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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, flarch 23, 1904. No. 11, RUSSIAN HEADQUARTERS moved General Kuropatkin Will lie In Command When Operations Commence. St. Petersburg , March 17.—The first headquarters of the Manchurian army after General Kuropatkin's ar rival will be at Liau Yang, the gen eral having selected that point instead of Mukden whence to direct the opera tions. Liao Yang is ten miles west of the railroad, being connected with the main road by a special line which will be completed by the time General Ku ropatkin arrives, and has many ad vantages over Mukden. General Ku ropatkin telegraphs that he has pas sed Omsk, and he adds that tomorrow there will be 230,000 Russian troops concentrated between Harbin and Port Arthur. While the Russians are mobilizing for the purpose of working out an of fensive military problem, they will be prepared to move heavy forces in any direction to meet the Japanese, whose command of the sea gives them great freedom in selecting their points of attack. General Kuropatkin will live on a train with his staff and be pre pared to move anywhere his presence is required. If the Japanese land in force on the coast of northern Korea, he will have his headquarters further north along the railroad. Great precautions are being taken to guard against surprises. The Jap anese have already shown a preference for night attacks and most rigorous orders have been issued to keep up a continuous advance of scouting par ties and to have heavy pickets out at night. Van Sant Boosts Roosevelt. Minneapolis , March 17.—At the Minneapolis convention to elect four delegates at large to the national re publican convention at Chicago Gov ernor Van Sant was introduced as the "hero of merger." He declared that the party had in Roosevelt an invinc ible candidate, and that it occupied an impregnable position. No tariff schedule, he declared, should be so sacred that it could not be changed with changed conditions. The tariff should be revised, he urged, and re vised by its friende, and not by its enemies. Reciprocity, he declared, was the battle-cry to couple with Roosevelt. Revising the Land Laws. Washington , March 17.—At to day's session of the senate a bill au thorizing the secretary of the interior to dispose of the timber on public lands chiefly valuable for timber, was ' passed. The committee amendment. provides that the proceeds of such j safès shall be made a part of the irri gation reclamation fund and was ac cepted. The following bills also were passed : ! Validating patents to lands in the! Bitter Root valley, Montana. Reinstating the homestead right of j persons who have been compelled ] through no fault cf their own to relin- | quish their homestead entries. Army Officcr Kills Himself. Omaha , Neb., March 17.—Major William H. Bean, United States army, ' committed suicide today by shooting. Ordered to the Philippines he had his ' trunks packed this morning and taken to the depot. Immediately afterwards j he asked his wife to play on the piano and while she was playing he thrust an army revolver to his right temple and fired. The bullet lodged in his : brain. Major Bean was fifty years old. He had been chief commissary j officer at the headquarters of the de partment of the Missouri for two years and was relieved of that duty a few days ago to go the Philippines. j Railway Building Delayed. Chicago , March 17.—The Railway j Age tomorrow will say: "The out look for railway building in the United States is not as promising as it was a year ago. There has not been com plete recovery from the check in New York which followed the disturbance in the financial world last summer ! and, while a large amount of building has been planned, much of it is being held up until financial conditions are more favorable. There are 6,908 miles- of new line under contract or construction, or 1,790 miles more on which it is expected to begin work during the year." Bandits Foiled By Bartender. Baker City , Ore., March 17.—Two masked men attempted to hold up the Club saloon and gambling rooms here this morning. The robbers entered at an hour when the saloon was de serted and ordered the night bartender and the head faro dealer to throw up their hands. The bartender made a sudden leap and turned off the electric light switching, plunging the room into instant darkness. The robbers fled, leaving no trace. There were $10,000 in cash in the saloon and a bank roll in the safe at the time. President Will Not Attend Washington , March 17. —President Roosevelt will not attend the formal opening of the Louisiana Purchase exposition. When President Francis of the exposition company was in Washington recently he presented to the president and to members of the cabinet an urgent invitation to attend the opening exercises at the fair, ex pressing the hope that the president not only would make it convenient to be present, but also participate in the ceremonies. The president then said that he probably would be able to go to St. Louis at that time. Since then he has decided that he will not be able to be present at the opening of the fair. Short Stories of the War. London , March 18. —A correspon dent of the Times at Tokio says that the Russian and Japauese scouts are now separated only by the river Cheng Cheng just north of Anju. The dis patch adds that the foreign correspon dents will leave for the front on either March 22 or 23, but their destination is still unknown. St. Petersburg , March 17.