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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 253.
St. Washington, Feb. has reached here that, 1 effort thoroughly to occupy the stra tegic points in the Hermit kingdom while the Russian fleet is bottled up in Port Arthur. ON E HUNDRE AN NINETY-SEVEN [OFFICER S AN ME N AR E LOS Was On of the Cruisers Uninjured in the Recent Conflicts at Port Arthur. By one conversant with the Japan-1 Petersburg, Feb. 16.The Russian second class cruiser Boyarin was blown up by striking a mine at Port Arth ur on the 13th The disaster occurred in the same manner that the Russian transport Yenisei was destroyed. The cruiser had on board 197 officers and men, all of whom, it is said, were lost. The Boyarin was of 3,200 tons burden, and was one of these uninjured in the recent conflicts at Port Arthur. SIX HUNDRED RUSSIANS FROZEN TO DEATH. Berlin, Feb. 16.The St. Petersburg correspondent ol the Tagliche Rundschau says that 600 Russian soldiers were frozen to death while marching across Lake Baikai in eastern Siberia. I he victims became separated from the main body of the army during a storm and perished in the cold. RUSSIANS THREATEN GUNBOATS. Yankon, China, Feb. 16Threatening demonstrations have been made against the British Gunboat Espiegle and the United States gunboat Helena by Russian soldiers, whose assaults and depreda tions against outher countries continue. se plans it is stated that the repeated i custody. The American consul, attacks on Port Arthur are not for the purpose of seizing that place at pres ent unless an unexpected weakness in the fortifications there should de velop. They are part of a well de fined plan for the harrassing of the Russian fleet until Korea can be oc cupied^ The bottling up of the fleet there enables the landing of troops in Korea without the convoy of a large number of warships. The reports of disorder in various parts of Korea hastened the operations of the Japan ese that they might obtain possession before anarchy became prevalent and foreign interests menaced in conse quence. The taking of Port Arthur will form the second number of the war pro gramme. First, however, it is learned that the Japanese propose to cut the line of communication well up on the railroad running from Newchwang to Port Arthur. It is expected a large Japanese force will land at New chwang shortly for this purpose. Dalny Reported Bombarded. ic The nsiilv Tele- NEW IDEA Magazines for March now reaav 5 Cents. SHOE DRESSING. Gilt Edge, Bostons Oily Cream. Cream Dressing, all the 25c kind for 79 cents. NEW DRESS GOODS. Black and Colored Voiles at from 50 cents to 82 a yard. Black and Colored Mohair from 60 cents to $2 a yard. Black Wool Crepe de Chine $2. Men"** Overcoats at 9.75 and SI 1.75. We are showing a beautiful line of Overcoats. RUSSIANJRUISER^DESTROYED The Cruiser Boyarin Blown Up by a Mine at Port Arthur. i information i grapn's" TSnangnai correspondent, un- I, on nnn der date of Feb. 12, says it is reported nearlyat,20,000.I Japanese troops were landed Che- that the Japanese have W tyta TannlJl Daln havf i an mulpo Sunday, the first division of a large number which will be thrown in-j REFUGEES ILL TREATED. to Korea as rapidly as possible in the i bombarded landeds marines. American Consul at Newchwang Pro tests to Russians. 1 2 Newchwang, Feb. 16.About fifty Japanese men on their way to Tien tsin were arrested at Taihichou Feb. with their women and arrived here Henry T. Miller, procured the release of the women, but Viceroy Alexieff or dered their rearrest and transporta tion, together with all the Japanese in Manchuria, to Port Arthur. Mr. Miller based his action on assurances the Russians gave the Japanese consul that all Japanese subjects would be protected aml permitted to leave when they desire's. There are numerous Japanese com plaints of Russian ill treatment. It is said that 400 Japanese refugees from Harbin and elsewhere who arrived at Mukden Feb. 10 were arrested and that many of them were severely beat en and detained until they purchased their release. When ilr were liber ated the Japanese weio sent in open trucks to Taihichow, where they were again maltreated and sent on to Port Arthur. Some of their women were sent to Newchwang. Consul Miller took the women un der his protection and sent them tc Shanhaikwan. Mr. Miller protested to the civil administrator against the cruel treatment of the Japanese refu gees by Russian soldiers and request ed a census of all Jananese transnort- r^r A BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA. We wanf to show our Spring Goods. Going to offer a few every day necess- ities at a very low price to make it an object for you to come to this store m*s*. LACE CURTAINS. We are showing our spring line of Brussels and Nottingham Lace Cur tains. CHILDREN'S OVERSHOES. Children's Xoimandies, black, fleece lined, sizes 6-10 1-2, new goods, worth 60 cents a pair our special price 45 cents a pair. LADIES' DRESSING SACQUES. Ladies' Flannelette Dressing Sacques, a large assortment of patterns at three-fourths of the regular price. AAAA The Bemidji Daily jPion ed to .fort Artnur. The consul "him self was menaced by a Cossack with out provocation and the officer com manding at Newchwang expressed his regrets and promised severely to pun ish the Cossack. 