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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 247. UNFAVORABLY AFFECT TRADE. I Weather Conditions Retard Transpor tation and Cause Depression. New York, Feb. 8.Bradstreefa weekly review of trade says weather conditions unfavorably affect trade .jitnd transportation throughout most of the West, while wildly fluctuating markets of cotton, coffee and the Cereals make the speculative situation of those staples a matter of concern. The feeling grows that a later opening spring trade and conservative buying are to be looked for in many lines. Exceptions are to be found at the South, which reports wholesale trade active. Next to this may be classed the .Southwest, which, despite cold weather, reports trade satisfactory, outlook good and bank clearings very large. Eastern trade reports are good as to retail winter trade, but spring trade is irregular. Men's wear wool ens are not moving quickly for fall de livery. Clothiers are buying conser vatively. Wool is firm, with stocks light and 5 to 10 per, cent higher prices at London sales. The iron trade shows little change, Agricultural hardware is in good demand' at the West. The other metals, copper, lead and tin are all lower in prices. 'OPEN SHOP" DECREED. Sioux City Employers' Action' May, Cause Tieup. i Sioux City, la, Feb. 8.An an nouncement made by the Contractors and Builders' Exchange, the Master Plumbers' association and several other organizations of employers to the effect that on March 1 the "open shop" will be declared in full force in this city has caused much turmoil ia the many labor unions and from the nature of the expressions of the union workmen there is going to be trouble when the decree of the employers goes into effect. All Previous Records. Broken. New York, Feb. 8.For three con secutive weeks the bank statement has broken all previous records as re gards aggregate of loans an depos its. The grand total of loans is now $998,850,800, while deposits have grown to the unprecedented sum of $1,027,- 156.500. BRIEF BITS OF NEWS. Baron von Horst, former Austriaa minister of defense, is dead. Robert Ellen, who had an interna tional reputation as a stone and wood carver, is dead in Yonkers, N. Y., from heart failure. Charles Olander, a Superior (Wis.) woodsman, was found dead near Gran--. Marias, Minn., and a wound on his head indicates foul play. Colonel George W. Johnson, chaplain of Clarence MacKenzie post, G. A. R., Brooklyn, who served in the Civil war with the Fifth Minnesota volunteers, is dead. Henry W. Oliver, the well known iron and steel master, is lying criti cally ill at his home in Allegheny, Pa, *He is suffering from an affection of the kidneys. Twenty-four midshipmen of the fourth class at Annapolis are to be dropped from the naval service, the academic board having reported them deficient in their studies. During February we will give a decorated dinner plate with every $2 purchase FREE TWELVE WARSHIPS ARE SUNK St. Petersburg, Feb. 9.-2:30 p. m.The Russian admiralty has-just received information that a desperate encounter between Russian and Japanese vessels took place this morning in an at tack upon Port Arthur. The re port has it that 11 Japanese war vessels and one Russian warship were sunk. The number of killed and wounded is great, and the Russians, suffered the most severely in this respect. Port Arthur is now in flames, St. Petersburg, Feb. 9.An earlier dispatch from port Ar thur declares that the Japanese torpedo boats attacked the Rus sian fleet at midnight and badly damaged the Russian battleships Retvizan, Gzarevitch and the cruiser Pallana. 'The Japanese boats escaped,unharmed. New York Feb 9 -Investigation of the St. Petersburg dispatch, claiming that 12 warships were sunk at Pott Arthur, proves that the story is incorrect, Three Russian warships were damaged by the Japanese torpedo boats. ".,....n. tnmitit fARMSR LOSES $1,500. iowan Gagged and Robbed by Twe Masked Men. Des Moines, Feb. 6.Two masked men bound and gagged Fred Snyder, a farmer residing near Clive, a small town five miles west of here, while he was milking, and secured $1,500, the proceeds of a live stock sale. Uncon scious from the cold Snyder was dis covered three hours later and brought to his home. Th money was drawn from the bank to meet some obligation due. There is no clue. FIREMEN NARROWLY ESCAPE. Whole Company Nearly Suffocated Be fore Rescued. Cleveland, Feb. 6Three firemen were injured and a whole company cut off by flames and nearly suffo cated by gas and smoke as the result of a fire in the Severance building at 278 to 288 Seneca street. The fire men were cut off from the exits by an explosion of gas and were rescued through a basement window just