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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 242.
Port Arthur, Feb. 3.~ Not since the opening of ihe present controversy between Russia and Japan has the situation in the Orient taken on the warlike aspect that has characterized the past lew days. There can be no mistaking the present preparations. They are in anticipation of the open clash that cannot much longer be de layed under present existing circum stances. The Russian squadron which has been riding at anchor in the port for the past six weeks, weighed last night and has taken its position outside the harbor with the Russian fleet. This move followed close upon the military authorities taking possession of the railroads. Not a pouud of commercial freight has been moved since Monday. The military authorities monopolize the line and thousands of troops are moving. The impending trouble appears to be near a realization. Japan's atti tude in the matter has assumed the aggressive and the measures looking toward war which are being taken at WITH LIMITED POWERS RESIDENT COMMISSIONER FROM PORTO RICO IS ADMITT ED TO THE HOUSE. ATTEMPT TO AMEND THE RESOLUTION MINORITY LEADER WOUt-D GIVE HIM RIGHTS AND POWERS OF DELEGATE. Washington, Feb. 3.A report from the committee on rules giving the resi dent commissioner from Porto Rico, Mr. Pegetau, the privilege of the floor, the right to address the house and representation on committees on in sular affairs, was called up in the house i Mr. Dalzell as a privileged matter when that body convened. Mr. Williams, the minority leader, endeav ored to have the report recommitted to the rules committee with an in structien for a resolution giving the Porto Eican resident commissioner all of the .powers and rights of a dele gate from a territory. This, it was stated, would give him A few addi tional .privileges. The previous question was ordered on the resolution and forty minutes' debate .ensued. Mr. Cooper (Wis.), chairman of the insular affairs committee, although supporting the resolution, believed Porto Rico, with 1,000,000 inhabitants, was as much entitled to a delegate in congress as Hawaii, with less than 200,000 inhabitants. The resolution was unanimously aereed to*and the speaker announced, Carpets,Rugs SMYRNA RUGS, 1904 PATTERNS, EXTRA QUALITIES Size 21x42 $1.25 ize 30x60 2.25 ize 36x72. 3.00 SPECIAL SMYRNA RUGS. Size 30x60, at $ 1.35 M0QUETTE RUGS Size 27x63, at $3.00 Size 36x72, at 4.50 Ingrain Carpet 60, 75 and 90c Velvet Carpet $ I 00 Wire Grass Matting 38c BEMIDJI. MINNESOTA. WARLIKE MANOUVRES IN THE FAR EAST Russian Squadron Inside Harbor of Port Arthur Joins Fleet Outside. the present time are taken merely as a checkmate to the preparations which Japan has been making without any effort at concealment for some time. Russia cannot longer delay its de fensive measures. The outlook has less of the reassuring at the present than at any time since the opening of the controversy. JAPAN IS BUSY Report from Vladivostok That Japanese Occupy Seoul Fusin Railroad. St. Petersburg, Feb, 3.The most amia appiause, tne appointment ui ir. Degetau as a member of the house committee on insular affairs. On motion of Mr. Mahon (Pa.) the house began the consideration of bills on the private calendar. DEFENDS ADMINISTRATION. Senator Fairbanks Discusses the Pan ama Affair. Washington, Feb. 3.The day's proceedings in the senate were begun by adopting a resolution introduced by Mr. Hoar permitting the committee appointed to investigate the charges against Senator Dietrich to employ a clerk, to send for witnesses and to take other steps necessary to carry out the orders of the senate. The Bacon resolution looking for the arbitration of the claims of Colom bia against the United States on ac count of the Panama revolt was laid before the senate* and Mr. Fairbanks (Ind.) was recognized to speak. Mr. Fairbanks' remarks were de voted largely to a discussion of the question whether the United States was in complicity with Panama in the revolt f last November, He spoke of the importance of showing this charge to be without foundation, saying: "While we greatly desire an inter oceanic canal we are far more anxious that it shall be constructed without any taint whatever of national dis credit" Mr. Fairbanks was followed by Mr. Clarke (Dem., Ark.)., who made a speech in support of the treaty. Mr. Clarke lost no time in declaring his absolute adherence to the policy of the president. The question of the wis dom of building an isthmian canal is no longer, he said, a question for dis cussion. Wealthy New Mexican Dead. Albuquerque, N. M., Feb. 3.M. S. Otero, probably the wealthiest man in New Mexico, delegate in congress from 1879 to 1888 and one of the lead ing business men of the territory, is dead at his home here of apoplexy. He was a cousin of M. C. Otero, at present governor of New Mexico. MILITARY AUTHORITIES MONOPOLIZE RAILROAD Thousands of Troops Are Moving and Handling of Com mercial Freight Is Suspended. EACH A YARD important news of the eastern situ ation received at the foreign office for the past