8TRICT CENSORSHIP IN FORCE. Jap Military and Naval Movements Closely Guarded. Shanghai, Feb. 16.Advices from Nagasaki, dated Friday, Feb. 12, state that absolute reticence is maintained by the government. An intense war feeling prevails among all classes, al though there is an apparent absence of excitement. Among the striking features of the situation are the strict censorship which is exercised over all cablegrams and the close concealment of military and naval movements. It has been the government's policy to have the news of naval conflicts come as a complete surprise. The Russians in Japan are not terri fied by the situation, but, nevertheless, acting on the advice of their consuls. they have begun a general exodus. The mobilization of the Japanese army has been carried out methodi cally. It is estimated that 300,000 troops are now ready to be placed in the field without impairing the nation al defenses. The movements of the troops are shrouded in mystery. They are being moved at night to ward their bases at Sasebo, Kure Miji and Yokosuka and the lights of or dinary trains are extinguished when in the neighborhood of troop trains. Members of the reserve force imme diately step into the places of the out going regulars. Their organization is perfect and a full equipment is ready for each one of the reserves. SUFFERED LITTLE DAMAGE. Russian Official Report of Port Arthur Battle. London, Feb. 16.The correspond ent of the Associated Press at St. Pe tersburg cables the first official ac count of the battle at. Port Arthur of Tuesday last, received in a telegram dated Port Arthur, Feb. 9. It is as follows: "At half past eleven o'clock this morning a Japanese squadron of fif teen vessels began the bombardment of Port Arthur. Our squadron and fortress replied and the battle lasted forty minutes. "The Japanese squadron could not stand the well placed fire of our fleet and particularly of the forts and be gan a rapid retirement. The Japanese flagship was seriously damaged and, according to the testimony of an eye witness five other Japanese ships were considerably injured. Boats be longing to the port report that they saw two Japanese ships sinking at sea. "Our losses afloat were two officers wounded, one so slightly that he con-, tinued fighting six men killed and fifty-four wounded. In the forts two men were slightly wounded. The bombardment of the forts and the town did no damage, but frightened the populace. At intervals during the night firing was heard at sea." JAPS MADE THE REQUEST. Reason Why Russian Minister at Se oul Departed. Seoul, Wednesday, Feb. 10.The Russian consul at Chemulpo is now A y-..^.. 1 w TT'E BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 19Q4. TEX (1EXTS guaraecr Dy Japanese troops. louay all the other Russians in the city have been ordered into one large house, where they will be detained awaiting action of the authorities as to their disposal. The Russian minister at Se oul hssrbesa peq^este^ by the-Japan ese minister, through a neutral lega tion, to withdraw and ho has consent? ed to do so. Ho will probably leave Seoul tomorrow. There are now on board the French cruiser Paschal 214 Russians, of whom 2 commanders, 14 officers and 31 men are wounded. Six wounded men have already died. It is now known that the Russian cruiser Variag had forty men aud one officer, a count, killed during the re cent engagement off Chemulpo. The Variag had sixty-four men wounded, among them Captain Rudenf, who was in command of the cruiser. His wounds are not considered serious. The Russian dead, with the exception of the young officer who fell on the bridge were locked up in the cabin when the Variag went down. The Korean telegraph lines have been cut in all directions. JAPS LAND AT CHEMULPO. Admiral Alexieff Reports Large Army in Korea. St. Petersburg, Feb. 16.A commu nication from Viceroy Alexieff eon firms the landing of 19,000 Japanese troops at Chemulpo. The viceroy adds that reports have been received of attempts to cut the telegraph wires along the Chinese Eastern railway and also to destroy one of the abutments of the Sungari bridge. Those attempts, ho adds, were immediately detected and deci sive measures taken to guard railway. REPORT NOT CONFIRMED. Japs Said to Have Been Defeated in Land Battle. London, Feb. 16.A dispatch from Port Arthur says that The Japanese met with a severe defeat at the hands of the Russians when they