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VOLUME 1. NUMBER l-38 331-3 RUSSIANS DEFEATED Vague Romors of Big Land Engagement in Which Czar's Army Is Repulsed With Heavy Loss. Port Arthur Deserted by Panic Stricken Citizens, and Soon Only Garrison Will Remain. London, Feb. 22.Vague ru-1burg mors of land lighting have been the feature of today's war news. Many reports are circulating, the majority of which lack official confirmation. The St. Peters- Muslin Underwear!rean This week we will sell all Muslin Underwear that has been mussed by handling at a discount of PER CENT. Ladies' Muslin Gowns worth from 50 cents to $3.50, now two-thirds of regular price. Ladies' Muslin Chemise worth from $1 to $2.50, now two-thirds of regular price. Ladies' Muslin Drawers worth from 50 cents to $1.50, now two-thirds of regular price. Ladies' Corset Cover worth from 25 cents to $1, now two-thirds of regular price. O'Leary Bowser GOil correspondent of the Paris edition of the New York Herald cables the news of a decisive en gagement between considerable bodies of Japanese and Russian troops on the Y.ula river. The Russian army was repuised with a reported loss in killed and cap tured of 2,T)00 men. St. Petersburg, Feb. 22.A dispatch from Port Arthur says the first land encounter occurred during the day. A pickpt of Cossacks attacked a small de tachment ot Japanese troops on Ko territory. The Cossacks captured some Japanese prisoners on whom they found maps and papers. The collision was presumably be tween reconnoitering parties. A gen eral engagement is not anticipated immediately. A special Port Arthur dispatch says the Japanese fleet was observed Feb. IS cruising off that port. Reports from Northern Korea say the Koreans are showing a decidedly friendly altitude to the Russians. The Manchurian railroad is convey ing troops without difficulty to the .Various points of concentration. Native reports say that the Chinese pirates, since the outbreak of hostili ties, have been displaying such activ ity in Eastern Asiatic waters as almost to paralyze the coasting trade. Civilians Leave Port Arthur. Further advices from Port Arthur say that all the women, and children and most of the male ^civilians have left that place and that practically only the garrison remains. With reference to the sensational stories of a disaster to Russian troops at Lake Baikal (one report saying that tnree regiments were drowned while attempting to cross the ice cov ered lake) it is explained that the Transbaikal line was blocked at the Baikal station during the night of Feb. 18 by an avalanche of snow which fell from a neighboring mountain. A train having troops on board dashed into the obstruction, the Locomotive was derailed and in the succeeding five cars one soldier-was killed, five were severely injured and fourteen were slightly hurt. Traffic was expected to be resumed the following day. The wave of patriotism sweeping over the empire seems to be swamping racial feeling, even the wild tribes of the Caucasus, the discontented Finns and sullen Poles forgetting their griev ances and coining forward to volunteer their services to the common father land. REPLY IS QUITE BRIEF. Russian Acceptance of Secretary Hay's Proposal. Paris, Feb. 22.It is learned that the Russian foreign minister, Count Lamsdorff, has received from the Washington government a communi cation announcing that Russia's reply was considered responsive to the American note on China and would be transmitted to the governments of China and Japan. The terms of the Russian reply are substantially as fol lows: "Russia will be glad to join with the other powers in the recognition of Chinese neutrality on three condi tions: "FirstThat China shall maintain neutrality. "SecondThat Japan shall loyally support this neutrality. "ThirdThat Manchuria, being the field of military operations, shall not be included." The reply is quite brief, not con taining any language beyond the fore going three conditions and the intro ductory sentence. DISORDER IN NORTH KOREA. American Women and Children Will Be Removed. New York, Feb. 22.Disquieting news regarding disturbances in North Korea has been received, says a Her- i aid dispatch from Chemulpo. United States Minister Allen is sending the transport Zafiro to remove the American women and children from the Pingyang district to Che mulpo. The men will remain there for the present. There are about forty American residents in the district, in cluding children. A dispatch from