VOLUME 1 NUMBER 250
TiOndcm, Feb. 12.A special dispatch
from Port Arthur says the Japanese
fleet attempted to land men in sev
eral bays in the neighborhood of Port
Arthur under the protection of the
*guns of the cruisers. It is asserted,
however, that all the attempts were
Paris, Feb. 12.The Temps says it
'has received confirmation from official
sources of the report from Port Ar
thur that the Japanese attempted to
make a landing at the bay of Port Ar
thur and were immediately repulsed.
JAPS OCCUPY SEOUL.
Twenty-five Hundred Troops in the
Washington, Feb. 12.A cablegram
from Minister Allen, at Seoul, Korea,
1 sax% 2,500 Japanese troops are in that
city. The cablegram also contains the
following description of the naval bat
tle at Chemulpo:
"A running naval engagement took
place in Chemulpo harbor beginning
about noon. The Russian warships
Variag and Korietz attempted to es
cape, but failed. The Variag was in-
JAPANESE TROOP S COUL NO
LAN A PORT ARTHUR
Repulsed With Reported Heavy Losses
Near the Russian ^_
London, Feb. 12.The Japanese minister has received informa-
tion from Tokio that the disembarkation of Japanese troops at the
Port of Seoul and Chemulpo has been successfully effected. The
report of a naval battle off Port Arthur in which the Japs were said
to have been repulsed can not be confirmed.
Friday and Saturday.
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JAPS LAND AT CHEMULPO
Disembarkation of Troops at Chemulp and Port
of Seoul Successfully Effected.
jured. On their return the Japanese
naval vessels announced officially that
they would attack the place at 4
o'clock p. m. At the latter hour the
Korietz blew up and sank. She was a
slow vessel, which made it difficult for
her to escape. The Japanese naval
vessels attacked the Variag from the
outside harbor until she sank."
Paris, Feb. 12.The foreign office
has received a dispatch reporting that
5,000 Japanese troops are encamped
near Seoul, Korea, some of which have
entered the town.
It is added that quiet prevails there.
No mention is made in .the dispatch of
the presence of the Korean emperor
at the French legation, where he is
reported to have sought refuge, and,
therefore, the authorities here place
no credence in the report.
THIRTY RUSSIANS KILLED.
Bridge on the Manchurian Railroad
London, Feb. 12.A special dispatch
from Tientsin .confirms the report that
the Manchurian railroad has been
blocked by the blowing up of a bridge
on the line and that thirty Russians
were killed in the explosion.
It is reported the dispatch .adds, that
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Smyrna Rugs, usually sold tf O
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Men's Silk Suspenders, one pair in a
box, suitable for gifts, our regular
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and Saturday I Vv
Men Caps, worth up to $1.25, some
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The Bemidji Daily
Our Friday aa Saturday Sale
will fill our store with eager buyers. We will save you money on any-
thing you buy. We are offering extraordinary bargains this week, because
we want you to come in and inspect the new arrivals in Spring Goods.
One lot of Children's Shoes, odds and
ends, good solid shoes worth up to
$2.00 a pair,. Friday and QQp
mc nsniau liiTici ixOum ttau alio..-
den, belonging to the Chinese East
ern Railroad company, have been cap
tured by the Japanese.
Loyds' agent at Shanghai says it is
reported and generally believed that a
Japanese warship has destroyed the
Russian mail steamer Mongolia, bound
from Shanghai for Dalny.
The cablegram adds that the three
Russian warships damaged by torpe
does at Port Arthur sank.
STORY LACKS CONFIRMATION,
Report Current of a Serious Naval Bat
tle at Port Arthur.
London, Feb. 12.A dispatch to the
Router's Telegram company from To
kio says an unofficial report was cur
rent there that the Russian fleet was
destroyed, four battleships and three
cruisers being sunk, and, that two
Japanese warships were damaged in
an engagement Wednesday off Port
Arthur, the Japanese getting between
the Russians and the entrance of the
harbor before the fight commenced.
JAPS SUSTAIN LOSSES.
Said to Have Resumed Bombardment
of Port Arthur.
Paris, Feb. 12.The Journal dea
Debats, in a special dispatch from St.
Petersburg, announces that a bombard
ment of Port Arthur occurred on
Tuesday and again on Wednesday and
says that the Japanese fleet withdrew
after having suffered severe losses.
All is now quiet off Port Arthur.
SIGNED BY PRESIDENT.
Declaration of Neutrality in Russ*
Washington, Feb. 12. President
Roosevelt has signed the proclamation
declaring the neutrality of this gov
ernment in the Russo-Japanese war.
Japan Formally Announces Existence
of State of War.
Tokio, Feb. 12.The existence of a
state of war with Russia was formallv
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Friday and Saturday
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BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1004.
announced cuffing tne aay by an im
Jap Warships on Guard.
