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E. B. THAYER, Publisher. WAUSAU, - - WISCONSIN. ■L ■ ■ ■ l ■■ mmrm LONG TSIP TO ARCTIC. AMERICAN PHYSICIAN DISCRED ITS GOVERNMENT REPORT. B;i That First Jonrney Across Alas ka by White Men Was Made by Him and Seven Others in 1837 Pays Moarners for Time. Dr. R. ,7. Conley of Ballard, Wash., discredits the forthcoming report of the geological surrey that F. C. Shrader and W T . J. Peters three years ago made the first trip of white men across Alaska to the Arctic ocean. In 1897. following the discovery of the Klondike, a Chicago party of eight, headed by Dr. Conley and Captain Brown, went north via Great Blare Lake, traveling twenty-seven months and reaching the Arctic at the mouth of the Mackenzie river in March, 1899. Only ConJey and Brown lived to come out. Two died of scurvy and three were drowned in Mackenzie river. Their journey from Edmonton to the Arctic comprised 11,700 miles. They visited thir teen Indian and one Eskimo tribes, each speaking a different language. For twen ty-seven months no white meu were seen. They saw two volcanoes and found limitless coal deposits, including one ledge sixteen miles long with a fifteen foot seam of solid coal. MOUKNEKSPAIDPOK THEIR TIME. Thirteen Person* Who Attend Funeral Are Given Hollar Each at Grave. George Frieser. who has had a shoe cobbler shop in Cincinnati many years, died Sunday, leaving quite a fortune. At the funeral thirteen people were pres ent, including a German minister. Af ter the old man had been laid away and while the members of the funeral party were standing around the grave, a son stepped forward and said that those at tending the funeral had been compelled to leave their work, and as he did not want them to suffer pecuniary loss, he intended paying them for half a day's time. lie gave crisp dollar hills to each. Not one of the mourners refused the money. FORTUNE HIDES IN PICTURE. Deed Hidden Behind Old Picture Is for Land Worth $300,000. While changing the frame of an old portrait of her mother, Sirs. Sophie Mat tern of Brooklyn, N. Y., found behind the canvas a deed to land occupied by the present town of Carrollton, Mo., which lawyers assert entitles her to the owner ship of property worth over $500,000. The deed was signed by President Mon roe. Feb. 4, 18.11), and granting to James Darden, a veteran of the War of 1812. Drown In Fording a River. Mrs. Joseph Withington, wife of a Missouri Pacific conductor, and her eld est daughter Nannie were drowned in at tempting to ford Meramec river in a buggy west of St. Louis. Another daugh ter saved herself by holding to an over hanging tree for two hours until res cued. The buggy was overturned iu mid stream. Held a* a Suspect. Thomas Simpson lias been arrested at Great Falls, Mont., pending an investi gation into the death of Robert Scott, who was burned to death in his home Sunday. Simpson was seen in the neigh borhood of Scott's house just before it burned. The two men had qunrreled re cently and Simpson had been fined for heating Scott. Hundred Lives Lost in W reck. A specinl dispatch from Paris an nounces that the French steamer Cam hodge, 2,.'555 tons, which left Rangoca Feb. 17 for Cochin Chinn and European ports, has been wrecked in a storm off the coast of Cochin China. The dispatch adds that it is believed a hundred per sons perished in the wreck. Blister Ends French Duel. The much-talked-of duel between the Italian fencing master Pini and Baron Athos Di San Maiato was fought at Neuilly, near Paris, it lasted two hours, and fifty minutes and was stopped be cause Barou Di San Mala to'a hilt had raised a large blister in the palm of his hand. Two Arc Killed in a Feud. Ntws reached Vaiden, Miss., that in a fight between Aaron Stewart and son on one side and W. W. Hill and two sons oil the other, the Stewarts shot and killed W. W. Hill and his son, John Hill, and seriously wounded Hunter Hill. The difficulty arose in a dispute over a boundary line. Bank Employe Kill* Himself. L. G. Appleton, employed iu the To ronto branch of Molson’s Bank, shot himself to death in the corridor outside the executive offices of the bank in Mon treal. Appleton had been summoned from Toronto, it is stated, to make nti explan ation in regard to his accounts. Japs Take Two Towns. Japanese forces advanced from the Yclu river and captured Fung-Wang- Cheng and Fen-Slm-Ling. They are in force seventy miles east of Newcliwang. The Russians are intrenched at Liao- Yang ami llai-Cheu. Long Drought I*. Kansas Broken. The first substantial rain since last October has been falling iu Wichita, Kan. It will aid the growing wheat and put the ground in good coudition for plowing for corn and oats. The storm extends throughout east Oklahoma. Fire Lo** la $123,000, Fire which started at 2 o'clock in the morning destroyed the seven-story bu’,i ing at 2*)7 and 200 Madison street, Chi cago. occupied by the Western Salvage Wrecking Company, causing a loss esti mated at $130,000. Kills Self While Deranged. W. D. Remain, aged 40 years, a trav eling man, whose home is in New York and whose mind had become deranged by fever, committed suicide in St. Barnabas Hospital, Minneapolis, by sending a bul let into his brain. Woman Beat* Three Burglars. Physical culture, a muscular woman and a big hickory °lub was the combina tion that brought three burglars to grief when they were arrested after having been beaten into submission by Mrs. Fannie Blackburn, a widow, who had caught the men in her home at 30 Howe street, Cleveland. Says Packer* Control Price. Representative Martin declared in the House that the packers control the price of cattle by having ouly one bid made ard then dividing the lot. He holds tr<3 condition* are worse than they were be fore the injunction was granted. Bride* Falls nad Six Die. Six men were drowned and four in jured as a result of the collapse of a bridge spanning Yellow creek, near Iron dale, Ohio, on the Cleveland and Pitts burg Railroad. Ten men were on two locomotives that attempted to cross the bridge close together. Civil War ero I* Dead. Capt Ira W. Cory, whose company ou the left of the First brigade checked the advance of