landed 600 soldiers near Talienwan, with disas trous results, 410 being sabred by Cos sacks. The remainder escaped to their ships. It is further stated that the Japan ese landed at Dove Bay, where thirty of them were killed and the remainder retreated. The Daily Mail's Newchwang corre spondent, under date of Feb. 11, ca bles "According to official Port Arthur telegrams the Japanese landed a force yesterday at Pigeon Bay, West Port Arthur. They were then attacked b\ troops and by the batteries and were defeated with heavy loss." QUITTING PORT ARTHUR. All Foreigners and Civilians Ordered to Leave. Yingkow, Feb. 16.In consequence of the attack by the Japanese upon Port Arthur Viceroy Alexieff has or dered all foreigners and civilians to leave that, place. The families of the Russian officers in Manchuria are be ing sent to Russia and this is causing great pressure upon the railway. Dalny was the first place to be deserted, These noncombatants and civilians have abandoned all their property at Port Arthur and Dalny. The Russians freely admit that their unpreparedness for the Japanese at tack to have been a terrible blunder. Only half the ships wore in line ot bat tle and their officers were ashore cele brating the anniversary of Viceroy Alexieff's birth. REMAINS IN THE TRAP. Russian Gunboat Unable to Put Out to Sea. Shanghai, Feb. 16.The Russian gunboat Mandjur, which before tin war began was preparing for sea, has now gone several miles uu the Wu- FREE a Seven Inch Decorated Dinner Plate with each 12 11 rchii.se Feiniiiirv TOILET ARTICLES. Lyons' Tooth Powder Frost ella Witch Hazel MEN'S MITTS. Men's .lack Buck Mitts, 1 lie SI kind, for 71) cents. Men's Horsehide Mitts, the 75c kind, for 50 cents. Men's Homemade Yarn Mitts 50c a pair. Bovs' for 19 cents. I! cents i'.i cents Yarn Cloves, the 25c kind. CARPETS AND RUGS. We have received a large assort ment of Carpets and Rugs. A A m. A A M. A A ificrsT^r^Pt PORT ARTHUR ISOLATED. Admiral Alexieff and His Forces Re- I ported Penned Up. Peking, Feb. IG.It is reported hero that Admiral Alexieff is practically isolated at Port Arthur. Direct com munication between Port Arthur and Vladivostock is suspended. Telegraph lines are cul and the railroad in the rear of Port Arthur has been blown up. Sixty thousand Japanese have been landed. Heavy mortality let re ported among the troops at Port Ar thur and DaThv. Martial Law at Vladivostock. New York. Feb. IB Martial law has been proclaimed here, says a World dispatch from Vladivostock by way of Shanghai, Russians having provisions enough to last eight months may stay. UNTIL CONVENIIUIV SENATOR MARCUS A. HANNA IS DEAD Death Came at 6:40 Last Evening After an Illness of About Two Months. Washington, Feb. 16. Senator Marcus A Hanna died la st evening at &r40 after an illness of nearly two months. Death fol- lowed several sinking spells, and there were no distressing circum- stances attending the Jast moments of bis life. 1G.Senator Hart1 desperate battle his extraordinary Washington, Fob. na is making a against death and vitality is surprising his physicians. Although his death has boon expected any moment for the past twelve hours he still clings to lite and he may lin ger in his present condition for some time yet. The senator has been corn pletely unconscious for eighteen hours and practically so for the past sixty. The latest bulletin Issued gave the pa tient's respiration as 60 and all hope of his recovery has long been aban doned. At one time during the day the pulse could scarcely be detected and it was believed that only a minute or two remained. Extreme remedies were thon resorted to. Oxvaen was used. sung river, wnere sno is liueiy to re main unless objections are raised by the Chinese authorities^^ The Nanking viceroy hSrtelographed i instructions to the officials under his Jurisdiction to observe strict neutral- i lty and to take measures to prevent anti-Chritjtiaii and other disturbances IVl i Vice Chairman Payne Will Carry on Republican Campaign Work. Chicago, Feb. l. -A dispatch to tho Daily News from Washington says: It has been practically determined that Postmaster General Payne of Wisconsin, vice chairman of the na tional committee and ^lose to 11* president, shall carry on the prelim inary Republican campaign work un til the assembling of the Republican national convention. At that time the new national committee and a new chairman will be chosen. In connec tion with the election of a chairman at that time the names of Secretary Shaw, former Governor Murray Crane of Massachusetts and Governor Dur bin of Indiana have been mentioned. VIOLA ALLEN SERIOUSLY ILL. Undergoes an Operation for Mastoidi tis in New York City. New York, Feb. Hi. -Viola Allen, the actress, under went, an operation for mastoiditis at the Eye and Ear hos pital here. The surgeon who per formed the operation discovered that tho