— While entering the harbor at Port Arthur yesterday, March 16, the torpedo boat destroyer Skorri struck on an un placed mine and was blown up. Vice roy Alexieff in a dispatch confirms previous accounts of damage to Port Arthur by the bombardment of the 10th, but says the story of a great fire in Port Arthur is a base fabrication. Seoul , March 17. —Five thousand engineers are now employed in the building of the military railroad from Seoul to Wiju. Only a few miles have been completed. Civilians are work ing on the railroad from Seoul to Fu san. This road cannot be completed before next October. Political Talk In Congress. Washington , March 17.—Just be fore adjournment today Mr. South wick of New York precipitated a brief lively debate by having read an edi torial from the New York World, giving the republicans credit for anti trust legislation and the merger prosecution. It was offered by way of reply to Mr. Williams, who yester day asked if the merger decision was to be used by the republicans as a theatrical political trick. Mr. Williams, after the editorial had been read, declared that the se curities prosecution was instigated by Governor Van Sant whom he styled "a blanket Indian republican, who refused to consult headquarters," and that for very shame, after the case had been docketed, the administration prior to an election, could not hold itself still. Duke of Cambridge Is Dead London , March 17.—The Duke of C ambridge died at 1:3 -3 o'clock this morning. He was a cousin of the late Victoria and was born in 1819. In 1837 he was made colonel in the Brit ish army, and later, after brilliant service in the field, was made field marshal. From 1856 to 1895 the Duke of Cambridge was commander-in-chief of the British army, and, as head of England's forces, he made a record seldom equalled. The Duke of Cambridge is supposed to have been wealthy. On the death of his father, parliament gave the duke an allowance of $60,000 per an num. As commander-in-chief the duke received a salary of $22,500 until 1887 and thereafter $33,160 yearly. As colonel in chief of the Grenadier guards the duke received $11,000 per year, while numerous appropriations brought him a good revenue. Threatened By Floods. Truckee , Cal., March 18.— The big dam at the source of the Truckee river, which confines the waters of Lake Talioe, is in great danger of giv ing away. The lake is higher than at any time in its history and the dam built thirty years ago by the Donner Boom & Lumber company is said to be in a dangerous condition. If the lake rises eight inches more it will run over the top and the waters will soon undermine the sand and gravel, which alone support the old planking. There are four feet of solid snow at the shore of the lake and on the surrounding mountain sides the depth is from ten to twenty feet. This snow is melting rapidly, and it is al most certain that the waters will rise one or two feet higher than at present. %wm pm • y$9 ! %m y J .*y> . v V' iiM 3*1 m Si* m 4!» - 1 ft - m: 4» btè m V fii* nfii S CLEARING FOR ACTION ON A JAPANESE WARSHIP. The imitative Japanese have for years past beeu careful and discriminating students of the art of war on the sea. Their ships are modern and their disci pline is excellent. Frequent target practice has given them splendid marksman ship. and when they clear for action there are no false motions. congressional proceedings. National Law Makers Seek Information About Trusts and Pension Matters. Washington , March 18.— General Leonard Wood was confirmed major general by the senate, the vote being 45 to 16. The rank dates from August 8, 1903, the day President Roosevelt made the promotion. The contest against his confirmation began No vember 19, 1903, soon after congress convened in special session, and con tinued through the present session until today. Representative Hearst of New "ïork today introduced a resolution pro viding for an investigation of the trust question by a committee of five members of the house. The resolu tion contains 10 clauses, reciting the evil effects of trusts on the country. The senate today adopted the fol lowing, offered by Mr. Overman: "That the secretary of the interior be and he is hereby directed to inform the senate: First—Whether an order has recently been issued enlarging the pension act of June 27, 1890, and amendments, as to disabilities of ap plicants for pensions and if so to send to the senate a copy of such order. "Second—By what amount, if any, will said order probably increase pen sions annually, particularly when the same shall become fully operative." Bristow Explains His Report. Washington , March 18.—Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Bris tow, in testifying before the house special committee on the postoffice re port, claimed for himself responsibility for only the first seven pages of the report which was sent to the post-office committee and said the other portions of the document were the work of oth er officials of the department. Mr. Bristow's testimony threw much light on all phases of the inquiry. He practically exonerated members of congress from wrongdoing, touching the clerk hire section, by stating that it was the duty of the first assistant's office to ascertain the condition of the work in an office where an increase had been recommended. Mrs. Daly Loses Suit St. Louis , March 18.—The United States court of appeals has handed dowu a decisiou against Mrs. Mar garet Daly, widow of Marcus Daly, the Montana copper king, in her suit to recover $22,500 from the Busk Rail way Tunnel company. The decision was in accordance with the alleged forfeiture of a bond on which Daly was one of the sureties. To Open Crow Reservation. Washington , March 18.—Senator Clark today offered several important mendments to the bill providing for opening the Crow Indian reservation. These amendments provide for raising the maximum price of land in ceded portion from $3 to $4 per acre. That as soon as it may appear to the presi dent that all of the land that can be sold at prices named, have been dis posed of. he may reduce the price according to best of his judgment and sell as much as possible at reduced maximum price and from time to time may reduce the price until all of the ceded lands are sold. First payment on the $4 lands shall be at the rate of $1 per acre when entry is completed, second payment shall be $1 at the close of the second year, and addi tional $1 yearly thereafter until the entire amount is paid. The lands are to be available for entry only under homestead and townsite acts. Cotton King Is Bankrupt. New York , March 18.—Daniel J. Sully, who has for fifteen months been the largest figure in the cotton markets of the world and who has "bulled" cotton from 7 cents a pound to 17 cents, today announced his inability to make good his engagements on the New York cotton exchange. Within a few moments cotton fell nearly to $13 a bale from the highest figures of the day. Many crashes have been re corded but probably none has beeu accompanied by such frenzy and con fusion. Sully's profits on his old deals were known to be enormous and presum ably all of these were used to bolster up his present deals. After the suspen sion was annouueed, Sully locked himself in his office and declined to give out any statement. Wild guesses were made as to the liabilities, but all agreed that they must be well up in the miHions. Charged With Land Grabbing. Portland , Ore., March IS.—The federal grand jury, which has again taken up the matter of land frauds in the state, has returned indictments against several people concerned in the illegitimate business. The identity of the indicted parties is being closely guarded pending the arrest of several of those implicated. Uussian Troops Retire. Seoul , March 18. —-The Japanese authorities have been advised that the Russian cavalry in northern Korea has partly re-crossed the Yalu river and that a Cossack battery has also withdrawn. A small Russiau force still occupies Chong Ju. The Japanese authorities state that a land engagement of any magnitude is not likely before another month. A military attache considers the me chanical mines laid by the Japanese fleet at Port Arthur efficient to pre vent the Russian fleet from leaving that port. ST. Petersburg , March 18.— Con cerning the loss of the cruiser Boyarin at Port Arthur, a private letter says that the vessel struck a floating mine dropped by the Japanese. Naval offi cers are preparing to raise the Boy arin, though it is thought doubtful whether she will be fit for fighting pur poses. According to information received • from Russians at Shanghai during! the fighting at Port Arthur, Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, the battleship Mikasa was struck by ten projectiles and ser iously damaged. Two Japanese bat tleships and two cruisers have been docked for repairs at Nagasaki and Sasebo, and 2,000 wounded men aie said to be in the Japanese hospitals. on the banks of the valu. Russia Is Massing Troops That Will Resist Japanese Advance St. Petersburg , March 20.—Mili tary circles are greatly encouraged by the Japauese delay in making land at tack on Manchuria. It was fully ex pected that one would be made by this time, possibly necessitating the Rus sian evacuation of all the territory south of Mukden except Port Arthur. Now reinforcements have arrived, and it is believed that it will be possible to prevent any serious Japanese inva sion. Russian troops continue to stream into northern Corea in excel lent condition, while the Japanese are reported to be in a bad state, due to an epidemic oi typhoid fever. An expert in the military organ says that even presuming there are four divisions of Japanese at Ping yaug, Korea, they could not venture to advance until reinforced by two more divisions, which would require another mouth or six weeks. Ihe writer contends that they could not advance more than seven miles a day owing to the condition of the roads. London , March 20.— Nothing has reached here to confirm the report that a battle has taken place on the \alu, in which the Russians are al leged to claim that they captured 1,800 prisoners. -A dispatch from St. Pet ersburg says there has been no change in the situation and that all is quiet on land and sea. Between the Rus sian line from Ping Yang to the Yalu river and the Japanese line to Gensan there have been slight skirmishes be tween scouts, but no battle has taken place as the distance between the op posing armies is great. The bulk of the Russian forces, the dispatch adds, has not yet passed the Yalu river. Colombia Will Not Fight. Colon , March 18. — The United States cruiser Olympia left here Wed nesday for Puerto Cabello where she will coal. The cruiser is expected to sail for the United States next week. It is rumored that Colombia has given up the idea of invading Panama. Public opinion in many parts of the republic favors the recognition of Panama. Liquor Dealers Indicted. Wichita , lvas., March 17.— The federal grand jury returned sixteen indictments today. Six of them were against Kansas City and Kentucky wholesale liquor dealers, who are charged with violation of the prohibi tory law. The method complained of is the shipping of liquor to fictitious persons and theu allowing express agents to dispose of the packages to whoever wants them. A Successful Holdup. Ri-mj.no , Cal., March 20.—Three masked men armed with a revolver, shotgun und ritle respectively, held up a saloon at Kennen early this morn ing, securing $100, Fifteen inen were in the place when the robbers entered. They were forced to line up facing the wall. While two highwaymen kept the 15 men covered with their weapons, the third went through the pockets of the victims and also robbed the money drawer of its contents. When the #•1 s "ô» RICES Creak 'Baking Powper Dr. Price's Baking Powder supplies a pure, wholesome leavening agent, which, makes the biscuit and. cake of highest liealthfulness at medium cost and protects the food from alum, Trhicli is the greatest dietary danger of the day. The foremost fea&hg ; the wrii ill masked men left they warned all pres ent to remain in the saloon 15 minutes under penalty of death. Steamship Rates to Alaska. Seattle , March 18.—The Alaska Steamship association today agreed upon a schedule of passenger rates to Nome and the Klondike for the season of 1904 as follows:. Nome—First class, upper deck, $100; main deck, $75;: intermediate, $55; steerage, $40. Klondike—First class, $70. From Klondike, first class, $100. The freight rates to either district remain practically the same. Strenuous Politics In Ohio. Cleveland , Ohio, March 19.—Wild scenes of disorder marked the opening of the Twenty-sixth congressional dis trict republican convention here to day, as a result of a fight between the Dick and the "Filipino" factions. The trouble started when the Dick men nominated Charles Leach as chair man. When Leach attempted to take the chair he was assaulted by the "Filipinos" and a hand-to-hand fight followed, which quickly became gen eral. The police finally arrived in force and restored partial order. Each fac tion, however,, nominated its own com mittee aud ticket. The local adherents of Senator Foraker are known as "Filipinos" and former Hanna fol lowers are now termed "Dick" men, being under the leadership of Senator Dick. To Begin Work On Canal. Washington , March 19.—In con cluding his hearing before the house committee on interstate and foreign commerce today, Admiral Walker, president of the Panama canal com mission, stated that actual work on the canal would be begun after th& commission had made a stay of a few weeks on the isthmus, for which it was to sail March 29. The engineering features of the work were explained at some length» as well as the intense interest which prospective contractors already are taking in the matter. The engineer ing feat of the whole enterprise was expected to be the construction of the Bohio dam. It will be necessary to go 120 feet below the sea .level to get the proper foundation for this dam. Although there have been many bor ings for rock bottom, Admiral Wal ker said that many more would have to be made, because it was essential that the engineers should be absolute ly certain of the proper foundation before beginning work. Must Pay for Curry's Escape. Knoxville , Tenu., March 19.— Judge C. D. Clark, in the federal court, held that damages may be ob tained by the government from Sheriff Fox, of Knox county, to the amount of $5,000 for the escape of Harvey Logau, alias Kid Curry, who was in his keeping and uuder sentence of twenty years for unsigned currency secured by him in a train robbery. The bill of indictment of Attornev General Wright made Fox liable for $28,000. Logau, in June, 1903, es caped by lassoing a guard and hold ing up the jailer.