Gen. Barksdale at Get tysburg and held the Confederate brigade back until Union artillery came up after an hour, is dead at his home in Morris*' town, N. J. trains lost in snow. Railroad In Central Montana Blocked for Three Weeks. Between Lewistown, Mont., and Lom bard, nobody knows just where, three trains, one freight and two mixed pas senger trains, have been buried iu snow drifts for two weeks. For three weeks the railroad to Lewistown, the famous “Jawbone” road of central Montana, tunning 115 miles through Fergus Coun ty. has been completely blocked. Snow plow* with big gangs of mou have been bucking the drifts night and day, but now falls almost daily. The missing train* have not been reached and it is probable they will not be until a thaw sets in. The two mixed trains carried about twenty passengers. The crew of the freight train managed to reach Har lowtowH and procured provisions. It is believed the snowbound passengers on the other trains have succeeded in reach ing some of the ranches, where they are being taken care of. WESTERN HOMESEKKERB, Ten Thousand of Them Pass Through Chicago, During the last few days 10.000 home seekers have passed through Chicago in the annual hegira to the less crowded country of the Southwest. To lower Kansas, to Oklahoma, Indiau Territory, Texas, and even as far as the Pecos valley of New Mexico have the paths of this pilgrimage led. The western exodus is now more of a hothouse growth than formerly, being carefully fostered each year during December and January by the combined advertising campaign of interested railroads. Women and chil dren going out to join relatives who have “blazed the way” make up a large part of the crowds passing steadily through Chicago, Kansas City, Omaha and other clearing points, but young men still form the majority of the army. As in the old pioneer days they are going west to grow up with the country. NO HAWAIIAN FAIR EXHIBIT. Money Appropriated Will Be Used to Relieve Stringency. It has been definitely decided that Ha waii will make no exhibit at the St. Louis fair. The sum of $30,000 which the legislators appropriated for an ex hibit will be returned to the treasury and be used in relieving the stringency caused by a recent decision of the ter ritorial Supreme Court invalidating the county government act. The effect of the decision was to return the manage ment of all county affairs to the terri torial government. Gov. Carter states that an extra session of the Legislature is probably unavoidable, as the treasury is unable to cash outstanding warrants. HAS 17 TEETH PULLEDi DIES. Indiana Woman Expires After Leav ing Dentiat’a Chair. Mrs. George Oglebay, wife of a bank er of Romney, near Lafayette, Ind., died as the result of haviug seventeen teeth pulled. She drove to Lafayette on Wed nesday morning and went to the office of E. E. Quivey, a local dentist, and had the teeth extracted. After the work had been completed it was found that the patient had suffered a stroke of apoplexy and was in a very serious condition. Al most immediately Mrs. Oglebay was driven to her home, and she died Thurs day without gaining consciousness. Phy sicians and dentists state that the death was not the result of the dentist’s work. NEGRO KILLED BY MOB, Prompt Vengeance Token Upon Flayer of Policeman in Springfield, O, Richard Dixon, a negro, who murdered Polieemau Charles Collis. was taken from the jail in Springfield, Ohio, by a mob at 11 o’clock Monday night and killed. He was shot to death in the jail yard and the body then was taken to the corner of Main street and Fountain ave nue and hanged to a telegraph pole. For the next half hour the mob stood around riddling the body with bullets. The mob forced an entrance to the jail by break ing iu the east, doors with a railroad iron. WOMAN DANCES TO HER DEATH. Heart Overtaxed, She Drop* After Winning Prize for Costume. L>ressed in the costume of Columbia, which had just won the first prize over hundreds of competitors at the masque rade ball at the North St. Louis Turner Hall, Mrs. Joseph Sailer suddenly threw up her hands, sank to the floor and died from heart disease. Mrs. Sailer had been dancing constantly and her husband had urged he'- not to overtax herself, ns she occasionally suffered from a weak heart. Smith a Polygamist. In the investigation 6t the case of Sen ator Smoot, evidence was adduced to the fact that the leuders of the Mormon Church aro living in polygamous mar riage, despite the law of the land and the constitution of the Stute of Utah. Frank admission was made that the pledge which the Mormons gave to Con gress at the time Utah was admitted is being violated. President Smith, the head of the church, told the committee that he has five wives living, that he maintains all the relations of matrimony with them. Powder Explosion la Fatal. As the result of au explosion of pow der and dynamite at the magazine of the H. S. Kerbaugh Company, at Reads Hill, near Latrobe, Pa., one man, Pat rick Quinlan, was killed and twenty-one others were in. ured. Jacob Squibbs, who was in his Home, half a mile from the scene of the explosion, was so badly hurt by his house being carried from its foundation that he will die. Mr*. Maybrlck in New York. Among the passengers on the steamer Kaiser Wilhelm 11., which arrived in New York Tuesday, was a woman be lieved to be Mrs. Florence Maybrick. The woman was met at the dock by Mr. Armstrong, formerly Mrs. Maybrick’s attorney: two of his assistants and a mau said to be Col. Ingraham, a cousin of Mrs. Maybrick. Lively Blaze in Rochester. Fire in the heart of the bu-iness dis trict of Rochester. N. Y., called out all tne fire apparatus in the city. The blaze started in the Reynolds arcade and was nor discovered until the entire basement was in flames. The Olympia candy store was destroyed. The fire was finally put out with damage of only $25,000. New York Ron Bold. The New York Sun. the newspaper founded by Charles A. Dana, is said to have been sold to Thomas B. Wana maker of Philadelphia, son of former Postmaster General John Wanamaker and owner of newspaper properties in the Quaker City. Race Question Discussed. A letter from Grover Cleveland deny