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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 246.
WAR1 St. Petersburg, Feb. 8.The mis Ian reply bas been banded to the Jap anese government by Baron de Rosen, the Russian minister at Tokio. The Japanese minister, M. Kurino. is making preliminary preparations foi his departure from St. Petersburg. Port Arthur, Feb. 8.Viceroy Alex left forwarded the Russian reply tc Baron de Rosen, the Russian' ministei at Tokio, by telegraph and the lattei acknowledged its receipt From ,the Russian viewpoint the Bote is regarded as pacific. Accompanying the note were in structions to Baron de Rosen for his guidance in certain eventualities. London, Feb. 8.Information re ceived at the Japanese legation here from Tokio shows that Russia's reply, in the estimation of the legation, de cidedly does not meet Japan's wishes. The general tension in diplomatic Quarters here is unquestionably in creased. FEAR WAR IS AT HAND. Russia Standing on the Tiptoe of Ap prehension.' St. Petersburg, Feb. 8.Russia is Standing on the tiptoe of expectancy and apprehension. Her reply having now reached the hands of the Japan ese government at Tokio word there from is awaited with extreme anxiety. The air is filled with grave fears that it will "mean the parting of the ways for Russia and Japan. The strain is intensifying. The feeling that Japan will stand 'firmly -on- her former demands against whatever con cessions Russia can offer consistent with the maintenance Of her pride is becoming a conviction, here. An ofii cial of the foreign office said: "The world understands our posi tion pretty well. There is no reason Why the situation should be consid ered changed, either for the better or worse. So far as the actual state, of the negotiations is concerned matters should be improved by the Russian answer, which is framed in the Most Conciliatory Spirit. Nevertheless, there is a serious doubt as to the course the Japanese government will pursue. Russia has done her utmost, but the other side must yield if a common ground is to be found. The Japanese people and press have been kept in a continual state of excitement by false reports, invented, we believe, to create distrust of our purposes and pacific intentions. How far the Japanese authorities can withstand the popular tide is a quesr tion." In sharp contrast with this calm and even hopeful view voiced by the Rus sian official is the gloom which pre vails at the Japanese legation and British embassy, where no efforts are made to disguise the feeling of pro found disquiet over the outlook. The belief is almost openly ex pressed here, that if Japan considers the reply unsatisfactory it will be the End of Diplomatic Negotiations. Minister Kufino and Sir Charles Scott, the British ambassador to Russia, have, nnnference. sividAfitiv J- *i HJHJL IS INEVITABLE Breaking Of of Negotiations Between Russia and Japan Formally An nounced Yesterday. London, Feb. 8.The Japanese minister at the foreign legation here announces that the breaking off of negotiations -which was the feature of the war news yesterday, is equivalent to a declaration of war. Japanese troops are already pouring into- Manchuria and Korea. Russian troops are also reported moving to Korea from Mukden. Dinner Plates Free Commencing today we will give, free, until the last day of the month, a 7-inch imported dinner plate with each purchase of 2. A $12 pur- chase will secure a set of plates worth $1.50. BEMIDJT, MI1STSTESOTA. tertalnlng" on action to De taken in case of a rupture in negotiations, which it is believed will be immedi ately followed by the breaking off of diplomatic relations. In this event M. Kurino will ask for his passports and will leave St. Petersburg at once. The minister has already anticipated such* a contingency and is making arrange ments to vacate the legation building. Under the terms of the lease this may be given up. It is even reported on apparently good authority that M. Ku rino has ordered a special car to be in readiness at the Warsaw station to take him to Germany. The current af fairs of the Japanese legation will be turned over to the British embassy if the worst happens. The absence of M. Kurino from the theatricals given at the Winter palace during the evening, which were attend ed by all the other ministers and by the ambassadors, was generally re marked. It was the first court 'func tion he had missed this season. CIPHER MESSAGES FORBIDDEN. Japanese Government So Informs Cable Companies. New York, Feb. 8.The central office of the Western Union cable serv ice announces that private messages in secret language cannot be accepted for any place in Japan. The Commercial