in June to save their lives. FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER. Verdict in Blydenburgh Trial at El dora, fa. Jfa Eldora, la., Feb. 6.The jury in the Blydenburgh murder case came in at 1 a. m. with a verdict of guilty of mu der in the first degree and recom mending life imprisonment. The defendant appeared stolid when the verdict was announced and sat nonchalantly in his chair. He is suspected of having killed three wives. WILL AGAIN BE DEPORTED. Slxto Lopez Refuses to Take Oath of Allegiance. Manila, Feb. 6.Sixto Lopez, the well known Filipino agitator, whose unfriendly disposition toward Ameri can rule in the Philippines has been exhibited upon occasions in the past, has arrived here and refused to take the oath .of allegiance. He will be promptly 'deported. HUNDREDS PERISHED. Entire Town on the Island of Java Wiped Out by Eruption. Amsterdam, Feb. 6.Advices re ceived here say that an entire town in the island of Java, Dutch East Indies, is reported to have been swallowed up by a volcanic eruption and that hun dreds of persons- were killed. SIX DWELLINGS BURN. Half a Dozen Persons Perish at Tren ton, Pa. Mahanoy City, Pa., Feb. 6.Six per sons, all foreigners, were burned to death at Trenton, near here. The fire destroyed six double dwellings. The blaze started from an overheated Stove. German Officials Murdered. Berlin, Feb. 6.Telegraphic com munication with Windhoek, German Southwest Africa, has been restored. The authorities, there cable that the Hereros murdered Assistant Directoi Hoepner of the colonial bureau and Herr Watermeyer, an agricultural ex pert. fyTTyTTTTTTTyrTTTTTTTO W SPRING GOODS Russian Report of a Desperate Naval Conflict off Port Arthur. Eleven Japanese Vessels and One Rus sian Warship Said to Sunk. Many Russians Killed and Wounded and Port Arthur Is In Flames. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA^ _^ _iur_ WIDESPREAD DEPRESSION. Commercial Circles Fear General Eu ropean Conflagration. New York, Feb. 8.Prospect of a great war in the Far East, which is acknowledged even in hitherto most ''pacific quarters, has been brought ap preciably nearer by the developments of a day or two. That a Russo-Jap anese conflict will be followed by a Balkan outbreak later, likely to de velop into a widespread European con flagration, is also considered extreme ly probable and increases the depres sion pervading all political and com mercial circles. Official circles, the press and the public have already practically decided nothing can avert war and probably the termination of the long delay and suspense, when the first gun is fired, will cause a sense of relief and pos sibly business improvement. Already Tokio dispatches announce that relief is felt there at the fact that all doubts regarding the outcome of the negotia tions have practically been set at rest. Prices on the Stock Exchange fell again during the morning, consols opening three-eighths lower, Japanese 1% lower and Russians 1 point lower. Later consols improved one-sixteenth. LAST ARMY FLAG COWERED. Emblem of American Military Occupa tion of Cuba Taken Down. Santiago de Cuba, Feb. 8.Quarter- master Williams during the day com pleted the sale by auction of the army effects, including the city warehouse, and invited the American colony to witness the lowering of the last Unit ed States army flag on the island. Con sul Holoday made a short address, during which he complimented Cuba and pointed to the fact that American promises had been fulfilled. FIRST TRAIN IN TEN. DAYS.- Four Locomotives Drive Snowplow In to Lewistown, Mont. Lewiston, Mont., Feb. 8.Pushed by four locomotives, a great snowplow on the Montana railroad headed the first train that has reached Lewis ton in ten days. During these ten days three express trains have been tied up between Lewiston and Helena and some of the passengers suffered I for food. Two trains are still tied up. In some places snow is twenty feet deep. JURY UNABLE TO AGREE. Case of Banker Leland of Duluth Still Unsettled. Duluth, Feb. 8.The jury in the case against Charles F. Leland, charged with receiving deposits in his private bank when'he knew that he was insolvent, failed to reach a ver dict. They were thereupon discharged. ft is understood that they stood seven to five and did not vary materially from that Hay Leaves for Washington. Thomasville, Ga., Feb. 8.Secretary of State Hay left for Washington dur ing the morning. The secretary left by the Atlantic Coast Line via Savan nah and is due to arrive in Washing ton in twenty-four hours. He is well and in excellent spirits. mmm^r croods on our shelves During the past week we have received partial shipments of Laces, Embroideries, Beadings and All Overs Ginghams, Chambries, Waistings, Linen