ing lhat he entertained a negro at lunch eon in the White House was read in the House of Representatives and precipitat ed an acrimonious debate on the race question. ______ Oto. lowa, Business Block Barns. The Miles Block, in Oto, lowa, in which is located the opera house, and occupied by six firms, and vacant buildings, were destroyed by fire. Mayor Hills and Frank O’Meara wye severely burned by an explosion. $20,000 Cash Disappears. Thirty thousand dollars disappeared from a New YotU bank while alterations wen* being made in the office. Finding of $3,000 under the floor led to the dis covery of the loss and futile search for the rest of the missing money. Thinks Church Is Dying. Rev. Russell H. Conwell, D. D., pas tor of the Baptist temple of Philadel phia, declares that modern churches are dying alowly, but surely, because of in difference of pastors and congregational “There are too many move-jests,” he says, “too many offshoots and differing phases of creed. The result is that the parent church is dying. The only reason that the young man goes to church now adays is because he knows that his best girl is there. The Young Men’s Chris tian Association is more prosperous ihtn the church, because it is made attractive with its books and gymnasiums, with a true Christian spirit.” DOOMED MAN IN FLIGHT. Mark Dunn, Sentenced to Hang for Murder at Bt. Joe, Mo., Escapes. Mark Dunn, convicted of the murder m Buchanan County, Mo., of a wealthy farmer named Fenton two years ago and sentenced to be hanged at a very early date, escaped from jail in St. Joseph. Dunn got possession of two revolvers smuggled into jail in an oil can and forced the death watch to submit to be ing bound with wire lie had used ! n mak ing baskets. He held the watchman pris oner all night and forced him to call the jailer soon after daybreak. When the jailer appeared at the door Duuu threat ened to kill the death watch unless the jailer turned him out through the wheel. To save the watchman, the jailer did as ordered. Then the murderer forced the jailer and his brother, a deputy sheriff, to enter the jail, locking them in and escaping with the key. MOB SHOOTS AND BURNS. Springfield Levee Is Swept by Whites Houses Destroyed. Following a night of rioting in a bitter race war, the result of the lynching of Richard Dixon, a negro murderer of Po liceman Collis, Springfield, Ohio, is un der the guard of six companies of State militia, sent by Gov. Herrick. A crowd of 5.000 whites, nearly all of them arm ed, invaded the levee district, the settle ment of the blacks, Tuesday night, fired volleys of shots through the flimsy houses and saioons, and then set fire to them. The whole of one side of a block was burned. The ntob had everything its own way until after midnight. Then the troops, which had been rushed thpre by special train, surrounded the levee, drove the rioters back and broke up the plan to spread the work to another negro settlement SELLS WIFE AND CHILDREN. North Carolina Man Pleased with a Bargain for Fishing Nets. When John Outlaw of Currituck Coun ty, North Carolina, became tired of his wife and two children some weeks ago he sold the trio, together with all his love and affection for them, to his broth er. Jerome Outlaw. He received in ex change two fishing nets. The matter was reported to the authorities and warrants were sworn out. The trial occurred at Currituck. It developed the fact that John Outlaw did not think there wss anything wrong in the affair. Neither did Mrs. Outlaw por Jerome Outlaw. When Johu Outlaw became aware that there was a possibility of the transac tion being annulled by court he gathered up his fishing nets and decamped. FIVE KILLED IN A WRECK. Hend-On Collision in Mississippi— Passengers Kscnpe—Cars Burn. The southbound limited express on the Alabama Great Southern, running sixty miles an hour, crashed head-on into a northbound Southern railway freight near Kewanee, Miss. According to reports no passengers were killed, but five rail way employes lost their lives, several were injured and parts of both trains were burned. Both roads use the same track near Kewanee. The express train was throe hours late when the collision came. The mail and baggage car and one coach of the limited train were burn ed, while six freight cars were destroyed by fire, which broke out immediately af ter the crash. REWARD FQR BARCN TOLL. Academy of Science Offers $3,750 for Information of Explorer. The St. Petersburg Academy of Sci eneq has offered $3,750 to auy one giving information iu regard to the whereabouts of the party of Baron Toll, the arctic explorer, from whom nothing has been heard since he left the yacht Zaria in 1902 and started for Bennett Island. The Zaria has net reached Stockholm, as published by a news agency in the United States. Baron Toll and his com panions are believed to have been car ried out to sea by the ice off Bennett Island in November, 1902. PEACE IN COAL FIELDS. Operators Reduce Their Demands for Wage Reduction. A prominent Indiana coal operator is authority for the statement 'hat the miners and operators of Indiana. Illinois, Ohio and western Pennsylvania have come to an agreement on the wige scale for the coining year and that theje is no chance for a strike. The terms are said to be a reduction of 5 cents a ton from the present scale and a decrease in other labor of about 6 per cent. Volcanoes Rain Death. The Comoro Islands, about 200 miles off the coast of Africa, are in the throes of violent volcanic eruptions. The erup tions have been progressing for a week past. Three mountains are in eruption and are throwing out vast quantities of lava and ashes. A number of natives have been killed. The Comoro Islands comprise a number of small isles, over which are scattered some 70,000 inhabit ants. Killed by Voltage of 4,000 Timothy Noland, night engineer of the Michigan City, lud.. Electrical Company, while engaged in adjusting a brush on a heavy circuited dynamo with his right hand, accidentally placed his left hand in contact with the machine, forming a circuit which charged him with 4.000 volts of electricity. Instantly he fell dead at the feet of a companion with whom he