Cable company is advised by the Japanese administra tion that secret language is prohibited in private messages to Japan. WILD REPORT CURRENT. Rumor of Naval Engagement Circu lated in London. London, Feb. 8.The scare in finan cial circles here was exemplified dur ing the day by a wild report current ion the Stock Exchange that a severe naval engagement has taken place in which three Russian and two Japanese ships were sunk. RUSSIA SEEKING WAR. Opinion Expressed by Japanese Minis ter at Washington. Washington, Feb. 8.Mr. Takahira, the Japanese minister, has not been informed by his government of the re ceipt of the Russian reply, but he has received advices from Tokio which show the feeling there to be one of great exasperation at the delay in the receipt of the Russian reply, for which no explanation has been given. He described the situation'as being very grave. He was not surprised to hear that M. Kurino, the Japanese minis ter, was preparing to depart from the Russian capital. In view of the activ ity of the Russian military forces the Japanese believe that Russia is bent on war. Special emphasis is placed by Japanese officials upon the forward ing of the reply to Admiral Alexieff, head of the war party, for final revi sion. Another strong indication of war, in the opinion of tfie Japanese, is the warning given by the Russian offi cials to the Japanese officials at Vladi vostock and to the Japanese commer cial agent that a state of siege might be expected any time. Mr. Takahira had a conference last ing about half an hour with Actio* secretary or State Loomls during tnc afternoon. He left the department greatly depressed over the situation 'and will not be surprised to hear of a severance of diplomatic relations be tween Russia and Japan at any mo ment MEASURES FOR DEFENSI. Forces at Vladivostock Ready to Repel Hostile Attack. Vladivostock, Feb. 8.Even the au thorities here apparently are without information in regard to the general situation. They receive casual in structions from which it is apparent that preparations are on the increase to repel a hostile attack, but no com prehensive steps have been taken, nor has there been any specific allotment of funds without which many things are impossible. The movement of troops toward Korea has been stopped. The public is greatly depressed by the uncertainty and banking and mer cantile operations are at a standstill. If Vladivostock is blockaded the offices of the Ussuri railroad and the' law courts will be transferred to Kha barovosk and the administrative offices to Nikolsk, Ussuri. It Is rumored that all strangers, whether Russian or foreign, will be re quested to leave the precincts of the fortifications and the native residents will be required to provide quarters for 8,000 soldiers, with horses, with orders to mobilize the reserves being expected hourly. RECOGNIZED BY JAPAN. Russian Contention Against Fortifica tion of Southern Korea. London, Feb. 8.With reference to the reiterated statement from Russian sources that Russia could not agree to a Japanese fortification of Southern Korea, as it would endanger the neu trality of the straits of Korea, the Jap anese legation said that Japan had already recognized the reasonableness of this contention on thp part of Rus sia and had readily agreed that the passage of the straits of Korea should be perfectly free. Japan, however, re fused to agree to the neutral-zone sug gestion because she believed it would become virtually a Russian sphere of influence in view of her large conces sions on the Yalu river. Moreover, if Japan had granted this demand it would have been in opposition to Japan's contention that the independ ence and integrity of Korea must be recognized. DUE TO ORDERS FROM JAPAN. Hasty Flight of Japanese Residents of Vladivostock. St. Petersburg. Feb. 8.A dispatch LESSONTODOMINICANS PEOPLE OF ISLAND MU3T CEASE TO MENACE LIFE AND PROP- ERTY OF AMERICANS. FULL REPARATION TO BE DEMANDED 8ECRETARY MOODY ASKS FOR DE- TAILS OF KILLING OF EN- GINEER JOHNSTON. Washington, Feb. 8."Send full par ticulars about assassination of John ston" is the substance of cablegram which Secretary Moody has dispatched to Commander Lewis C. Heilner, com manding the gunboat Yankee at Santo Domingo City. When the details of the assassination have arrived the secretary will then be in a position to give specific instructions as to the course to be followed. Deliberation, it can be stated, will be observed in the handling of the Dominican situation. If the press dis patches are confirmed it can be stated that the naval commanders will .be in structed to demand to obtain the full est reparation. Nor will they stop with this. Before the