Seoul says an American gold mining company which has been operating a valuable conces sion sixty miles from the Korean fron tier at Wiju and employs over sev enty Americans fears trouble from Chinese and Korean bandits infesting that region, which is rough and moun tainous. The local manager has tele graphed for protection. If the surface, machinery and worv- Ijjgs are uestroyea tne company will sustain heavy financial loss and work be set back three years. ORDERED BACK TO KRONSTADT. Russian Fleet at Jibutil Not Going to Far East. Paris, Fob. 22.The St. Petersburg correspondent of the Figaro cables that the Russian squadron at Jibutil, French Somaliland, on the Gulf of Aden, has been ordered to return to KronstadL Island of Perim, Red Sea. Feb. 22. A squadron of warships passed here at midnight, bound for Suez, It is said to be the Russian squadron recently at Jibutil, French Somaliland. SAIL FOR SHANGHAI. Cruisers Cincinnati and Albany Leave Manila. Manila, Feb. 22.The United States protected cruisers Cincinnati and Al bany of Rear Admiral Evans' fleet have sailed for Shanghai. Koreans Attack an American. Washington. Feb. 22.United States Minister Allen has cabled the state department from Seoul that a company of Korean soldiers attacked an elec trie carriage belonging to an Amer ican citizen Wednesday night, damag ing it and injuring the operator. American seamen quieted the disturb ance. Political Suspects as Soldiers. St. Petersburg, Feb. 22.According to the terms of an imperial order just issued political suspects under polico surveillance ore permitted to enter the army in the field as privates, after which the minister of the interior and the minister of justice can order the withdrawal of police supervision oyer such persons. TUfiK^GAlXYlCTOIlS ALBANIANS DEFEATED WITH A LOSS OF FIVE HUNDRED DEAD OR WOUNDED. Salonica, Macedonia, Feb. 22.An- other battle occurred between the in surgent Albanians in North Albania and the Turkish troops Feb. IS. The Albanians were beaten, losing 500 men killed or wounded. The Turks also lost heavily. Shemshi Pasha, who was in com mand of the Turks at Diakova, has been superseded owing to the sultan's i displeasure at his unduly severe treat ment of the Albanians. HURTS GERMAN TRADE. Grain Merchants Heavy Losers on Ac count of War. Berlin, Feb. 22.The effects of the war already are noticeable on Gorman commerce. It is reported from Kq nigsberg that the importation of grain from Russia into Germany has come to a standstill. The grain merchants are unable to obtain the execution of their orders, Russia having divert c" all the rolling stock on the state rai ways to government use. The German export trade is also affected. The Alsatian textile industry records an appreciable falling off i:i exports to Russia and large Russian firms have not sent their usual orders FOURTEEN PERSONS KILLED. Explosion Occurs in a Paris Celluloid Factory. Paris, Feb. 22.Fourteen employes of a celluloid comb factory at the cor ner of Boulevard Sevastopol and the Rue Etienne Mariel lost, their lives during the day in a fire which was started by an explosion of gas. About twenty other employes were injured. STATEHOOD OR INDEPENDENCE. Federal Assembly of Porto Rico Makes Demands. San .Juan, Porto Rico, Feb. 22.The federal assembly, by a vote of 60 to 15, demanded that Porto Rico be ad mitted to statehood or that the island he granted independence. Mormon Elder Suicides. Kansas City, Feb. 22.Lorenzo Crossby, said to be an elder in the Mormon church, while en route from Atlanta, Ga.. where he had been sta tioned until recently, to Holbrook, Ariz., shot and fatally wounded him self in a berth in a Pullman on the southbound Chicago and Alton train near Higbee, Mo. Liquor Dumped Into Gutter. Bloomington, 111., Feb. 22.-A supply of whisky smuggled into Colfax to be used in a political celebration was discovered by the temperance women of the place. They marched into a restaurant where the intoxicant was stored and seizing the supply emptied it into the gutter. Morgan's Last Canal Speech. Washington. Feb. 22.After routine business in the senate the Panama canal question was taken up and Mr. Spooner, who held the floor, yielded to Mt. Morgan, who spoke in opposition to the ratification of the canal treaty. saying this would be his last speech on the subject. House Considers Naval Bill. Washington, Feb. 22.The house, upon convening, went into committee I of the whole, with Mr. Hepburn (la.) fil the chair, and resumed considera tion