was converging. Son of T. B. Aldrich Dies. Charles F. Aldrich, a twin son of Thomas Bailey Aldrich, the author, ia dead at Saranac Lake from consumjK, tion. He was a Harvard graduate and had entered a busiuess career in Boston, which he was compelled to relinquish two years ago. Russian Port Bombarded. Five Japanese battleships and two cruisers bombarded Vladivostok for fifty five minutes and retired without injury to either side. The Russian fleet did not participate as it previously had put to sea, looking for Japanese merchant ves sels. Berlin Banker a Snicld* Hugo Brendel. a partner in the Berlin banking firm of Breudel & Cos., whose failure, attributed to the embezzlement and speculation of the cashier, was an nounced the other day. committed sui cide by throwing himself from a win dow of the bank. Sierras 3,000,000 Tear* Old. A bulletin just issued b Andrew O. Lawson, professor of geology in the Uni versity of California, on the “Geomor phogeny of the Upper Kern Basin," esti mates the age of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the oldest part of California, at nearly 3,000,000 years. Rise in Wheat Hnrts Spain. ' Owing to the great rise in the price of wheat on the Spanish markets the gov ernment has presented a bill in the chamber of deputies which provides for a considerable reduction of the import duties ou wheat and flour. Rnasiaa Fleet Captnred and Sank. The Japanese are reported to have en gaged the Russian Vladivostok squadron in the open sea and to have sank or cap tured the entire fleet. Death Penalty for Harder. "Lord” Frederick Seymour Barring ton, an alleged English nobtanan, waa sentenced to death at St. Louis for the teenier of a horseman. iPROGRESSOF THEWArI THE fogs of doubt and uncertainty hung as heavily last week over the seat of war in the far East as at any time since the beginning of hostilities. No official news of land movements was permitted by either Russia or Japan to leak out, while the operations on sea by the Japanese, with the exiyption of an occasional <■ ttack on Fort Arthur, were carefully screened. Asa result the war correspondents in the East are foreed to send out uncertain rumors, without having the time or op portunity of investigating them, and thus much that is unreliable is finding its way into the history of the present struggle. Were all the reports of Japanese successes true, Russia would scarcely have a boat afloat in the East, outside the Vladivostok fleet, and that, too, according to early reports, was blown up in the Tsugari straits. Some of the Russian vessels at Port Arthur must have been destroyed several imes. Whatever may be the truth of these reports, it seems conclusively estab lished that the Japanese failed to block the harbor at Port Arthur, else the Russian cruisers could not move so freely from the inner basin to the road stead. Relative to the immunity of the Japanese vessels under Russian fire at Port Arthur, the reports do not by any means agree. Two separate reports came from Chefoo that two Japanese warships, after the bombardment of last week Thursday, were towed iu a disabled condition to Susebo for re pairs. and a paper published at Tien-Tsin states that the battleship Yashima and tue cruisers Asnma and Tokiwa were damaged and that two torpedo boats were destroyed. According to a Chefoo dispatch the Russians discov ered a sunken Jananese torpedo boat in the outer harbor. Later the Jap anese bombarded Port Arthur again and the cruiser Askold had a gun dis mounted and two men injured. The Russians deny the loss of a torpedo boat in Figeon bay. They state that a Jananese shot pierced the hull of a torpedo boat, but that the leak was stopped and the vessel returned to Port Arthur under her own steam. Meantime, according to reports, which neither country confirms, the Japanese have extended their sea operations to the north and are said to be blockading the Russian naval base of Yladivostock. No reports confirming the lauding of the Japanese in force at Possiet bay, seventy-five miles south of Viadivostock, have been received. The object of this movement, it was said ai the time, was to advance into the interior, some 220 miles to Kirin, which is a town situated on a spur of the railroad running to Port Arthur. The country between Possiet bay and Kirin is mountainous and poorly supplied with roads, so that the Japanese, if such a movement is being con ducted, must have at their disposal a strong force. In pushing on to Kirin the Japanese would flank the Russian army being concentrated on the Yalu river, and they would lay their own base of communication exposed to the Russian troops at Yladivostock. At the same time th ?y would be ad vancing directly into the teeth of the heavy reinforcements which Russia is pouring down the Tort Arthur branch of the Manchurian railway. There seems to be the same dearth of positive information regarding land operations as sea movements. No two reports agree as to the strength RUSHING TROOPS TO SCENE OF WAR. Russia has strained every nerve to get troops into Korea. Her Cossacks are the flower of her army. They are said to be the finest cavalrymen in the wirld. This is a sketch of a regiment of Cossacks entraining at Irkutsk for the scene of conflict. of Japan’s forces in Korea or of Russia’s in Manchuria. Probably outside government circles the knowledge does not exist, and neither government is outlining either its land strength or its plans. That the Japanese are availing themselves of their temporary mastery of the sea, hastening re inforcements to Korea, is certain; that Russia is straining every nerve to hurry her troops from Europe to the East is equally so. Advance parties of the Japanese and Russians are getting glimpses of each other in Northern Korea and mounted Cossacks are reported as seizing telegraph lines wher ever they penetrate. Reports state that Russian mounted cavalry (pre sumably Cossacks) have appeared at Anju and that a strong force has been dispatched to Eastern Korea. Both sides are apparently maneuvering for po sition, and it is probable that somewhere near Plug Yang the first serious engagement on land will be fought. The Japanese are said