actress was suffering from mas toditis In its most advanced form. "Mad Miss Allen delayed in havin this operation twenty-four hours," said alter it was over, "she could not have lived. The brain is exposed In two places and it will take several days to tell what the outcome will be. Colonel Granberry Dead. New York, Feb. Iti.Colonel Henry T. Granberry, ninety-six years old, who in 1831 put down an insurrection at South Hamden, which became known in Virginia history as Knapp's war, is dead at his home here. I (e owned a large tobacco plantation, in Virginia, but had lived here since 1811 and churned to have voted at every presidential election since the Jack son campaign. Rich Cargo From the Orient. San Francisco, Feb. IG.The steam er China, from the Orient, brought one of the richest, cargoes landed here for many months. The notable ship ments consisted of 770 cases of opium, valued at $100,000 1,903 bales of raw silk, valued at $l,.'!5r,,n(io, and a con signment of Japanese gold worth $1,- 075,000. Wild Car Kills Two. Cumberland. Md., Feb. 16.Two persons were killed and about seventy five Injured, twenty-live of whom were seriously hurt, in a trolley accident in Frost burg. The car ran away on a steep grade on Grant street and upon reaching a sharp curve jumped th Jtrack and crashed Into a telegrap Dole. This was louoweu uj a. NfeftridiaMMft"!^ -fWfct rrrtr*i(^-r PER WEEK. u...._ tion. The pulse was then perceptible, but the action and respiration wore re garded as artificial. The senator, it is said, looks quite natural, except for the fact that ho has fajlon off in consequence of the siege he has gone through since he was stricken with fever. His face had an emaciated appearance. At 2:'M) p. m. the doctors issued a bulletin showing a higher respiration and a scarcely perceptible pulse. Sub sequent to this one of the physicians informed Governor llerrick that the senator might linger in his present condition for some hours. He has beta battling since Sunday without a chance tor recovery. There was a constant stream of call ers at the Arlington "all day anxiously inouirine of the senator's condition. DATE OF VOTE FIXED SENATE AGREES TO DISPOSE OF PANAMA CANAL TREATY ON TUESDAY NEXT. SENSATION SPRUNG IN THE HOUSE CONTESTED SEAT OF SHAFROTH OF COLORADO VOLUNTARILY RELINQUISHED. Washington, Feb. tfirThe senate. in executive session, has agreed to vote on the*ratification of the Panama canal treaty on Feb 23. Alter the executive session Of the senate the bill foi the payment of $200,000 to ex-Queen"Llltuolcalanl was taken up and the roll was again called on tlie motion ot Mr. Spoonel* to re commit the measure to the committee on Pacific islands, the call of last Fii day haying tailed to develop a quo rum. The vote resulted ayes, 2L7 noes. The hill was amended so as to reduce the appropriation to $150,UOO The ayes and noes wen.- demanded! on the final passage Of the bill and it was defeated 26 to 26, a tie vote. CAUSES A SENSATION. Colorado Congressman Voluntarily Re linquishes His Seat. Washington, Felt*. Iti. Representa tive Shairotli. from a Denver (Colo.) district, voluntarily relinquished his seal in the house at the convening of that body. In the contest for his seat by Robert W. fenynge Hi examination of bal lots, All. Shal'roin said, revealed fraud in twenty nine precincts. If he was a Judge on tie- bench he would have to find against h'iiitself and he invited tho elections committee to present a reso lution sealing lionwige. The state ment created a sensation an 1 at its conclusion long applause was heard on both sine, oi the house. Chairman Olmstead, of the elections committee considering the case, paid a high trib ute to Mr. Shal'roth, saying although the action was a surprise the case showed thai the frauds in the election were nut ehtcrgFffblQ in ui:y way to Mr. Shut roth The house unanimously agreed to a resolution declaring It. W, Bonynge entitled to thO seat from the First Colorado district. WITH Russia MANCHURIA EXCLUDED, of Secre- Will Approve Note tary Hay. Paris, Fob. t&The foreign office contirms the announcement that Rus sia and France approve of the United States' note on the subject of Chinese neutrality, with a reservation exclud ing Manchuria. Tho success of the American initi ative to secure the neutralization of China and the limitation of the area of operations continues to absorb official and diplomatic attention, the results effected beuii considered paramount to the actual war operations. It is said that the second American note and the various replies will constitute an accord of th i powers, without signing a further agreement. The American officials here expect Russia to issue a declaration similar to that of Japan, favoring the prin ciples of the accord, but the French foreign offli understands that Rus sia's brief approval already given con stitutes Ru a*s re.-.Conse.