of the naval appropriation bill, Mr. Dayton fW. Vsr), a member oithe naval affairs committee, spoke for the I bin 1- I CAR OF DYNAMITE BLOWS UP AT CAPE UNINJURED. Ogdon. Utah. Feb. 22.Twenty rive persons have been killed, fifteen oth ers injured, several, it is believed, fa tally, and a great amount of railroad property destroyed by an explosion of a carload of dynamite at Jackson., a telegraph station on the western end of the great Ogden-Luclen cutoff on the Southern Pacific railroad. Tho ex plosion was caused by a collision be tween two freight trains, due. it is said, to the failure of the airbrake ap paratus to operate. Eight of the dead and five of the injured are Americans the others are Greek laborers. BKMID.II. MINNESOTA. MONDAY. FEBRUARY TEN CKNTS I'M I! WEEK. EXPLOSION IS TERRIFIC JACKSON, UTAH, CAUSING WIDESPREAD RUIN. TWENTY-FIVE PEOPLE ARE KILLED OF THE FORTY-SIX PERSONS IN THE PLACE ONLY NINE ES- The explosion following the collision between the two trains, which met head on almost in front of the tele graph station, was terrific. F.voiy thing within a radius of half a mile was wrecked. The town of Terrace, fifteen miles to the north, was shaken as though by an earthquake window panes in the station at Colon, fifteen miles away, were shattered and the sound of the explosion was heard in this city, eighty-one miles from the scene of the disaster. The ground upon which the trains were standing was torn up for over a thousand feet, leaving a great excavation Thirty Feet in Depth fragments of a dozen freight cars and two engines were thrown for Incredible distances over the surrounding coun try, the station building was blown to splinter., and the dead and injured were scattered for hundreds of feet in all directions, most of them having their clothing torn off. Telegraph wires and pules were torn down for a thousand fee' and the first knowledge of tin' disaster came from Terrace fifteen miles away, the operator at that point reporting to headquarters that he saw an Immense cloud of white smoke as end from Jaekson and spread at a great height. A relief train with doctors and stretchers was hurriedly dispatched from this city. The Haiti returned with the injured, who lyere placed in the company's general hos pital. The great loss of life among the Greeks is accounted for by the fact that they occupied out lilting cars which were standing near"tlie"STKTt where the explosion occurred. Of the forty-six. persons at Jackson at the time of Hie explosion only nine es caped death or injury. The great rail road trestle over fli'e lake was not damaged, the explosion Occurring a short dlstanee beyond the western end of that structure. ALL THE INMATES ESCAPE. Insane Asylum Near Racine, Wis., De stroyed by Fire. Racine, Wis., Feb. 22.All that re mains ol the Racine county insane asylum is smouldering ashes, with a loss aggregating $115,000- The laun dry, stables and pumpbouse were saved. All of the 133 patients escaped, the rescue in many cases being made with the greatest difficulty! The fire originated in the attic and was dua to a defective Hue. The (lames spread rapidly and soon the entire main struc ture was enveloped in flames. The local fire department dispatched two full companies to the scene and one steamer and hose wagon were also sent, the asylum being four miles from the city. The water supply was soon exhausted and the firemen could do little to cheek the (lames and turned their attention towards the adjoining buildings. The patients of the institution were finally corraled and brought to the city on a special train, where they are be ing temporarily cared for at the city hall, police office and the courthouse. Many of the patients were thinly clad and suffered much from the- severe cold. The fire started about. 8:15 p. and was fpttght for nearly an hour be fore an alarm was sent to this city. By that time the bla'ze was beyond control. Meanwhile the keeper and attendants fought heroically in rescu ing the inmaies, many of whom ye!l and hooted like wild beasts and want ed to pluntre back into the (lames. THREE PERSONS KILLED. Thirty-four Others Injured in Powder Mill Explosion. Paterson, X. J., Feb. 22.An explo sion at the Laflin & Rand powdei mills at Wayne, seven miles from here, caused the death of three men. Three mills were wrecked. Al Jackson and James Weir were killed instantly, their bodies being blown to pieeea."'-Frederick Weimer died an hour later. Thirty-five othei employes were injured, several seri ously. The cause of the explosion is unknown. Its force was felt here, in Newark and in other nearby cities. The town of Little P'alls, five miles from the mill, was badly shaken and many windows were broken and sev eral large brick chimneys coHaps-f-d. Dor-tors and nurses were sent from here to the scene of the disaster. LOSS 13 VEr.Y HEAVY. Fire in Brooklyn Destroys Property Worth $400,u00. NoW York Feb. '2.. C^rSSTTu'cTn S file broke oat In tho extensive paint works ol the W. Deynu and C. T. U.yno.lds CC!UiPJVn.Y Ui BJ lyn. The fire started from auafo unknown cause and owiug to highly in* nammahle character of the contents of the buildings tho works wcra soon desi royeil. TJiv-iirenien dire to,l their efforts to preventing the spread of the fire to adjacent property, con sist inu of tenement houses. Oyer. l'M families were evicted from the tenements and given temporary refuge i\\ neighbors. There was no loss of life. it is believed the loss will be be tween $400,upfl and. $500,000, on which there is said to be $240,000 Insurance. MONEY FOR INDIAN3. House Committee Completes Annua) Appropriation Bill. Washington, Feb. 22 The house committee on Indian affairs lias com pleted the Indian appropriation" bill. The measure carries a total appropria tion of $7,GJ0,S31, based oh estimates amounting to $7,732,252. The amount of the last bill was $8,52-1.30$. For current expenses this bill carries $732,- Mir. fulfilling ueat\ nliligiitjnris, $2,- 077.764-: gratuities, $5C6,000 incidental expenses Sit'..'.*!1": miscellaneous, $615,808 schools, $3,551,8tiS. Murder Is Suspected. ChfcagO Feb. -2-2. L. I Kirk. Jr., a yoiinu stockman of Kumler, ill., was found dead beneath the South Side elevated structure near Twelfth street. It is believed by the police that the man was slugged on the 61ovated sta tion platform and his body tin own over the railing, WHEAT GOES O 1.0.7 SENSATIONAL ADVANCE ACCOM- PANIED BY ENORMOUS TRANSACTIONS. Chicago, I'Vb. 22- Wheat for May delivery during the day sold at $1.07 a bushel. The market was extremely active and the volume of trading was of enormous proportions. The sensa tional advance was due largely to the anxiety ol sliorts, who were afraid to maintain open trades over a two days' recess of the board. The pit win. tin' (enter of uproar and clamor which never ceased or abated from tho opening of the session iint.il the gong announced its (lose. In one respect the day was unlike any prev mis day since excitement over the Russo-Japanese war began there were no varying degrees of Intensity in the excitement which reigned and the nerves of every trader were at tl highest tension every minute ol He session. The advance was Irresistible. Armour, who for months has been the almost undisputed monarch of the wheat pit. sold millions of bushels of the grain, bul [or every bushel offered there were, two demanded by the pro fessionals or outside traders, imbued with a desire to buy that was little if anything less than frantic. The market hesitated somewhat a! the outset and a momentary calm pre vailed, but suddenly a buying wave struck the pit. It falply swept brokers off their feel. By leaps and bounds the May price.""which slipped from $1.04 at the opening off to $1.02%, went soaring to $1.07. Pandemonium accompanied the advance. PERRY HEATH IS OUT TENDERS RESIGNATION AS SEC- RETARY OF REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE. Cleveland, Feb. 22.-Perry S. Heath, former first assistant postmaster gen eral and secretary of the Republican national committee, has wired his res ignation of the latter position leoxa here to Acting Chairman 1'ayne at Washington as follows: "Due to the death of Chairman Hanna I tender to you my resignation as secretary of the Republican nation al committee, effective Immediately." Mr. Heath stated that the telegram told the entire story and he bad noth ing to add to it. TRA MP SECURES DAMAGES. Court Decides He Has Rights Train men Must Respect. Des Moines, Feb. 22.The' Iowa su preme court has decided that a tramp has rights which a trainman must re spect, affirming a decision from Potta wattamie county, in which Joseph juries sustained by reason of forcible Johnson secured judgment for in ejectment from a moving train. The lower court first held that a tramp had no rights and that the train roan was justified in throwing him from the train, no matter what the re sults' might be. A new trial was granted and a favorable decision ren- der*"1 Four Passengers Seriously Hurt. Pittsburg, Feb. 