American war ships leave Dominican waters the in habitants will have been made to know that the Washington govern ment's patience has been exhausted and the menacing of American life and property must cease or the people of the island stand the consequences, i What additional warships shall ro to S?.n Domingo will be decided when the official detailed report has arrive-. FIRE ON AMERICAN BOAT. Dominican Insurgents Kill Engineer of Launch. San Domingo, Feb. 8.J. C. John-1 ston, engineer on the auxiliary cruiser Yankee, was shot and instantly killed by Dominican insurgents, who fired upon a launch from the cruiser. United States Minister Powell has directed the captain of the Yankee to take drastic measures to avenge John ston's death and this insult to the American flag. Johnston was buried I on shore. Great surprise is expressed by all foreigners, and especially by Ameri cans, that the commander of the Yan kee has not demanded immediate sat isfaction for this act and for the fir big on the American flag by insur gents. Former Chief of Police Joseph Kip ley of Chicago is dead. He had been suffering from stomach trouble. A few days ago he underwent an operation. to which he was too feeble to rally. The .Ji&midji Daily Pioneer BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, MONDA% FEBRUARY 8, 1904. ni'IMl vea nere during the day rrom divostock says the hasty flight of Japanese residents there is at tributed to secret orders from the Jap anese government. Neither persua sion nor promises of protection by the authorities had any effect The Jap anese commercial agent aided in the exodus. During: the course of the flight the storekeepers sacrificed stocks valued at several hundred thou sand roubles for 5 to 10 kopecks on the rouble. The neighboring town:: are without hairdressers, laundresses aid maid servants and some of the factories are closed. It is added that there is general ir ritation at Vladivostock owing to en tire lack of news, even in official quar ters. CONTAINS FRESH PROPOSALS Russians Hopeful That Reply Wilt Have Good Results. don, Feb. 8.A dispatch to Reu Telegram company from St. Pe ittrg says: authoritative statement from a ,n source regarding the contents ie Russian reply is as follows: the Japanese government is animated by the same pacific senti ments as the Russian government there is reason to hope that it will give Russia's fresh proposals such fa vorable reception as to permit mutual accord being finally reached. Baror, de Rosen has been furnished with all the necessary instructions for a fresh |hase of the negotiations." ONE RUSSIAN WOUNDED. Korean Gendarmes Have Clash With Czar's Soldiers. Seoul, Korea, Feb. 8.Russian sol diers have been the cause of a disor derly incident in Korea. One of the Russians seized a woman and an angry crowd gathered. A body of Ko rean gendarmes soon arrived at the scene of trouble and an encounter with the Russians followed. The gen darmes fought well and overpowered the Russians, one of whom was wounded. The Koreans declare that lie Russians will destroy the country. An insurrection has broken out sixty miles north of Seoul and the prefect's house has been destroyed by the people. Crfsis Expected" Any Moment. Washington. Feb. 8.Minister Gris com, at Tokio, cables the state depart ment that, in diplomatic circles the feeling is that the relations between Tokio and St. Petersburg may be broken off at any time. ii, i Wi ll BEGIN ON MARCH I SENATE COMMITTEE DECIDES ON COMPLETE INVESTIGATION OF 8MOOT CHARGES. HEARING WILL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC MAJORITY OF THE WITNESSES SUMMONED ARE MEMBERS OF MORMON CHURCH. _. Washington, Feb. 8.Complete in vestigation of the protests against Senator Reed Smoot retaining his seat in the United States senate will begin March 1 before the committee on privileges and elections. The com mittee agreed to this date at a meet ing held during the day and Chairman Burrows, was given unlimited power to summon witnesses and to appoint a sub-committee to go to Utah to take testimony, if necessary. The hearing of the case will be public. The protestants who are now organ ising to make the fight against Sen ator Smoot have declared that it is ribt their intention to enter into what are known as the Leilich charges. For mer Representative R. W. Tayler has announced that it is the intention of his clients to try the case as respects the relations of the Mormon church to the United States government and the intrusion of a great hierarchy into the political affairs of the nation. The witnesses to be summoned are for the most part members of the Mormon church. Among them are children alleged to be the offspring of polygamous