Suitings, Corsets, Hosiery, Gloves, Collars, Trimmings and Men's Furnishing Goods, Carpets, Draperies and Shoes. It was our intention to announce at this time the opening of our Sming Line of Dress Goods, but the recent storms have delayed traffic to such an extent that we have not received goods that were due here last week. ^^j AAA^AAAA.A-AAAAAAAAAAAAA* The Bemidji Daily Pioneer W "J New idea fashion sheets for March now read FREE It's rather cold to be talking about Spring Goods, but we are busy un- _. packing, marking and placing 1904 A i A i A iifo BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1904. TEN CENTS PER WEEK. TW O AN A PLU TREE tCopyrlght, 1903, by T. C. McClure.] They had been standing beneath the plum *tree when they quarreled, or, rather, when they parted. They had set out for the plum tree with the full intention of gathering the great purple damsons which weighted its branches, but when finally they stood in the long shadow which the tree made in the afternoon sun dam sons were the last things in the world of which they thought. Betty, scurlet to the roots of her cop per colored hair, withdrew all censor ship from her tongue and said things which she would have indignantly dis claimed had any one repeated them to her an hour later. Jorrold listened silently, but in his eyes was a strange look which she had never seen before. When in the midst of the tirade she paused for breath, be had turned sud denly,, on his heel, aud with .a curt "goodby" cast over his shouldermuch as a.bone would be thrown to a stray dog, Betty thoughthe bad vaulted the low fence und gone wrathfully across the pasture. Betty watched him until a clump of scrub oak hid him from view. Then she sat down with her back against the trunk of the plum tree and thought it all over. As she thought angry tears came to her eyes, coursed down her cheeks and splashed impudently on the hands clasped tightly in her lap She sat there until the shadow of .the tree had reached the fence, aud the breeze coming in from the water made her shiver. She rose and turned her face toward the scrub oaks behind which he had disappeared. "You left rather abruptly, Mr. Jer rold Neil," she said between her white teeth, "and you may stny away as long as you please. You're hardly worth crying over," she added as alio brushed away her tears. Neil next morning sat on the veran da of the casino, solemnly rolling and smoking innumerable cigarettes, which utterly failed to briug him the peace of mind he sought. Catboats with trim white sails were darting to and fro in the bay, and each one suggested the joys of a morning sail with Betty. But the memory of the parting at the plum tree was still strong within him. A wretched hour dragged past, and he gave up his vain attempts to inter est himself In the columns of the morn ing paper. He flung away his ciga rette and, getting to his feet, strolled down the gravel path. "I'm a fool," he mused, "and a brute. I needn't have left her in that fashion. By George! I'll go over to the plum tree and get some of those damsons. I'll send 'em up to her by Tom. She'll understand." Mr. Jerrold Neil strode across the fields whistling a gay aria. He emerged from the clump of scrub oak in the pasture and made straight for the plum tree. As he spied the tree one note of the aria was prolonged into a whistle of* surprise. Against the base of the tree was a stepladder, and among the branches he caught a mo mentary dash of white muslin. Then he resumed the aria, quite as if this delightful bit of information had not been vouchsafed to him. He took down the stepladder, folded it up and calmly sat down on it. Some thing suspiciously like a gasp of dis may came from the branches above his head, but to this he gave no heed. With his chin in his palm he sat. on the stepladder und sighed ponderously before ho began to muse aloud. "'Tis strange," said Mr^iwerrold Neil beneath the plum tree"'tis passing Strange bow the human heart will al ways seek the scenes of its affliction. It was here we quarreled"another sigh. -'She saidO Lord, what didn't she say? II I'm all she made me out she's well done with me"sighs ad libitum. He drew out a pipe and filled aud lighted it. By vigorous pulling he managed to send quite a respectable cloud of smoke up among the branches. A little choking cough rewarded his efforts, and it was with ditficulty that he restrained a chuckle. Presently a wee, small voice crept down from the branches: "Mr. Neil!" Neil slarted violently. "Ah," he said, "my trouble has brought ou hallucinations! Methought I heard my own name. Twas Betty's voice, but far too small and weak." "Mr. Nell!" This time the'voice was loud and clear. "There It goes again!" cried Neil. "Surely