to have landed 120,000 troops in Korea, and trans ports are leaving Japanese ports at regular intervals with reinforcements. Russia is moving much slower than Japan in this military movement. Gen. Kouropatkin, who will have supreme control of the laud operations in the East, will pot leave for the front for a couple of weeks yet, as it is his wish to have 400,000 troops at his disposal before actively entering on the campaign. That Russia does not intend to force the fighting is evidenced by the notification given to our Ambassador at St. Petersburg relative to the American officers who are to make observations w'th the Russian troops. They are not expected to attach themselves to the Russian army before April 15. Meantime there seems to be a consensus of opinion among military ex perts that Japan is preparing for an investment of Port Arthur by sea and land. In fact, in certain quarters the belief is strong that *he movement for the land investment is already under way. The Russian commander, Gen. Stoßsel. who directs the garrison, has issued a proclamation outlining this puriose of the Japanese, and called upon the troops to fight to a finish. “I, as commandant," he said, "will never give an order to surrender.” In case of investment, it is interesting to know how well prepared Port Arthur is for such a siege. At the outbreak of the war all civilians were ordered out, so that there would be as few mouths as possible to feed. Ac cording to one report. Port Arthur is provisioned for eight months. Should it be able to hold out even for one-half of that time, Russia should be able to pour enough troops down the Liao-Tong peninsula to end the land invest ment. But it is the belief of military and naval experts that Port Arthur is vastly more vulnerable than it was thought to be when Russia secured a twenty- five years’ lease of the place from China and began to fortify it It is estimated that Russia has 200 guns in position in its forts. entire army called out. Czar Issue* an Imperial Order Which Will Mobilize All Russia’* Troops. The Czar has issued au imperial order which practically calls out all the troops at Russia’s disposal and orders them to prepare for immediate service in the far East. The ukase caused much com ment in the capital city, not particularly among army and navy officers, but it awed civilians. It foreshadows a long war and indicates that the government is fully aware of the difficulty which will attend the expected triumph of Rus sian arms in the conflict with Japan. Officially the order seemed an inno cent one. It sjmmoned the reserve sub alterns and first-class reserve men of European Russia to the colors for a six weeks* course of training. A similar order was issued to the naval reserves. On the face of it this order does not seem to mean much. But military men and diplomats know it means that every thing is being made ready for the mo bilization of the entire Russian army. The order was undoubtedly a shock to civilian Russia. When the war started it was fully believed that the victory over Japan was a matter of but a few weeks. As the days passed and news of Russian victories did not materialize, the public laid it simply to the supposi tion that the Csar’s navy and troops were waiting only until they felt that thev conid deliver a crushing blow to the forces of the Mikado, and thereby end the war in a few months at the most. But this order opeDed the eyes even of the civilians—the military contingent had long realized that the war would be a long and costly one. The price of horses is rising rapidly at Irkutsk in Siberia. Over S4O is now offered, while a week ago S2O to $25 was the price. This is explained by the de mand for horses at Lake Baikal ana the probable requisition for the army. Pilgrims from various parts of Russia *r arriving at Saroff to solicit the in tervention of St. Seraphim ia behalf of their relative*- St Seraphim waa canon fared by the Czar last summer on account *£ fain fame as n miracle worker. JAPANESE DREAD DALNY. Mines Extending Far Into the Harbor Keep Warships Distant. In Port Arthur, officers, marines, coolies and everybody else have been working day and night at the railway * yam ao at a.' the important sub u2trine mines laid there and which extend far out to sea. The floating mines in the neighborhood of Dalny are also calculated to keep the Japanese at a respectful distance Told in a Few Liae* Fearing violence, the Cxar has issued a decree forbidding patriotic celebrations in the streets. , A cable to a Paris paper states that Chinese generals. Ma and Thiang. desire permission to aid Japanese. George Poole, a British merchant, has reached London from Dalny after a three weeks' journey, and describes the panic there when fighting began. A jnmble of conflicting war news keeps London puzxled as to the real de velopments in the far East. The seizure of British Collier* gives the English press food for discussion as to the articles properly contraband of war. The Russian government earnestly de sires the conservation of the old friend ship with the United States, and the report on the Vicksburg matter causes a reaction from the general bad feeling. Viceroy Aiexieff reports to the Czar that the Japanese attempted to send a fleet of four ships lader with inflamma bles into the harbor t Fort Arthur. They were destroyed by the Russian guns ***d the convoy was driven bach. KEE” PLANS SECRET. Li* K. re’nent of Troops in Prepara iion for Decisive Fi^ht. A Nagasaki cablegram, via Shanghai, says that an extraordinary movement of I Japanese troops to the coast is now coin pleted. It includes the first reserves. B The second reserves j JR Rre now being nio 'y.SSLjj*' bilized at Tokio. The Sendai and Ku- * mamoto divisions of the army, the best afighting uieu in the T \ Vfala~- -'*• service, already jtfV’vT been trans * 4jfc"k ‘ ported to Chemulpo, which will continue to be the principal GEN. KOI KOPATKO- baw jn Ko ‘ oa . Pusan will be made the secondary base for the dispatch of troops along the east POMt and for Vladivostok. The railways have been wliolTy monopolized by the transportation of these troops. The men are not permitted to leave the trains, even dining and sleeping on board. The civilian traffic between Tokio and Kobe has been reduced to a minimum. Immense activity prevails at all points f embarkation. At Kobe and other ports tons of food of all kinds and other supplies have been collected. The censor ship has become increasingly strict and MANCHURIAN RAILWAY GUARDS. all correspondents have been ordered to proceed from Nagasaki to Tokio on pain of instant dismissal. The officials have made use of every device to mystify the public. They even go so far as to place wrong numbers oil troop trains in order to mislead everyone as to the strength of the forces sent to the front. The plan of campaign is not known outside a select circle, consisting of the Emperor, minister of war and some half a dozen heads of the army staff. Even cabinet ministers are kept in the dark. BAIKAL NOT CONQUERED. Frozen Lake a Serious Obstacle in Way of Russian Troops. The reassuring statements published by the chief of the Russian transport ser vice regarding the transport of troops across Lake Baikal are entirely discred ited by independent witnesses. Accord ing to a Russian informant there is no reason for doubting the reports that many hundreds of soldiers have been ren dered unfit for service by the hardships endured on the march over the ice. The casualties, this authority adds, have been vastly increased by inadequate clothing and the food supplied the sol diers. The men before setting out on the march across the lake are served early in the morning at Baikal station merely with tea and dry bread. At a half way wooden barracks they receive a basin of hot wheaten gruel cooked in salt water without the addition of any fat. and in the evening, at the end of their toilsome journey of forty-seven miles through wind and snow, they are again provided with tea and dry bread. Many of the men before reaching the barracks manage to sell their thick high boots of felt for bottles of vodka, with the result that their feet are frozen and eases of drunkenness on the march are by no means rare. Stragglers of this description are necessarily left to their fate unless they can be placed by com passionate comrades on pack sleighs. In view of the reported completion of the railway across Lake Baikal it is sig- RUSSIANS REPAIRING RAILROAD. nificant to learn from more than one source that an entire goods train re cently sank, owing to the impossibility of suddenly bringing the locomotive to a halt. The engines have noiy been re placed by horses. This precaution is necessitated by the rifts in the ice. | WAR NEWS IN PRIEF. j About 25.0C$> tons of British coal are now being loaded on Japanese steamers at London for Japan. Japanese mobilization is unaccom panied by the flaunting of banners, mu sic or demonstrations. Japanese officers and sailors who man ned the fated transports at Port Arthur expected to meet death. Tokio banks report the national loan of -100,000,090 jroo < td.SOO.OOOi, has been covered nearly four times All the Americans formerly at Suo- Chun, with the exception of one family, have arrived at Ping-Yang. The first complete train traversed Lake Baikal on the ice railroad Tuesday. It consisted of twenty-five cars. A furtier consignment of guns and ammunition has been dispatched from St. Petersburg to the far East. Japan, finding that she has no use for so many auxiliary cruisers, will return many of them to the merchant marine. Russia will consider the proposed cable from Japan to Guam contraband of war if the United States gives consent for Its construction. Russians are advancing on Korea and troops already have penetrated south of Anzu. while a landing has been effected on the east coast Orders to Consul Edwin V. Morgan ‘o proceed to Daley were recalled by xht government, the right of Russia to ob ject being recognized. An exhibition is being arranged at St Petersburg of all the Russian art ob jects which it was intended to exhibit at St Louis. The proceeds wiii be de voted to the Red Cross Society. Novoe Vremya, an important Russian newspaper, castigates Secretary of State Hay for his recent diplomatic work and charges that the Washington officials are showing hostility to the Russians. Seven wounded engineers arrived at Sasebo from the stone-laden merchant steamers sunk off Port Arthur Feb. 24. They report that the sinking of the ves sels was managed by wires connecting them with the Japanese torpedo-boat de stroyer*. FIRE ON STRONGHOLD JAPANESE FLEET IN BOMBARD MENT OF VLADIVOSTOK. Hikado’s Boats Direct Guns Against Czar’s Northern Stronghold for 55 Minuln -Lnml Batteries Fail to Re ply-Five Fcrtnnt Are Slain. A fleet of five Japanese battleship* •ml two cruisers appeared off Vladivos tok at 1:25 o’clock Sunday afternoon and bombarded the town and shore batteries for fifty-five minutes. The fleet approached from tlie direc tion of Askold island, at the eastern en trance to Usuri bay, about thirty-two miles southeast of Vladivostok. Enter ing Usuri bay the enemy formed in line cf battle, out did not approach to a closer range than a mile and one-third. They directed their tire agaiust the shore bat teries and the town, but no damage re sulted. as most of the 200 lyddite shells failed to burst. The Russian batteries, commanded by (lens. Yerouetz and Arta monoff, did not reply, awaiting closer ap proach of the enemy. The Japanese fire ceased at 2:20 p. in., and the enemy retired in the direction of Askold island. Simultaneously two tor pedo boat destroyers appeared near As kold island and two more near Cape Mai del. The Japanese ships were covered with ice. The attack resulted in no loss to the Russians, but cost the enemy 200.C00 rubles ($100,000) in ammunition. Most of tne projectiles were six and twelve inch shells. The population of Vladivos tok was warned in the morning of the presence on the horizon of a hostile fleet and the prospect of attack during the day, but it remained tranquil. First dispatches from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg denied any losses to the Russian forces from the Japanese bom bardment. Later in the evening it was admitted that perhaps a few Chinamen had been hit. Later at night private dis patches were received to the e feet that five Russians were kii.ed, four sailors and the wife of an engineer. It is apparent the Japanese were afraid to risk exposing their ships to the plunging fire of the land batteries and it is considered probable that the attack was really for the purpose of drawing the fire of the Russian forts, compelling the Russians to disclose the position and caliber of their guns, and also for the purpose of ascertaining whether the Rus sian squadron is in port. If this was the object of the Japanese it is believed to have failed signally, r.s the batteries did not fire a shot, and if the squadron is in port it could not be seen from the Japanese position in the bay of Usuri on account of the high lgtid which rises from the coast on that side, obstructing the view of the harbor. JAPS MINE YALU RIVER. Manchn Cavalry. Superior to the Cos sacks, to Join the Japanese. The London Telegraph’s Chee Foo spe cial says that the Russians have con structed a uumber of forts on both sides of the Yalu. The Japanese have block ed up several entrances to the river with torpedoes. Great confusion prevails at Port Arthur. The Russians are show ing the utmost dislike for English and Americans and are causing all but a few to leave. Germans and Frenchmen are allowed to remain. Here is the present condition of affairs: Although Japan lost a small cruiser and the machinery of a battleship was damaged and another vessel was injured, the latter probably is now repaired. When the rigor of win ter moderates it is anticipated the Japs will occupy territory near Dalny. In the meantime the Japanese are making an advance in strength along the Pekin road from Seoul. Having secured the Yalu they will threaten Kirin, cutting the railway and menacing Vladivostok, while another force deals with the Liao- Tung peninsula. Japan’s first big land victory, which is likely if she keeps troops in a rough country where the Cossack cavalry is of no value, will mean the unauthorized rising of the Chinese, whose Manchurian horsemen are braver riders and fighters than the Cossacks. 1 Religious I News and Notes I The first mi mini training school for Sudra children, the lowest caste in India, is to be established at Benares. The Moody Colportage library contains 4,075,998 volumes, 1,429,234 of which are copies of Mr. Moody's own works. The Rev. Arthur E. Mann of Buffalo, N. Y'., has started for Shanghai, China, to be a teacher in St. John’s College. Both the Queen of Holland and the Queen’s neither have contributed to the funds of the Salvation army in the Neth erlands. The Rev. Dr. Henry 11. Jessup of Beirut, Syria, for forty-eight years a missionary in that laud, has returned to New York. Dr. F. E. Clark, the Christian En deavor leader, wns given a reception ! n Boston prior to his starting for a tour around the world. The Rev. Joseph Mnngin of Lowell, Muss., has just celebrated his half cen tury as a priest of the local provincial of the Oblate order. Miss Anna Barbour has offered a site to the Paterson (S. J.) Young Women’s Christian Association upon which to erect their proposed building. St. Joseph's Church, a $50,000 edifice presented to the Italian colony of New Rochelle, N. Y.. by Adrian Isclin, har been consecrated by Archbishop Farley. W. M. Porter, a young minister of the Indiana Methodist Church, has disap peared from Indianapolis, and it is re ported that he has enlisted in the navy. Bishop Gore of Worcester, Mass., says he sees no serious* Christian argument against cremation, an 1 from a nai;:*ary point of view it has enormous advan tages. The railroad department of the Young Men’s Christian Association has issued a pamphlet. "Progress,” telling of its growth. The railroad branch had 43,- 000 members in 1901, and has now 02,- 348. Miss Edna Hall, a talented woman of Guthrie, Okla., has entered the Quaker ministry and has accepted a call to the church at. Liberty, in Woods County, her territory. By the will of the late Mr. John Marn ham. who died at Boxmoor. England, the Loudon City Mission receives a legacy of £3.000 and the Baptist Missionary Society receives a similar sum. The Rev. H. B. Flisscll, principal of the School for Negroes at Hampton. Vn.. says it requires £BO,OOO a year for the support of the school. There are 1.200 scholars living on the ground and be tween 3,000 and 4.000 coming directly under his care. The Rev. Francis Blood good Hall, for thirty-nine years pastor of the Porstrome Presbyterian Church of Plattsburg, N. Y., is dead, at the age of 70. The Rev. James E. Edwards, a Bap tist preacher of Owensvilie, Ind-, and one of the best story tellers in the Hoosier State, is about to publish a book of his jokes and original sayings. The Pope has promised moral and material help for the erection of a mon ument to Leo XIII. on the top of the Lepini mountains, which encircle Car pineto, his predecessor's birthplace. A committee has been formed, and will ask for the support of the Catholic notables in (he different countries. ICONGRESSg The Senate Saturday agreed to the repmt of tiie conference committee on the legislative, executive and judicial appropriation bill. A bill was passed au thorizing the President to extend au in vitation to the international Congress of hygiene to meet in Washington in 1900, The naval appropriation bill was taken up. and the discussion assumed a polit ical aspect. Mr. Clay held that the Mon roe doctrine was not in danger, and that nothing is so likely to make trouble with other powers us an immense navy man ned by many ambitious nten. Mr. De pew replied to Mr. Clay and declared that the country will have a large mer chant marine some time and should have a navy big enough to protect it. The House passed the Indian appropriation bill after some controversy relative to provisions affecting tribes in the Indian Territory. An unsuccessful effort was made by Mr. Stephens (Texas) to elimi nate the provision for continuing the Dawes commission another year. Among the important amendments adopted were those removing restrictions on the dis position of lands of allottees in the In dian Territory who are not of full Indian blood and vesting authority