marriages contracted since the manifesto of 1890. BUTLER IS ACQUITTED. St. Lcuis Millionaire on Trial for Al leged Bribery. Fulton, Mo., Feb. 8.Edward But ler, the St. Louis millionaire, tried on a charge of bribing members of the St. Louis house of delegates to secure the passage of a city lighting bill in iSffti was found not guilty by a jury which had been out about twenty hours. Previous to the finding of the jury it had reported to the court that no verdict could be reached. Judge Graves thereupon requested the jury to retire again, saying he would recall them in a short time. The jury was brought in quickly and the verdict was read by Judge Graves. As its import was realized a dozen of Colonel Butler's- friends-gave forth a wild shout and dashed into the street to spread the news. Butler shook hands with the jurors, after which Judge Graves polled and discharged nrem: cvrctni. Attorney roiit naa iuuy expected a verdict of guilty, or at least a hung jury. THOROUGH INVESTIGATION. Recent Explosion on the Iowa to Be Looked Into. Washington, Feb/ 8.As soon as the Iowa arrives at the Brooklyn navy yard, for which port she is now bound, Rear Admiral Rodgers. the senior offi cer at that yard, will direct a thorough inquiry to be made into the recent ac cident to the eight-inch guns of the starboard forward turret. The ord nance officers hero decline to discuss the matter, being left completely in the dark as to the cause of such acci dents, even after a most sweeping in vestigation into the former explosion. It is felt now that -to prevent a loss of confidence on the part of the sailors in the safety of their weapons it will be necessary to get at the real weak ness of the naval guns and take im mediate steps to correct them, even if it involves the replacement of the old guns by newer and heavier weapons. SENATOR HANNA WEAKER. His Physician, However, Is Confident of Recovery. Washington, Feb. 8.Senator Han na is in an extremely weak condition, but the attending physician, Dr. Rix ey, continues to view the outcome with confidence THe senator had a comfortable night, but the fever gained a little ground and 1B somewhat higher. At 10 o'clock the following bulletin was issued by Dr. Rixey: "Senator Hanna rested well. Tern-' perature 101, pulse 82." This brief announcement was all that was given out. When the crucial point will be passed is problematical, as it Is not known positively where or when the typhoid was acquired. The senator's stomach is in better condi tion and he is taking nourishment much more satisfactorily than hereto fore. BRYAN TELLS OF BENNETT WILL. He Wants His Political Foes to Stick to the Facts. Louisville, Feb. 8.W. J. Bryan has i dictated' the following statement in explanation of the Bennett bequest: "Philo S. Bennett #ed leaving an estate valued at about $300,000. He bequeathed $100,000 to his widow, who is past sixty years of age and without children. "He left me $50,000, with a suggos tion us to its division. "Had I accepted the $50,000 direct, as he requested me to, there could have been no contest. "He then gave me the alternative of distributing it among institutions as I saw fit. I am willing that my political opponents shall have the facts, but it is only fair that they should state the facts." OFFICIALS ARE INDICTED. Oklahoma City Men Charged With Va rious Crimes. Oklahoma City, Okla., Feb. 8.Six indictments have been returned by the grand Jury which for three weeks has been investigating alleged Doodling and corruption in the city administration. The men indicted were Charles S. Wadsworth, city en gineer, charged with bribery Dr. J. S. Osborne, grand larceny Patrick O'Shea, street commissioner, embez zlement, and three councilmen, Hugh McCredle, Andrew Burns and Daniel Phillips, who, it is charged, irregular ly procured contracts from the city. Wadsworth, Osborne and O'Shea were arrested. GAS EXPLOSION IN MINE. Fire BOBS IS SWEPT BY FIRE Business Section of Baltimore Wrapped In FlamesLosses Estimated at $200,000,000. Baltimore, Feb. 8.-Fire which broke out in the business sec- tion of Baltimore at 11 o'clock yesterday morning still rages. Hundreds of business blocks are in ashes and the estimated losses at present are in the neighborhood of $200,000,000. Every member of the local fire department has been constantly on duty for more than twenty-four hours and the departments of the several neighboring cities are sending relief this morning. Killed and Three Men Fa tally Injured. Scranton, Pa., Feb. 8.Evan Gabriel, fire boss at the Storrs shaft of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad company, was instantly killed and James an'l Edward Webber, broth ers, and William Jones were fatally injured by an explosion of gas. A" naked lamp carried by one of the men ignited the gas, causing the fatalities. The men knew of the dangerous condl tlon of the mine and were warned not to enter. Tieup Almost Complete. Chicago, Feb. 8.The strike against the American Can company, to resist a 10 per cent reduction, has been ex tended to the Illinois Can company branch. The 350 men, boys and girls employed there failed to report for duty. Seventeen hundred employes are now involved in the strike. The (ieuD is almost complete. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED. Steamship Dakota Takes Initial Dip at Groton, Conn. Groton. Cown., Feb. 8.The steam' ship Dakota, built for the Great North ern Steamship company, was success fully launched from the yards of the Eastern Shipbuilding company amid a din of salutes from whistles of vessels, factories? ami locomotives and the cheers of fully 5,000 spectators. Miss Mary Flemington of Ellendale, N. was sponsor and as the great craft be gan to slip away from the christening stand she broke a bottle of champagne (ton the prow, saying "I christen theo Dakota." In the christening stand were Gov ernor Abram Chamberlain, President James J. liill of the Great Northern Steamship company, many prominent Dakotans and members of the boards of trade of Minneapolis and St. Paul, with ladies. The Dakota was launched In her cradle and she took the water grace fully, speeding out into midstream where", as the momentum decreased, tugs hooked on and plffPed her under control. Later she was towed back to a berth beside the Minnesota. Tho Dakota like her sister ship, the Minnesota, which was launc|ed at the Eastern Shipbuilding company's yard in April, 1903, is of the largest type of cargo and passenger vessels built In the United States. Their dimensions are :?0 feet over all, 7 feet (i inches, breadth, 56 feet moulded depth, 33 feet draught and gross tonnage 22.000. Triple expansion engines of 11,000 horsepower, driving twin screws, are expected to develop "an average speed of fourteen knots an hour. It is esti mated that tho Minnesota will be ready for her trial next July and tho Dakota in September. BULLETS TO KILL TWO. American Poisoners Will Be Shot to Death by Mexicans. Now York, Feb. 8-.Leslie W. Hul bert, formerly of the district attorney's office of New York, and Dr. C. R. Harle, a physician of El Paso. Tex., will be shot during the next few days at Chihuahua, Mex., for many murders committed by means of slow poison. With their deatli the New York Life Insurance company will conclude the final chapter of ono of the most sen sational life insurance swindles in tho history of this country. While these men wore charged with but two specific murders Ehey have ad mitted seven and have confessed also that they collected Insurance fraud ulently on a score of poisons. They have admitted also that fraudulent in surance WRS procured on consumptives by having Dr. Harle pass on them. Then they collected all or a part of the premium. COTTON PRICE8 LOWER. Extremely Bearish News Causes a Weak Market. New York, Feb. 8.-Extremely bear ish news caused a weak opening in the cotton market. Prices showed a loss ot 40 to 55 poiuts at the begin ning, whjck, he.d iioaa Increased lo 52 to 70 points on the active mon,th,s be fore the call was completed, with March selling as low as 13.88, May at 14.05 and July at 14.08. Later there was a small rally on covering, but the market ruled feverish. Later New Orleans became firmer and a covering movement set In here that, in connection with local and Southern bull support, rallied the mar ket about 20 to 45points. The ad vance-met very heavy selling, chiefly from outside sources, and in the late trading tho market was very weak, be ing finally easy at a net decline of 40 to 85 points. PROBABLY FATALLY WOUNDED. Street Car Conductor Shot While Pro tecting Passengers. Chicago, Feb. 8.Two masked men who attempted to hold up a Western avenue trolley car near Diversity street, within a stone's throw of Car Barn Bandit Neldermeier's home, shot and probably fatally wounded George Beckler, the conductor, who resisted them. The dozen passengers in the car were panic stricken and duflng the excitement the robbers escaped. Beckler wa3 taken to St. Elizabeth's hospital, where it was found that he had been shot beneath the heart. The physicians said he probably would die. Finest Vessel on the Lakes. Cleveland, Feb. 8.The steamer Umbria, one of the finest freight ves sels on the Great Lakes, was success fully launched at.the American Ship building company's yards here during the day. The new boat is owned by H. A. Hawgood of this city and coat nearly $800,000.