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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 198.
FOR DUTY ON ISTHMUS
THREE HUNDRED ADDITIONAL
MARINES ORDERED TO PRO-
CEED TO COLON.
WILL REACH THERE MONDAY NEXT
fORCE THEN ON SCENE ABLE TO
PRESERVE ORDER AND PRE-
"Washington, Dec. 11.Nothing of an
Official character concerning the re
ported movement of Colombian troops
upon the isthmus has been received
at the state department since the re
ports that came Wednesday from Ven
zuelan ports indicating that such a
lovement was on foot, nor thas the
minister from Panama any informa
tion on this point.
At the navy department it was an
nounced that the marine contingent
an the isthmus would be reinioiced
by 300 men now on the Prairie, orders
having been sent to Admiral Barker,
squadron, now at Guantanamo, to dis
patch the Prairie to the isthmus. She
W^il leave at once and will reach Colon
by Monday next. It is felt that, thus
Reinforced, the marines on the isth
mus will be fully competent to pre
serve order and prevent any invasion.
OF A PACIFIC NATURE.
Cablegrams Received by General
Reyes From Colombia.
Washington, Dec. 11.Cablegrams
received during the day by General
eyes, the Colombian minister, and by
r. Herran, the Colombian secretary
of legation, are pacific in tenor and
the officials of the Colombian legation
are inclined to believe that the Colom
bian people are obeying the final in
structions of General Reyes, their
commander-in-chief, who, before leav
ing his country, issued an order that
no hostile, move was to be made
Fifty pairs of Ladies' Shoes,
some hand turned, some
Goodyear welt, good assort
iment of sizes and widths
Iprice stamped on bottom
I$3, $3.50 and $4 our special
[price this week $2.69 a pair
tommander of the North Atlantic countries, is by birth an American and
,owns extensive lumber interests in
Michigan. He is considered as one of
25 per cent from regular Overcoats
rice. 'C41 I !_
against me Txnrtea States or ranama
pending the completion of his mission.
Secretary Hay's illness has prevent
ed a conference between the secretary
and the Colombian minister this week,
but upon Mr. Hay's return to the state
department General Reyes expects to
see him and the chances are the gen
eral's mission will be concluded very
soon thereafter. General Reyes has
cabled the Bogota government setting
forth very explicitly the true situation
here. He has not attempted in his
advices to cloak the fact that there is
no hope of prevailing on the Unite
States to retrace its steps on the isth
mus. The only possible result General
Reyes could bring about here, as he
has officially informed the Bogota gov
ernment, would be the securing of
satisfactory peace terms with the new
Pan-American diplomats say that
with the departure of General Reyes
from Washington they expect the Co
lombian legation to remain closed for
an indefinite period.
Member of Canadian Parliament Ad
Boston, Dec. 11.John Charlton,
member of the Canadian parliament,
delivered a forceful address upon the
subject of "Reciprocity With Canada"
before the Boston chamber of com
Mr. Charlton, who also is a member
of the United States and British joint
commission created in 1897 to deal
with the trade relations between the
the foremost champions of reciprocity
in Canada. The tenor of Mr. Charl
ton's address was that the United
States must grant more liberal tariff
provisions or Canadian tariff rates
would be eventually advanced. Abso
lute free trade between the two coun
tries could not yet be attained, he
said, but the nearer it could be ap
proached the better.
Mr. Charlton discussed the objec
tions of the American farmer and
lumberman to Canadian reciprocity.
He claimed that their fear that their
business would be injured was a
A'dolphus Drucker, at one time a
member of the British parliament and
possessed of considerable means, hav.
ing large mining interests at Ross
ville, B. C, is dead in Bellevue hos
pital, New York city.
Thursday Friday and
W 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 Ribbe 1 Shirts
price $1, HOT:1
79c a garment
Ladies' Walking Skirts.
A nice as-
a Ladies Coats.
oNtchjOne lot of Ladies' Coats.
ed. all' good .assortment of ',zes an 3
-i colors, ati
styies, at .1-3 off from marked price
a discount Men's and#
One lot of
W ol Under-
li i (no
garment for .98c each
Ten pieces of 10c Outing,
light and dark patterns,
7 l-4c a yard
Eight pieces of 36 inch Flan
nelette, the 15c quality,
10c a vard
BoV's Suits and
0 from regular pVice
nt.*!ifeMjAai l-f'nh r.ifagiii4^teiiili'i
RIOTING !S RESUMED.
Chicago Street Car Manned by Non
Chicago, Dec. 11.In a riot growing
*out of the recent strike of the Chicago
City railway a car was wrecked by a
mob of union sympathizers, who furi
ously attacked the nonunion conductor
and motorman, badly injuring both.
The crew of the car escaped into a
nearby building, where they were
IS IN SIGHT
Mormon Pledge of U. S. Senator Smoot
Incompatible With Oath Taken
on Assuming Office.
Washington, Dec. 11.Congressional I rately
callers at the White House are mani
festing increasing interest in the .rase
involving the seat of Senator Smoot
of Utah and the indications now arc
that the contest, which, it is asserted.
is certain to result from the present
agitation, will rival in importance and
In earnestness the case of Brigham H.
Roberts before the house of represen
tatives a few years ag. While the
president is familiar with the develop
ments thus far in the Smoot case no
effort is being made by either side to
draw him into the controversy, the
realization being general that it in
volves a question which the senate
must determine for itself.
That a thorough investigation of
the subject will be made by the sen
ate committee on privileges and elec
tions now appears to be beyond doubt.
By those who are pressing the inves
tigation it is said it will "be more com
prehensive and searching than any
similar inquiry ever has been. An ef
fort will be drmde to ascertain accu-
Envelopes^ 5,000 No,\l ,Ivag
Stock 6 \-l Envelopes, our
regular 10c goods at
5c a package of 24
Thread. Coats 200 yard Cob
ton and Belding 50 yard silk,
six spools iov 25c
box Frostella per bottle 15c
Cuticura Soap per cake 19c
Adamantine Pins lc a paper
10c Crepe Paper 7c a roll
Belding Bros.' Skein Silk
three for 10c-
Dekng Hooks and Eyes, the
10c kind 5c a paper
5c Sewing Needles 4c a paper
10c per ball Ice Wool I
if i Vt
Attitude of the Mormon Church
toward the government of the Unit
ed States and to learn whether or
not a member of that organization is
bound by any pledge or oath, the tak
ing of which is incompatible with his
oath as a senator of the United States.
It is believed, by some at least of
those who are opposing Senator Smoot,
that any effort made to prove he is a
polygamist would result in failure and
while that point cannot said to have
been abandoned absolutely it is quite
certain the opposition will concentrate
its endeavors to prove that the posi
tion he holds in the Mormon church is
incompatible with the oath of al
legiance he has taken to the United
States. That proof must be made, in
the opinion of senators, before he can
As to the ability of the opposition
of Senator Smoot to establish such a
proposition there is wide divergence of
opinion among the senators, but there
is a pretty general agreement that if
it should be established its result
would be the unseating of the Utah
Witch Hazel per bottle 15c
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1903. TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
rue not cccurrea
street line near
guaraeo Dy ponce,
on the Halstead
The riot was participated in by hun
dreds of men and boys. Forced to flee
from the car the nonunion men were
knocked off their feet and severely
pumrr.eled. Struggling up again fho
victims fid in different directions,
pursued by the crowd. The mob. fail
ing to recapture the fugitives, returned
to the car. which had been abandoned
at Halstead street and Archer avenue,
and wreaked vengeance on the con
veyance, destroying the woodwork and
rendering the coach unfit tor use. A
patrol wagonload of police meantime
rescued the two nopuhionists. As fi
result of the riot ,^?et car traffic on
the line was suspended for nearly an
hour and hundreds of passengers were
The trouble occurred owing to the
refusal of passengers, among flierii
several women, to pay fares to the
conductor, who wore no union but ion.
When the nickels were refused him
he announced that the car would stop
unless the money was paid.
At this several of the passengers in
the car seized him, while others pro
ceeded to tne front platform and or
dered the motorman to start the car.
At first the motorman refused, but
when one of the passengers exhibited
a revolver, concealed in the folds of
his overcoat, he started the car and
did not stop until Archer avenue was
reached. Then he leaped from the
conveyance and ran, pursued by a
crowd of men. The conductor was
Both of the victims, it is said, were
employed as strike breakers during
the recent strike.
STRANGE TRAGEDY IN ITALY.
solution during the day. A young
man named Beretta, a millionaire' of
Milan and a famous sportsman, was
Invited by the Chevalier Angelo Vec
chio,*an organizer shows.
Plan to Murder Millionaire
Suicide of Plotter
Rome. Dec. ,11.One of the Strang
est of crimes had a most, dramatic-*-
Echo of Shipbuilding Flotation in Case
New York, Dec. 11.Notice of suit
has been served upon the llrm of Har
ris, Gates & Co., of which John W.
Gates is a member, by J&mes B. Dill.
villa outsideofofsporting Milan on-th
pretext that Beretta examine some old
pictures. Once there Reretta was
seized and bound and obliged, with a
i revolver pointed at his head, to make
a will leaving his fortune to Vecchio,
besides writing a letter saying he had
committed suicide. Vecchio then left
the villa after Instructing an accom
I plice to drown Beretta the next, day in
a bath and carry the body far away
from the villa so as to give Vecchio
a change to prove an alibi. But the
heart of Vecchio's accomplice softened
and he set Beretta at liberty and Vec
chio. who read in the newspapers that
his plot had been discovered, disap
The police thought he had gone to
America. Later, however, it was
learned that Vecchio had committed
suicide by shooting while driving in
an open carriage on the famous Monte
WANTS STATE LAWS CHANGED.
Crank From Minnesota Calls at the
Washington. Dec. 11.John August
Miller, forty-five years old, called at
the White House during the day to
have a change made in the Minnesota
laws and was sent to the Washington
hospital for observation. Miller...said.
thathe had come to Washington la^t
TueBday from Franklin ^Grove. Ind.
Most of his trouble, however, Trccurred
in Waseca county, M"jnn., and he'.want-
ed president goosgrelt to s^nyort
his $ai^ for VMamatts jyrair.st,
Karl DoDberstelrT a, faTnerT'and
claim for $60 against County Attorn
AFTER A BRIEF ILLNESS.
Death of Rear Admiral Gherardi, U. S.
Stratford, Conn.. Dec. 11.Rear Ad
miral Bancroft Ghorartll, retired, died
it his residence here during the day.
Admiral Gherardi retired in 18i
and came to this city to live. He was
ADMIRAL GUEllA J.M.
tnken ill about four weeks ngo, but
his condition did not become serious
until few days ago. He was seventy
one years of ngo.
From 1889 to 1892 ho was in com
mand of the North Atlantic station.
CIVIL SERVICE LEAGUE.
Annual Convention in Session at Bal
Baltimore, Dec. 11.The National
Civil Service Reform league began its
thirty-third annual meeting in this
city during the dny.
Daniel C. Oilman, president of the
league, opened the convention with ta
few appropriate remarks,
The morning session was taken up
chiefly with the reading of reports and
discussions upon the same. Among
these were the annual report of the
council and reports from th/s women's
Among the notable delegates pres
ent are Carl Schurz, Edward Wheeler,
Homer Polkes and Edward Carey of
New York James R. Garfield and W.
E. Cushing of Ohio Richard Henry
Dana. Charles J. Bonaparte, John
Proctor. Charles Richardson, Elliott II
Goodwin, Alfred W. Cooleuy, Henry F.
Greene. Henry W. Farnan and
William D. Poukes. Many of the dele
gates are accompanied by their wives.
After the adjournment of the morn
ing session the delegates were enter
tained at luncheon by the woman's
auxiliary to the Maryland Civil Serv
ice Reform association.
CLAIM LEGALITY OF MERGER.
Briefs Filed in Behalf of Morgan, La
mont and Others.
Washington. Dec. 11.A brief in be
half of Messrs. J, Plerpont Morgan,
Robert Bacon and Daniel S. Lamont,
appellants with others In the case of
the United States vs. tho Northern
Securities company, has been filed in
the United States supreme court.
The legality of the so-called merger
is upheld and the purposes of its for
mation are explained In detail.
A brief was also fllod by John W.
Griggs, counsel for the Northern Se
curities company, In the proceeding of
the United States against that com
pany for violation of the Sherman
anti-trust law. He contends that the
formation of the Securities company
I and the purchase by it of the majority
of the stock of the Northern Pacific
land Great Northern were perfectly
I legal and natural acts and he urges
that the Securities company has as
much right to acquire the stock of the
I two roads as an individual would
SUIT TO RECOVER $7GO,0G0.
counsel for the Commonwealth Trust
company, as successor to the Trust
Company of the Republic for $7.ro,-
000, alleged to have been deposited
by the Trust Company of the Republic
with Harris, Gates & Co. in connec
tion with the flotation of the. United
Stales Shipbuilding company.
The suit is the first of the actions
announce*] a few weeks aj?o as about
to be brought by the directors of the
trust company at. the Instance of
Messrs. Fish, Boldt and Crimmins of
the Republic TruBt directorate and
th nP W
directorf the com
pany and show they took no part in
any questionable transactions in con
nection wfth the Shipbuilding com
BUILDING CONTRACTORS MEET.
Labor Unions Discussed at National
Chi'-ago, Her. 11.Building con
tractors from nearly every large city
in the United States met in confer
ence here during the
national associati6n Tl
were the principal topic
Much enthusiasm was
the conference promises I
the welfare of the building
Roof of CasfthgPiouse Collages.
YoiingstQ-wn, O., Dec. l'l^THlf roof
of the castinghouse of the Andrews &
Hitchjioc3( furnace in Halberd} five
tnlletf-rVom lfere, collapsed at tafdnlght,
killing John Patrick a Slavonian, and
prohjbljt atalljE injuring", two other
WAR WITH GERMANY
GENERAL MACARTHUR PREDICTS
TROUBLE, ACCORDING TO
HAWAII A STRONG STRATEGIC POINT
CAPTURE OF THE ISLANDS MUST
PRECEDE ANY ATTACK ON
Honolulu. Dec. 11.Major General
MacArthur, during the military con
ference, said that In all probability
war will t:tl place between the
United States and Germany in the
near future, which makes the Hawa
iian national guard of national impor
tance. The Pan-Germanic doctrine is
growing among German-Americans,
few of whom volunteered in the war
with Spain, lie believes that German
Interests are growing to such an ex
tent In South America that the strain
upon the Monroe doctrine will even
tually result in a conflict. Hawaii be
ing a strategic point no nation, he
says, will make any attempt upon the
shore line of the Pacific states until
the capture of the Hawaiian Islands
had been effected.
This statement of Major General
MacArthur has just been made public
through the report of Colonel Jones
to Governor Carter.
QUESTION ITS ACCURACY.
Army Officers Say MacArthur Never
Made Rash Statement.
San Francisco, Dec. 11.Major Gen
eral MacArthur. who 's quoted in a
cable dispatch from Honolulu as pre
dicting a war between the United
States and Germany, has not returned
to this city. At army headquarters it
was stated that be was not expected
back 1'ronr Honolulu until about Christ
mas, though ho may come on the
Sherman, due In a few days.
Referring to the statement attrib
uted to General MacArthur. which, it.
appears, was transmitted to Governor
Carter by Colonel Jones of the Ha
waiian militia, a high military official
"I cannot believe that General Mac
Arthur made the prediction attributed
to him. It Is quite possible that In
conferring with the fortifications
board, which recently met In Hono
lulu, he may have incidentally' re
ferred to the possibility of war with
some foreign power as an argument
in favor of properly defending the
Hawaiian islands, which, as everybody
knows, are very Important strategic
ally. By way of illustration he may
have mentioned Germany as a growing
sea and commercial power, but he is
too experienced an officer and diplo
mat to make the rash statement with
which ho is credited."
Other army officers expressed sim
ilar views and all were confident that
General MacArthur would make a
prompt, and entirely satisfactory ex
ADMINISTRATION IS ALERT.
Letter of Secretary Hay Refers to
San Francisco, Dec. 11.Andrea
Sbarboro, president of the Manufac
turers and Producers' association, has
received a letter from Secretary of
State Hay acknowledging the receipt
of resolutions relative to the trade of
the United States in Mam hu_tbL__ln-.
his IBtiel Secretary Hay says:
"The subject to which you refer is
one of the greatest importance and
has occupied the close attention of
President McKinley and of President
Roosevelt for several years. The ob
ject which you propose is one to which
this government has steadily adhered
anil nas pursued through circum
stances of peculiar difficulty and em
barrassment. 1 can only assure you
and authorize you to assure your as
sociates that the president will not
lose sight of the important interests
to which he has already devoted so
much time and care."
SAID TO BE INCORRECT.
Rumored Arrival of Russian Fleet Off
St. Petersburg, Dec. 11.The dis
patch from Tokio announcing that a
Russian squadron of eight warships
had arrived off Chemulpo, Korea, to
support Russia's opposition to the pro
posed opening of Yongampho, on the
Yalu river, to the commerce of the
world and that the Russians threat
ened to land 3,000 men and march on
Seoul should Korea disregard their
warning, is utterly discredited here.
The foreign office has no confirmation
of the report and is inclined to class
it with other sensational rumors from
tho Far East which later have been
proved to be baseless.
JAPANESE DIET OPENED.
Emperor Refers Briefly to Dispute
Tokio. Japan, Dec. 11.The.emperor
opened the met during the morning,
In#refeTT:ng to tho situation wfth re
i gird to Russia he only said that. his
[Ministers are.vnow conducting, with
prudence and. circumspection, impor
tant international negotiations for the
preservation of peace in the Far East
and of Japan's rights and interests.