in the Sec retary of the Interior heretofore resting with the Dawes commission in the mat ter of the sale of lands belonging to the Creek Indians. The provision au thorizing the renting of certain lands in the Indian Territory which have been al lotted to full blood Indians of a number of trites was stricken from the bill on a point of oriler. There was a spirited eoutest over the question of the mainte nance of a warehouse at Omaha. The members of the Nebraska delegation were opposed by Mr. Mann (111.) and Mr. Sherman (N. Y.), s>nt the former won tlieir tight in behalf of Omaha. The Scnn'e Monday passed the naval appropriation bill. The principal ques tion debated n connection with it related to the price and method of supplying armor plate for battle ships, growing out of an amendment suggested by Mr. l’at terson providing for a government ar mor plant. He ultimately withdrew the amendment, but offered several others on the same line, which were laid on the table. The credentials of Senator-elect Dick, of Ohio, were read. The report of the Committee on l’ostofflees and l’ost Road- - on the Hay resolution, showing the use of “influence” of members of Congress to secure salary increases for postmasters niul similar efforts in con nection with leases and rents of post office buildings, was submitted in the House. An agreement was reached to postpone action until Wednesday, and 4,000 copies of the report were ordered printed. The committee urged that the resolution be tabled, and there will be three hours’ debate before action is tak en. The postofflee appropriation bill was taken up, and Mr. Moon appealed for a general investigation of the affairs of the department. The House without debate unanimously adopted the resolution di recting the Secretary of Commerce and Labor to investigate the causes for dif ferences in prices between live cattle and dressed beef. The Senate Tuesday spent most of its time discussing committee amendments to the army bill concerning provisional troops in the Philippines and th<* con solidation of the Adjutant General's of fice with the record and pension office. Both were accepted. The bill was amend ed so as to provide for an increase in the engineer corps. The discussion of the uill was not completed. The fortifi cations bill was reported from the com mittee on appropriations, with a net in crease of $50(1,000 over the bill passed bv the House, making the total $7,037,- 192. The time of the House was devoted to the consideration of claim bills, and tliiriy-two were passed. One relating to the grunting of an American register to the ship Beaumont, formerly a Brit- Mt craft, wrecked off the const cf Nova Scotia, and inter rebuilt by an Ameri can. gave rise to considerable debate, but was accepted. Speaker Cannon, in ruling on the conference report on (he legislative, executive and judicial appro priation bill, stood by a D rater prece dent. holding that conferees could not Insert new matter, and the bili was sent back to conference. The Snnte Wednesday adopted a res olution by Mr. llonr directing the com mittee on postottlees to investigate and report whether further legislation is needed to secure the rights of persons who complain that their correspondence is interfered with unjustly. Considera tion of the army appropriation bill .-as resumed, and Mr. Bacon protested against the acceptance of the statue of Frederick the Great, tendered by Em peror William, on the ground that F rod erick the Great was not in sympathy 1 with American institutions. Mr. Slew art replied that Mr. Bacon grossly mis representeil the character of Frederick The discussion was dropped and 'ue army appropriation bill was passed, as was the Philippine shipping bill. When the House met Boitrke Cockran was sworn in. Mr. Overstreet suggested postponement of consideration of the Hay resolution bearing upon tne Bristow report. Mr. 11 ay objected. Mr. 1 Icp- Uum of lowa said an investigation would bring out no fads not brought to light by the committee report, to which Wil liam Ahlcu Smith retorted that facts had been suppressed and could be discov ered. Mr. Hepburn said no member of the House of Representatives desired to screen anyone. Mr. Williams, the mi nority lender, said he wanted the corrujr tion in the Postofflee Department investi gated. not by the friends of the men whose guilt was suspected, but by a committee appointed by the Speaker. In the National Capitol. Panama treaty ratifications have been exchanged and the United States now has clear title to caual/ssone across the isthmus. Little legislat’ <n for the Philippines is expected of present Congress; Republi cans do not desire to propose legislation on eve of national campaign. The Senate committee oil approprin fiins reported the legislative, executive an 1 judicial appropriation bill. It car rf is $28,73(5.23.1, a net increase over the House bill of $447,578. Wm. Jennings Bryan called on Secre tary Hay to thank film for letters which the Secretary gave him on his recent trio to Europe, and which proved of great assistance to Mr. Bryan. Represents!!’'’* Burton exploded a bombshell among his Republican col leagues in the House by attacking the naval increase program in the appropria tion bill. Representative Dayton practi cally read him out of the party. The War Department issued a circular calling for proposals for the purchase of $3,000,000 worth of Philippine tem porary certificates, proposal* to be open ed April 15. These bear 4 per ceat in terest and run one year. A mortgage has been executed by the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Cos. to the United State* government to cover the loan of $4,000,000 authorized by Con gress to be made to the company. The House committee on Indian af fairs completed the Indian appropriation bill- The measure carries a total appro priation of $7,610,831 based on estimates amounting to $7,532,572. The amount of the last bill was $8,521,300. The armored cruiser New York, flag ship of the Pacific squadron, now at Pan ama, has been fitted out with a set of wireless telegraphic instruments and te"t will begin with the shore as soon as sta tions on land can be established.