyer a mass meet
ing ol strikers was (ailed, but dla-'j
persed shortly afterward- Sheriff1
(.'lark, with a posse. Is now.on the
ground ami everything is quiet
RESTS WITH JAPAN.
Pence Assured if That Country Will
St Petersburg, Dec, Peace be
tween Russia and Japan Is now be
lieved to be assured as the result of
the action of the czar at Tsarskoo
Selo. where he and Foreign Minister
Lamsdorf have considered the reply to
the Japanese proposals. If Japan is
willing to accept some modifications
there is nothing to stand in the way
of a complete agreement.
Wos Gil Not on Board.
New Orleans, Dec. 9.The steamer
Arkadia arrived during the day from
Porto Rico and contrary to expecta
tion Wos Gil, former president of I
the Dominican republic, was not on
board. The agents of the line here
say they understand Wos Oil just
missed the ship as she sailed and If he
takes the next boat out he will land
in New York instead of New Orleans.
Killed Wife and Himself.
Pittsburg. Dec. 9.Mrs. Joseph
ITindman was shot in the head and
almost instantly killed by her hus
band at their home at Coraopolis, Pa.
After killing his wife ilindman walked
into the kitchen and, placing the re
volver to the bark of his head, sent a
bullet into his brain. Ho is still liv
ing, but the physicians say he cannot
TEX CENTS PER WEEK
CONSUL IS ASSAULTED
AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE IN
TURKISH TOWN ATTACKED
BY LOCAL POLICE.
DELATIONS IMMEDIATELY BROKEN OFF
UNITED STATES FLAG HAULED
DOWN AND THE OFFICIAL
QUITS HIS POST.
United Constantinople. Bt
States flag over the
an Iretta, Asiatic
hauled down ::nd
left his po: for
quern of a serin i
dent during which
suited and Rssaultc
lice. The affair grew oui of the arrest
of an Armenian named Ohannes At
tartan, a naturalized American citizen.
onsula at Alex
urkey, has been
onsul Davi i has
Jeli In i onse
I nil ii ml ic inci
I r. lav :.ss
hv the lot
Attnrlan bad been In prison a' Alep
po during the' last two months and
had just been liberated through the
intervention of tin1
agent on condition of his leaving the
country fortfiwith. .Mr. Da-vies was
accompanying Attarian on board a de
parting steamer when the police in
tercepted the party, assaulted and in
sulted Mr. Davios and. despite the re
sistance of the consul and bis attend
ant- guards, rearrested Attarian and
took him back to prison. Mr. Davies
immediately lowered the flag over the
consulate and formally broke off rela
tions with the Turkish authorities by
quitting Alexandretta, leaving the
consulate in charge of the vice consul.
A mob of Moslems seized on the occa
sion to make a hostile demonstration
against the consulate and against the
Story of Local Authorities.
The local authorities a.ssert that Mr_
Davies struck the police with a cane
and that alter the rearrest of Attarian
the consular cavasaes (military cou
riers) attempted to rescue him and
thai in the fracas which ensued the
cavasaes broke the windows of the
prison. The Turkish authorities fur
ther claim that Attarian, who is a
native of piarbeklr, Asiatic Turkey,
has been traveling about the country
with an illegal passport. They also
point out ihat the question of Arme
nians naturalized in Americareturning
to Turkey .has alwnyH been a source
of trouble, since the porto invariably
refuses to recognize naturalization.
When Attarian was arrested $2,500
was found in his pocket. This, it is
believed, may have contributed to his
arrest, tne Turks suspecting him of
being revolutionist. The mailer is
engaging the energetic attention of
the United States legation here. Min.
ist'er Leishinan has made urgent rep
fescntatlons to the porto and is now
awaiting a fuller report before taking
The outrage, it is anticipated here,
will lead to strong action on the part
of the United Stales to obtain full
reparation, especially its full satisfac
tion for the Beirut affair has not yet
State Department Learns of Alexan
Washington, Dec. 9. -The state de
partment has received a brief cable
gram Iron ("omul Davies at Alexan
dretta, Asiatic Turkey, saying '.hat he
had had trouble with the local police
al Alexandretta and bad left for Beirut
in on- uii' ic e.
The flepartmenl promptly ca-
1)'. ii Lolohman,, at Constant
tinopie, to Institute a thorough Inves
tigation Ol lie- whole afiair. It i- ex-
pected that Ministei L/Cish.man will
call at the foreign offk*e Immedlati !y
te Inquire ol the Turkish officials re
garding Mie mailer.
The navy department has so far
toU*-n no Bfeps toward sending any
warships to Vlexandretta, though the
state department officials informed
the navy department of what had hap
pened '.t that place. The San Fran-
CIBCO and the Brooklyn are at Beirut,
which Is distant Mo miles from Alex
The Btate department does noi an
ticipate any serious difficulty as a re
Bull of this Incident, for it does not.
doubt that the Turkish government
will make proper amends for any mis
conduct oi Its officials at Alexan
dre! la. The state department has had
endless: trouble with naturalized Ar
menians who insist on returning to
Turkey, notwithstanding the fad that
the Turkish government has steadfast
ly refused to recognize the right of a
Turkish subject to expatriate himself.
and the most that our ministers and
consuls have been able to do in such
cases is to se sure the release of the
naturalized Armenian or Turk upon
promise to quit Turkey.
TO CARRY OUT REFORMS.
Russia and Austria Name Joint Com
Constantinople. Dec 9.M. Ziro-
?iefr\ the Russian ambassador, has in
formed the porte that Russia and Aus
tria have definitely decided to appoint,
respectively, M. Demerik, the consul
general of Russia at Beirut, and Herr
von Mueller of the Austrian foreign
office as assessors to supervise the
carrying out of the reform scheme of
the rowers for Ma edonla.