22.A blazing Lari mer avenue electric car, with all brakes off and carrying twenty passen gers, raced madly down Fifth avenue from Grant almost to Market street. For fifteen minutes after the car came to a s*op it bla-zed-Iike-a farcae*-. Four of the passengers were seriously hurt. The blowing out of the motors caused Srr. FEAR EUROPEAN WAR WILDEST EXCITEMENT ON PARIS BOURSE AS A.RESULT OF STARTLING REPORTS. ALL SECURITIES DEPRECIATE HEAVILY RUMORS INCLUDE POSSIBLE MOB- ILIZATION OF FRENCH AND GERMAN ARMIES. FEELING NOT SHARED BY BRINKS ARE PREPARED FOR EVENTUALI- TIES BUT DO NOT EXPECT HOSTILITIES. Paris Feb. 22 Wil e\c ilenient prevailed en the lionise as the-result of startling, contradictory ropi cts *'"1'- cernlng possible world complications growing out oi tho Oriental war I 1 rumors Included the prqs-pecl ol the mobilization of the tlei man an I French armies. The evening papers also said that serious Influence was exercised 13 the repoit of difficulties between the United States and Bus da in const ''quern of the rein-a! of Rus sia to gram an exequatdr Id Mr. Mor gan as ''nited States consul at Dalhy. Financiers asserted the market was in such a sensitive condition that tho Wildest rumors were taken Up and might bad 10 serious complications. The financial authorities claimed that not since 1882 lias a wilder scene oc curred on the bourse. Almost from the opening the lead ing 111 it'.(- began to fall. French rentes were particularly off acted. Rus sian imperials also dropped, as did other foreign bonds. During the ..early] hours hea\ depreciations occurred' oq al! sid leading up to brutal sacri fices of value- Spanish rentes were spot uilly unci tod b) the great con fusion which prevailed over the fear. oj International complications. Thin state wan ai,- iavated during the clos ing hour, and th'e excitement, which amounted to a panic was rodoublod. front h, Were oilieo-d 1 the close the market was very agi tated. sp.iLjjksh and Turkish routes wuid a' great uproar. At NOT SHARED IN LONDON. Uneasiness on Continent Regarding European War. London. Feb. 22. The uneasiness on the Continent In regard to the pos sibility that a Kuropean war may en sue from 1 be struggle in tho Far Bast is not shared by Great Britain, No power has made such complete naval preparation S Creat Britain and yet nowbeit is confidence greater that tho hostilities may be confined to Russia and Japan than it is In London. The naval and military preparations' an nounced from the Continental capitals are regarded here as being mete com mon sense imasures, which any power must adopt however remote the con tingency ot 1 heir employment may ap* pear, it is also thought that the In in the actual war news has led many Kuropean correspondents to use their* spare time Ili exaggerating the Con tinental action and In applying such steps as have been actually taken to erroneous motives. The latest of these, the dispatch from Madrid an nouncing that preparations have beer* made to send reinforce merits to th^ Balearic islands! meets with an em phatic denial in interested quarters! and the additional statement from Madrid that Great Britain intends to seize Spanish points lu the^r-vent of war has not even the semblance of probability The stock market was heavy ami yery weak during the day. IS OFFICIALLY DENIED. Report of the Mobilization of tho French Army. Paris, Feb 22.The foreign office denies the report circulated on tho bourse of the mobilization of tho French army and no information has been received that such a step has been taken by Germany. All that has been done has been to take measures of a precautionary character, not be cause of any tear of immediate trou ble, but to be prepared for possible eventualities. The foreign office offi cials also declared that the bourse naui teas utterlv without reason. iTAKING DEFENSIVE MEASURES. Unusual Naval and Military Activity in Sweden. Stockholm, Sweden, Feb. 22.Un- usual naval and military activity is displayed in connection with neutral ity measures. The coast artillery has been ordered to bo in readiness, war ships are being sent to Gothland isl and and the coast defense battleshipsi and torpedo boats have been ordered* to be prepared for active_service. One Death in Baltimore Fire. Baltimore, Feb. 22.It was thought that not a life was lost in the fire here, but a charred body, supposed to be* that, of a colored man, has l\eea~ fouwfi In the water at Bowleys wharf. The* body is so badly burned as to he uix recognizable.