Shanghai, Feb. 12.The Russian
gunboat Mandjur is still here. It is
understood that two Japanese war
ships are awaiting her-at the mouth
JAPS DID NOT LOSE A MAN.
Official Report of the Naval Battle Off
Tokio, Feb 12.The destruction of
the Russian cruiser Variag and the
gunboat Korietz at Chemulpo on Tues
day is officially confirmed, but details
are lacking. Admiral Uriu, command
ing the Japanese squadron, sent a ca
blegram to the navy department say
ing that toe two Russian vessels
weighed anchor at noon, steamed
down the bay and encountered the
Japanese fleet while- rounding an isl
and nine miles from'Chemulpo.
It is not kuown who first opened
fire, but the exchange lasted thirty
The Russian ships withdrew to Che
mulpo. The Korietz exploded about
4:30 o'clock. It is not clear how the
Variag was destroyed. The loss of life
and the effect of the shells on the
Russians are unknown. It is possible
lhat the Russian crews aided in the
destruction of their ships to avoid cap
ture aud annihilation. The Japanese
did not lose a man and their ships
were not injured. The names of the
Japanese ships are withheld for stra
tegical reasons. The Russia* crews,
it is reported, surrendered toxthe Jap
anese at Chemulpo.
Japan is elated by its success in the
SHOULD AVOID A PANIC.
Russian Ministry of Finance Issues a
St. Petersburg, Feb. 12.The min
istry of finance has issued a communi
cation in which it warns the people
against becoming panic stricken and
sacrificing the securities they hold, as
thereby they will only benefit the
speculators. The ministry exhorts the
people to remain calm and collected
regarding events in the Far East,
which, while they may create tem
porary difficulties, cannot shake Rus
sia's economic power.
The note of the finance ministry
had a good effect. On the bourse Rus
sian bonds recovered 2 per cent and
rentes and other securities improved.
GREAT BRITAIN IS NEUTRAL.
Proclamation Declaring the" Fact la
Signed by King Edward.
London, Feb. 12.King Edward, at
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BLACK CAT BRAND
a councir new at JuucKingnam puiace,
signed a proclamation declaring Great
Britain's neutrality during the war be
tween Russia and Japan.
The British proclamation of neu
trality is a lengthy document on the
usual lines and covers all the British
SAY VESSELS WERE DESTROYED.
Japanese Report of the Torpedo Boat
Tokio, Feb. 12.It is reported that
two Russian battleships and one
cruiser were destroyed during the tor
pedo boat attack at Port Arthur Mon
day night. The navy department does
not confirm the report that the Jap
anese fleet is still off Port Arthur.
Advices of a general naval engage
ment are hourly expected. The suc
cess of Japan on tho sea would carry
enormous advantage and practically
decide the war. On paper tho fleets
are almost equal, although the Jap
anese are confident that their person
nel Is superior. They say that a
drawn battle would be really a Japan
ese victory on account of Russia's lack
of facilities to dock and repair her
NO WAR NEWS PUBLISHED.
Rigid Press Censorship In Force at St.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 12.The rigid
censorship still preveuts the newspa
pers from receiving war news from
either Russian or foreign sources. No
news has been received since Viceroy:
Alexieff's dispatch and the public con
sequently is still completely in tho
dark. All manner of rumors are afloat.
The government, however, has taken
measures to counteract their publica
tion, forbidding the retail sale of the
principal offender, the St. Petersburg
Gazette. The government expressed
great displeasuro atthe publication of
the report of a Russian victory and
the raising of false hopes among the
JAPS TAKE MASAMPHO.
Controls Korean Channel and Excel
lent Base for Operations.
Tokio, Fob. 12.Japan is now in
possession of Masampho, which con
trols the entrance to the Korean chan
nel and affords the Japanese a most
desirable base, for future naval opera
tions. It may also afford a base for
operations on land in Southern Korea.
Alexleff in Supreme Command.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 12.It is offi
cially announced that Admiral Alex
leff has been appointed to tho supreme,
command of tho Russian land and sea
forces in the Far East.
SUIT AGAINST STEEL TRUST.
Asked to Show Cause Why Dividends
Trenton, N. J., Feb. 12.Alfred F.
Stevens of Newark has Instituted suit
in the court of chancory against the
Unitod States Steel corporation to
have that corporation show cause why
it first increased and subsequently
discontinued paying dividends on its
common stock. Stevens, in his appli
cation, presented figures to boar out
his contention that the dividend could
have been paid.
CAUSED A LOSS OF $150,000.
Number of Business Houses at Oeh
kosh, Wis., Wiped Out.