two weeks was received this morning in a report from Vladivos tock, which says the Seoul Fusin rail road has been occupied by Japanese troops. The move is regarded as sig nificant in the preemptory position Japan has assumed during the past few days. Talk of the impending trouble i rife. The recent occupation by Japan ese troops of several important strategical points can mean but one thing. It will not recede from its present position and its latest note to the government is the finale of the negotiations to avert, an open breach which have been carried on for the past two months. SENT TO THE POWERS 6UBSTANCE OF RUSSIA'S REPLY COMMUNICATED TO INTER- ESTED NATIONS. BELIEVED WAR WILL BE AVOIDED JAPAN WOULD INCUR ENTIRE RE SPONSIBILITY SHOULD HOS- TILITIES RESULT. Paris, Feb. 3.The Havas agency has circulated a dispatch to tbe effect that Russia's reply to Japan, the sub stance of which has been communi cated to the foreign, chancellories everywhere, has made an impression that war will be avoided. Views have been exchanged be tween the United States, France and Great Britain on the subject. The concessions therein go beyond general expectation and illustrate the senti ments of equity and loyalty actuating the czar. "If, in spite of the very large satis faction Japan will receive," continues the dispatch, "the issue of the crisis should be war Japan will incur the whole responsibility and find herself morally isolated." Reply Not Finally Drafted. The reply, the Havas agency says, only awaits its final drafting and will be presented Feb. 6. The French foreign ofllce authorizes a denial of the report, printed in New York and emanating from Paris, to the effect that the French and British gov ernments had agreed to exert pres sure on Japan for the acceptance of the coming Russian reply. It is spe cifically asserted no exchanges relat ing to the Russo-Japanese situation have occurred between the French and British governments for more than ten days. Some time ago, whSe re ports of mediation were current, a general understanding was reached by which, in their own way. Great Britain at Tokio and France at St. Petersburg, would seek to secure a pacific adjustment, but this related to the former condition when the Japan ese note was pending. Since then there has been no agreement and no negotiations toward an agreement concerning the coming Russian reply. HOSTILITIES EXPECTED. Japs Believe War May Be Postponed Until March. Tokio, Feb. 3.Russia's reply is not expected to reach here before the middle or latter part of the weeK. From' remarks dropped by high offi cials little hope is entertained that Russia will in any degree relinquish her claims in Manchuria, but is sup posed to be simply prolonging the ne gotiations in order to strengthen her forces in various points. A large force of Russians is said to have occupied Antung, on the Yalu river, a strategic point of great impor tance in the event of Russia deciding to carry the war into Korea as she is expected to do. An impression prevails here that hostilities may be postponed until March, but will surely come about theE, as both countries will by that time be fully prepared in all points for an extended struggle. Conditions in the Korean capital are said to be far from Ratisfartnn' The Bemidji Daily Pioneer BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1004 and it Is said that only the presence of a large number of foreign marines guarding the various legations has prevented a" serious outbreak, which may come at any moment, notwith standing the presence of the troops. As has been pointed out -before this is regarded as the danger point of the Eastern situation and may furnish the spark that will start the conflagration. IN THE CZAR'S H^NDS. Russian Ruler Considering the Reply to Japan. St. Petersburg, Feb. 3.The czar now has before him the report of the special council on the Russian re sponse. All the papers relating there to were submitted to him by the Grand Duke Alexis and the czar is giving them earnest consideration. He had not rendered his decision up to 6 p. m. and it is authoritatively said it may possibly be several days before the response is forwarded to Tokio. Prices on the bourse are again weak, 4 per cents falling a point. WHEREABOUTS A MYSTERY. London Papers Unable to Locate Mrs. Maybrick. London, Feb.3 Tbe^wherenbouts of Mrs. Maybrick are variously an nounced in the newspapers as Corn wall, HoJloway prison, at sea, bound for the United States, etc. The Daily Chronicle, which is under the same ownership as Lloyd's Week ly Newspaper, the journal that on Sunday rublished th story of Mrs. Maybrick's release, declares the statement that Mrs. Maybrick has Sailed for the United States to be un true, and adds that she is still in Eng lang and that certain conditions at tached to her liberation impel her to exercise great discretion in her atti tude toward the public and, for a time at least, it will only be possible for her to acknowledge through the press her gratitude for the efforts of her sympathize in. obtaining her release. The Daily Naws says that the whereabouts