Betty's, yet/be always called me Jerry, with such a pretty accent." "Jerry, youyou wretch!" came the voice, accented to the queen's taste. "Oho!" said Neil, "So it's really you. eh?" "Yesno. Don't look up. Jerry, please put the ladder against the tree, then walk across the pasture, and don't look back." "Don't look up, don't look back," said he mockingly. "Suppose I comply. What do I get for it?" "What do you want, you haggler?" "A half hour's talk under the tree." "Youyou've got me cornered," she said. "I'll have to capitulate." A few minutes later Betty sat on the stepladder, and Nell sprawled comfort ably at her feet. "Bet," he said, "I spent the most mis erable morning of my life until I came over here. Tell me, wheu I came along were you thinking of me, or what?" She laughed. "I was-wishing I-might fall out of the plum tree and break my neck," she said. "Madam," ha said gravely, "since you are so reckless with your own life you'd belter give it into my keeping." And once more the damsons were for gotten. BARKY PRKSTt\V. PASSENGER TRAINS COLLIDE. A Dozen Persons Injured in a Wreck Near Lockport, N. Y. Lockport. N. Y., Feb. 6.A dozen persons were Injured, five of them seriously, in a roar end collision be tween two passenger trains on the Niagara Falls branch of the New York Central hist night at the Lock port junction, near this city. The for ward train was stalled in a snow bank, when a theater train following It plunged into the rear coach. Heavy winds blew the snow-so that It was impossible to see far ahead. The theater train was hauled by two heavy locomotives. The leading en gine plowed nearly half way through the rear passenger coach and drove it ahead with such force that it tele scoped the coach ahead whore most of the injured were found. TRAGEDY IN MICHIGAN. Frank Dunham Shoots a Woman and Commits Suicide. Adrian, Mich., Feb. 6.Frank Dun ham, former superintendent of sewer construction, Thursday shot the wo man who has been known as his w^'e. He later shot himself through the head when brought to bay by a posse of citizens and died Instantly. The bullet entered the woman's back and passed out of her mouth. She may die. The couple eloped in 1895 from Sodus, N. Y., where Dunham induced the woman to desert her husband, William Dunn. The .shooting occurred on the business street of the town. Dunham was forty-five years of age. The woman is younger. REYES MAY BE DEFEATED. Believed Joaquin Veiez Is Elected President of Colombia. Colon, Feb. 6.The Royal Mall steamer Trent has arrived here from Savanilla and Cartagena and brings reports of great excitement at both these places over the presidential elec tion. It is understood that General Rafael Reyes will cany the depart ment of Bolivar, but it is believed generally that Joaquin Veiez Is elect ed. There is still much war talk both at Savanilla and Cartagena, and it is asserted that, Colombia will attack Panama soon. no opposition co cocKran. New York, Feb. 6.No nomination was made by the Republican congres sional convention of |h Twelfth New York district, and it is probable W. Bourko Cock ran (Dcm.) will have no opposition at the polls. The vacancy is caused by the resignation of George B. McClellan. Canadian Town Scorched. Ottawa, Ont, Feb. 6.A fire at Buckingham destroyed the center part of the town. Between twenty and thirty buildings, including business establishments, private residences and Masonic hall, were burned to tho ground. The loss is estimated at $120,000. Must Close on Sunday. St. Paul, Feb. 6.The state supreme court nas hold that tho law passed by the iast legislature prohibiting grocery stores, butcher shops and other busi ness places from being open on Sun day is constitutional. The court up holds Judge .laggard of the Ramsey county district court. Admiral Schley, who has been suf fering with a slight attack of grippe, is reported better. He is able to leave his room. All the Michigan railroads report traffic conditions, which have been greatly interfered with by snow for the past few days, as much impromd, INDIAN STRATEGY [Original.] More than half a century ago a com pany of United States cavalry station ed at Fort in what is now Arizona, bad a pet bear they called Uncas. Un cas was as tractable as a Newfound land dog, moving freely about the post, usually spending his time either beg cinz the cook for .somethlna to eat or Bleeping in the sunshine in winter and the shade LB summer. One day UUCas strayed away from the post and did not return. Then came news that the ueighbor Ing Indians bad left their reservations,. and Uncas was forgotten in the pre vailing excitement. In those days many of the forts in the wild west wore little better than blockhouses, and Fort was one of this kind. As soon as the Indians were known to have broken loose, the gates were kept closed aud the usual precautious in time of hos tilities were observed. One day au order came for the com mand to march against the Indians. The garrison, including the families of the officers, was left in charge of a ser geant and eight men. Sergeant Winter was one of those better born and edu cated young men who in those days rarely entered the ranks of the army. As soon as the command left he shut the gates of the fort and directed them to be kept shut. The second night after their depar ture a sentinel was shot. No one heard a report, but this was not considered remarkable, for but one sentry was on post and he could not see for a great distance, tlrst, because all the trees near by had fcgen felled and, second, because the moon was approaching the full in a clear sky. Sergeant Winter kept the soldier's death from the women, for it indicated that Indians wore planning an attack, and lie did not wish to create an alarm. Tho next night be watched with tho sentry, who was relieved every two hours. Winter toward morning went into quarters for a few minutes to get a cup of coffee, and when lie returned the sentry was lying on his back with a bulletin bis brain. Winter resolved to sit up aud watch the next night himself. He slept sev eral hours during the day, directing the men to make a sentry of straw and Clothe it in uniform. At 10 o'clock, while the moon was obscured by a cloud, the dummy sentinel was set up. Then the sergeant posted a real sen tinel in concealment, and after arrang ing a signal for bis admission he crawl ed out-some distance from the fort and took position behind a stump. Ho chose a point before the gate because, there was evidence that the sentries had been shot from that direction. Winter waited tiil after, midnight without experiencing anything unusu al. Then he saw something approach ing When it came near enough for him to see it plainly, lie discovered that it was a bear. It was waddling along, occasionally pausing to nibble, but gradually working nearer. The beast passed within a hundred feet of the sergeant who then recognized the gar rison's pet, Uneas. He watched it si lently, not daring to make a sound for fear of a hidden enemy, and saw It draw closer to the fort than he was himself. Winter made up his mind that the i wily Indians had sent Uncas In. expect lng the garrison to.open the gates for him and they would be ready to make a rash at the same time. Doubtless at that "very moment they were lying in concealment near by. Worst of all. ho feared that Chose in the fort, seeing their old friend Uncas coming, would not deny him entrance. What should he do? While he was deliberating Uncas sat up on his hind legs, bear fashion, and tin" sergeant caught sight of a black line about a yard long extendlpg tvdm the bear's nose toward the fort. Sud denly a bit of flame shot out from tho fan her end of the black line, and a moment later came a crack. The dum my sentinel on the fort toppled over. Winter changed his surmises. Tho Indians hud doubtless killed Uncas and wen? using liis skin for a cover under which to pick off the garrison one by one till all were killed: Cautiously tho sergeant stole forward toward the dis guised savage, the latter meanwhile waddling on toward the' fort. '1 hen I Winter espied ofT to bis left, but near or tie fort than he, an Indian crawl up from behind the bank of a creek. Then came another anil another till Winter counted twenty savages. It now flashed through the sergeant's brain that the Indians had killed the sentinel this time with a view to sur prising the garrison before they were aware that the only man on guard was dead. Winter's blood ran cold. The garrison would be murdered while he, their commander, was outside and un able to help them. There was but one fcipe. By firing on the Indians they Alight think there was a force without on which they bad not counted, but in doing so he would give away ids pres I ence and would probably be taken and tortured to death. Winter resolved to take his chances !on the first of these two suppositions. Raising his rifle, he took a sure aim, 'with a rest on the stump, and fired at the pretended bear. It sprang up with ja yell and In a heap. Winter wait led, expecting to hear from the Indians, I but, whether they did not catch the di rection from which his shot was fired and supposed that it came from the fort or whether they feared a conceal ed force without, no sign of an Indian was seen again. At daylight Winter got up and walked to the fort. On Ids way he found a dead Indian in Uncar skin. Before sunset the command returned* and before three months had passed: Winter was a commissioned officer. MARK a BENTLBT.