Oshkosh, Wis., Feb. 12.Fire
which originated in the department
store of F. Jk. Plummer & Co. caused
a loss of $150,000. The losses are
Plummer & Co., $70,000 J. Y. Hull,
boots and -moes, stock, $32,000 Ger
pian-American bank, $35,000. Other
losers were George Citron, fruits W.
H. Levy, boots and shoes Barbers &
Case Against Glover Dismissed.
Cripple Creek, Colo., Feb. 12.The
case against John M. Glover, formerly
congressman from Missouri, for having
shot at Sergeant Smith, was dismissed
In the district court here on the ground
that the accused could not be tried
twice for the* same offense.
HALF A DOZEN PERISH.
Serious Drowning Fatality Reported
From the Philippines.
Manila, Feb. 12.A serious drown
ing fatality is reported off the coast of
Tayabas, the southeastern province of
Luzon. A number of government, offi
cials were returning to the mainland
from a festival on Alabat island in a
small boat when a severe storm arose
and the frail craft was capsized. The
li?t of drowned Included Burch and
Grace MacGrew, teachers a contract
surgeon named Tetamore, J. Williams,
a physician of the board of health, and
TEN TEXTS PKR WEEK.
Fever Must Be Broken In Next Three
Days If His Recovery Can
Be Hoped For.
Washington, Feb. 12.Senator Hanna's condition this morning-
is notably serious. He passed a restless night and suffered some
pain. His condition is regarded as grave today. The physicians
state that if his lever-should break within the next two of three
days he might have a chance of recovery. If it continues longer,
however, the worst is to be feared.
HANNA MUCH WEAKER
CONDITION OF THE OHIO SENA-
TOR NOT SO HOPEFUL AS
HEART ACTION GREATLY INCREASED
ABSENCE OF COMPLICATIONS THE
ONLY FAVORABLE FEATURE
I N THE CASE.
Washington, Feb. 12.Senator Hon
na shows perceptible weakness and it
Is quite evident that his condition la
not so favorable. Whilo he rested
comparatively comfortable during the
night the effect of the fever is mak
ing itself distinctly manifest.
His physicians were in consultation
for nearly an hour and the official bul
letin was not issued until 1 p. m. The
text of the bulletin follows:
"Senator Hanna is weaker and
shows the effect of the fever. His
ieuipomJureatnoonwire 102 T-ITP
pulse 100, respiration 2S. There are
Practically rcfe only favorable fea
ture of the bulletin Is that there ave
no complications in the case. Sen
ator Hanna's temperature has in
creased materially, but this is said to
have been not unexpected in the reg
ular course of tho disease, His pulse
has increased considerably and it is
to be noted that the physicians' bul
letin does not announce, as ordinarily
it has announced, that his general con
dition is favorable. It Is said by the
physicians that the- increase in tho
heart action is due to the weakness
of the patient and is significant only
Senator Hanna's weakness is posi
tively attributed by his physicians to
the regular run of the fever.
Replies Received In Answer to Hay's
Washington, Feb. 12.The move
marie By Secretary Hay in connection
with thr proposed neutralization of
China lias aroused the greatest Inter
est in diplomatic circles here and in
consequence, this being tho regular
weekly diplomatic day, many more
than th- usiiiil number of ambassadors
and ministers called at the state de
partment, it is understood that whilo.
as a matter of courtesy the represen
tatives here of tho powers signatory
to the Peking treaty were informed by
Secretary liay of the nature of his
proposition yet It was only for their
information. The secretary Is nego- I
tiating directly with the European for
eign oilices on this subject through the
resident American ambassadors and
ministers. It waH stated that some,
but not all of the countries addressed,
had replied and that these replies
were generally favorable and satisfac
tory. Put it is declared to be too
early yet to publish the text of Sec
retary Hay's note and any of these re
plies. It is intimated, however, that
this may be done as soon as the nego
tiations on this point have been con
As some doubt was expressed In cer
tain quarters as to whether Japan
would consent to be bound in the fash
ion proposed it can bo stated that
such information as tho state depart
ment has on the subject is that Japan
would welcome an international agree
ment neutralizing China.
ON ADVICE OF PHYSICIAN.
Charles M. Schwab Starts on Another
Trip to Europe.
New York, Feb. 12.Charles M.
Schwab sailed for France during the
day on the steamship Loralne. Upon
inquiry at Mr. Schwab's office It was
stated that it had been Mr. Schwab's
intention for many weeks to go to Eu
rope for his health under the advice of
his physician that it was nearly one
year since Mr. Schwab had returned
from Europe not at all recovered in
his health and with the determination
then avowed of withdrawing for the
time being from business responsibili
ties but that since his return, for one'
cause or another, he had been under
constant strain, which rendered it im
perative that he should not delay in
complying with the advice of his phy
sician and seek a change of air and
rest for a month Qr six weeks
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