of the institution in which Mrs Maybrick is recuperating is kept a profound secret, because she is still in the custody of the authori ties. "In fact," the paper says, "Mrs. May brick and her custodiana are conceal ing their identity, and this is necessi tated by her being privileged to walk abroad with her female wardens. It is understood that,after a period of rest she will return to either Woking or Holloway prison to receive her formal discharge on special lioense." HIQH WINpS PREVAIL. Train Blown Over and Great Damage Done In Co lorado. Denver, Feb. 8.High winds pre vailed during the day along the east ern slope of the Rocky mountains in Colorado and Wyoming and much damage to property was wrought. In Denver two men lost their lives as a direct result of the gale. Charles Ormsby and William Dan iels came in contact with a live elec' trie wire, which had been thrown from its fastenings into the street, and were instantly killed by the shock. A special to the News from Idaho Springs, Colo., says: A passenger train on the Colorado and Southern railway, which left Den ver for Georgetown, was wrecked by a gale, two coaches and a combination baggage car and express car being blown over and badly demoralized. The engine and tender remained on the track. Four of the train crew and one nassenger were injured. VICTIMS OF WOOD ALCOHOL. Three Chicago Colored Men Dead and Three Others Dying. Chicago, Feb. 3.A number of col ored men living in a rooming house on Dearborn street drank wood alcohol Sunday night and as a result Cyrus Robinson, J. C. McCarthy and Thomas Smith are' dead. George Jenkins and Edward Thompsofi are dying and Richard Fletcher $ In the hospital with a faint chance for his life. The men purchased the alcoh^F in a drug store and friends of the men declare that the bottles were not properly labeled. It is claimed by men in the rooming house that all of the men who drank the wood alcohol knew that it was poison, but supposed that they had grain alcohol. AGED WOMAN ROBBED. Jewelry Store Looted and Owner Beaten and Gagged. Philadelphia, Feb. 3.Four men en tered a small jewelry store at No. 4736 Market street, West Philadelphia, late in the afternoon and beat, bound and gagged the aged owner of the place, Mrs. Annie Ilasler, and then gathered up jewelry to the value of about ?500 and escaped. The robbery was committed while persons were passing the store: Mrs. Hasler, who is seventy-one} years old, is seriously injured. The police have a good description of the men. SHORT IN HIS ACCOUNTS. Warrant for Arrest of Altamont (Mo.) Bank Cashier. Altamont, Mo., Feb. 3.A warrant has been sworn out for the arrest of Lee de Ford, cashier of the Bank of Altamont, charged witLV the embezzle ment of $7,000 of its funds, but he left the city before he could be se cured. The bank has been placed in the hands of John Meade as tem porary receiver. De Ford, who is thirty years old and married, is the son of a wealthy Altamont man. It is believed that be lost the money in speculation. CHICAGO THEATER OPENS, First Plaj^ouse to Do So Since All of Them Were Closed. Chicago. Feb. 3.McVickcr's tfoeaj ter. complete with safeguards against fire and loss of life, reopened with largo attendance in the evening, be-1 ins the first of the popular playhouses to do so since all of them were closed following the Iroquois theater fire. An aldernianic committee, Building Com missioner Williams and assistants and Fire Marshal Musham made a thor ough examination of the house and of the stage in particular, to see that they met the requirements of the pro visional ordinance, designed to allow an early resumption of business. The arrangement of the seventeen exits was found to be excellent, and the steel curtain worked properly. GRANTED TO MADAME NORDICA. Interlocutory Decree of Divorce by Su preme Court. New York, Feb. 3.Madame N'or diea, the prima donna, who in private life is Mrs. Lillian M. Doeme, has been granted au interlocutory decree of divorce by Justice Blsohoff. in tha supreme court. Justice TUschoff's decree was grant ed on the report of William M. Turner, the referee who was appointed by the supreme court to take the testimony in the suit. All the papers in -the case except the decree were sealed up by order of the court. The decree states the referee has found Zoltan Doemo. the defendant, and well known tenor, guilty of adultery. BOSTON STRIKE MAY SPREAD. Affiliated Organizations May Assist the Printers. Boston, Feb. 3.With the close ot the first day of the strike of the book and job compositors in this city and vicinity 250 men and women are out and indications point to more than as many others leaving their work in the next few days. Some of the smaller firms belonging to the Ty pothetae accepted the new schedule, but for the most part the demands of the union were refused. Thus far the strike extends no far ther than the compositors, but other organizations affiliated with the print ing trades are likely to become in volved. SOUTH DAKOTA THE WINNER. Court Decides North Carolina Must Pay Its Obligations. Washington, Feb. 3,The case of the state of South Dakota and .the state of North Carolina has been de cided by the United States supreme court favorably to South Dakota. The case involved the validity of a mortgage on stock of the North Caro lina Railway company, given by North Carolina to secure the payment of state bonds given in the aid of the road in 1807. South Dakota holds ten bonds of $1,000 each under a gift from Simon Schafer and Samuel M. Schafer of New York city and the amount due on the bonds and coupons attached is $27.000. VV. C. WHITNEY DEAD FCRMER SECRETARY OF THE NAVY SUCCUMBS AS RESULT OF OPERATION. New York, Feb. 3.William C.Whit ney, secretary of the navy under Pres ident Cleveland, died late in the after noon as a result of an operation for WILLIAM C. WHITNEY. appendicitis performed several days ago. Mr. Whitney rallied from the opera tion and seemed to improve in condi tion until shortly before the end. DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION. Committee on Arrangements Meets at St. Louis. St. Louis, Feb. 3.Pursuant to call the committee on arrangements for the Democratic national conventior consisting of members of the Demo cratic national committee met here at the Southern hotel with all the mem bers present except John R. McLean of Ohio. Those in attendance are Senator James K. Jones, Arkansas, chairman officio William J. Stone, Missouri, vice chairman, ex-offlcio J. M. Guffey, Pennsylvania D. J. Cam' pau, Michigan Norman E. Mack, New York J. G. Johnson, Kansas J. M. Head, Ternessee John E. Osborne, Wyoming,, and C. A. Walsh of Iowa. The committee will probably be in session two days perfecting arrange ments for the convention. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. BAD BLOW TO PRICES DANIEL SULLY, BULL LEADER IN COTTON, DECIDES TO TAKE A VACATION. FRANTIC EFFORT TO SELL H0LDIN6S MAY OPTION TUMBLES A CENT AND A QUARTER IN AN HOUR'S TIME. New York, Feb. 3.What was be lieved to be the long predicted cul mination of the recent bull specula tion in cotton came during the day's market, which, after opening lower, a remarkably sudden and violent drop In prices came in the early afternoon, while the scenes on the floor of the exchange were the wildest seen in years, if. indeed, their like was ever seen there before, and as prices melt ed away the brokers seemed frantic to sell. For tho time all were sell, is and there were no buyers and as the news spread throughout the cotton PANIKli J. HULliY. district that Daniel Sully had decid ed to take a vacation every man who owned a contract for delivery of cot ton seemed desirous to sell it at once. Without regard to the price it would bring. In less than an hour tho May option fell a cent and a quarter a pound, or as much as would have been considered a Rood sized movement for a fortnight's trading only a few years ago. Along with the liquidation of bull aneeuiators there was some selling for short account. The fall was checked about an hour after it begun by renewed bull sup port, said to Be for the account, of New Orleans Interests, and those who had sold short hurriedly started to buy again. Those purchases caused a quick rally of from 70 to 75 points and there-the market steadied, alter prob ably the most exciting hour's trading the New York Cotton Exchange had ever known. LETTING FINANCES ALONE. Little Hope of Passing Measures for Currency Reform. Washington, Feb. 3.No measure on finance other than that, permitting the deposit of receipts from customs in national banks and providing addi tional forms of security for deposits of public moneys will be enacted into law at this session of congress. As a matter of fact it is not certain that the bill referred to_wIJJJjfLnjaaaejL llilfih H. Ilahria and other prominent advocates of currency reform are not hopeful of inducing the lawmakers to act, although it is generally admitted that something should be done. Speak er Cannon deems it inadvisable at this time to enter upon the revision or even amendment of the present finan cial laws and it is quite certain thar his influence will bo thrown against any such proposition. His idea, as he has informed the president, Is that no radical legislation of a financial char acter should bo entered upon at this tlm*1. KNOX AGAINST THE BILL. Attorney General Opposes Change in Anti-Trust Laws. Washington, Feb. 3.Attorney Gen eral Knox in answer to inquiries as to whether the bill recently introduced into the senate to amend the interstate commerce and antitrust laws so as to relieve foreign commerce from their operation and so as to enable contracts to bo entered into in reasonable re straint of commerce, was introduced with the knowledge and approval of the administration replied: "Abso lutely, no." In response to a question as to his views on the wisdom of such an amendment of the law, he replied to the effect that it would not be a wise course of procedure. Given Maximum Penalty. Minneapolis, Feb. 3.Antonio Cal derone, who killed Salvator Battalia Nov. 18 on the Franklin avenue bridge, has received the maximum penalty of twenty years. He was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree.